In the 2018-19 academic year, the Office of the Provost is made available Digital Fellowships to full-time and adjunct faculty. The goal of the program was to research and apply mobile technology through the use of iPads® and digital resources to improve student learning outcomes, student persistence, and completion.
Digital fellows conducted research and were trained in the use of iPads in the classroom. iPads were provided.
The fellows then assessed the impact of the digital intervention upon student learning in at least one of the Texas core objectives:
- critical thinking
- quantitative reasoning
- personal responsibility
- social responsibility
The assessments utilized a common rubric design based on the VALUE rubrics of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. (http://www.aacu.org/value/rubrics)
2018-2019 DIGITAL FELLOWS
The Office of the Provost made available Digital Fellowships to full-time and adjunct faculty in the 2018-2019 academic year. The goal of the program was to research and apply mobile technology through the use of iPads® and digital resources to improve student learning outcomes, student persistence and completion.
- Implement instructional strategies for delivery of content, practice, interaction, or assessment.
- Research and select a digital product, strategy, or tool/resource
- Implement the selected digital product, strategy, or tool/resource in a gateway or core course
- Assess the impact of the digital intervention upon student learning in at least one of the Texas Core Objectives
- Design and deliver a faculty summer institute relative to the digital intervention and findings.
Below are the digital fellows followed by an overview of the program activities.
Digital fellows researched and trained in the use of iPads in the classroom. iPads were provided.
The fellows assessed the impact of the digital intervention upon student learning in at least one of the Texas core objectives:
- critical thinking
- quantitative reasoning
- personal responsibility
- social responsibility
The assessments will utilize a common rubric design based on the VALUE rubrics of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. (http://www.aacu.org/value/rubrics)
Compensation: $1,000 stipend
Research, Development and Training
The program will include monthly meetings in-person and online interaction in Blackboard ® totaling 30 hours.
- August 24 – Welcome and Program Launch, iPad Basics, Texas Core Objectives
- September 21 – Overview and Research Examples of Successful iPad Initiatives
- Apple Austin Campus, 5505 W Parmer Lane (12:30 – 4:00 pm)
- October 19 – Instructional strategies for mobile learning with iPads
- HBC 411 (1-4 pm)
- November 9 – Digital Resources for iPads
- HBC 301 (1-4 pm)
- December 7 – Finalize project plans and logistics for spring courses
- Apple Austin Campus, 5505 W Parmer Lane (12:30 – 4:00 pm)
Compensation: 3 LEH release time for FT faculty or equivalent stipend for adjunct faculty
Implement intervention, gather data on effect, conduct analysis of results and develop improvement plan
Online interactions and Web Conferences will be scheduled as needed.
- January 11 – Project and Semester Kick-Off Meeting
- February – Monitor student progress
- March – Monitor student progress
- April – Gather preliminary data on implementation, student outcomes, Texas core objective outcomes, and post findings in Blackboard©
- May – Gather final data on implementation, student outcomes, Texas core objective outcomes, and post findings in Blackboard®. Meet to plan faculty institute and develop corresponding Blackboard® site
- June – Host faculty Summer Institute led by the Digital Fellows
Meet the 2018-2019 ACC Digital Fellows
ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
ENGLISH; STUDENT DEVELOPMENT; AND ADULT EDUCATION DIVISIONS
Attorney Ackers is a Family Law Lawyer specializing in Children in the States care, child custody disputes, divorces involving spousal support, child support, business division, retirement division, and real property rights.
In 2015, Samantha began working at Austin Community College and Huston-Tillotson University – Austin, Texas as an Adjunct Professor and Legal Coach/Consultant. Professor Ackers has shown a commitment to working with issues involving access to justice to persons who cannot afford legal representation and enjoys offering Pro Se’ Coaching Services to persons who cannot afford to hire an attorney for full representation.
Presently, Samantha Serves as:
- Life Coach; Divorce Coach ; Mediator
- Adjunct Associate Professor – English; Student Development; and Adult Education Divisions
- ACC Digital Faculty Fellow 2018-19
- Mentor – ACC Ascender Program
- President – Adjunct Faculty Association, Austin Community College
BA – PHILOSOPHY/ENGLISH LITERATURE (XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA)
MA – TEACHING EDUCATION/ENGLISH (XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA)
JD – SOCIAL JUSTICE-EDUCATION REFORM/FAMILY LAW (SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER)
Sherry Blum received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991.and has been teaching in the Philosophy, Religion and Humanities Department at Austin Community College since 1995. She is the head of the Faculty Evaluation and Faculty Development committees for her department. She is a life-long learner, whose recent courses as a student at ACC include Conceptual Physics I and II, and Arabic 1-4.
PROFESSOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING
I have been in nursing for 44 years now. My BSN is from the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston. I have my masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. My Doctor of Nursing Practice is from University of Alabama Tuscaloosa.
I taught at the UT School of Nursing in 1988, Duchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, New York in nursing from 1989-1991. Then, at the UT School of Nursing from 1996-2000 and at ACC since 2001-to present in the ADN Program.
PROFESSOR INTEGRATED READING AND WRITING
Patricia Dungan has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She has been teaching English for thirty years. Before teaching at the community college, she taught junior high and high school. She enjoys reading about brain-based learning and is inspired by the work of Carol Dweck, Rita Smilkstein, and John Medina. She has been married for thirty-three years and has two cats and a seven-month old Chiweenie puppy.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR MATHEMATICS
Mary Gilmer has been a Math Adjunct faculty member at ACC for over 20 years. In this fellowship, she is exploring how guided notes, notetaking and videos have assisted students in learning College Algebra. This research is useful for all departments, and has worked well.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR COMMUNICATION STUDIES
Professor Harries has been a Professor of Communication Studies for over 20 years, and has been a long time faculty member of ACC’s Honors Program, creating and teaching the first Honors distance learning class. Professor Harries is a communication consultant and a published writer and poet. Areas of expertise include Interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, public speaking small group, organizational communication, and international business in the EU. Professor Harries is from Kansas City, Missouri, and is a loyal Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros fan.
Originally from Panama, the artist now lives in San Antonio and is Professor of Art at Austin Community College. Suescum earned an MFA from the University of Texas, San Antonio , and her BA from Wellesley College. She also attended the New York Studio School and the Wesleyan University Program in Paris.
Her work has been exhibited internationally since 1983 in biennales and other venues in Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Italy, Korea, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic and the United States.
Exhibition highlights include official participation in the 50th Venice Biennale, “Crosscurrents Contemporary Painting from Panama, 1968-1998” which opened in New York City’s America’s Society, and “Del Centro a la Isla” at the Casa de las Americas in Cuba.
Honors include a residency at the MacDowell Colony. Suescum has served as visiting artist, guest speaker and panelist. Including serving as Secretary to the Board of the grass roots Blue Star Art Space in San Antonio, TX. and the youth arts organization, SAY Si.
ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR STUDENT DEVELOPMENT & ENGLISH
Professor Rosa Vaca is an Adjunct Professor of the Student Development department. She is also a proud graduate of the 2017 “Project Active and Collaborative Communities” (Project ACC). Her M.A. is from St. Edwards University in College Student Development.
Ph.D in Physics, The University of Texas at Austin BA in Physics, Rice University
I was first hired at ACC in 1987 as an adjunct faculty member in Math. I was hired as a full time instructor in Math in September, 1993. I began establishing the Physics Department at the Northridge campus beginning in the summer of 1994, and became the Department Head in January, 1996, remaining in that post until Department Head positions were eliminated by the college. I served as college-wide Physical Science Chair for the 98-99 school year. In 2001 I decided that I needed some time away from ACC. I worked for year for Prentice Hall and then took on a teaching job at Aims Community College in Greeley, Co. I missed Austin and was rehired at ACC in Fall, 2004. I am currently Professor of Physics.
When not working, I like to read, cook, hike, ski, and watch movies and football. My brother and I are currently trying to hike state high points. So far I’ve highpointed Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Kansas.
Meet the 2019 Digital Fellows Summer Institute Faculty Participants
Aimee Finney has been teaching Introduction to Speech Communication (SPCH 1311) for three years at ACC. Aimee has been teaching high school for 21 years, including Professional Communications, Communication Applications, Debate, Logic, and a variety of other courses. Aimee is not even close to being proficient in the world of digital technologies. Aimee is looking forward to learning more about bringing technologies into her classes, as well as what other people are doing in terms of teaching digital citizenship.
I have a bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in education from UC Davis, an associate’s in nursing from Sacramento City College, and a bachelor’s in nursing and master’s in nursing education from Regis University in Denver. I’ve been a registered nurse for 28 years including over 13 years as a critical care nurse in the ER and over 7 years as a nurse manager for the Austin Diagnostic Clinic. There, I managed the staff and operations of five departments over several sites in and around Austin. In the last 7 1/2 years, I’ve been teaching at ACC in Round Rock in the Professional Nursing department. I teach Level Two students in the classroom, the skills lab, and at Seton Williamson for clinicals. In my free time, I enjoy being the “mother” of three kitties, working out with my personal trainer, and reading a good book. I’m excited for this opportunity to participate in the Digital Fellows Summer Institute this year.
