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TLA Opening Presentation - Spring 2014

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Shevell Thibou

on 15 May 2014

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Student facilitators
Flattened hierarchy
Use TLA agreements to ensure air time for all
Teaching-Learning Academy

Exploring multiple views of teaching and learning at
Western Washington University since 2001.

1998 : Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (CASTL)
1999: “Sounds good, but where are the students?"
2001: Teaching-Learning Academy launched “Learning Reconsidered” course
2005-Present: “Civil Discourse as Interactive Learning” course
Comm 339: Applied Practicum

Civil discourse
including disagreement
Deeper understanding of teacher-learner
Best individual and institutional teaching & learning
Enhanced learning
environment at WWU
contribution to teaching and learning
Website: http://library.wwu.edu/tla
Facebook: Search
"Western Washington University Libraries"
Program Offices: WL 265 A & B
Carmen’s Office: WL 462

TLA is the web that connects all areas of the campus and the Bellingham community and allow us to see beyond where we are presently to the many possibilities beyond.  

~June Fraser Thistle
~Photo by Masiyh Ford

Why Participate?
To have your voice heard!
Every-other-week dialogue groups
Forums on teaching & learning
Campus partnerships
An international interest group on Students as Co-inquirers
Presentations & publications
Every OTHER week in the Learning Commons, Wilson Library 2 West
Four meeting options:
Wednesdays 12-1:20 & 2-3:20
Thursdays 12-1:20 & 2-3:20
Expectations for Comm 339 students

*Need to miss your regular group?

Attend another!
Dialogue Group Schedule
Whole Group Opening
* Check-in
Name badge
Dialogue prompt
Small Group Dialogue
Respond to common prompt
Record group highlights
Whole Group Closing
Share small group highlights

Dialogue Format:
Be respectful.

Be open.

Be direct.

Be present.

Be ethical.


What do we mean by reflective learning and how might we strengthen reflective learning practices at WWU?
Reflective Garden – now in phase 3 – benches

What if we envisioned the most creative WWU we could imagine? What would it look like?
Learning Commons recommendations – e.g. Welcoming Center
Viking Landing: Making the Most of Your GURs

How will we cultivate and connect communities in which the whole person grows and relationships flourish?
Connecting Communities Event
Develop a Welcoming Center- Conversations in Common

Institutional Change
History and Background

When you think of an environment or culture of trust what is one word or phrase that comes to mind?
Divergent vs. Convergent
TLA as a Spider Web
Dialogue Prompt:
Take a few minutes to do a walk about and look at the artifacts associated with each of these recommendations. Decide which of the four recommendation groups you would like to work with. Draft next steps.

Attitudinal Change
I can't believe how much students care about their own learning.
~ many faculty and staff

Sometimes, it's really hard to get to TLA, but I'm always glad I did because I leave feeling inspired and refreshed.
~ many faculty, students, staff, community

I can't believe how much faculty and staff and community members care about my learning.
~ many students
2013-2014 Big Question:
From G. Gerard, “What is Dialogue?” in Rediscover the Transformative Power of Dialogue,
Dominick Abel Literary Agency, 1998.

Winter 2014 Results
Proposed Recommendations:
Share principles and practices for creating trust.
Sustain and enhance trust building events like Conversations in Common.
Pilot the use of a "Chat Stick" to invite circles of trust in the Learning Commons.
Consider developing other trust building events like a "studio week" and a university wide carnival/cultural fair.
"How do we ignite individual passion, purpose, and potential to co-create a culture of trust?"
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