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2023-24 FLCs

During the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters, the following communities will meet to research their topic and develop actionable insights to inform online teaching and learning practices within the University. The two communities were selected through a CFP process.

Each learning community will be limited to no more than eight member-role participants. 

Member requirements and expectations vary based on the FLC, however, minimum expectations are outlined below.

  • Membership is open to University faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants. 
  • FLCs are required to meet at least monthly (with a minimum of eight meetings during the academic year). 
  • Members are required to contribute to the successful completion of core deliverables, including:
    • Goals identified by the FLC, which may include (but are not limited to) seminars, retreats, conference presentations, teaching projects, applications for new course designs, white papers, resource pages, webinars, Moodle resource courses, surveys, videos, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, infographics, grant applications, and publications.
    • A presentation during the FLC Showcase in Spring 2024.
    • Content to be shared via the DL website or other relevant means.

Members will receive a $300 honorarium after participating in the FLC. 

Anti-racism in Digital Pedagogies and Learning

Facilitator: Dr. Matthew Green, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Curriculum & Instruction

This FLC will explore anti-racism, how anti-racism is intersectional, and how anti-racism applies to digital pedagogies and learning across multiple disciplines and contexts. The community will use publicly available resources to examine the foundational principles of anti-racism pedagogies and how these translate into practice in online and digital spaces. FLC activities will include readings, discussions, listening to podcasts, and will require problem solving and collaborative tasks.

Participants do not need any expertise in anti-racism to join but do need a willingness to engage with the work of anti-racism. 

Tentative Activities and Deliverables:

The learning goals and objectives of this FLC are both interpersonal and institutional. 

Participants should expect to expand their own anti-racist knowledge and practices, better understand the intersectional nature of anti-racism, and how to put it into application and practice in their online, hybrid, and standard classes. 

Participants should also expect to collaborate in the creation of cross disciplinary resources and best practice guides that can be utilized across campus and across programs.  

This FLC will meet monthly in person but can incorporate HyFlex or online components, if needed. 

Apply for membership using the form linked and embedded at the bottom of this page. 

AI in Today’s Classroom: Exploring Tools, Tips, and Dispositions with Classroom Use

Facilitator: Latasha Holt, Ph.D., Assessment Coordinator & Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Curriculum & Instruction 

This FLC will focus on prompting positive dispositions about AI in the educational setting by exploring useful AI tools and sharing tips related to pedagogy and policy.  

AI can enhance today’s classroom learning environment. AI tools are already being utilized by today’s students. This is an important time to explore AI use in an educational context. Through collaboration, we wil tackle this topic using think-tanks to gain understanding, address research needs, and share discoveries with others. Members are encouraged to have a growth-mindset related to AI and classroom use, dedication to the group’s goals, and a willingness to help develop the decided upon core deliverables.

Tentative Activities and Deliverables:

  • Participating in think-tanks regarding the latest AI tools and tips that can support AI in online teaching and learning settings
  • Conducting research on AI (e.g., surveys, lit reviews, case studies, etc.), with the goal of sharing that research with the institution
  • Creating a sharable document with recommended tools and tips to share with the institution supporting AI awareness, adoption, and best practices

This FLC will develop a timeline of meetings during the academic year, however, members should expect to meet one to two times per month. Once members of the FLC are established, the meeting modality (face-to-face, virtual, or hybrid) options will be decided.