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Reflective Teaching Community

reflective teaching community

Are you looking for new ways to deliver your course content that move beyond the traditional lecture? Are you curious about exploring new techniques for determining if your students truly understand the course material? Perhaps you are just simply looking for a way to “shake things up” and increase student engagement? Do you wish there was a forum where you could share your teaching experiences and learn from others? Join your fellow Webster faculty members at the Reflective Teaching Community to discuss these issues and much more.

The Reflective Teaching Community (RTC) meets monthly to discuss topics in teaching and learning in a supportive environment of like-minded colleagues. We invite all full-time and part-time faculty and academic partners to join us as we share teaching perspectives and experiences across disciplines.

2019-20 Theme

Where is this going? Exploring experiential and place-based learning

This year, the Reflective Teaching Community will explore how experiential learning (learning by doing) and place-based learning (engaging students in local to global communities) can enrich and deepen learning for all students. We will delve into questions such as:

  • What are the benefits of experiential learning, and how can we use it in our classes?
  • How can we help our students make connections between what we learn in class and what they'll need to know in their careers?
  • What local and global opportunities do we create for our students at Webster?
  • How can we make learning meaningful and relevant for our students, and how can we empower them as self-directed learners?
  • How can we help underrepresented students access experiential and place-based projects?
  • What role does inquiry play in creating meaningful learning for our students?

Meeting dates for 2019-20:

All meetings on Fridays, 12-1pm, FDC Suite (Library 420)

Sept. 6
Experiential and Integrative Learning at Webster
Facilitator: Karla Armbruster, Professor, Department of English

Oct. 4
Place-Based Education: Implications for Identity and Community
Facilitator: Beth Stroble, University President

Nov. 1
What We Teach Versus What We Say We Teach
Facilitator: Kim Kleinman, Director, Undergraduate Advising

Dec. 6
Global Learning and Underrepresented Students
Facilitators:
Emmanuel Balogun, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, Politics, & International Relations
Kate Parsons, Professor, Dept. of Philosophy

Feb. 7
Experiential Learning Experiences in the Classroom
Facilitator: Jan Palmer, Associate Professor, Dept. of Nursing

Mar. 6
Keeping Students Engaged with Inquiry Methods and Experiential Learning
Facilitator: Eric Goedereis, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology

Apr. 3
Helping Students Make Connections Between Course Concepts and Their Career Goals
Facilitator: Melissa Spriggs, Assistant Professor, Human Services

All of our meetings are held on Fridays from 12 to 1 pm in the Faculty Development Center Suite (Emerson Library 420), and a pizza lunch is served. Join us!

To RSVP for any of the meetings, or for more information about engaged learning at Webster, please contact Liza Dister, Faculty Development Coordinator, at edister17@webster.edu or (314) 246-7602.

Remote meeting dates for 2020:

Based on growing demand, the Reflective Teaching Community announces that it will hold remote sessions of the learning community via WebEx beginning in January. These sessions continue the learning community's year-long exploration of the theme of experiential and place-based learning, opening up these conversations to faculty across our network. In order to accommodate as many locations as possible, these sessions will be held at 8:30 or 9 am Central time.

These sessions will be co-hosted by the Faculty Development Center and the Online Learning Center, and all full-time and part-time instructors across Webster's worldwide network are invited to join us, including on-ground instructors, online instructors, and WebNet+ instructors. These informal conversations are opportunities to share effective teaching strategies and build community across the network.

Topic and WebEx link

Facilitator(s)

Date/time (Central time)

Exploring Experiential and Place-based learning

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Kim Kleinman, Director, Undergraduate Advising

Jan. 16, 9 am

Global Learning and Underrepresented Students

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Emmanuel Balogun, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, Politics, & International Relations

Kate Parsons, Professor, Dept. of Philosophy

Jan. 23, 9 am

Experiential Learning Experiences in the Classroom

Register here

Jan Palmer, Associate Professor, Dept. of Nursing

Feb. 13, 9 am

Keeping Students Engaged with Inquiry Methods

Register here

Eric Goedereis, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology

Mar. 19, 8:30 am

Helping Students Make Connections between Course Concepts and Career Goals

Register here

Melissa Spriggs, Assistant Professor, Human Services

Apr. 9, 9 am

 

Click here for RTC's Principles of Engaged Learning at Webster.

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Phone: 314-246-8243
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Emerson Library Suite 420

The FDC Suite in the Library is closed, as the University has moved to Modified Operations.

Staff are currently working from home and are available using the contact info above.
We are available 8:30 am - 4:30 pm CT