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Faculty Learning Communities

As part of the CITL's mission to promote transformative learning experiences for IUB instructors, the CITL sponsors multiple Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) each year. FLCs at Indiana University Bloomington are cohorts of faculty members, often from different disciplines or fields of study, who ask questions about teaching and learning, try out teaching innovations, assess student learning, create new models of practice, and publish scholarship about their work. Each FLC shares a question, a set of problems, or an interest in a topic, as members deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis. Like the Communities of Inquiry that are at the core of the CITL’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program, FLC members work together to produce outcomes or products about teaching and learning. Faculty members in such communities engage in scholarly teaching and student-centered learning, collaborating within a collegial framework that offers peer review and support. Participants receive $750 for professional development needs, such as travel to present findings and resources for additional work in the FLC.

The topics of the FLCs for the 2014-15 academic year (described below) are related to the CITL event theme of High-Impact Practices. More information on high-impact practices can be found here.

Envisioning Meaning and Visual Literacy

As the flow of information accelerates, using and creating imagery to reveal and derive meaning from complex information grows in importance. Participants in this FLC will explore the use of visual media in teaching and learning—from fine art to data graphs to digital video—as a critical component of information literacy. During the course of the FLC, participants will explore the uses of media and the place of visual literacy within information literacy, and will design student learning activities that add to their students' abilities to retrieve, analyze, use, create, and successfully communicate complex ideas across disciplines and culturally diverse audiences.

Backward Course Design in Action

Each year approximately 40 participants attend the Course Development Institute (CDI), developing well-designed courses with clearly aligned course goals, assessments, and learning outcomes. This FLC is for CDI alumni who want to concentrate on creating student-centered learning activities that align with the courses they designed during their participation in the CDI. FLC participants will design in-class activities that align with student learning outcomes, practice the activities with their peers, implement those activities in their classes, and determine the success of those activities. Finally, participants will create a course portfolio that documents their work in the FLC.

Active Learning Spaces

With the growth of interest in new active learning spaces on our campus, it is important to promote a reflective and critical approach to assessing the effectiveness of these spaces as well as the teaching and learning they are designed to foster. Participants in this FLC will explore the innovative classrooms and informal learning spaces that already exist at IUB, design and assess teaching approaches uniquely suited to those spaces, and identify possible futures for learning spaces on our campus.

The application process for the 2014-15 FLCs is now closed. Download the 2014-15 application form as a Word document if you would like to see what the application requires.

Other currently active FLCs:

Past FLCs and related projects: