This semester we would like to facilitate a FLC around the topic of Teaching Large Classes. Teaching large classes is a challenge faced by every university and VCU is no exception. The context of large classes highlights many of the teaching and learning challenges faced by VCU faculty. Our feeling is that sharing information, success stories, resources and even failed innovations would allow faculty to identify solutions and best practices that could serve as a knowledge base for the university community.
This first learning community will serve as a pilot for others covering different topics and different cohorts. As such, your work will involve the exploration of the large class theme, as well as exploring how FLCs can be formed and sustained. Initial expectations include:
- Meet twice a month throughout the Spring and Fall 2005 semester
- Identify key issues to be explored by the community
- Actively participate in discussions and creation of ideas
- Eventually incorporate and report on changes in your large class, based on your work in the FLC
- As a community, share your knowledge of Teaching Large Classes with the VCU faculty community through either a web site or some other medium
- As a community, share your thoughts / plans about creating, supporting and sustaining additional FLCs at VCU.
- Collaboratively create an Online Resource Guide for faculty who teach large enrollment courses at VCU.