The Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce the:


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 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.

2003-04 offerings include the following
six-week, facilitated online courses:

Strategies for Health and Well-being
October 10-November 21, 2003

This course is designed to help participants explore strategies for living a healthier and happier life. Participants will learn to identify and alleviate stress by pursuing a balanced approach to nurturing mind and body through relaxation and physical fitness. (Couch potatoes and weekend warriors are encouraged to enroll. Only minimal physical activity required for participation.)

Reaching the Underprepared College Math Student
October 10-November 21, 2003
This course is intended to support participants' developmental mathematics teaching practice by providing hands-on activities and other tools designed to help students transfer their learning to other situations. Participants form a supportive online community for reflecting on pedagogy and sharing information and issues related to developmental mathematics.

January 26-March 5, 2004
Incorporating Active Learning Strategies in the College Classroom
Explore ways to increase student engagement and participation in your courses.

February 2-March 12, 2004
Building Learning Communities: A User’s Guide
Develop a blueprint for implementing this collaborative learning strategy at your college.

March 19-April 23, 2004
From Good Teaching to Student Learning
Enhance your understanding of community college learners and factors critical to their success.


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

Registration: Online enrollment for the courses will be available through the Texas Collaborative website, 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 Texas Collaborative partner colleges, including Austin Community College, Brookhaven College, College of the Mainland, El Paso Community College, Frank Phillips College, Laredo Community College, Northwest College, South Texas Community College, Tyler Junior College, and Weatherford College 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 or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher with Java
  • 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 online tour of Blackboard features before courses begin.

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

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