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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Teaching & Learning Events

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SAC Faculty Fellow Updates

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Greetings!

It’s the beginning of May and the semester is winding down. My hope for everyone is that the summer will bring a little more time, sunshine, and most importantly rest. Rest is something we should prioritize—even in our gotta get ahead, gotta get it done world. So, if you would consider, take a little time today for yourself, for your family and friends, for your dogs, cats, and hamsters. I know from first hand experience that the email inbox will be still there waiting for you. I hope to see you soon!

 

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!

 

Return Ready Retreat Continues

 

The Faculty Development Team at District continues sessions from the RRR last Friday. Here are a few of the offerings over the next two weeks. Please register in AlamoTALENT for these sessions.

Title

Description

Date & Time

Return Ready General Session

These sessions focus on key information, procedural clarification, situational guidance, and support in leading our faculty back into a safe, healthy, and productive work environment.

May 3 & 7 at 12pm

May 6 at 6pm

 

 

 

Flipgrid, Padlet, Jamboard, Oh my!

Are you teaching online classes and want to engage your students asynchronously? This workshop is for you; FlipGrip, Padlet, and Jamboard are easy-to-use platforms easily integrated into Canvas. In this workshop, you get to try out these web-based applications.

May 3 at 3pm

 

 

 

Online Workload Management: Strategies for Reducing Instructor Workload

Adjusting your assignments and activities to something more manageable, so you are not spending your free time (what is that?) grading. Many instructors from across the country have produced some great ideas to help everyone lighten your load as we move forward to Fall. This session will give you some simple ideas of how higher education faculty are making the adjustments to our new modalities without increasing your time and effort

May 4 at 3pm

 

 

 

Re-Imagining Student Active Learning: Engaging Students in Different Modalities

Are you looking for practical strategies to make your teaching engaging and impactful during these unusual times? Then you will want to join us in unpacking the foundations of active learning to engage students cognitively…as Hake (1998) said, “heads-on (always) and Hands-on (usually) activities” to facilitate greater student interest and achievement (Freeman et al., 2014) in your course. In this session we will examine active learning techniques that are adaptable for a variety of disciplines, class sizes, and differing modalities, that will help instructors maintain student engagement and motivation.

May 6 at 3pm

 

 

 

Best Practices in Hybrid/Blended Learning Course Design

Combining face-to-face instruction with online instruction, best practices in Hybrid Course Design. Join the Alamo Colleges Online Instructional Design Team as we discuss the principles and best practices in Hybrid/Blended Learning Course Design, a Hybrid/Blended Learning Canvas Course Layout, and a handy Return to Campus Hybrid Teaching Checklist.

May 6 at 6pm

 

 

 

 

 

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

Team Based Learning

Team-based learning (TBL) is a structured form of small-group learning that emphasizes student preparation out of class and application of knowledge in class.

Asynchronous, starts 10am, May 3

 

 

 

Problem-Based Learning

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which complex real-world problems are used as the vehicle to promote student learning of concepts and principles as opposed to direct presentation of facts and concepts. This course will be delivered through canvas from 2-14 through 2-28. Canvas course invites will be sent to those registered.

Asynchronous, starts 12pm, May 6

 

 

 

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

TidyUP

Need to free up space in your Canvas courses? This simple Canvas tool allows you to identify all files, folders, pages, and duplicated material that are not being used in your courses and allows you to easily delete them.

May 5 at 3pm

 

 

 

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.

Title

Description

Date & Time

Work and Wellbeing

Working on work life balance a discussion on how to add more balance to your work and home life balance.

 

Tips to balance work and home

May 5 at 11am

 

 

 

HealthMatters | Anxiety and Depression

HealthMatters: Anxiety

 

We all experience anxiety in our daily lives but it can be a debilitating illness that causes intense and obsessive worry about everyday situations. We will discusses the meaning of anxiety, what it feels like to be anxious and techniques to help relieve anxiety.

 

HealthMatters: Depression

 

During this pandemic many people are feeling isolated from their loved ones and miss their normal lives. With all the social distancing we need to do, some people are feeling depressed. We will discusses how to identify and cope with these feelings within ourselves and the people around us.

 

Objectives: to discuss how to identify and cope with these feelings of anxiety and depression within ourselves and the people around us.

May 13 at 12pm

 

 

 

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 to reboot the SAC Pedagogy 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.

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Have Questions? We realize that orienting to a new position can be challenging! We are here to help, if you have any questions please contact Aurelia Rocha, Faculty Fellow San Antonio College, at arocha17@alamo.edu or 210.835.6306 or Carmen Mercédez, Director of Instructional Professional Development, at cmercedez@alamo.edu or 210.485.0748. Additionally, you can check out the offerings at the SAC Teaching & Learning Center website! Visit the Teaching and Learning Center for faculty resources and a calendar of upcoming professional development sessions.

 

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

 

 

 

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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