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Learning Communities

A Learning Community is an active group of colleagues who work collaboratively on an on-going basis, focusing on a particular pedagogical or research topic, issue in higher education, or other topic of shared interest. By design, learning communities promote collegiality, and they also encourage innovation by providing a safe space to explore new ideas, experiment, and reflect with your colleagues. Faculty Enrichment staff facilitate some learning communities, but we support learning communities in a variety of other ways: selecting topics, identifying possible members, promotion and communication, logistical support, research, help with data collection, and as participants in the groups.

To join a Learning Community contact the facilitator mentioned in the description or Instructional Consultant Chris Odato.

Spring 2019 Learning Communities:

Open Pedagogy Learning Community

The Open Pedagogy Learning Community is a group of interested faculty who meet regularly to read about, discuss, and practice the principles of open pedagogy. An open pedagogical approach emphasizes collaboration and community, promotes student agency, encourages students to participate in their learning with an audience that goes beyond just their professor, their classroom, and their institution. In doing so, it changes the way students think about and take ownership of their learning, fostering an environment for students to become creators, not just consumers of knowledge. We share ideas and experiences, discuss the philosophy of ‘Open’, wrestle with the problems and challenges it presents, and read about what others around the world are doing to transform student learning using open pedagogy. Facilitated by Karen Cangialosi (

The Keene-Einbeck Music Learning Community

This learning community will focus on the coordination of curriculum, repertoire, and campus-community events related to the October 2019 Keene-Einbeck music exchange. The Keene community will host 28 visiting musicians from Einbeck, including Einbeck’s Mayor, for a series of music and cultural experiences in the greater Monadnock region. This visit will bridge KSC choirs, History Department, Holocaust & Genocide Studies Department, UCC church, Keene HS band and chorus, and community choirs. This exchange is a true representation of best practice to blur the dividing lines between campus and the greater Keene community. Members of this learning community will include KSC faculty and community partners. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, February 5th at 11am and will occur on a biweekly schedule. Facilitated by Sandra Howard (

Exploring Creative Writing

This faculty learning community supports faculty who are exploring creative writing styles that are different from their primary scholarship. This group provides a non-judgmental, supportive environment. Members of this group commit to working on their writing and checking in with each other in person every two weeks for an hour to discuss their progress and concerns, to provide support and accountability, and to workshop their writing. Facilitated by Meriem Pages (

Book Authoring Support Initiative

The objectives of the Book Authoring Support Initiative (BASI) are: provision of a forum for authors to share ideas, experiences, and support for scholarly book authoring; provision of insight and encouragement to KSC faculty members who have an interest in book-writing as a scholarly engagement; and improvement of the book-authoring profile of KSC faculty. BASI is committed to planning and providing an event each semester that will benefit interested KSC faculty members, and by extension, KSC students. Facilitated by Elvis Foster (

Humanities Faculty Research Group

The Humanities Faculty Research group has become an essential part of our experience here at Keene State College. This group gathers three to four times per semester for 1.5 hours on Friday afternoons to workshop scholarship-in-progress by members of the group. Over the last four years, we have reviewed written manuscripts targeted for publication in academic journals or books. After reading the scheduled faculty member’s work in advance, we dialogue about how to improve the research. It has been a mutually beneficial and intellectually stimulating experience for everyone in the group. Our discussions are always engaging, interdisciplinary, enlightening and respectful. We have effectively formed a community dedicated to continued learning. Facilitated by Lisa DiGiovanni (

Meaningful Writing Learning Community

The Center for Writing along with the Integrative Studies Program are co-sponsoring a Learning Community to foster interdisciplinary inquiry and conversation about “meaningful” writing both within and outside the university context. Together, we will ask: what does it mean to teach writing and to be writers in today’s shifting literacy landscape? How do we help prepare students for the writing they will undoubtedly do as they move through college and into the workplace? We welcome those who have identified writing as an outcome for their ISP course as well as those interested in building meaningful writing into their courses. Faciliated by Molly Parsons (

Exploring Digital Tools for Learning

This group will work collaboratively to explore and experiment with applying digital tools to facilitate student engagement in coursework. This semester we’ll explore how to create, share and reuse interactive content using a simple, free tool called H5p ( Facilitated by Delene White (

Designing for Retention

In this group we’ll read and discuss how to apply recent research on approaches to designing courses, activities, and assignments to support retention and students’ developing academic confidence and sense of belonging in college. Designing for retention is a way that faculty can be at the forefront of retention efforts. Facilitated by Chris Odato (

Examining Faculty Privilege

This learning community is designed to give faculty a comfortable space to think deeply about the negative and positive consequences of their privilege. We will explore how faculty can leverage the privileges that they have for the benefit of students and others. Meetings will take place informally in various establishments in downtown Keene on friday afternoons. Facilitated by Karen Cangialosi (

The Daily Writing Habit

Members of the daily writing group commit to writing for at least 15 minutes every weekday and to meeting once a week for 30 minutes to check in, discuss ongoing projects, and hold each other accountable to daily writing habits that help maintain their research agendas. As a guide, the groups use Wendy Belcher’s 2009 book, Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Facilitated by Amber Davisson (

Past Learning Communities:

  • Teaching Writing and Thinking Learning Community
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies Study Group
  • Teaching and Learning Book Club
  • Pedagogical Journal Club
  • Department Chair Roundtables
  • Living Learning Commons Faculty Learning Community
  • Team-Based Learning Group

Contact Faculty Enrichment

Pat Wright
Mason Library Administrative Assistant
Office: LIB 116
Phone: 603.358.2723
Mail Stop: 3201

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