The Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning offers Wheaton’s faculty, staff, and students a varied portfolio of programming throughout the year.

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CoLAB Design Institute

The CoLAB Institute is a three-day, intensive program in which faculty and staff participants explore together how research in the learning sciences can reshape existing courses, training or instructional units, programs, and organized field experiences, or aid in the design of new projects. The Institute will be run three times a year in January, May, and August.

The Learning Exchange

The Learning Exchange is a venue for faculty and staff to meet over lunch to work on teaching and learning. We meet 2-3 times a semester on the last Friday of the month from 12:30 pm-2:00 pm. The Learning Exchange is a space where faculty and staff work together on teaching and learning across traditional and non-traditional learning environments. We invite you to become part of a community invested in purposeful, informed, and inclusive learning.

September Learning Exchange

Friday, September 27, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Greenaway Room, Wallace Library. Lunch will be provided.
The September Exchange will offer faculty and staff a further look at small strategies that have a powerful effect on student learning, as discussed in Jim Lang’s Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. Together we will look at how to use them in different educational scenarios at Wheaton. As a jumping off point, we will use our Tool Kit video featuring work by Professors Shenglan Li (History) and Jessie Knowlton (Biology) who each implemented a small change in their teaching last spring.

October Learning Exchange

Friday, October 25, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Location TBA. Lunch will be provided.
October’s Exchange will be a space for faculty and staff to discuss their experience implementing small teaching strategies, share success, and work through challenges.

Visiting Expert Series

The CCTL’s Speaker Series brings experts to campus to share their expertise, experience, and insight through a combination of campus-wide presentations, small group discussions and other events that give the Wheaton Community an opportunity to engage deeply with ideas and topics related to teaching and learning. Past guests include Peter Felton, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, and Professor of History at Elon University, and Tia Brown McNair, Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the TRHT Campus Centers at Association of American Colleges and Universities.

How Do People Learn? Three Ideas from the Learning Sciences

Dr. Floyd Cheung, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Smith College and former Director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning
Wednesday, October 2, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Lyons Lounge and Conference Room. Refreshments will be served.  
Both lectures and active learning can be effective teaching practices, but how can we do them in ways that align with how people actually learn? In this presentation, Floyd Cheung shares a variety of teaching techniques as well as some of the research and theories that undergird them.

Learning Community

Initiated in the Spring 2019 semester, the Learning Community brings together faculty, staff, and students to explore a topic or idea related to teaching and learning. The first Community brought together participants from diverse backgrounds to experiment with interdisciplinarity inquiry through the exploration of a “hot topic”: how algorithms and other forms of quantification embed social inequality.

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