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 2018 Faculty Learning Communities that provide faculty from different departments and disciplines the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary investigations of teaching and learning.


Supporting Our Students

About the Supporting Our Students Faculty Learning Community
The Supporting Our Students (SOS) Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is an interdisciplinary learning community designed to offer faculty members a supportive environment to examine both challenges to student success, and opportunities to increase student success. This FLC cohort provides a series of data analysis, thoughtful dialogue, and collaborative interactions to explore strategies for addressing student persistence issues.

What is the purpose?

The SOS FLC will engage institutional data to identify and assess student barriers.  SOS FLC will also individually and collectively to design interventions to positively impact student persistence, retention and completion.  Participants are asked to approach supporting students holistically and will engage in using the best available campus resources to coordinate outreach efforts.

See Supporting Our Students Faculty Learning Community Overview.

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Quality Matters Champions

About the Quality Matters Champions Faculty Learning Community

The QM Champions faculty learning community will spearhead the adoption of Quality Matters best practices at Forsyth Tech by focusing on two main objectives: piloting the QM Blackboard template and adopting the QM rubric to course design. More specifically, members of the QM Champions FLC have taken (or will take) the APPQMR workshop as so they will pilot the QM Blackboard template for online and hybrid and face-to-face courses. This means they will also collect learner and instructor feedback on the Blackboard template and make collaborative suggestions for improvement, and assess the impact of the template on student learning. Furthermore, the QM Champions will adopt the QM Rubric to at least one class and its overall course design. They will then work together to conduct self and informal peer reviews of one another’s courses in an effort to submit the chosen course to Quality Matters for QM certification.

What is the purpose?
Forsyth Tech is committed to becoming a QM institution with a target date of Fall 2019 for the implementation of Quality Matters best practices across campus. Therefore, this FLC has been created to help achieve this campus-wide goal by creating a community of faculty members who develop instructional resources for the wider campus. The QM Champions also act as early adopters and model QM principles of course design.

See Quality Matters Champions Faculty Learning Community Overview.

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Quality Matters Mentors

About the Quality Matters Mentors Faculty Learning Community

The Quality Matters (QM) Mentors faculty learning community (FLC) will develop a QM Faculty Mentor program to help onboard faculty members as QM early adopters. More specifically, members of the QM Mentors FLC have taken (or will take) the APPQMR workshop. This will allow the FLC to create content/workshops aimed at practical suggestions for incorporating the principles of QM to course design. The Mentors will disseminate these best practices to target faculty. The FLC will also utilize the QM Blackboard template and make collaborative suggestions for improvement, while promoting its adoption across campus.

What is the purpose?

Forsyth Tech is committed to becoming a QM institution with a target date of Fall 2019 for the implementation of Quality Matters best practices across campus. Therefore, this FLC has been created to help achieve this campus-wide goal by creating a community of faculty members who develop activities and materials to promote QM course design. The QM Mentors also act as mentors for faculty who are interested in learning more about Quality Matters and using the QM Blackboard template.

See Quality Matters Mentors Faculty Learning Community Overview.

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Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility

About the Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility Faculty Learning Community 

The Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility (UDLA) Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is designed to offer participants a supportive atmosphere to explore what it means to design and develop accessible content. Accessible content provide multiple means of representation, action, expression, and engagement. This FLC provides a series of seminars, activities, and interactions that will integrate participants into a culture that promotes accessibility through discussions not focused on ADA-compliance, but the premise of universal design overall.

What is the purpose?

The UDLA FLC seeks to enrich participants’ about the concept of usability accessibility of content to ensure equal learning opportunities for all. The purpose is to advance accessibility conversations in different contexts that speak to universal design and equity in access as opposed to ADA-compliance. Although all of this is relevant in ensuring ADA-compliance, the heart of this begins with universal design.

See Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility Faculty Learning Community Overview.

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