Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are small groups of faculty and instructors who meet regularly throughout the semester or year about a specific topic related to teaching and learning.
FLCs provide opportunities to:
Students in online courses can feel lonely and isolated, but research suggest forming strong connections improves student learning, motivation, persistence, and retention. In this community, you will discuss how to help students feel connected to you and to one another.
COVID adds new complexities to teaching in-person courses. How do you promote active and collaborative learning while trying to maintain physical distancing? How do you plan for flexibility in your course design, should circumstances require that in-person courses move online? If you are simultaneously live streaming your course for remote students, how do you manage two groups of students and the technology? This community provides the opportunity for you to address these questions by sharing your experiences and learning from your colleagues.
In Small Teaching Online, Flower Darby proposes practical and feasible applications of evidence-based principles to help your online students learn. This book is available electronically from the University Libraries, so you can read the book and discuss it with your colleagues from across the university.
Managing a synchronous online class session can be intense, and it can be challenging to keep students actively engaged. In this community, you will experiment with strategies for active learning and share your experiences from your own teaching. This community is system agnostic, so join us regardless of what web conferencing tool you are using!
Microsoft Teams can be a powerful tool for teaching, but it is fairly new at NIU. This community will explore Teams beyond its web conferencing application, including text chat, file sharing, assessment, and more. Collaborate with your peers while you experiment and explore how Teams can transform your teaching.
FLCs are different from CITL’s other programs and services, so here are a few hints for what to expect from the experience: