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.
Critical Service Learning as a High Impact Pedagogy and DEI Tool
with Dr. Rosangela Boyd
March 9, 2023 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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
Accommodating Student Learning Needs
with Stacy Mason and Travis Kramer
February 28, 2023 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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
Supporting Mental Health in Your Students
with Brad Stewart
March 28, 2023 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 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.
Faculty play a key role in recognizing the warning signs of mental health and facilitating referrals. Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a nationally recognized workshop which trains individuals to become “gatekeepers.” According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.
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.