Faculty Learning Communities

The Quad-POD Consortium is excited to offer a Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) Program across all four Flint high education institutions (Baker College, Kettering University, Mott Community College and UM-Flint).

We believe that while each institution may have its own culture, we have many commonalities too - especially where student learning is involved. We are excited about the conversations, sharing of teaching ideas and implementation of new practices that can result from these scholarly interactions. Each FLC member should select a course they will transform through insights gained from FLC participation. We expect FLC projects and their results to be shared at Quad-POD events and hopefully regional and/or national conferences.

2017-2018 Faculty Learning Community Program

2017 Workshop

The Quad-POD Consortium will present the following event:
Webinar & Workshop
The Unwritten Rules of College: Creating "Transparent" Assignments that Increase Underserved College Students' Success
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mott Community College Event Center (parking available in lot adjacent to the Event Center/Library)
Facilitated by Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Phd, Director of Instructional Development and Research, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Workshop Description:
Transparent teaching/learning practices make learning processes explicit while offering opportunities to foster students' metacognition, confidence, and their sense of belonging in college in an effort to promote student success equitably. A 2016 publication identifies transparent assignment design as a replicable teaching intervention that significantly enhances students' learning and retention, with greater gains for historically underserved students [Winkelmes et al, Peer Review, Spring 2016].
Dr. Winkelmes will facilitate the workshop remotely and review the findings as well as educational research behind the concept of transparent teaching/learning in this session. Faculty will then apply the research to the design of class activities and course assignments. Participants will leave with a draft assignment or activity for one of their courses, and a concise set of strategies for designing transparent assignments that promote students’ learning.



About Quad-POD

Quad-POD (Professional Organizational Developers) is a consortium of leaders from the four institutions of higher education in Genesee County and includes Baker College of Flint, Kettering University, Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint.

Quad-POD recognizes that quality teaching practices benefit students directly and that faculty need to be engaged in continuous professional development as teachers. Faculty are encouraged to become more reflective about their teaching practices, familiar with the literature regarding effective teaching and learning practices, and incorporate new methods and technologies into their teaching. We encourage faculty to learn and share successful practices to improve learning outcomes and increase cooperation among institutions. 


Past Events

The Quad-POD Consortium was pleased to host the following:

2017 The Importance of Teacher Empathy in Student Success featuring Katherine Rowell, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Sinclair Community College

2017 The Mayhem of Teaching; Mistakes, Miscues and Misunderstandings featuring Katherine Rowell, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Sincalir Community College

2016 Recognizing and Ameliorating Implicit Bias in the University Setting featuring Mathew L. Ouellett, PhD, Associate Provost and Director, Office of Teaching and Learning, Wayne State University

2016 Motivating & Engaging Students: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning, featuring Todd Zakrajsek, Co-author, The New Science of Learning and Associate Professor, University of North Carolina

2015 The College Fear Factor featuring Rebecca Cox, PhD, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

2014 Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of the College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning featuring Jose Bowen, PhD, Dean, Meadows School for the Arts, Southern Methodist University

2012 What Do the Best College Teachers Do? featuring Ken Bain, PhD, Provost, University of District of Columbia

2008 Helping Students Emerge as Critical Thinkers featuring Stephen Brookfield, PhD, Professor, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis

2007 Engaging Students at Higher Cognitive Levels featuring Susie Whittington, PhD, Associate Professor, Ohio State University

2006 Classroom Teaching Strategies, Practices that Foster Deeper Learning featuring Barbara J. Millis, PhD, Director of the Excellence in Teaching Program, University of Nevada-Reno

2005 Team-based Learning featuring Larry Michaelson, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Oklahoma