No matter how long you’ve taught, there is always something you can learn from your colleagues. And if you generally prepare and teach your classes in isolation, you may wish you had more opportunities to have the kinds of conversations with colleagues from across the disciplines that would enrich your teaching practice, help you improve student engagement, and deepen your sense of belonging to a community of scholars. Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) at UMBC fill this niche. The Faculty Development Center is pleased to announce four new proposed topics for Faculty Learning Communities for AY 2020-21:
- Effective Online Assessments (proposed by Cody Goolsby-Cole, Physics)
- Fostering Student Engagement Online: Approaches, Techniques, and Tools (proposed by FDC staff)
- Reason and Proportion (proposed by Beatrice Lauman, CNMS)
- Faculty Mentoring Faculty and Graduate Students (proposed by Suzanne Braunschweig, GES)
What are FLCs? Faculty Learning Communities are groups of 6-12 self-selected faculty who are co-learners, joining together across disciplines for a year-long exploration of specific evidence-based teaching practices. FLCs support faculty in developing a new pedagogical approach, new kinds of assignments, and/or new ways to assess student learning. Participants who meet the attendance requirements (missing no more than 3 meetings over the academic year) receive a professional development award.
Who is eligible? All current faculty, as well as staff who teach, are encouraged to participate.
To apply: The application form contains descriptions of each of the proposed FLCs. Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 29. Although you can only participate in one FLC, you may apply to more than one, ranking your choices on the application form. The FLCs that receive the greatest numbers of applicants will go forward as FDC-sponsored FLCs for 2020-21.
To learn more about the FLC program: Please visit the FLC 2019-20 ThreadBox where you can check out and comment on the current year’s FLCs’ presentations of findings and takeaways. You can also find descriptions of next year’s FLCs in the ThreadBox and ask any questions about the topics that you might have. Further general information about the FLC program is available on our website.