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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
    27
    Thu

    Understanding Assumptions: The Effect of Bias on the Classroom – (January 27, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 296

    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 this session in Zoom by clicking:  https://texastech.zoom.us/j/91908550516

  2. Feb
    1
    Tue

    Incorporating TopHat into Your Classes – (February 1, 2022 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Texas Tech University has adopted TopHat as a responseware solution for our institution. The enterprise license will make this technology available free of charge to all staff, students, and faculty members. Join us at an interactive webinar led by TopHat to learn more about the features of this tool, how you might incorporate it into your classes, and resources to help you migrate existing materials from other platforms to TopHat. Join Zoom Meeting: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/91447316333

  3. Feb
    2
    Wed

    Responding to Microaggressions in the Classroom – (February 2, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 299

    “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 this session in Zoom by clicking:  https://texastech.zoom.us/j/95309953972

  4. Feb
    2
    Wed

    Blackboard Basics – (February 2, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 299

    Blackboard Basics will discuss basic course navigation, the control panel, adding content, and communication tools.

    Join Zoom Session: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/97165460430

  5. Feb
    2
    Wed

    Incorporating TopHat into Your Classes – (February 2, 2022 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Texas Tech University has adopted TopHat as a responseware solution for our institution. The enterprise license will make this technology available free of charge to all staff, students, and faculty members. Join us at an interactive webinar led by TopHat to learn more about the features of this tool, how you might incorporate it into your classes, and resources to help you migrate existing materials from other platforms to TopHat. Join Zoom Meeting: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/92733114873

  6. Feb
    3
    Thu

    Teaching Academy Information Session: How to optimize your application for membership in the Texas Tech Teaching Academy – (February 3, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 290

    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/97792997431

  7. Feb
    4
    Fri

    Bridges Across Texas LSAMP Program Orientation – (February 4, 2022 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 45

    BAT LSAMP Meet & Greet, orientation, monthly meetings. *This event is for LSAMP scholars only.

  8. Feb
    8
    Tue

    Allyship is Not an Identity, It’s a Practice! – (February 8, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:15 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 46

    This session focuses on foundational information relevant to the LGBTQIA community, with an emphasis on cultural competence, structural competence, and methods for putting Allyship into practice. Participants will learn about the LGBTQIA acronym, models of gender and sexuality, pronoun usage, policies that impact LGBTQIA communities, and practices of Allyship. This is the primary introductory session offered within the IGNITE! program. Please use this link to join via Zoom: https://texastech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrcOyorD4pHdB0Q7yE4TtqskwMC1uuKn8X

  9. Feb
    9
    Wed

    IRB Session 1: Introduction to the IRB – (February 9, 2022 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 151
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 151

    Available Seats: 46

    The Office of Human Research Protection Program is excited to announce that we will be offering weekly informations sessions for graduate students and faculty members. The sessions will be spaced out in a span of five weeks beginning this spring semester. Graduate students and faculty will have the option to attend all sessions or choose which ones will better fit their questions and or their research needs.

  10. Feb
    10
    Thu

    Finding Your Faculty Voice – (February 10, 2022 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 298

    Struggling to balance teaching, learning and the well-being of your students and yourself this semester? Need some fresh ideas for communication approaches that could help you while promoting student success? You’re certainly not alone!  Please join us for an upcoming TLPDC session led by Mitzi Ziegner, Finding Your Faculty Voice, where we will discuss ideas and strategies shared on one of our newest TTU campus resources, Academic Impressions. Join Zoom Meeting: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/95964454941

  11. Feb
    10
    Thu

    ADVANCE Together – (February 10, 2022 02:00 PM – 04:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 150
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 150

    Available Seats: 40

    This event will be a short meet-and-greet/peer mentoring event intended for new assistant professors (Fall 2019 hires or later) with startup funds. The aim of this event is to introduce new faculty with lab spaces or computational research to other faculty with similar interests, and to discuss laboratory startup.

  12. Feb
    11
    Fri

    Incorporating TopHat into Your Classes – (February 11, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Texas Tech University has adopted TopHat as a responseware solution for our institution. The enterprise license will make this technology available free of charge to all staff, students, and faculty members. Join us at an interactive webinar led by TopHat to learn more about the features of this tool, how you might incorporate it into your classes, and resources to help you migrate existing materials from other platforms to TopHat. Join Zoom Meeting: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/93802831780

  13. Feb
    16
    Wed

    IRB Session 2: Navigating Cayuse IRB – (February 16, 2022 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 151
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 151

    Available Seats: 47

    The Office of Human Research Protection Program is excited to announce that we will be offering weekly informations sessions for graduate students and faculty members. The sessions will be spaced out in a span of five weeks beginning this spring semester. Graduate students and faculty will have the option to attend all sessions or choose which ones will better fit their questions and or their research needs.

  14. Feb
    16
    Wed

    Accessibility Basics – (February 16, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    This eLearning session will cover the basics of accessibility in online courses.

    Join Zoom Session: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/92284703165

  15. Feb
    16
    Wed

    Living Authentically: Supporting Transgender Identities – (February 16, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:15 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 151
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 151

    Available Seats: 49

    Practicing Allyship to LGBTQIA people has many positive impacts on the well-being and inclusion of all members of our community. This session will focus specifically on the practice of Allyship with transgender and gender non-conforming individuals through supporting them in being their authentic selves. Participants will learn about the distinctions between gender expression, gender identity, and biological sex, as well as about gender-inclusive pronouns and cisgender privilege. Participants will also brainstorm ways of practicing Allyship in their everyday lives. *This is a hybrid session. Please use this link to join via Zoom: https://texastech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqf-GqpjsoGdQTqwg3JroUnLajbL1_-tOp

  16. Feb
    17
    Thu

    From Fear to Growth: Developing an Anti-Racist Pedagogy – (February 17, 2022 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    How can we participate in anti-racist work when we feel stuck in a place of fear and shame? What do we need in order to move forward into a space of learning and growth? In this session, participants will examine their positions within a developmental continuum and reflect on their journey toward becoming anti-racist educators. Join us for this interactive discussion! Join the session using this link: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/86816622697 Meeting ID: 868 1662 2697

  17. Feb
    17
    Thu

    TTU Open Educational Resources Kick-Off – (February 17, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 150
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 150

    Available Seats: 35

    The University Libraries are excited to partner with the Teaching, Learning, and Development Center for this Open Educational Resources (OER) at Texas Tech Kick-Off Event! During this event, you will be introduced to some of the efforts that are taking place at Texas Tech University to expand the use of OER on campus. You will get a chance to meet with the new Open Educational Resources Librarian who will provide a brief presentation regarding the mission, vision, future plans, and other services provided by the OER office. If you’re new to OER, you don’t know what an OER is, you’re a current OER user and are curious about efforts taking place on campus, or just want to mingle with colleagues while enjoying a few snacks-this event is for you!

  18. Feb
    21
    Mon

    The Artful Mind III Digital Bodies. Human and Machine Interaction in the Age of AI – (February 21, 2022 11:00 AM – 04:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 151
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 151

    Available Seats: 48

    The conference examines concepts of Artificial Intelligence in a variety of interactive environments such as Video Games, Robotics, and Arts as examples of human and machine interaction. Its goal is to understand how AI-driven tools impact our environment and affect us intellectually, biologically, socially, and culturally.

  19. Feb
    21
    Mon

    Teaching Controversial Subjects: How to Manage Hot Moments in the Classroom – (February 21, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 294

    This session will consider how to prepare for controversial class discussions while addressing topics in intentional, strategic, and critical ways. Sometimes controversial topics and discussions can feel like they are getting away from us or seem to be going in different directions than we anticipated or planned. In this workshop, we will give clear steps to identify, address, and move through controversial topics in a productive way that focuses on developing critical thinking skills while centering your learning objectives. Instead of ignoring or avoiding complex and dynamic topics, these strategies will help you to create supportive, engaging, and transformative learning environments.

    Join this session in Zoom by clicking:  https://texastech.zoom.us/j/95339581825

  20. Feb
    23
    Wed

    IRB Session 3: Data Collection and Privacy, Confidentiality & Security – (February 23, 2022 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 151
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 151

    Available Seats: 47

    The Office of Human Research Protection Program is excited to announce that we will be offering weekly informations sessions for graduate students and faculty members. The sessions will be spaced out in a span of five weeks beginning this spring semester. Graduate students and faculty will have the option to attend all sessions or choose which ones will better fit their questions and or their research needs.

