Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Fall 2017

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).

2017-2018 Professional Learning Communities

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  • Charlie Sweet and Hal Blythe 
    First Meeting Time: Friday, Aug. 22, 2017, 11:00am

    The Creative Community invites fiction-writers interested in collabowriting a novel to join. Would-be participants must have published fiction (either short stories or novels) and must contact Charlie Sweet about their desire to join. The semester project is a publishable novel.

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  • Heather Beirne, Ashley Cole, Trenia Napier, and Sarah Richardson
    Location: John Grant Crabbe Library Cul-de-Sac
    First Meeting: Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, 2:00-3:00pm (Subsequent meetings to be determined based on participants' schedules) 

    ACRL’s new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education encourages librarians and faculty to collaboratively support students in developing metacognitive approaches to the research process that encourage deep learning. Participants will partner with a librarian to establish new and innovative ways to develop students' research and information literacy skills within the context of a particular discipline, setting students up for future success at Eastern Kentucky University. Over the course of eleven weeks, librarians and teaching faculty will workshop current or new assignments or learning experiences to incorporate the ACRL Framework into information literacy instruction in the discipline. We encourage participants from all disciplines

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  • Shirley O'Brien, Charlie Sweet, and Russell Carpenter
    Location: Noel Studio Conference Room
    First Meeting Time: Friday, September 8, 2017, 9:00 - 10:00am

    SoTL (the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) is probably the least understood type of scholarship, but the one that may be most appropriate for Eastern’s mission.  For many, if only because of the APA style, producing SoTL is difficult.  Using It Works for Me with SoTL and Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (provided to participants), the three facilitators—Rusty Carpenter, Shirley O’Brien, and Charlie Sweet—will guide participants toward a SoTL publication.  The PLC is limited to 12 faculty members.

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