For the past three years, my institution has joined on the Faculty Learning Communities bandwagon. It is spending a lot of money promoting them. Some of the themes of the FLC have been technology in education, sustainability, internationalizing the curriculum, digital humanities, quantitative literacy and else. Some looked interesting and well-thought, some did not. Though I've thought about joining a few of them in the past, for one reason or another it didn't happen. Nothing interested me enough, I guess. Everything sounded a little too trendy.
Until this semester. I just joined my first FLC. The topic? Teaching honors courses. Nothing hip at all. But it is the first topic I believe matches my interest and my personality as a professor, what I want to explore and develop. Though it finally has enough members to go on, it was the first FLC that had trouble recruiting faculty. Coincide? I don't know, but it's sad.