COVID-19: Increasing Support for Online Teaching

Faculty Learning Communities



What are Faculty Learing Communities (FLCs)?

FLCs are small groups of instructors that come together periodically to discuss a particular topic, issue, or practice. The goal is to advance teaching and learning through reflection, dialogue, and peer support, while building networks among instructors with common interests and a diversity of experience. There are a number of different opportunities to join an FLC on campus, including the TLTC's Elevate Fellows Program, the Office of Undergraduate Studies' Faculty Fellows Program, and various groups organized within colleges and departments. The TLTC routinely hosts a number of FLCs in the Fall and Spring semesters. 


Spring 2020 FLCs:


Online Course Design Learning Community
FLC Coordinator: Louisa Nkrumah, Teaching and Learning Transformation Center


Spend time with like-minded faculty in these biweekly, in-person sessions. Explore concepts deeply, through reading, discussion, and reflection and put online best practices into use with your course. This community will use the book, Jumpstart Your Online Classroom, to discuss aspects of online course design. Over the semester, participants will specifically work to design or revise a fully-online course within ELMS.  During the last learning community session, participants will share their newly designed or revised courses.

This FLC is open to any instructor of record at UMD, and the TLTC will provide a copy of the book for FLC participants. Limited spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meeting Times:

  • Biweekly: Wednesday's from 10-11:30am.
  • Runs from February 12th - May 6th.


  • Can attend at least 4 out of the 7 learning community sessions.
  • Have a specific fully-online course to create or revise.
  • Are brand new to online teaching, online course design, and/or have taught online once or twice and want to improve.

If interested and meet the requirements Apply Today!


Diversity and Inclusion Learning Community: Queer Faculty Learning Community

FLC Coordinator: Alice Donlan, Teaching and Learning Transformation Center

Back by popular demand! The Queer Faculty Learning Community is a space for instructors from the LGBTQ+ community to discuss teaching and learning at the University of Maryland. 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 on campus.

Biweekly: Friday's from 1-2pm. Start date to be determined.

If interested email


Please note:

  • The FLC will be offered if we get at least 6 participants. Some in-person FLCs will be capped at approximately 12 participants.

  • 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.

  • Unless indicated otherwise, FLC meetings are in-person. 

  • 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).

  • Where applicable, TLTC will consider requests for funding to disseminate an FLC’s deliverable(s) to a broader audience (e.g. campus workshop or conference presentation).