The Teaching and Learning Initiative is now accepting applications for the Spring 2012 semester.
What is the Teaching and Learning Initiative?
The Teaching and Learning Initiative (TLI) is a community-building initiative through which students work with faculty and staff as educational partners.
The commitments of the TLI are:
To create campus spaces and structures within which all members—faculty, staff, and students—interact as teacher, learners, and colleagues
To collaborate and create relationships that move beyond the limitations of the traditional roles we play at Bryn Mawr
To link everyone within the college community to educational opportunities and the opportunity to foster it for others
Who can participate in the Empowering Learners Partnerships branch of the TLI?
Staff and faculty from all campus departments are eligible for participation in the TLI.
Participating in an Empowering Learners Partnership
Empowering Learners Partnerships (ELPs) provide the opportunity to participate in a unique reciprocal relationship with a staff, student, or faculty member (or occasionally in a small group). You and your partner(s) will take turns teaching and learning a skill or interest, allowing both of you to take on the roles of teacher and learner.
Weekly Partnership Meetings
For the first half of the semester, partnerships meet for 2 hours a week. You and your partner can decide if you want to meet for 2 hours once a week, or 1 hour twice a week. Halfway through the semester you and your partner have the option to continue with your meeting schedule, or to meet for one hour a week for the rest of the semester.
What skills, talents, or interests do I have to offer?
All faculty, staff, and students who have an interest in building relationships and sharing knowledge are encouraged to participate in the TLI. Since the creation of the TLI, a wonderfully diverse list of skills and interests have been shared through its partnerships:
Literacy, Foreign Languages, Baking, Computer, Piano, Digital Photography, Facebook, Wood carving, Jazz Appreciation, Arts and Crafts, Continuing Education, Painting, Citizenship Test, Board/Card Games
…just to name a few.
If you are interested in participating in the TLI for the spring 2012 semester, apply now! An electronic application can be found here.