Faculty Learning Communities

Please RSVP to fctl@ferris.edu or call 231-591-3826 for all events.

Faculty Learning Communities  

Book Discussion Group: Five Perspectives on Teaching in Adult and Higher Education

Facilitator:  Julie Rowan

Tuesdays, 4-5 PM; October 8–November 19, 2013 (7 days)
4-5 PM; FLITE 405

Dan Pratt’s classic book, combined with his Teaching Perspectives Inventory, offers faculty members an opportunity to gain deeper insights into different approaches to and beliefs about teaching and learning.  This book discussion group will be an opportunity to learn more about yourself and your colleagues…. You’ll also discover ways to strengthen your current teaching strategies and explore new methods.


Facilitator: Julie Rowan

Friday, November 22; Monday, November 25; Monday, December 2
9-11 AM; FLITE 108

The Presentation Zen faculty learning community is based upon the book by Garr Reynolds, communications expert and presentation designer. The author reminds us that PowerPoint is not inherently a bad tool, and avoiding common pitfalls will help us improve the quality of our presentations. In this learning community we will:

  • Learn a new process to foster our creativity as we build our presentations
  • Learn some basic design principles
  • Find and use images to enhance the message of our presentation
  • Learn how to use PowerPoint and other complimentary technology tools more effectively.

Upon successful completion of the work associated with the learning community, you will receive a Professional Development Incentive of $200.

Please RSVP by calling 591-3826 or e-mailing us at fctl@ferris.edu. 

Quality Matters™ at FSU—Online

Facilitator: Julie Rowan

September 30–November 22, 2013

This Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is aimed at helping faculty members design high quality online or blended courses.  The learning experience is based on the Quality Matters™ Rubric (http://www.qualitymatters.org/rubric).  Participants will learn how the Rubric can be used to design courses that are easy to navigate, have clear learning objectives that are tied to engaging learning activities and relevant assessments, provide for interactive learning experiences, and enable students to access supportive academic and student services.  Participants should expect to spend about 3 hours each week on FLC activities.