Preconference Workshops

All-day workshops (with lunch)

Designing, Implementing, and Facilitating Faculty and Professional Learning Communities: Enhancing the Teaching and Learning Culture on Your Campus (Preconference workshop)

Milton D. Cox, Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment; Mathematics, Miami University

Community and multidisciplinarity are often missing in higher education, where connections across disciplines and institutional units are often absent. Faculty and professional learning communities (FLCs) help establish these connections and outcomes, such as increased interest in learning and teaching, view of higher education beyond one's discipline, and interest in and production of the scholarship of teaching and learning. The safety and support in an FLC enables risk taking and the achievement of both individual and team objectives. Evidence shows that FLCs provide effective "deep learning" that encourages and supports faculty to investigate and engage new (to them) methods of teaching and to assess resulting change in student learning. This workshop will guide faculty and administrators interested in FLCs through issues and examples of the design, implementation, and facilitation of FLCs. Participants will receive the FLC Program Director's and Facilitator's Guidebook and the book Building Faculty Learning Communities.