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The Learning and Teaching Collaboration Committee is charged with enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at BYU-Idaho. This is done in part through learning communities, retreats, and other informal gatherings that foster cross disciplinary relationships and collegiality. In these settings, faculty can pursue questions, discuss challenges, and share ideas about common issues related to teaching at this unique university. The committee has representation from each of the six colleges.
The Spori Summit is patterned on the Great Teacher's Seminar model and is designed to allow open discussion about teaching challenges and successes with colleagues from across all disciplines.
This overnight retreat is typically held at the Sky Mountain Ranch west of Victor every fall. It is a faculty sponsored retreat run by the Collaboration Committee. The retreat allows professors from various backgrounds the opportunity to share ideas and about instruction in a relaxed atmosphere. It is also an opportunity to develop lasting friendships with colleagues from across campus that care deeply about learning the art of teaching.
Learning Communities are groups of 8-12 faculty members from various disciplines who voluntarily meet on a regular basis to share ideas on ways to improve learning and teaching. Communities typically focus on a single topic of interest for a semester. A facilitator structures readings and guides discussions that emerge from the group's ongoing study and focus. Many of the Learning Communities on campus have been organized by the Collaboration Committee.