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Universal Design for Learning (UDL): UDL Faculty Learning Community

Created for a faculty inquiry group project on UDL.

About Faculty Learning Communities

A faculty learning community (FLC) is a group of 5 to 7 cross-disciplinary faculty engaging in an active, collaborative, year-long program with a curriculum regarding the enhancement of teaching and learning. Each FLC makes curricular redesign efforts to address a special campus or divisional teaching and learning need, issue, or opportunity (e.g., accessibility).  Evidence shows that FLCs increase faculty interest in teaching and learning and provide safety and support for faculty to investigate, attempt, assess, and adopt newer methods.

The process includes frequent seminars and activities that provide learning, development, scholarship of teaching and learning insight, and community building.  FLC members work together to reflect on their teaching and providing critical feedback to each other as to infusing UDL within their courses. Training in the structure and format of the EnACT~PTD, FLC is offered through a Universal Design for Learning workshop.

FLC participants select a course to which they: apply the curricular innovation (treatment); assess student learning (effect); and present their results.  These faculty members engage in monthly seminars and a retreat, if feasible.  For further information, see the UDL-FLC Video Case Story.

Faculty Learning Community, Scholarly Articles

Note, these articles are from outside of EnACT~PTD and some of them still need to address accessibility issues.

Faculty Developer Tips

In addition to the following FLC information and implementation files, those wanting to establish a FLC should view the "Faculty Learning Communities for Course Redesign" online video case story.

FLCs at Other Institutions of Higher Education