Thursday, April 1
4:45 PM-5:15 PM
Room 8

Faculty Learning Communities: Collaborative Sharing Leads to More Dynamic Online Design and Instruction

Roundtable (Live Presentation) ID: 58762
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    Marilyn Rice
    Sam Houston State University
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    Kimberly LaPrairie
    Sam Houston State University

Abstract: A faculty learning community (FLC) is a small community of learners whose primary focus is to engage in academic discussions. It is a collaborate effort among colleagues with an objective to share a diversity of perspectives on topics of shared interest such as students, pedagogy/andragogy, technology, etc. Using the spirit of passion for learning a particular topic, the FLC establishes an encouraging culture, conducive to conducting respectful, deliberate academic discussions that prompt dynamic scholarship opportunities. The goal, and sometimes expectation, of the FLC is that each faculty member, with the support of the other members of the group, will use the learning community to develop a product specific to that individual’s particular scholarship needs. Depending upon the chosen topic of the FLC, the outcomes can vary from curriculum being written to improve instruction, achieving more meaningful integration of technology into the instruction, academic publications, etc. With what can sometimes be an overwhelming demand on faculty, the FLC provides a culture in which faculty can research, reflect, and conduct deliberate dialog with colleagues. This presentation shares the process used by a mid-sized university to initiate faculty learning communities on the university campus. Following those findings, presenters will open up the discussion to the audience, gathering their perspectives on past experiences and future hopes for FLC’s.

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