Faculty Learning Communities (FLC)

A faculty learning community is a specifically structured learning community of faculty, instructors, and staff in higher education with a curriculum that enhances teaching and learning and includes the goals of building community, engaging in scholarly practice, and developing the scholarship of teaching and learning.  (Cox, 2019)

FLCs for Fall 2020:

  • Women of Color Learning Community

Coordinated by Louisa Nkrumah

The Women of Color Learning Community is a space for women of color to discuss teaching and learning at the University of Maryland, address challenges faced in their roles, explore strategies to overcome them and build a supportive community.

Meeting times to be determined, likely will start in late October. If interested please apply today!

  • Queer Faculty Learning Community

Coordinated by Alice Donlan, TLTC

The Queer Faculty Learning Community is a space for instructors from the LGBTQ+ community to discuss teaching and learning at the University of Maryland in an online, blended, and in-person context. We will use the TLTC's Fearless Teaching Framework to guide discussions of classroom climate, course content, evidence-based teaching practices, and valid assessment strategies through a queer lens. We will work to grow in our teaching practices, build community, and support LGBTQ+ instructors.

Meets every other Friday, from 1-2 pm. Start date to be determined. Meetings will be hosted in Zoom. If interested, email adonlan@umd.edu

  • Online Course Design Learning Community

Coordinated by Louisa Nkrumah

Spend time with like-minded faculty in these online sessions, once every two weeks. Explore concepts deeply, through reading, discussion, and reflection and put online best practices to use in your own course(s). Each meeting, participants will share their experiences with online teaching and learning and brainstorm solutions for common challenges. 

Meets every other Wednesday from 10-11:30 am, Start date to be determined, likely in late October. Meetings will be hosted in Zoom.

This is recommended for instructors who have already participated in a Design Sprint or who are otherwise experienced at teaching online and blended courses.

If you are interested, apply today!

  • Digital Fluency Learning Community

Coordinated by Mary Kot, Academic Technology & Innovation

The focus of this learning community is to explore ways to promote digital fluency as a core competency for students.  Participants review scholarship and share strategies for enabling students to discover meaning, design content, construct knowledge and communicate ideas in a digitally connected world.

The FLC meets at 10 am on the 3rd Friday of the month during the fall and spring terms.  Email marykot@umd.edu or zdeb@umd.edu to be enrolled in the ELMS-Canvas space that supports the community. Meetings will be hosted in Zoom.

(on hiatus for the 2020-2021 academic year.)

(on hiatus for the 2020 - 2021 academic year.)



  • FLCs will be offered if there are at least 6 interested participants. Some FLCs will have capacity limits of 12 or 15 people for optimal community building.

  • Unless indicated otherwise in the description, the FLC meeting times will be decided based upon a schedule that works for the majority of interested participants.

  • FLCs will be expected to identify a deliverable that benefits the individuals within the group (e.g. completion of a teaching portfolio or ELMS course space), groups within the UMD, or broader higher education community (e.g. summary of best practices, recommendations or guidelines for faculty).