For the past ten years, I have been a full time faculty counselor at the Rio Grande and Highland campuses. I have been an adjunct instructor in the Student Development department for twelve years, teaching over 40 sections of Transition to College and Effective Learning. My educational background began in Special Education and I have been fortunate to be able to combine my love of teaching with counseling to help guide students as they navigate the world of college and work. Most recently, I started teaching ESL in the Adult Education department. I am excited to be part of this summer institute and hope to learn how mobile technology can help provide my students more access and opportunities to interact, communicate, and increase social and cultural awareness and community. This sense of belonging to a classroom community will help connect and motivate students to increase success and retention.
Angela Hadlock has been a professor at Austin Community College in the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Radiology department since 2017. She earned a Bachelors of Radiologic Science from Midwestern State and is a former graduate of the ACC Diagnostic Medical Imaging-Radiology program. She is interested in learning new ways to engage students and help them learn. Outside of the classroom, Angela enjoys watching sports and spending time with her husband and three dogs.
My name is Joe Hejl and I am excited about attending the Summer Institute. I grew up in Bryan, Texas and I have been living in Austin, Texas since 1996. For fun I enjoy spending time with my 4 year-old daughter and wife, playing drums in two bands, and exercising. I have been teaching as a full time, 12-month contract faculty in the radiology department since 2011 and my office is at EVC. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in radiologic sciences from Midwestern State University and a Masters degree in Educational Technology from Texas State University. I am acutely aware that students today are attached to their mobile phones and that we as teachers need to know how to reach students through their mobile devices and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge so that I can better reach my students.
Interim Department Chair
Professor – Hospitality Management and Meeting & Event Planning
While receiving her bachelor’s degree from the Hilton School for Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston, Liz began working in the culinary intern program with Starwood Hotels, giving her a strong background for later work in catering sales, food and beverage operations and conference and event management. Texan born, Liz enjoys activities in the sun – rowing Lady Bird Lake, boating at Lake Travis, biking around town and growing peppers and tomatoes in the garden. Liz has been with ACC since 2004.
B.A., University of Houston, Hilton School for Hotel and Restaurant Management Intern, Starwood Hotels
Masters, Augusta State University, Business Administration
Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), 2008
Manager, Food and Beverage Operations, University of Texas
Manager, Food and Beverage Operations, Augusta State University
Conferences Project Manager, Texas Association of Counties
Arif Karim received his B.S in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 2000 and his Ph.D in organic chemistry from the University of Zurich in 2007. He joined the faculty at ACC in 2010 and is currently one of the Assistant Deans for planning and assessment.
Andrew Keese is an adjunct assistant professor of English at Austin Community College and also a part- time instructor of English at Texas Tech University. He has written two book chapters on D. H. Lawrence, including “Hybridity and the Postcolonial Solution in D. H. Lawrence’s The Plumed Serpent,” which appeared in D. H. Lawrence: New Theoretical Perspectives and Cultural Translation in 2016, and “Engineering Away Humanity: Lawrence on Technology and Mental Consciousness in Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Pansies,” which will appear in D. H. Lawrence and Technology in 2019. He also wrote “Pansies: Lawrence’s Search for the Animal Other in Humans” that was published in D. H. Lawrence Studies in 2012 and “The Myth of the Monster in Mary’s Shelley’s Murder Mystery, Frankenstein” that appeared in the Journal of South Texas English Studies in 2011. For the past three years, Keese has written annual reviews on new Lawrence scholarship for Year’s Work in English Studies and has also written reviews for the Journal of D. H. Lawrence Studies and D. H. Lawrence Review. He has also contributed a short piece on Leslie Stephen for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism and served as an academic advisor for an entry on Mabel Dodge Luhan that appeared in a volume of Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism in 2016.
My name is Talía Loaiza. I am originally from Ecuador. I completed my college degree in my home country and moved to the US when I won a scholarship granted by my school, La Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja. Later, I obtained my Masters in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Later on, I moved to The University of Texas at Austin where I completed all the PhD courses. My specific training was in Second Language Acquisition. I have taught at a variety of colleges and universities throughout the US from Maine to Texas.I finally settled down in Austin when I was hired as a full-time Professor at ACC. I consider myself very fortunate to have been allowed to join this fine institution and live in this beautiful city.
