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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.


 Gen Ed Thread

Gen Ed Thread 
Facilitator:  Kris DeWelde
If you teach classes in the general education program, this group is for you.
Join us for informal conversations on the topics below.
Faculty will gather once per month on the following dates. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 11:  The Tyranny of Content Coverage.

Most students in our General Education courses are not our majors who will need discipline-specific knowledge.  Join the discussion of how to avoid the “tyranny of content coverage” and focus instead on key learning objectives that prepare students for lifelong-learning as well as broad intellectual and practical skills.

Thursday, October 9:  Changing Attitudes:  Where do Students Find Information?

Too many of our students uncritically rely on Google and Wikipedia for information and “facts.”  Join us to explore strategies for strengthening students’ information literacy skills in creative and effective ways.

Thursday, November 6:  The Invisible Life of Contingent Faculty. 

A significant proportion of our General Education courses are taught by contingent faculty colleagues, who are often far removed from program, departmental, college and university life, and to the detriment of our students.  Join us for an interactive session with contingent faculty in an effort to brainstorm ways that full-time faculty can be supportive to their “invisible” colleagues

 large classes

Large Classes
Facilitator: Peter Reuter

If your class section is 50+, this group is for YOU!  The skills needed to teach and manage large classes requires instructors to find ways to keep all students engaged with the content, manage the volume of assignments, communicating with students outside of class and finding support for these endeavors.  12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 11:  Scaling Up to Large Class Sections
Thursday, September 25:  Strategies for Engagement
Thursday, October 9:  Strategies for Assessment
Thursday, October 23:  Strategies to Support Learning
Thursday, November 6:  Modifying the Flip into a Blended Flip

 Flipped Classroom

Flipped Classroom Model
Facilitator: CJ Jordanek

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. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 18:  Tools to Flip the Classroom

Thursday, October 2:  Types of Tasks in Effective Flipping

Thursday, November 13:  Talking the Flip:  What Do You Do During Class Meetings?

Online Invention
On-Line Invention
Facilitator: Heather Tate

This group will discuss teaching strategies and best practices for teaching online.  Faculty will be able to share what they do and the group will explore other ideas to enhance their on-line pedagogy.  2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 18:  Principles of Course Design

Thursday, October 16:  Communication and Facilitation in On-line Courses

Thursday, November 13:  Making Real World Connections in an On-line Environment


Facilitator:  Laura Frost

This group began last year as a joint project with the Whitaker Center. 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 and is currently expanding into STEM fields, I have seen effectiveness data in disciplines as varied as nursing, professional sales, and foreign languages. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 25:  What is it for the POGIL Curious?

Thursday, October, 30:  POGIL & Technology

Thursday, November 20:  POGIL & SoTL or How Do I Publish about This Strategy?

student engagement

Student Engagement
This FLC will explore ways to keep students actively engaged in course content through active learning.  2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 25:  Engaging within a Single Session Presentation

Thursday, October 9:  Strategies for Acculturation:  Making Students Part of the Campus Community

Thursday, October 23:  Collaborative Projects

Thursday, November 6:  Classroom Strategies for Engagement in Learning
Thursday, November 20th:  Collaborative Projects Artifact


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)/Writing/Publishing
Facilitator: Laura Frost

This group began meeting two years ago 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. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 2:  Sharing and Feedback on Manuscripts

Thursday, October 30:  Sharing and Feedback on Manuscripts

Monday, November 3:  Attend Webinar on “How to Write an Introduction That Will Get Your Article Accepted” sponsored by the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA)

Thursday, November 20:  Sharing and Feedback on Manuscripts