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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. 
All sessions are held in the Lucas Center, LIB 212.
Check the calendar for meeting dates of current FLCs.  All are welcome to attend.

Gen Ed ThreadGen 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. 1:00 PM -2:00 PM Monthly
Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19  

Flipped Flipped Classroom Model
Facilitator: Vickie Johnston
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.  This group will explore this methodology. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Monthly
           Sept 3, Sept 24, Oct 15, Nov 19

SoTLScholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)/Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) TAA logo

Facilitator: Linda Serro and Laura Frost
This group meets to discuss SoTL projects they are developing, share resources to support their work, and find ways to support scholarly writing. TAA memberships are available to participating faculty and can provide a network of resources to textbook and academic authors.  
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Sept 3, Sept 24, Oct 8, Nov 5



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.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Monthly
Sept 3, Oct 1, Nov 5

Service Learning Service Learning
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.
11:00-11:30 AM Monthly
Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12