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Faculty Learning Communities

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a small group of faculty working together to increase their knowledge and/or skills on a topic of mutual interest. An FLC provides the structure and support to discuss, share, and encourage one another to reach their full professional potential.  

The overarching goal of the CETL’s FLC program is to create a collaborative space in which instructors can connect with cross- and interdisciplinary colleagues. The FLC increases faculty interest and capacity to engage in campus discourse about evidence-based teaching practice and cultivates reflective practitioners. All CETL Faculty Learning Communities are led by UNC faculty.

How Learning Works FLC 

The How Learning Works FLC focuses on how students learn and how to use learning theory to inform classroom practice.  Participation promotes pedagogical growth, collaboration, and application of content to participants’ classes to improve student success. Activities and discussions are built around the book How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Strategies for Smart Teaching. Members of the FLC receive a free copy of the book before the first meeting. 

The How Learning Works FLC is open to all UNC educators currently teaching a course. Space is limited and participants are selected on a first come basis. 

2021-2021 Cohort

Facilitator: Dr. Ryan Darling, Psychological Sciences

There will be two online cohorts for the 20-21 academic year. Dates for fall 2020 are pre-determined. Cohort participants will select the spring 2021 dates together in November 2020. Cohorts will meet on Zoom. 

  • Cohort A: 10:10-11:25 Wednesdays: September 23, October 21, and November 18 
  • Cohort B: 11-12:15 Thursdays: September 24, October 22, and November 19 

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"After incorporating principles from the FLC no one failed the first test, and the class average went up by a full letter grade."

Julie Hanks, ASLS 

"There is a lot of emphasis on helping students get to UNC, but once they are here, we put very little attention on how to help students be successful in the classroom, and that is what this faculty learning community is all about!"

Julie Hanks, ASLS 

Peer to Peer FLC

The Peer to Peer FLC is open to those who completed the How Learning Works FLC. Members of this FLC will engage in monthly peer observations of pedagogical activities such as a teaching observation, assignment review, or class material review. Members will meet with their peer partner each month and check-in with the FLC facilitator monthly. The rubrics used to provide peer feedback are based on the content in How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Strategies for Smart Teaching. 

The Peer to Peer FLC is open to UNC educators who have already participated in the How Learning Works FLC. Space is limited and participants are selected on a first come basis.

2020-2021 Cohort

Facilitator: Dr. Molly Jameson, Psychological Sciences

Registration is now open. Applications are due August 24, 2020.

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