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Lucas Center for Faculty Development

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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.

Two New FLCs for Spring 2016

applying science of learning
 Applying Science of Learning in Education:
 Infusing Psychological Science into the Curriculum
Join us for a faculty learning community based on the book "Applying the Science of Learning in Education."
This group will meet for one hour weekly to discuss evidence-based strategies to improve student learning in the classroom.
Mondays from 12-1 PM
January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
colloquium flcColloquium Colloquium FLC
Open to all colloquium faculty
Join us for an informal time of learning, laughing, and strengthening our Colloquium community. The first gathering will include time to plan the rest of the semester according to needs and interests.
                                                   Thursdays from 5-6:30 PM
                                                                         January 21, February 18, March 17, April 21 
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. 
                                                           Thursdays from 1-2 PM  
                                                           Feb 11th:  Motivating Students
                                                           March 17th:  What is a General Education Course?
                                                           April 7th:  Teaching Large Classes  

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.  
Spring Continuation
Wed Jan 20th and Wed Feb 17th from 3-4 PM



Facilitator: Laura Frost
This group began 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.
Tuesdays from 4-5 PM
January 25th, March 15th, April 12th
POGIL Workshop-- February 18th from 2-5 PM