Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is an interdisciplinary group of faculty who engage in active, collaborative¬†exploration around a common learning issue. FLC participants might have any number of goals, ranging from deep exploration of a topic of interest to production of learning resources.¬†Since the spring of 2005, initially through the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), VCU has offered a number of FLCs on a variety of teaching and learning issues (see list below). In an effort to expand and slightly re-define the FLC program, and to support faculty who wish to explore new or original topics, ALT Lab is convening faculty groups who wish to explore the efficacy of the FLC model as a means of supporting and guiding innovative work. In the spirit of “connected learning for a networked world,” ALT Lab is serving as a hub among a network of scholars and practitioners with overlapping interests. That is, as we see common interests and opportunities for interdisciplinary work, we will propose and convene an FLC. By the end of the academic year, all FLCs are expected to produce something, be it an open educational resource, a new course, a new program, etc. For each faculty member who participates in an FLC, ALT Lab will transfer $500 into the budget of the faculty member’s department.

For the 2015-16 academic year, confirmed FLCs include:

  • Technology-enhanced active learning for large enrollment classes
  • Curious Co-Lab
  • e-Service Learning

If you have an idea for an FLC, contact Enoch Hale.


Previous FLCs at VCU

2014 – 2015

  • The Hollywood Cemetery
  • Sustainability
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods

2012 – 2013

  • Effective Online Teaching and Learning
  • Embedding Inclusive Excellence in College Classrooms and Across Campuses
  • Exploring Blended Learning

2011 – 2012

  • Effective Online Teaching and Learning
  • Promoting Critical Thinking in the Large Classroom
  • Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning: Mobile Learning

2010 – 2011

  • Promoting Critical Thinking
  • Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning: Networked Learning

2009 – 2010

  • How People Learn
  • Engaging Online Learners
  • Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning: Exploring Smart Phones

2008 – 2009

  • Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century
  • Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning
  • Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • How People Learn

2007 – 2008

  • Problem Based Learning
  • Developing Engaged Online Learners
  • Fostering Adjunct Faculty Success

2006 – 2007

  • Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning
  • What is a Learning-Centered Research University?
  • Teaching Systems Biology to Undergraduates – HHMI Grant

2005 – 2006

  • Teaching Large Classes at VCU
  • Junior Faculty Development


Contact us

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altlab@vcu.edu | 804-827-5181

Last updated: April 27, 2016

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