Facilitator Learning Community (FLC)
At BSILI, we make the case that transformation depends on intentional and effective facilitation of learning environments from classrooms to committee meetings and in the many spaces in between. In 2018, we developed the Facilitator Learning Community (FLC), an intensive, year-long program, to help BSILI colleges plan and facilitate the professional learning (PL) experiences they need to help their campuses design and implement their change initiatives. 5 post-baccalaureate units are available through CSU Dominguez Hills for this professional learning course.
In its second year, 2019-2020, 22 FLC participants from 14 colleges honed their facilitation skills within a supportive community of colleagues over the course of monthly meetings and multiple day retreats. After the shift to remote teaching and learning in March 2020, the FLC shifted its focus to effective online facilitation, and participants designed and delivered professional learning workshops on Zoom to culminate their experience.
Because it is a year-long course launched from an intensive learning experience (BSILI), FLC is a particularly impactful 3CSN learning opportunity. Participants report not just a sense of valuable community, and not just the satisfaction of having built new knowledge, but specific plans to apply new knowledge and skills within the context of a transformed professional identity. Participants report more willingness to engage in more professional learning activities, more flexibility in their ideas about how they can lead and influence others from the position on campus, and more confidence in their ability to plan and facilitate others’ learning and growth.