Virtual Center for Teaching & Learning

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.

Participating Faculty:
             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.

Participating Faculty:
               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


FLC/FRR Application Form
FLC Discussion Boards