This category of grants supports self-selected groups of faculty who identify and explore a common interest or research thread associated with teaching. FLCs meet a minimum of five times a year and are led by faculty and supported by CTL faculty development professionals. FLCs may emerge from informal faculty conversations, continuations of CTL-sponsored series, sessions, or workshops, or as follow-ons to guest speakers or web seminars. Examples of topics include SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), GIS and spatial thinking, blended learning, threshold concepts, problem-based learning, social networking, service learning, technology exploration, and other emergent topics.

FLCs receive grants of $300 annually to support their scholarly explorations through the purchase of books or other materials, shared meals or refreshments, honoraria for invited speakers, or other resources and opportunities. Access to FLC funds requires a short mini-proposal, including a statement of the FLC focus, a brief suggestion for how the funds will be spent, and an indication of any other support needed from CTL. Additional funding may be available for dissemination of learning community project outcomes to a broader faculty audience.

Please contact Jane Love for additional information.

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