Learning Communities

What is a Learning Community?

Learning Communities (LCs), formerly known as Faculty Learning Communities, are ongoing discussion groups that allow MSU colleagues to gather from across departments in order to discuss and develop their skills around a specific teaching and learning topic.

Each Learning Community is comprised of 6-12 faculty, academic staff and academic administrators, who have an interest in and commitment to attending discussion sessions on a regular basis throughout the academic year. Each community is led by two facilitators who are MSU faculty members, academic administrators, and/or academic staff members.

If you are interested in joining a Learning Community,  please contact one of its co-facilitators. Communities meet throughout the academic year.

Are you interested in starting your own Learning Community?

Proposals will be submitted for 2018-19 online via Qualtrics. See the Proposal Form for directions on what information to propose.

Proposals to continue already existing Learning Communities should include information on what was accomplished in 2017-18 and what you want to achieve in 2018-2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Patti Stewart at 517-432-2033, or by email at ps@msu.edu, or Michael Lockett at lockettm@msu.edu

History of the Faculty Learning Community Initiative

A number of years ago, MSU faculty expressed a desire for sustained conversations on college teaching and learning to complement the Lilly program and the Teaching & Learning Spring Conference. In response to these requests, the Office of Faculty and Organizational Development, AAN’s predecessor, applied for membership in the Research University Consortium for the Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (RUCASTL), sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, with Faculty Learning Communities as the core of our proposed campus project.

In Spring 2004, the Office of Faculty and Organizational Development launched a new initiative to create and support ongoing faculty-led discussion groups on focused topics on teaching and learning entitled Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). FLCs have been a successful program ever since. AAN will continue building communities of practice, even as we change the name to be more inclusive of all the educators at MSU.