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Faculty Learning Communities


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. 

Check the calendar for meeting dates of current FLCs.  All are welcome to attend.


Friday Writers’ Lockdown 

Join other colleagues every other Friday afternoons from 1 - 3 in the Lucas Center Living Room for a quiet place to work on your manuscript.  Bring your laptop and materials, spread out over a table and work.  We provide the quiet and snacks, you provide the words. 

Begins September 19.



Flipped Classroom Model

Flip teaching is a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class with the professor offering more personalized guidance and interaction with students, instead of lecturing. This is also known as backwards classroom, reverse instruction, flipping the classroom and reverse teaching.  Like any methodology, there are effective and ineffective ways of doing this.



Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

This group began meeting last year and will continue. Some faculty members have joined sub-groups working on cross disciplinary research projects.  Others come for advice on developing pedagogical research, developing surveys, finding resources, getting feedback on ideas from peers or just listening to the conversation. The first meeting will be a discussion on Predatory Journals led by Rachel Cooke, Becky Donlan and Carol Maksian from the library.



On-line Invention

This group will discuss teaching strategies and best practices for teaching online.  Informal group discussions will focus on different themes and topics including online pedagogy, communication design, enhancement, interactivity, collaborative work, assessment and feedback.  Faculty will be able to share what they do and the group will explore other ideas to enhance their on-line pedagogy.