Faculty Learning Community 2016

Today’s university graduates have become adept at using technology to access information and media.  The University of Miami would like our students to be able to take the next step.  Our graduates should be able to create and remix information and media in ways that expand our collective body of knowledge.

The Office of the Provost is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the 2016 Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) Literacy.  The Faculty Learning Community program began as part of the University of Miami’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is part of the SACSCOC accreditation process.

The ultimate outcome of the Revised QEP is an ongoing program of FLCs that gives faculty members the knowledge, skills, and pedagogical support to improve their teaching and enhance the learning environment at the University. ICT literacy is the focus of the FLCs because the QEP development process revealed that effective use of digital technology and information literacy concepts is important to the University community both for improving teaching and for preparing students for their futures.

The FLC is open to all full time University of Miami faculty who are engaged in undergraduate teaching. The FLC will meet during the Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 semesters.  During these meetings, faculty discuss their ideas, possible course activities, and technologies to enhance teaching and learning.  These discussions can lead to long-lasting bonds and interdisciplinary partnerships. The FLCs are foundational to the improvement of teaching and learning.  Participants in the FLCs will apply what they learn to their teaching, coursework, and student assignments and will aid students in acquiring ICT skills.

The University regards FLC membership as an acknowledgement of excellent, innovative, and effective teaching.  Faculty members selected for the FLC will be designated FLC Fellows. They will have a one course teaching reduction in the Fall 2016 semester and have available to them a $1,500 research and educational fund to support their FLC work. Their contribution will be to participate fully in the FLC weekly discussions and workshops during the Spring 2016 semester and in a virtual community at the University dedicated to the FLC.  They also will be expected to incorporate ICT literacy concepts into an existing or new course, teach ICT literacy as part of the course, assess ICT learning outcomes, and teach the enhanced course at least three times during the five years after their FLC is concluded.

FLC Program Description:  A full description of the FLC program can be found at www.Miami.edu/QEP.

Application Form:  To download the application form, please [click here].

Application Deadline: Complete applications are due in the Office of the Provost, 240 Ashe Building, on or before Friday, January 15, 2016. They may also be submitted electronically to kfranklin@miami.edu on or before January 15, 2016.