FIGs are Faculty/Staff Interest Groups.
A FIG is a small group of diverse faculty and staff who are interested in improving teaching and learning practices in a particular course or using a particular teaching strategy.
FIGs foster collaboration between faculty from a variety of teaching disciplines and staff from across campus. They also encourage data-informed decision making about classroom practices and support improvement of course completion rates.
Durham Tech’s Teaching-Learning Center piloted two FIGs in 2009-10 (then called Communities of Learning, Inquiry, and Practice or CLIPs). We scaled the FIGs with the Achieving the Dream PRESS for Completion grant in 2012-14 when we facilitated 11 FIGs. And we have since sustained the FIG model with both 5 FIGs in 2014-15 and 2017-18. The next FIG cycle begins in 2019-2020.