Faculty Learning Groups: More Than Just Another Committee
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Faculty Learning Groups: More Than Just Another Committee

workshop by Dr. Catherine Wehlburg, Executive Director, Office of Assessment and Quality Enhancement, Texas Christian University

Friday, October 16, 2009
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Sky Room, Holmes Student Center


Dr. Catherine Wehlburg
Catherine Wehlburg

In this morning session by Dr. Wehlburg, participants will explore the power of faculty learning groups (FLG) as a method for transforming teaching and learning using assessment processes. Discussion will focus on what has worked in the past with the FLG method and what could work at NIU to improve student learning. Small group conversation will highlight how FLGs could be used to create meaningful and sustainable methods for assessing student learning.

Dr. Catherine M. Wehlburg is the Assistant Provost for Institutional Research at Texas Christian University. She has taught psychology and educational psychology courses for more than a decade, serving as department chair for some of that time and then branched into faculty development and assessment after serving as the self-study coordinator for her initial institution. In addition, she has worked with both the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the Commission on Colleges with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as an outside evaluator. She has served as editor of To Improve the Academy and is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the New Directions in Teaching and Learning series. Dr. Wehlburg regularly presents workshops on assessment, academic transformation, and the teaching/learning process. Her books include Promoting Integrated and Transformative Assessment: A Deeper Focus on Student Learning and Meaningful Course Revision: Enhancing Academic Engagement Using Student Learning Data.  She earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Florida. The tentative schedule for the workshop is as follows:

Tentative Workshop Outline:

Session (8:30 am - 12:00 pm)
8:30 am
Check-in and refreshments
9:00 am
9:15 am
Overview of Faculty Learning Groups
10:30 am
10:45 am
Presentation and small group activities:
  • What would you gain from implementing a FLG?
  • What would an FLG program look like at NIU?
  • How would you start this program? Who would be involved?
  • What resources would be needed? Nice to have?
12:00 pm
Conclusion and Evaluation

Assessment Services
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information:

The workshop is geared towards NIU administrators (deans, associate deans, chairs, program directors, etc.) but faculty and staff interested in accreditation and assessment issues are welcome to attend. Registered participants will receive workshop materials and refreshments. Advanced registration is required. Please fill out the form below to register for this workshop. Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop.

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2009. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by October 9, 2009 so that those on the waiting list could be given the opportunity to attend the workshop or program costs could be reduced.

Please complete the form below to register.

Faculty/Staff Registration Form:

Registration is closed for this program.


Last Updated: 07/10/2014