FLCs for 2011-2012

Making the Academic More than academic: Exploring Opportunities to Connect Classroom Learning with Civic Engagement

Jill Severn and Jan Levinson
Here at the University of Georgia, civic engagement has long been at the core of its educational and outreach mission as a land grant institution.  This FLC will explore some new approaches such as National Issues Forums Institute’s deliberative dialogues ,  Everyday Democracy’s Study Circles, and The World Café model as creative tools for transforming academic learning into lifelong knowledge and engagement with the broader world.   The FLC will also evaluate the challenges and implications of this meshing of academic learning with civic engagement for students and for instructors.

Evidence-based Practice in the Health Professions

Drs. Ron Cervero and Mark Ebell
Evidence-based practice (EBP) has emerged over the past decade as a critical movement in healthcare education and practice. EBP helps clinicians, patients, and others identify and integrate the best available evidence into health care decisions. This paradigm is central to emerging work in comparative effectiveness research, development of practice guidelines, and quality improvement initiatives. We hope to explore evidence-based practice from the perspective of the learner, teacher, and researcher. It is not limited to those in the health professions, and we hope to encourage dialogue about EBP among scholars in all disciplines.

Educational Technology and Institutional Change

Dr. David Noah
Emerging technologies are changing our culture, not least in education.  Some of these changes, broadly conceived, challenge the stability of institutions of higher education.  Podcasting, for instance, might erode the standard classroom experience by offering alternative ways to disseminate information.  The democratization of information sources—Wikipedia, bloggers, comment streams—challenges the authority of centralized learning.  What could universities look like in 20 or 50 years?  What should we be paying attention to today?  Is the university on the verge of becoming an educational dinosaur?  How do institutions change?  In this FLC we will discuss these challenges and consider ways to introduce ideas about institutional change into our own campus discussion.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) FLC

Denise Domizi and Sherry Clouser

Green Leaves:  Ecocrit Conversations

Ron Balthazor and Paul Quick

Globalizing the Curriculum: Trends, Driving Forces, Cross-Cultural Exchanges

Uttiyo Raychaudhuri

Educational Games

Dr. David Noah

Everything You Wanted to Know About Teaching But Were Afraid to Ask:  Exploring teaching topics in higher education

Tom Reichert and Paul Quick
Designed for faculty interested in exploring what other people are doing in their classes to improve teaching and student learning as well as motivation, this FLC will explore topics determined by the group and discussed at meetings with the goal of implementing small or large changes in course design, teaching technique, use of classroom time, teaching and learning activities, active learning, improving assignments and more. Dr. Reichert is an Advertising professor in the Grady College whose teaching specialties include an array of advertising courses, as well as media sales and political campaign strategy. Dr. Paul Quick is the coordinator of faculty and TA programs at the Center for Teaching and Learning.

FLC for New Department Heads

Prof. Nelson Hilton

Your First First-Year Odyssey

Dr. Leslie Gordon
 Are you currently teaching a First-Year Odyssey seminar or planning to teach a seminar in spring 2012?  If so, please join us!  We will examine a range of topics, from the goals of the FYO seminars to helpful teaching techniques to assessment of student learning objectives.  Participants may suggest other areas we might want to explore throughout the year. Our goal is to seize the opportunity to make this unique new experience beneficial for students and faculty alike, and to share our progress with faculty who follow us in the coming years.

Building and sustaining a qualitative research community

Profs. Jerry Gale and Aliki Nicolaides