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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.

Gen Ed ThreadGen Ed Thread 
Facilitator:  Kris DeWelde and Eric Otto
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 monthly from 11:00 AM – 12 PM Thursdays
Grade Inflation in General Education
January 22, 2015
Come discuss the phenomenon of grade inflation in higher education, and specifically in General Education courses. Why does it happen? How can we be aware of it? What can we do across General Education subject areas to give students more accurate and helpful assessments of their performance?  
Creating Inclusive General Education Classrooms
February 19, 2015
Every classroom is a diverse space—social, cultural, political, and more. Come discuss the value and challenges of creating classrooms that foster inclusiveness among all students.
Creating Community in Online General Education Classes
March 19, 2015
Online learning means learning detached from real community, right? Wrong! Come listen to how FGCU faculty members build a sense of community into their online courses. And share your experiences, too!
Same Outcomes, Different Content
April 16, 2015
Many General Education courses share common outcomes, but can those outcomes be delivered using different content? Come share your thoughts on, and experiences with, teaching common outcomes and skills using content that differs across sections of the same course. 

Flipped 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.  Faculty will gather once per month from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Thursdays


January 29th, February 26th, March 26th, April 23rd



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.  Faculty will gather once per month from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Thursdays

January 22nd, February 19th, March 22nd, April 16th


Student EngagementStudent Engagement

Facilitator:  Anne-Marie Bouche

This FLC will explore ways to keep students actively engaged in course content through active learning.  2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays



January 20th, February 17th, March 17th, April 14th


SoTLScholarship 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. Faculty will gather once per month on Thursdays 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m Thursdays


January 8th, February 5th, March 12th, April 2nd