Faculty Learning Community Program

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The Center for Transformative Learning directs the Faculty Learning Community program which is designed to bring together small groups of faculty who are interested in focusing on investigating a particular teaching and learning issue for a full academic year. The experience is intended to enhance each participant’s teaching in ways that may lead to changes in student learning and, when appropriate, to the production of scholarship (e.g., presentations, publications) that disseminates teaching innovations.

Below is a list of the 2017 Faculty Learning Communities that provide faculty from different departments and disciplines the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary investigations of teaching and learning.


Interdisciplinary Connections: Globalization

About the Interdisciplinary Connections: Globalization FLC
World View, a public service program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, equips community college educators with global knowledge, best practices and resources to prepare students to live in an interconnected and diverse world. In support of Forsyth Tech’s Global Scholar of Distinction Program, the Interdisciplinary Connections: Globalization Faculty Learning Community (FLC) will learn how to globalize their curriculum to help prepare students for a world where virtually everything—the economy, culture, politics, business— is global in scope, and increase their students involvement in global issues, activities and dialogue.

What is the purpose?
The Interdisciplinary Connections: Globalization FLC will provide faculty an introduction to World View and its global expertise and international resources. This FLC will provide members best practices for internationalizing their curriculum and campus programs, as well as build connections with each other through collaborative support of the Global Scholar of Distinction program.

See Interdisciplinary Connections: Globalization Faculty Learning Community Overview.

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New Faculty Experience

About the New Faculty Experience FLC
The New Faculty Experience is an interdisciplinary learning community designed to offer new faculty members a supportive atmosphere in which to explore and apply the findings of learning theory in their teaching at Forsyth Tech. This yearlong cohort Faculty Learning Community (FLC) provides a series of dialogues, seminars, activities, and interactions that will integrate the new faculty members into the life of the college instructor.

What is the purpose?
Teaching and learning has advanced exponentially in the 21st Century, yet most college instructors receive little training on effective instructional methodologies. The New Faculty Experience FLC seeks to enrich new faculty members’ experience at Forsyth Tech by providing a foundation in evidence-based teaching strategies and research-based principles about how learning works.

See New Faculty Experience Faculty Learning Community Overview.

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College Transfer Advisor

About the College Transfer Advisor FLC
The College Transfer Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is an interdisciplinary learning community designed to offer faculty and staff members a supportive atmosphere in which to explore and apply findings of advising theories to their college transfer advisees. This yearlong cohort FLC provides a series of dialogues, seminars, activities, and interactions that will enrich the college transfer advising process at Forsyth Tech.

What is the purpose?
Higher education research demonstrates that quality academic advising is a cornerstone in student engagement and success. Academic advising links institutional expectations to powerful student learning opportunities outside of the classroom. The College Transfer Advising FLC seeks to enrich faculty advising experiences at Forsyth Tech by providing a foundation of research-based best practices in academic advising and also through evidence-based strategies to holistically improve transfer student success.

See College Transfer Advisor Faculty Learning Community Overview.

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Mindfulness & Teaching

About the Mindfulness & Teaching FLC
The Mindfulness and Teaching Faculty Learning Community (FLC) will provide an introduction for faculty interested in incorporating mindfulness into their lives and work. We will be a community striving to bring mindfulness into our daily activities of course preparation, knowledge / information sharing, instruction, and student/co-worker interactions. Through a combination of readings, discussion, reflection, and meditation we will work to develop a mindfulness practice.

What is the purpose?
According to a recent American Psychological Association study, 69% of respondents reported that work is a significant source of stress with 41% adding that they typically feel tense or stressed during their workday (Mindful, 2014). For faculty, the pressure and stresses of class preparation, student issues, workplace conflict, administrative responsibilities, and maintaining our life outside of work can become overwhelming. Understanding and using mindfulness practices in our course preparation and knowledge delivery could provide a perspective and bring balance for faculty leading to productive work environments and enhanced student learning.

See Mindfulness & Teaching Faculty Learning Community Overview.

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