We’ve Flipped the Classroom

How does the hybrid / online format work?  We make the materials available online and on-demand.  Then you meet in person (locally) for the activities/discussion.  (There is a $30 fee for each online course.)

Our unique formula balances course content with the creativity of the participants — it’s the interplay of your ideas and experiences that creates the UU Leadership Institute magic!. 

Each semester, participants will be able to register for one or more courses.  (Participants from each congregation may select different courses.)

Each UU Leadership Institute course period or “semester” has 8 modules released on a bi-weekly schedule.

Modules 3 and 5 are common to all of the courses and provide a common experience that will inform the in-person sessions that include people taking any of the courses. We refer to these as “lenses” because they offer a different perspective or sensibility from the dominant culture or identity in most UU congregations.

The courses are deep — consisting of 8 modules.  Every two weeks, enrolled participants will have access to a new module that will consist of:

  • Photo Copyright Lori Stone Sirtosky

    Photo Copyright Lori Stone Sirtosky

    a recorded 40-minute web-based video presentation (led by the instructor)

  • an article plus other readings (such as book chapters or links to other articles)
  • Discussion questions for you to use with others in your congregation or cluster or to discuss in the comments on the course page.
  • other relevant resources (such as supporting videos)
  • a quiz
  • (usually, there is also an opportunity for a live web/phone call discussion or “process circle” with the instructor and other participants)

Participants are encouraged to attend a Saturday, in-person, Community of Practice  session held locally (these are self-organized groups, either a team from a single congregation, or including more than one team from nearby congregations).  The  Community of Practice materials are available as part of the course.

Participants who complete a course will receive a certificate from the institute.

 

 

A “Practical” Seminary for UU Leaders

Whether you are brand-new to leadership or have been serving your UU community for decades, we have something for you!

In today’s changing world, UU leaders need tools to help them lead their faith communities into an emerging future that we can help to shape with liberal religious values.  UU Leadership Institute creates a container where lay and ordained leaders engage with real challenges, exchange ideas and insights and imagine ways to strengthen liberal faith in their local community.

Browse our course listing for the latest offerings and come back next semester to see what is new!  (Some past courses are available for audit, though no live “process circles” will be offered.)

 

Who should participate?

    • New leaders – “Healthy Leadership 101” will be offered every semester
    • Experienced leaders
    • Religious Educators
    • Clergy
    • Leaders of covenanted UU communities as well as traditional congregations
    • Membership Professionals
    • Music Directors
    • Administrators

 

 

Go A Little Deeper

Process Circles provide an opportunity to deepen your learning with instructor support. You will meet periodically with the instructors and other participants via a 45 minute “live” web conference to ask questions, discuss the materials and share stories. (You may also participate by phone.) (Sessions will be recorded so you can listen afterward if you need to miss the live session.)

Content Available 24/7

Access the course materials from your computer, a smart phone or a public library!  You can even learn in your Pajamas!

The courses are deep — consisting of 8 modules.  Every couple of weeks, enrolled participants will have access to a new module that will consist of:

  • a recorded 40-minute web-based video presentation (led by the instructor)
  • an article plus other readings (such as book chapters or links to other articles)
  • other relevant resources (such as supporting videos)
  • a quiz
  • (there is also an opportunity for a live web/phone call discussion or “process circle” with the instructor and other participants)
  • We encourage you to form a local “community of practice” with others in your congregation or geographic cluster.  We will help connect you and will supply you with study/discussion materials and activities.

Please View These Short Tutorials

1. Registering for the site and Enrolling in a course

2. Taking a Course

 

To participate successfully in this course you will need:

•To be a part of a congregational team (4 or more people to earn a badge).

•A computer with a reliable Internet connection (able to play YouTube® videos), preferably (but not necessarily) with a built-in or attached video camera

•An audio headset is strongly recommended for best audio connection during live calls, and is essential when you are using VoIP (Skype)

•2-3  hours a week to devote to coursework

•Successful completion of quizzes

•$30 online course fee

•Willingness to use technology and learn how if you are not yet familiar with it

•Comfort with peer-learning

The Best Part Is in Person!

We offer different ways to engage with the materials with others in your congregation, covenantal community or among several local UU communities!

Congregations and Covenantal Communities

Each course module includes questions for discussion.  These can be used for congregational groups that are taking a course together and want to meet regularly to discuss the materials.  There is also an opportunity to comment on the discussion questions on the module page itself.

Local Clusters of UU Communities

If you have a critical mass of local UUs taking courses (especially in neighboring congregations), you may wish to schedule a local Saturday to share what you have learned, learn from one another, and build relationships. These Communities of Practice provide an environment that fosters deep conversation and sharing of ideas and insights.  You will engage with case studies (where you can bring your “expertise” from your courses), reflect on your own grounding as a leader in small Credo groups and create a small project with other leaders.  The Communities of Practice normally meet on a Saturday, later in the semester. 

Sample Saturday Schedule:  

9:00 am  Opening Worship  

9:15 am  Check-in (Wins and Challenges)  

9:45 am  Credo Groups  (in groups of 6-8)   A chance to reflect on the “faith” aspect of being a religious leader.   These may include reflection questions based on the common “lens” session.  

11:00 am Break  

11:15 am Case Study Groups (includes a mixture of track participants)   A case study and reflection questions will be provided.   Participants will be able to use their “expertise” to share their insights.   Last 5 minutes devoted to process observation.

12:30 pm Lunch

1:15 pm   Large group discussion / Project Planning / Real Case Studies  

3:30 pm    Reflection / Process Observation

3:45 pm   Closing  

Flipped Classroom

Slide15

A flipped classroom is a form of blended learning in which students access the content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now replaced by activities in class with facilitated conversation and interaction, instead of lecturing.