The PLCs for academic year 2015-16 were:
Connected Learning and Building Online Community
Connected Learning and Building Online Community with Andy Herzog, sponsored by UTA Libraries
Research shows that students who feel more connected to fellow students and their faculty members are more likely to be successful and continue with their studies. For this reason, this professional learning community will focus on strategies that help students build online learning networks and develop a digital identity. Participation will include attending the Online Learning Consortium International Conference October 29-31, 2014, Orlando, Florida.
Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources with Peggy Semingson, sponsored by LINK Lab
Participants will redesign a course to include Open Educational Resources (OER) which provide opportunities to try new ways of teaching and learning, many of which are more collaborative and participatory, while also reducing the costs of textbooks for students. Participation includes attendance at the 11th Annual Open Education Conference, November 19-21, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Tech Tools for Teaching and Learning
Tech Tools for Teaching and Learning with Diane Mitschke, sponsored by LINK Lab
This professional learning community (PLC) will focus on learning about various web-based and other technological tools that can be used in the classroom to facilitate learning, engagement, and communication. Topics covered will include experimentation with education-related apps and software, use of social media, and expanding the reach of Blackboard, among others. Participation includes attendance at the Teaching Professor Technology Conference, October 10-12, Denver, CO.
Retooling the Core
Retooling the Core with Laurel Mayo, sponsored by LINK Lab
Participants will work in teams to incorporate technology tools and high engagement strategies in core curriculum courses with a focus on student success and retention. Possible approaches include flipping the classroom, team-based learning, and learning analytics. Participation includes group attendance in the Teaching Professor Technology Conference, October 10-12, Denver, CO.