Teaching and Learning Center

Mission

The Teaching and Learning Center supports faculty collaboration, innovation and continuous improvement to attain excellence in teaching and transformational learning experiences for students and faculty.

 

Purpose

The Teaching and Learning Center serves as a resource for faculty and staff in advancement of student-centered equitable learning at San Antonio College.

 

 

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Event Info: Boys and Men of Color and Gender Identity: Mapping New Frontiers for Scholars and Practitioners

Friday, June 25 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM (CDT)

Cost: $25.00 No cost for Consortium members using their institution’s unique promo code –Click here to email Dr. Jaimes for Promo Code!

 
 

 

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Teaching & Learning Events

Click Here for Full List View of SAC Teaching & Learning Events for this Month

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SAC Faculty Fellow Updates

Greetings!
Even through the summer months we can stay connected through professional development! The offerings are a bit slimmer but the experience will still be rich. I hope to see you there.

Dual Credit/College and Career Ready School Models/Concurrent Enrollment Virtual Conference 2021

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Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

You’re invited to attend our summer virtual conference. This year’s theme is “Strengthening our Partnerships for Our Students: A Spectrum of Opportunities.”

The lineup is focused upon the strength of our spectrum of partnerships across concurrent enrollment. Breakout sessions will feature presentations from our expert faculty, college and high school partners, and educational associates from across the nation.

Click Here to Register

 

Faculty FocusED Groups
Stay in touch with Faculty FocusED Groups. These are Faculty Fellow led and your chance to let us know your concerns and needs as we return to campus.

Click Here to Register

Date

Time

June 16

3:00 – 4:00pm

July 14

3:00 – 4:00pm

August 11

3:00 – 4:00pm

 

SAC Faculty Fridays at the Teaching & Learning Center
Faculty Fridays at SAC will take a brief break during the summer months. Look for offerings to resume in the fall!

 

Stay Connected by Joining the Book Club!

This summer why not spend a few afternoons curled up with a good book about…professional development! Okay, maybe not the most exciting subject, but with a bit of collegial discussion and connection the SAC PD Book Club can be a place to talk shop, stay connected, share and read a good book.

“Small Teaching Online”

By Flower Darby and James M. Land

The month of June will feature Small Teaching Online by authors Flower Darby and James M. Lang. In their book they highlight ways to support students in an online environment and look at the challenges faced by educators working in online higher education.

Sign up for SAC PD Book Club!

 

Rev Up Your Classroom with Professional Development
Every two weeks I will provide you with the latest professional development workshops. Come join us and learn something new to rev up your classroom! Registration for all training is available in AlamoTALENT—your one-stop shop for faculty development. All professional development workshops and classes are held online.

Title

Description

Date & Time

Groups in Action

This faculty workshop will focus on group formation, design and implementation. The workshop is in CANVAS and takes about 4 hours to complete. Attendees must complete all exercises and contribute to the discussions to earn a passing score.

Asynchronous, starts 10am, May 24

 

 

 

Online Training Certification

 

*OTC Course is required for Online Teaching Certification at SAC

The Teaching and Learning Center offers Online Teaching Certification to all faculty (full-time and adjunct) at San Antonio College. The goal is to certify all faculty to teach online so that we can offer additional online sections. As a result of the pandemic, more students across the nation are choosing to take online courses. In order to build capacity and serve the needs of all our students, San Antonio College wants to be prepared to offer courses in all modalities, face-to-face, online, and remote. Please register in Alamo Talent.

Monday/Wednesday   10:00 AM – 12:00 pm

 

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      Tuesday/Thursday        2:00 PM – 4:00pm

 

 

We’re Glad You’re Here Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Wherever you might be in this journey, you’ll find connection, shared values, and growth. Find ways to promote equity and inclusion through the courses and workshops listed here. Registration for all training is available in AlamoTALENT! All workshops are held online.

Title

Description

Date & Time

Cultivating a Sense of Belonging

Diversity is a fact, Inclusion is a behavior but Belonging is the emotional outcome that people want in their organization. Understanding our fellow employees – and the ways we can support them - is paramount to their wellbeing and feeling of belonging. In this session, learn the ways in which you can support your entire diverse team members.

Wednesday, June 2

11:00am – 12:00pm

 

 

 

Allyship: In-group Emphasis of Social Justice

This workshop continues the journey and conversation to promote equity and inclusion in the workplace. Join this session to learn the lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalized individuals and/or groups of people. 

Wednesday, June 9

12:00pm – 1:00pm

 

 

 

The Screen and Keys: Technology for Teaching and Learning
Here are offerings based in using technology to your advantage. If you want to become more proficient in using tech then keeping reading. Registration for all training is available in AlamoTALENT! All workshops are held online.

Title

Description

Date & Time

Tech Tools for Instructional Design/Delivery 2

In part 2 we will explore quick and easy ways to use technology to assess student understanding and collect student data. The workshop is in CANVAS and takes about 4 hours to complete.

Asynchronous, May 17

 

 

 

Connect and Breathe: Faculty Wellness
Need to get back to center and just find a little space? Pull up the comfy chair and sit with us for a moment to learn how a little self-care goes a long way. This event is online. Register for these sessions in AlamoTALENT.

Check back for more information in the fall!

 

Meet Your SAC Faculty Fellow!

