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    2013 - 2014 Topics

    Faculty Learning Communities for 2013-2014

    Now, in its 10th academic year at MSU, the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) program supports year-long faculty-led discussion groups on focused topics in teaching, learning and academic life. Facilitators and members of each FLC are MSU faculty, academic specialists and academic staff with an interest in and commitment to the topic of the FLC. FLC members share their work with other faculty and staff at a poster session held at the annual Spring Institute in May of each year. 

    For a complete description of each FLC and its objectives, or to contact facilitators about joining an FLC, see below. 

    Best Practices to Maximize Learning Experiences of International Students: Focus on China, Korea, and India

    Fayyaz Hussain
    Joseph M. Cousins
    Sponsored by F&OD


    Collaborative Programmatic Assessment of Student Learning in General Science Education

    Sarah Jardeleza, sarahejw@msu.edu,
    Julie Libarkin, libarkin@msu.edu,
    Gabriel J. Ording, ordingga@msu.edu
    Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and F&OD
    This FLC is designed to help evaluate and improve the efficacy of current teaching interventions in general education science courses, especially for non-science majors (e.g., ISP and ISB courses). Members will share research findings amongst ourselves as well as through collaborative presentations, publications, and grant proposals. Since these courses are often the last science courses ever taken by non-science majors, they require evaluation beyond traditional, university-centered outcomes, to examine the role of different modalities on long-term student outcomes. This FLC can help fulfill that need with studies related to development of common learning outcomes, teaching strategies, curriculum, and assessments.
    Who may be interested in joining: Faculty considering the research in or alignment of their course outcomes, assessments, and instruction in order to achieve long-term student learning, especially those teaching in the STEM disciplines.

    Interprofessional Education in Healthcare: A Faculty Development Learning Community

    Kathy Forrest, forres21@msu.edu
    Deborah L. Virant-Young, dyoung@msu.edu
    Co-sponsored by the College of Osteopathic Medicine and F&OD
    This FLC will explore what Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) are and how to incorporate both concepts into various health care and academic settings.  Many institutions, including those currently engaged in the delivery of patient care as well as those training the health care providers of the future, have not yet embraced these concepts. The two primary goals of the FLC will be to: 1) establish (through consensus) best practices on how to educate faculty about IPE/IPC and 2) train faculty how to incorporate IPE/IPC into their curricular model and clinical practice.


    Learn2Design with Desire2Learn

    Cathleen McGreal 
    Jessica Knott

    Co-sponsored by Libraries and IT Services and F&OD

    This FLC is currently not accepting new members.  Please email a co-facilitator if you would like to be considered for the future.

    Learning 2Design with Desire2Learn offers professors and instructors from a variety of disciplines to go beyond the basics of MSU's new learning management system, and explore its pedagogical tips, tricks, and pitfalls in a supportive group environment. Expect lively debates, learning, and community building as we discuss how to leverage what the system has to offer, and counter the areas in which it could do better. We are a creative bunch with an eye toward improving our practice as well as the experience of our students and the campus as a whole. We plan to explore (1) Effective course structures; (2) Student engagement in online and blended environments; (3) Creative activities; (4) Going beyond the PDF.  We will be reading and discussing Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen.  Sir Peter Blake said that, “New technology is common, new thinking is rare.” Our FLC members will be among the rare few who practice both!


    NeGra - Networks and Graphs Workgroup

    Zachary Neal
    Jennifer Neal

    Co-sponsored by ICER and F&OD

    Over the past several years, Michigan State University has hired several new faculty with expertise in network analysis.  However, because these faculty are scattered in many different departments and colleges, opportunities to build on this latent strength have been missed.  The proposed faculty learning community represents a first step toward exploring Michigan State University’s newfound but untapped potential as a major center in the rapidly expanding field of network analysis. The goal of the proposed FLC is to bring together faculty from across MSU who use network analysis in their own work, and to explore Michigan State University’s newfound but untapped potential as a major center in the rapidly expanding field of network analysis. As part of our FLC, faculty interested in research using network analysis will have the opportunity to share research ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration.  We also propose to develop a website that will highlight NeGra faculty research and provide MSU resources for learning about social network analysis. 


    Proven Practices for Academic Success by Students of Color

    Eunice F. Foster
    Gerald Urquhart

    Co-sponsored by Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives and F&OD


    Revitalizing Critical Thinking through Discussion-Based Teaching and Learning

    Sharon Ladenson
    Susan Stein-Roggenbuck

    Co-sponsored by Office of the Provost, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and F&OD

    What are discussion-based teaching methods that foster critical thinking? How can we develop a learning environment that encourages students to identify and question their assumptions? How can interactive teaching strategies enhance critical thinking skills?  Please join us for a collegial discussion of how discussion-based practices enhance critical thinking across the disciplines. Using Stephen D. Brookfield’s text, Teaching for Critical Thinking, we will explore areas such as helping students to identify and check their assumptions, making discussions critical, and meeting the challenges and risks of using interactive strategies to foster critical thinking.  All MSU colleagues who employ and/or seek to learn more about critical thinking and interactive teaching strategies for small and large classes are welcome to participate in the conversation.


    Teaching and Learning Abroad

    Inge Steglitz, steglitz@msu.edu
    Jim Lucas, lucasjam@msu.edu
    Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and F&OD
    This FLC works to advance faculty engagement in and preparation for teaching and learning abroad experiences. This preparation includes thinking about program pre-departure, re-entry, and the time actually spent abroad. There is increasing consensus in the education abroad field that there is more to study abroad teaching and learning than what happens in the classroom; however, most of the preparation study abroad faculty receive centers around issues of logistics and safety, rather than on developing models and pedagogies for holistic student learning abroad. Our group aims to develop resources designed by study abroad faculty and staff to support best practices in the field and improve student learning.
    Please contact us if you…
    • Currently lead or aspire to lead study abroad programs
    • Work with study abroad students before and after their program participation
    • Would like to contribute toward advancing excellence in teaching and learning abroad


    Teaching Performances Across the Curriculum

    Christopher Scales
    Joanna Bosse

    Sponsored by F&OD


    Using Exploratory Writing to Support Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning Within the Disciplines

    Nancy C. DeJoy
    Sara D. Miller

    Co-sponsored by Office of the Provost, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and F&OD