"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
– Margaret Mead
Faculty Learning Communities
At the beginning of each academic year the Office of Civic Engagement initiates a “Faculty Learning Community,” a series of eight monthly workshop sessions for faculty who wish to incorporate a service/civic learning experience into a course they teach or plan to teach. Many faculty participants, though not all, attend the Civic Learning Institute the preceding May. Specifically, the Faculty Learning Community helps participants
- Learn about connecting academic knowledge, attitudes, and skills with their civic counterparts.
- Develop student learning outcomes (SLOs), learning activities, and methods for assessing them.
- Plan, implement, and assess course modifications that advance the foregoing goals.
- Initiate and sustain productive conversations with colleagues about the concepts, principles, and methods of combining civic and academic learning in order to advance students’ intellectual and civic capacity.
Upon completing a Faculty Learning Community series, participants are able to:
- Specify appropriate academic and civic SLOs.
- Identify community-based experiential learning activities that promote both types of course SLOs and make clear connections between them.
- Help students achieve course SLOs by facilitating reflection on their experience of participating in community-based service or civic activities.
- Assess student progress toward achieving course SLOs.
- Prepare a syllabus that describes, explains, and links course goals, SLOs, and learning activities.
- Implement and assess the innovations developed for your course.