My role at SAC is to provide professional development workshops, classes, and other learning and growth opportunities. Additionally, I will work to update this newsletter bi-monthly, and I plan and lead the SAC Professional Development book club. It is my intention to serve SAC faculty and meet your professional development needs to the best of my ability. Please know that my heart, mind, and door is open and do not hesitate to reach out as you are willing and able. I can be reached via email at: arocha17@alamo.edu or—by golly—just put yourself on my calendar using my online scheduler. The link is provided below:

Schedule a Chat with Me!

If you don’t already know me, I am a teaching artist! My primary discipline is music, and my instrument is the cello. I’ve worked in faculty development since 2016 teaching prekindergarten educators how to incorporate performing arts techniques into the classroom. I am trained through the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and I have participated in the Artists as Educators Seminar, Mapping the Journey: Planning Effective Residencies for Students developed by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

I am also adjunct faculty at San Antonio College and teach cello, viola, and had the distinct pleasure of working with the SAC Chamber Ensemble before COVID required us to work online. I started my career with Alamo Colleges at St. Philip’s assisting with INRW in the English department, and I have taught cello and music theory at Northwest Vista College.

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Do you have questions about Canvas or OTC?

 

Canvas Office Hours

 

SAC IIC Zoom Room

 

Faculty Champions

 

 

LATEX Symbol List

 

Introduction to LATEX2ε

 

LATEX Math Symbols

 

 

Online Teaching Certification (OTC) at San Antonio College

 

 

Watch this “Get SAC Library & Tutoring Help” Link to your Course on Canvas Video

 

 

How to Download the Required SAC Course Layout on Canvas Video

 

 

 

Open Educational Resources

 

AlamoOPEN
ACD No-Cost Initiative

 

SAC OER
Low-Cost No-Cost Initiative

 

Find Courses with No-Cost/Low-Cost Textbooks

 

Pedagogical Professional Development Opportunities

 

ACUE Resources for Faculty

 

Equity in the Classroom

 

High Impact Practices HIPs

 

 

Faculty Support Initiatives

 

 

ACD Faculty Development

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

 

Faculty OER Resources

 

 

Learning Assessment

 

Learning Communities 

 

Library Common Read

 

 

Quality Enhancement Plan

 

SAC Scores

 

Workforce Ed Course Manual

 

 

News
The Ultimate Disrupter To Higher Education Isn’t Silicon Valley. It’s Faculty.  If you haven’t already noticed, college and university faculty are responsible for perhaps the single greatest disruption to hit higher education thus far: massive open online courses (MOOCs).
 

SAC Joins OpenStax Network to Provide Free and Flexible Textbook Use San Antonio College is one of 12 schools chosen to participate in the 2020-2021 OpenStax Institutional Partnership Network. As a participant in the network’s first-year program SAC will work to build and execute a strategy that will encourage greater use of free, flexible textbooks among its faculty and students.

 

How Community Colleges Are Serving the Most Vulnerable Two-year colleges worked quickly to help students get through the pandemic, pivoting to drive-through food banks and community partnerships.

 

Wise Women are Flawsome 💕Spoiler alert, no one leads a perfect life, especially now, so shift expectations and purposely reject a crisis mentality. Instead, use this time to examine your wisdom and flaws. 

 

Wondering how to accommodate remote learners into your face to face classroom this fall? Try the "Buddy"​ Protocol There are many benefits to providing a “buddy system” for remote learners.


Grading in a Pandemic (Still) Colleges adopted an array of flexible assessment policies because of COVID-19 last spring. Many are reverting to their normal practices this fall -- though the term will be anything but.



Inside HigherEd SAC News

Organization and Time Management Tips

 

The hyperlinked article titles below will re-direct you to recent articles about organization and time management.

What is the difference between organizing and time management? Organizing is the act of rearranging items that are in a disorganized, cluttered state so that everything can be retrieved quickly with less effort, maximizing both their utility and visual appeal. Time management refers to increasing both the efficiency and the effectiveness of individuals and organizations through the organization of tasks and events by using tools such as planners and computers, and techniques and processes such as goal-setting, planning and scheduling. The two activities are interrelated since disorganization normally wastes time. Click title for full article.

How to (Actually) Save Time When You’re Working Remotely While the widespread shift to remote work hasn’t been without its challenges, it does offer a major silver lining: For many of us, commuting has become a thing of the past. In the United States alone, eliminating the daily commute has saved workers around 89 million hours each week — equivalent to time savings of more than 44.5 million full workdays since the pandemic began! These numbers suggest that working remotely could be a deus ex machina for reclaiming one of our most precious and limited resources: time. Click title for full article.

 

 

Wellness Resources

Wellness Resources

 

 

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Well onTarget® is Blue Cross and Blue Shield's suite of integrated wellness offerings designed to help you reach your wellness goals. It includes resources and personalized tools to support your health and wellness.

Talking can help: Everyone faces life’s challenges from time to time and can use help getting through tough times. This is a reminder that the Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program offers a wide variety of counseling, referral, and consulting services designed to help you and your family resolve work and life issues to live happier, healthier, more balanced lives. This is a free benefit offered by the Alamo Colleges District to employees, their dependents, and household members. From grief, stress, and change management, to locating child care facilities, legal assistance, and financial challenges, they have qualified professionals to help. These services are entirely confidential and can be easily accessed 24/7, offering you round-the-clock assistance.

You can reach Deer Oaks by calling 866-327-2400. There is also helpful information on their website www.deeroakseap.com
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For more information contact:
Joffre J. Miller, MAM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
jmiller98@alamo.edu

 

 

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