Professional Learning Communities
A PLC (Professional Learning Community) is a very effective method of professional development for faculty and professional staff.
A PLC consists of several basic traits:
- Usually cross-disciplinary (often combining faculty and professional staff)
- 8-12 members or less (plus two facilitators)
- Active, collaborative learning experience
- Regular structured scholarly activities (with a scholarly text as focus)
- Semester-length (though some run a year)
- Payment of a stipend (plus allowance for food and sources)
- Creates an end product (e.g., scholarship, conference, presentation, syllabus revision).