Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)
Join a cross-disciplinary group of faculty and engage in an active, collaborative, semester-long program about enhancing teaching and learning. FLCs are teams of eight to 10 faculty members who will engage in frequent seminars and activities that provide learning, development, and community building. Through participation in their community, faculty will build a product or plan in support of enhancing teaching and learning. FLC’s are facilitated by FCTL Faculty Fellows or staff and usually meet five times during the semester for a total of 10 contact hours. Members who successfully complete goals and objectives set by their community will be eligible for a $500 mini grant to extend their learning and implement their chosen project.
Please register through My Learning Connection. Contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning or any of the FLC Facilitators with questions about these Faculty Learning Communities.
The OLC offers an extensive online learning opportunities for education professionals. Below are just a few of the upcoming workshops.
- Sept 28–30: “Creating Rubrics”
- Sept 12–18: “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility (DEIA) in Online Learning”
Contact the FCTL for a free Professional Learning Pass to any of these workshops. Visit the link below for more information about these workshops and many others.
It’s back, it’s live, and it’s had a bit of a makeover!
Interested in student-centered teaching and active learning practices? If you are, plan to join us for the Course Development Bootcamp. The bootcamp is an intensive four-day workshop focused on course development integrating student-centered and active learning instructional strategies. Regardless of whether you are teaching a traditional seated, hybrid, or online course the Course Development Boot Camp can help you:
- Identify characteristics and learning needs of adult students.
- Develop course-level objectives and that are in alignment with assessments.
- Develop student-centered, active learning instructional strategies to engage leaners and support the learning process.
- Identify and implement strategies for developing metacognitive practices in learners.
- Leverage available technologies to support engagement, student learning, and accessibility.
We hope you can join us!
There will be a total of four sessions for the fall bootcamp:
- September 9
- September 16
- September 23
- October 7
Each session is 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided.
Registration is limited to 15 participants. Visit My Learning Connection to register. If you have questions, please contact Stacy Rice or call 417-863-6663. (Note: the previous boot camp session was cancelled.)
The resources from the FCTL’s virtual online boot camps are available as a self-paced course development boot camp. This self-paced version will cover many of the same things as the virtual and on-campus boot camps, but you will be participating at your own schedule and can contact the FCTL Instructional Designers at any time during this process. Their contact information is listed in the meet your instructional designers area of the modules.
What’s included in the self-paced course development boot camp
- Best practices related to online courses and teaching
- Different assessment options available in Blackboard
- How to remove potential barriers for students with disabilities
- Strategies to foster community and engagement in the online classroom
- Strategies to prevent student cheating
- Copyright and fair use in distance education
How to find the self-paced boot camp
- Log into Blackboard and select the Community Tab at the top of the page
- Select Academic Community from the My Organizations module
- Once in the site, on the main menu, locate “self-paced course development boot camp” to access the boot camp materials.
The FCTL supports teaching excellence for faculty at all levels. Check out the many support services offered by the FCTL to see how you can benefit.
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