The Center for Teaching creates and promotes professional development opportunities for Tunxis faculty, administrators and staff who teach. We sponsor everything from informal discussions to intensive training.

Our priorities are set by and for faculty, so let us know if there’s an issue or opportunity we might highlight.

November 15- 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  – Location TBA
Tunxis Online Instructors Group – Contact Hendree Milward hmilward@tunxis.edu

November 17
Pathways to Teaching (OER) – More information to follow.

December 11 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Faculty Conference Room
Goodies for Grading – Contact Colleen Richardcrichard@tunxis.edu

February
Register for the iTeach Essentials CourseiTeach Essentials course is a 9-week, fully-online learning opportunity for faculty, originally developed by the Connecticut Community College system. The course is targeted specifically at faculty  interested in teaching fully online courses.More information at http://www.ctdlc.org/Services/Instructional_Design/iteach.cfm?nav=16

Faculty Meeting
Lunch & Learn – Service Learning
Pathways (Critical Thinking)
Faculty Conference Room
Student Panel
Faculty Meeting

March
Lunch & Learn – Service Learning
Pathways (Critical Thinking)
Faculty Conference Room
Student Panel

April
Faculty Meeting
Lunch & Learn – Service Learning
Pathways (Critical Thinking)
Faculty Conference Room
Student Panel

May
Barnes Seminar
A 3-day intensive workshop in a beautiful natural setting. For adjuncts, full-time faculty and administrators who teach. Applications due in February, with participants announced April.  No fee.  Contact Colleen Richard crichard@tunxis.edu

Stories and Strategies of Succsessful Students

 

iTeach Essentials
A rigorous, comprehensive online course offered twice a year for faculty who want to excel at teaching online. There is a fee; occasionally, CFT has applications open for partial reimbursement. Professional Development funds also available. The next session begins March 3, 2018. Details can be found on the iTeach web page at http://ctdlc.org/Services/Instructional_Design/iteach.cfm?nav=16. To find out what it is like to take the iTeach program, please talk to Susan Gentry at sgentry@tunxis.edu 860.773.1651

Pathways Workshops
The state Center For Teaching generally offers 4 workshops in the months of October, November, February and April . If you are interested in registering for one or all of the sessions, please follow the directions at the bottom of the announcement. The Pathways Workshops are well presented and typically provide valuable information and opportunities to talk with colleagues about teaching. The workshops last a half day and are open to all Tunxis faculty including adjuncts and administrators who have instructionally related responsibilities. You just need to register! If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Richard at crichard@tunxis.edu or 860.773.1637.

Barnes Seminar
A free 3-day intensive workshop in a beautiful natural setting typically in May. This event is open to adjuncts, full-time faculty, and administrators who are engaged in some form of teaching. Applications due in February, with participants announced April. Details to be announced. For more information, contact Colleen Richard at crichard@tunxis.edu

Instructional Skills Workshop
Highly interactive 3-day workshop, in which each participant makes three 10 minute presentations. These are the basis for discussions about effective pedagogy. Experienced or brand new faculty can benefit greatly from these sessions. It is an opportunity to experiment with new approaches to instruction. Contact Susan Gentry sgentry@txcc.commnet.edu, Debbie Bradford DBradford@txcc.commnet.edu or Sue Lounsbury SLounsbury@txcc.commnet.edu

Spirit of Teaching
A day-long workshop for mid-career faculty who will appreciate a discussion that reminds them why they went into teaching and helps them express their enthusiasm for what they do. Offered in September. Contact Colleen Richard crichard@tunxis.edu

Instructional Skills Workshop
Promo for Instructional Skills Workshop developed by Dr. Colleen Richard and Adrianne Kelly, to give prospective participants an enthusiastic orientation to the workshop.

2015-2016 Presentations
March 10, 2016 2:30 – 4:30 Open Educational Resources: Faculty Showcase
An introduction to Open Educational Resources and how they are being used at Tunxis Community College, sponsored by the Tunxis Center for Teaching and the Tunxis ‘Going Open’ committee.

