What is a Faculty Learning Community?

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

  • 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

  1. Attend at least eight monthly meetings. FLC leaders may decide with their group to attend a workshop in replacement of or in addition to the normal monthly meetings.
  2. Propose and construct your “Big Idea Project.” The Big Idea Project can be one project completed by the entire group or each member can have their own project. Some examples of what this project could be are:
    • Targeted to making a change in a course; ie: transforming a unit, module or the entire course
    • Creating a resource listing technologies and their application to active learning and some ideas on how to use each one
    • Conducting research that can contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning on a practice that they’ve implemented
  3. Attend end of year lunch in which each FLC will present their Big Idea Project (individual or group)

2019-2020 FLCs

Active Learning for Honors

Facilitated by Dr. Mark Law

Coordinated by Jennifer Smith

This FLC is only open to faculty within the honors college. For registration, please reach out to the facilitator or coordinator.

Overview

How can we best support our high-achieving students in Honors courses? This FLC will begin by trying to answer:

  • What makes a course an honors course?
  • What are the outcomes specific to honors courses?
  • What are the best practices for honors courses?
Meetings
Date Time Location
September 20, 2019 11:00am-12:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
October 11, 2019 11:00am-12:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
November 8, 2019 11:00am-12:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
November 22, 2019 11:00am-12:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
December 2, 2019 11:00am-12:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201

Dr. Mark Law is the Director of the University of Florida Honors Program. Previously, he has been Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering (2009-14) and past-chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2003-09). He received his B.S. from Iowa State University in 1981 in Honors, his M.S. from Stanford University in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 1988. His current research interests are in integrated circuit devices and reliability.

Active Learning for Large Enrollment

Facilitated by Dr. Diba Mani

Coordinated by Micah Jenkins

Overview

Move beyond lecturing as your primary teaching strategy in high enrollment courses and transform your course into an engaging, interactive environment for students.

Meetings
Date Time Location
September 19, 2019 2:30pm-3:30pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
October 30, 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
November 21, 2019 1:00pm-2:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
January 16, 2020 1:00pm-2:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
February 20, 2020 1:00pm-2:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
March 19, 2020 1:00pm-2:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
April 16, 2020 1:00pm-2:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201

Dr. Diba Mani is a lecturer in the department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology. She prioritizes the expansion of student interaction through active learning, having students read, evaluate, discuss, and present scientific articles to their peers, improving their own professional development concurrent to applying course lecture content.

Active Learning with Technology (Classroom & Online)

Facilitated by Dr. Shannon Dunn and Dr. Crystal Marull

Coordinated by Alexandra Bitton-Bailey

Overview

This community will explore teaching with technology including delivering courses and teaching with emerging technologies online or in a physical classroom. Together, instructors and instructional designers will explore innovative approaches to active learning with technology. Sessions will provide community members the opportunity to collaboratively brainstorm strategies to resolve current technology challenges. Members will share instructional technology innovations, including favorite Canvas workarounds, tools, and tricks, as well as currently-utilized and aspirational uses of technologies. This community will provide a sandbox for support and engagement for all levels of expertise from newbies (new to teaching with technology) to experienced (those looking to go beyond the basics and are interested in AI, virtual exchange, new technologies).

Meetings
Date Time Location
September 12, 2019 3:00pm-4:30pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
September 17, 2019 3:00pm-4:30pm HUB 272
October 1, 2019 3:00pm-4:30pm HUB 231
October 15, 2019 3:00pm-4:30pm HUB 272
October 29, 2019 3:00pm-4:30pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
November 12, 2019 3:00pm-4:30pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
December 10, 2019 3:00pm-4:30pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201

Dr. Marull teaches and designs curriculum for Spanish language and linguistics courses 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. She is the 2018 recipient of LinguaMeeting’s “Best Integration of Technology” award and UF’s 2018 & 2019 Exemplary Online Awards.

