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Faculty Learning Communities

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a group of 6-12 faculty members from various divisions and departments who work together to learn together, enhance their teaching and learning, and build a community (Cox, 2004).

This semester there are 3 options. Register for your choice here.

1. Course Design to Support Neurodivergent Students  

Every other Tuesday from September 19-November 14, 8:30-10:00; 5 meetings total 

Last semester CTE offered a popular workshop called “Supporting Neurodivergent Students” which seems to be a topic CCRI Faculty want to learn more about. Faculty who are interested this topic and would like to take a deeper dive than we can do in one workshop are encouraged to sign up for this FLC. This group will discuss course design to support neurodivergent students with colleagues from different departments. In addition to the meeting times noted above, you can expect to do 30-60 minutes of work between meetings. We will cover topics such as Universal Design for Learning, DEI in the college classroom, Trauma-Informed Teaching, Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed, Active Learning and Lecture Strategies. Faculty will leave this active learning environment with at least one assignment ready to better support neurodivergent students. 

Led by Rachel Rogers and Kristen Swithers 

Worth 12 CTE Knights points. 

2. Inclusive STEM Teaching Project 

Thursdays, 8:30-10:00 

The Inclusive STEM Teaching Project (on the EdX platform) is opening again for participants around the globe, and CTE is proud to offer the supporting FLC once more. Six meetings of the FLC will take place between October 2nd and November 21st. While the ISTP course was created for audiences from STEM fields, anyone could benefit from the content. You can learn more about ISTP here. You can expect to spend about 3 hours per week on the EdX ISTP course.  

Led by Rachel Rogers

Participation in both the online course and the FLC is worth 15 CTE Knights points. 

3. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning  

Five Thursday afternoons 1:00-2:30 from September 28 through November 16. Knight Campus 

Have you wondered why an activity did (or did not) work in the way you intended? The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the systematic study by instructors of the impact of their teaching on the learning of students and the sharing of results. An exciting aspect of SoTL is that it is practical and applied, having direct implications for the classes we teach. If you are new to SoTL and want to learn more or if you want the inspiration and support of peers and CTE’s first Faculty Fellow <link to CTE/FF page> as you develop a project idea, this FLC is for you! Over five meetings, you’ll learn about SoTL and the steps involved, from asking a research question to collecting data to sharing your results. You will design and conduct your own mini-study, which will require 3-5 hours of work outside of the meeting times. You will leave with SoTL experience and a plan for a full-scale SoTL research study, which you can use to apply for a CTE Grant to Support Teaching Excellence if you desire. 

Led by Karen Kortz. Worth 15 CTE Knights Points 

What is a Community of Practice?

Communities of Practice (CoP) are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. The group members meet regularly during the semester, set their own schedule, plan their own meetings, and support one another as they learn about, brainstorm, and implement ideas related to their topic particular classroom context.

See the list of CoPs and register here.

At CCRI, the main difference between an FLC and a CoP is having a specific leader. FLCs are developed, designed, and led by a leader or two. CoPs are more collaborative and democratic. Decisions are made as a group.  

Do you have an idea for another CoP that you’d like to start? Let me know and I’ll help you set it up! 

Fall 2023

Day Date Time Event Location CTE Knights Points
W 9/6 12:30-1:30 DSS Drop-in Hours - If you have questions about accommodations for your students or the new Accommodate system, stop by a DSS Center near you! FL 2149, KN 2141, and PVD 1156  
R 9/7 12:30-1:30 DSS Drop-in Hours - Day 2, now featuring Newport County! FL 2149, KN 2141, and NC 201  
R 9/14 4:00 - 6:00 Social event - stop by and have a snack and a drink with us! Proclamation Ale  
T 9/19 8:30-10:00 Course Design to Support Neurodivergent Students FLC - First meeting - Register here The Center 12 for the whole FLC
T 9/19 11:30-1:30 CTE Grants Workshop #1 - Register here KN 5
M 9/25 2:30-4:00 CTE Grants Workshop #1 - Register here FL 5
T 9/26 10:00-11:30 Inclusive Syllabus Workshop - Bring your syllabus! - Register here KN 5
R 9/28 1:00-2:30 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning FLC - First Meeting - Register here KN 15 for the whole FLC
R 10/5 8:30-10:00 Inclusive STEM Teaching Project - First meeting - Register here   15 for the online modules + all meetings
R 10/12 9:45-11:15 CTE Grants Workshop #1 - Register here Zoom 5
F 10/20 8:45-10:15 CTE Grants Workshop #1 - Register here KN 5
F 10/20 10:30-12:00 CTE Grants Workshop #2 - Register here KN 5
R 10/26 10:00-11:30 Inclusive Syllabus Workshop - Bring your syllabus! - Register here KN 5
R 10/26 4:00-6:00 Social Buttonwoods  
R 11/9 10:00-11:30 Inclusive Syllabus Workshop - Bring your syllabus! - Register here KN 5
W 11/15 2:15-3:45 CTE Grants Workshop #2 - Register here FL 5
F 11/17 12:00-1:30 CTE Grants Workshop #1 - Register here Zoom 5
F 11/17 1:45-3:15 CTE Grants Workshop #2 - Register here Zoom 5
T 11/21 10:00-11:30 CTE Grants Workshop #2 - Register here Warwick + Zoom 5
R 11/30 4:00-6:00 Social LineSider  
T 1/16 9:00-1:00 Winter Workshop - Save the date!   10
T 1/16   Social TBD