Sponsored by the AT&T Foundation

The rationale behind the AT&T Academy courses is that educational ideas cannot simply be presented; they need to be thought about, talked over, and experienced. These facilitator-led online courses weave together readings, activities, and discussions for participants to construct new understandings in the context of their own situations. Each week, threaded discussions play an essential role in encouraging participants to reflect on the readings, share stories from their lives (and their classrooms), pose questions to the group, and express their reactions.

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2006-07 Course Offerings

October 20-December 5, 2006:
Incorporating Active Learning in the College Classroom
Come explore ways to increase student engagement and participation in your courses. We’ll begin by examining best practices and models of active learning, including case studies, problem-based learning, and collaborative group learning. Along the way, we’ll self-assess the degree to which our current teaching strategies promote active learning. Finally, we’ll stretch beyond our comfort zones and redesign a lesson that is usually taught in a more passive manner.
The course section has filled. Registration is closed.

January 19-March 2, 2007:
Reaching the Underprepared College Math Student
In Texas, 50% of new two-year college students are underprepared for rigorous college coursework. This course is for instructors charged with bringing those students up-to-speed in mathematics. Developmental math instructors are invited to share the instructional challenges they’ve encountered in trying to reach this population and to explore successful teaching strategies in developmental education. The online experience will support participants’ developmental teaching practice through the formation of an online community of practitioners and the provision of hands-on activities and other tools designed to help students transfer their learning to new situations.
The course section has filled. Registration is closed.

March 2-April 13, 2007:
Technology Bootcamp: Incorporating the Latest Tools for Effective Instruction
Feeling overwhelmed by all of the new technology tools available for classroom use? Wondering if any of them can really enhance student achievement? Need some guidance on where to start but are too embarassed to ask? This course is for you! Join us in a user-friendly environment in which we'll start at the beginning and explain the latest technology applications and how to incorporate them easily and effectively into both your online and face-to-face courses. Applications to be covered include streaming media, RSS, blogs, mobile technology, podcasts, online collaboration systems, electronic portfolios, and some PowerPoint refreshers.
The course section has filled. Registration is closed.


Tuition: Funding from the AT&T Foundation enables participating faculty members to receive scholarships covering all course tuition in addition to $100 stipends for course completion.

Registration: All course registration is done online through the Texas Collaborative website. Please click on the link above for the course you have selected. Participants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis until each course reaches a maximum of 30 participants.

Participant Requirements: Full-time and part-time faculty from any community or technical college in Texas may apply. Participants should plan to spend 5-7 hours per week on course assignments.

Technology Requirements:

  • Reliable Internet access
  • Netscape 4.0 or higher, Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher with Java enabled, or Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher (can be downloaded from the web)
  • MSWord, optional (for use if you are attaching a document from your computer to the website, otherwise you can enter comments directly in the discussion section without worrying about the software program)

Course Platform: All AT&T Academy courses will be taught using the Blackboard course platform. Previous experience with Blackboard is not required. Course participants will be provided an overview of Blackboard features before courses begin.

Questions? Please email [email protected] for additional information.

All courses will be offered through the Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence and taught by experts in adult learning and college teaching.


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This project was funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Fiscal Agent: Del Mar College. Website maintained by CORD.
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