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Faculty Learning Communities
Enhancing Student Learning through High-Quality Teaching
A faculty learning community (FLC) is a small, practice-oriented study group for faculty. Members of SCHEV-sponsored FLCs spend an academic year learning together about a topic of mutual interest related to teaching, learning or assessment. FLCs meet in person or online on a schedule determined by the members. Through this initiative, SCHEV aims to create a structure for faculty across Virginia to connect in meaningful ways and to develop "communities of practice" that support high-quality teaching and learning.
Each FLC is led by a formally-identified facilitator (either the person who proposes the group or another member who agrees to assume the role). Facilitators are generally not experts on the topic of the FLC; they are there to learn along with everyone else. Facilitators are simply members who have agreed to take responsibility for coordinating the group, scheduling meetings, keeping the group on task, and submitting a final report to SCHEV on the FLC’s activities. SCHEV communicates with facilitators throughout the year to see how the groups are progressing and to identify any concerns.
How to Participate
The sign-up period for 2019-20 Faculty Learning Communities ended in early September. To receive announcements about future FLCs and other teaching-related activities, join the SCHEV Teaching & Learning group on Google.
SCHEV offered two ways for faculty to participate in a learning community in 2019-20. Most signed up for a place in a group on a pre-determined topic. Others identified their own group members and proposed a topic for SCHEV's approval. See the FLC proposal worksheet if you would like to consider submitting a proposal next year.