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Welcome to the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center!  Our primary mission is to support the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. Whether you’re an advisor looking for professional development workshops, a faculty member interested in talking about your teaching or considering how to implement service learning in your course, or a graduate student looking for resources and ways to improve your teaching, we can help!

Please click on the session title to see a description and to register for the event.

  1. Jan
    19
    Tue

    New Faculty Orientation – (January 19, 2021 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 90

    This orientation represents a very important opportunity for you to become acquainted with information about the university and to be welcomed by TTU System and university leaders. New Faculty Benefits/Insurance information will also be presented at this session. All new tenure-track faculty members are required to attend; Visiting Professors and Professors of Practice are invited to attend. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92257519858

  2. Jan
    21
    Thu

    Q&A Session: Best Practices for Asynchronous Online Instruction – (January 21, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Join TLPDC Faculty Fellow, Jody Roginson as she hosts a Q & A session to discuss the content of the workbooks she created to help make your online asynchronous instruction the best it can be! After working through the self-paced workbooks, faculty can be a part of an open discussion to get clarification and additional support for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95530463582

  3. Jan
    21
    Thu

    Strategies to Increase Engagement in the Online Classroom – (January 21, 2021 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 293

    Facilitating a class via video conference is an undeniably different experience, and it can complicate some of your techniques for engaging students and promoting collaboration. In this workshop, we will discuss and practice several ways to utilize online tools to engage students in the online learning environment. Join Erika Brooks-Hurst as she walks through several ways that you might incorporate engagement and interaction to change up the online classroom experience for your students. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99060613734

  4. Jan
    22
    Fri

    Q&A Session: Best Practices for Asynchronous Online Instruction – (January 22, 2021 02:30 PM – 03:30 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Join TLPDC Faculty Fellow, Jody Roginson as she hosts a Q & A session to discuss the content of the workbooks she created to help make your online asynchronous instruction the best it can be! After working through the self-paced workbooks, faculty can be a part of an open discussion to get clarification and additional support for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95530463582

  5. Jan
    28
    Thu

    Transparent Assignment Design Part I: Using a Purpose-Task-Criteria Framework as a tool for Equitable Classroom Understanding – (January 28, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Perhaps the smallest and most important change teachers can make is to offer students an honest look at their rationale for what they require students to do. Transparent assignment design focuses on how and why students are learning course content in particular ways, and how this learning is relevant for all students. The goal is simple: to make learning processes explicit and equitably accessible for all students. In this workshop, we will consider a simple purpose-task-criteria framework that helps us engage with students before they undertake their work in our classes so that we come closer together in understanding the knowledge they will gain from completing the work and how they might use skills and knowledge in their lives during and beyond college, the tasks involved, and the expected criteria with which we will assess their work. Join this session in Zoom by clicking: https://zoom.us/j/96409657573

  6. Jan
    29
    Fri

    Juggling “All the Things”: Helping Faculty Balance Expectations and Cope with Change in the Midst of Ever Evolving Expectations – (January 29, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Are you overwhelmed? Is teaching online more time-consuming? Are you finding it difficult to teach well while striking a balance between expectations and flexibility? Feeling down about the state of things in general?  This discussion is designed for faculty and instructors to share their struggles, support one another, and find practical and meaningful ideas that will help as we prepare for Plan A, B, C, and beyond. Join Mitzi Ziegner as she facilitates discussion topics such as time management given the increased expectations related to teaching during the pandemic and ever changing national and global events, balancing needed flexibility with maintaining high expectations and finding things we can appreciate and ways we can adapt, grow and even thrive in our current circumstances.  Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/98558596324

  7. Jan
    29
    Fri

    Teaching Academy Information Session: How to optimize your application for membership in the Texas Tech Teaching Academy – (January 29, 2021 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 298

    History has shown that the process of applying for membership into the Teaching Academy can be a bit overwhelming. Besides meeting the necessary deadlines, there are different ways of assessing outstanding teaching; obviously student and peer evaluations are important, but so are academic contributions to education and novel approaches in the classroom. This 45-50 minute presentation will inform you as to what ways you can enhance your chances for membership by generating the strongest application possible. It will also emphasize providing your nominator and referee your completed application in a timely manner so that their letters can best reflect your strengths. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99876006305

  8. Mar
    23
    Tue

    Understanding Assumptions: The Effect of Bias on The Classroom – (March 23, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    In this introductory workshop, you will begin to gain an awareness and understanding of how our assumptions, bias, and stereotypes form and function in the classroom, and what effects bias can have on students’ learning. We will consider the implications of bias on student learning in the classroom and their experiences at Texas Tech University. Most importantly, we will discuss specific strategies for the classroom that can help to mitigate the effects of implicit bias on students’ learning. Join Zoom Session: https://zoom.us/j/96759781269?pwd=WW1GTWtHYjhBUDVRVkMrekw2RTc0UT09

  9. Apr
    9
    Fri

    Responding to Microaggressions in the Classroom – (April 9, 2021 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

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    Available Seats: 300

    “Microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.” (D.W. Sue et al., American Psychologist, 2007, p. 271) In this workshop, we will explore the concept and the common occurrence of microaggressions and discuss the effects on students and the classroom climate. Participants will have an opportunity to consider and practice a communication framework as one strategy to respond to microaggressions in the classroom. Our goal is to leave this session better prepared to respond to these situations and increase the likelihood of maintaining a supportive classroom climate for all students. Join Zoom Session: https://zoom.us/j/95903506756?pwd=Nk1HdkdwVUR0bkhGZmRtZkJ6Nzc4UT09

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