Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Community (FLC)

Molly Broere, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, leads the Faculty Learning Community. Faculty meet regularly to discuss topics such as classroom management, pedagogy, and best teaching practices. These meetings often include collegial sharing across disciplines and innovative teaching tips.


Remote Teaching Faculty Learning Community

This community meets biweekly via Zoom on Wednesdays from 4:20-5:20 PM (Central Time) . Each meeting is themed on topics such as tools and strategies for the remote classroom, designing and developing online tests, collecting and responding to student feedback, and metaphysical sharing. Requests are welcomed! Each session is led by one or more CTL faculty members, who invite other faculty to share their expertise. For session recordings, contact ellen.sprague@principia.edu.


Works in Progress (WIP)

This learning community, usually led by a CTL faculty member, gets faculty together to read manuscripts (articles, dissertation chapters, etc.) and drafts of conference presentation papers. Faculty put forward a draft to read, noting areas of question or concern, and the rest of the group reads, makes notes, and gives feedback to help move the writer toward publication..

Remote Student Learning Community

The Remote Student Learning Community comprises both a Canvas “course” and a weekly Zoom session. The Canvas course was designed to be a space where Principia’s remote students have a way of feeling connected to what’s happening on campus. It is a one-stop site where they can access resources and connect with CTL faculty and one another. The course contains interactive discussion boards; weekly announcements; and modules with regularly updated links to remote social events, study resources, and spiritual inspiration. The Canvas course links  to the Remote Student Learning Community Zoom session, which takes place on Mondays from 4:30-6:00 PM (Central Time). This zoom room is a place where remote learners can just pop in to say hi to each other, or stay on for longer discussions and have a shared space to work together. The CTL’s post-graduate teaching intern, Marie Sherman, manages both the Canvas course and Zoom room and is available to support students’ writing and other academic projects. 


Student Learning Community (SLC)

The Student Learning Community meets weekly to strengthen skills for academic success. Some of the strategies discussed include goal setting, organization, and motivation. Faculty from the Center for Teaching and Learning lead these meetings, and all students are welcome to attend.


Write-In SEries (WISE) Workspace

While these workspaces are usually themed–Cookies and Capstones; Just Write, Write Now; Recipes for Revising–they are OPEN TO ALL. At WISE you’ll find space to get work done in a supportive and productive atmosphere. Stop in or stay awhile. Free cookies, and plenty of resources to help you get the job done!