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.
Employee Development Day - October 30, 2013
The St. Philip’s College Instructional Innovation Center is pleased to announce that award-winning author and international speaker, Andy Masters, will present at the SPC Employee Development Day on October 30th. Andy has presented hundreds of educational success, career, and professional development programs for Faculty/Staff and students. Andy's programs have informed and inspired thousands, as he's presented at institutions such as the University of California-Santa Barbara, Kansas State University, and Vanderbilt University--as well as educational and career conferences such as the American Leadership Academy, NCAA Convention, and the annual Education and Business Summit, with over 2,000+ attendees. Andy has most recently been featured on "The Balancing Act" on LIFETIME Television, and the "DayTime" TV show syndicated in over 100 U.S. markets. Andy's print features and interviews have included Investor's Business Daily, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Leadership Excellence magazine, Student Activities magazine, and the Association for Career & Technical Education magazine Techniques, just to name a few.
At our Employee Development Day, Andy will present “How to Engage and Inspire Today’s Generation of Students”, “Work-Life Balance for the BUSY Education Professional”, “Humor in the Classroom: Not Just HOW, But Why”, and “College Customer Service: Embracing the Student as Customer Trend”. For session descriptions and details on other sessions, see the agenda below.
Register for the sessions through AlamoLearn, available in ACES. Use keywords SPC - Employee Development Day.
Distance Learning Certification Program
The SPC Distance Learning Certification program prepares faculty members to teach online and hybrid classes. The program consists of an online training course in Canvas, plus a face-to-face workshop, and a Course Readiness Review. Each participant will have a course shell in Canvas to create course content. Distance Learning Certification is required in order to teach online or hybrid courses with Canvas.
The Fall 2013 Distance Learning Certification program will begin in early October. Department Chair approval is required in order to enroll in the program. The program is directed at faculty who will be teaching online or hybrid classes in Spring 2014.
See the certification program information sheet and Chair approval form: Fall 2013 Distance Learning Program
Faculty currently certified to teach online or hybrid classes: Distance Learning Certified Faculty
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 for
Web-Enhanced Classes program and the Distance Learning Certification
program. To use Canvas in your face-to-face classes, you only need to
complete the Web-Enhanced program. To teach online or hybrid classes,
you must complete the Certification program.
The Canvas Training for Web-Enhanced Classes program covers the use of Canvas tools for face-to-face classes. The program consists of the following requirements. (Note: this program is not for faculty who wish be certified to teach online or hybrid classes).
- Complete the Canvas Training for Web-Enhanced Classes Online Course. The course includes modules related to specific tools in Canvas plus activities such as short quizzes.
- Add/create key content in a Canvas sandbox course based on the program’s checklist.
- Notify the IIC to confirm your completion of the online course and to review your sandbox course.
To sign up for this training program, send an email to Kay Williams, Instructional Designer, at email@example.com with the following information:
- ACES id
- Phone number
You will be notified by email with further instructions on how to log into the training course and how to access your sandbox course.
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 program for the Fall 2013 semester will begin the first week in October. The program activities run through November 15th followed by additional time to complete the e-portfolio.For more details, click the link below.
If you are interested in enrolling in this program, please submit your name, department, and email address to Dr. Natasha Schmittou, IIC Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and plan to attend one of the orientation sessions listed below.
Required Orientation Session, held in NTB 102 (attend one):
- Tuesday, Oct 1st, 4:30-6:00 pm
- Wednesday, Oct 2nd, 12:00-1:30 pm
Master Teacher Certification Renewal Process
Master Teacher Certification must be renewed each year. To renew your certification, you must do (one) of the following:
- Attend and engage in six (6) hours of Professional Development in Teaching and Learning.
- Earn three (3) graduate hours in education or your teaching discipline.
- Present at a state or national conference.
Contact Dr. Natasha Schmittou, email@example.com, for any questions regarding the renewal process.
The new Concourse Syllabus tool is now
available. Access your course syllabi by logging into ACES and selecting
the 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.
Professional Development Week (PDW) - Fall 2013
The Instructional Innovation Center
coordinates the activities scheduled during Professional Development
Week in August. The activities begin with the Chair Academy on August
16th and end with the Adjunct Faculty Academy on August 24th. Individual
agendas are linked below.
There were over 1,285 (duplicate number) faculty and staff participations in PDW activities. See the Fall 2013 PDW Summary Report.
For more information, please contact the IIC at firstname.lastname@example.org.