Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities

It’s time to get together! After virtual meetings and “digital” conversations we are introducing Faculty Learning Communities or FLC’s where faculty can come together, meet in-person, and share and discuss topics of special interest in support of their teaching practice.

What is a Faculty Learning Community or FLC?

 FLC’s are “supportive communities in which faculty can investigate and take risks in implementing new approaches to teaching and by increasing the collaboration and coherence of learning across disciplines.

Cox, M. (2003). Fostering the scholarship of teaching through faculty learning communities. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 14 (2/3), p. 162-163.

What can you expect from participating in a Faculty Learning Community?

  • Small cohort learning community of 8 to 10 faculty.
  • Interdisciplinary membership with lots of opportunities for collaboration and sharing.
  • Faculty-led group, each group is facilitated by a FCTL Faculty Fellow or FCTL staff.
  • 4 to 5 meetings over the semester for a total of 10 contact hours.
  • Commitment to create some type of outcome from your participation – this can take many forms depending on your goals or the goals of the group. It can be a plan to implement a new teaching strategy, evaluating the use a technology tool, a conference presentation, a journal publication, or other outcomes related to teaching and learning.
  • FLC members that successfully complete goals and objectives set by their community will be eligible for a $500 mini grant to extend their learning and progress of their chosen project.
  • Refreshments or lunch will be served at most meetings!

Faculty Learning Community Opportunities starting Fall 2022

Approaches to Fostering Academic Motivation and Independent Learning

Facilitator: Dr. Leslie Echols, Associate Professor, Psychology

This community will explore ways to increase student motivation and learning through instructional strategies that encourage self-regulation and personal responsibility among students. Each session will focus on specific approaches that can be easily integrated into existing curriculum and teaching modalities.

Meeting Dates - Thursdays:

August 25         11:00 am – Noon
September 8     11:00 am – 1:00 pm
September 29   11:00 am – 1:00 pm
October 20       11:00 am – 1:00 pm
November 17    11:00 am – 1:00 pm
This FLC will meet [TBD]

Strategies for Integrating Digital and Face-to-Face Classrooms

Facilitator: Dr. Eric Nelson, Professor, History

This community will draw on our collective virtual teaching experiences over the past two years and allow faculty to rethink how blurring outside-of-class and face-to-face creates richer learning environments for our students. Topics include creating outcomes based learning ecosystems, preparing students for face-to-face teaching time, and learning by doing in digital and seated environments.

Meeting Dates - Thursdays:

August 25         11:00 am – Noon
September 8     11:00 am – 1:00 pm
September 28   11:00 am – 1:00 pm
October 19       11:00 am – 1:00 pm
November 17    11:00 am – 1:00 pm
This FLC will meet [TBD]

Faculty Women of Color (WOC) Writing Circle

Facilitator: Dr. Nicole West, Assistant Professor, Student Affairs in Higher Education

The goal of the Faculty WOC Writing Circle is to enhance the personal well-being and professional success of WOC faculty at MSU through scholarly productivity and a community of collegial support. This FLC will function as a professional counterspace where WOC faculty will work through the book “Writing your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success,” with a faculty partner and develop a scholarly manuscript for publication by the end of the semester.

Meeting Dates - Wednesdays:

August 24         11:00 am – 3:00 pm
August 31         1:00 pm – 2:50 pm
September 7     1:00 pm – 2:50 pm
September 14   1:00 pm – 2:50 pm
September 21   1:00 pm – 2:50 pm
October 5         1:00 pm – 2:50 pm
October 12       1:00 pm – 2:50 pm
October 19       1:00 pm – 2:50 pm
October 26       1:00 pm – 2:50 pm
November 2      1:00 pm – 2:50 pm
November 16    1:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Nov 30 or Dec 7 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This FLC will meet [TBD]

New Learning Technologies and Improving Learning for All

Facilitators: Stacy Rice, Senior Instructional Designer, FCTL and Eric Taylor, Instructional Designer- Educational Technology, FCTL

This community will explore alternative flexible modalities and technologies that support student-centered, active learning instructional strategies. Each session will focus on specific tools and digital resources that enhance student engagement, provide students with better access to information, and meet the needs of diverse learners and faculty. Faculty will be able to easily integrate these technology tools and resources into existing curriculum and teaching modalities.

Meeting Dates – Wednesdays:

August 24         1:00 – 3:00 pm
September 14   1:00 – 3:00 pm
October 5         1:00 – 3:00 pm
October 26       1:00 – 3:00 pm
November 16    1:00 – 3:00 pm
This FLC will meet [TBD]

How do I Join a Faculty Learning Community?

Bookmark this webpage for additional information about how to register for one of these FLC’s and watch for future FCTL communications about these and other opportunities. Contact the FCTL or any of the FLC Facilitators with questions about Faculty Learning Communities.