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Faculty Learning Communities

As part of the CITL's mission to promote transformative learning experiences for IUB instructors, the CITL sponsors multiple Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) each year. FLCs at Indiana University Bloomington are cohorts of faculty members, often from different disciplines or fields of study, who ask questions about teaching and learning, try out teaching innovations, assess student learning, create new models of practice, and publish scholarship about their work. Each FLC shares a question, a set of problems, or an interest in a topic, as members deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis.

Like the Communities of Inquiry that are at the core of the CITL’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program, FLC members work together to produce outcomes or products about teaching and learning. Faculty members in such communities engage in scholarly teaching and student-centered learning, collaborating within a collegial framework that offers peer review and support. Participants receive $750 for professional development needs, such as travel to present findings and resources for additional work in the FLC. All full-time IUB faculty members—both tenure track and non-tenure track—are eligible to participate in funded FLCs.

Download the 2015-16 application form as a Word document if you would like to see what the application requires.

Active Learning Online

Research indicates that students learn best when they are actively involved—engaged in thinking, expressing ideas, giving and receiving feedback, and reflecting on what they are doing and learning. In this FLC, participants will explore how to use active learning strategies to create engaging and effective online activities. As a final product, participants will create an online showcase of activities to model innovative ideas and best practices for instructors designing online and hybrid courses. Participation in this FLC will be limited to instructors who have designed, or begun to design, an online or hybrid course.

Collaborative Learning

When employed effectively, research has shown that collaborative learning promotes deeper learning, encourages critical thinking, and develops teamwork skills. In this FLC, participants will consider discipline-appropriate ways to incorporate collaborative learning strategies and pedagogies into their course design. Through exploring research on collaborative learning, discussing collaborative teaching strategies, and sharing collaborative learning assignments, participants in this FLC will explore ways to make their collaborative projects or assignments more effective. By the end of this FLC, participants in this course will share their collaborative approaches with instructors in their departments and with the larger IUB community.

Media Production and Integration

The new Faculty Media Production Space offers instructors a team of media specialists to help easily create dynamic high-quality online instructional media. The Media Production and Integration FLC participants will explore new and innovative uses of this space using active learning and interactive media techniques that provide students with transformative learning experiences as they move beyond surface learning to deep learning experiences. FLC participants will be highly encouraged to submit their work to a repository of exemplar media to guide and inspire future IUB instructors who might be considering adding media to their courses. No Prior media experience is required to join this FLC.

Other currently active FLCs:

Past FLCs and related projects: