TLC Handbook

Mission

The Teaching-Learning Center (TLC) is dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning excellence at Durham Technical Community College. The TLC encourages, offers, and sponsors faculty development activities that lead to meaningful student learning and renewal of college faculty.

Goals

  • Encourage faculty in the exploration, development, and use of innovative and varied teaching methodologies and assessments, including new uses of technology, in the pursuit of improved teaching and learning;
  • Provide activities and resources that give faculty meaningful opportunities to connect, communicate, and collaborate with one another;
  • Showcase achievement of outstanding educational initiatives that enhance teaching and learning;
  • Support full-time and part-time faculty at all stages of their careers;
  • Sustain the hard work that faculty put into being teachers and professionals in higher education; and
  • Encourage funding of faculty and staff projects that improve teaching and learning through the College Foundation and outside grant agencies.

Overview of Programs

TLC Sessions and Workshops

The TLC offers a variety of workshops that support faculty’s development as teachers, professionals, and individuals. All college employees are encouraged to share their expertise via these presentations; likewise, all college employees are invited to attend TLC activities. Most TLC activities take place in Phillips 3-125, but TLC technology trainings and some other TLC sessions occur in other locations, as noted on the Calendar of Events each semester. See the TLC Calendar of Events and Scheduling section below for more information.

Adjunct Teaching Institute

Adjunct faculty who attend two TLC activities in one semester are eligible to receive the $50 Adjunct Teaching Institute (ATI) stipend paid by the Durham Tech Foundation. Adjuncts must fill out the ATI form at the end of each session attended. Any sessions attended exceeding two per semester do not qualify for additional stipends. Adjuncts can receive the stipend once per semester. Attendees should keep in mind that only those activities listed on the fall and spring TLC Calendar of Events qualify for the ATI stipend. Please allow at least six weeks after the end of the semester for payment processing.

Additional TLC Programming

In addition to regular workshops and sessions, the TLC facilitates the following programming:

  • New Faculty Orientation (two in fall, one in spring) provides all new full-time and part-time faculty an opportunity to learn about Durham Tech students, meet key college personnel, and consider important policies and procedures.
  • Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs) bring together small groups of employees to address a teaching and learning problem that is of interest to them using a cycle of inquiry over two semesters. The TLC piloted FIGs in 2009 and has offered three cycles of FIGs since then.
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) provides faculty the structure and flexibility to research a facet of teaching and learning that is important to them. Full-time faculty receive a mini-sabbatical to conduct their research; part-time faculty receive a stipend upon completion of their research.
  • The Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) is a one-semester hybrid course that introduces new faculty to foundational teaching strategies, including active learning and meaningful assessment.
  • Faculty Partners Offering Wisdom (FPOW) is a mentoring program for new faculty. Experienced full-time faculty are matched with new full-time faculty and select part-time faculty (specifically, TLA participants) for their first year of employment.
  • The Teaching-Learning Conference is presented every other year and features a keynote speaker and concurrent sessions of the “best of the best” TLC presentations from recent semesters.
  • Learning Matters is the journal of the Teaching-Learning Center and is published every other year. Faculty and staff submit articles based on their research in FIGs, SoTL, or their professional reflections beyond these TLC programs.

TLC Calendar of Events and Scheduling

Rationale

TLC leadership publish the TLC Calendar of Events before the start of classes in the fall and spring semesters (the TLC does not typically offer summer programming). The TLC Calendar of Events identifies the activities that adjuncts can participate in to qualify for the Adjunct Teaching Institute stipend of $50 paid by the Durham Tech Foundation.  Once the TLC Calendar of Events is published, TLC leadership does not accommodate requests to add activities to the schedule.

Scheduling a TLC Activity

If you would like to make a presentation in the TLC related to faculty professional development, please contact Lance Lee, Faculty Development Coordinator, at leej@durhamtech.edu the semester before you would like to present. The calendar is typically closed for submission before the last month in each semester. If planning to present in fall, you will need to make contact no later than April. If planning for a spring presentation, November is the cutoff month. The Faculty Development Coordinator will also send an email call for future presentations in fall and spring semesters, including specific deadlines for submission.

Presenter Responsibilities

Presenters must avoid canceling a session once the semester Calendar of Events has been finalized. Presenters are expected to arrive about 15 minutes before their presentation. Reminders are not sent to presenters regarding their sessions; they should maintain the event in their personal calendars to avoid scheduling conflicts and oversights. Please arrive prepared and knowledgeable about the session topic, ready to respond to questions and comments from attendees. While TLC hosts may be able to assist presenters with copying, it is best to come with any handouts already printed in advance. Please notify TLC leadership at least a month before your session if you plan to use the Surface Pro computers since they must be unlocked and set up.

Other events in Phillips 3-125

Only activities submitted in advance for the fall or spring TLC Calendar of Events qualify as TLC activities. For all other activities, please use the room scheduler R-25, located via Durham Tech’s website. Since Phillips 3-125 is dedicated to the TLC and faculty professional development, event scheduling takes place as follows, in order of highest to lowest priority: TLC activities, employee events, and student activities.

TLC Physical Space and Technology Available

The TLC has 12 round tables with four chairs around each table. Including additional seating around the periphery of the room, the TLC can accommodate up to 50 people. TLC presenters can use the computer and projector, the 9 white dry erase “huddleboards,” and 10 Surface Pro computers. Please make use of these resources to create an active and engaging session.

Presentations can also be recorded for remote viewing at a later date. Only select TLC sessions coordinated with TLC leadership in advance will be recorded for distribution by the TLC. Those who wish to record other events that take place in Phillips 3-125 will need to contact Information Technology Services for retrieval and distribution instructions.

Record Keeping

The TLC asks that attendees sign in with the host for each session on the Surface Pro computer closest to the entrance. These records help plan for future sessions. TLC leadership does not claim responsibility for tracking faculty professional development hours, nor does leadership provide professional development reports to supervisors or others regarding individual faculty. The TLC releases an annual report in May with general information and notable TLC events from the academic year.

Archived TLC calendars are available on the TLC website. These calendars include session descriptions along with presenter names, dates, and times for sessions since fall 2001.

TLC Leadership and Advisory Committee

Gabby McCutchen and Lance Lee comprise the TLC leadership. Gabby, in addition to being Dean of Student Engagement and Transitions, serves as the TLC Director. Lance, who also is a Spanish instructor in ASUT, works as the Faculty Development Coordinator.  They carry out the TLC mission and goals while simultaneously fulfilling their primary departmental job responsibilities.

The TLC Advisory Committee helps in the planning and execution of TLC business. The committee provides ideas and feedback to TLC leadership during advisory committee meetings in fall and spring semesters. The committee also helps coordinate the Teaching-Learning Conference, reviews articles for Learning Matters, considers SoTL applications, and provides other support as needed.