Faculty Learning Community: Challenges in Teaching Large-Enrollment Courses

The USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) announces a Faculty Learning Community pilot, a community of practice open to all faculty. Members of the year-long Faculty Learning Community will divide into self-selected cohorts to tackle challenges in teaching large-enrollment courses (75+ students).

This interdisciplinary experience is designed to be a space where faculty share ideas, seek support from one another for problem solving, and discuss effective practices. Each cohort in the community will produce a project that will be shared with USC colleagues at the April 11 CET Faculty Showcase.

The Faculty Learning Community includes a series of facilitated monthly Zoom meetings held on Mondays from 1:30pm – 3:00pm Pacific time. The community will be limited to 24 participants.

Participants will be expected to

  • Teach a large-enrollment course in Spring 2022
  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Self-select a community cohort to work with throughout the academic year
  • Actively participate and collaborate with colleagues in their cohort
  • Complete a project, selected and created by the cohort
  • Present the completed project to USC community during the April CET Faculty Showcase

Dates and agendas of Live Zoom Sessions 

Monday from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Pacific Time

  • August 30: Needs assessment
  • September 27: Sharing of research and literature review
  • October 25: Cohort decision on project topic and design
  • November 22: Facilitated workshop time
  • January 10: Peer presentations, critique and feedback
  • February 7: Facilitated workshop time
  • March 7: Finalize presentations and projects
  • April 11: CET Faculty Showcase presentations

Register for the 2021-2022 Faculty Learning Community

For questions about the CET Faculty Learning Community program, contact Ingrid Steiner at ingridst@usc.edu

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