The Center for Teaching and Learning is happy to announce three Faculty Learning Communities that have been funded through the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges:

Using Mindfulness Practices to Enhance Teaching and Learning: Mindfulness practices help to develop present moment awareness and are effective in reducing stress and increasing focus and concentration. Members of this FLC will examine and experience ways to bring mindfulness practices into the classroom and work environment with a goal of reducing the stress that may be an obstacle to effective teaching and learning.  Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system.  Contact FLC facilitator Laurie Adamnson at ladamson@olympic.edu

Engaging and Accessible: Achieving Quality Matters Standards in Online Teaching:
This group will examine ways to optimize student engagement and assure accessibility for all online students. We will explore various technologies and engage in some creative problem-solving in order to develop course material that is mindful of accessibility issues, yet still engaging and interactive.  Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system.  Contact FLC facilitator Jessica Thompson at jthompson@olympic.edu

Transitioning a Face-to-Face course to a Hybrid Course using the Quality Matters™ Rubric Standards and Best Practices for Blended Learning:
This multi-discipline faculty group will be completing the basic Applying the Quality Matters Rubric course(APPQMR) , the special Quality Matters course “Designing Your Blended Course”, and researching best practices for hybrid/flipped course designs.  They will then each take a Face-to-Face class and convert it to hybrid delivery applying the QM Rubric and best practices.  Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC facilitator Kathy Bright at kbright@olympic.edu


Each quarter the OC FLCs will host a lunch open to members of the campus wishing to learn more about the FLCs and their projects.

Additionally, each FLC will be sharing their lessons with the campus community through various workshops and trainings. Upcoming events will be included in the CTL Calendar and announced to the campus.


If you would like to learn more about forming your own FLC please contact the CTL at center @olympic.edu