Faculty Learning Communities
The Institute for Teaching and Learning is in its third year
of running Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). Patterned after
the model at Miami University of Ohio, these FLCs are either
cohort-based or topic-based.
To date, we have organized FLCs for faculty new to the University
of Connecticut (cohort-based) and FLCs for faculty interested
in learning more about using technology effectively in their
teaching (topic-based). The technology FLCs have focused on
different faculty groups, first targeting beginners and then
advanced users of technology.
Membership is open to faculty who meet the criteria of the
cohort or are interested in the topic. Membership varies from
ten to fifteen faculty. Meetings are informally structured,
usually providing new information and an opportunity to share
and discuss. ITL staff share the responsibility for preparing
brief presentations on pertinent topics. Guests with special
expertise, usually other faculty, are often invited.
FLCs generally last the entire academic year, meeting approximately
every two to three weeks, and requiring a minimum of outside
preparation. The first semester is usually somewhat more structured,
with a syllabus prepared by ITL staff. The second semester
syllabus is developed almost exclusively from members’ suggestions.
FLCs provide a learning forum for all who participate, including
guests and organizers.
For more information on how to participate
in an FLC, contact
Keith Barker or Catherine Ross at 486-2686.