Faculty Learning Communities
Looking to build cross-disciplinary networks with other UofL faculty who are interested in investigating teaching and learning innovations?
Adobe Creative Educators Faculty Learning Community 2021-22
Application Deadline: Friday, July 16, 2021
Regina (Gin) Presley
Undergraduate Program Coordinator & Internship Faculty Supervisor
Health & Sport Sciences/Sport Administration
College of Education and Human Development
- Summer 2021: One, 4-hour kick-off meeting – July 29, 12 – 4 p.m.
- Fall 2021: Five, 2-hour meetings – Thursdays, 2 – 4 p.m. on the following dates: Sept. 2, Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Nov. 2, Dec. 2.
- Spring 2022: – Two, 2-hour meetings – To be scheduled according to participant availability.
Description: In this learning community, faculty will explore teaching strategies that utilize the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of media production tools. Faculty participants will use various Adobe Creative Cloud applications to design classroom activities to improve student digital literacy skills.
The FLC will kick off with an extended session on July 29 and will meet throughout the fall and spring with the goal of each faculty member creating and implementing a digital assignment in a course they are teaching in spring 2022. The FLC will have face-to-face sessions in summer 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022. If necessary, sessions will switch to synchronous online.
- With the guidance of the co-facilitators, investigate digital literacy concepts and pedagogical applications through research, readings, and discussions while engaging with faculty peers in structured digital literacy activities and conversations.
- Engage in a variety of workshops to learn the use of Adobe Creative Cloud applications for media creation.
- Complete two levels of the Adobe Creative Educator badge program.
- Implement a digital-based media assignment in a class and share the creation and implementation process with peers and co-facilitators to garner feedback during the course of the FLC.
- Create and post the created media assignment with lesson plan to the Adobe Education Exchange. During the final session, present an assessment of their media assignment to the FLC (and possibly other invited faculty).
- Serve as an advocate in the UofL community to increase the use of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications.
Eligibility: Ten faculty members will be selected by the two co-facilitators to participate in this FLC, along with the two co-facilitators. This FLC is open to any faculty member planning to teach a class in the spring of 2022 at UofL. Priority will be given to faculty who are new or relatively new to the use of Adobe Creative Cloud and other media production software, as well as faculty who are new to UofL.
- If there are more than 5 additional qualified applicants beyond the ten selected, a second FLC section may be offered in the future.
- If there are fewer than 5 additional qualified applicants, the applicants will be offered a chance to work with the Digital Media Suite to develop a media assignment and explore the role of digital literacy and Adobe in the classroom.
Submit Your FLC Application
Application Deadline: Friday, July 16, 2021
Questions? Contact Jason Zahrndt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a Faculty Learning Community (FLC)?
A faculty learning community (FLC) is a cross-disciplinary cohort of 8-12 faculty who engage in a collaborative yearlong program to ask questions about teaching and learning, explore teaching innovations, assess the impact on student learning, and present and publish scholarship about their work.
What is the time commitment to participate?
Most FLCs meet monthly during the academic year for 2-3 hours per session, but session length and frequency vary by topic. Typically, each participant selects a project related to the topic to explore with the goal of disseminating learning at the conclusion of the FLC. Between sessions, participants read selected resources independently and share information related to the topic with the group.
What is the benefit of participating?
Most FLC participants report that the experience of collaborating with other faculty, across disciplinary boundaries, on topics of shared interest is stimulating and refreshing. Many develop new projects and research collaborations as a result. Others report gaining greater confidence and experiencing greater enjoyment as teachers.
What have other FLC participants said about their experience?
- “It was a pleasure being part of the FLC on adaptive learning. The FLC really made me consider my role as an instructor in a new light and helped me begin to grapple with the value and purpose (both for me and for them) of the work my students do in and outside of my classroom.”
— 2016-17 Adaptive Learning FLC Participant
- “I've really valued having a community to come every month or so to share, problem-solve, and learn together. I found this to be an uplifting space and time, I always left feeling inspired to try something new.”
— 2016-17 Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty Participant
- “The most enjoyable and educational piece of this FLC was the community. Receiving feedback on my own courses/implementation, hearing what works [and] doesn't work for other faculty, and generally discussing the practice of teaching was both educational and motivating, and I believe will ultimately improve my effectiveness as a teacher.”
— 2015-16 Collaborative Learning FLC Participant
- What I valued most was “the community we've built and the tangible ways in which I grew through the experience. My teaching is now a scholarly pursuit.”
— 2015-16 Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty Participant