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STEM Advising Institute

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The Summer Advising Institute was designed to equip faculty with the tools, support and encouragement needed to advise students. In addition to training and workshop exercises, question and answer sessions with current students gave the faculty first-hand exposure to real student concerns and insight into relevant advising strategies. Over the following three weeks, faculty applied what they had learned during scheduled advising sessions.

The Basics:

Understanding what “first time in college” students face. Learn the process for students who are on academic probation.

Academic Advising:

Academic advising is an opportunity to help students navigate their academic life. Learn what is entailed in academic advising.

Banner :

Session covers Banner concepts for advisers, navigation, functions and search techniques.


This course will provide an overview of ACES and the available services within. Faculty will learn how to use WebXtender to find student transcripts.


Faculty will learn how to respond to early alerts, post attendance, create advising and tutor appointments.

Advisement Institute Pic2College Readiness: Assessments and Placement Guidelines:

Learn how to advise students who are enrolled in developmental classes and understand and use placement scores when advising students on course load.

Advisor or Counselor:

Definition of roles followed with discussion.

GP / Goal + Plan = Success:

Using Degree Works to help students map their academic course.

Transfer / Degree Planning:

Proven strategies to advise STEM students as they chart their course to transfer to a four year institution.

Forum with Students:

Hear first-hand what students want and need in an academic advisor. This is an opportunity to discuss what constitutes a successful advisor-student partnership.


Advisors handle sensitive information as they help students throughout their academic career. Faculty will learn about the laws of regarding student information.

Who’s Next?:

Learn how “Who’s Next?” can help schedule or organize advising sessions. Tools which help faculty generate reports and help students stay on course toward graduation.

Canvas Essentials:

Learn navigation, account profiles, course layout, modules, collaboration tools, assignment options, course profiles, collaboration tools, assignment options, technical support options, course migration processes, backup options and new features Canvas provides.

Challenges of Advising:

What implications and ramifications of academic advising exist? Faculty will discuss their concerns with the deans?

Shadow Advising:

Observe counselors advise students and group advising sessions in the Student Success Center.

Office Communicator:

Faculty will learn how to use Office Communicator to communicate with their colleagues. Tools include contact management, customized personal contact information and visibility controls.

STEM Technology Institute

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In June, 2012 the combined Adelante Tejas team conducted a four-day STEM Summer Institute in San Antonio to introduce faculty to new technological opportunities that could enhance STEM instruction at San Antonio College and Sul Ross State University. The goal of this institute is to help STEM faculty to learn how to better reach the i-Generation, deliver engaging multimedia content, understand what students are thinking and better meet the needs of today’s student. The following sessions were provided for all faculty attendees.

Smart Phones in the Classroom What’s a Teacher to do?

Use the Smart phone in class to engage students by asking questions and obtaining immediate feedback on their understanding of the content. You will also evaluate each institute session using your Smart phone, IPad, or a computer.

Podcasts in the Classroom:

Examine how podcasts can be integrated in the classroom and develop skills using software tools to create, organize, and integrate podcasts into your course.

Bring Distance Learning to Your Classroom:

Explore the Adelante Tejas on-line conference system. View a simulated class meeting held via realtime. Learn how to reach students in a new way using a web cam, microphone, PowerPoint or PDF. Participate in a live web conference.

Smart Classroom Training Teach in a technology-enhanced classroom:

Experience presenting a lecture using integrated computer, multimedia and network technology.

3-D Visualization for STEM Disciplines:

STEM faculty will participate in capturing a 3D visualization. Observe other created 3D objects that illustrate important class concepts and simulate complex processes. Finally, view the 3D image you helped create.

Technology Institute Pic2Conversation with Stem Counterparts:

Explore the Sul Ross University connection and learn how SAC students can earn Sul Ross course credit while attending San Antonio College.

Using the Keller Method to Improve Minority Student Learning Outcomes:

The Keller Personalized system of Instruction (the Keller Method) is an instructional method that focuses on improving learning outcomes. Dr. Fike will present his findings on the benefits of the Keller Method as it applies to at risk community college STEM students.

Increasing Student Engagement Through Mediasite and SoftChalk:

Utilizing Mediasite, an interactive webcasting platform, learn how to produce multi-lecture formats addressing students’ different learning styles. SoftChalk can also be used to increase interactivity, student’s academic preparation is increased by incorporating flash cards, cross word puzzles, tutorial quizzes, and more!

What To Do On Your Off Days- “Classroom Lecturing Strategies”:

The director of Murguia Learning Institute will share some classroom strategies and tips to “get you through class” when you’re not “at your best.”

Student Advising You Can Do It!

Get ahead of the wave! Learn about a summer professional development opportunity to prepare STEM faculty to advise students. Those who participate will receive a stipend and CEUs.