Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Learning Communities

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The Center's FLCs are based on the principle of a "community of practice," which is a group of people engaged in collective learning around a particular set of questions, topics, circumstances, goals, or challenges. FLCs are most successful and rewarding when participants commit not just to their own learning and development, but the growth and fulfillment of other members in the community of practice. Out of this shared set of interests and desires, new knowledge and practices emerge. The process is often quite transformative, and members often "graduate" from the FLC with practical insights and action plans for their teaching.

How the FLC Is Organized
Typically, the FLCs that the CTE facilitates are centered loosely around a book or set of readings. But participants are invited to bring their own experiences and knowledge into this space for exploration. The Center provides organization, recruitment, and facilitation of faculty learning communities designed for specific cohorts, such as new faculty, adjuncts, online instructors, or those who have a common pedagogical interest. 

How the FLC Works
Faculty Learning Communities meet at least once a month. Please contact Brianne as soon as possible to indicate your interest in joining one. If you have other ideas for FLCs, or perhaps would like to lead one yourself with support from the CTE, please let us know as soon as possible!


Schedule for Spring 2016

Teaching Unprepared Students

This topic is inspired by a frequent comment from faculty – that many students are coming to college without the necessary basic skills or content knowledge to succeed here. In order to move students forward, we must meet them where they are, and how we help them move forward is often unique to each individual student and situation. This FLC will explore and analyze strategies for helping students to become autonomous learners so that they can get up to speed on core competencies. Our texts will include selections from Kathleen F. Gabriel’s Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education (2008), and excerpts from other texts. We will learn how to offer guidance suited to each student’s unique situation without overwhelming ourselves with more work. FLC participants will develop actionable plans for incorporating new strategies into their course design and teaching practices.
(This FLC will be facilitated by Michael.)

Meeting times: 
Monday, February 8, 2:00-3:30 [location tbd]
Monday, March 7, 2:00-3:30 [location tbd]
Monday, April 4, 2:00-3:30 [location tbd]

Contact Brianne to sign up or for more details. 


Contact Information

For general inquiries about the Center for Teaching Excellence, please contact:

The Center for Teaching Excellence
SUNY Plattsburgh
301 Feinberg Library, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-3043
Fax: (518) 564-5100