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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2005-06 Course Offerings

September 9-October 21, 2005:
Building Learning Communities: A User’s Guide
Imagine a restructuring of the way students interact with the curriculum; imagine a curriculum that integrates several disciplines and conveys a “big picture;” imagine small groups of students cooperating to build meaning—imagine learning communities! Participants in this course will explore various models of learning communities and the rationale for establishing them. This is an active learning experience—participants will practice interdisciplinary collaboration around a group-derived theme and will develop a blueprint for implementing this teaching strategy at their institutions.
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October 21-December 2, 2005:
Embracing Diversity in the Classroom
Community colleges enroll a true cross section of an America that is diverse in race, ethnicity, language, age, special needs, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status and geography. Participants in this course will learn ways to cultivate a climate of respect and creativity within a diverse student population. We will reflect on our own experiences, examine research on inequality in the classroom, explore ADA issues and discuss handling "hot button" issues.
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January 20-March 3, 2006:
From Good Teaching to Student Learning
Adjunct and new instructors are encouraged to enroll in this course that challenges participants to investigate complex issues: How well does your teaching style mesh with your college’s mission? What’s different about adult learners? How do we reach them—and how do we know that we did? Designed for participants with minimal background in education theory and application, this course will enhance new and adjunct instructors’ understanding of community college students and the factors critical to their academic success.
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March 20-April 28, 2006:
Helping Students Succeed: Broad Strategies in
Student Retention

Community college enrollments are growing at a prodigious rate. At the same time, however, we’re losing students who have so much potential to learn and grow. Drawing on the work of theorists Tinto, Astin, Rendon, Cross and others, this course examines why students leave—academic, personal, economic, and cultural factors—and provides an overview of strategies instructors can implement that lead to improved student retention.
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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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