What is a Faculty Learning Community?
Over the next month, the CTEI would like to help establish Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). FLCs are groups of instructors who meet to solve a problem or to improve a particular aspect of their teaching, such as the flipped classroom, student belonging and engagement, or teaching with technology.
How are Faculty Learning Communities different from other committees?
Each group has the autonomy to direct its own work and the flexibility to set its own meeting schedule. It is assumed that a group will meet 5 – 6 times over the course of a semester, to read, share, and support one another’s teaching. The group consists of teachers with a common interest, so it is supportive, empathetic, and non-threatening. FLC members may choose to have social activities in addition to traditional meetings.
What kind of commitment does a Faculty Learning Community require?
FLCs typically meet about once every two or three weeks for two hours. Since the community members depend on one another, members must commit to attending except in the cases of emergency. We all get behind in our grading or other work from time to time, but the FLC should be a priority. We hope that the FLC groups will share what they learn in on campus sessions and perhaps with the broader professional community. Such sharing is at the discretion of group members.
How can I suggest an idea for a Faculty Learning Community?
You could email Pam (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeff (email@example.com). Or, click and complete this short form: https://goo.gl/forms/ljQrSJzetg6svjwI2
How can I join a Faculty Learning Community?
Please respond to the Google Form link (posted above) to share your topics of interest. If enough people express interest in a topic, we will schedule a meeting and try to arrange for a common time for FLCs to begin meeting in the Winter.