FLC Facilitation: Five Things to Know

So you're thinking about facilitating a Faculty Learning Community (FLC), here are five things to consider.

Community Membership

  • 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?

Budget Needs

  • 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?