Faculty Learning Community

The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) sponsors Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) each semester that meet periodically during the semester to discuss practices and technologies related to teaching and learning. FLCs are open to all DSU faculty (full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty members). CTL organizes FLC groups each fall and spring semester and provides drinks and light refreshments for FLC meetings.  Each member of the group is expected to participate in face to face meetings and contribute to the online portion of the community (via Canvas).

fall 2018 Faculty Learning Community

Building upon what was started in Spring 2018, the Center for Teaching & Learning is forming a “Teacher Improvement Group” with regular face-to-face meetings for interested DSU faculty. The idea is to have a group of 5-8 teachers meet on a regular basis (2-4 times per month) to discuss pedagogy and give each other feedback on teaching based on individually determined improvement goals.

Objective

The objective of the group is to help advance a culture of teaching excellence at DSU.

Each participant will self-select some readings/learning material on pedagogy. Time will be allotted each meeting for some participants (2-3) to report on what they are learning from their respective reading. This opportunity will rotate so each participant will have multiple opportunities to report in the course of a semester. There will be open discussion time about the reported learnings. Each participant will record teaching sessions and have 2 or 3 focused opportunities during the semester to receive feedback from the other group members on their teaching. Participants will upload their recorded teaching sessions to a Canvas shell where other participants can view the teaching session and prepare feedback. The feedback from group members will be based on teaching goals the person in focus had set for him or herself with the option of having some overall feedback as well. A typical meeting agenda might look like this:

  1. Call to order
  2. Pedagogy learning reports and discussion (20-25 minutes)
  3. Group feedback on the teaching example (20-25 minutes)
  4. Determining who would be presenting reports and receiving feedback for next meeting
  5. Adjourn

If you would like to participate in this community, please contact Scott Allen in the Center for Teaching & Learning.