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NEW! Call for Applicants for the Jan-Dec 2014 Faculty Learning Communities (Deadline Monday, February 10th, 2014)

The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering five Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs).   APPLY HERE!

What are FLCs?

FLCs are peer lead groups of faculty (8-12) that engage in an active, collaborative, and supportive, year–long program with curriculum focused on a particular topic, problem or question. The goal of the FLC is to develop skills, knowledge, and expertise in the area of interest by creating a focused time and space apart from the daily work environment. The products of these FLCs will enable faculty to produce, collect, and evaluate evidence of student learning or secure funding for scholarly or creative projects.

What are the topics for the 2013 FLCs?

A. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Student Success: In the first semester of the FLC, participants will engage as learners with teaching tools such as student response systems (cards, clickers, poll everywhere), flipped classroom learning (video or audio cast lectures), collaborative learning (problem based, team based, peer led), and learner analytics (for early intervention). Each meeting will model best practice implementation, facilitate faculty practice with the tool, and provide a forum for discussion.  Faculty will select one of the tools to implement in a lesson the following semester.  The implementation will be studied using a combination of peer observation and Action Research.

 B. Program and University Level Assessment of Student Learning: This FLC will engage multidisciplinary faculty teams in a collaborative process to assess one of our Institution Level Learning Outcomes (Baccalaureate Learning Goals).  The Institution Level Learning outcomes of specific interest are critical thinking, written communication, and information competency. FLC Participants will build consensus on a set of tools (assignments, rubrics, curricular maps) that can be used to collect and analyze student work.  This student work will serve as direct evidence of the critical thinking knowledge and skill we expect students to attain at graduation from our programs & institution.

 C. Instructional Materials for the 21st Century Student: Textbooks, e-books, and multimedia learning tools: FLC participants will analyze, revise, and create General Education and First Year Program instructional materials.  These materials include, but are not limited to, traditional paper readers, e-readers, and other items that utilize active engagement, technology and Affordable Learning Solution tools. Participants will experiment with the content and delivery of curricular materials in their course and evaluate their impact on student learning.

 D. Undergraduate Research: Engaging Students in Curricular and Co-Curricular Settings: Undergraduate research (UGR) is a High Impact Practice (AAC&U) that increases student achievement and improves graduation rates of all students, regardless of major.  This FLC will examine strategies from the Council on Undergraduate Research on increasing UGR in the curriculum and improving opportunities for all students across disciplines to experience the thrill of creating knowledge. Participants will work together to develop a local definition and rubric for UGR; make suggestions for how UGR can be integrated into first year student experiences and lead campus conversations regarding UGR.  In fall semester, as appropriate, FLC participants will experiment with embedding mini-UGR opportunities in coursework, and analyze the impact on student learning.

 E. Critical Thinking and Student Discussions: Facilitating Effective Face-to-Face and Online Discussions: This Faculty Learning Community will focus on the use of discussions as a learning tool. The FLC is intended to cover both face-to-face and online discussion settings. Meetings will focus on general discussion setup, facilitation, and feedback/response strategies and techniques as well as specific context and/or approach specific class discussions (discussions for understanding, critiquing, with conflict, and large and small group settings). These meetings will provide participants with the opportunity to practice the concepts and skills learned with their peers.

What are the participation requirements?

  • Full time or Part time Sacramento State employment between January – December 2014.
  • Commitment to attend 10 scheduled FLC meetings and submit all deliverables before the deadlines.

What are the participations benefits?

  • $700 Professional Development Funds awarded upon submission of FLC deliverables.
  • A year-long opportunity to reflect about and refine your teaching in the company of committed colleagues
    with similar pedagogical interests.

For more information and to apply please download, fill and return the following applications. (DocPDF)

You can also submit an application online, but please make sure that you read the FLC meeting schedule.

A full description of Meeting agendas, FLC syllabus, and deliverables will be available on the CTL website at http://ctl.csus.edu/?cat=20