Xavier University
2011 (
January - December) Faculty Learning Community
Description and Member Application


FLC Topic: Using technologies to extend classes beyond the classroom

Faculty Facilitators:
Rashmi Assudani (Management and Entrepreneurship) and Stephen Yandell (English)

The FLC on TECHNOLOGY includes 12 members participating in a year-long discussion beginning January 2011 on what it means for Xavier to offer pedagogically effective online/hybrid courses. Meetings will include guest speakers, scholarly readings, and a consideration of key topics and best practices: online discussions, assignments, testing, academic dishonesty, international education, classroom community, intellectual property, and technological options. Participants will come from multiple departments, and previous experience with online or hybrid courses is neither required nor expected. Participants will complete a course-related project during the year, incorporating (or reassessing one?s current use of) one or more technology components in their courses. Additionally, FLC members will share results with their departments and the university community. This FLC is being imagined as an initial set of conversations regarding the benefits and pitfalls of enhanced technology use in courses, and a breadth of voices is vital to deliberate on this topic.

FLC members

Rashmi Assudani, Management & Entrepreneurship (FLC co-facilitator)
Jennifer Beste, Theology
Shannon Byrne, Classics and HAB program
Elaine Crable, Management Information Systems
Sheila Doran, Mathematics & Computer Science
Lynda Kilbourne, Management & Entrepreneurship
Rhonda Norman, Counseling
Linda Schmid, Nursing
Kaleel Skeirik, Music
Trudelle Thomas, English
Dana Tindall, Discovery Services / CTE / Art
Stephen Yandell, English (FLC co-facilitator)


Participants were be selected from full-time faculty interested in exploration of this topic and able to make the commitment to engaging in a year-long community. Criteria for selection include: commitment to reflective teaching, openness to new ideas, level of interest in the program, commitment to full participation in the community, and potential for contributions to the group. We are seeking both participants who have no experience and those who may have some experience with ?Using technologies to extend classes beyond the classroom.? Each participant will receive between $250 and $500 in professional development money, with the precise amount to be determined by the FLC members as they together establish the FLC?s $10,000 budget. This budget may also be used to fund off-campus visits, retreats, visiting speakers, food, and other relevant expenses.

Questions?
Feel free to contact the FLC facilitators about this particular FLC:

Rashmi Assudani (Management and Entrepreneurship) assudanir@xavier.edu
Stephen Yandell (English) yandell@xavier.edu

For general questions about FLCs, please see the CTE website or contact:
David Mengel, faculty director of the CTE
mengel@xavier.edu