University of Wisconsin–Madison

Winter Retreat 2014 Report

Identifying Communities of Practice on Campus

The UW-Teaching Academy presented its Winter Retreat for 2015 on Friday, January 16 at Union South. Over 50 participants from across campus gathered to share their thoughts, experiences, and visions about existing and emerging communities of practice.

Ten community leaders on campus were invited to give “pop-up” talks; short, 10-minute talks outlining the defining moments in their experience with their various communities of practice, as well as the impact of such community experiences on their teaching and learning. A facilitated workshop session followed the talks. The workshop focus was leadership roles in community learning, based on a Wenger-Traynor model. The discussion gave all participants a chance to reflect upon their own existing communities of practice, discover potential communities of practice that have relationships with their career, and discover ways to enhance the value of Communities of Practice through better understanding the theory and research around Communities of Practice.

Here is the list of guest speakers:

John Pfotenhauer, Cryogenics in Mech. Engineering
Don Gillian-Daniel & Jess Maher, DELTA
Jeremy Morris & Lori Kido Lopez, MTLE alumni
Daniel S. Jacobsohn, School of Education, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic IT Relations (Second Tuesday Leadership Breakfasts)
Catherine Stephens, ComETS
Michael Maguire & Linda Roberts – SOHE EI project
Marian Farrior, UW Arboretum, Community Partnerships and Outreach (CPO) Staff Network

This event was co-sponsored by UW-Madison Teaching Academy, Vice-Provost Office for Teaching and Learning, Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence Program, DoIT Academic Technology and University Health Services.

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