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Abstract Title: Faculty Online Learning Communities to support physics teaching
Abstract: In conjunction with the Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshops, we are investigating mechanisms to further support new faculty in improving their teaching. Previous work indicates that many faculty return from the workshop excited and attempt to integrate workshop ideas into their teaching. Unfortunately, many struggle and slowly revert back to traditional instruction. Further, participants have requested ongoing support for their teaching efforts. We are investigating ways to provide such support by offering a Faculty Online Learning Community (FOLC) with a subset of workshop participants. The FOLC has a goal of supporting self-reflective teachers in a way that is sustainable. We have used several communities as models, including the Math/Twitter Blog-o-sphere and the Global Physics Department. We have also done research on the best uses of technology for communication. This talk will focus on results from our initial FOLC experience and plans for future FOLC offerings.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Andy Rundquist
Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Ave
MS B1807
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 6512521778
and Co-Presenter(s)
Melissa Dancy, Joel Corbo, Charles Henderson, Sandy Martinuk

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