Faculty Learning Communities
A faculty learning community (FLC) meets regularly to explore a teaching topic that interests them. This interdisciplinary group researches the topic, reads together, and supports each other in making positive changes in the classroom. Since Fall 2013, members of the VU faculty have been involved in multiple FLCs each year.
Cynthia Rutz, PhD Director of Faculty Development email@example.com 219.464.5960 Location: Christopher Center, 400a
Unconventional Grading Methods
Facilitated by Zsuzsanna Szaniszlo (Math & Statistics) and Jenna VanSickle (Lilly Fellows Program)
There is a lot of evidence that shows that conventional grading is not conducive for learning. Students often only care about the number of points they get, and not about the feedback they receive. The competitive nature of point collection also increases honor code violations. There is a growing literature of non-traditional assessment methods, such as contract based grading, specs grading, mastery based grading, unessay, ungrading, etc. In this FLC we will learn about different models and will work on implementing elements of these techniques in our Spring courses.
NOTE: We have recently received an NSF grant. As part of this grant we proposed an FLC in each of three years. There is a small stipend associated with faculty participation.
Teaching to your Strengths
Facilitated by: Sara Gundersen (Economics) and Lori Miltenberger (Grad School & Continuing Education)
When we structure our classes around things we are good at, we believe the classes go much smoother. For example, someone might excel at leading impromptu class discussions, so a more flexible syllabus would work well for them. Whereas someone else may be a master at creating interesting and detailed assignments, so she thrives on having a set syllabus.
We will spend the first third of the FLC exploring our strengths, perhaps by interviewing others or completing the CliftonStrengths Assessment. For the middle third we will brainstorm how we might apply our strengths to the classroom. Finally, in the last third we will work to match our syllabi to our strengths.
- Faculty Development
- Faculty Development Fellows
- Faculty Learning Communities
- Applying Memory Science to the Classroom & Doing Research to See If It Actually Works
- Backwards Design Curriculum Development
- Beyond Textbooks: Using Online Resources in Your Classroom
- Blended Learning: Using Technology to Improve Student Learning
- Classroom to Career: Integrating Career-Ready Skills into the Curriculum
- Creating a Compassionate Campus
- Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom and Beyond
- Faculty Civility
- Faculty/Student Mentoring
- Helping At-Risk Students
- Inclusive Excellence in STEM
- Interdisciplinary Projects in Mathematics
- Mindset: Moving Students from a Fixed to a Growth Mindset
- New Directions in Artificial Intelligence
- Small Teaching Online
- Small Teaching
- Supporting Teaching of International Students
- Teaching Across Cultures
- Teaching by Discussion
- The Flipped Classroom
- The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
- Teaching Awards
- Workshop Resources
- Writing Circles