At its core the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a group of faculty interested in sharing scholarship, research and pedagogy; this includes specific themes and content areas across disciplines, as well as teaching and learning strategies. For instance “Local Environments, Global Citizens” was the 2010-2011 theme.
Faculty Learning Community meetings may consist of:
Teaching and learning strategies—discussions, often with the help of ITL experts, of strategies that might enhance our own teaching.
Faculty scholarship and teaching—presentations and discussions by selected faculty members on the strategies they use to make their teaching most effective (sometimes combined with the above for interesting and provocative discussion about teaching).
Content related discussions—book-club-style discussions of specific group-chosen books, films, art exhibits, or other materials related to our theme.
Interdisciplinary connections—discussions about how our theme touches our teaching and connects student learning on campus. It was this kind of discussion that inspired our FLC; the hunger to explore new ideas, share and connect with what one another is doing in the classroom.