Since 2002 I have been teaching higher education. I started as adjunct faculty at St. Mary’s University & Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, as well as nearly all the community colleges of San Antonio. In 2005, I began my full-time teaching career with ACC. I have done many exciting things at ACC: I have been an Assistant Dean for the Social Sciences Department, as well as served as a faculty advisor to Southern Poverty Law Center @ACC. I am a co-author for the textbook, Practicing Texas Politics, 16th & 17th edition. I’m currently working on an updated election edition of my textbook which will publish August 2019.
William (Yam) Tolan has taught at ACC for 15 years, in both the Department of Professional Photography and now the Art Department. He has been active in the Full-Time Faculty Senate, serving as President FY19. A certified Adobe educator, Yam is looking to use the iPad and Adobe’s mobile apps in his ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation and ARTS 2356 Photography I classes. Yam’s artwork has been widely exhibited and is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and among other private and public collections. Active in the photo/art community, Yam formally served on the Boards of Directors of both the Society for Photographic Education and the Texas Photographic Society. More information about his art can be found on his website williamtolan.com and about his sourdough bread on Instagram @yamtolan.
Lola Watson is an adjunct professor in English. Her pedagogical work focuses on service learning and creating a learner-centered classroom. Research interests include gender studies, pop culture, and children’s literature. She is a member of the Publicity Committee for the Children’s Literature Association.
Lynne, a Professor in Austin Community College’s ASL & Interpreter Training Program (ITP), has been educating interpreters for 30+ years both online and in more traditional face-to-face settings. She is the founder of a first-to-market professional development organization specializing in distance education at a time when distance technologies were in their infancy. Signs of Development provides distance mentoring, streaming WWWorkshops for continuing education credits for interpreters, certification preparation, & self- analysis tools and processes. In addition to educating, she also has been a freelance court/legal interpreter for 25+ years. Lynne has previously served as the Director & developer of the Troy ITP (online, on-campus, and hybrid). She is a Master Mentor and has taught in the Master Mentor Program and has extensive experience in developing Mentor Trainers, mentors, and sustainable mentoring projects & relationships. Lynne has been a long-time advocate for animal rights, supporting rescue groups, and enjoys fostering and dog sitting for rescue animals.
Lesson Plans and Assessment
Upon completion of this institute participants will have:
- Selected a mobile strategy/ies for use in their own courses.
- Developed a learning resource to address an instructional problem (i.e., a lesson plan, an instructional video, or an interactive assessment).
- Presented a learning resource that addresses an instructional problem
Participants are expected to use the one hour of online time commitment to:
- Identify learning outcomes
- Identify activity
- Identify appropriate mobile technology/app
- Develop a lesson plan
- Develop an assessment
|Date||Items to Complete||Resources to Assist|
||Action verbs for writing outcomes|
||Sample Lesson Plan*|
Create a folder and name it “your last nameProjects” in this team drive, for example “LeeProjects”.
In your name folder add your learning activity, assessment, and any supplemental materials (such as student handouts or graphics). *You may save your own copy of the “Lesson Plan Template.docx” in your name folder. Please do not change the template.
2017-2018 DIGITAL FELLOWS
|Faculty Name||Area of Study||Department||Pilot Course|
|Herb Coleman||Public and Social Services||Psychology||PSYC 2301|
|Ryan Davidson||Liberal Arts||English||ENGL 1301, 1302|
|Richard Griffiths||Liberal Arts||Psychology||PSYC 2301|
|Heidi Juel||Liberal Arts||English||ENGL 1301, 1302|
|Julienne LeMond||Science, Engineering, and Math||Physicist||PHYS 1401|
|Katie McClendon||Liberal Arts||English/Journalism; Adult Education ESL/HSE||ENGL 1301, 1302|
|Susan Meigs||Liberal Arts||English||ENGL 1301, 1302|
|Lindsey Mikash||Arts, Digital Media, and Communications||Art/Art History||ARTS 1303|
|Ann Orsinger||Liberal Arts||Philosophy and Government||PHIL 1301, 2306|
|Kerri Pope||Liberal Arts||Philosophy, Religion, and Humanities (Humanities Discipline)||HUMA 1301|
|Thomas Samuel||Science, Engineering, and Math||Biology||BIOL 1308, 1309, 2404|
|Daira Wilson||Health Sciences||Nursing-Associate Degree||BIOL 1308, 1309, 2404|
Digital Fellowships Resources
Digital Skills In Demand For The Future Of Work
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Other Colleges & Universities Using iPads
Northeast Mississippi Community College
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The Ohio State University
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