Inquiry Groups

Inquiry groups 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 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 2020.


Learning Communities for Impactful Community Engagement

Join one of two fall learning communities on impactful community engagement to expand your knowledge and professional network through small-group discussions with Northeastern faculty and staff, as well as service-learning community partners (supported by resources provided by the program sponsors). The themes of these learning communities are: (1) Teaching for Social Justice in Service-Learning and Community Engagement and (2) Community Partnerships. Anyone interested in service-learning may join.

Participants in both learning communities must attend the pre-scheduled kick-off and showcase events, along with three learning community meetings during the semester. Each learning community will be meet for monthly one-hour meetings, with meeting dates/times to be determined by participants. For each of these sessions, participants will receive a discussion guide for their meeting, as well as readings and worksheets to prepare in advance of their time together.

Participants in each learning community will produce a final product. For Track 1, this will be an activity that students will do to learn about the importance of social justice in the course discipline and how that relates to the partner’s mission. For Track 2, this will be an activity that the community partner liaison and the faculty member can do collaboratively to strengthen and equalize the partnership. Participants will share their final products at the showcase session.

Required meetings:

  • Kick-Off: September 1, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (ET) – Register here!
  • Three small-group meetings, to be scheduled by each group
  • Showcase: December 15, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (ET) – Register here!

Flexible Learning Inquiry Group

As Northeastern implements the Hybrid NUflex format this Fall, the Flexible Learning Inquiry Group will meet for five sessions to read and discuss Brian Beatty’s ebook Hybrid-Flexible Course Design. Beatty pioneered the hybrid-flexible format a decade ago. His text includes theoretical foundations, planning strategies, and numerous case studies. We encourage participants in this group to register for and attend multiple sessions, but will also welcome members on a session-by-session basis. The session dates are 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, and 11/17. Register here!


Learning Community: Becoming an Antiracist Educator

How can we as educators work toward individually and collectively becoming antiracist? How can examining our own racial identities and educational practices lead us to meaningfully take steps toward an antiracist agenda in our respective learning environments? In this learning community, offered in collaboration with the Center for Intercultural Engagement, we will explore an array of antiracist readings, videos, and podcasts, including excerpts from Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist (2019) and Singh’s The Racial Healing Handbook (2019). You are expected to commit to all three sessions: 9/29, 10/13, and 10/27. Register here!


Global Learning Series

How can we create learning environments that foster a global mindset while cultivating sensitivity to the perspectives of learners with different backgrounds and experiences? This virtual inquiry series will examine how we can reframe global learning to align with inclusive action. While we recommend attending the entire series, we also welcome participation in individual sessions. These sessions are offered in collaboration with the Global Experience Office. The session dates include: 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, and 11/16.

  • In the first session, we will examine the topic of decolonizing global learning, exploring critiques of existing practices and possibilities for future action. Karin Firoza and Naomi Boase, Director and Assistant Director of the Center for Intercultural Engagement, will also join us for this session. Register here!
  • In the second session, we will examine the topic of equity in global learning, with a focus on creating inclusive spaces for students and educators with different backgrounds and identities to learn with and from one another. Program Development Manager Meisha Swaby from the Global Experience Office will also join us for this session. Register here!
  • In the third session, we will examine how we can engage in ethical community-based learning at home and abroad by engaging with community members as partners in learning. Becca Berkey and Chelsea Lauder, Director and Program Associate of Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, will also join us for this session. Register here!
  • In the final session, we will connect theory to practice. You will collaborate with other Northeastern educators to craft and refine an artifact that brings inclusive global learning into your curricular or co-curricular context. Register here!