2015 - 2016 Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are designed to enhance teaching effectiveness using group discussions of shared experiences. Several statements from the university's strategic plan illuminate the importance of faculty learning communities.

Registration to participate in a faculty learning community is now closed.

Digital Humanities
Facilitators: Kathleen Godfrey, John Beynon, and David Drexler

  • Identify DH project started by FLC participants
  • Further develop DH with the aim of submitting for an NEH grant

ePortfolios - Using ePortfolios to Assess Student Learning
Facilitator: Melissa Jordine

  • Implement e-portfolios and engage students/improve student success

Graduate Net Initiative Best Practices for Faculty in Online Learning
Facilitator: Maritere Lopez

  • Faculty "experts" from across campus to come in and share their experiences, best practices, and ideas on four topics:
    • Effective Advanced Student Collaborations Online
    • Continuous Student Feedback in Online Graduate Courses
    • Effective use of short Course Videos
    • Zoom & Digital Meetings/Discussion

Graduate Net Initiative Support for Graduate Students Online
Facilitator: Imelda Santacruz-Dudley

  • Graduate Program, Website Redesign, and New Graduate Resources

Integrating Career-Related Assignments
Facilitators: Adrian Ramirez and Jody Burum

  • Discuss online and campus resources to engage students in their career and professional development

Pedagogy & Tools for Teaching with Tablets & Online
Facilitator: Christian Wandeler

  • Make content emotionally engaging and humanize online instruction

Publishing a Scholarly Article - Fulfilling Your Research Agenda
Facilitator: Ida M. Jones

  •  Submission of an article/scholarly activity to a peer-reviewed journal

Reading About Water in Your Course
Facilitators: Beth Weinman, Fred Nelson, David Drexler, Florence Cassal Shermar, Jes Therkelsen, Samendra Sherchan, and Chih-Hao Wang

  • View several websites about dynamic climate changes

Statistics - Professional Development in Teaching of Statistics & Advanced Statistics Methods
Facilitator: Christian Wandeler

  • Make data engaging for students, use simulations, and exchange different resources

Sustainability - Across Campus/Across Division Support for Improving & Teaching Campus Sustainability
Facilitators: Mara Brady and Arun Nambiar

  • Identify goals
  • Possible courses for a campus-wide Sustainability Certificate
  • Discussion of possibility of setting up a Sustainability Institute and/or campus wide committee to explore sustainability projects around campus



2014-2015 Faculty Learning Communities

Addressing Student Psycho-Social Needs for Academic Success
Facilitators:  Christine Edmondson and Malik Raheem

  • Identify Fresno State student psycho-social needs that affect academic success
  • Identify strategies that faculty can use to address these needs in their courses
  • Support Mental Health Conference

Facilitators:  Melissa Jordine and Andrew Lawson

  • Increase discussions, interdisciplinary collaboration, and developing innovative and effective strategies for campus-wide assessment

Integrating Career and Professional Development - Related Assignment in Your Courses
Facilitators:  Rita Bocchinfuson-Cohen, Jody Burum and Adrian Ramirez

  • Each FLC member will have at least 1-2 new career assignments with learning outcomes
  • Some faculty will implement career assignments in courses and conduct pre/posttests of students’ opinions
  • Blackboard organization or Pathbrite e-portfolio will be created in order to inventory and share career-related assignments across campus 

Integrating Information Literacy into the Curriculum
Facilitators:  Amanda Dinscore and Hiromi Kubo

  • In this FLC, faculty and librarians will discuss and learn about how to prepare students for a lifetime of learning by integrating information literacy into the curriculum. We will explore the philosophy and concepts of information literacy, and develop discipline-specific applications of competencies for courses taught by participating faculty. Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with librarians who will assist with assignment development. We will also provide faculty with an opportunity to update their own research skills using discipline-specific library and web resources.

Internship FLC 2.0
Facilitator:  Debbie Young

  • Connect all Internship Coordinators and new and experienced faculty on campus to share common issues and concerns unique to internship programs such as risk management, the legalities of internships and internship assessment.
  • Has a community Bb group containing all forms and practices of various internship programs already running on campus.

Linked Learning
Facilitator:  Nancy Akhavan

  • Virtual connection to two Linked Learning consortia
  • Visits to Linked Learning certified schools in various parts of California
  • Design and implementation of Linked Learning principals, activities, and focus areas in the Single Subject Credential Program. 

Professional Ethics
Facilitators:  Andrew Fiala and Jack Benninga

  • A collaboration of faculty from across the campus focused on professional ethics.

Reading About Water in Your Course
Facilitators:  Florence Cassel Sharma, David Drexler, Frederick Nelson, Fayzul Pasha, Jes Therkelsen and Beth Weinman

  • Facilitate connections about water between our courses
  • Examine how to integrate readings from the book, The Big Thirst, by Charles Fishman in our courses
  • Consider how to engage students to develop critical, informed thinking regarding these concerns
  • Develop specific course activities focusing on excerpts from the book

Scholarly Writing
Facilitators:  Ida M. Jones

  • Submission of an article/scholarly activity to a peer-reviewed journal