Day three of the workshops series on Course Design was focused on group work—specifically, finding different ways to create collaborative learning.
It was a fitting theme for Amherst’s newest pilot program, the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, where the goal is to provide a wide range of tools and research to help faculty with the work they do every day.
The morning started with 15 educators seated in small groups in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, where the TLC offers its programs.
“We’re going to jump right in,” said Associate Director of the Writing Center Jessica Kem, who was leading the day’s workshop. As an introduction, she flipped to a slide showing the six centers that make up the TLC: the Center for Community Engagement, the Moss Quantitative Center, Academic Technology Services, the Writing Center, Library Research and Instruction, and Instructional & Curricular Design.
“The Teaching and Learning Collaborative is an experiment in group work among staff on campus,” Kem said. “We are experimenting with different ways of working with each other.”