TLT working to help students, faculty succeed
Published on: April 29, 2020
While Becker College’s students and employees are engaged in remote work, the College’s Office of Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) has come up with a wide range of programs, webinars, and other efforts to help support the Becker community and make remote learning a success.
The TLT’s role on campus is to provide faculty with support surrounding best practices in classroom instructional strategies, curriculum development, instructional technology, and online teaching and course development.
The COVID-19 pandemic presented the TLT with the challenge of helping Becker faculty adapt to remote teaching to help ensure students would be successful in this new learning environment.
According to Ana Maria Young, associate director of Learning, Innovation, & Course Development for the TLT, at the beginning of the crisis their office conducted a faculty and student survey to determine what efforts were most needed. Armed with that information, they started by offering daily support sessions.
“We call them ‘Tech Talk with the TLT’ and ‘Pragmatic & Purposeful Pedagogy’,” Young said. “We have had well over 100 participants.”
These sessions provide faculty with an opportunity to meet virtually and discuss the challenges they face with remote teaching in a group of supportive peers and knowledgeable staff, with the goal of helping them further their develop their remote teaching skill set to best serve their students.
Young said the department has created a resource page for instructors to support their remote teaching. This resource page contains links to step-by-step instructions, video tutorials, and other useful information created by the TLT that faculty can reference any time.
“We also offer ad hoc support and training on a case-by-case basis,” said Young.
The TLT works closely with Becker’s IT department to provide support for online learning tools such as Zoom, WebEx and Screencast-O-Matic.
“Additionally, we created a best practices guide for creating final exams and presentations,” said Young, “designed to support our faculty and aid in student success.”
“Faculty were faced with many challenges this semester,” said Dr. Amber Vaill, vice president for academic affairs, “Their dedication to their students and the hard work of the TLT allowed Becker students to be successful in these difficult times.”