Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are informal groups of faculty members who meet on a regular basis to explore topics of common interest. Groups may discuss relevant articles and classroom examples. Some groups may pose questions for the group to answer or seek problem solving help. Other groups may develop research projects or begin scholarly writing groups.
All sessions are held in the Lucas Center, LIB 221.
Check the calendar for meeting dates of current FLCs. All are welcome to attend.
2 New FLCs for Fall 2017
Student Response Systems
Facilitator: e-Learning Team
This Faculty Learning Community will focus on several popular electronic classroom response systems. Analyze and evaluate systems like Kahoot, TopHat, Poll Everywhere, and Socrative. Learn how to create and implement engaging activities with these response systems.
The instructional designers from the Department of e-Learning and Academic Web will help to facilitate each meeting with demonstrations and other resources for participants. Join us the second Tuesday of each month for a fun and engaging exploration of electronic classroom response systems.
Tuesdays from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14
Improving Critical Thinking Through Online Coursework
Facilitator: Shawn Keller
We will share and explore techniques to develop online course content targeted at enhancing students' critical thinking. Our primary focus will be for courses that are virtual and hybrids, but the information gleaned here should be useful to anyone using online content for instructional purposes. The scope and types of critical thinking examined will vary greatly based on faculty interest expressed at our initial meeting.
Dates and Times TBD
Service Learning FLC
Facilitator: Jessica Rhea
Service-learning novices to service-learning experts are invited to take part in this new faculty learning community where “best practices,” resources, innovative ideas, and support will be shared. Enhance your teaching and student learning and consider ways to integrate service-learning into your service and scholarship by engaging in Community Engaged Scholarship.
Wed. August 30
10 AM - 11 AM
Tues. October 10
1 PM - 2 PM
Fri. December 1
12 PM - 1 PM
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Facilitator: Jackie Greene
This group meets to discuss SoTL projects they are developing, share resources to support their work, and find ways to support scholarly writing. This year we will reference Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler.
Participants will receive a copy of the book if they register and commit to attending all sessions
Wednesdays from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29
STEM Professional Academy for Reinvigorating the Culture of Teaching (SPARCT)
Facilitator: Laura Frost
SPARCT began as an NSF grant-funded initiative through the Whitaker Center for STEM Education. This Academy strives to enhance SoTL, improve evidence-based practices, develop professional peer-observation strategies for STEM classrooms, and to enhance student learning in introductory STEM
courses as a result of SPARCT faculty development.
SPARCT is evolving into a monthly faculty learning community with regular programming.
Organizational Meeting: August 24 from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Facilitators: Brian Johnston and Katie Johnson
This FLC will explore the student-centered learning approach called Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). This approach uses guided inquiry-- a constructivist learning cycle of exploration, concept invention, and application to engage learners. Although POGIL originated in chemistry, it is expanding into multiple disciplines.
Thursdays from 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Aug 31, Sept 28, Oct 19, Nov 9
Gen Ed Thread
Facilitator: Eric Otto
This group will explore issues related to teaching courses in the General Education Program. Participants will develop topics of common interest to facilitate development and improvement of teaching and learning in these classes.
Thursdays from 2:30 - 3:30 PM
September 14: Critical Thinking in General Education
October 19: Written Communication in General Education