Faculty Learning Communities
What is a Learning Community?
A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a group of WSSU trans-disciplinary faculty, graduate students, and professional staff who engage in an active, collaborative, year-long program with a curriculum about enhancing teaching and learning.
- FLC’s engage in frequent activities that provide learning, professional growth, community building and support the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL);
- FLC’s provide opportunities for faculty to obtain sustainable methods to enhance teaching, research, and professional development.
2013-14 Faculty Learning Communities (FLC’s)
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is an approach to conducting research by equitably partnering researchers and those directly affected by and knowledgeable of local social problems. To inform research design, implementation and dissemination, this approach challenges academic and community partners to invest in team building, share resources, exchange ideas and share expertise. Be a part of this ground-breaking group which seeks to combine scholarship, service and teaching efforts!
Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT) uses research such as the evaluation of classroom experiments and educational neuroscience about how the brain learns. If a primary goal of teaching is to optimize student learning then instructors must employ methods that have the biggest impact on learning. Faculty members will have the opportunity to share teaching challenges and learn effective new teaching methods.
Mid-Career Faculty often wonder “what do I do next?” after achieving tenure and promotion. This Faculty Learning Community will focus upon finding new creative outlets for teaching, research and service, networking, inter-disciplinary collaborations and engaging more deeply with mentoring students.
New Faculty seek to address their unique needs as they are introduced to the WSSU mission and University culture. This FLC will provide a support system of peers, encouragement, information and an introduction to the principles of college teaching and student learning.
Online & Hybrid Teaching Strategies is for WSSU faculty who have expressed an interest in interacting, sharing resources, and learning from each other regarding online course development and teaching hybrid and online courses. This FLC will focus upon topics such as making the transition from face-to-face to online, developing course content, assessing online students and demonstrating new technologies.
Qualitative Research Group (QRG) is an inter-disciplinary group of WSSU faculty, students and staff who meet monthly to support each other as they use qualitative research techniques, e.g. open-ended interviews, focus groups or participant observation, in their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and teaching activities.