Kevin Corcoran, Executive Director of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), will provide the initial overview, followed by a faculty showcase where Tunxis faculty will share how they use open educational resources in their courses.

February 18, 2016 Helping Us Help Others – College Mental Health
A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS- CT. A collaborative effort brought to you by Center for Teaching, Student Accessibility Services, Academic Advising & NAMI Connecticut

Online Resources

Advising
Strategies for advisors.

  • Nudge Nation: A New Way to Prod Students Into and Through College
    The article describes a few ways technology is being used to ramp up scale, outreach and focus while decreasing the cost of efforts to boost retention and student performance. Reinforces the notion that text messages and—yes!—phone calls can really make a difference.

Assessment
Assessment tips and issues shared by Tunxis colleagues.

Discipline Specific
Teaching tips and resources recommended for specific disciplines.

Instructional Strategy
Strategies flagged by fellow Tunxis teachers.

Instructional Theory
General theories and principles of education.

Teaching With Technology
Helpful background and news about teaching with technology.

Publications, Blogs and Websites from Tunxis Teachers
Personal and institutional information and opinion.

Students
Roundup of helpful articles related to our student population.

Teaching With Technology
Helpful background and news about teaching with technology.

Role Ambiguity in Online Courses: An Analysis of Student and Instructor Expectations

Recommended by Terry Cassidy and Hendree Milward, who says: “The article puts a theoretical framework around a problem that we encounter in all our classes, but most acutely in our online classes. The problem being that students are unsure what is expected from them. One of the things I like best about the article is that it helped me step out of my instructor role and see an online class a little more from a student’s perspective. “

TED Talks
Favorites of Tunxis instructors.

Free Educational Material OER

Tunxis Online > Distance Learning > Blackboard Links

A webpage is usually the first best place to look for information and answers. Here are a few Tunxis go-to places you should have on hand.

2014 Tunxis Technology Conference

"Old School" vs. DIGITAL... Nothing But Choices!

View conference presentations.

Click on Old School” vs. DIGITAL… Nothing But Choices!

Or find it in the menu below the Tech for Teachers tab.

Digital Content

Online, on demand, 24/7 access to

  • 150,000 digital books
  • thousands of journals
  • major national and regional newspapers
  • music and video for instructional use
  • citation help
  • library guides customized for your class

from Tunxis Library.

For more information, help selecting content from the library or web, getting links to share and embed, contact:

Rachel Hyland

or main reference desk 860-773-1556.

Tunxis Online > Distance Learning > Blackboard Links

A webpage is usually the first best place to look for information and answers. Here are a few Tunxis go-to places you should have on hand.

Who Does What

Adrianne Kelly
860.773.1371
akelly@txcc.commnet.edu
Director of Education Technology, Media Instructional Technologies. Blackboard training and troubleshooting. myCommNet. Oversight of all MIT services.

Media & Instructional Technologies Dept.
tx-mit@txcc.commnet.edu

Tunxis Help Desk
860-773-1390
TX-IT-HelpDesk@txcc.commnet.edu
Troubleshoot WiFi, classroom technology (computers, keyboards, mice, projection equipment…), internet access, security issues, Office 365 authentication for students, password reset for faculty with ID, SANS Securing the Human.

ConnSCU Support
860.723.0221
Statewide support center for myCommnet and Blackboard. Submit ticket to document and report problems. Help with log in, browser check, downloads etc.

Colleen Richard
Teaching and Learning Consultant
crichard@tunxis.edu

  Debbie Bradford

  Marie Clucas

  Susan Gentry

  Christina Gotowka

  Adrianne Kelly

  Hendree Milward

  Susan Lounsbury

  Michelle Saindon

  Nick Stugard

Amanda Burkhart

  Carianne Garside

 

 

 

Online Resources

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