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CIL Faculty Learning Communities

Starting in the fall of 2015, the CIL launched a new program of Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) designed to bring together faculty and professional staff across the college in order to explore pedagogical theories and innovations in higher education. The communities are proposed and lead by interested faculty, and each will focus on a topic central to teaching and student learning. The focus of the various communities' inquiries might range from inquiries into classroom-based practices to broader questions of curriculum design.

2018 FLC on the Digital Liberal Arts

Interest and investment in the “Digital Humanities” has been on the rise in recent years, but that conversation often circulates around expensive centers and massive projects at research institutions, and it also, sadly, excludes non-humanities disciplines. This Faculty Learning Community will explore the growing notion of the Digital Liberal Arts – interdisciplinary, collaborative, innovative teaching and research practices that can include the breadth of the Wofford community. Over the course of two semesters, we’ll meet to read and discuss what other institutions are doing and saying about DH/DLA, and (hopefully) the FLC will serve as an opportunity to brainstorm projects and collaborations here at Wofford. 

We’ll have our first interest and information meeting on Friday, March 2, from 1:30-2:30 and all interested faculty and staff are invited to attend. Please email Cate Blouke or Luke Meagher with questions.

2016-18 FLC on Interdisciplinary & Integrative Learning

The Faculty Learning Community on Interdisciplinary & Integrative Learning is a learning community to support faculty and professional staff who wish to collaboratively investigate critical questions about students' learning in interdisciplinary or integrative programs and courses. From Fall 2016-Fall 2017, the community (1) examined student experiences in interdisciplinary/integrative learning; (2) developed an understanding of how Wofford students make their way through interdisciplinary and integrative work; (3) reflected on how intentional we are (or want to be) in scaffolding interdisciplinary and/or integrative learning experiences for students.

We invite new collaborators to join us for continued work in Spring 2018 about how to scaffold interdisciplinary and/or integrative learning experiences. Part of our meeting time will be spent together and part in working groups on (1) methods and pedagogies for teaching methods and their application; (2) professional development for faculty support interdisciplinary and integrative work; (3) supporting community-based and applied research by students; (4) living-learning communities and integrative/interdisciplinary learning. 

Spring 2018 meeting dates are February 23, March 16, and April 20, from 2:30-3:45, in Olin 115A. For more information, please contact Laura Barbas Rhoden (barbasrhodenlh@wofford.edu) or Anne Rodrick (rodrickab@wofford.edu)


If you are interested in proposing an FLC, please see our Request for Proposals.

Previous FLCS:

2015-16 Digital Learning and ePortfolios 

The FLC on Digital Learning and ePortfolios is a year-long faculty group exploring pedagogical theories related to teaching with technology. With the help of a Mellon grant, Wofford has implemented ePortfolios for all first-year students in the 2015-2016 school year, and one of the goals of this FLC is to examine portfolio-based pedagogy and assessment. We'll discuss Pathbrite in particular (the ePortfolio platform our students are using), as well as ways to best leverage the use of student portfolios both inside the classroom and at a programmatic level. Availing ourselves of the technological affordances of ePortfolios will entail looking into the possibilities and limits of digital pedagogy practices. We'll meet periodically throughout the fall and spring semesters to explore these ideas, and we'll hopefully implement some of what we learn in our spring courses.   

As a group, we will read and discuss Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects and Documenting Learning with ePortfolios.