Participate in a Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment group this year

You are invited to participate in CCLE (Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment) for the coming academic year. This section of CCLE will be for faculty/staff only, as was the original CCLE before it became part of the Delta Program. I facilitated the original CCLE numerous times, as well as facilitated a number of the follow-up collaborative group activities.

What is CCLE? Join a small, diverse group of faculty staff in the biological, physical, or social sciences- no more than 10- to explore deeply the learning process and the implications for teaching. The goal is to help faculty/staff develop themselves as learners, teachers, and collaborators through reflection and discussion. While the group will be exposed to some teaching techniques, the emphasis is on learning, and the facilitators, Bob Ray and I will help the group stay focused and working together. The objective is not to deliver tips and tricks for teaching.

The group meets through one academic year for 1.5 hours a week. While this is a large commitment of time, the year provides a foundation and understanding that previous participants have found rewarding and stimulating. You will develop your own framework for making decisions about learning and teaching that include relationships and interdependencies of factors at a root level. Looking around at the leaders in the University, many were part of CCLE (e.g. Eric Wilcots, Assoc. Dean in L&S, Nancy Mathews, Fac. Director of Morgridge Center, former Provost Pat Farrell). We would particularly encourage our newer faculty to consider participating.

Outside of our group meetings, you will be expected to do some reading, and an occasional activity. The original CCLE program was the doctoral thesis of Katherine Sanders in Industrial Engineering, and since then, two others have received their doctorates studying the CCLE process. While the program has changed, we plan to retain the essential components.

If you have questions or are interested, please contact (Lillian Tong, 365-3003, or Bob Ray ( as soon as possible. We will choose the time and day based in part on the schedules of those interested.

Lillian Tong, Ph.D.
Center for Biology Education
Institute for Cross-College Biology Education