In its first year of operation, the recently launched Collaborative for Learning and Teaching has already provided physical space and a context to promote pedagogical innovation among the Trinity faculty. The Collaborative is the primary site for faculty members to talk about their teaching and to engage in peer-to-peer professional development to support student learning. By hosting workshops, awarding course design grants, and promoting the cross-fertilization of ideas across the disciplines, the Collaborative is poised to significantly contribute to the quality of teaching and learning on campus in the years to come.
Academic Technology (AT) will support and integrate multimedia resources for the Trinity community. AT staff members will engage with faculty in various academic programs to understand pedagogical goals and the role that technology should play as campus facilities are continually upgraded and new spaces are designed. In collaboration with faculty librarians, AT staff will provide training and support to faculty who use smart classrooms and other forms of technology in their teaching.
Trinity’s Collaborative for Learning and Teaching provides workshops and seminars to the Trinity faculty and staff that highlight recent advancements in pedagogical practices. These workshops are hosted by experts from both inside and outside of Trinity.
“Often the Collaborative is the first place that faculty hear about innovations outside of their field that also touch on all aspects of higher education,” says Tom Jenkins, director for the Collaborative for Learning and Teaching. High Noon lunches, hosted by the Collaborative, allow for quick exchanges of ideas between faculty throughout the academic year and are a staple of the program.
The Collaborative is evolving, constanting looking for new innovation. “This year we are starting an FLC (faculty learning community) that focuses on digital literacy, with breakfast meetings throughout the year. The goal is to foster assignments that dovetail with Trinity’s new Pathways curriculum,” Jenkins says. Other new programs within the Collaborative are Polyglot Poetry Reading, Tigers as Partners, and ¡Hola San, Antonio!, which all aim to improve the classroom experience for Trinity students.
“I am been most excited by the real engagement of Trinity faculty with the programs of the Collaborative: Far from ‘coasting,’ Trinity faculty continue to burnish their skills as teachers and mentors,” Jenkins says. “This is especially essential as higher education — and higher learning — continues to incorporate new technologies, and we in the Collaborative look forward to being the first point of contact for those new fields.”