Learning circles are groups of 6-12 participants who meet to discuss topics or books consistent with the mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Open to faculty and staff, groups typically meet on a regular schedule for 3-6 sessions over the course of a semester.
Learning circles may be facilitated by the CTL Director or by faculty or staff volunteers. Facilitators, like participants, are learners; a central principle of learning circles is that no one is, or need be, an expert. All members are encouraged to share, listen, and reflect, connecting with colleagues from all areas of campus.
Learning circles meet in Ramsey Library’s Whitman Room. The CTL will purchase books or supply readings for learning circle members, and tea is always available. Upcoming learning circles are typically announced via campus-wide email immediately before or at the beginning of each semester, including summer.