Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)
Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs), identified as high-impact practices by the AAC&U, are central to the UA goal to foster culture change among faculty. The FLC groups focus their discussions and projects on learning about and experimenting with evidence-based teaching practices.
In Fall, 2013, three Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) were formed as part of the UA AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project. Members of the AAU Project Leadership Team developed the curriculum and acted as Facilitators. During the first year, the groups studied important peer-reviewed literature that documents the compelling evidence regarding the effectiveness of active learning strategies. They used the Learning Cycle as a foundation for creating learning tasks that encourage students to explore topics before concepts are introduced and to apply what they have learned after the concepts have been explained.
In subsequent semesters, the FLCs read books such as Make It Stick by Brown, Roediger and McDaniel, 2014 and Small Teaching by James M. Lang, 2016. To learn from one another, they often perform peer observations. The program has grown to nine groups that met in Fall 2016 and nine new groups (with many returners) that met in Spring 2017.
In Spring 2017, the semester began with an All-Members Kickoff that focused on teaching students how to learn. The groups of 7 or 8 faculty members with common interests met seven times throughout the semester and, in many cases, focused their discussions on the learning strategies included in the Learning to Learn Series. The semester wrapped up with a workshop with renowned educator, Saundra McGuire.
In Summer 2017, Tom Wilson, Honors College, led efforts to clearly define and document the Mission, Goals, Expected Outcomes, Evaluation Plan and Implementation Strategies for the UA Faculty Learning Communities Program. To learn more, please contact Tom Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In some cases, colleges, departments or other groups wish to form Faculty Learning Communities with special interests. Professionals in the Office of Instruction and Assessment (OIA) can help guide these groups. Contact information for the OIA is available at: http://oia.arizona.edu/contact.
Joining an FLC
Prior to each semester, a group of committed faculty members, led by Zoe Cohen, Physiology, establish plans for the upcoming semester.
We are forming nine FLCs for Fall 2017, each at a different time, guided by one or two outstanding faculty members who volunteer their time to act as Facilitators. The Facilitators have suggested some potential topics of interest, but the members will ultimately decide on the focus for their group.
Registration for Fall 2017 is underway. To register, please complete the registration form at the link below.
FLC Schedule and Topics - Fall 2017
Members and Facilitators Lists - Fall 2017
The list of Members and Facilitators for Fall 2017 are available at the link below. The first list is organized by Member Name and the second list is organized by FLC Group.