Faculty Learning Communities

Please RSVP to fctl@ferris.edu or call 231-591-3826 for all events.

Faculty Learning Communities  

Academic Advising for Student Success seminars

Thursday, September 27 from 11:00 to 12:30 in FLITE 114
Thursday, October 25 from 11:00 to 12:30 in FLITE 110
Thursday, November 15
from 11:00 to 12:30 in FLITE 114
Thursday, January 31
from 11:00 to 12:30 in FLITE 114
Monday, February 14
from 11:00 to 12:30 in FLITE 114

Thursday, March 21 from 11:00 to 12:30 in FLITE 114

The Educational Counseling and Disabilities Services Department and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning invite you to participate in the Academic Advising for Student Success seminars. These seminars include six different topics and are provided by the educational counselors and other skilled individuals.

September 17, 2012 - Engaging Student Advisees: Ideas for Outreach and Communication
October 25, 2012 - Student Services & Preparing Students for Registration (FLITE 110)
November 15, 2012 - Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress
January 31, 2013 - Working with Students on Academic Probation/Career Counseling
February 14, 2013 - Creating Purposeful MyDegree Plans
March 21, 2013 - Creating Your Advising Shell in Blackboard

All sessions will be held in FLITE 114 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM unless otherwise noted.  Lunch will be provided by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.  RSVP 231-591-3826 OR fctl@ferris.edufor each session.  Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations should contact 231-591-3057 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.  Upon successful completion of the work associated with the learning community, you will receive a Professional Development Incentive of $350.

Mobile Front: Mobile Learning Research
Todd Stanislav, Karen Strasser, Jackie Hughes, and Andrew Peterson

Thursday, September 13 from 1:00 - 2:30 in FLITE 135
Wednesday, October 3 from 1:00 - 2:30 in FLITE 135
Thursday, November 8 from 9:00 - 10:30 in FLITE 135
 

The Mobile Front learning community participants will work through the process of developing a grant proposal to fund research on the use of mobile devices in teaching and learning. The meetings will tentatively involve:  brainstorming to identify researchable questions, conducting literature review, determining if we should do preliminary studies first or develop one or more grant proposals (or both!), developing the research plan(s), and developing the grant proposal(s). The project is supported by FCTL and the Office of Academic Research.  

PresentationZen
Brooke Moore

Monday, October 1 from 2:00 to 4:00 in FLITE 108
Wednesday, October 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 in FLITE 108
Monday, October 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 in FLITE 108

The Presentation Zen faculty learning community is based upon the book by Garr Reynolds, communications expert and presentation designer. The author reminds us that PowerPoint is not inherently a bad tool, and avoiding common pitfalls will help us improve the quality of our presentations. In this learning community we will: 

  • Learn a new process to foster our creativity as we build our presentations  
  • Learn some basic design principles  
  • Find and use images to enhance the message of our presentation    
  • Learn how to use PowerPoint and other complimentary technology tools more effectively.


Upon successful completion of the work associated with the learning community, you will receive a Professional Development Incentive of $200.

Quality Matters @ FSU
Sheila MacEachron

OPTION A - Tuesdays, 5 to 7 PM
September 11, 18, October 2, 16, and 30, and November 13, 20, 27

-OR-
 


OPTION B -
Wednesdays, 9 to 11 AM

September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, and November 7

Interested faculty members will be asked to indicate their preference for "Option A," "Option B," or "Either Option Works for Me." The Option with the most participants will be the schedule that is adopted. 

This faculty learning community is part of the University goals to become a demonstrable center of excellence in educational quality and student learning(Strategic Goal 1). The learning community is one means to support the emphasis on quality performance by faculty, staff, and administration that demonstrably improves student learning (Strategic Initiative 4, Goal 1).

Your experience in this faculty learning community will be built around the Quality Matters Rubric, "a set of 8 general standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. Unique to the Quality Matters Rubric is the concept of alignment. This occurs when critical course components - Learning Objectives, Assessment and Measurement, Instructional Materials, Learner Interaction and Engagement, and Course Technology - work together to ensure students achieve desired learning outcomes."

All faculty -- tenure-track and non-tenure track alike -- are invited to participate.  Upon successful completion of the work associated with the learning community, you will receive a Professional Development Incentive of $400.

A Roadmap to Course Design or Redesign
Christine Conley-Sowels and Sheila MacEachron

Tuesday, September 25 from 4:00 to 6:00 in FLITE 108
Tuesday, October 9 from 4:00 to 6:00 in FLITE 108
Tuesday, October 23 from 4:00 to 6:00 in FLITE 108
Tuesday, November 6 from 4:00 to 6:00 in FLITE 108

The learning community will be framed by phases of FSU’s Best Practices In E-Delivery of Instruction. Therefore, this workshop series is designed for faculty who are using instructional technology in their enhanced, blended, or fully online classes. 

This workshop series will focus on 4 or the 5 phases: Analysis, Design, Development, and Course Evaluation. The steps in each of the phases will be examined in detail. Example documents and checklists will be provided for faculty to use in their own course planning and development. Additionally, the phases (or roadmap) will be framed by the Community of Inquiry (COI) indicators for Evaluation. Faculty will examine their courses against this evaluation model to consider the extent to which the Social, Cognitive, and Teaching presences defined by the model are supported in their unit or course module.  Upon successful completion of the work associated with the learning community, you will receive a Professional Development Incentive of $250.

Where Student Learning, Diversity, and Inclusion Intersect
Todd Stanislav

Meeting dates and times to be determined based on schedules of interested faculty.

The 2012-2013 Inquiries into Teaching and Learning initiative will have a special focus on classroom-based questions that examine student beliefs, dispositions, experiences, and learning as they relate to diversity and inclusion.

If a course you teach or your academic program includes some aspect of diversity and inclusion – be that, for example, course content, a diversity-related program or course objective or learning outcome, an inclusive teaching strategy, or an experiential component such as through academic service learning, volunteerism, etc. – then this project may be for you!

By participating in the Inquiries initiative, you will have an opportunity to develop a scholarly work that you may present at the 2013 Equity Within the Classroom Conference. The Equity conference is held annually at a university or college in Michigan; the 2013 conference will be held at Wayne State University.

Support for Faculty

Support for participants includes:

  • Collaboration with colleagues who share a common interest in scholarly work, diversity, and student learning
  • Funding to present your Inquiries work at the 2013 Equity Within the Classroom Conference
  • A $400 Professional Development Incentive, contingent on successful completion of your project.