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The CRS Faculty Learning Commons (FLC) is an online learning community and curricular resource for colleges and universities. It offers “units” for download on a variety of social justice-related themes which contain academic resources (articles, videos, news analysis, and study guides). One “spotlight” theme per semester features newly curated resources, live webcasts with CRS experts, and an optional online discussion forum. Faculty are free to incorporate the FLC flexibly into existing classes, utilizing selected resources in any way they would like. The program is free of charge.
Archived course materials are available for use at any time without any special registration requirements (beyond the one-time site registration required of all FLC users, faculty or student).
Faculty need to sign up for (aka "engage") CURRENT sessions so that we can know how faculty plan to use the material. Current course materials can be used in one of two ways:
Level 1 – Use the resources “a la carte” in your syllabus
Level 2 – Use the key resources as central texts in your syllabus AND the online forum
To sign up to use a current FLC session, faculty simply visit their personal "dashboard" and "engage a session." In order to create a personal dashboard, all users (students and faculty) will be asked to complete a simple one-time site registration. If faculty elect to use level 2, further instructions will be sent from CRS staff regarding the discussion forums.
Session I Feb. 8 - Feb 19
Fair Trade and Ethical Trade: State of the Movement
Session II March 28 - April 8
Fair Trade Impact: Coffee as a Case Study