by Dawn Allison I am a counselor at the Cypress Creek campus, but also have the privilege of teaching the Transition to College Success course in the Student Development Department a few times each year. When asked to write a short blog article, I was, at first,...

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Mentors Make the Difference

by Liz Alexander This week, we hear from Liz Alexander, who shares how mentoring has improved the experience of students in her program. Is there a way that you could incorporate mentoring into the student experience in your classes? The Austin chapter of AH&LA, which...

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Explaining Different Types of Course Formats

by Lisa Perez-Nichols Several Fall Semesters ago, I had a brand new student at ACC register for my Distance Learning course only to reveal to me at the start that she had no idea that the class was online and/or at a distance. It then occurred to me that ACC does...

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December 12, 2017
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Ends: December 12, 2017 - 11:00 AM

    Location: CYP 2204.16 (Faculty/Staff Lounge)


    If you are feeling siloed in your office and missing the energy that comes from a more collegial atmosphere, then a Chalk Talk is for you! The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting monthly “Chalk Talk: A Meetup for Faculty” at each ACC campus, organized by an ACC faculty campus ambassador. This Meetup is your standing reservation each month to connect with and learn from your teaching colleagues. The FCTL is excited to bring faculty out of their silos and create a collaborative culture – light refreshments provided!

    For more details, contact Nagham Awadallah at

    Register here:

December 13, 2017
  • Hanukkah
    Starts: 12:00 AM
    Ends: December 20, 2017 - 11:59 PM

  • FCTL: Computerside Chats December 2017
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Ends: December 13, 2017 - 11:30 AM

    Location: Online


    Computerside Chats – Session 4
    This is part 4 of a 4 part online learning workshop for ACC faculty. Feel free to join us for as many sessions as you can, but recognize that this series is designed so that you don’t have to attend every session.

    Computerside Chats are the ACC book club for faculty where you DON’T HAVE TO READ THE BOOK! Chats for 2017 will focus on the book “Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty” by Elizabeth Barkley. In each session, you’ll be introduced to material from a few chapters of the book. Sessions will present at least one chapter of “best practices” and two chapters of “Student Engagment Techniques” which are easily implemented class activities. You’ll then have time to engage in an online conversation with your teaching colleagues about how ACC instructors might adopt some of these new methods in their classrooms. You’ll be able to get the latest evidence-based teaching without having to dig in to the research on your own.

    This session will focus on several chapters. The Tips and Strategies chapters we’ll cover are Chapter 10 – Ensuring Appropriate Challenge AND Chapter 11 – Promoting Holistic Learning. The Student Engagement Techniques chapters we’ll cover are Chapter 16 – Application and Performance AND Chapter 17 – Attitudes and Values. You’ll hear best practices and actual activities you can use to ensure that your classes are challenging your students at the right level, that enable you to design your course with the big picture in mind, to give your students practice applying course material, and to improve how your students view your class and learning in general. You will need access to a computer for this event. Upon registering, you’ll be sent information about how to join the webex meeting. You do NOT need to have a webcam or any other special equipment.

    For more information about these events, including a schedule of all the sessions and a copy of the table of contents from this semester’s book, please visit

    Book details (Please note that you DO NOT have to have a copy of this book to participate):
    Barkley, E.. (2010). Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Available to order here: OR Available to check out from the FCTL Library Collection here:^bib28%2C13%2C22%2C27/mode=2

    This event is brought to you by the The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) at ACC. If you have any questions, please email

    Register here:

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