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Faculty Learning Communities

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a small group of faculty working together to increase their knowledge and/or skills on a topic of mutual interest. An FLC provides the structure and support for this group to discuss, share, and encourage one another to reach their full professional potential. In addition to shared learning, FLC members work on personal projects that put into practice what they are learning. Finally, the community is expected to share their knowledge and accomplishments with the wider university community. Please visit the page Highlights From Past FLCs to get a taste of what past FLCs have accomplished. Additional general information about FLCs, including references to the scholarship supporting their effectiveness, is found here.

Initial due date for applications: June 15, 2019

FLCs in the 2019-2020 academic year:

This year the Center for Teaching, Learning and Design is continuing to experiment with how FLCs are solicited and sponsored. As always, we are especially interested in FLCs that directly support MSU Denver's primary mission: excellence in teaching and learning. To that end we have a few specific FLC ideas we would like to run next year, if we can find the right person (or people) to facilitate them. We continue to be interested in partnering with other campus organizations to create effective FLCs and, as always, we welcome other ideas for teaching and learning FLCs.

For full details on the call for proposals please read the 3-page Facilitator Proposal Information document.

Three FLC types for next year:

1.    Specific FLCs seeking facilitators:

  1. Teaching Observation Exchange. 1 semester. Faculty participants will visit each other’s classes to gain insight and solicit feedback. Group discussion and reflection will take place before and after. Facilitator will coordinate scheduling of observations and community meetings.
  2. Active Learning – Observe & Reflect. 1 semester. The facilitator will recruit a faculty member that uses some form of active learning in a class. The FLC group will meet with this “example instructor,” then attend and observe their class, then meet 1-2 times to debrief. The goal would be to do this twice in a given semester.
  3. Inclusive Discussions – Observe & Reflect. 1 semester. The facilitator will recruit a faculty member that works to make their classroom discussions more inclusive and effective. The FLC group will meet with this “example instructor,” then attend and observe their class, then meet 1-2 times to debrief. The goal would be to do this twice in a given semester.
  4. Universal Design for Learning. Either 1-semester, or year-long. Faculty will learn, apply and discuss the principles and practice of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

2.    Teaching & Learning FLCs (open call):

FLCs focused on addressing effective teaching and learning at MSU Denver are sponsored by the CTLD and should be well-grounded in evidence and research.

3.    Co-sponsored FLCs (open call):

  1. Topic-based FLC co-sponsored by other MSU Denver organizations.
  2. Cohort-based FLC co-sponsored by other MSU Denver organizations.

These can happen in two (or more) types and involve coordination with some organization(s) other than the CTLD. The concept behind co-sponsored FLCs attempts to meet two goals: Allow for FLCs that are not directly related to the teaching & learning mission of the CTLD, while not losing the "FLC expertise" that the CTLD has to offer. Ensure that FLCs on a given topic involve the relevant campus organizations and experts. Partner organizations don’t necessarily have to split the FLC costs, but some level of coordination with the facilitators and/or contribution to the costs would be expected.

2019-2020 Academic Year FLC Proposal Form
https://msudenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5BDu25ju7NH7ohL


2018-2019 Academic Year FLCs


  1. Increasing Meaningful Instructor Presence in Online Classes
    Facilitator: Becky Cottrell
  2. Making The Rowdy Scholar: A Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Works a Reality at MSU Denver
    Facilitators: Sheryl Zadjowicz & Elizabeth Kleinfeld
  3. New Faculty Institute
    Facilitators: Jeff Loats & Meredith Flynn
  1. Effective Teaching Using Open Educational Resources
    Facilitator: Emily Ragan

2017-2018 Academic Year FLCs

 


  • The Benefits and Logistics of an Undergraduate Research Journal at MSU Denver: An Exploratory FLC
    Co-Facilitators: Dr. Elizabeth Kleinfeld and Dr. Sheryl Zajdowicz
    ekleinfe@msudenver.edu and swaltonz@msudenver.edu
    Description: MSU Denver has had a robust undergraduate research (UR) program for six years; we are ready to take things to the next level by exploring models for an Undergraduate Research Journal. Research indicates that students who have their work peer reviewed are challenged to sharpen their insights and writing, while student editors gain collaborative skills and new insights into writing and publishing processes. This FLC will explore the feasibility of different models of an URJ in terms of organization, logistics, budget, student-centeredness, faculty involvement, brand compliance, and sustainability. Fall and Spring.

  • Dialog Across Differences
    Co-Facilitators: Dr. Katia Campbell and Lisa Nelson
    kcampb28@msudenver.edu and lnelso48@msudenver.edu
    Description: The goal of this FLC is to develop a framework for a collaborative, cross-disciplinary formal dialogue program to serve the campus community. We will review relevant scholarly articles in the field of dialogue and deliberation, including intergroup dialogue, and explore various theories and models of existing dialogue programs in higher education settings including curricular and co-curricular elements.  Engage in activities.

  • The Existential Effect of Contemporary Technology
    Facilitator: Samuel Jay 
    sjay@msudenver.edu 
    Description: This FLC will use thoughtful, but critical contemporary commentary to structure in-depth and serious conversations about hardware, software, data, apps, security, privacy, and everything else that relates to technology's presence in our modern experience. The end goal is to develop a rich, thoughtful, and educated comprehension of the existential effects of contemporary technology to encounter it, process it, and leverage it as scholars, teachers, colleagues, and humans.

  • Survive and Thrive: How Female Faculty Navigate Academic Careers
    Co-Facilitators: Darcy Vigneault and Dr. Meredith Flynn
    dbeery@msudenver.edu and mflynn14@msudenver.edu
    Description: This FLC will use thoughtful, but critical contemporary commentary to structure in-depth and serious conversations about hardware, software, data, apps, security, privacy, and everything else that relates to technology's presence in our modern experience. The end goal is to develop a rich, thoughtful, and educated comprehension of the existential effects of contemporary technology to encounter it, process it, and leverage it as scholars, teachers, colleagues, and humans.

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