University of Southern Indiana

Teaching Nests

What is the Teaching Nest program?
Through your participation in a Teaching Nest, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Talk with colleagues about teaching practices and student learning issues
  • Observe other instructors in the classroom and experience being in a learner role 
  • Reflect on your own teaching practices
  • Create collaborative connections with other faculty members

A Teaching Nest is a group of 3-4 instructors across disciplines who visit each other’s classes (face-to-face or online) for their own reflection and learning.  It is not an opportunity to offer feedback on Nest partners’ teaching.  (Teaching Nests often is called Teaching Squares at other institutions.)  The foundation of Teaching Nests is creating a safe, supportive, and non-evaluative environment through:

  • Mutual respect
  • Shared responsibility
  • Self-reflection
  • Appreciation

Commitment (approximately 5-7 hours across the semester).  Please view to the sample Teaching Nest guide for details.

  • Build your Nest meeting (1 hours)
  • Observe classes of your Nest partners (3-4 hours)
  • Reflect on your observation experiences
  • Share your reflections with your Nest (1.5 hours)

To join a Teaching Nest, please register by January 31 for the Spring 2019 program.

The Teaching Nest program is part of CETL's Making Teaching & Learning Visible initiative.

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