As teachers, we often talk about building a “community of learners” in our classrooms or online learning spaces.  But what, exactly, does that mean? And how does one make it work?

In this week’s episode of Let’s Talk Teaching, we tackle those questions, exploring ways to move beyond traditional ideas about filling up students’ heads with knowledge. It’s not easy, and it sometimes requires teachers to give up the spotlight in uncomfortable ways. But the rewards (for you and for your students) can be equally potent. The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology’s Dana Karraker joins the conversation to talk about the philosophy behind this important concept, techniques to apply to your teaching, and signs to look for that show it’s actually working.

Let’s Talk Teaching is a podcast for instructors at the Illinois State University, produced by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. You can listen to this and past episodes, read the show notes, and subscribe using your favorite podcast app or through iTunes by going to

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