FLC Facilitation: Five Things to Know
So you're thinking about facilitating a Faculty Learning Community (FLC), here are five things to consider.
- How many members will you have? The recommend size is 8-10; the research on FLCs suggest that less than 6 or more than 12 does not provide optimal community experiences.
- How will you recruit members? Remember it is optimum for an FLC to be somewhat multi-disciplinary in nature.
- Is there anything that you want a potential member to submit in addition to their application?
- How will you decide who gets to participate?
- Who is appropriate for membership (full or part-time teaching faculty, library faculty, graduate assistants, staff, etc.)?
Frequency of Meetings
- What time of day will you meet?
- How often will you meet?
- Where will you meet?
- Will you meet in person or virtually or a mix of both?
- Will you start and/or end with a "retreat"?
- Will you pre-determine the meeting plans or decide with the group?
- What books, reading materials or other materials might you need?
- Are you having food?
- Is there a relevant conference reasonable enough in terms of cost for the group to attend?
Deliberate Community Building
- Will you try to build community before your first meeting?
- What will do at the first meeting to build community?
- Will you include any non-meeting activities to build community?
- Will you have an end-of-the-FLC activity to bring closure to your community?
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
- What kinds of teaching, learning and/or institutional projects might come from your FLC?
- Will any of the group projects need IRB approval?
- How will you build into your FLC meetings the opportunities for members to discuss their individual projects?
- What will be the group deliverables, such as curriculum change, white paper, presentations etc.?
- What are the expectations/possibilities to present on campus or at a regional/national conference?