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
VPAA, Dean of the Faculty
Sweet Briar College
Examples of success
Challenges and recommendations
What do you already know about learning communities?
Leader- at the University of Miami in Ohio- Milt Cox
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
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
Project based- global in classroom
Summary at end with reflection
NO SPECIFIC CURRICULAR RECOMMENDATIONS!
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.
Common meeting times
Could go horribly wrong
Or could go fantastically well
Could you see a model like this working on your campus?