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Faculty Interest Groups (FIGs) and

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)

A Faculty Interest Group (FIG) is a group of faculty within or across disciplines with a mutual interest in some subject applicable to teaching. The group agrees to meet regularly to share ideas for a pre-determined length of time (generally one or two semesters). These groups are less formal than FLCs, but still engage faculty in regular efforts to share ideas about teaching that address their selected focus.

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a group of faculty that work together for a year who are committed to learning from each other across disciplines to improve their teaching practice. FLC members select a focus and agree to produce some “deliverable” product by the end of the project.

ACC’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) is pleased to support opportunities for ACC faculty to engage in instructor-centered and initiated groups of like-minded peers to explore shared topics of interest.

Learn More About FIGs

A group of faculty within or across disciplines with a mutual interest in some subject applicable to teaching (see suggested topics on this page for some ideas).

  • The group agrees to meet regularly to share ideas
  • A facilitator starts the process of creating an FIG through an application
    • As the applicant, you agree to organize and facilitate the meetings
  • Funding may be available
  • Facilitators and participants are eligible to earn professional development credit
  • Group size is limited to no more than 12 faculty members

Duration: One or two semesters

Expected Outcomes:

  • Practical ways to use new ideas in teaching
  • Log of meetings, topics, and attendees

Desired Outcomes:

  • Results shared with colleagues through a workshop or session at ACC hosted by the FCTL
  • FCTL Faculty Forum blog post
Learn More About FLCs

An FLC is more formal and longer in duration than a FIG. It consists of an group of an interdisciplinary cohort of faculty who work together to research, discuss and implement a new teaching strategy to create a well-defined project.

  • The group agrees to meet regularly to share ideas
  • A facilitator starts the process of creating an FLC through an application. As the applicant, you agree to:
    • direct the FLC
    • organize meetings
    • coordinate research
    • facilitate discussion
    • manage any budget provided
    • ensure the completion of the project
  • Funding may be available
  • Facilitators and participants are eligible to earn professional development credit
  • Group size is limited to no more than 12 faculty members

Duration: One year (w/ optional one year renewal)

Expected Outcomes:

  • Logs of meetings, topics, and attendees.
  • Written progress reports on status of research, results, and deliverables
  • At least one FCTL Faculty Forum blog post
  • Results and the research undertaken are shared with colleagues through a workshop or session at ACC hosted by the FCTL

Desired Outcomes:

  • A contribution to research on the topic resulting in a practical deliverable able to be used in teaching
  • A publication of results at ACC or for a wider audience
Our FIGs and FLCs

As this program grows, we’ll keep a running list of current and past groups.

FLCs

Globalizing Curriculum

FIGs

Faculty Intellectual Feasts

Need Inspiration? Look here for literature on groups and some topic suggestions

Learn more about FLCs! Check out this book at the ACC Library.

Resources from Milt Cox – a Leader in FLC development:


Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Course Development and Design: new course development, course redesign, syllabus development
  • Instructional Design: teaching online, hybrid, flipped courses
  • Educational Technology: in classroom, gaming/simulation, social media
  • Pedagogy: collaborative learning/group work, active learning, critical thinking, writing to learn, writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines
  • Research: effective library use, research assignments, plagiarism
  • Student Affairs: attendance, retention, classroom safety, mentoring, tutoring, special needs

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Fill out this form to start the process of becoming an FIG or FLC facilitator.

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