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Faculty Learning Communities
The Office of Faculty Development is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Faculty Learning Communities.
If you are interested in joining one of this year’s FLCs, please return a completed form with your first and second choices for participation.
High Impact Educational Practices
There are teaching practices that have been widely tested and have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds. These practices take many different forms, depending on learner characteristics and on institutional priorities and contexts. On many campuses, assessment of student involvement in active learning practices such as these has made it possible to assess the practices' contribution to students' cumulative learning. However, on almost all campuses, utilization of active learning practices is unsystematic, to the detriment of student learning.
First-Year Seminars and Experiences, Common Intellectual Experiences, Learning Communities, Writing Intensive Courses, Collaborative Assignments and Projects, Undergraduate Research, Diversity/Global Learning, Service Learning/Community-Based Learning, Internships, Capstone Courses are all high-impact practices that educational research suggests increase rates of student retention and student engagement. This Faculty Learning Community will explore these and other high impact practices and look for ways to increase their use across campus.
Delana Nivens (lead) Heather Joesting Scott Mateer
Cameron Coates Dan Skidmore-Hess Lea Padgett
Janet Buelow Gary Guillet Jonathan Roberts
Nandi Marshall Dave Luke Renee Berry
Jean Neils Strunjas Traci Ness
Open Access Textbooks
As part of Affordable Learning Georgia, the University System of Georgia is encouraging faculty to develop and adopt Open Educational Resources for their courses. Through the adoption and adaptation of OERs, USG faculty are already saving students $1 million per year. This Faculty Learning Community will explore the ways in which faculty can utilize Open Access Resources as well as possibly develop their own Open Educational Resources.
Delana Nivens (co-lead) Jose da Cruz
Lauren McMillian (co-lead) Ellisa Zellinger
Matthew Draud Sara Germillion
Sarah Zingales Lesley Clack
Sarah Gray Priya Goeser