Faculty Learning Communities

... share pedagogical ideas and explore the possibilities together.

 

Lucky for us, VCU faculty are extremely motivated to share pedagogical ideas and explore the possibilities together. This energy feeds into interest groups, called faculty learning communities (FLC) that meet for one semester and sometimes for the full academic year. The FLC model provides a structure for coming together to discuss teaching and learning or any topic that impacts faculty success.

Some of our most recent FLC groups have focused on trends in higher education, inclusive teaching practices, race and gender in the academy, and designing full online summer courses. In other FLCs, you may read and discuss a book such as Small Teaching Online by Flower Darby or Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks.

Whatever the interest topic, the FLC facilitator and group members operate under a small-group learning process and identify goals and outcomes for the group. For example, FLCs may produce teaching guides and sample inclusive statements for syllabi or present to VCU faculty and host workshops.

SOTL— An FLC might come together to design a study on teaching and learning using an interdisciplinary approach. A group of faculty interested in TILT, transformation in teaching and learning, could collect data on student learning outcomes in courses using and not using the TILT framework.

Please stay tuned to our announcements and newsletter to find out more about FLCs being offered each semester. And if you have an idea for a new FLC, please do reach out to our team!

Faculty Learning Community meeting