Current TLED Projects and Initiatives
Each year, the Teaching & Learning Excellence Division (TLED) picks a theme designed to inspire faculty to take a deep dive into higher education issues. The theme guides TLED’s work in professional development, projects, and communications, including our infamous wall calendar. AY22’s theme is “The Power of Purpose & Belonging in Student Success.” More will be shared on this topic throughout the year via speaker series, podcasts, events, newsletters, videos, and social media.
The purpose of this plan is to define and organize the implementation plan for the Ad Astra Platinum Analytics tool, including IT system integration, system documentation, training, business procedures, and data analysis.
The concept of virtual badging has been in existence since the 1990s as a way to recognize users for their acquisition and mastery of skills, providing them with the ability to showcase their achievements by receiving and displaying graphical awards. Since its inception, badging has been picked up in both education as well as within the workforce as a way to match job openings with potentially better-qualified applicants. While there are many vendors that provide badging services, and each having their own pros/cons, the concept is the same: master a skill, receive a badge. The importance in badging, however, is not the quantity of badges that a user receives, but rather the quality of the badge.
This pilot was designed as a way to explore the logistical aspects, technical needs, and other facets under which Austin Community College as an organization can create, award, and maintain the issuing of badges to students, faculty, and staff for their ongoing development and mastery of skills.
Building upon the momentum and success from Phase 1 of the Badging @ ACC Pilot, Phase 2 was developed with the intent of recommending a technology vendor to build and sustain the issuing and maintenance of badges—the next identified step from the final report of the Phase 1 workgroup.
TLED is working collaboratively with ACC faculty to review and update the Faculty Handbook.
Each Fall semester Austin Community College employees from across the district gather at General Assembly to hear key college updates. This event helps connect the dots between an employee’s daily work and the strategic plan of the College. All ACC faculty and staff are invited to register and attend.
During the Spring 2022 semester (January 10, 2022 – May 13, 2022), selected faculty and the students enrolled in their courses will participate in a pilot of Miro, an interactive whiteboard tool used for real-time, visual collaboration.