Faculty Learning community is a cross disciplinary faculty and staff group who engage in a collaborative yearlong program with a curriculum about enhancing teaching and learning. FLC hosts frequent seminars and activities that provide learning, development, teaching, and community building. A small budget provides for supplies, refreshments, professional travel, or speakers.
During the fall semester, members of the FLC will design their SOTL project in the topic area of their FLC. They will conduct a review of the literature, finalize their research questions and develop methods of intervention. They will also apply for the Institutional Review for Human Subjects Research. In the spring semester the members will implement the projects and evaluate the learning of students and themselves. The FLC would then share the results of their work within the university or externally in a peer reviewed conference proposal. The FLC may additionally choose to write up their project for publications.
A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or have some interest in a topic and who come together with a facilitator to fulfill both individual and group goals. At SCSU, Communities of Practice are groups of faculty and staff who commit to regularly scheduled seminars on a focus area in teaching and learning followed by actions such as planning and trying out the techniques that are learned.
Objectives of a CoP would therefore include 1) exploration and study of theoretical and practical perspectives on the topic, 2) piloting of short term or semester-long activities in classes or in our broader work with students, and 3) reflecting upon individual and collective experiences.
Facilitators: Melissa Prescott, Darlene St. Clair, Debra Leigh & Kyoko Kishimoto
Facilitators: Jennifer Quinlan, Shannon Olsen, Beth Berila, Darlene St. Clair, Christina Metzo