Faculty Learning Communities
Each year, the Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors and facilitates a number of faculty learning communities (FLCs), which are structured cohorts of faculty and staff that build community, engage in scholarly practice, and develop the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).
Adjunct Faculty Learning Community
The Adjunct Faculty Learning Community (AFLC) is designed to address pedagogical questions that adjunct faculty may have, and to help them build a community of fellow educators. The AFLC will also provide opportunities for adjunct faculty to reflect on what they have learned about teaching. Participants will engage in asynchronous learning activities and community building exercises via Canvas (ca. 1h per module), attend four cohort meetings, one CTL workshop, and they will have a Mid-Semester Assessment done for their course. Each participant who completes all portions for the AFLC will receive a $200 stipend. Learn more and sign up for AFLC!
Experiential Learning with Community Impact: Online FLC to support planning and implementing Service-Learning into your course
Interested in learning about how to implement Service-Learning (SL) in your course? Then join us this spring for the online, asynchronous Experiential Learning with Community Impact FLC. Participants will review SL models, try out SL essential practices, develop a SL experience with a community partner, and take steps to successfully integrate SL into their course. Other benefits of participating in the FLC include:
- Review the pedagogy that makes SL a high-impact practice
- Explore new ideas for assessment and SL scholarship
- Learn alongside an interdisciplinary community of faculty peers
The six online modules will launch in mid-February and close at the end of April. The approximate time commitment is a total of 12 hours. Educators who complete all six modules and submit a SL plan will receive a $300 grant for professional expenses.
Register via the online Experiential Learning registration form. Please contact KaraBrascia@boisestate.edu with questions.
Designing for Student Success Faculty Learning Community*
The Designing for Student Success Faculty Learning Community is intended for faculty who teach courses critical for student success and who want to design courses that support student success. Courses critical for student success include those that have a high impact on retention (e.g. lower division courses, courses that are prerequisites for majors, or those that serve as critical junctures in undergraduate degree completion). There are seven 120-minute bi-weekly sessions. Upon completion of the FLC requirements, each participant will receive a stipend of $500 ($250 for one semester of planning and $250 for one semester of implementation).
*This is a one-year FLC (same cohort does both Spring and Fall) and recruits in the fall for a spring cohort. Those who are interested are encouraged to check in the fall semester and apply to be in a new cohort at that time. Learn more and sign up for Designing for Student Success!
Inclusive STEM Teaching Faculty Learning Community
The Inclusive STEM Teaching Project is a 6-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered October 16 through December 1, “designed to advance the awareness, self-efficacy, and the ability of faculty, postdocs, and doctoral students to cultivate inclusive STEM learning environments for all their students and to develop themselves as reflective, inclusive practitioners.” The Spring 2024 MOOC will run from March 4 to April 26.
The Center for Teaching and Learning will offer a weekly Inclusive STEM Teaching Faculty Learning Community to discuss and reflect on the course and its implications for us here at Boise State, in our classes and curricula. Instructors who complete the MOOC and participate in the FLC (meeting times TBD) will receive $300. Faculty, adjunct faculty, and graduate instructors are all welcome to apply. This opportunity is open to individuals who have and have not completed the MOOC in previous semesters. The FLC will run parallel to the SP24 MOOC (March 4 – April 26). Please fill out the CTL application form by Monday, February 5.
Authentic Assessments Community of Practice
The Authentic Assessments Community of Practice (COP) will begin in Spring 2024, and support faculty in developing an “assessment architecture” for a Fall 2024 course. Specific work in the COP includes applying backwards design, course learning outcomes, and success criteria to build an authentic assessment and scoring rubric for one Fall 2024 course.
Please indicate your interest in participating in the COP via this Building Authentic Assessments: A Community of Practice Google form by Friday. December 1st. Meeting times and dates will be determined based on availability. Expect confirmation of participation the week of December 11th, 2023. Please reach out to Serena Morales (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about this opportunity.