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Abstract Title: The Importance of Community Formation in Faculty Online Learning Communities
Abstract: In 2015 we ran our first Faculty Online Learning Community (FOLC) to support new faculty in the year following their attendance at the Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop (NFW).  FOLC cohorts meet biweekly via a video conferencing program and connect between meetings using an asynchronous communication platform.  Our FOLCs are designed to create a support network among members as they navigate the challenges of implementing techniques learned at the NFW.  We hypothesized that community formation would be an important part of the FOLC experience and this poster describes our initial analysis of the role of community in the FOLCs based on data from three completed cohorts. We analyze post-interviews of participants and report on the sense of community they experienced and the parts of the community they valued. The poster will also present aspects of the FOLC that facilitated community formation as well as barriers to such formation.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alexandra Lau
Department of Physics, University of Colorado Boulder
and Co-Presenter(s)
Melissa H. Dancy, Department of Physics, University of Colorado Boulder
Joel C. Corbo, Center for STEM Learning, University of Colorado Boulder
Charles Henderson, Department of Physics, Western Michigan University
Andy Rundquist, Department of Physics, Hamline University

Contributed Poster

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