  21. Feb
    23
    Wed

    OPA Learning Series: Unlocking the Mystery of NSSE: Increasing Responses, Planning Ahead, and Utilizing Data – (February 23, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Every two years, TTU administers the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to first-year students and seniors. The survey gathers data on how students spend their time and what they gain from the university. The Office of Planning and Assessment had our most successful NSSE administration in the spring and we recently received the results. Our learning series on NSSE explores those results and reports, how faculty and staff can use the data, and how we can continue to increase response rates in 2023. This session is for any faculty and staff that interact with students on a regular basis and want to learn more about student engagement. Join Zoom Meeting: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/91501209678?pwd=a0tQc1ovSy9qTjR4R0kwUXVKbCsyQT09 Meeting ID: 915 0120 9678 Passcode: 806311

  22. Mar
    2
    Wed

    IRB Session 4: Recruitment and Consent Procedures – (March 2, 2022 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 151
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 151

    Available Seats: 47

    The Office of Human Research Protection Program is excited to announce that we will be offering weekly informations sessions for graduate students and faculty members. The sessions will be spaced out in a span of five weeks beginning this spring semester. Graduate students and faculty will have the option to attend all sessions or choose which ones will better fit their questions and or their research needs.

  23. Mar
    4
    Fri

    Finding Your Faculty Voice – (March 4, 2022 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Struggling to balance teaching, learning and the well-being of your students and yourself this semester? Need some fresh ideas for communication approaches that could help you while promoting student success? You’re certainly not alone!  Please join us for an upcoming TLPDC session led by Mitzi Ziegner, Finding Your Faculty Voice, where we will discuss ideas and strategies shared on one of our newest TTU campus resources, Academic Impressions. Join Zoom Meeting: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/91770884611

  24. Mar
    9
    Wed

    IRB Session 5: After and IRB Approval- Q&A – (March 9, 2022 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 151
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 151

    Available Seats: 47

    The Office of Human Research Protection Program is excited to announce that we will be offering weekly informations sessions for graduate students and faculty members. The sessions will be spaced out in a span of five weeks beginning this spring semester. Graduate students and faculty will have the option to attend all sessions or choose which ones will better fit their questions and or their research needs.

  25. Mar
    9
    Wed

    Keeping Online Students Engaged – (March 9, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 298

    During this eLearning session, we will provide basic strategies and tool for keeping your online students engaged.

    Join Zoom Session: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/91086793845

  26. Mar
    22
    Tue

    Faculty Panel: Navigating Religious Diversity in the Classroom – (March 22, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 151
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 151

    Available Seats: 18

    Religion is one of those topics that can be uncomfortable to discuss at family gatherings. Navigating religion in classroom spaces can be equally challenging, especially when our student body is religiously diverse and when we teach topics that can appear challenging to certain religious worldviews. Yet, as faculty members, we recognize that religion may be an important aspect of our students’ identity and a lens through which they perceive and interpret their academic experiences, just as our own religious or non-religious views may color our own. If you’ve ever grappled with the challenges of navigating religiously diverse spaces, join us for this panel discussion in which TTU faculty will share from their experiences and describe strategies for fostering respectful and meaningful dialogue when religious tensions surface in the classroom.

  27. Mar
    30
    Wed

    Faculty Panel: White Men as Engaged Advocates for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – (March 30, 2022 03:00 PM – 04:15 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 285

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues can often lead to complex tensions for members of privileged identity groups, such as white men. Frustration and even retreat from DEI conversations can occur when members of these privileged identity groups are not sure when to participate and when to be quiet, how to share their experiences (or if they should share), or whether they can contribute to DEI discussions given the fear and/or reality of being viewed as "part of the problem" or "taking up too much airtime." In this session, a panel of DEI advocates and experts who identify as white men will discuss how they have learned to navigate these tensions in their DEI advocacy roles. They will share different strategies and tools they have utilized to examine their own privilege as well as how they engage in dismantling oppressive structures and creating space for underrepresented people. Join this session in Zoom by clicking: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/98948404505

  28. Apr
    1
    Fri

    Bridges Across Texas LSAMP Program Seminar- (April 1, 2022 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 45

    BAT LSAMP Meet & Greet, orientation, monthly meetings. *This event is for LSAMP scholars only.

