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2014-15 Faculty Learning Community Grants

To support system-wide professional learning related to instruction, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) offices of Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) and eLearning invite faculty, staff, and administrators to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to fund Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) for the academic year of 2014-2015.

FLCs stimulate innovation; create experiential, collaborative learning environments; increase collaboration; and make best use of limited funding:

  • FLCs provide a flexible professional development structure that supports learning of any topic—instructional technologies, cultural competency, the scholarship of teaching and learning— necessary to keep faculty up-to-date with changes in the demographics of their students and the culture of higher education.
  • FLCs increase communication and collaboration amongst faculty who, by the nature of their work in individual classrooms, are often isolated from their colleagues.

Faculty who participate in FLCs report increases in student engagement and student achievement. 

Faculty Learning Communities Scholarly Works

2012 Faculty Learning Communities Project Evaluationpdf
Contacts: Stanford T. Goto, Western Washington University; Maureen Pettitt, Skagit Valley Community College; Benjamin Moll, Corban University.

Assessment of Faculty Learning Communities: Considering Social Dimensions of Participant Choice[PDF]
Contacts: Paul Marshall, Everett Community College; Stanford T. Goto, Western Washington University; Shannon Gaule, Western Washington University

Overview of 2014-15 Faculty Learning Community Grant Application and Training Timeline

Grant Amount: $5000

Application Opens in OGMS: Thursday, May 1st, 2014

OGMS Application Deadline: Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Application Forms: Applications will be accepted through the SBCTC Online Grant Management System (OGMS). Please contact your campus OGMS security administrator for a login, password, and permissions for this grant. Log in to OGMS.

Collaborate Webinars on New Application Process: Jennifer Whetham, Program Administrator for Faculty Development, will lead two webinars to explain the new application documents and answer questions. These webinars will be recorded and posted to the FLC webpage and ATL blog.

  • Monday, April 21, 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 6, 2 p.m.

Log in to the Webinar

New Application Process Session: Thursday, May 1, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Vancouver Hilton Hemlock Room during the 2014 Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference.

Grant Awards Announced: Monday, June 16, 2014

Mandatory Online Facilitator Training for Funded FLCs: Fall 2014 – TBA

FLCs Begin Work: Anytime after July 1, 2014

Questions about Application Process

Direct questions about the application process to Jennifer Whetham, (360) 704-4354.

2013-14 Faculty Learning Communities

Here are a few opportunities to learn more about the 2013-14 FLCs at the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference.

“Using Mindfulness Practices to Enhance Teaching and Learning”
Thursday, May 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Ash Room

Mindfulness practices are skills that help us to develop present moment awareness. They can be very effective in both reducing the stress that is an obstacle to effective teaching and learning, and increasing focus and concentration. Members of the Mindfulness Faculty Learning Community at Olympic College will share strategies faculty can use for developing or enhancing their own personal mindfulness practice for use in stress reduction. They will also provide an overview of research on using mindfulness in the classroom to enhance student learning, as well as examples of how they have used mindfulness practices in their own classes.

“Creating a Successful Faculty Learning Community: the New Application Process”
Thursday, May 1, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Hemlock Room

This interactive session will guide faculty in planning and developing successful faculty learning communities on their campuses. In addition to viewing the new application materials and receiving an overview of the revised application process for the $5000 grants available from SBCTC, participants will also learn the 11 characteristics of successful FLCs in the CTC system. After brainstorming potential FLC topics and "shareables," participants will collaboratively draft FLC goals and measurable outcomes.

“Building Cultural Competency Skills: Strategies to Address Systemic Bias in the Classroom”
Thursday, May 1, 3:30 to 5 p.m.,  Discovery E

Using the framework from the book "Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Development Strategy to Liberate Everyone" by Leticia Nieto et al, members of the Seattle Community Colleges "Beyond Inclusion" Faculty Learning Community will share specific strategies developed and resources shared from our work together. Our focus is on improved cultural competency, building a supportive community, and increasing successful outcomes of diverse students. We will share how this work has assisted the development of our own skills as instructors and the skills of our students in addressing the impact of systemic bias.

