Austin Community College (ACC) acknowledges the important of equity in the teaching and learning. The Teaching & Learning Excellence Division (TLED) offers different opportunities to enhance knowledge of equity in teaching through specialized training, workshops, and programs.
Accessibility isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the law. Support is available to help you make your course materials accessible and how to integrate technology into your teaching with accessibility in mind. Workshops are also offered throughout the year to learn about accessibility.
Becoming an Equity-Minded Instructor Course
Anchored in the Austin Community College (ACC) Faculty Values and developed by Dr. Lydia A. CdeBaca, the Becoming an Equity-Minded Instructor Course is designed to decrease equity gaps across our institution. Faculty members will go on a journey of self-examination and critical reflection in order to implement evidence-based equitable teaching and learning strategies.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lydia CdeBaca, email@example.com.
Become an OER Ambassador
OER Ambassadors are a group of faculty exploring zero cost alternatives to course materials, including textbooks. Their goal is to spread awareness of high-quality, no-cost alternatives, such as open educational resources (OER) through faculty-led professional development and peer-to-peer mentorship to provide more zero textbook cost (ZTC) opportunities for our students.
Training and additional resources to help ACC faculty explore OER are available.
Conflict Transformation Academy
The Peace & Conflict Studies (PACS) Center offers professional development opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to learn and practice conflict transformation skills. The PACS Center training takes the approach that conflict can be a catalyst for social change and places primary emphasis on the question of social justice. The training includes an exploration of how identity and power imbalances affect the development and resolution of conflict.
These workshops will cover the core skills of conflict transformation. Participants will learn and practice skills related to understanding the roots of conflict, identifying their own and others’ emotions, interests, and positions, and facilitating collaborative problem-solving.
Discover Your Blind Spots: Teach for All Students
Through exercises, discussions, and presentations, faculty will strengthen their knowledge of equitable practice. We will explore a framework that will improve retention and success of students from historically underserved communities. We will also discuss how to adapt teaching methods to engage students using equity designed principles.