We believe that knowledge and expertise are socially constructed within a specific context, and that community provides the space for people to share ideas and learn from one another. We focus on creating and sustaining a climate that supports teaching; developing a community of peers at the local, national, and international levels; and fostering a culture that celebrates the teaching practice.
We have worked to create opportunities for faculty to engage in learning communities through the Ohio State Teaching Enhancement Program (OSTEP). These groups meet regularly for a year, working together to support each others efforts on a teaching related project. Over the past several years, we have supported a variety of learning communities on different topics or for different cohorts. Our current communities are the Graduate Teaching Fellows, the Mid-Career and Senior Faculty Community Program , and the Community on Internationalization of the Curriculum. In 2015-16, we will launch a Lecturer Learning Community and Course Design Learning Community.
UCAT also sponsors book groups, both campus-wide and within academic units, as a form of multi-level community. For more information, contact us.