Learning Communities Faculty Scholars Course
The Learning Communities Faculty Scholars (LCFS) Course is an online, asynchronous, six-week course designed to encourage and support the development of scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching within the context of learning communities. The central goal of the course is for participants to apply what they have learned to their own learning communities. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Articulate their teaching philosophies and broad goals for student learning based on the application of knowledge of educational psychology.
- Describe the unique challenges faced by first-year students and students in transition and demonstrate how these challenges will be addressed in their own classrooms.
- Differentiate between learning communities and other cohort models, identify the particular learning communities model used at their institutions, and explain the benefits learning communities provide to faculty and students.
- Create integrative assignments to be used in their learning communities.
- Design an empirical research study for conducting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the learning community, and explain how to apply for IRB approval for this research.
Upcoming Course Dates:
- May 17 - June 28, 2017
- August 30 - October 11, 2017*
*reduced fee of $99 per person for University System of Georgia employees
Course Fee: $199.00 (non-KSU employees). Group rates are available—please contact the course facilitator for details. There is no charge for current KSU Learning Communities Program faculty.
For more information, contact course facilitator Dr. Hillary Steiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 470-578-6147.
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What are People Saying about LCFS?
- The University System of Georgia Office of Faculty Development recognized the Learning
Communities Faculty Scholars program in a "Program Spotlight" on their website on
November 9, 2016. Click here and scroll to the date to read the article.
- The Learning Communities Faculty Scholars course was mentioned as a “first-of-its-kind
online course” (p. 29) in a feature article about KSU’s Learning Communities Program
in the Spring 2017 edition of Kennesaw State University Magazine. Click here to read the article.
- The Learning Communities Association lists the Learning Communities Faculty Scholars course among its recommended Professional Development Resources.
What are participants saying about LCFS?
“I loved the videos, the structure of assignments, and the timing of the assignments. The course was well-designed, well-laid out, and thought provoking.”
“This course is a great starting point for an instructor new to the learning community world, and it is even helpful for those with some level of experience already.”
“This is a very well designed course! I have learned a lot despite the course being so short in duration. I would definitely recommend this course to my colleagues.”
"I feel much better prepared and ready to make connections to [my LC partner's subject] than I was last semester! Now that I understand how a learning community works and the way an effective learning community benefits student learning, I’m ready for the challenge to make a lasting impact."
"The idea of integrative learning and its different levels has certainly helped me in understanding the importance of learning communities."
"Getting to know more about SoTL was helpful since I have always has questions about my own teaching and its effectiveness. I have engaged in "scholarly teaching" that involved peer observation, modifying courses based on feedback, and some high-impact practices involving out-side the classroom activities, but this course has convinced me of going beyond that and engaging in a more purposeful and shared scholarly approach to teaching and learning. It has certainly gotten me interested in designing a SoTL project in the near future."
- The University System of Georgia Office of Faculty Development recognized the Learning Communities Faculty Scholars program in a "Program Spotlight" on their website on November 9, 2016. Click here and scroll to the date to read the article.
The Learning Communities Program is proud to spotlight some of the participants who have completed the Learning Communities Faculty Scholars course.