Communities of Practice and Care


Expressions of Interest:

Community of Practice: A group of instructors who “interact, share, and participate in a particular cultural practice over time, [and who then] develop their understanding about the practice, about who they are, and about what they know in relation to the community and its goals” (Jiminez-Silva & Olsen, 2012, p. 335).

As we navigate the new teaching and learning landscape, we are opening a fall community of practice and care about the opportunities and challenges of digital and writing pedagogies at a moment of change and possibility. This community is open to educators across campus, including instructors, graduate students, and parafaculty educators engaged in teaching and learning.

Theme: Approaching digital and writing pedagogies through the C.A.R.E. framework: Community, Accessibility, Respect and Reciprocity, and Equity (approximately September 19 - December 16, 2022)

Time Commitment: Every two weeks for 60 minutes (week of September 12 - week of December 5, 2022)

Facilitated by: Mandy Penney (she/her), Lead Educational Developer, Digital Pedagogies and Writing Across the Curriculum. Co-facilitated by Dalbir Sehmby, Educational Developer, Writing and Multimodal Communication Pedagogies

Format: We will gather virtually for the first half of the semester. By Reading Week in mid-October, we will make a decision together about whether we will remain fully online or shift to a hybrid format (with participants choosing between joining onsite and joining offsite).

Synchronous online, low-stakes, and collaborative with semi-structured supportive conversations. Decisions regarding preparation (e.g., pre-readings, reflections, etc.) to be determined by participants.

Possible Topics: Working together as a group, we will decide the key themes we will address in our community. Some possible topics include the following:

  • Nurturing community through digital and writing teaching/learning strategies
  • Using digital strategies to meet individual access needs
  • Anti-colonial approaches to digital engagement and writing instruction
  • Building flexibility into courses (e.g., policies, course content, and assignments)
  • Including students as partners in classrooms and other teaching and learning spaces
  • Meeting our learners’ physical, cognitive, and emotional needs…while attending to our own
  • Engaging and connecting students across modes of engagement (e.g., in the physical classroom, virtual, synchronous, and asynchronous)
  • Considering equity in digital and writing pedagogies

Capacity: Since communities of practice work best when they are smaller, each CoP/C will be capped at 12 participants. However, we are open to developing further CoPCs in the future where there is an interest.

If you would like to be notified for the Winter Expression of Interest, please email