Online Learning and Tools

IA’s online programming includes its Teaching and Learning Circle webinar series and the IA Community Portal.

The IA Teaching and Learning Circle (TLC) is an online learning community that builds peer support and conversations about the opportunities, joys, and challenges of producing public and activist scholarship, and designing and delivering community engaged courses and projects. Organized and facilitated by IA staff and featured guests, each online conversation engages participants in collaborative thinking, dialogue, and group work around a set of questions and dynamics that emerge from the featured topic.

Past TLCS include:

• “Sites of Exchange and Collaboration in Art Practice and Education” A talk with artist, educator, and agitator Robin Hill about the collaborative work she has enacted in her professional practice as well as the work of her students and ideas of site-specificity and sense perception. She was joined by guest speaker Cathy Koehler, resident Director of the McLaughlin Reserve, an important wilderness research resource for Hill’s teaching and practice alike.

• “Creating Culture Change through Regional Cluster Organizing” A conversation with the IA SoCal Cluster lead organizer Rissi Zimmermann and founder Maria Avila, as they share an approach to regional organizing in alignment with IA’s mission and values, the benefits of regional organizing to cluster members, and the role of collective leadership in creating institutional/organizational and community culture change.

• “The Activist Academic: Engaged Scholarship for Resistance, Hope, and Social Change” A Conversation with Colette Cann and Eric DeMeulenaere facilitated by Erica Kohl-Arenas, with special guests Margo Okazawa Rey and John Saltmarsh.

• “Decolonial Desires: Is a Third University Possible? a conversation with la paperson (K. Wayne Yang, UC San Diego) guest facilitated by Jack Tchen (Rutgers-Newark) on hotwiring university “machines” to the practical work of decolonization. Co-hosted in partnership with The Globalsl Network.

• “The Just and Inclusive Campus: Small Wins and Enduring Challenges in Supporting Equity and Public Scholarship”, reflecting on the current state of diversity and inclusion work on academic campuses, and the relationship to engaged teaching and scholarship. Led by Kal Alston (Syracuse) and KearyAnn O’Meara (Maryland College Park).

• “Beyond the Stats: Representation, Counter-Narratives, and Education as an Organizing/Survival Strategy,” featuring coursework and the pedagogical approach of Beyond the Stats (BTS), a collective of formerly incarcerated and system impacted students enrolled at UC Davis. Led by BTS co-founders Tina Curiel-Allen and Daniel Mendoza.

• “Organizing Against Violence: Towards a Pedagogy and Praxis of Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist, and Anti-Patriarchal Resistance,” featuring the work of an IA consortium learning group led by Mallika Bose (Pennsylvania State University) and Kush Patel (University of Michigan).

The IA Community Portal provides opportunities for IA members to connect and network, join peer support groups based on interest areas, exchange resources, and more.

Future online learning opportunities currently in development include webinars on translating community engaged coursework to an online format, a dialogue on activist scholarship, and campus regional cluster organizing.