Building Relationships

Fostering Relationships and Academic Belonging

Fostering relationships with your students and between students in the classroom may seem unrelated to learning but can often be an essential precondition for learning to occur. 

Learning Communities

Philosophies, strategies, and technologies involved in teaching & learning can all evolve over time. We love to share well-established findings through workshops, but sometimes a space to discuss and interrogate ideas without the pressure of needing to already have the answers can provide a fresh perspective on the challenges of teaching. Instructor learning communities provide an avenue to explore and discuss these timely topics.

Students attend international conference

Christine Kiewra broadens students’ perspectives on early childhood education with an international community

Use Yellowdig to Build Community

Jennifer Davidson facilitates learning with Yellowdig as students share connections between the course content and the world around them.

Strengthening human connection to improve online learning

A recent study found that the quality of interpersonal interactions was predictive of student grades.

Welcoming Online Students

Learn the benefits of using a welcome video for an online class to kick-start a great learning partnership.

Seminar creates community, better teachers

Dr. Josh Brummer and undergraduate learning assistants engaged in a semester-long course aimed at improving their understanding of effective teaching

Humanizing Your Course: Creating an Inclusive Classroom with a "Liquid Syllabus"

The liquid syllabus is designed to "tell" students, that I, as their instructor, am excited to be a partner with them in their learning.

Teaching Strategies that Increase Instructor-Student Connection

7-9-20 Participants were challenged to consider pedagogical methods to enhance the learning environment, and to partner with students to empower learning.