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
The Drexel Center for Academic Excellence would like to invite all Drexel faculty members to participate in a 2016 spring term Faculty Learning Community (FLC).
This spring, the DCAE is piloting a newer format of the FLCs – a one term model. Participants will meet 5-6 times during the spring term, at predetermined days, times and dates. It is important that participants commit to the discussion times.
Participants may apply at the following link by March 21, and will be notified of acceptance and placement by March 23: https://drexel.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6KcNEpIpZG4YP2J. If you have any question, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-895-4973.
The faculty learning community initiative began during the 2012-2013 academic year with the idea that faculty need a space to explore specific ideas or themes related to best practices in teaching and learning. Led by one or two faculty facilitators, groups consist of no more than 12 faculty members and provide participants with a supportive community of faculty representing multiple disciplines. Once formed, these groups promote faculty dialogue and research on the selected topic for implementation in the classroom and allow participants to share new approaches to teaching. During the past two years of the initiative, faculty learning communities have centered on topics such as: online teaching and learning, best practices for writing instruction, teaching and learning best practices for international students and incorporating technology into the classroom.
Our two spring FLCs are as follows, led by DCAE Fellows.
“Teaching in Virtual Space” will be led by Kevin Scoles and Jamie Callahan (Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering). This group will meet on Thursdays from 2:00 – 3:30 on April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19 and June 2. The group will focus on having an online presence for all courses. Topics may include: universal design principles, engaging students online, focusing on the usage of key functions in BbLearn, tools for monitoring and assessing student performance, creating online content, and online accessibility concerns and expectations.
“Engaging Students” will be led by Daniel King (Associate Professor in Chemistry) and Susan Epstein (Associate Clinical Professor in General Business). This group will meet on Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:30 on April 5, April 19, May 3, May 17 and May 31. This group will provide a forum for brainstorming and discussion of pedagogical techniques that encourage student engagement, and thus increase student performance and attitudes. Participants will identify challenges they have experienced in their classrooms. Facilitators and other participants will discuss best practices from the literature and their own classrooms. A student panel will provide feedback on best/worst practices during one of the sessions.