Teaching and Learning Center

 

The newly revisioned Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) works to cultivate learner-centered teaching and a culture that attends to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our mission is to support faculty as they cultivate engagement, equity, and learning in their courses. TLC promotes and supports transformative, innovative teaching and mentoring for the campus community through collaboration and reflection across all stages of an academic career emphasizing inclusive excellence, evidence-based practices, quality and innovation to enhance professional learning in an effort to foster a culture of teaching excellence at LCCC.

 

Teaching and Learning Center Workshops

The Teaching and Learning Center offers workshops for faculty throughout the semester. 
  

Assessment for Active Learning
Friday, February 11, 10-11:30 a.m.

This workshop is for faculty who teach and assess students through tests, quizzes, coursework that carry a grade (summative) but also assess them on a day-to-day basis without any grade consequences (formatively). This session presents and discusses a range of issues related to assessing students: the role of assessment in active learning, the characteristics of good assessment, methods of assessing students and assessment innovation. The “backwards design” approach will be discussed which helps you figure out how you might structure assessment, and then choose an active learning approach that helps your students achieve those goals. As you design and implement active learning approaches, create active learning assessments that align with learning objectives.

Presenter: Hikmat Chedid

Location: IL 207

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Introductory Active Learning for Course Design Workshop
Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m. to noon

Do you want to increase student engagement and enhance your students’ acquisition of knowledge? Would you like your students to start taking more ownership of their learning? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then be sure to register for the Introductory Active Learning for Course Design Workshop. Active Learning is a powerful teaching strategy, and in this workshop, you will participate in hands-on active learning activities that you can incorporate directly into your instruction. Come with a lesson that you would like to add two to three active learning activities before you leave the workshop.

Presenter: Jen Kukis

Location: IL 207

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Teaching with the Writing Center
Thursday, March 10, 3-4 p.m.

If you are wondering what services the Writing Center offers for your students, this is the workshop for you. This workshop will increase your ease with how to talk about the center with your students. In addition, Teaching with the Writing Center will focus on strategies for improving your own use of writing projects in your classes to support student learning.

Presenter: Justin Sevenker, Coordinator of the Writing Center, Arts and Humanities.

Location: Virtual Session

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Want to Boost Active Learning, Student Engagement & Retention?
Friday, March 25, 10-11 a.m.

Join Vince to explore Tech Tools for Active Learning Classrooms. This session will answer the question “What are active learning tools?” Introduce you to a variety of tools and lesson ideas. Learning is not a spectator sport. Using active learning instructional tools and strategies can be a great way to engage students more fully.

Presenter: Vince Granito

Location: IL 207

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Introductory Active Learning for Course Design Workshop
Friday, April 1, 10 a.m. to noon

Do you want to increase student engagement and enhance your students’ acquisition of knowledge? Would you like your students to start taking more ownership of their learning? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then be sure to register for the Introductory Active Learning for Course Design Workshop. Active Learning is a powerful teaching strategy, and in this workshop, you will participate in hands-on active learning activities that you can incorporate directly into your instruction. Come with a lesson that you would like to add two to three active learning activities before you leave the workshop.

Presenter: Jen Kukis

Location: IL 207

Register to Attend

Addressing Controversial Topics, Challenges and Conflict in the Classroom
Friday, April 15, 10-11:15 p.m.

Challenges resulting in conflict and confusion can occur in any classroom, even when the instructor is not anticipating the reaction based on the discussion content. Even seasoned educators can be confounded when confronted with students’ reactions to racial justice content, resistance to learning, micro-aggressions toward others, and/or aggressive comments or behaviors. Some attempts to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) may stop discussions and create difficult moments that continue in the semester. This workshop will use various scenarios that illustrate potential challenges. Strategies will be analyzed for both preventing and responding to those and other potential situations.

Presenters:

  • Vince Granito, Social Sciences and Human Services
  • Marilyn Valentino, Arts and Humanities
  • Jennifer Kukis, Teaching and Learning Center Coordinator.

Location: iLoft Room 207

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Group Dynamics: Helping Students be More Effective Group Members
Friday, April 29, 9-10:30 a.m.

Group work can be an effective method to motivate students, encourage active learning, and develop key critical-thinking, communication, and decision-making. The key words in that statement are CAN BE and EFFECTIVE METHOD, which means it can be INEFFECTIVE. This workshop will use Tuckman’s stages of group development as a helpful framework for understanding group dynamics. I use psychological assessments and short active learning exercises to help students see how they influence a group and how a group influences them. When you understand what you are seeing and feeling in a group you can choose certain actions that can help navigate the group out of the storm. Please take these two assessment and bring your results to the workshop: Jung Typology and DISC Assessment (links will be sent when you register) This session will use active learning strategies.

Presenter: Jen Kukis

Location: IL 207

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TLC Faculty Book Club Professional Development for Spring 2022

Looking for a book to help grow your teaching practice? Want to connect with other instructors? If so, join the TLC Faculty Book Club. The reading groups last three weeks (one ninety minute meeting per week). Each group is limited to 10 participants. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participating faculty will receive a complimentary copy of the book. You need to RSVP to Jen Kukis jkukis@lorainccc.edu at least 10 days in advance. After you RSVP, you will be notified when you can pick up your book at the library. RSVP date is listed in each Book Club description.  

 

What Inclusive Instructors Do

Book Author: Tracie Marcella Addy
Book Description: (Excerpted from Amazon) The book unfolds as an informal journey that allows the reader to see into other teachers’ practices. With questions for reflection embedded throughout the book, the authors provide the reader with an inviting and thoughtful guide to develop their own inclusive teaching practices.
Theme(s): Inclusive Teaching Practices

Join our Saturday Morning Book Club
Saturday, February 5, 19 and 25
10:30 a.m. to noon
Location: TLC
Mode: In Person
Facilitated by: Jen Kukis
RSVP by Wednesday, January 26

Join our Lunch Time Book Club (BYO Lunch)
Thursday, March 31, April 7 and 21
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mode: In Person
Location: TLC
Facilitated by: Jen Kukis
RSVP by Wednesday, February 21

 

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, 2nd Edition

A freshly updated edition featuring research-based teaching techniques that faculty in any discipline can easily implement.

Book Author: James M. Lang
Book Description: (Excerpted from Amazon): This new edition features revised and updated content, including a new preface, new techniques and examples, updated research, and new resources. Every chapter introduces a basic concept in cognitive and educational research with major implications for classroom teaching, explains how to implement it at a particular point in time, and offers concrete examples of how the intervention could be useful in your discipline.
Theme: Evidence Based Practice

Join our Lunch Time Book Club (BYO Lunch)
Mondays, February 14, 28, March 21
1-2:30 p.m.
Mode: Hyflex
Location: IL 119
Facilitated by: Natalie Daniels
RSVP by Friday, February 24

Join our Evening Book Club
Tuesdays, March 8, 22, April 5
6-7:30 p.m.
Mode: WebEx 
Facilitated by: Jen Kukis
RSVP by Friday, February 25

Join our Saturday Book Club
Saturdays, April 2, 16, 30
1-2:30 p.m.
Mode: In Person 
Location: TLC
Facilitated by: Jen Kukis
RSVP by Wednesday, March 23