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Current ALC's

Our Fall 2020 ALCs are in full swing! We have closed registration for the time being, but if you are still interested in joining a Fall 2020 ALC, please contact the CITL at citl@tntech.edu

  • Student Engagement

    More than ever before, college and university instructors are faced with a challenge of student engagement. In the traditional face-to-face classroom, instructor questions are often met with silence. In the online classroom, student passivity is revealed in a variety of ways: silence in Zoom video conferencing, lack of iLearn login, failure to submit assignments and limited words in a discussion board threads.  

    There are many suggested ways to encourage active participation in the higher ed classroom, face-to-face and online. This ALC will share some research that shows the results of student engagement activities along with effective methods for enhancing student engagement in your courses. 

    Goal:  

    The goal of this ALC is to provide faculty with resources to better facilitate student engagement within their courses.  

    Participants:

    All faculty, including adjunct faculty and department chairs.

    Structure: 

    For the purpose of this ALC, student engagement has been broken down in to six main topics that will each be discussed during a session or meeting. The six topics are as follows:  
    The Primacy/Recency Effect, When Learning Takes Place  
    Increase Student Engagement by Leveraging the Learning Management System (iLearn)  
    Improve Student Engagement with Less Technology  
    Zoom Breakout Rooms for Engaging Students  
    Gamification of Learning  
    Engagement Opportunities Outside iLearn  

    Meeting Times and Locations: 

    • The Primary/Recency Effect, When Learning Takes Place | September 24, 11-12 pm via Teams  
    • Increase Student Engagement by Leveraging the Learning Management System (iLearn) | October 1, 11-12 pm via Teams  
    • Improve Student Engagement with Less Technology: October 15, 11-12 pm via Teams  
    • Zoom Breakout Rooms for Engaging Students |  November 12, 11-12 pm via Teams  
    • Gamification of Learning | January 28, 11-12 pm via Teams  
    • Engagement Opportunities Outside iLearn |  April 1, 11-12 pm via Teams  

    Facilitator Info:

    Cheryl Tays and Kyle Cook  

  • Creating Magic In the Online Classroom 

    When guests encounter the Disney experience, filled with warm and welcoming experiences from beginning to end, Disney makes it all look so easy. But, in fact, considerable behind-the-scenes leadership contributes to the overall consistency of quality products and services visible to guests. We, as instructors in the online classroom, can create for our students the same magic that Disney provides: a quality learning experience and exceptional service. 

    This course is designed to explore 10 common sense leadership strategies used in the Walt Disney World parks and resorts and how we may adopt them to create a better learning environment in the online classroom. 

    Goal:

    The goal of this ALC is to provide faculty with new methods for creating success in their online learning environment.  

    By the end of this course, instructors should be able to 

    • Foster an inclusive online learning environment 
    • Design your classroom organizational structure for success 
    • Evaluate the competencies needed to be a successful instructor in the online classroom 
    • Discover small behaviors that can have a great impact on students 
    • Examine traditional/online classroom processes that need improvement 
    • Look for opportunities to gather feedback from students 
    • Explore ways to incorporate appreciation, recognition, and encouragement in the online classroom 
    • Evaluate old habits and explore new methods for success 
    • Recognize the value of credibility and trust as an instructor 
    • Develop character that carries over into success in the online classroom 

    Participants:

    All faculty, including adjunct faculty and department chairs.

    Structure:

    This ACL will utilize:  

    • Readings – Creating Magic by Lee Cockerell 
    • Community Discussion Questions  
    • Podcast with the Author (Lee Cockerell)  
    • Personal Journaling and Reflection 

    Meeting Times and Locations: 

    • CMOC Strategy 1: Remember, Everyone is Important | September 9 at 3pm via Teams  
    • CMOC Strategy 2: Break the Mold | September 23 at 3 pm via Teams  
    • CMOC Strategy 3: Make People Your Brand | October 14 at 3 pm via Teams  
    • CMOC Strategy 4: Creating Magic Through Training |  October 28 at 3 pm via Teams  
    • CMOC Strategy 5: Eliminate Hassles |  November 18 at 3 pm via Teams  
    • CMOC Strategy 6: Learn the Truth |  December 2 at 3 pm via Teams 

    Facilitator Info:

    Clay Wesley 

  • Department Chairs

    The purpose of this ALC is to facilitate communication among Department Chairs and Directors, establishing an environment for the betterment of performance via contextual support and the sharing of successful practices.

    Participants:

    Department Chairs

    Meeting Times and Location:

    • Contact the facilitator

    Facilitator Info: