Inquiry Groups

Inquiry groups, reading groups, and Learning Communities provide a forum for all Northeastern educators to come together for ongoing dialogue and reflection on a specific topic in teaching and learning.

Inquiry groups, reading groups, and learning communities typically involve periodic group meetings (either in person or online) over the course of a semester.

We are offering several inquiry groups and learning communities during Fall 2021.


Reading Group: Strategies and Tools for Teaching Large Classes 

All teaching environments have their challenges and opportunities. As educators, we need to recognize the opportunities that exist in classes of any size. In this collaboration between CATLR and Academic Technologies, we will approach large classes as an opportunity to help students learn, while recognizing the unique logistical challenges that large classes pose.

Using select chapters from Strategies for Teaching Large Classes Effectively in Higher Education (Goulding, Rawn, & Kern, 2018) and relevant podcasts, you will explore instructional strategies to address each opportunity or challenge. You will also discover time-saving tips that leverage Canvas integrated tools.

Session topics include:

Part 1: September 28-Streamlining Teaching Large Classes
Part 2: October 19-Making Large Classes Active and Inclusive for All Learners
Part 3: November 9-Assessing Learning in Large Classes
Part 4: November 30-Topic to be selected by participants

Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions.

For Future Faculty Program participants, this session fulfills the “Diversity and Inclusive Teaching,” or “Assignments, Assessment and Active Learning,” or “Course and Syllabus Design” requirements.


Reading Group: Bringing Anti-racist Awareness to Educational Practices 

In this three-part reading group, we will discuss excerpts from anti-racist texts that will help us bring racial awareness into our own educational practices, connecting reflection to action. Each week, the texts will be distributed for you to read in advance.

The session dates are 10/6, 10/13, 10/20. Register here!

Participants are invited to attend single sessions or participate in all three sessions as a series. Please note: you will have to register for each individual session.

The reading schedule for meetings is as follows:

  • Part 1 -10/6: In this first session, we will be discussing bell hooks’ chapter on “Talking Race and Racism” from Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope (2003)
  • Part 2 -10/13: In the second session of three, we will be discussing Jennifer L. Eberhardt’s chapter on “How Free People Think” from Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do (2019).
  • Part 3 -10/20: In this third and final session, we will be discussing excerpts from “Running ‘Real’ Discussions Around Race” from Becoming A White Antiracist (Brookfield & Hess, 2021) alongside “What if I Talk About Race Wrong?” from So You Want to Talk About Race (Oluo, 2019).

Reading Group on Pedagogical Partnerships for Equity and Justice 

Pedagogical partnerships create opportunities for students to collaborate on their own learning experiences, amplifying previously unheard voices and introducing essential perspectives that are often overlooked. This fall, we are pleased to announce a virtual reading group on pedagogical partnerships for equity and justice offered to teams of faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students. This reading group is co-sponsored by CATLR and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion through a Faculty Innovations in Diversity and Academic Excellence Grant. Over four sessions, participants will read and discuss Promoting Equity and Justice Through Pedagogical Partnership by Alise de Bie, Elizabeth Marquis, Alison Cook-Sather, and Leslie Patricia Luqueño. This newly published book shares research on and concrete examples of pedagogical partnerships and how they can create more equitable educational experiences. All participants will receive a digital copy of Promoting Equity and Justice Through Pedagogical Partnership. The reading group will be facilitated by Dr. Alison Cook-Sather. Dr. Cook-Sather is the Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education (Bryn Mawr College) and the Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute (Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges). She gave the keynote address at CATLR’s 2019 Conference for Advancing Evidence-Based Learning.

Additional sessions: 10/21, 10/28, 11/4

How to Join

Registration for inquiry groups and learning communities have now closed.

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