Digital Pedagogy Faculty Learning Community (FLC)

The application deadline has been extended to April 30.

Where:

Delphi Center Lab, Ekstrom Library
Belknap Campus

Hosted by:

The Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning

This team-based professional development opportunity is for teachers looking to develop their use of digital media in their teaching. In small, low-stress learning environments sessions led by current teachers familiar with digital technologies, participants will develop individual projects based on their needs and expectations as teachers and scholars. Topics will vary but will likely include developing blogs and wikis, using backchannel conversation to foster student engagement, and designing audio essay assignments or podcasts. To help participants determine what options may be best for them, this learning community will provide both pedagogical and technological support.

The learning community kick-off will occur May 27-29 with a required intensive 3-day workshop. Six follow-up sessions will then be held during the 2014-15 academic year so that participants can share their ongoing work and to receive technological and pedagogical support for their efforts (see dates below).

To learn more about pedagogical options, the workshop will share models about what others are doing as well as readings selected to prompt discussion. Digital support will come through hands-on workshops on a variety of technical tools (e.g., specific collaborative media such as Google Drive, Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter, audio and video editing, website development, and sustainable digital design).

About Faculty Learning Communities

According to Milton D. Cox, a faculty learning community is a group of cross-disciplinary faculty members who come together to work on teaching and learning topics. Members of an FLC participate in activities grounded in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which further the FLC curriculum, foster learning and professional development, and build community. A full FLC cohort is typically composed of eight to 12 participants. A minimum of eight accepted applications are required in order to offer this FLC for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Learning Objectives

Participants in the 2014-2015 Digital Pedagogy FLC will experience opportunities to:

  • Enhance their knowledge of digital media and its implications for teaching;
  • Identify practical classroom applications for a range of digital media tools;
  • Receive pedagogical and technological support for integrating digital media into an existing course in a meaningful way;
  • Engage with colleagues in a team-based learning environment and share ideas for enhancing student learning;
  • Reflect on one's philosophy and approach to teaching; and
  • Become part of a cohort of FLC graduates who can provide collegial support.

Expectations

In order to successfully complete this FLC, participants should plan to:

  • Attend the 3-day kick-off workshop, to be held May 27-29, 2014;
  • Attend six learning community sessions during the 2014-15 academic year. All sessions will be held on Tuesday’s from 12-2 p.m., and lunch is provided. Session dates are:
    • September 16, 2014
    • October 21, 2014
    • November 18, 2014
    • January 20, 2015
    • February 17, 2015
    • March 17, 2015
    • Hold: April 14, 2015
  • Produce four deliverables as follows:
    1. Develop and launch a digital media assignment twice in courses you are teaching during fall and spring semester (e.g., pilot the assignment during fall, revise and improve the assignment, then launch it again during spring);
    2. Develop and use an assessment plan for the assignment and share results with your FLC colleagues and leadership; and
    3. Co-lead a community session with cohort colleagues to share methods and pedagogies surrounding an area of shared interest (e.g., mobile technologies, wikis/blogs, flipping the classroom); and
    4. Share a detailed description of the assignment and submit a reflective essay describing your experience using digital media.

    Eligibility Requirements for Applicants

    Applicants for this FLC should carefully consider the eligibility requirements below. Successful individual and/or small teams of 2-3 participants should:

    • Reasonably expect to teach one face-to-face or online course in both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015;
    • Have at least one year of teaching experience;
    • Be willing to work collaboratively with faculty colleagues from across the disciplines; and
    • Be available and willing to attend the 3-day kick-off workshop and four follow-up sessions during the 2014-2015 academic year.

    No prior digital media experience is needed.

    Selection

    Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee comprised of faculty and staff. In keeping with the mission of the Delphi Center, which is to serve the professional development needs of UofL faculty, preference will be given to faculty applicants. Applications from graduate students will be considered on a space-available basis. In the case of having too many eligible applicants, the selection committee will chose a diverse group representing a variety of disciplines and experiences. Preference will also be given to those who apply as a part of a small faculty team (2-3 participants). Selection of participants is final. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application during the week of April 28, 2014.

    Incentives for Participating in the FLC

    • Stipend: Upon successful completion of the FLC (i.e., 3-day workshop, cohort activities, final deliverables), participants will receive a $750 stipend (per project) to be disbursed in two installments (half when the project is accepted and half when the final reflective essay is accepted).
    • A certificate of completion or other written documentation of successful completion of the FLC
    • Professional enrichment as a college teacher
    • Opportunities to build community with an interdisciplinary group of UofL instructors

    Application Submission Instructions

    To apply, please complete a brief application form by providing the following information:

    • Your name, department, instructor rank, teaching experience, teaching schedule during 2014-2015, and whether you will be using your own laptop
    • Your ability to make a yearlong commitment to participation in the FLC for your teaching and professional development
    • A brief description of how exploring the problems and possibilities of a digital project will help you meet your teaching goals
    • Team member names (for group projects only)
    • Ranking of areas of interest (e.g., mobile/emerging technologies, blogs/wikis, flipping the classroom, other)

    Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

    Additionally, please ask your department or course chair to send a brief email signifying his/her support for your participation in this program to John Whitney by the above date.

    Timeline

    Wednesday, April 30: Deadline for applications

    Week of April 28: Participants are notified of acceptance

    May 27-29: Workshop and kick-off

    September 2014 - April 2015: Learning Community Sessions (12-2 p.m.)

    • September 16, 2014
    • October 21, 2014
    • November 18, 2014
    • January 20, 2015
    • February 17, 2015
    • March 17, 2015
    • Hold: April 14, 2015

    April 2015: Submission of deliverables

    Tentative Kick-off Workshop Schedule

    Pre-Workshop: Participants will fill out a questionnaire detailing what pedagogical questions and what technological tools most interest them. Participants will also read specific readings prior to that day’s topics.

    • Click to Show/HideDay 1: Tuesday, May 27:
      Preparation/HW: Readings that provide an overview of key digital media issues in academic environments and that answer a list of questions to help participants identify their project
      Time Activity
      9:00-9:30 a.m. Registration
      9:30-10:00 a.m. Introductions
      10:00-11:00 a.m. “Why teach with digital media?” Discussion of Readings
      11:15 a.m.-12:00 pm. “Who is doing what?” Discussion of Readings
      12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
      1:00-2:30 p.m. Demonstrations of Technologies
      2:30-3:00 p.m. Group Brainstorming on Projects
      3:00-4:00 p.m. Break-Out Technology Sessions
    • Click to Show/HideDay 2: Wednesday, May 28:
      Preparation/HW: Readings about assessment of digital work, implementation in the classroom, and issues to be aware of (e.g., copyright issues); work on lab exercises
      Time Activity
      9:00-9:30 a.m. Housekeeping
      9:30-11:00 a.m. “How do I assess this?”
      11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Structured Lab Exercises
      12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
      1:00-2:30 p.m. Demonstrations of Technologies
      2:30-4:00 p.m. Lab Time
    • Click to Show/HideDay 3: Thursday, May 29:
      Time Activity
      9:00-9:30 a.m. Housekeeping
      9:30-10:30 a.m. “Looking Forward” and Next Steps
      10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Open Lab Time
      12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
      1:00-3:00 p.m. Project Showcase with Feedback
      3:00-4:00 p.m. Exit Interviews
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