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.
FLCs meet once or twice a month, most often for the academic year, and each community has two types of outcomes—individual changes to one's own practice, and a group "give back" to the larger IUB teaching community. 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.