Staff from a collection of campus support units are on site to work with faculty individually or to determine the best course of action and the appropriate team for larger efforts. The Commons is also available if faculty just need a place to work or meet with colleagues outside their office.
Faculty Commons online presence will be a compendium of resources from partnering support units as well as faculty. As the Commons' website develops, it will deliver self-service and staff-assisted help, best practices from UD and other institutions, collected calendars, training sessions, and funding opportunities, all within an online environment conducive to community building among faculty.
Where? Pearson Hall 116.
When? Grand Opening: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
The University of Delaware has a rich set of resources for teaching, but finding your way to them may involve deciphering an organizational chart or an alphabet soup of acronyms.
Faculty Commons is a shared space that incorporates expertise from every unit on campus that supports teaching and faculty who teach.
Principally, those units are
At Faculty Commons, faculty can learn from support staff, other faculty, or by participating in an event.
All teaching faculty will have an opportunity to define their teaching needs and receive assistance from staff in the units developing Faculty Commons, while taking advantage of a variety of flexible and informal spaces.
The flexible learning space includes an experimental/concept classroom. This classroom can function as a blank slate with plenty of furniture and technology options for faculty to draw upon and arrange to suit their needs. The space can be configured to try out new approaches in classroom instruction, to innovate with emerging technologies, and to model configurations that merit wider adoptions across campus.
The flexible learning space also has implications for online
teaching. Faculty can explore the best ways to interact with students, present content, and evaluate learning in an online environment.
Learning is a social activity. One of the first things you'll notice about Faculty Commons is that it's designed for comfort and camaraderie. Faculty can relax with a hot or cold beverage, settle in comfortably, and chat with others who have a passion for teaching.
Perhaps you're interested in another place to get work done outside the office--you're welcome to stop by and take advantage of the flexible workspace arrangements.
Staff from all the units supporting Faculty Commons are looking forward to getting acquainted with faculty who are interested in new possibilities for teaching.
Faculty Commons online presence will develop into a compendium of resources from both Commons staff and UD faculty. It will deliver self-service and staff-assisted help, best practices from UD and elsewhere, collected calendars, training sessions, and funding opportunities, all within an online environment conducive to community building among faculty.
Faculty Commons is a new concept on campus and its presence is still being defined. We look forward to faculty participation and input on what should be included, best delivery mechanisms, and how Faculty Commons should evolve to best meet the changing needs of UD faculty.