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Join this Fall to discuss evidence-based instructional strategies as they relate to engineering! The JTFD project is an NSF IUSE grant led by Steve Krause aimed at improving teaching practices in FSE, specifically through active learning and engagement strategies. One of the aims of the grant was to create a Teaching Community of Practice (TCP) that would endure beyond the expiration of the grant. For the past two years these communities of practice have been conducted for participants and, this year, the opportunity is expanding to all Fulton Schools faculty! Past participants in JTFD have reported better student learning and retention in their classes, a more enjoyable teaching experience, and positive evaluations on promotion and tenure and annual review.Stephen Krause with three students

Meetings are held four or five times over the course of the semester, offering two dates for each topic to accommodate faculty schedules. Each TCP provides participants with a tiered approach and brief presentation on a topic; the remaining time is devoted to robust, faculty-led discussion. Participants with knowledge ranging from novice to expert in each area will benefit from the overall opportunity to build community and share ideas with their colleagues. Keith Hjelmstad and Claire Honeycutt, co-PIs of the grant, will again be leading this year’s TCPs. Below is a list of topics and a schedule of the Fall TCPs. See you there!

Fall topics

  • Setting the tone/building relationships on the first day of the engaged class
  • Do my students know what I want them to know? The backward design model for assessment
  • Repaving the way to student success using midterm formative feedback and assessment
  • Motivating your students to finish strongly: ending the semester successfully

Fall schedule

TCP Option 1 in CAVC 425 TCP Option 2 in ISTB1 274 and 227
●     Monday, August 19 from 23 p.m.      ●   Tuesday, August 20 from 23 p.m.           Rm 274
●     Monday, September 16 from 23 p.m. ●   Tuesday, September 17 from 23 p.m.     Rm 274
●     Monday, October 21 from 23 p.m. ●   Tuesday, October 22 from 23 p.m.          Rm 227
●     Monday, November 18 from 23 p.m. ●   Tuesday, November 12 from 23 p.m.      Rm 227
●     Monday, December 2 from 23 p.m. ●   Tuesday, December 3 from 23 p.m.        Rm 227

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the JTFD project manager, Sarah Hoyt, at You can also learn more about the grant at

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