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St. Philip's College Library 

MLK Campus: (210) 486-2330
Location: Center for Learning Resources (CLR)

SWC Campus: (210) 486-7023
Location: Building 1-C123

Library Info  

The St. Philip’s College Instructional Innovation Center (IIC) is dedicated to empowering faculty and staff for success by providing professional development opportunities for faculty to promote professional growth, quality instruction, and innovative teaching, as well as professional development opportunities to support staff in enhancing their services to students.

Professional Development Week (PDW) - Spring 2016

The Instructional Innovation Center will coordinate the Spring, 2016 Professional Development Week activities starting January 8th and running through Friday, January 15th. The College Convocation will be held on Saturday, January 9th for all employees including adjunct faculty.    

More details will be available soon.

Canvas Training and Distance Learning Certification

Instructure Canvas is the Alamo Colleges standard Learning Management System for online, hybrid, and web-enhanced classes. Training in Canvas is conducted by the Instructional Innovation Center and consists of the Canvas Training Course for Web-Enhanced Classes and the Distance Learning Certification program. To use Canvas in your face-to-face classes, you only need to complete the Canvas Training course. To teach online or hybrid classes, you must complete the Certification program. 

Sign up for the Canvas Training program through AlamoTalent. The course is fully online and will enable you to use the Canvas tools in your face-to-face classes. 

The Distance Learning Certification program is offered each semester for faculty who will be assigned an online or hybrid class the following semester. Approval by their respective department Chair is required. The program consists of an online course covering pedagogy and best practices for teaching online, as well as development of a course that is then presented before a Course Readiness Review panel at the end of the program. The program takes 6-8 weeks to complete. Participants must also complete the Canvas Training course prior to taking this certification program.

List of faculty who are Distance Learning Certified - Current List of Certified Faculty

Master Teacher Certification Program

Established in the Fall of 1998, the Master Teacher Certification program has helped many faculty members actively engage in reflective and creative exercises and dialogs to improve their own teaching. Through collaborative learning experiences, online and face-to-face discussions across disciplines, exploration of best practices including the use of technology, and the development of an e-portfolio, faculty are challenged to think differently about teaching and learning and to learn new tools for effective classroom practice.

The Master Teacher Certification program requires the completion of an online course with five content topics, two required face-to-face discussion sessions to bring participants together to reflect and discuss concepts and techniques introduced in the online topics, a lessons learned report, and an e-portfolio that includes a teaching philosophy and samples of content developed throughout the program. Optional activities may also be scheduled to provide opportunities to expand on what is learned in the online course.

The next program will be offered  in Spring 2016. 

List of currently certified Master Teachers - Master Teachers 

Master Teacher Certification must be renewed every two years, effective Fall 2014. To renew your certification, you must do (one) of the following:

  • Attend and engage in twelve (12) hours of Professional Development in Teaching and Learning.
  • Earn six (6) graduate hours in education or your teaching discipline.
  • Present at two or more state or national conferences.

Contact the IIC for any questions regarding the renewal process.

Concourse Syllabus

Access your Concourse course syllabi by logging into ACES and selecting the Faculty or Employee tab. Then click the Enter Concourse link.  

Use the following faculty guide to update your class  syllabi. Contact the IIC if you need help. 

BioSig-ID for Online Courses

BioSig-ID™ is a multifactor authentication tool that uses physical biometrics to make it more difficult for unauthorized users to access secure data or commit fraud by posing as another individual. At Alamo Colleges, BioSig will be used to minimize academic dishonesty in online courses.

BioSig-ID™ is fully integrated with the Instructure Canvas learning management system. During the initial phases of the BioSig roll-out, the tool will be used only with fully online course offerings.

Use the following faculty guide to learn more about Bio-Sig. Contact the IIC if you need help.

 For more information, please contact the IIC at

Contact Information

Luis A. Lopez

Lourdes Alba  

Instructional Designer:
Jerryl W. Lowe

MLK Campus
Sutton Learning Center (SLC) 212