Teaching Squares

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What is Online Teaching Squares?

Faculty participants join three other teaching colleagues to form a supportive, non-evaluative “teaching square,” to share inclusive teaching practices and learn from each other throughout the semester. Interested participants may propose their own four members, or may ask to be added to a Teaching Square. Based on their goals, Teaching Square members ultimately determine the activities they will collectively engage in to meet them.

Suggested activities, as determined within each Teaching Square:

  • Provide feedback on each other’s online course structures and two weeks of course material.
  • Provide online course peer reviews CEETL has developed a Self & Peer Online Course Review Guide to support you in this process. An editable Word version is also available here.
  • Offer ongoing support to members of the teaching squares.
  • Celebrate successes, share course materials, teaching strategies and approaches.

Criteria for completion badge and stipend payment: 

  • Engage in a minimum of 10 hours of activity related to the Teaching Square, as determined by your group’s goals. 
  • Submit a short reflection on your individual process to be reviewed by a CEETL Faculty Mentor.

*Based on productive conversations with the Chancellor’s Office and California Faculty Association (CFA), the faculty stipend amounts for these CARES-2 funded faculty development activities have been finalized. All faculty teaching in Summer 2020 and AY 2020-2021 are eligible for this stipend while the funding remains. In the case of the Online Teaching Lab, the higher amount will be applied retroactively to past Online Teaching Lab graduates. 

Teaching Squares Courses

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Summer & Fall 2021 Teaching Squares

A teaching square is a group of four (sometimes five) faculty, usually from across disciplines, that meet regularly throughout a semester to support each other and celebrate best practices for teaching and learning (Haave, 2014).

When is the course offered and how can I register? 

  • Self-organized groups can start whenever your group is ready. 
  • The sign-up deadline for Self-organized Teaching Squares has been extended to October 15, 2021.    

Learn more and register for each QLT or TTTT PIE slice courses

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What is the Online Teaching Lab?

The Online Teaching Lab (OTL) is a fully asynchronous, completely self-paced online course about online teaching. Our community norms emphasize curiosity, kindness and compassion with oneself and with each other as we navigate together this unusual time in history.

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What is JEDI PIE?

The JEDI PIE Institute builds a community of JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) protagonists through 25 hours of practice of developing anti-racist pedagogy and dismantling white supremacy in online teaching. 

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What is the JEDI Writing PIE Institute?

The Writing PIE Institute is a fully asynchronous, completely self-paced online course about teaching writing based on pedagogies for inclusive excellence. 

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What is Online Teaching Squares?

Faculty participants join three other teaching colleagues to form a supportive, non-evaluative “teaching square,” to share inclusive teaching practices and learn from each other throughout the fall semester. 

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Other Communities

CEETL facilitates and fosters reflective teaching and learning communities throughout the academic year.