Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities have been recognized as a particularly effective form of faculty support in teaching and learning.  By bringing together a group of faculty from different disciplines for in-depth conversations over an extended period of time, faculty are able to work through problems, share what works, and adapt their teaching practice to accommodate what they have learned.

In addition, these groups build a community of support as faculty adapt to changes in technology, student populations, and an evolving college culture.  When we come together in community, we are stronger and happier.

Creating Communities Since 2001

UC Blue Ash has offered faculty learning communities since being invited to participate in the Ohio Teaching Enhancement Program (OTEP)  in 2001. Initially, participation was sponsored by a FIPSE grant led by Dr. Milt Cox, Miami University. Over the next nine years, the OTEP group has continued with a strong tradition of supporting faculty in these groups as they learn about the literatures of cognitive science and scholarly teaching, as well as design classroom-based research projects to assess teaching. Over 60 faculty have participated in OTEP. Participants present their projects at teaching conferences. Several go on to publish their studies in scholarly journals. In addition to this Scholarship of Teaching and Learning faculty learning community, the Peer Review of Scholarly Teaching group has enrolled over 40 faculty since 2003. In this group, faculty created documentation of their teaching practices. The reflective process frequently led to changes in classroom activities.

Another faculty learning community, Critical Thinking, was started in 2006 as a result of a need seen by our Academic Assessment Committee. Finally, in 2010-2011, the UCBA Learning & Teaching Center in partnership with the CET&L expanded the learning community offerings to include a variety of interest areas for faculty.

2016-17 Faculty Learning Communities

Classroom Research FLC (formerly OTEP)

Facilitators: Brad Mallory and Marissa Oehlhof
Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00
Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12

This FLC is designed to support a classroom based research project through experimental design, the IRB approval process, data collection, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and presentation of results. Sessions will include presentation of best practices as well as peer review and moral support through the IRB process. By the end of this FLC you should have a classroom research project ready to present at a professional conference and to write up for publication. Prior to our first meeting, participants must have completed/renewed the IRB CITI training.

ePortfolio FLC

Facilitator: Ruth Benander
Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00
Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Apr. 20

This FLC is designed to help faculty create and implement ePortfolios for student assessment. At the end of the session, you should have your own sample ePortfolios constructed as a demo for your students which will contain the support materials for your course.

Holistic Student Success Learning Community

Facilitators: Kay Gowsell, Marcus Langford, Rita Kumar, Brad Mallory
Wednesdays from 12:30 – 2:00 Fall Semester 2016
Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 16

In this interdisciplinary faculty and staff learning community participants will engage in the scholarly exploration of identifying best practices for the holistic support of students at UC Blue Ash College. The group will focus on helping students achieve academic ownership, student engagement, college readiness, and transitioning into college culture. The expertise achieved in this reflective and collaborative effort will be used to develop concrete tools to holistically address student academic, personal and professional success.

Instructional Technology FLC

Facilitators: Pam Rankey
Fridays from 1:30 – 2:30
Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Mar. 3, Apr. 7

This FLC is about enhancing the use of instructional technology and is intended to be a forum to learn about and integrate technology used for teaching, while supporting course outcomes and following best practices.  At the onset, participants will actively collaborate to identify technologies and then help each other become more proficient users of these technologies -- both pedagogically and in hands-on use of the tool.  The group may identify resources to bring in for short workshops -- for example a colleague, technology expert, or Instructional Designer to address specific use of a tool or technique. This FLC will be useful for those who teach face-to-face, fully online, hybrid/blended or any combination.  (Potential technologies or techniques could include, but are not limited to: Kaltura and Cielo24 captioning, WebEx, use of Blackboard tools, Echo360, Echo360 ALP, Course Design, Readiness Assessment, iTunes U, iBook’s, using and IPAD with a swivel to record demonstrations, investigative technologies like using a Lightboard).

Manuscript FLC

Facilitator: Rita Kumar
Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00
Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Feb. 7, Mar. 7, Apr. 4

This FLC is designed for faculty who have a project that needs to become a manuscript ready for publication, or who have manuscripts underway. In this group we will identify publishing venues; discuss organization, style, and tone; work with various citation styles; and provide peer reviews. By the end of the year, you should have a manuscript ready to send off to the appropriate journal.

The Cultural Diversity Learning Community

Facilitators: Deborah Page and Ruth Benander
Final Schedule:TBD

The Cultural Diversity Learning Community is open to faculty and staff and will meet once each month. In this safe environment, we will explore our experiences of dealing with diversity through personal assessment. Activities will include a pre and post Intercultural Diversity Inventory survey, group discussions, a blog of reflective writing assignments, and cultural diversity readings and activities.

Undergraduate Research FLC

Facilitators: Brad Mallory, Patrick Owen, and Deb Frame
Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00
Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5

The Undergraduate Research Faculty Learning Community will work to develop resources to support faculty who currently or plan to engage in undergraduate research projects appropriate for UCBA students. Participants will collaborate to develop research project ideas and identify appropriate dissemination venues for students. In addition, this group will develop a resource guide for faculty who want to serve as mentors for students conducting research. This FLC is designed for faculty who are experienced in supporting student research and for those who are new to the endeavor..

Contact Information

Learning and Teaching Center