Instructional Innovation Center
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.
The Instructional Innovation Center plans, coordinates, and implements professional development events each year to include the following.
- Professional Development Week, including Convocation, held each August and January.
- Employee Development Day, held each October.
- Fiesta of Teaching Technology, held each April.
- Administrative Professionals Workshop, held each May.
To see the latest details on these events, please visit https://alamo.instructure.com/courses/949896.
Canvas Training and Distance Learning Certification
Instructure Canvas is the St. Philip's College 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 course by contacting Jerryl Lowe, Instructional Designer at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 your 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.
See the list of faculty who are Distance Learning Certified at https://alamo.instructure.com/courses/1134669.
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, group activities, a reflections report, and a teaching philosophy statement. Other activities may also be scheduled to provide opportunities to expand on what is learned in the online course.
The program is offered each Fall and Spring semester.
See the list of currently certified Master Teachers at https://alamo.instructure.com/courses/1134669.
Master Teacher Certification must be renewed every two years. 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.
Access your Concourse course syllabi through Canvas. You can also access Concourse through ACES under the Faculty or Employee tab.
Use the following tutorial to update your class syllabi. Contact the IIC if you need help.
- Introduction to Concourse (tutorial)
For more information, please contact the IIC at email@example.com.