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Faculty Learning Community:
Developing Engaged Online Learners

Purpose and Description

Teaching online is fundamentally different than teaching face-to-face.  Faculty at VCU have years of successful face-to-face classroom teaching experience and are now examining ways to move this positive experience online.  The design of effective online learning environments requires significant investment by faculty and fundamental rethinking of teaching practices.  This Faculty Learning Community (FLC) will offer participants the opportunity to examine best practices in online learning and apply those practices to their own classes.

What Can Participants Expect to Do?

  • Meeting every 2-3 weeks (on campus and/or online), this community will offer participants the opportunity to focus on developing and improving quality online instruction.
  • Participants will determine the selection of topics for seminars and workshops that will guide the activities of the community for the academic year.
  • During the fall semester, faculty members will explore a wide range of possibilities for creating engaged learning in an asynchronous environment.
  • In the spring semester, participants will build on knowledge and insights gained during the fall to propose, design, implement and evaluate teaching materials and projects in their own classes aimed at incorporating processes that enhance online student learning.

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Last modified: June 20, 2013
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