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An NTLC Community of Practice (CoP) is a year-long program focusing on a topic or issue about enhancing teaching and learning. It is comprised of a group of faculty who come together to explore a topic in which all of the participants have a mutual interest in studying; one that encourages "honest discussion" of some higher education issue. Guidance for studying a topic is provided with participants meeting on a regular basis conducting research, producing results, and disseminating their findings on and off campus in a variety of professional formats. A financial incentive is provided to instructors who complete the program. The CoP creates a supportive environment and conducts focused work that leads to results that other university professionals can use.
Community of Practice activities . . .
Since mindfulness practices can be implemented in different ways, participants will engage in the reading, reflection, and group discussion of one or more books, such as Contemplative Practices in Higher Education by Daniel Barbezat and Mirabar Bush (Jossey-Bass, 2013) and research articles. With group guidance, individuals will plan strategies to integrate mindfulness into a course they teach or within the context of some other professional job responsibility during the fall semester. Implementation and assessment of those strategies will occur during the spring term.
Participants will document their experience, perhaps through journaling or other methods. They will also be encouraged to identify other means to assess the effectiveness of their practices, depending on the particular goal(s) they have for their project.
How to participate . . .
If you desire to be part of this truly unique CoP designed to be invigorating and transformative, please come to the first meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 28th at 3:00 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center's Oakwood room. Future meeting times will be established by the group.
Contact Renee Howarton if you have questions.
The goal of this CoP is to establish a collaborative and supportive learning community that will focus on creating a mindful work and/or classroom environment. Recent research in the neurosciences is validating that mindful practices can have positive ramifications for the social/emotional competence and well-being of teachers, students and staff. This has implications for personal health and well being, as well as cognitive processing. CoP participants will explore the rewards of mindfulness for their own and others' benefit.
Group experience . . .
This CoP group will review and discuss research on mindfulness from the fields of neuroscience, human development and education during bi-weekly meetings. Each member will select an aspect of their job where mindfulness practices could be integrated, such as in the workplace or classroom. In addition, there will be opportunities for participants to engage and even facilitate mindful experiences, such as leading a meditative practice, enjoying a mindful meal, doing yoga, etc. Although somewhat structured, this Community of Practice will also provide flexibility and opportunities for participants to create a dynamic, beneficial experience for themselves.
Facilitator: Brian McAlister
The NTLC is pleased that Brian McAlister will be facilitating this CoP and believes that his passion for the topic of long-term personal Yoga practice, and his intentional researching of mindful practices is indicative of the knowledge he will bring to the experience.
Brian is a certified Yoga instructor and has co-developed a graduate level mindfulness course, as well as given numerous professional presentations on the topic of Mindfulness in Education.
The CoP formalizes work that is currently being undertaken by the Creative Original Research Experiences Committee (CORE). This opportunity provides faculty with a voice in identifying key points of strength and growth areas, and setting an agenda for the future of undergraduate research skill development.
Facilitators for this Community of Practice include: Sylvia Tiala (SOE Instruction), Anne Kerber (Speech Communication) and Kitrina Carlson (Biology).The CoP is sponsored by the Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center and participants will receive a financial incentive for their active engagement in the project. In addition, this particular CoP is connected to a directive from the Chancellor's Office for Creative Original Research Experiences (CORE) to create a CoP by Fall 2014.
During 2014-15, UW-Stout instructors are actively participating in a unique Community of Practice (CoP) that is focusing on applying undergraduate research theory and technique in the classroom and across campus. The goal of this faculty project is to identify and document the research and skill profile of courses and programs across campus using John Willison's Research Skill Development Framework (RSD). Participants will learn about the framework and utilize it to create profiles about undergraduate research efforts occurring campus wide. Throughout the experience, they will reflect critically on both their results and the process of applying the RSD, and will share this information with the University community.
Instructors selected to participate in this particular CoP have shown a previous interest in undergraduate research, as well as possess valuable connections within their department and college. This project seeks participation and buy-in from instructors who are willing to expand the application of undergraduate research across our campus. The CoP facilitators believe that this CoP is an opportunity to understand how to advance undergraduate research in alignment with the campus' long-range goals.