The Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center serves as a catalyst for promoting a culture of teaching excellence at Grand Valley State University. Rooted in a liberal education tradition and informed by the scholarship of teaching and learning, we advocate innovative teaching and student-centered pedagogies. We partner with faculty as they prepare students to contribute meaningfully to their professions and societies.
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Faculty Learning Communities
Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) bring faculty together to explore a topic of mutual interest and apply the knowledge gained through this 1-2 semester-long collaborative dialogue.
We are looking for faculty to lead and participate in FLCs in the Winter 2020 semester. What are YOU interested in? What are YOU passionate about? Propose an FLC topic via our Online Letter of Intent form. Visit our Current Faculty Learning Communities webpage to see what sorts of things faculty are exploring together this semester--you may be inspired.
Not up to leading an FLC this coming semester? Consider joining one instead! Check out the list below of Faculty Learning Communities that are slated to begin in Winter 2020 an are accepting members now. Click on any of the titles to learn more about that topic and group.
Winter 2020 FLCs
Controversial Issues in the News and the Classroom (facilitated by Donald Zinman)
Practicing Mindfulness: Life Skills to Handle Stress and Everything Else! (facilitated by Martina Reinhold)
Sometimes It Ain't Easy and That Is Okay (facilitated by Tom Pentecost)
Inclusive Teaching Tips and Strategies
Inclusive teaching involves a deliberate effort by faculty to create a learning environment that attends to and supports the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning interests, and abilities. Inclusive pedagogical strategies shape the dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect an individual's experiences in those spaces, and influence course and curriculum design. Inclusive teaching attends the range of identities in the classroom and helps all students feel equally valued.
As you think ahead to next semester, here are a few questions to consider:
- Does your syllabus portray an inclusive and welcoming learning environment?
- Do you have a plan for getting to know students and fostering student-student interaction?
- Do your instructional strategies include basic Universal Design for Learning (UDL) concepts?
- Do you have a plan for disseminating content in multiple ways such as printed text, images, audio and video vs just lecturing from slides?
- Will you provide students with multiple ways to express their comprehension and mastery of topics vs just assigning lengthy exams and papers?
- How do you plan to tap into students' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn?
If you would like to be more inclusive in your teaching, here are a few useful resources to help you get started:
Faculty Badges @GVSU
Visit the Pew FTLC Badges webpage to see if you're eligible for a Digital Badge.
Twitter feed for @GVSU_PewFTLC
Promoting a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, supporting reflection on professional practice, encouraging growth at all career stages, and rewarding innovation in teaching.