A Professional Learning Club (PLC) is a group of six to eight faculty members who meet to collaboratively reflect on and improve their teaching practices. Participation involves one academic year of exploring, implementing, and evaluating empirically-grounded instructional strategies with the goal of improving student learning and engagement.
Why should you join a PLC?
- To build an interdisciplinary support system to share struggles, lessons learned, and achievements.
- To schedule much-needed time to reflect on your teaching and your students’ learning.
- To share ideas for improving student engagement, making your classes more enjoyable for both you and your students.
- To collaboratively design strategies that increase deep learning, as opposed to surface learning.
- To contribute to the scholarship of teaching & learning via, for example, conference presentations or publications.
These are just a handful of reasons to sign up for a PLC. But don’t simply take our word for it. Here’s what current PLC participants have to say:
“Your students will thank you for participating in TLT’s PLC. This is a terrific (and cost effective) way to improve your teaching. I love the fact that faculty can share best practices and have the opportunity to implement them over an entire year.” – Lancie Affonso, Computer Science, Management and Marketing
“Join a PLC because it offers great opportunities to reflect on your teaching, which so many of us struggle to find enough time for! I also really enjoyed the sense of community it provided us as we worked together to discuss individual issues we were struggling with in our classes.” – Kelley White, Teacher Education
Interested? We’re currently accepting applications for Fall 2016 – Spring 2017. Applying is simple and TLT will help you find other like-minded colleagues to work with.
Want to know more before you apply? Visit: tlt.cofc.edu/faculty-services/plc