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Teaching & Learning Academy

Anchored in the ACC Faculty Values and developed by twenty-five faculty for faculty, the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) contributes to student success by expanding faculty teaching practices. The program is designed to support faculty based on evidence-based teaching strategies, reflective practice, and teaching innovation. Essential to the Teaching and Learning Academy is the creation of a cohort of faculty who will learn from each other by exploring the scholarship, art, and passion of teaching.

The Teaching and Learning Academy offers faculty 4 courses. Each course is 15 hours that includes 12 hours of asynchronous online coursework. The remaining 3 hours are completed in a Cohort Meeting the last Friday of each course from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. The Cohort Meeting is dedicated to faculty sharing, learning, and collaborating with each other about the art and heart of teaching.

“The materials were high quality, information rich and well organized. The readings were relevant and the perfect length to compliment the videos. I had a great team and our discussions were valuable.”

Please Note: The Cohort meeting will be face-to-face if permitted, otherwise it will be held synchronously online.

There are two ways faculty may complete the Teaching and Learning Academy. Most comprehensive is the option offered over fall and spring semesters. The other option, for those for whom a yearlong commitment is not possible, provides faculty the option to complete two courses in one summer and then the remaining two courses the following summer.

“My students reported that many of these changes helped them in their coursework, so the benefit to students through my benefit was immediate, as well as (hopefully!) one that will continue to increase over time.”

If you have any questions about the Teaching and Learning Academy, please contact Samantha Croft at scroft@austincc.edu

96% of TLA participants reported that they already are, or will be soon using what they learned in this program.

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Program

The yearlong program begins with a retreat to establish a community of learners that explores the scholarship, art, and passion of teaching and continues over Fall and Spring semesters through hybrid coursework. The 2021-2022 retreat is scheduled for Friday, September 3th, 2021.

Fall 2021 Course Details

Teaching to the Brain
September 13th – October 15th, 2021

Cohort Meeting Date: Friday, October 15th, 2021 from 8:30am to 11:30am

Building a Community of Learners
October 18th – November 19, 2021

Cohort Meeting Date: Friday, November 19th, 2021 from 8:30am to 11:30am

Spring 2022 Course Details

Engaging Students for Learning
January 31st – March 4th, 2022

Cohort Meeting Date: Friday, March 4th, 2022 from 8:30am

Assessing Students’ Learning
March 21st – April 22nd, 2022

Cohort Meeting Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2022 from 8:30am to 11:30am

Please Note: The Cohort Meetings will be face-to-face if permitted, otherwise it will be held synchronously online.

Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Compensation

Upon successful completion of the year-long version of the TLA, participants will receive 15 hours of professional development credit and a stipend of $1200. Faculty may choose to also receive 1.5 hours of Continuing Education credit for each completed course.

Scholarships to NISOD, the Lilly-Austin Conference, or SXSWedu will also be provided. If preferred, a scholarship to another local conference that strengthens teaching may be possible. Participation in one of these conferences is optional.

 

Participants will be recognized by the Provost and by TLED as a Teaching & Learning Champion and will receive digital badges for each course completed.

Application Deadline: Sunday, August 1st, 2021 (11:59pm – CST)

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TLA Course Descriptions

Teaching to the Brain 
In this course, faculty members will examine innovative teaching strategies supported by research and evidence-based practices within the psychology and neuroscience of learning. Tools for improving students learning, whether in a face-to-face or distance education course, will be presented. Topics covered include the neuroscience of learning, how memory works, metacognition strategies that promote students’ reflection and persistence, and innovative techniques to foster a growth mindset. Faculty members will reflect on and share ideas with colleagues for implementing the strategies presented.

Building a Community of Learners
Learn to design a community of learners in the classroom, whether teaching face-to-face or a distance education course. In this course faculty members will examine approaches for constructing an inclusive, welcoming learning community for all students. Topics covered include setting the tone of the learning environment to foster interaction, communication, and inclusion; universal course design; culturally responsive teaching; applying an equity lens to examine power imbalances and conflicts in the learning environment. Faculty members will reflect on and share strategies with colleagues for creating inclusive classrooms.

Engaging Students for Learning
Find out how to engage students to become more active learners, whether in a face-to-face or distance education course. This course examines evidence-based teaching practices that engage students and deepen student’s understanding of course material. Topics covered include the impact of adult learning on curricular design, using active learning strategies in the classroom, interactive lectures and collaborative learning approaches Faculty members will reflect on and share with colleagues strategies and teaching practices to increase students’ learning.

Assessing Students’ Learning
Examine evidence-based practices in assessment to enhance student learning in face-to-face and distance learning courses. This course provides an overview of assessments and evaluation methods that enable robust and fair results about student performance. Topics covered include an overview of different approaches to effective instructional assessment, designing equitable assessments, tools to assess learning, and using course outcome data to enhance teaching practices. Faculty members will reflect on and share with colleagues assessment strategies to increase students’ learning and their professional development plans.

TLA Module Developers

Program Alumni

In the Teaching & Learning Academy (TLA) inaugural year 2019-2020, we had over 60 graduates!

Faculty Values

Faculty Values Supporting Student Success

 

Anchored in the ACC Faculty Values and developed by faculty for faculty, the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) contributes to student success by supporting faculty through evidence-based teaching strategies, reflective practice, and teaching innovation.

 

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