What are Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)?
Faculty Learning Communities, or FLCs, are small groups — typically 6-8 people — organized around a topic or cohort. These communities have been implemented at several higher education institutions to advance faculty development through peer-to-peer development activities.
Read more about how the Office of Distance Learning is implementing these communities across the University of Louisiana at Lafayette through the following pages:
UL Lafayette Faculty Learning Communities
Through this initiative, faculty facilitators lead topic-based learning communities dedicated to innovating hybrid and online teaching and learning through the application of a specific pedagogy, technique, or technology.
The purpose of this program is to:
- Provide the opportunity for peer-to-peer professional development in online and hybrid teaching and learning.
- Introduce more faculty to online and hybrid course design.
- Innovate and explore new pedagogies, techniques, and technologies for enhancing online and hybrid teaching and learning.
- Create a community of practice and research around online and hybrid teaching and learning.
- Impact the larger community through research and writing, workshops, and other activities and deliverables.
During a year-long pilot, up to five facilitators will lead individual, topic-based learning communities dedicated to innovating hybrid and online teaching and learning through the application of a specific pedagogy, technique, or technology.
Those interested in becoming facilitators must apply through the Distance Learning Call for Proposals (CFP). Selected facilitators will undergo facilitator orientation and participate in a facilitator cohort, coordinate meetings and activities with their FLC, and ensure the completion of the required core deliverables.
FLC facilitators and members will receive stipends according to their roles.