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 2016
The Instructional Innovation Center will coordinate the Fall, 2016 Professional Development
Week activities starting Thursday, August 11th and running through Friday, August 19th. The College Convocation will be held on Saturday, August 13th for all employees including adjunct faculty.
Canvas Training and Distance Learning Certification
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 Course for
Web-Enhanced Classes and the Distance Learning Certification
program. To use Canvas in your face-to-face classes, you only need to
complete the Canvas Training course. To teach online or hybrid classes,
you must complete the Certification program.
Sign up for the Canvas Training program through AlamoTalent. The course is fully online and will enable you to use the Canvas tools in your face-to-face classes.
The Distance Learning Certification program is offered each semester for faculty who will be assigned an online or hybrid class the following semester. Approval by their respective department Chair is required. The program consists of an online course covering pedagogy and best practices for teaching online, as well as development of a course that is then presented before a Course Readiness Review panel at the end of the program. The program takes 6-8 weeks to complete. Participants must also complete the Canvas Training course prior to taking this certification program.
List of faculty who are Distance Learning Certified - Current List of Certified Faculty
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 2016.
List of currently certified Master Teachers - Master Teachers
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.
Access your Concourse course syllabi by logging into ACES and selecting
the Faculty or 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
Use the following faculty guide to learn more about Bio-Sig. Contact the IIC if you need help.
For more information, please contact the IIC at firstname.lastname@example.org.