Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are focused on "a continuous process of learning and reflection, supported by colleagues, with an intention of getting things done" (McGill & Beaty, 2001, p. 11). Faculty learning communities are more than just seminar series, formal committees, project teams, or support, self-development, or counseling groups.
College of Arts and Letters FLCs meet for a period of at least six months; have voluntary membership; meet at a designated time and in an environment conducive to learning; develop empathy among members; operate by consensus, not majority; develop their own culture, openness, and trust; engage complex problems; energize and empower participants; have the potential of transforming institutions into learning organizations; and are holistic in approach.
CAL FLCs typically meet once a month for an academic year, and activities range from some discussion around projects and/or readings to more hands-on building, creating, and doing. Some learning communities have specific products (e.g., grant proposals, courses, collaboratively constructed conference presentations, or manuscripts); others do not have set or specific products.
The 2017-2018 FLC will seek to engage participants in discussions about proficiency standards, teaching, and assessment, especially in light of the data from the Language Flagship Proficiency Initiative. In monthly meetings, educators from all levels will discuss research findings, teaching approaches and techniques, and their intersection. Discussions will be tailored to the contexts and needs of the FLC participants.
The FLC will be lively, exciting, and a combination of analytical, theoretical, and philosophical discussions. We hope you'll join us! Faculty and academic staff who participate should, of course, consider their participation as part of their service work.
The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 3-4:30 pm in B342 Wells Hall (subsequent meetings will be scheduled with the group). More details can be found in the FLC announcement.
Please complete the online application at http://bit.ly/FLC1718 by Friday, September 8, 2017. Faculty and academic staff, including fixed-term faculty, academic specialists, and PhD students, are invited to apply for this FLC. Applicants will be notified by Friday, September 15, 2017. Participation is limited (approximately 15 participants).
Building Bridges: Language, Acquisition, and Teaching (Spring 2016)
This year’s FLC will seek to engage participants in discussions about language acquisition and how it informs classroom practice. In monthly meetings, educators from all levels will discuss research findings, teaching approaches and techniques, and their intersection. Discussions will be tailored to the contexts and needs of the FLC participants.
Participants will meet on the last Wednesday of each month (January-April) in B342 Wells Hall. Additionally, meetings will be broadcasted/recorded through Zoom in order to allow flexible participation.
Language Learning in Online Environments (2014-15, 2013-14)
This FLC focused on language learning in online environments with the goal of expanding and enhancing blended and online course offerings across the College's language programs. In monthly meetings, faculty and academic staff discussed relevant topics on online learning, language learning, and their intersection. They also engaged in hands-on experience creating blended/online course models.