Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Spring 2018

What is a PLC?

A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a cross-disciplinary group of 8-12 faculty and academic staff who engage in a collaborative semester-long program to ask questions about innovations in teaching and learning, explore teaching innovations, and generate products of value to the campus community (e.g., surveys, policy papers, teaching tools, presentations, and manuscripts).

A PLC usually consists of several basic traits:

  • Cross-disciplinary (often combining faculty and professional staff)

  • 8-12 members (plus two facilitators)

  • Active, collaborative learning experience

  • Regular structured scholarly activities and discussions

  • Semester-length (though some run one year)

  • Often creates an end product (e.g., scholarship, conference, presentation, syllabus revision).

Spring 2018 Professional Learning Communities

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  • Dr. Lisa Bosley and Dr. Jill Parrott
    First Meeting Time TBD

    Critical reading is a foundational skill for success in college, yet students often can't or don't read assigned texts in their classes. Using Critical Reading in Higher Education, a recent, multidisciplinary study as a guide, this PLC will examine the role of reading for learning in our courses, practice metacognitive strategies for active reading, and design critical reading assignments and assessments that can help students read with purpose and develop as critical readers. Facilitators are Lisa Bosley and Jill Parrott. Participation is limited to those who have attended at least one critical reading Teaching and Learning Innovative series session or the Learner Level of the Critical Reading DEEP Course.  

    Register for Critical Reading PLC

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