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TEACHxperts: Making Community in the Classroom

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University Library | Ver Steeg Lounge (3rd Floor)

1970 Campus Dr.

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Making Community in the Classroom
You Make the Space — The Space Makes You

Light refreshments will be provided for this brownbag talk:

So many things go into creating a successful learning experience for the students and instructional experience for the teacher. Often, we pay attention to setting learning outcomes, what textbook and materials we’ll use and how many tests we will give. Equally important is the environment you create in the classroom. This can be seen as an interaction between the instructor’s use of the physical characteristics of the room and the behaviors the instructor does to foster a sense of connection among the participants.

In this talk, I will discuss some research on classroom community and sense of belonging in the classroom, some social psychology concepts that support the importance of creating community in the classroom, and provide some practical tips for ways to create community in the classroom.


During this session, participants will:

  • Learn about the research behind building community in general and within the classroom
  • Discover how the teaching space can help or hinder learning, and what to do about it
  • Apply practical tips to build community in any classroom


This talk is a part of the TEACHxpert speaker series and has a follow-up event one week later.

About the Speaker:

Lisa Craves-Brown

Lisa Cravens-Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chair for Instruction, Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University

Dr. Cravens-Brown is a triple alumna of The Ohio State University, and earned her Ph.D. in clinical child psychology in 2002. She started teaching at OSU as a graduate student and was hooked from the start. She was a 2014 recipient of the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer, and is the only non-tenure-stream faculty member to win the OSU psychology department’s distinguished teaching award. She also was named by the Princeton Review as one of the Top 300 Professors in the U.S. She currently serves as the Associate Vice Chair for Instruction in the Department of Psychology at The Ohio State University, primarily working with faculty, associated faculty, and graduate students on effective teaching strategies and classroom excellence. She teaches several large undergraduate courses per year, coordinates two department-wide courses, and is a faculty honors advisor. She is the current chair of the Executive Council for the Academy of Teaching at Ohio State, serves as a mentor to 2nd year students, as well as a mentor to new faculty members from other departments, and she gives about 30 residence hall talks each year. She is the proud parent of an OSU freshman and a high school freshman.

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