Community of Practice: Digital Learning Innovation

About the CoP: Digital Learning Innovation

Communities of Practice (CoP) bring together groups of people who share a passion for something they know how to do and provide opportunities for regular interactions to share, learn and innovate.

At TAMU-CC, the CoP for Digital Learning & Innovation is designed to provide a productive networking model for faculty members to work together in a meaningful way to discuss and share ideas and build successful community-focused solutions. The CoP will focus on compelling projects with clear milestones and deliverables to help faculty develop solutions, best practices, and strategic resources to enable and support teaching and learning innovation. CoP: DLI members will also provide input about current and future projects to help grow TAMU-CC’s culture of innovation.

Participation in the CoP: DLI is limited to current TAMU-CC faculty members.

Our first event for the CoP: Digital Learning & Innovation will be an eRead Club, a virtual book club.


Digital Accessibility & Inclusive Instruction

The Community of Practice for Digital Accessibility & Inclusive Instruction’s (CoP: DAI²) goal is to support the commitment shared by all Islander faculty and staff to create a more inclusive campus. The focus of the CoP: DAI² will be to help you take the first steps toward making your courses more inclusive for all learners. The CoP: DAI² will offer general accessibility tips and information about inclusive instruction and will also offer a first look at “Blackboard Ally”.

Blackboard Ally is an automated accessibility checker that scans your entire course for accessibility problems. Ally then compiles any problems it finds and then provides guidance for correcting those problems. In addition, Blackboard Ally provides your students with “alternate formats” of your digital course content to. For example, Ally produces an audio file as an alternative to a text file you upload to your course.

Faculty who participate in the CoP: DAI² will receive a stipend of up to $500 for the Fall and Spring semesters. If you are interested in participating in the Digital Accessibility & Inclusive Instruction please complete and submit the Program Interest Form. 

TAMU-CC IT Accessibility home page

Ally testimonial video

Faculty Summer eRead Club 2019

The inaugural eRead club is an informal, cross-disciplinary gathering of TAMU-CC faculty who meet to discuss their subjective interpretations of a variety of books related to digital learning and innovation in higher education.  The goal of the eRead Club is for it to become one of the most reflective, intellectual and personal experiences faculty have at TAMU-CC.

  • Book Selection

    The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower learning, unleash talent and lead a culture of creativity by George Couros

    Summary

    In The Innovator's Mindset, George Couros encourages teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore--and to become forward-thinking leaders. If we want innovative students, we need innovative educators. In other words, innovation begins with you. Ultimately, innovation is not about a skill set: it's about a mindset.

    Questions

    Feel free to send an email with any questions to odelt@tamucc.edu and we will be happy to help!

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