Learning Communities

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A Faculty Learning Community offers a cross-disciplinary group of 10 to 12 participants the opportunity to meet regularly to study pedagogical topics of shared interest in an in-depth, ongoing, scholarly, and systematic manner. Community participants meet at least twice a month for two hours, delve into existing research on their common area of inquiry, then design and pursue individual projects that require them to apply and test new ideas and information about student learning. Communities offer a more structured, intensive, and outcome-driven approach to faculty development than do more traditional methods—such as one-time workshops or ongoing but informal brown bag conversations. Learn about in-depth explanations of learning communities and the theory and research that drive them.