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Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are groups of 6-12 self-selected faculty across disciplines who join together in 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. The program consists of a kick-off retreat in the fall semester to build community and initiate the conversations, regular meetings every three weeks which participants agree to attend faithfully, and an end-of-year presentation of products from participants. If there is a teaching and learning topic that you would like to be able to delve into with peers, please answer the annual call for proposals for new FLC topics, announced on our home page and sent to the Faculty Development Center’s group each year during the spring semester. A subsequent call for applications to participate in new FLCs goes out in mid-spring semester.

2018-2019 FLC’s

The application period for 2018-19 FLCs is now closed. The FLCs proposed below that receive the greatest numbers of applicants will go forward as FDC-sponsored FLCs for 2018-19.

Proposed topics for Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) for AY 2018-19

Cultivating critical thinking: Integrating information literacy into course content
(Co-Facilitators: Joanna Gadsby & Katy Sullivan, Library)

Flipping the classroom
(Facilitator needed—please contact Kerrie, kkephart@umbc.edu, if you are interested)

Getting Students to READ: Scaffolding Students’ Reading, Engagement, Analysis, and Discovery through Texts
(Facilitator needed—please contact Kerrie, kkephart@umbc.edu, if you are interested)

Writing questions to foster deep learning and engagement
(Facilitator: Sarah Leupen, Biological Sciences)

Past FLCs:
Fostering Engagement in the Digital Classroom (2017-18)
Fostering Student Reflection and Self-Regulation (2017-18)
Improving Student Writing: Exploring Evidence-Based Feedback Methods (2017-18)
Teaching Sustainability & Climate Change (2017-18)
Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning (2016-17)
Teacher Scholars (2016-17)
Writing in the Disciplines (2016-17)
Incorporating Student Technology into the Classroom (2015-16)
Competency-Based Education (2015-16)
Integrating Teaching and Research (2015-16)
iTeach (2014-15)
Contemplative Pedagogies (2014-15)
Diversity in the Classroom: Enhancing the Curriculum and Environment (2014-15)
Teacher Scholars (2014-15)
Beyond the Term Paper: Innovative Alternatives to Measuring Student Learning (Spring 2014)
21st Century Literacies: Developing and Implementing Digital Assignments (Spring 2014)
Flipped Classroom Pedagogies (Spring 2014)