You are invited to become part of a Appalachian Learning Community for the academic year 20042005. Members of this learning community will be investigating teaching and learning in and about Appalachia.
OVERVIEW: What is a Appalachian Learning Community?
Learning Communities are cross-disciplinary groups of 8 to 12 members who share ideas, engage in a curriculum of discovery and inquiry focused on teaching and learning, and who participate in activities designed to foster social, intellectual, and reflective discussion. Learning Communities have been used successfully in post-secondary institutions to catalyze deep and sustaining institutional and cultural change. When used, Faculty Learning Communities have resulted in the development of corps of actively engaged scholars and leaders devoted to educational quality improvement, as well as collaborative democratic processes and practices. Learning Communities may be cohort-based or issues-based. Cohort-based communities typically address teaching and learning needs of a cohort of faculty that share a common interest. For example, faculty who teach large-lecture introductory courses may work together to explore the challenge of teaching to novice learners. Issues-based communities address the needs of groups working to examine key campus priorities, for example, critical thinking or student engagement. Funding from the Ohio Learning Network and Ohio University’s Office of the Provost and collaboration among faculty and administrators has initiated SCOPE OHIO to build the capacity for creating and sustaining learning communities on Ohio’s six campuses.
TEACHING AND LEARNING IN AND ABOUT APPALACHIA
GOALS of the Appalachian Learning Community
ACTIVITIES of the Appalachian Learning Community (ALC)
The learning community will collaborate during the 2004-2005 academic to better understand teaching and learning in and about Appalachia as it relates to student, faculty, staff, community, and administrative needs. The following activities are planned for the ALC group:
Persons interested in Appalachia and who would like to investigate topics associated with teaching and learning in and about Appalachia are invited to consider joining this learning community. Participants must also be interested in exploring ways to implement what is learned and assist the broader university community to appreciate the needs and resources distinct to the Appalachian region. Although it is desirable to have experience and knowledge about the region, the group welcomes those interested in learning about the region. While the group is mainly for faculty, other participants will be considered for membership.
PARTICIPANTS of 2003-2004 YEAR ALC GROUP
If you want to speak with someone who participated in this group last year, feel free to contact one of the members:
David Bower firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoff Buckley email@example.com
Lacey Curtis firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Denham email@example.com
Merle Graybill firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Harris email@example.com
Mike Hess firstname.lastname@example.org
Betty Pytlik email@example.com
Jack Wright firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants in the ALC must be willing to commit 3 hours per month to attend a monthly group meeting. These meetings will occur as evening sessions from 5 to 8 p.m. and include a shared potluck dinner. Meetings will occur in Grover Center in Athens, you will be notified of the meeting rooms. The meeting dates for these sessions are:
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 from 5-8 pm
Tuesday, January 11, 2005 from 5-8 pm
Tuesday, February 8, 2005 from 5-8 pm
Tuesday, March 8, 2005 from 5-8 pm
Tuesday, April 12, 2005 from 5-8 pm
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 from 5-8 pm
Tuesday, June 7, 2005 from 5-8 pm
The first meeting will be Wednesday, November 3, 2004. Many Appalachians enjoy potluck suppers. The group meeting last year found this to be an enjoyable way to share together in physical and intellectual nourishment. Participants will each be asked to bring a covered dish to share with others at the monthly pot luck dinners for the monthly meetings.
Additional time commitments of about 4-8 hours per month may also be required to do the work of the group. For example, you will need time prior to the group meetings to complete readings that will be discussed at the ALC meeting. You will be asked to serve on a task force dedicated to gathering and organizing materials for further development of the webpage about teaching and learning in and about Appalachia. The web page can be viewed at http://scope.citl.ohiou.edu/ALC/AppalachianALC/index.html Task force groups may also need to form during the academic year to work on specific activities.
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
Members who participate will have the opportunity to become acquainted with and form a network with others who share interests about Appalachia, its cultural and regional aspects, and pedagogy related to its people, places, and history. Some financial support will be available to help defray some costs for those participating in the Appalachian Studies Association presentation, visiting universities with Appalachian Studies programs, and other activities that further the goals of the ALC.
TIMELINE for APPLICATION for this SCOPE OHIO ALC
Proposals DUE: Friday, October 22, 2004.
Notification of Selection: Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Time Commitment for ALC: November 2004 - June 2005
PROPOSAL & APPLICATION PROCESS
Proposals should be submitted as a word document to Sharon Denham, the ALC leader, by noon on October 22, 2004. For additional information or to discuss your individual questions call 593-4494 or e-mail at email@example.com