Faculty Learning Communities
What is a Learning Community?
A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a group of WSSU trans-disciplinary faculty, graduate students, and professional staff who engage in an active, collaborative, year-long program with a curriculum about enhancing teaching and learning.
- FLCs engage in frequent activities that provide learning, professional growth, community building and support the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL);
- FLCs provide opportunities for faculty to obtain sustainable methods to enhance teaching, research, and professional development.
- There are two main types of FLCs: cohort-based and topic based
General Education Outcome-Oriented Faculty Learning Communities - The General Education curriculum at Winston-Salem State University is designed to help students develop and hone a basic set of transferable skills such as critical thinking, writing, speaking, creativity and problem solving; while offering students the opportunity to explore the vast field that make up the academy. Such skills will prepare students to better engage their major course of study and for entrance into the global knowledge-based economy. General Education Outcome-Oriented Faculty Learning Communities will focus upon transformative teaching to include best practices in instruction, learning and assessment for each of the seven student learning outcomes which serve as the foundation for the General Education curriculum.
Teaching & Learning with Technology Roundtable - The purpose of the Teaching and Learning with Technology Roundtable (TLTR) is to bring faculty and staff together from various departments on campus to share ideas, promote best practices, and champion advances in instructional technologies and online learning to improve teaching and learning (with technology) at WSSU.
The New Media Consortium Group is for faculty who are interested in using multimedia and social media for teaching, learning and research. Drawing from topics in the latest Horizon Report, the group hosts monthly coffees to discuss and learn about topics.
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is an approach to conducting research by equitably partnering researchers and those directly affected by and knowledgeable of local social problems. To inform research design, implementation and dissemination, this approach challenges academic and community partners to invest in team building, share resources, exchange ideas and share expertise. Be a part of this ground-breaking group which seeks to combine scholarship, service and teaching efforts!
Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT) uses research such as the evaluation of classroom experiments and educational neuroscience about how the brain learns. If a primary goal of teaching is to optimize student learning then instructors must employ methods that have the biggest impact on learning. Faculty members will have the opportunity to share teaching challenges and learn effective new teaching methods.
Mid-Career Faculty often wonder “what do I do next?” after achieving tenure and promotion. This Faculty Learning Community will focus upon finding new creative outlets for teaching, research and service, networking, inter-disciplinary collaborations and engaging more deeply with mentoring students.
New Faculty seek to address their unique needs as they are introduced to the WSSU mission and University culture. This FLC will provide a support system of peers, encouragement, information and an introduction to the principles of college teaching and student learning.
The Qualitative Research Group (QRG) is an inter-disciplinary group of WSSU faculty, students and staff who meet monthly to support each other as they use qualitative research techniques (e.g. open-ended interviews, focus groups or participant observation) in their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) activities. Learn more about the Qualitative Research Group.
The Quantitative Research Group is an interdisciplinary group of WSSU faculty, students and staff who meet monthly to support each other as they use quantitative research techniques in teaching and research activities. This is a new LC, therefore the focus will be further developed by its members.