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Faculty Learning Communities for online instructors

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Faculty Learning Communities are a great way to connect with other online faculty to share teaching tools, resources and best practices. There is a Faculty Learning Community focused on online teaching and learning issues at each PCC campus, and a virtual community as well.

You are invited to participate at any campus. Bring a strategy you would like to share.

Upcoming Sessions

Rock Creek

Dealing with difficult students online (RC TLC)
May 11 (M), 12:00pm – 1:00pm, RC TLC
with guest: Jeff Lamont, Retention Coordinator

End of Year: Celebrating our successes! (RC TLC)
June 3 (W), 12:00pm – 1:00pm


The Perfect Module
May 6 (W), 2:00 – 3:00, CA TLC (CH 102)
Facilitator: Rondi Schei

Is there such a thing as “the perfect module?” What would it look like? Bring your ideas to share.


No SE sessions scheduled at this time.


What makes an engaging home page?
May 13 (W), 11:00 – 12:00
Facilitator: Rhonda Collier

See other instructor’s course homepages and discuss the different ways that course homepages can be used to improve student engagement in an online course.

Virtual Sessions

Location: All sessions take place in our virtual room.

Effective feedback strategies
May 11 (M), 10:00am – 11:00am
with guests: Rebecca Robinson (MSD), Tani McBeth (Psychology), Laura Sanders (English)

What are some effective strategies for providing feedback to students? Do students even see your feedback? Is audio feedback a helpful option? Come discuss your concerns and your own ideas.

Archived virtual sessions

Student engagement, instructor presence & building community
April 20, 2015, with Tani McBeth (Psychology), Doug Jones (CS), Lori Wamsley (Education)


Faculty Learning Communities can be an excellent way to stimulate innovation and to increase communication and collaboration among faculty who are often isolated from their colleagues. Join us to share your ideas!