This page will highlight webinars, recorded presentations, white papers, and other resources that support teaching in online, hybrid, and face-to-face environments. This collaboration is called our "Commitment to Teaching" series. Click here to view or register for future events.
Connections across the Classroom: Practicing Transparent Design and Phenomenological
Pedagogy in the Art Appreciation classroom (and beyond)
Kate Peaslee, Lecturer in Art Appreciation at the TTU School of Art
As a 2019 recipient of the TLPDC Lawrence Schovanec Teaching Development Scholarship, Kate Peaslee, Lecturer in Art Appreciation at the TTU School of Art, will share lessons learned in Higher Education Pedagogy, and how to apply them in an immediate and practical manner to the hybrid classroom. Further, the case will be made for empowering student voices in the large-enrollment classroom through phenomenological pedagogy. Participants will have the opportunity to practice employing transparent design strategies to their own course materials.
Digital Humanities: Solving Historical Mysteries in the Classroom
Dr. Stacey Jocoy, Associate Professor of Musicology
Digital Humanities approaches offer many options to assist with problem-based learning projects in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Histories. Engage students with real-world mysteries across your fields, breaking complex learning exercises into manageable but flexible components for online or hybrid delivery. This process facilitates student-centered learning and helps to create excitement around the discovery process.
Interculturality Across the Curriculum
Dr. Raychel Vasseur, Assistant Professor of Spanish in Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures
Part of our mission at TTU is to “[prepare] learners to be ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive workforce” and the most recent Quality Enhancement Plan focuses on Communicating in a Global Society. These are clearly important goals for the education of all students at TTU, regardless of major. But what are strategies and resources for faculty to include the building and assessment of interculturality regardless of field of study? In this session, Dr. Raychel Vasseur, Assistant Professor of Spanish in Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, will begin with an overview of key skills of interculturality, move to how to incorporate developing such skills in your students and where to find additional resources, regardless of discipline, and finally, how you might assess student progress.
Digital content and virtual outreach for any discipline: Examples from the Vernacular
Music Center (VMC) and Chris Smith
Chris Smith, School of Music
How can we develop content for students, including those in rural and underserved populations, who may not have access to the same resources as others, raise the profiles of our programs for our current students and for recruiting, create unique content, and provide resources for secondary-school educators? In this demonstration and discussion with Chris Smith, we will consider the possibility of creating content that functions as both an outreach tool and as classroom content. Dr. Smith will showcase examples of podcasts highlighting individuals in five-minute “lightning” demos of their current research and teaching as well as collaborative podcasts with guests and thought–leaders describing their creative and research projects, creating class playlists, producing digital masterclasses, and building an ongoing, weekly podcast with the VMC. Join us in thinking about how these creative strategies might work for you and your department.
Accessibility for Everyone
Leigh Kackley, Educational Psychology & Leadership
This session will focus on best practices for engaging all students in class activities. General strategies for utilizing Universal Design for Learning in an online learning environment will be discussed. Specific ideas on how to include students with hearing impairment, visual impairment, and autism in online course discussions will be addressed. An opportunity for sharing “what works for you” will be included.
An Educational Psychologist's Experience Schooling and Learning at Home
Tara Stevens, Education EPL
Due to the pandemic, all parents had to spend at least some time educating their children at home, and most parents' beliefs about schooling were challenged by this experience in some way. Despite many students return to school, parents, especially those who teach at the university level, have been motivated to continue to explore what it means to educate their children. The purpose of this webinar is to share one faculty member's experience and introduce parents to the myriad education options available to today's K-12 students as we consider how these options fit into social, developmental, and learning models. The emphasis will be on sharing a critical review of online programs, platforms, and curriculum as well as sharing learning and social opportunities available in the Lubbock community.
How to make a class of 250 feel like a class of 25
Dr. Jeffrey Harper, PhD. Assistant Professor of Practice from the Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business
In this session Dr. Jeffrey Harper, PhD. Assistant Professor of Practice from the Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business will discuss practical assignments and tools that he has used successfully over the years to help students feel that a large lecture class is not really that large at all. He has experience teaching 700+ students across 3 sections without TA support, and will share some unique insights into making an online classes have a high standard for learning and a community of learners feel from both the faculty and students' perspective.
The Value of the Flipped Classroom in Times of Remote Teaching
Aaron Zimmerman, Education
Join us as Aaron Zimmerman discusses the flipped classroom model, including its design and its instructional goals. You will learn about ways to utilize the model to create resources for students that will allow additional time to engage with students' ideas interactively during synchronous online class sessions. Aaron will also highlight ways that creating and sharing lecture videos before class and then engaging students in conversations during weekly synchronous sessions increases both engagement with the content of the course as well as a sense of connection and community among learners.
A link will be added for this recorded session soon.
Teachers' Moral Obligation to Students
Dr. Angela Lumpkin, Department Chair of Kinesiology & Sport Management and Chair of the TTU Teaching Academy Executive Council
The Power Lead
Dr. Jon McNaughtan, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology & Leadership
In this video, Dr. Jon McNaughtan, as part of the Teaching Academy Commitment to Teaching Series, speaks on an instructional tip for how to increase engagement in your virtual class sessions. In addition to describing why it is helpful, he also provides four examples.
Resources will be coming soon.
Resources will be coming soon.