Teaching and Learning Center


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.



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




High-Impact Practices and Preparing Engaged Citizens in the Context of Work Ready Graduates

June 23, 2021
Online, 2:00–3:00 p.m., ET


Research on effectiveness in higher education convincingly points to a handful of high-impact practices while the mission and purpose of higher education continues to aim at preparing engaged citizens who are able to thrive in a culturally, racially, and socio-economically diverse world. In what ways are these high-impact practices and values of engaged citizenry consistent or inconsistent with preparing work-ready graduates? Are they potentially one in the same?




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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

For me this summer is all about getting on top of my schedule and prepping for the return to life outside of the walls of my little house. Is this something that you are working on too? If you want to share what you’re doing, and if you have some thoughts and concerns you want to talk about as we get ready for the fall semester, or even this summer class line up, register and pop into the Faculty FocusED groups. There is information on the dates and times below in this newsletter as well as link where you can register.


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!


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!


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



June 16

3:00 – 4:00pm

July 14

3:00 – 4:00pm

August 11

3:00 – 4:00pm


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 July 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.
Meetings will take place on Wednesdays at 5:30pm on Zoom. First meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Sign up to receive your FREE book.

Sign up for SAC PD Book Club!


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.



Date & Time 

Recognizing Unconscious Bias 

Bias is a preference in favor of or against a thing, person, or group compared with another. It may be held by an individual, a group, or an institution, and it can have negative or positive consequences. During this session you will be able to understand unconscious bias and learn strategies to address implicit bias. 

Tue, Jun 15, 2021,
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Conversations Around Bias 

Bias is a preference in favor of or against a thing, person, or group compared with another. It may be held by an individual, a group, or an institution, and it can have negative or positive consequences. During this session you will be able to understand unconscious bias and learn strategies to address implicit bias. 

Wed, Jun 16, 2021,
12:00 PM - 1


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.



Date & Time 

Multipliers (Summer Leadership Session) 

Multipliers focus on unleashing the talent and smarts of other people. Anyone can learn to be a Multiplier by reducing their diminishing moments and increasing their Multiplier Moments. 

Tue, Jun 15, 2021,
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Accessibility Tips and Tools 

In this training session, you will learn how a few simple changes can make your online or web-enhanced course more accessible to students with disabilities. In the past, the concern of accessibility in an online course fell on the student and the Disabled Student Services department. Today, however, the responsibility to ensure that all or most (85%) of the course content is accessible to ALL students is now on the instructor. 

Wed, Jun 16, 2021,
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Be the Leader Your People Need! (Zoom Version - Summer Leadership Session) 

Research indicates there are significant gaps between what employees expect from their leaders and what they actually experience at work. These gaps, if left unaddressed, can result in decreases in employee performance, engagement, satisfaction and retention. Situational Leadership is a time-tested model that helps leaders be more purposeful and intentional in their performance conversations with people. The model also helps create a culture that builds trust, cooperation and communication between supervisors and their direct reports. Learn how to master the 3 skills of a Situational Leader--Goal setting, Diagnosing and Style Matching. 

Wed, Jun 16, 2021,
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Crucial Conversations (Summer Leadership Session) 

A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. These conversations—when handled poorly or ignored—cause teams and organizations to get less-than-desirable results. Put our award-winning Crucial Conversations Training approach to work for you, your team, and your organization, and everything gets better. 

Tue, Jun 22, 2021,
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Drive Results and Develop High Performing Teams: InsideOut Coaching 

Drive Results and Develop High Performing Teams: InsideOut Coaching equips participants to use coaching more frequently and effectively by providing them with a simple and flexible framework and tool set to lead engaging and powerful dialogue that drives decisions that lead to actions that produce results. 

Wed, Jun 23, 2021,
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 


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.



Date & Time 

Canvas Tools – Pick Your Topic 

This session is a hands-on workshop focused on the essential tools and activities needed for faculty who teach students Face-to-Face in the traditional classroom setting. During this session we will discuss the critical portions of Canvas that faculty need to get started using Canvas as a supplement to their classroom instruction. 

Mon, Jun 14, 2021,
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Office 365/One Drive 

Learn how to access Office 365 with everything Microsoft Office has to offer, including the favorites, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and One Drive. Find out how to store and share work files safely with this powerful collaborating tool. Learn how to access Office 365 and how to store and share work files safely with One Drive. 

Tue, Jun 15, 2021,
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Zoom Training via Zoom 

Learn how to create a meeting for video and audio conferencing; start a meeting; and record a meeting. Stay for an overview or ask a question as your schedule allows. 

Thu, Jun 17, 2021,
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 




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.

So enough about me, I want to learn about you! Please stay in touch.Picture1.jpg


Do you have questions about Canvas or OTC?


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LATEX Math Symbols



Online Teaching Certification (OTC) at San Antonio College



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Open Educational Resources


ACD No-Cost Initiative


Low-Cost No-Cost Initiative


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Pedagogical Professional Development Opportunities


ACUE Resources for Faculty


Equity in the Classroom


High Impact Practices HIPs



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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Faculty OER Resources



Learning Assessment


Learning Communities 


Library Common Read



Quality Enhancement Plan


SAC Scores


Workforce Ed Course Manual



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



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