The St. Philip’s College Instructional Innovation Center (IIC) is dedicated to empowering faculty and staff for success by providing professional development opportunities for faculty to promote professional growth, quality instruction, and innovative teaching, as well as professional development opportunities to support staff in enhancing their services to students.
Professional Development Week (PDW) - Fall 2015
The Instructional Innovation Center presents the Fall, 2015 Professional Development
Week starting August 14th with the Chair Academy and running through Friday, August 21st. The All-College Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 15th for all employees.
The agenda is linked below.
- Fall 2015 Professional Development Week Agenda
- Saturday Workshop by Dr. Saundra McGuire,Director Emerita, Center for Academic Success and Former Assistant Vice Chancellor, Louisiana State University
- Topic - Metacognition and Mindset: The Keys to Increasing Student Learning
Current Programs - Summer 2015
The following program is being offered during the summer semester.
Distance Learning Certification - Required for faculty to teach online or hybrid classes.Chair approval is required. See information sheet linked below, including the enrollment form that must be signed by your department Chair. The SPC Distance Learning Certification program prepares faculty members to teach online and hybrid classes. The program consists of a face-to-face orientation, an online training course in Canvas, a face-to-face workshop, and a Course Readiness Review presentation.
For more details, contact the IIC.
Access your Concourse course syllabi by logging into ACES and selecting
the Employee tab. Then click the Enter Concourse link.
Use the following faculty guide to update your class syllabi. Contact the IIC if you need help.
BioSig-ID for Online Courses
BioSig-ID™ is a multifactor authentication tool that uses physical biometrics to make it more difficult for unauthorized users to access secure data or commit fraud by posing as another individual. At Alamo Colleges, BioSig will be used to minimize academic dishonesty in online courses.
BioSig-ID™ is fully integrated with the Instructure Canvas learning management system. During the initial phases of the BioSig roll-out, the tool will be used only with fully online course offerings.
Use the following faculty guide to learn more about Bio-Sig. Contact the IIC if you need help.
is the Alamo Colleges standard Learning Management System for online,
hybrid, and web-enhanced classes. Training in Canvas is conducted by the
Instructional Innovation Center and consists of the Canvas Training for
Web-Enhanced Classes program and the Distance Learning Certification
program. To use Canvas in your face-to-face classes, you only need to
complete the Web-Enhanced program. To teach online or hybrid classes,
you must complete the Certification program.
Contact the IIC for workshop schedule for Canvas Training for Web-Enhanced Classes.
Master Teacher Certification Program
Established in the Fall of 1998, the Master Teacher Certification program has helped many faculty members actively engage in reflective and creative exercises and dialogs to improve their own teaching. Through collaborative learning experiences, online and face-to-face discussions across disciplines, exploration of best practices including the use of technology, and the development of an e-portfolio, faculty are challenged to think differently about teaching and learning and to learn new tools for effective classroom practice.
The Master Teacher Certification program requires the completion of an online course with five content topics, two required face-to-face discussion sessions to bring participants together to reflect and discuss concepts and techniques introduced in the online topics, a lessons learned report, and an e-portfolio that includes a teaching philosophy and samples of content developed throughout the program. Optional activities may also be scheduled to provide opportunities to expand on what is learned in the online course.
The next program will be offered in Fall 2015.
List of currently certified Master Teachers - Master Teachers
Master Teacher Certification Renewal Process
Master Teacher Certification must be renewed every two years, effective Fall 2014. To renew your certification, you must do (one) of the following:
- Attend and engage in twelve (12) hours of Professional Development in Teaching and Learning.
- Earn six (6) graduate hours in education or your teaching discipline.
- Present at two or more state or national conferences.
Contact the IIC for any questions regarding the renewal process.
For more information, please contact the IIC at email@example.com.