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Communities of Practice: Resources for COD CoPs

Join a Community of Practice

Faculty who are interested in joining an existing community of practice can indicate their interest by filling out this short form: https://forms.office.com/r/SzXFE9eaR2 (COD login required).

The FPDAC will forward your request to the Community's facilitator.

Current Communities of Practice

IMPROVING STUDENT RESILIENCE AND SUCCESS THROUGH CHARACTER STRENGTHS, SELF-REGULATION, COPING SKILLS, AND METACOGNITION: Intended as an Innovation Community, we hope to learn about, develop, and implement strategies to help students learn skills for overcoming the stress and anxiety they are facing in school, work, and life. Psychological science has discovered a number of candidate principles and strategies that can help, and recent research has begun to test the effectiveness of interventions in the areas listed in the title of the Community of Practice.
Facilitator: Ken Gray

ONLINE INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES INDEX. Using U of I Ion website, https://www.uis.edu/ion/resources/instructional-activities-index/, work thru the various techniques described. Apply activities to Blackboard. Measure response.
Facilitator: David Ellis 

PROMOTING CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: We would like to form a dedicated group to strategize methods for building a stronger civic engagement strategy at COD. How do we integrate civic engagement strategies into the classroom since research shows that civic engagement has a positive effect on academic engagement? Research has found that civic engagement activities, when designed well, are associated with increased graduation rates and learning at community colleges (and K-12 and four year schools as well) (Astin and Vogelgesang 2006; Bridgeland, DiIulio, and Morison 2006; Prentice and Robinson 2010). We want to use this Community of Practice to design these activities and to strategize a longer term strategy for COD with respect to civic engagement.
Facilitators: Maureen Heffern Ponicki, Stephanie Quirk, Jim Allen, Christine Kickels, Kacey Abeln

BUILDING BRIDGES: INTEGRATED SUPPORT FOR GATEWAY WRITING: The purpose of our Community of Practice is to support College of DuPage’s students in their preparation for and success in English 1101: Composition I and English 1102: Composition II, our two gateway English courses. This proposed community of practice would create space for faculty across Developmental English, English Language Studies (ELS), and Composition Studies to collaborate in centering equity and actively working towards removing barriers for marginalized students in our writing classrooms. We also want to invite staff from the Learning Commons, the Office of Access and Accommodations, Counseling and Advising, and any other departments and divisions who want to collaborate in centering equity and actively working towards removing barriers for marginalized students in our writing classrooms.
Facilitators: Jill Grauman, Liz Adames, Jill Granberry

EXPOSING THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM: This community of practice will develop strategies to help students develop the cultural capital necessary to successfully navigate college, exposing the "hidden curriculum" of faculty expectations, college bureaucracy, and more.
Facilitators: Robert Moorehead

REMOVING STIGMAS OF GETTING HELP: Our Community of Practice recognizes that asking for help can be difficult. There are many factors that can hinder a student's ability to get help - from practical barriers (scheduling or transportation conflicts), to preconceived notions about help-seeking behaviors, to simply knowing where help can be found. This community of practice hopes to gather information about what prevents College of DuPage students from using  Math Assistance Area (MAA) resources, and to discuss, develop, and implement actions to help students overcome these challenges. We will begin our focus on students in STEM gateway courses (MATH, CHEM, PHYS, CIS) for which MAA provides tutoring. 
Facilitators: Cassie Murley, Peter Grabow, Jim (Patrick) Bradley

Propose a Community of Practice

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the Provost's office has made funding available for Communities Of Practice Exploring Gateway Courses, a pilot professional development program open to all COD faculty. The goal of this year's program is develop communities to explore and discuss teaching and learning in entry-level, prerequisite, and other courses that represent the first credit-bearing course that student encounters - whether in a program, as part of a certificate of study, or at COD generally.

The FPDAC will accept proposals for communities of practice on any teaching and learning topic, however, funding will not be available for CoPs that do not address teaching practice and student learning in gateway classes.

To propose a community of practice, fill out this short form at https://forms.office.com/r/fii81wfr2E

What does it mean to propose a CoP?

By proposing a community, you are indicating an interest in building a community of practice at COD. The name and description of your community will be published on this guide and you can begin the process of recruiting members and considering your Action Plan.

I've proposed a CoP - what are my next steps?

  1. Recruit members. Now is the time to invite others to join your community! You can review your community’s name and description here.
  2. Review the CoP Facilitation Guide. Reviewing this guide has two purposes: first, if you are planning to facilitate or co-facilitate a community, this guide should help you with that! Second, I would love your feedback on the guide. The doc is open for comments, so please feel free to ask questions, seek clarification, point out places for additional information, etc. The guide is part of the Community of Communities - the meta CoP that we’re all a part of as we co-create communities of practice at COD.
  3. Think about your Action Plan. The action plan will help the members of each community create shared ownership for their collaborative learning experiences and describe how that learning translates into action. Each community will present its action plan to the FPD Advisory Committee in November at which time, members of the committee will provide feedback and consider any funding requests.

Facilitate a Community of Practice

The facilitator’s role in the community of practice is one of consulting, connecting, facilitating, helping, and guiding. Facilitators cultivate and sustain the community through

  • monitoring activities
  • encouraging participation
  • reporting community of practice activity (through metrics and evaluations)
  • collecting and sharing evidence of participation and impact
  • managing community of practice events (including face-to-face meetings and live webinars)

The facilitator’s role is also one of a curator who collects, organizes, and shares data and collective knowledge throughout the lifespan of the community.

What does it mean to facilitate a CoP?

The individual who proposes a community doesn't have to be the one who facilitates it. Additionally, facilitation can be managed by one or more individuals in a community - you should feel free to share the responsibilities of facilitation in any way you like within your community. For example, one person could focus on content and communication and the other on organizing and facilitating meetings.

CoP facilitators will be the primary contact for the community and will be part of the Faculty Development Community of Communities, a group of co-investigators collaboratively exploring the role and impact of communities of practice at COD.

What resources are available to CoP facilitators?

This year, the open guide Engaging Our New and Future Students: Communities of Practice Guide for Facilitators is available to help get the facilitation process started in our new communities. Facilitators are invited to co-create the guide as we learn together what it means to bring communities of practice together at COD. 

Faculty development, both synchronous and asynchronous, will be available for facilitators and communities throughout the year. Facilitators may also wish to request professional development for their CoPs to support group formation, action research, or other tasks. Contact the Faculty Chair of Professional Development at fpd@cod.edu for more information.

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  • Last Updated: Nov 7, 2022 3:28 PM
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