Michigan State University

CeLTA Learning Communities

MSU Learning Communities (MSU-LC; formerly Faculty Learning Communities/FLC) 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). MSU Learning Communities are more than just seminar series, formal committees, project teams, or support, self-development, or counseling groups.

College of Arts and Letters Learning Communities 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 Learning Communities 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.

2019 -2020 Learning Community: Writing and Language Learning

The 2019-2020 LC will seek to engage participants in discussions regarding the topic of writing and language learning. In monthly meetings, educators from all levels will discuss current developments in research, teaching approaches and techniques, and have ample opportunity for personal development. Discussions will be tailored to the contexts and needs of the LC participants.

The LC 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 group will talk about a variety of topics related to writing and language instruction. The exact topics will be determined by the group members, but some discussion could be related to the following topics.

  • Composition and revision
  • Grading and feedback (including rubrics, tools for time saving)
  • Social writing (including technologies that can allow synchronous work)
  • Using writing to enhance/develop other skills
  • Language for specific purposes

Meetings

The first meeting will be Thursday, September 26th from 10:30am-12pm. Subsequent meetings will be held in Wells Hall at a time when most interested parties can attend. Additionally, meetings may be broadcasted through Zoom in order to allow flexible participation.

Facilitators

This learning community is sponsored by CAL’s Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA). While overall organization of the group will be led by CeLTA staff, the group will be asked to bring forward topics for discussion and to lead as facilitator of one of the sessions.

Application Process

Faculty and academic staff (including fixed-term faculty and academic specialists) and graduate students are invited to apply for this LC. Please complete the online application at this link by 5pm on Friday, September 6, 2019.  Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Participation is limited to encourage group cohesion.

Previous CeLTA Learning Communities:

The Intersection of Technology and Language Learning (2018-19)

The 2018-2019 LC engages participants in discussions regarding the intersection of technology and language learning. In monthly meetings, educators from all levels discuss current developments in research, teaching approaches and techniques, and have ample opportunity for personal development. Topics include gamification, digital scholarship lab resources, accessibility in technology, research issues in technology from an SLA perspective, and a technology potluck. 

2017-18 FLC: Bringing Proficiency and Assessment Together (2017-18)

The 2017-2018 FLC engaged 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 discussed research findings, teaching approaches and techniques, and their intersection.

Building Bridges: Language, Acquisition, and Teaching (Spring 2016)

This Learning Community engaged participants in discussions about language acquisition and how it informs classroom practice. In monthly meetings, educators from all levels discussed research findings, teaching approaches and techniques, and their intersection. Discussions were tailored to the contexts and needs of the participants. Meetings were broadcasted/recorded through Zoom in order to allow flexible participation.

Language Learning in Online Environments (2014-15, 2013-14)

This Learning Community 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.

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