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MLK Campus: (210) 486-2330
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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.

Current Programs - Spring 2015

The following programs are being offered during the spring 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.

Master Teacher Certification  - See the information sheet linked below for details.

 For more details, contact the IIC.

Concourse Syllabus

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.

Distance Learning Certification Program

The SPC Distance Learning Certification program prepares faculty members to teach online and hybrid classes. The program consists of an online training course in Canvas, plus a face-to-face workshop, and a Course Readiness Review. Each participant will have a course shell in Canvas to create course content. Distance Learning Certification is required in order to teach online or hybrid courses.

Department Chair approval is required in order to enroll in the program. The program is directed at faculty who will be teaching online or hybrid classes next semester. For more information, contact the IIC.

List of faculty currently certified to teach online or hybrid classes: Distance Learning Certified Faculty

Canvas Training 

Instructure Canvas 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 Fall 2014 program is currently underway. 

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.

Professional Development Week (PDW) - Fall 2013

The Instructional Innovation Center coordinates the activities scheduled during Professional Development Week in August. The activities begin with the Chair Academy on August 16th and end with the Adjunct Faculty Academy on August 24th. Individual agendas are linked below.

There were over 1,285 (duplicate number) faculty and staff participations in PDW activities. See the Fall 2013 PDW Summary Report.

Employee Development Day - October 30, 2013

The St. Philip’s College Instructional Innovation Center was pleased to host award-winning author and international speaker, Andy Masters, at our Employee Development Day on October 30th. Andy has presented hundreds of educational success, career, and professional development programs for Faculty/Staff and students. Andy's programs have informed and inspired thousands, as he's presented at institutions such as the University of California-Santa Barbara, Kansas State University, and Vanderbilt University--as well as educational and career conferences such as the American Leadership Academy, NCAA Convention, and the annual Education and Business Summit, with over 2,000+ attendees.  Andy has most recently been featured on "The Balancing Act" on LIFETIME Television, and the "DayTime" TV show syndicated in over 100 U.S. markets. Andy's print features and interviews have included Investor's Business Daily, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Leadership Excellence magazine, Student Activities magazine, and the Association for Career & Technical Education magazine Techniques, just to name a few. 

At our Employee Development Day, Andy will presented “How to Engage and Inspire Today’s Generation of Students”, “Work-Life Balance for the BUSY Education Professional”, “Humor in the Classroom: Not Just HOW, But Why”, and “College Customer Service: Embracing the Student as Customer Trend”. For session descriptions and details on other sessions, see the agenda below.


Professional Development Week (PDW) - Spring 2014

The Instructional Innovation Center is coordinating the activities for the upcoming Spring, 2014 Professional Development Week starting January 9th and running through Friday, January 17th. One major change this year is that the All-College Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 11th for all employees. The meeting will be followed by a Faculty Development Workshop for both full time and adjunct faculty. This workshop replaces the Adjunct Faculty Academy.

For more details, see the agenda linked below.

Fiesta of Teaching Technology - Spring 2014

The IIC will held its annual Fiesta of Teaching Technology event on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.  This event provided an opportunity for about 60 faculty and staff to learn about technologies available to enhance their classes.

See the agenda for the day, Fiesta of Teaching Technology flyer.

Professional Development Week (PDW) - Fall 2014

The Instructional Innovation Center is coordinating the activities for the upcoming Fall, 2014 Professional Development Week starting Friday, August 15th and running through Friday, August 22nd. Please note that the All-College Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 16th for all employees. The meeting will be followed by a Faculty Development Workshop for both full time and adjunct faculty. This workshop replaces the Adjunct Faculty Academy.

For more details, see the agenda linked below.

 Fall 2014 Professional Development Week Agenda - updated 8/7/14

Employee Development Day (EDD) - October 29th, 2014

The Instructional Innovation Center, along with the St. Philip's College Staff Council and the Faculty Senate, coordinated the activities for the Employee Development Day held on Wednesday, October 29th.  

The agenda of the day's activities is linked below. 

Professional Development Week (PDW) - Spring 2015

The Instructional Innovation Center coordinated the activities for the Spring, 2015 Professional Development Week starting January 9th and running through Friday, January 16th. The All-College Meeting was held on Monday, January 12th for all fulltime employees. Adjunct faculty meetings were held on the evening of Wednesday, January 14th.   

The agenda is linked below.

 For more information, please contact the IIC at

Contact Information

Luis A. Lopez

Lourdes Alba  

MLK Campus
Sutton Learning Center (SLC) 212