Teaching & Learning Center Faculty and Staff Resources
WELCOME TO YOUR TEACHING AND LEARNING CENTER (TLC)
Gadsden State's TLC supports faculty and instructional academic staff in their roles as teachers and teacher-scholars. We aim to promote excellence in teaching by making programming, resources, and consultation available to anyone within the college who might need it.
Mission of the TLC
The Gadsden State Community College Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) serves the college’s diverse student population by providing software, services, and programs that they need to succeed in their pursuit of quality education, workforce development, and lifelong learning on campus and online. The TLC also serves students by providing the college’s faculty with a wide range of professional development opportunities, software applications, and engagement activities that keep them on the cutting edge of higher education which maximizes their ability to inspire, educate, and empower students.
Goals of the TLC
► Facilitate the sharing of the pedagogical knowledge available in research on teaching and learning
► Provide resources that lead to understanding and use of documented best practices in teaching and learning
► Offer programs and resources that engage faculty in reflections and discussions that encourage purposeful, informed pedagogy
► Provide faculty with the technology and training that they need to keep their instruction on the cutting edge
Are you needing help with Blackboard? You've come to the right place. Using Blackboard can be helpful to you and your students. Blackboard allows you to provide content to students in a central location, communicate with them quickly, and provide their grades electronically. Because Blackboard is integrated with Banner, a Blackboard course is automatically created for your class. Blackboard is a useful tool for both online and face-to-face courses.
Respondus LockDown Browser, Monitor, and Test Generator
Respondus offers 3 tools for instructors to use: 1.) Respondus 4.0 Test Generator, 2.) Respondus LockDown Browser, and 3.) Respondus Monitor. The main feature, Respondus Lockdown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of test delivery in Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to access an exam, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Once an assessment is started, students are locked into it until it’s submitted for grading. For a complete list of features, visit the Respondus web site at www.respondus.com. To start using Respondus or to get help, click the link to the right.
Professional Development Opportunities
The TLC provides professional development opportunities for faculty, instructors, and staff. Our emphasis is on effective teaching strategies, facilitative technologies, online learning, and advancing GSCC’s mission of offering quality education and innovative workforce development. We strive to promote these values throughout all our work, either through explicit trainings on effective andragogy and technology usage, or through implicit demonstration in the design and delivery of each of our trainings. This is why we offer a wide variety of professional development in multiple formats offered by a variety of departments throughout the college.
This is a section dedicated to articles that are useful for the professional growth of the college's faculty and staff.