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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates | Fall 2021 Plans


Keep on Learning: Podcasts, Webinars, and Books (Oh my!)

Summer is a time to relax, maybe take a little vacation, read for fun, and spend more time with the kids (or the dogs, or the cat, or all 3). It’s also a time to finish that book, submit that article, and prep for fall semester. And heck, maybe even teach a class. Okay, so summer is busy and not as relaxing as we’d like. But, that won’t stop me from sharing some ideas to help you keep on learning this summer! In this post I share my favorite podcasts and some options for on-demand webinars. And, if you’ve just had too much of mysteries and romances, I’ve provided a summer reading list! [READ FULL POST]

Upcoming Dates

  • August 16 - New Faculty Orientation Begins
  • August 16 - Sign-up for Graduate Student Learning Community Opens
  • August 27 - Deadline to register for How Learning Works LC
  • August 27 - Deadline to register for Peer 2 Peer LC
  • September 3 - Deadline to sign-up for Graduate Student LC
  • September 5 - Deadline to register for OER LC


2021-2022 Learning Community Opportunities

CETL’s Learning Community program aims to create a collaborative space in which instructors at all levels can connect with cross- and interdisciplinary colleagues. You’ll engage in discussions about evidence-based teaching practice and cultivate a reflective teaching practice. 

You can learn more about the impact of CETL’s Learning Communities by watching “The Class Average Went Up By a Full Letter Grade”– a panel presentation with past learning community participants.

New Learning Community for Fall 2021!

We are excited to offer a new learning community for fall 2021 focused on Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Pedagogy. Led by Dr. Oscar Levin, the OER and Open Pedagogy Learning Community is a collaboration between CETL and UNC’s OER Committee and supported by the Sustaining OER at UNC grant through CDHE. This learning community explores how instructors can leverage Open Educational Resources (OER) to improve students’ learning by engaging students as creators of their own knowledge. Those who are currently using OER or Open Pedagogy are encouraged to participate so we can support each other in these efforts.  The learning community will also support instructors who plan to adopt these teaching practices on their own in the future. All UNC instructors, including graduate students, are welcome to join.

Full details and the meeting schedule.

Registration is open! Register online by September 5th .

How Learning Works Learning Community

The How Learning Works Learning Community focuses on how students learn and how to use learning theory to inform classroom practice.  Participation promotes pedagogical growth, collaboration, and application of content to participants’ classes to improve student success.

2021-2022 Cohorts

Online Cohort

  • Facilitator: Kathie Records, Professor, School of Nursing
  • Mondays, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • Fall Dates: September 13, October 11, and November 8

In Person Cohort

  • Facilitator: Ryan Darling, Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences
  • Thursdays, 11:00 am -12:15 pm
  • Fall Dates: September 16, October 14, and November 11

Register for the HLW Learning Community

Peer 2 Peer Learning Community

Members of the Peer 2 Peer (P2P) Learning Community will engage in monthly peer observations of pedagogical activities such as a teaching observation, assignment review, or class material review. Members will meet with their peer partner each month and check-in with the facilitator monthly. The P2P LC is open to those who completed the How Learning Works LC in a previous cohort.

Register for the P2P Learning Community

Graduate Student Learning Community

The Graduate Student Learning Community (GSLC) is for graduate student instructors, those who strive to be instructors, and those who are considering a career in academia. The focus is on building community among graduate students, while learning about research-based pedagogical strategies that improve teaching and learning. Discussion topics include current research on teaching and learning in higher education, the seven principles of learning, backward design and alignment, educational assessment, inclusive classroom spaces, online teaching, and developing a teaching philosophy.

Meeting biweekly on Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, beginning September 1 and ending December 1.

Registration opens in August