Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Application

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Center for Teaching and Learning
Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Application
January – December 2014
Due Monday, February 10, 2014
Please complete the following application items online at: http://ctl.csus.edu/?cat=20
Section I: Contact Information, FLC selection, and Participant Agreement
NAME
DEPARTMENT
Academic position or rank
E-MAIL ADDRESS
OFFICE PHONE
Number of years teaching
The following FLCs are open for application. Please check the FLC you are applying for: (if applying for more than one
FLC please complete a separate application for each one):
A. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Student Success: In the first semester of the
FLC, participants will engage as learners with teaching tools such as student response systems (cards, clickers, poll
everywhere), flipped classroom learning (video or audio cast lectures), collaborative learning (problem based, team
based, peer led), and learner analytics (for early intervention). Each meeting will model best practice implementation,
facilitate faculty practice with the tool, and provide a forum for discussion. Faculty will select one of the tools to
implement in a lesson the following semester. The implementation will be studied using a combination of peer
observation and Action Research.
B. Program and University Level Assessment of Student Learning: This FLC will engage multidisciplinary faculty
teams in a collaborative process to assess one of our Institution Level Learning Outcomes (Baccalaureate Learning
Goals). The Institution Level Learning outcomes of specific interest are critical thinking, written communication, and
information competency. FLC Participants will build consensus on a set of tools (assignments, rubrics, curricular maps)
that can be used to collect and analyze student work. This student work will serve as direct evidence of the critical
thinking knowledge and skill we expect students to attain at graduation from our programs & institution.
C. Instructional Materials for the 21st Century Student: Textbooks, e-books, and multimedia learning
tools: FLC participants will analyze, revise, and create General Education and First Year Program instructional
materials. These materials include, but are not limited to, traditional paper readers, e-readers, and other items that
utilize active engagement, technology and Affordable Learning Solution tools. Participants will experiment with the
content and delivery of curricular materials in their course and evaluate their impact on student learning.
D. Undergraduate Research: Engaging Students in Curricular and Co-Curricular Settings: Undergraduate
research (UGR) is a High Impact Practice (AAC&U) that increases student achievement and improves graduation rates
of all students, regardless of major. This FLC will examine strategies from the Council on Undergraduate Research on
increasing UGR in the curriculum and improving opportunities for all students across disciplines to experience the thrill
of creating knowledge. Participants will work together to develop a local definition and rubric for UGR; make
suggestions for how UGR can be integrated into first year student experiences and lead campus conversations
regarding UGR. In fall semester, as appropriate, FLC participants will experiment with embedding mini-UGR
opportunities in coursework, and analyze the impact on student learning.
E. Critical Thinking and Student Discussions: Facilitating Effective Face-to-Face and Online Discussions
This Faculty Learning Community will focus on the use of discussions as a learning tool. The FLC is intended to cover
both face-to-face and online discussion settings. Meetings will focus on general discussion setup, facilitation, and
feedback/response strategies and techniques as well as specific context and/or approach specific class discussions
(discussions for understanding, critiquing, with conflict, and large and small group settings). These meetings will
provide participants with the opportunity to practice the concepts and skills learned with their peers.
Participation Requirements, Benefits, and Agreement:
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Full time or Part time Sacramento State employment between January – December 2014
Commitment to attend 10 scheduled FLC meetings and submit all specified deliverables before the deadlines
$700 Professional Development Funds awarded upon submission of FLC deliverables
I have reviewed the FLC meeting schedule below for which I am applying and commit to attending the
sessions and providing all deliverables: Yes ___No ___
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Section II. FLC Teaching assignments and application questions:
Please respond to the following on a separate page:
1. List your Spring 2014 and estimate as best you can your Fall 2014 course assignments using the following
format:
Course name and number Number of students enrolled Format (face to face, hybrid, online)
2. Please respond to the question(s) corresponding to the FLC you are applying for. (250 word maximum)
A. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Student Success:
1. What is your experience with and/or interest in student engagement tools? What do you hope to accomplish by using
some of these tools in your classroom?
B. Program and University Level Assessment of Student Learning: Although faculty are encouraged to apply as a
team, each faculty member should submit a separate application. Faculty may also apply without a team and an effort
will be made to place that faculty in a synergistic team.
1. If possible please list the names of other faculty members who are applying together with you as a team.
2. Describe your experience and/or current work on assessment.
C. Instructional Materials for the 21st Century Student: Textbooks, e-books, and multimedia learning tools:
1. What changes in instructional materials are you interested in that might better meet the needs of your students?
D. Undergraduate Research
1. What experiences have you had with undergraduate research (both within the regular curriculum and as a cocurricular experience, e.g. independent study)?
2. Why do you think undergraduate research is an important component of a university education?
E. Critical Thinking and Student Discussions: Facilitating Effective Face to Face and Online Discussions
1. Describe your interest and the challenges you have encountered facilitating face to face or online student discussion.
III. FLC Meeting Dates: 10 two-hour meetings between February and December 2014
A. Science, Tech.,
Engineering, &
Mathematics
(STEM)
Student
Success:
Mon. Afternoon
12pm – 2pm
1. Feb. 24
2. March 17
3. April 7
4. April 28
5. May 19
B. Program &
Univ. Level
Assessment of
Student
Learning:
C. Instructional
Materials for
the 21st
Century
Student
D. Undergraduate
Research:
Engaging
Students
E. Critical
Thinking and
Student
Discussions
Mon. Afternoon
1:00-3:00
1. Feb. 17
2. Mar. 10
3. April 7
4. Apr. 21
5. May 12
Thurs. Afternoon
12 pm – 2 pm
1. Feb. 20
2. March 20
3. April 17
4. May 1
5. May 15
Tues. Afternoon
12 pm - 2 pm
1. Feb. 18
2. March 11
3. April 1
4. April 15
5. May 6
Friday Afternoon
10am – 12:00 pm
1. Feb. 14
2. March 7
3. April 11
4. April 25
5. May 30
5 additional meetings for Fall 2014 dates TBA
IV. Full Description of Meeting agendas and deliverables are available on the CTL website under “Quick
Links” and “Faculty Learning Communities (FLC)” : http://ctl.csus.edu/?cat=20
Questions?
Please call: Center for Teaching and Learning 278-5945
Return completed application, to:
Center for Teaching and Learning (ZIP: 6084)
Or
e-mail to [email protected]
Application Deadline: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 before 5pm to Center for Teaching and Learning, Library 4026. Page 2 of 2
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