Communities of Practice

In Fall 2022, we will be hosting three Communities of Practice focused on our Caring Campus Behavioral Commitments. Below are descriptions of the Communities of Practice you can join.

Launch Parties (attend BOTH):

  • Wednesday, August 24 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Zoom

This CoP is about creating intentional moments between faculty/students and students/students is key to helping students feel they BELONG. Join us as we explore how best to do this.

Launch Parties (attend BOTH):

  • Monday, August 22nd, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM on Zoom
  • Tuesday, August 23 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM on Zoom

This CoP is about creating low risk assignments and assessments allow faculty to provide feedback to students on their progress as soon as possible. Join us as we think about the rationale behind this practice and some examples of best practice.

Launch Parties (attend BOTH):

  • Monday, August 22 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM on Zoom
  • Tuesday, August 23 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM on Zoom

Students' lives are a diverse set of experiences. How can we practice situational fairness and still maintain an academic environment? Join us in this CoP where were investigate what it means to allow students to submit work beyond the deadline, re-take exams, and engage in deep learning in a safe classroom environment.

"Like an extended conversation at the water fountain – an opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from each other."
COP Faculty Learner

Frequently Asked Questions

A community of practice is a semester-long, or short-term, commitment to a community of faculty who are focused on actively changing one aspect of their instructional practice.

Besides being a wonderful opportunity to work with your colleagues on a specific lesson, it can count for hours of FLEX, or can contribute to your PG&D project (pending committee approval), or associate faculty can apply for a stipend (up to 20 hours, depending on the COP). There is a limited number of stipends available. You will be notified before All College Week if you have received a stipend.

No, the COPs are open only to faculty who have a contract to teach at WVC that same semester. Please watch for future COP opportunities!

Not as much as you think! When you join a COP, you agree to:

  • Participate in an initial Launch Party and connect with your Teaching Teammate (a fellow faculty member in the program who will be your partner as you both modify/create ONE lesson).
  • Week 2-10 of semester: Meet with Teaching Teammates to solidify the lesson creation that you began working on together in the initial Launch Party. REMEMBER: You each only create/modify one lesson!!!
  • Week 6-11 of semester: Teach the lesson/Publish the module and observe your Teaching Teammates teaching their lesson or review their published module, including assignments, using the 2+2 Observation protocol (2 compliments/2 suggestions or questions for discussion).
  • Week 13 of semester: Present your lesson and your reflection to the wider community at the incredibly supportive and engaging Teaching Showcase.

Still Not Convinced?

Here is what your faculty colleagues said about their experiences in a COP:

Even though I'm at the end of my teaching career, but I'm still very excited to join the group to motivate myself in adopting new pedagogy; so to me "Never too late to transform!

Math Faculty Member

I joined the {community of practice} not really knowing what to expect, or really anticipating getting anything substantive out of it. Was I wrong! It was a wonderful experience working with my colleagues, hearing their feedback, offering my own, and ultimately growing as an instructor from this experience. I would highly encourage all faculty to go through this process!

Spring COP Participant

For more information, please contact Michelle Francis.

Last Updated 8/10/22