How to Form an FLC

The FCTL supports the creation of new FLCs and provides resources to facilitators to promote the success of their communities of practice. 

  • Selected FLCs receive a budget of $2000 per semester.
  • Primary FLC facilitators receive a stipend of $750 per semester. 

Planning your FLC

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Identify a Shared Purpose

Identifying the common purpose for the community is central to an FLC.  While FLCs do spend time getting to know each other and build relationships over time, they are distinguished by the topic of interest bringing the group together.  In communities of practice have a shared vision and mission. 

Defining community purpose supports the overall success of the group.  People who join the FLC find clarity in the group's focus and are able to select a community most aligned to their interests and level of involvement (networking, discussion, writing, advocacy, etc...). 

Joining a group focused on a specific pedagogical practice will likely be very different than one involved in campus-wide teaching and learning initiatives.

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Define the FLC Goals 

Part of being involved in an FLC is supporting each member's individual goal-setting and progress in reaching those goals.  Individual member goals should be aligned to over-arching group goals.  Establishing clear community outcomes with established checkpoints sets the group's direction and provides opportunities for reflection on the group's progress towards achieving its goal.

3 Guiding Principles 


1.  Learning

Conversations focus on teaching and learning and are informed by evidence-based practices. Community members engage in critical reflective practice and are  encouraged to share and grow together.

2.  Collaboration

Community members are actively engaged and meet regularly in a safe, inclusive environment that values all perspectives and contributions.

3.  Results

The community creates goals that focus on student learning outcomes and deliverables for their FLC. 

What Type of an FLC are your forming?

What will characterize the community when it is successful and has met its goal?

FCTL Support for FLCs

Management of Funds

FCTL supported FLCs will receive a budget of $2000 per semester budget to cover costs associated with the FLC (books, supplies, catering, bringing in an outside speaker, conference fees, continued professional development).  The FCTL  will manage funds for the FLC and can help with ordering, payments, and tracking of expenses related to hosting the community.  

In addition to supporting costs associated with  FLC operations, the primary FLC facilitator will receive a stipend of $750 per semester for leading the FLC. 


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Evaluation Services

The FCTL conducts a program evaluation on FCTL-supported FLCS to gather information about the success of the program.  FLCs are encouraged to design and implement methods for evaluating the group's progress towards community outcomes.  The FCTL can support the creation and management of community-specific  strategies for identifying community progress.

What to Include in an FLC Proposal

  • FLC Name
  • Facilitator Name
  • Semester/Year
  • Description of your FLC
    • Abstract (100-150 Words)
    • Specific Goals/Outcomes (must be tied to faculty/student learning outcomes/impacts)
    • Meeting plan (dates, times, and descriptions of session topic/outcomes).   The plan should include a semester minimum of 4-5 sessions with a total of 10 contact hours spread across the semester).
    • Proposed Itemized Budget ($2000 per semester)
    • Methods for assessing progress towards meeting FLC goals/outcomes.  How will you measure your FLCs progress and success? 
    • Deliverables to demonstrate evidence of FLC impact.  Please provide a description of deliverables which may be generated to communicate evidence of the impact of your FLC on the university, faculty, and/or students.  Deliverables and evidence of impact should align to FLC goals and focus on teaching and learning.

Submitting the FLC Proposal Form

What happens after I submit my idea for an FLC?

If your idea for an FLC is accepted, we will schedule a planning meeting to provide additional information and support to facilitators.  

Important Timelines & Deadlines

June 1, 2023 Deadline:  FLC Proposals for Fall
June - August Fall FLC Registration Period
August - December Fall FLCs in Session
October 15 Deadline:  FLC Proposals for Spring 
November 1 Notification of proposal status
November Spring FLC Facilitators Meeting (Information & Planning)
November - January Spring FLC Registration Period
January - May Spring FLCs in Session
March 15, 2024 Deadline:  FLC Proposals for Fall
April 1, 2024 Notification of proposal status
May, 2024 Fall FLC Facilitators Meeting (Information & Planning)
May - August, 2024 Fall FLC Registration Period