“Ignite Session: Enlightenment from the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Faculty Learning Communities”
Thursday, May 1, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Hemlock Room

  • Columbia Basin: Enhancing Student Learning and Development: Exploring Service Learning
  • Highline: LGBPTQIA Socially Responsible Staff and Faculty Learning Community
  • Highline: Reading Apprenticeship Across Disciplines and Programs
  • Lower Columbia: Integrating Cooperative Learning Activities into the Classroom Across the Disciplines
  • Spokane Falls: Universal Design
  • Pierce: Interdisciplinary Collaborations between Professional/ Technical Programs
  • Tacoma: Reimagining Relationships between High School and College Instructors

“Faculty and Open Educational Resources: Moving from Target to Agent”
Friday, May 2, 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., Oak Room

This hands-on session explores an approach to creating and implementing Open Educational Resources that places faculty at the center of the process, rather than as simply an “end user.” You will become familiar with how to collaborate with colleagues in creating content, how to embed opportunities for commentary and feedback directly into the textbook, and how to enhance the student experience through the use of rich media. Attendees will be shown how to manipulate content using online tools through the three important stages of developing an open textbook: organization, beautification, and distribution, including integration with the Canvas LMS.

“Ignite Session: Enlightenment from the eLearning Faculty Learning Communities”
Friday, May 2, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Discovery E.

  • Bellevue College: Social Science Learning Online Group
  • Clark College: Adopting Open Resources for Improved Student Learning
  • Highline: Improving Transition to College and Workforce with Technology
  • Olympic: Engaging and Accessible: Achieving Quality Matters™ Standards in Online Teaching
  • Olympic: Transitioning a Face-to-Face Course to Hybrid Using the Quality Matters™ Rubric Standards and Best Practices for Blended Learning

2013-14 IGNIS Webinar Series—FLC Highlights

Join members of the SBCTC-Funded 2013-14 FLCs as they share what they have learned through their work over the course of the year.  After 10-minute presentations from each FLC, there will be time for Q&A and discussion.

No pre-registration required. To participate, simply log in to the IGNIS webinar room.

Thursday, May 8: Inclusion, Universal Design, Reading Apprenticeship

  • North Seattle: Beyond Inclusion - Addressing Systemic Bias on Our Campuses by Developing Strategies to Build Cultural Competency Skills
  • Spokane Falls: Universal Design
  • Highline: Reading Apprenticeship Across Disciplines and Programs

Thursday, May 15: K-12/CTC Partnerships, LGBPTQIA, QM: Transition from F2F to Hybrid

  • Tacoma: Reimagining Relationships Between High School and College Instructors
  • Highline: LGBT+-- LGBPTQIA Socially Responsible Faculty
  • Olympic: Transitioning a Face-to-Face Course to a Hybrid Course Using the Quality Matters™ Rubric Standards and Best Practices for Blended Learning

Thursday, May 22: Transition from College to Workforce, Mindfulness, QM: Engaging and Accessible

  • Highline: Improving Transition to College and Workforce with Technology
  • Olympic: Engaging and Accessible: Achieving Quality Matters Standards in Online Teaching
  • Olympic: Using Mindfulness Practices to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Thursday, May 29: Learning Communities, Service Learning

  • Clark: Incorporating the Learning Community Model into Clark College: A faculty learning community on student learning communities
  • Columbia Basin: Enhancing Student Learning and Development: Exploring Service Learning

Thursday, June 5: OER, Courage to Teach, Social Sciences Online

  • South Puget Sound: Exploring Platforms for Collaborative Creation of Open Textbooks
  • Lake Washington: The Courage to Teach
  • Bellevue: Social Science Learning Online Group (SSLOG)

Thursday, June 12: Cooperative Learning, Interdisciplinary Collaborations

  • Lower Columbia: Integrating Cooperative Learning Activities into the Classroom Across the Disciplines
  • Pierce: Interdisciplinary Collaborations between Professional/Technical Programs

     

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