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Encouraging Faculty Development through Learning Communities. Amy Jessen-Marshall VPAA, Dean of the Faculty Sweet Briar College [email protected] Learning Communities. Definition Long history Faculty development Curriculum development? Examples of success

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Encouraging faculty development through learning communities

Encouraging Faculty Development through Learning Communities

Amy Jessen-Marshall

VPAA, Dean of the Faculty

Sweet Briar College

[email protected]


Learning communities
Learning Communities

Definition

Long history

Faculty development

Curriculum development?

Examples of success

Challenges and recommendations


Learning communities1
Learning Communities

What do you already know about learning communities?

Experiences?


Definitions
Definitions

  • What a learning community is not:

    • A committee

    • A task force


Definitions1
Definitions

  • What a learning community is:

    • A COMMUNITY

    • An opportunity for faculty/staff to explore a topic of interest in an active, collaborative format. Usually multidisciplinary

    • Generally 8-12 people in size

    • A way for faculty to share ideas and work on pedagogy projects


Definitions2
Definitions

  • What a learning community is:

    • A group that meets for a set amount of time (generally a year) and then disbands.

    • Has an outcome/project

    • Supportive and reflective

    • Scholarship of teaching and learning model


Long history
Long history

Leader- at the University of Miami in Ohio- Milt Cox

http://www.units.miamioh.edu/flc/

Lots of resources:

Creating Learning Communities: A Practical Guide to Winning Support, Organizing for Change, and Implementing Programs. Shapiro, Nancy S.; Levine, Jodi H.Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series, 1999

Powerful Learning Communities: A Guide to Developing Student, Faculty, and Professional Learning Communities to Improve Student Success and Organizational Effectiveness, Lenning et al,Stylus Pub. 2013

Common model for Centers for Teaching and Learning


Learning communities for faculty development
Learning Communities for Faculty Development

  • Organizing learning communities

    • Topical interest and application

    • Allow group to form and decide on own topic

    • Book reading group/brown bag lunch meetings


Learning communities for faculty development1
Learning Communities for Faculty Development

  • Examples:

    • Scholarship of teaching and learning (1-2 years)

    • Using technology in the classroom

    • First generation learning and pedagogies

    • ePortfolio development

    • Others?


Expectations
Expectations

Communities will meet biweekly or triweekly

Facilitator identified to help organize (Not chair)

Social component encouraged (Semester dinners)

Summary or presentation at end of project


Expectations1
Expectations

  • Resources important

    • Project funding

    • Books

    • FOOD!


Curriculum development
Curriculum development?

  • Risky?

  • CTL director really nervous.

  • Global learning project for AAC&U

  • Three learning communities

    • Sciences

    • Humanities

    • Social Sciences


Curriculum development1
Curriculum development?

Project based- global in classroom

Social component

Resources

Summary at end with reflection

NO SPECIFIC CURRICULAR RECOMMENDATIONS!


Next steps for curriculum
Next steps for curriculum

Used projects from global learning communities as examples of successes.

Important for middle group of faculty for buy in.

Initial draft for learning outcomes.

Created leaders for next steps- core group

Core group charged with goals/outcomes and modeling to share with larger faculty groups.


Challenges
Challenges

Common meeting times

Accountability

Facilitator training

Could go horribly wrong

Or could go fantastically well


Conversation and questions
Conversation and questions:

Could you see a model like this working on your campus?

Timeline?

Topics?


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