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 best practices in teaching and facilitating learning
  • Observe other instructors in the classroom
  • 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.  The foundation of Teaching Nests is creating a safe, supportive, and non-evaluative environment through:

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

Commitment (approximately 6-8 hours across the semester)

  • 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)
  • All-Nests convocation of eagles (1 hour)

To join a Teaching Nest, please register by February 5 for the Spring 2018 program.

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