Campus Connections Workshops are organized and promoted by the Koehler Center, but they are developed and led by TCU faculty and staff to provide opportunities to connect with colleagues across campus.
Register for upcoming Campus Connections Workshops below or on our Events page.
View the archive for information about past Campus Connections Workshops.
September 21 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Connecting TCU to the greater community is an important part of our mission and can be accomplished in multiple ways—artistic showcases, athletics, conferences, and more. Opportunities also exist through TCU’s Office of Extended Education—leading non-credit evening courses, being a featured Faculty Favorite Lecture speaker, volunteering to teach a TCU Silver Frogs program, and more. The paid and volunteer opportunities administered through the Office of Extended Education serve to further develop professional and enrichment connections between our campus and the community.
Many opportunities are available to TCU faculty and departments to engage with the local community through partnership with the Office of Extended Education. Departments wanting to do outreach and generate departmental revenue can do so through a variety of programs and activities, such as conferences and institutes. Extended Education takes care of the “back office” administrative details, leaving the program development and delivery to the experts—the faculty.
In this workshop, participants will:
- Explore the value of community outreach and engagement
- Identify activities and programs available to individual faculty and departments
- Discuss revenue-generating models for departments
- Review administrative details and timelines for implementation
Each year, thousands of community members take part in Extended Education opportunities here at TCU. You can be a part of that outreach!
September 23 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Service-learning aims at developing service experiences for students that enhance learning while addressing community needs through reciprocal campus-community partnerships. While some educators have focused on discipline-specific learning objectives, others have embraced a social change orientation, by promoting social awareness and encouraging social responsibility among students in addressing key community concerns. This shift in focus, known as “critical service-learning” brings implications related to the developments and sustainability of campus-community partnerships, as well as to classroom dynamics.
This presentation will be anchored in this paradigm shift towards a critical approach to service-learning, discussing implications of adopting a critical service-learning approach, reviewing the role of all stakeholders (faculty, students and community members) throughout the various phases of developing and sustaining reciprocal service-learning partnerships. This interactive and reflective presentation will use examples of existing partnerships to discuss how challenges have emerged and have been addressed during planning, implementation and follow up.
As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:
- Compare and contrast traditional and critical service-learning approaches
- Identify barriers and articulate strategies to applying critical service-learning principles in planning, implementing, and evaluating campus-community collaborative projects
- Highlight student learning outcomes connected to critical service-learning
- Recognize the benefits of place-based community engagement to sustain partnerships
- Discuss how session contents and examples can be adapted to respective disciplines
September 26 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
TCU’s digital fabrication laboratory—The Fab Lab—is a space designed to inspire creativity. Located on the first floor of the TCU Library, the Fab Lab offers a variety of services and equipment to TCU students, staff, and faculty. Equipment available in the Fab Lab includes multiple 3D printers, a high definition 3D scanner, a large scale plotter, and a laser cutter/engraver.
This workshop will provide a brief overview of the lab. Participants will then have an opportunity to explore the equipment. Fab Lab staff will be available to discuss ideas for how the equipment might be utilized for course materials or classroom assignments, as well as answer any questions you may have.
Accommodating Student Learning Needs with Stacy Mason and Travis Kramer
TCU boasts a talented and diverse student body, with many individual learners who have individualized needs. And with these needs, students sometimes require special accommodations, whether for a specific learning disability, physical limitation, or an unusually demanding schedule, such as with student athletes who are frequently away from campus.
This workshop will focus on the most common accommodations requested of TCU faculty (extra time, extended due dates, note-taking, accessible content, video captioning, and redundant learning materials). With these considerations in mind, we will also demonstrate how to leverage and customize TCU Online to address these specific needs.
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Identify the common accommodations as listed by the Office of Access and Accommodation
- Locate the Accommodations tool in Classlist to provide extended time for Quizzes/Exams
- Design a Special Access scenario in the Assignments and Quizzes to adjust or extend due dates
- Create captions for TCU Online Video Note videos and Panopto videos
- Create accessible Word, Powerpoint, PDF and HTML content using built in tools for use with ReadSpeaker
October 19 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Writing assignments are popular activities by which educators determine student comprehension and progress within a course. And rubrics have become an increasingly popular (and expected) method for assessing student writing. However, designing rubrics for writing assignments can be a daunting task for those who have little experience doing so. Luckily, with a bit of guidance and reflection upon desired assignment outcomes, educators can successfully craft a writing assignment rubric that serves as a customizable and time saving means of assessing student writing. Additionally, a well-designed and detailed rubric can function as a teaching tool that helps students become better writers as they navigate the intricacies of the writing process while encouraging reflection before turning in a writing assignment.
This workshop will focus on best practices for creating effective and detailed rubrics for writing assignments. Participants will have an opportunity to view existing rubrics and begin to draft plans for their own.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify criteria relevant to evaluation of writing assignments
- Create criteria that align with desired assignment outcomes
- Design a rubric adaptable to a variety of writing activities
Exploring Open Educational Resources (OER) for Equity and Access
with Jeff Bond, Jason Manriquez, and Travis Kramer
November 1 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Would you like to incorporate open educational resources (OER) into your course, but aren’t sure where to start? Are you curious about leveraging Follett Discover to provide OER and other engaging digital content material for your students?
This workshop will explore how you can adopt Follett Discover along with other OER resource content platforms in lieu of or in addition to traditional textbooks benefiting students and instructors. You will leave with a set of practical tools and strategies for approaching your OER journey, as well as a better understanding of the support available for you at TCU.
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Provide a working definition of an Open Education Resource
- Explain the benefits of using Open Education Resources and Follet Discover
- Locate and Evaluate an Open Educational Resource in your discipline for use in TCU Online
November 2 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
In this workshop, participants will learn about tools available through the TCU Library that can be used for teaching research methods such as Sage Research Methods, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and Data-Planet. The session will focus on how faculty can use these tools to help students learn about methodologies, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and to find datasets for research and practice.
November 15 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The status of students’ mental health is a growing concern for universities across the nation. From the National Collegiate Health Assessment, three of the top five impediments to academic performance as reported by TCU students are stress, anxiety, and depression.
This workshop will provide faculty with the tools to identify warning signs and risk factors for suicide and poor mental health. We will also cover how to ask a student if they are having thoughts of suicide, and how to refer these students to a variety of campus resources for help. We will finish with a deeper discussion for strategies on how faculty can support the mental health of their students.