What is a Faculty Learning Community?

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a peer-led group of faculty members who engage in an active, collaborative, year–long program, structured to provide encouragement, support, and reflection.

Benefits of joining an FLC:

  • Stimulate innovation and create experiential, collaborative learning environments
  • Increase collaboration and make the best use of limited funding
  • Provide a flexible professional development structure to support learning of any topic
  • Increase communication and collaboration among faculty who, by the nature of their work in individual classrooms, are often isolated from colleagues

Participant Expectations:

  • Attend required Kickoff and Wrap-up sessions
  • Attend an additional two sessions of your choice each semester
  • Propose, construct and present your “Big Idea Project”
  • Present at a future Passport to Great Teaching workshop

This upcoming academic year we will have 3 different FLC’s:

  • Creative Assessment
  • Digital Literacy
  • Experiential Learning
Creative Assessment

Go beyond the “one size fits all” assessment and develop strategies contoured to your students, your course material, and your teaching technique. Make assessment an integral part of the learning experience.

Facilitated by Dr. Tim Brophy

Timothy S. Brophy is Director of Institutional Assessment at the University of Florida and Professor of Music Education. Prior to his appointment as Director, he was Assistant Dean for Research, Technology, and Administrative Affairs in the College of the Arts and a member of the music education faculty in the School of Music.

 

Event Date Time Location
Virtual Exchange Workshop Connecting Classrooms around the World - Part 1 10/4 9:00am - 4:00pm Hub 145
Kickoff Meeting (Required) 10/5 2:00pm - 4:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Faculty ePortfolio Workshop 10/23 12:00pm - 1:30pm 145 Hub
Faculty ePortfolio Workshop 11/8 10:00am - 11:30am 145 Hub
Podcasting for Fun and Learning 11/14 2:00pm - 4:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Standards Based Grading 11/15 3:00pm - 4:30pm 409 Yon Hall
ePortfolios 11/19 10:30am - 12:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Team Teaching from Classroom to Gallery 11/27 3:30pm - 5:00pm Harn Museum
Faculty ePortfolio Workshop 12/5 11:00am - 12:30pm 145 Hub
Social Learning Through Portfolios 12/6 9:30am - 11:00am 409 Yon Hall
Midpoint Checkin (Required) 1/18 2:00pm - 4:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Session TBD TBD TBD
Session TBD TBD TBD
Wrap Up (Required) 4/25 2:00pm - 4:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Digital Literacy

Learn how digital literacy can extend the impact and influence of your course by experimenting with the latest tools and techniques used to communicate in the digital age.

Facilitated by Dr. Sid Dobrin and Jennifer Smith

Sid Dobrin

Dr. Sid Dobrin

Sid Dobrin is the Chair of the English Department at the University of Florida and the Director of the Trace Innovation Initiative. His research focuses on three distinct but overlapping subjects: the ecological properties of writing, including questions of oceanic criticism; the relationship between writing and emerging technologies, including questions of contemporary visual/screen culture; and disciplinary/institutional critique regarding composition studies.

 

 

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer K. Smith is the Director of the Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence. She has served as the Associate Director of Course production for UF Online and as manager of Instructional Design Services at UF’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training. Prior to her work at CITT, Jennifer was an Associate Professor with the University of Florida Theatre and Dance Department.

 

 

 

 

Event Date Time Location
Kickoff Meeting (Required) 10/8 2:00pm - 4:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Podcasting 11/14 2:00pm - 4:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Multimodal Syllabus 11/8 3:00pm - 4:30pm 409 Yon Hall
AR 12/6 3:00pm - 4:30pm 409 Yon Hall
Midpoint Checkin (Required) 1/24 3:00pm - 5:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Podcasting 2/13 2:00pm - 4:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Multimodal Syllabus 3/21 3:00pm - 4:30pm 409 Yon Hall
Wrap Up (Required) 4/11 3:00pm - 5:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Experiential Learning

Discover the power of experiential learning and the basic steps to create your own activities and assignments.

Facilitated by Dr. Crystal Marull and Dr. Pamela Dickrell

Dr. Crystal Marull

Crystal Marull is the Coordinator for the Online Spanish Program at the University of Florida. She has taught basic, intermediate, and advanced Spanish language and linguistics courses at the primary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate level in face-to-face, online, hybrid, study abroad, and service learning contexts. In her courses, she capitalizes on the advantages of digital tools and virtual environments to offer a variety of media rich lesson plans to foster growth and understanding of the target language through personalized and individualized instruction.

 

 

 

Dr. Pamela Dickrell

Pamela Dickrell began as the founding director of the Gator Engineering CORE (Center of Research on Engineering Education) in fall 2014. She designs and teaches large enrollment CORE courses, and leads the center’s research into innovative educational methods for the delivery of curriculum to students across multiple engineering majors.

Co-facilitated by Caroline Cully and Jaysen Williams

Event Date Time Location
FLC Kickoff Meeting (Required) 09/21 2:00pm - 4:00pm 409 Yon Hall
ePortfolios 9/27 3:00pm - 4:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Virtual Exchange Workshop Connecting Classrooms around the World - Part I 10/4 9:00am - 4:00pm HUB 145
Podcasting for Fun and Learning 11/14 2:00pm - 4:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Team Teaching from Classroom to Gallery 11/27 3:30pm - 5:00pm The Harn
Social Learning Through Portfolios 12/6 9:30am - 11:00am 409 Yon Hall
Fall Social 12/7 2:00pm - 4:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Midpoint Checkin (Required) 1/16 3:00pm - 4:30pm 409 Yon Hall
Podcasting for Fun and Learning 2/13 2:00pm - 4:00pm 409 Yon Hall
Session TBD TBD TBD
Wrap Up (Required) TBD TBD TBD

 

If you’d like to join one of our FLC’s visit the registration webpage. Once you’ve registered you will be added to the Faculty Learning Communities canvas course. If you’re interested in hosting a future FLC start planning your session with our campus collaborators form.

Please contact Zaina Sheets if you’d like to become an FLC facilitator.