Professional Learning Communities at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

The Center supports several Professional or Problem-Based Learning Communities (PLCs). These groups welcome faculty, staff, and sometimes even students to pursue topics of interest and improve teaching, learning, and institutional culture at Saint Mary’s University. The PLC commitment is simply to come when you can and leave when you must. So you can sign up for invites and updates even if you don’t think you can make all or even some of the sessions.

Note that that these groups have historically been Winona-focused and in-person, but we are working hard on virtual attendance options!

BLENDED LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY (BLT) PLC

This group supports faculty efforts to blend online technologies with their teaching in face-to-face (or solely online) courses. (Led by Karen Sorvaag and Adam Potthast)

Meeting Time (Fall 2021): TBD

Resources:

BLT Canvas Course

 

TEACHING EXPLORATIONS PLC

Part of the Empowering Teaching Practice Program, this on-going, semi-structured PLC devoted to exploring the latest findings and received wisdom about what seems to work creating significant learning experiences for students in the higher education setting. This PLC will introduce participants to design thinking, the reasons for active learning, classroom management, practical tips, and other best practices that can be implemented in person or in online courses. (Led by Adam Potthast)

Meeting Time (Fall 2021): TBD

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UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING (UDL) PLC

This group supports efforts to design courses and other learning experiences intentionally to maximize accessibility. (Led by Karen Hemker, Matt Klosky, and Adam Potthast.)

Meeting Time (Fall 2021): TBD

Resources:

Universal Design for Learning at SMU

RACIAL JUSTICE PLC

This PLC will explore key resources associated with the Lasallian Higher Education Colloquy on Racial Justice, including but not limited to the Mission Mandated Lasallian Vision for Racial Justice framework. With the insights these resources provide, each participant will choose discipline-specific reports, models, and frameworks that awaken, nurture, and empower us to see racism and adopt a “prophetic praxis of hope” – to take action toward a more racially just and inclusive academic and professional community. Outcomes may include revision of one’s Teaching Narrative, affirmation or recalibration of learning outcomes, changes to curriculum or advising practices in a course or academic program, or other area of institutional engagement.

Meeting Time (Fall 2021): TBD

Resources:

Mission Mandated Lasallian Vision for Racial Justice Document

TESLA (The Expansion of the Study of Leadership in Academics) PLC

This group examines the many facets of the study of leadership and how it applies to academia. (Led by Scott Sorvaag)

Meeting Time (Fall 2021): TBD

Resources:

TESLA Reading Folder

Coming Soon?

Canvas PLC

Your local Canvas Community! This PLC will be the place to come to see how to use Canvas and see how others are using Canvas.

Grading PLC

A group of people talking and learning about one of the hardest parts of teaching: grading and feedback. This group explores the latest research and best practices around grading and feedback.

One of your ideas?

Have an idea for a community of practice? Got a small group of fellow travelers? Email CELT and we’ll see if we can set something up.

CHARACTER AND VIRTUE PLC

*COMPLETED* This group supports faculty and staff efforts to understand the relationship between human nature, character, and virtue and to incorporate these insights into learning experiences.

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