Dr. Dunn is a Senior Instructional Designer at the Center for Instructional Technology & Training.

Assessment as Active Learning

Facilitated by Ferol Carytsas

Coordinated by John Jordi

Overview

For many faculty members, traditional methods of assessment might not be ideal in their classroom. This FLC will explore research-based approaches to how faculty can more authentically assess their students’ learning. Participants will talk about what is working in their classrooms and discover new and effective strategies to assess their students.

Meetings
Date Time Location
September 17, 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
October 15, 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
November 19, 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
December 10, 2019 2:00pm-3:00pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201

Ferol is a lecturer and the Undergraduate Advisor with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine. Her passion for education stems from her own teachers and her belief that effective teaching is about taking the time to build relationships and establishing an environment where students feel valued and appreciated. Ferol began teaching the undergraduate course, Music and Health, in Fall 2017. Music and Health was runner-up winner for the UFIT Exceptional Course Development award, and the course received one of the UF International Center’s Internationalizing the Curriculum grants.

Active Learning with ePortfolios

Facilitated by Paloma Rodriguez

Coordinated by Alexandra Bitton-Bailey

Overview

This community will explore teaching with eportfolios. Together, instructors and instructional designers will explore approaches to eportfolio pedagogy including project management, mentorship, peer-review, and assessment. Projects undertaken by this community might include: high-impact eportfolio practice, mapping of eportfolio use at UF, best practices on eportfolio design for integrative learning, research on eportfolios as high-impact educational practice. Members of this community need to have prior or current experience with teaching with eportfolios or with implementing eportfolio initiatives at the programmatic level.

Meetings
Date Time Location
September 13, 2019 10:00am-11:30am Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
October 3, 2019 10:00am-11:30am Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
November 5, 2019 12:00pm-1:30pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201
December 4, 2019 12:00pm-1:30pm Bryant Space Science Center Room 201


Mrs. Rodriguez is part of the Leadership Team for UF’s ongoing Quality Enhancement Plan for internationalization and oversees the International Scholars Program. Her research interests include eportfolio pedagogy, career integration, faculty professional development, and on-campus opportunities to promote global learning. Her publications explore the use of ePortfolio pedagogy in international programming and the role of global certificate programs for the advancement of comprehensive internationalization.

Team-Based Learning

Facilitated by Dr. Michelle Farland and Dr. Wayne McCormack

Coordinated by Alexandra Bitton-Bailey

This FLC is not currently accepting new participants.

Overview

Up to 10 FLC participants will have their fees for the TBL summer workshop covered by the Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology, currently full.  The two-day summer UF Team-Based Learning (TBL) Workshop scheduled on June 10-11th will kick of the TBL Faculty Learning Community (FLC). Workshop participants will explore this flipped-classroom method that engages students in deep learning. UF affiliate discount may still be available.

FLC participants will continue to meet throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. Participants in the FLC will:

  • Attend at least six-monthly meetings.
  • FLC leaders may decide with their group to attend a workshop in replacement of or in addition to the normal monthly meetings.
  • Propose and construct your “Big Idea Project.”
  • Attend end of year lunch in which each FLC will present their Big Idea Project (individual or group).
  • Collaborate on future scholarship of teaching and learning research.

Dr. Farland is the Director of Personal and Professional Development Curriculum with educational research focusing on outcomes of team-based learning and personal and professional development. She has been recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy with the 2012 New Educator Award, by the Team Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) in 2016 as a team-based learning consultant-trainer, and by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) in 2017 as an Emerging Teaching Scholar. Dr. Farland currently serves as the president-elect of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC), and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS). She has served as a national speaker in the areas of diabetes, chronic pain management and team-based learning.

Dr. McCormack is a member of both the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars (ADTS) and the Team Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC). He is also a Professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine. Dr. McCormack has previously served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Director of the Biomedical Sciences graduate program (2001-2011), and co-director of the MD-PhD program (2007-2011).

 

Registration

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.

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