Announcing the Spring 2016 CTL Faculty Learning Community!

Dear Faculty Members,

The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) is excited to announce the launch of a new Faculty Learning Community on the topic of “Learning and Technology!”  CTL Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are semester-long professional development seminars that engage an interdisciplinary group of faculty members (usually 10-15 group members) in a variety of teaching, learning, and research topics.  FLCs usually meet six to eight times during a semester to explore, discuss, and implement new, innovative teaching and learning approaches.  

CTL would like to invite you (full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty members) to participate in our first FLC on the topic of “Learning and Technology” starting next semester (Spring 2016).  The FLC will use the book “Teaching Naked” by José Antonio Bowen as the text for exploration and discussion. CTL will provide copies of the book (physical copy or kindle version) for the first 15 faculty, as well as drinks and light refreshments for learning community sessions.  

Click on the link below to complete the application form (first come, first serve).  Please respond by Dec. 14, 2015.

http://goo.gl/forms/rSqb6TRWf7

Participating in this FLC is a great opportunity for all faculty members (new faculty, mid-career faculty, and post-tenure faculty)—no matter how long you have been teaching at DSU or in higher education, it will be a safe space to explore and dialogue with fellow colleagues on an interesting and thought-provoking topic related to teaching and learning.  FLC members will help determine the frequency and format for meetings, the duration, and the goals and outcomes—including any projects to be carried out.

Here’s a preview of “Teaching Naked” from Amazon.com: 

41dix9tguhl-_sy344_bo1204203200_You’ve heard about “flipping your classroom”—now find out how to do it! Introducing a new way to think about higher education, learning, and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension. José Bowen recognizes that technology is profoundly changing education and that if students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize “naked” face-to-face contact with faculty. Here, he illustrates how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom, and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. Bowen offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology while restructuring classes into more active learning environments.

The first meeting of the FLC will take place on January 20, 2016 at noon in HCC 325. The group will choose a facilitator and decide when and where to meet through the rest of the semester, along with a schedule of which chapters will be discussed at each meeting. 

To apply to be a part of the first ever CTL Faculty Learning Community in Spring 2016, please click on the link below to complete the application form.  Please respond by December 14, 2015.

http://goo.gl/forms/rSqb6TRWf7

CTL can accommodate up to 15 faculty for this first FLC (first-come, first-serve). For more information, click on the link below: 

CTL Faculty Learning Community Guidelines 

We look forward to exploring and sharing with you in this exciting opportunity.  Please feel free to contact Scott Allen (scott.allen@dixie.edu) or Bruce Harris (bruce.harris@dixie.edu) in the Center for Teaching & Learning if you have any questions.

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