  29. Apr
    4
    Mon

    Lighten Your (Teaching) Load – (April 4, 2022 02:30 PM – 03:30 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 150
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 150

    Available Seats: 40

    Do you teach a class in your discipline that has multiple sections each semester? Does your department rotate core classes among faculty? We’ve got some suggestions to lighten your load and improve learning outcomes and student evaluations. Teaching colleagues Lisa Low and Jo Langston redesigned an existing core course in public relations using input from the Commission on Public Relations Education, an accrediting organization under the umbrella of the Public Relations Society of America in addition to department Course Learning Outcomes. Together they created a master syllabus and set of assessments and experiential  learning activities that leveraged their individual strengths for the benefit of the students. Consistency across Blackboard shells, assessments, rubrics and schedules made it both more enjoyable and less time consuming with the added benefit of a ready substitute instructor if needed. They have several sets of data to share in addition to ideas for transforming your courses in a similar fashion.

  30. Apr
    5
    Tue

    Creating LGBTQIA Allyship Action Plans – (April 5, 2022 12:30 PM – 01:45 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 151
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 151

    Available Seats: 50

    Practicing allyship involves taking action to change our surroundings at the interpersonal and institutional levels. During this workshop, participants will take time to examine the social and work spaces they navigate on a day-to-day basis and develop allyship action plans for promoting greater LGBTQIA inclusion in those spaces. *This is a hybrid session. Please use this link to join via Zoom: https://texastech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpd-2pqD4rG9cCGd6MTcLW7BRDba8Wll8d

  31. Apr
    7
    Thu

    Separating Fact from Fiction: Neuromyths in Teaching and Learning – (April 7, 2022 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 34

    Neuromyths are commonly-held, false beliefs about how the mind and brain function. For example, how many times have you heard someone say that we only use 10% of our brains? Maybe you’ve been convinced of the power of learning styles, which are actually unsupported by learning science! Or have you seen (or taken) a quiz on social media to determine if you are “left-brained or right-brained,” an idea with no scientific evidence? In this session, we’ll look together at some misconceptions about the mind, brain, and learning that pertain to teaching and consider longstanding and evidence-based learning principles to help us design courses and make teaching decisions that advocate for real learning.

  32. Apr
    19
    Tue

    Home for the Summer: Navigating Identity Concealment – (April 19, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:15 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 151
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 151

    Available Seats: 50

    This session will focus on the strategies that have been proven effective in navigating unaccepting environments when LGBTQIA students return home. An emphasis will be placed on how Allies can support their LGBTQIA friends, peers, and students over the holidays. This session is co-presented with the Student Counseling Center. *This is a hybrid session. Please use this link to join via Zoom: https://texastech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAocOmgqzorGt0DGR2vsGuiHwSxpRQKJLx6

  33. Apr
    26
    Tue

    OPA Learning Series: Preparing for TTU’s 2025 Reaffirmation of Accreditation – (April 26, 2022 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    In this session, Jennifer Hughes will discuss recent changes to SACSCOC’s Principles of Accreditation, and how they will specifically affect Texas Tech. Dr. Hughes will also discuss progress made on the selection of Texas Tech’s upcoming QEP, which will have a soft launch in Fall 2024. Come join the conversation! Join Zoom Meeting: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/94945868512?pwd=Z3NRWmMvQzJWVTVwMzNwM09sTzBQdz09 Meeting ID: 949 4586 8512 Passcode: 775535

  34. May
    4
    Wed

    Looking Back, Moving Forward – (May 4, 2022 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 292

    What have we learned this year about anti-racism? What have we learned about ourselves, our students, and our teaching and learning environments? As we reflect on our growth this academic year, what next steps can we identify? Moving forward, how will we implement what we have learned? In what areas do we need to continue to learn and grow? This facilitated group discussion will serve as a forum for participants to voice their reflections on these questions and identify tangible commitments we can make to ourselves and our students.

    Join this session in Zoom by clicking: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/98349798124

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