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Ida Jones
(559) 278-5711

or

Scott Sailor
(559) 278-2543

 

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Survey Comments from past faculty learning community participants

"I like the exchange of tips and ideas in the faculty learning community"


"...the ePortfolio project was fascinating to work with and to learn. The meetings throughout the year were excellent to attend and to learn from. It was a great experience."


"Getting to know others interested in the learning process, as well as support staff in the University who can be of great assistance for developing effective teaching."

 

Abstract people chatting with chat bubblesFaculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are designed to enhance teaching effectiveness using group discussions of shared experiences. Several statements from the university's strategic plan illuminate the importance of faculty learning communities. The list of FLCs for the 2013-14 academic year is here.

The Call for Proposals is now available to propose Faculty Learning Communities for the 2014-15 Academic Year.  Submit your proposal at this link by May 26.

Who is eligible to apply?

All faculty.(NOTE: Faculty that led FLCs in 2013-14 must submit a report from the previous year to be eligible to apply for this round of FLCs.)

What is a Faculty Learning Community (FLC)?

A FLC is a cross-disciplinary faculty group engaged in a program to pursue a specific challenge in their professional careers.

This community should have:

  • a curriculum (for example, journal articles and books),
  • activities (for example: writing drafts of proposals; developing new classroom strategies and; developing instruments to evaluate their success),
  • ongoing assessment (both direct and indirect),
  • products resulting from their work (examples include: a completed proposal; a modified syllabus indicating the new strategy; a program outcome assessment plan), and,
  • a professional development stipend for participants.

This FLC offering is designed to span at least two academic terms. This provides the expectation to implement the work of the first term in the second half of the FLC.

For additional information regarding FLCs, please see these external resources:

Areas for FLCs to address in this round

This year,CSALT is funding FLCs to address the following challenges in an effort to address components of the Strategic Plan for Excellence IV.

  1. ePortfolios
  2. Student assessment
  3. Critical thinking
  4. Undergraduate Research
  5. Culminating Experiences/Capstone courses/projects
  6. Common Intellectual Experiences
  7. Learning Communities
  8. viii.Diversity/Global Learning
  9. Internships – how to set up and structure, evaluate
  10. Scholarly Writing
  11. Faculty Mentoring
  12. Other great ideas!

Overview of FLC Grant Program

Program Description

CSALT may fund up to 10 FLCs this upcoming academic year where each FLC receives a maximum of $4100. Facilitators are invited to submit an RFP to develop and facilitate an FLC between now and May 26, 2014.. A FLC can be described as a group of faculty members who are committed to:

  • working together to learn and explore various approaches to addressing a challenge by the end of a specified time
  • providing critical feedback to one another through regular meetings
  • achieving specific goals and by products that address the challenge by the end of the FLC.

If funded, the CSALT staff will act as administrator of this FLC funds and assist with scheduling of the meetings. The rubric (page 5) shows the areas and criteria that reviewers will use to evaluate your proposals.

FLC Administration

The faculty member facilitator will assume responsibility for planning and administering your FLC. The facilitator is also responsible for collaborating with campus stakeholders in:

  • selecting the FLC topic
  • making the campus call for FLC participation and selection of members
  • providing the curriculum (e.g., articles, books, speakers) for the topic
  • coordinating and (co-)facilitating the FLC gatherings
  • collecting project data for internal and external (CSALT) use
  • planning a culminating event to share findings
  • forwarding deliverables to CSALT
  • approving the transfer of funds to FLC members after the deliverables are met

FLC Schedule

Your FLC (6-12 members) will meet with the FLC coordinator for at least (2) two hours on at least six (6) separate occasions throughout the 14-15 academic year, spacing the meetings about 3-4 weeks apart – typically meeting 3 times per semester. Your proposal should clearly identify the number of meetings, approximate dates, as well as the modality (face2face, conference call, web-conference) and outcomes for each of these meetings. Please note in your proposal if you plan to develop an online community site for members to post materials between meetings.

Proposal Guidelines

Your proposal should include the following (see List of Items for FLC Proposal Link for details):

  1. FLC Facilitator(s) and contact information
  2. Evidence for demonstration of the innovativeness of the FLC and need for FLC topic including a description of how FLC’s goals/objectives address a need from Strategic Plan for Excellence IV
  3. FLC focus, outcomes and participants’ deliverables
  4. Selection criteria for applicants selected to the FLC
  5. Schedule and modes of meeting
  6. Budget
  7. Evaluation plan and use of direct evidence

RFP Selection and Rubric

The CSALT Advisory Team will make final judgments regarding RFP awards using the rubric on page 5.

Expectations of FLC Grant Recipients

“Deliverables” to CSALT

CSALT requires submission of two reports on your FLC (authored by facilitator or designee) sent as a Word or PDF document to CSALT.

  1. The first report will describe your FLC composition and planned meeting schedule and modality (F2F, web conference of conference call or combinations thereof) and will be due four weeks after the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester.
  1. The final FLC Summary Report will be due May 9, 2015. The abstract of this report will be uploaded to the CSALT Web site as is without further editing.

List of Items for FLC Proposal Link

The FLC proposal, which must include the following information, should be submitted at this link.

  1. FLC Facilitator(s) and contact information
  2. Proposed name and abstract of your proposal (used for publicity purposes if the proposal is funded)
  3. Evidence for demonstration of the innovativeness of the FLC and need for FLC topic
  4. Description of how the FLC’s goals/objectives relate to the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Excellence IV
  5. FLC focus, outcomes and participants’ deliverables
  6. Schedule and modes of meeting
  7. Whether you will create an online community for your FLC.
  8. Selection criteria for applicants selected to the FLC
  9. Proposed budget
  10. Evaluation plan and use of direct evidence
  11. Other information in support of your application for a FLC (including, for example, a web site address (if developed for project)

Other Deliverables

CSALT requires that you design deliverables your members will accomplish or submit only to you (not to CSALT) to help in your evaluation of FLC effectiveness. Possible deliverables for FLC effectiveness could include:

  • Plans for implementing the project
  • Intermediate and final drafts of documents developed in/for the FLC
  • Reviewers comments for work developed during FLC
  • Contributions to web-based discussion forums
  • Revised or new syllabi or course modules developed in the FLC
  • Student (or faculty) achievement data obtained in the FLC.

 

Important Deadlines:

 

FLC Proposal Submission                                                         

May 26, 2014

Expected FLC Funding Notification                                      

May 31, 2014

FLC Notification to CSALT of FLC formation                     

September 13, 2014

Final Report due                                                                          

May 9, 2015

 

Questions? Please contact Ida M. Jones, idaj@csufresno.edu, 559 278-5711

Special thanks to CSU ITL for providing the general format of this RFP