“Exploring Alternate Assessments” Teaching Circle Now Meeting

Join our Circle: 

Today at 3:00 P.M., join circle facilitator Katie Kavanagh and peers as we continue to meet bi-weekly via Zoom to share discussions around the challenges and ideas with conducting successful assessments in today’s learning environment. Our aim is to uncover successful practices as well as brainstorm for methods that will apply in our learning community here at Clarkson.  More on Teaching Circles below. Get started today by enrolling in the Teaching Circlesspace in Moodle so you can join our Circle.  


The Institute for STEM Education and the Teaching Mentoring Program Committee are proud to announce the start of Clarkson University’s Teaching Circles Program.  Teaching circles are intentional communities who share concerns and interests related to teaching. They are safe spaces in which colleagues (1) generate and share developments related to teaching, (2) ideate innovations or interventions designed to enhance student learning, (3) seek scholarly research and resources to inform and support implementation of trials. 

The Teaching Circles program will launch this Fall with the following circles:

  1. “Exploring Alternate Assessments” (Facilitated by Katie Kavanagh)  
  2. “Fostering Engagement and Preventing Burnout in Online Instruction” (Facilitated by Christopher Robinson). This will be held in early October. 

Suggest a circle topic or start your own: Our aim is to grow the number of circles based on topics and interest from within the Clarkson community. You can help shape this program with your willingness to get involved. Suggest a topic, facilitate a circle or contribute suggestions. More on this in Moodle.

When applicable, teaching circles will contribute to Clarkson’s greater community of teaching and learning through presentations/publication of findings to colleagues. 

Participation is open to any faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants, and is not restricted to STEM fields or instructional modality.  Read below for more information.

What to expect:

  1. Each circle will be theme or topic focused and is guided by a facilitator or co-facilitators. Facilitators are responsible for organizing circle meetings, posting to circle’s online forum, circle goal setting & check ins, facilitate discussions, arranging for outside expertise (speakers, guest contributors, etc) and encouraging members to contribute fully.  Facilitators volunteer in this leadership role for professional development and exploration of topics of interest. 
  2. Circle Rules:
  • Join as many circles as you like
  • Drop out of a circle at any time
  • Participate actively  
  • Be respectful and inclusive
  1. Teaching circle members will engage in active discussion and contribution is encouraged. Circles meet via Zoom for bi-weekly discussions and will have a home in a Moodle course, as a platform for hosting/sharing resources, facilitating online discussion.

How to Join Teaching Circles:

Click to enroll in the Teaching Circles course in Moodle and complete the Choose a Teaching Circle activity.  

For questions, contact a Teaching Mentoring Program Committee Member:

  • Kathleen Kavanagh, kkavanag@clarkson.edu
  • Laura Perry, lperry@clarkson.edu
  • Christopher Robinson, crobinso@clarkson.edu

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