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Faculty Learning Communities

What are Faculty Learning Communities?

“The primary goal of a faculty learning community (FLC) is to explore a specific topic area or theme as it relates to best practices in teaching and learning. The learning community provides a safe, supportive community wherein members can engage in activities including research, the scholarship of teaching and learning and service to explore new approaches to teaching.”
Indiana University Bloomington Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning

If you are interested in applying to be a participant in an FLC, please note the application window will be open September 4 - 19, 2014. See below for the communities that will be running for the 2014-2015 academic year.

 

Best Practices for Teaching and Learning in Online and Hybrid Environments

Co-facilitated by: Kevin Scoles - Associate Professor, College of Engineering

                       Janet Zimmerman - Associate Clinical Professor, College of Nursing and HP

This practical, how‐to learning community will allow experienced and novice online faculty and staff to share knowledge, skills, resources, experiences, and best practices for teaching students in a virtual environment. Learning takes place through discussion and demonstration. Faculty and staff involved in teaching undergraduate or graduate students in any college, school, or department are invited to join this learning community.

 

Facilitating Accessible Courses: Applying Universal Design Learning (UDL) Strategies

Co-facilitated by:  Constance Lyttle - Associate Clinical Professor, School of Education

                          Michel Miller O'Neal - Assistant Professor, School of Education 

This community will assist faculty teaching courses that are fully online, face-to-face, or hybrid to understand the learning needs of students with disabilities.  The goals of this FLC include: To promote faculty knowledge of different students with varying types of disabilities that may be enrolled in their courses; to develop faculty knowledge of UDL strategies which can be applied when designing course content; to promote faculty understanding of assessment practices that are difficult for students with varying disabilities and alternative assessment strategies they can be used; and to provide faculty hands on support for creating, revising, and editing course content to promote accessibility.

 

Student Engagement Best Practices in the Classroom

Co-facilitated by: Jodi Cataline - Associate Clinical Professor, LeBow College of Business

                         Dana D'Angelo - Clinical Professor, LeBow College of Business

Even with the increasing trend on online education, traditional and hybrid classrooms still account for over 80% of campus courses. This FLC will review and research various options for engaging students in the classroom environment through the use of dynamic materials, with an emphasis on groups and teamwork, as well as including experiential learning (this could be, but not limited to, the use of online simulations, online websites, organized games, teamwork exercises, case studies, and other discipline specific activities). “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Engage me and I learn.” Chinese proverb.

For further information on faculty learning communities, including application/acceptance procedures, please contact us via e-mail (dcae@drexel.edu) or by telephone at 215-895-4973.