Center for Teaching Excellence
Georgia Southern University

Learning Communities

2018-19 Topics

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER) have been on the discussion table for several years. Perhaps you have thought about incorporating OERs into your own courses? Perhaps you wonder how this is possible, or when/how you would ever find the time to revamp a course? Join the OER Faculty Learning Community and explore your options. Academic Librarians and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) will provide guidance in types/availability/options of OER materials, as well as guidance in designing a course using OER. Faculty who participate will work towards building a proposal to submit to Affordable Learning Georgia for an upcoming round of Textbook Transformation Grants.

September 12, 26, October 10, 24, November 710:00-11:00 a.m

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

In this learning community for instructors new to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), participants work through the steps of developing a SoTL project for their course in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.

  • Fall 2018 – SoTL FLC starts on Statesboro Campus
  • Spring 2019 – SoTL FLC starts on Armstrong Campus (Dates TBD)

Applications for Fall FLC will be accepted from August 1 to August 21, 2017 

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Understanding Students to Foster Success

When you talk about your students, do you find yourself beginning many of your sentences with, “My students should know…” or “My students should have learned X in high school, but…” ? The purpose of this FLC is to get to know our students so we can better prepare them to succeed in their college careers. Who are Georgia Southern Students? What competencies do they have, and what competencies can we help them develop to become successful college students? In the context of our student population, we will review literature on “Generation Z” to understand their strengths and challenges as learners. By the end of this FLC, you will gain a deeper understanding of who your students are and pedagogical strategies you can employ to promote improved learning in your classroom.

Understanding Students to Foster Success FLC
October 16, 23, 30, November 611:00-12:15 p.m

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Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are groups of trans-disciplinary faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and professional staff engaging in a collaborative program focused on teaching, learning, research, and/ or other aspects of academic life over an extended period of time.

(from “What is a Faculty and Professional Learning Community?” Miami University of Ohio)

FLC members apply what they learn to the courses they teach or other work areas, assess the results, and share the results of their work with colleagues and the campus community.


  • Build university-wide community around teaching and learning;
  • Facilitate engagement with current research and innovations in Higher Education teaching and learning;
  • Encourage evidence-based teaching practices, scholarly teaching, and the scholarship of teaching and learning;
  • Increase faculty collaboration across disciplines;
  • Create awareness that good teaching is serious intellectual work, which benefits from sustained effort, informed innovation, formative assessment, and ongoing professional development.

Expectations for FLC Members

  • Commit to regular participation in FLC meetings;
  • Depending of the specific FLC goals, prepare a final presentation (poster or panel presentation) or report to share insights and learning outcomes with the Georgia Southern community.

Contact the CTL at or 912-478-0049 for more information on current learning communities.

Last updated: 8/27/2018

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