Learning in Community. Teaching in Community.
An enormous amount of effort has been devoted to making use of our communal nature to serve education. Students share assignments. Classes are collaborative. Lesson plans emphasize engagement with the material by fostering students’ engagement with one another.
But what about the instructors?
The work of instruction at many institutions of higher learning is a largely solitary endeavor. Teachers design their own courses, select their own texts, and conduct their classes in a way that limits opportunities for working with and learning from other educators. But is this the best way? Don’t teachers learn to teach better when they engage in a community filled with other educators?
That is precisely why Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) have emerged as an important tool for instructors who seek an improved teaching experience. Studies show that faculty members who engage in FLCs see:
- Improved student learning and engagement
- Increased attainment of tenure
- Greater civic involvement by their fellow faculty members
If you are thinking about starting an FLC, Magna Publications offers an online seminar, Creating Faculty Learning Communities: 16 Recommendations, to explain how to successfully design and implement FLCs in your institution.
Faculty Learning Communities go beyond the common faculty development opportunities. By identifying and leveraging existing communities of practice, the FLC approaches professional development in a manner that is both systematic and social. Because of the effectiveness of FLCs, thousands of colleges and universities have made them an integral part of their faculty development plans.
Creating Faculty Learning Communities: 16 Recommendations offers a comprehensive overview of the practical considerations involved in establishing and operating a successful FLC. Get answers to questions such as:
- What social considerations make this a community, not just a committee?
- How can you obtain and maintain member commitment?
- How can your FLC assess the three key areas of impact?
- How can your FLC maintain professional standards with an evidence-based approach?
- How can a blended meeting structure enhance your community?
- How can you tailor FLC plans to meet the specific needs of your group or institution?
Learn From an Expert
Milton D. Cox, Ph.D.
Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University
Assessment, Miami University, Ohio
Milt has been project director of state and federal grants establishing faculty learning community programs at other institutions, is co-editor of the book, Building Faculty Learning Communities, and has visited over 75 institutions in the U.S. and abroad to consult on various issues in higher education.
He is recipient of a certificate of special achievement from the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education in recognition and appreciation of notable contributions to the profession of faculty, instructional, and organizational development.
Dr. Cox is also founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching and the Learning Communities Journal.
Who Should Watch this CD
Creating Faculty Learning Communities: 16 Recommendations is valuable for not only faculty members but also for the successful learning communities that grow in all corners of higher education institutions. Anyone with an interest in faculty development will find this online seminar helpful. These positions include:
- Faculty (regardless of discipline and rank)
- Academic staff
- Central administrators
- Teaching and Learning Center directors and staff
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