Community Learning

The Trefny Innovative Instruction Center offers a number of Community Learning opportunities for faculty, described below. 

Pedagogy Practice

In each one-hour session, pedagogical strategies to support student learning are introduced, demonstrated, and practiced. Light refreshments provided. Pedagogy Practices are offered 2–3 times per semester.


Faculty Spotlight

During Faculty Spotlights, Mines faculty share a teaching tool or strategy that they have used in their classes. Spotlights last one hour and include a presentation and/or demonstration of the strategy, small group work, and time for questions. Light refreshments provided. Faculty Spotlights are offered 2–3 times per semester.



Workshops are 2–3 hour sessions designed to foster teaching and learning knowledge and skills. Light refreshments provided. Workshops are offered 2–3 times per semester.


Friday Afternoon Club (FAC)

Friday Afternoon Club is a monthly opportunity for faculty to come together and share ideas, experiences, and resources. Beverages and snacks provided. Friday Afternoon Club is the third Friday of each month from 3–5 pm in MZ 204. Come and go according to your schedule.


Student Panel

Students from across campus speak with faculty about their learning experiences at Mines. Lunch provided. Student Panels are offered 1–2 times per semester.


Small Group Work Sessions

Following a workshop, practice pedagogy, or faculty spotlight, small group work sessions composed of interested attendees and a Trefny colleague will convene to apply the ideas in the context of your own course. Be on the lookout for an announcement at the next event you attend!


Reading Groups

Read and discuss an empirical article addressing data-driven instruction, pedagogical techniques, or scholarship of teaching and learning with a small group. We are in the process of gauging interest and developing pilot groups. If you have ideas for topics or papers to share, please contact Sarah.


Peer Classroom Observations

Interested in seeing how colleagues implement active learning strategies into their classrooms? Peer Classroom Observations are organized observations of others’ teaching with peers and/or a Trefny colleague. Interested? Contact Sarah


Invited Talks

Invited talks are external or internal presentations that share information, resources, and/or ideas with campus.