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Learning Communities

Learning Communities

A learning community is a group of faculty, staff, students and interested individuals who engage in activities that provide learning, pedagogy, and community. NMC is among many other colleges and universities who have created a vibrant culture of inquiry through LCs, and you’re invited to join!

If you’re interested in LCs at NMC, use the buttons below to view last years’s groups, join an existing LC, or propose a group. Facilitators from last year, please use click on the “Propose…” button if your group will continue this year.

LCs typically meet four or five times each term. These groups are a great way to collaborate and share ideas with a variety of colleagues on campus. Each group has a small budget to work with and hours spent meeting with your group can be counted as professional development towards your Faculty Evaluation Plan.

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2018 – 2019 Learning Communities

Belongingness

The Belongingness LC aims to find more and better ways to help students feel a greater sense of belonging at NMC.

Kristen Salathiel – Facilitator
Kari Kahler
Lisa Thomas
Lindsey Dickinson
Taylor Nash
Maureen Voss

Coaching

The vision is to consider coaching as an operating system/paradigm for NMC as a whole with unique and different applications in our individual areas of responsibility. Coaching will help further or advance the purpose of preparing learners for rich and meaningful lives. It will also help NMC in creating and sustaining a thriving, collaborative, purpose-driven environment/culture where all people flourish.

Mark Delonge – Facilitator
Tom Gordon
Ashley Darga
Kari Kahler
Paul Kolak
Terri Gutasfson
Nate Butler
Lori Hodek
Steve Rice

ePortfolios

The ePorfolio LC discusses strategies for introducing and promoting the use of ePortfolios with NMC students. This group also discusses tools to assist students in the development of their ePortfolios.

Ryan Bernstein – Facilitator
Marjory Smith
John Velis
David Hosler
David Chown
Patrick Niemisto
Melissa Sprenkle
Sarah Wangler

New Faculty

Kristen Salathiel – Facilitator
Stewart Jack
Yolanda Johnson-Gray
Brie Mills
Mike O’Connor
John Biolchini
Pamela Harris Kaiser
Karl Schroeder

Sustainability on Campus and in the Classroom

This group examines sustainability theory and issues, discussing how these are being taught and shared in the classroom and in other campus settings. Whereas the NMC Green Team is mission-based, this learning community is discussion and content based, sharing current issues, readings, and how to teach and spread sustainability theory in various areas and disciplines.

Ryan Wilson – Facilitator
Rachel Wilczewski
Paul Kolak
Meg Young
Dan Goodchild
Laura Jaquish

Using and Developing Open Educational Resources

Sarah Wangler – Facilitator
Mella McCormick

2017 – 2018 Learning Communities

Belongingness

Kristen Salathiel – Facilitator
Kari Kahler
Lisa Thomas
Lindsey Dickinson
Dianne Owens
Ann Geht

Coaching

Mark Delonge – Facilitator
Tom Gordon
Ashley Darga
Kari Kahler
Paul Kolak
Terri Gutasfson
Nate Butler
Lori Hodek
Steve Rice
Megan Ward

Collaboration for Universal Design

Sherry Trier – Co-facilitator
Nicole Fewins
Dave Dalquist
Leanne Baumeler
Alison Thornton
Jessica Johnson
Tamella Livengood
Kristina Jackson

ePortfolios

Ryan Bernstein – Facilitator
Marjory Smith
John Velis
David Hosler
Andrea Hentschel
David Chown
Patrick Niemisto

New Faculty

Kristen Salathiel – Facilitator
April Kesler
Amy Truselot
Shilo Smith
Mike O’Connor
Glenn Wolff
Tammy Coleman
Nicole Speelman

Reading Apprenticeship in STEM

Nancy Gray – Facilitator
Deb Pharo
Tony Jenkins
Nick Roster
Mary Jo Elliott
Blake Key
John Pflughoeft
Steve Drake
Jason Slade

Student Veterans in Transition

Judy Chu – Co-Facilitator
Ryan Wilson – Co-Facilitator
Megan Ward
Mary Burget
Melissa Sprenkle
Bronwyn Jones
Michele Howard
Janet Lively
Joe Stankovich

Using and Developing Open Educational Resources

Sarah Wangler – Facilitator
Megan Ward
Ryan Bernstein
Mark DeLonge
Ryan Wilson
Janet Lively
Bronwyn Jones
Deirdre Mahoney