Teaching & Learning Center (TLC)


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Teaching & Learning Center (TLC)


The Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) offers professional and organizational development for all faculty and staff at Midland College.

Our Goal

Our goal is to provide faculty and staff with the tools and support they need to facilitate positive, meaningful, and transformative experiences for all Midland College students.


Cohort-Based Programs

The New Employee Experience (NEE) will orient and equip new full-time employees with the tools, resources, and knowledge necessary to be successful employees at Midland College. This program is designed to help new employees create important relationships with their colleagues across the college and create a purposeful sense of belonging for new employees. The NEE is a semester-long program for all new employees at Midland College, including both faculty and staff. New full-time employees are expected to participate in this program. 

FALL 2022 New Employee Experience

Audience: All New MC Employees
Timeframe: August - December (view the syllabus for exact meeting dates)
Participation: New employees are automatically added to this roster and therefore do not need to register for the NEE. Although this program was designed for new employees, all employees at Midland College are invited to attend NEE sessions that are of interest to them. Please contact the TLC if you are interested in attending any of the NEE sessions.

Fall 2022 NEE Syllabus

New for Fall 2022! The Midland College Leadership Academy will provide current and aspiring leaders at Midland College with the knowledge, skills, and practice to enhance their leadership style, behaviors, and efficacy.

Audience: Full-time staff and faculty are eligible to apply to participate.
Timeframe: September-December, 2022 (see syllabus for exact dates)
Overview: The MC Leadership Academy will include a full-day kickoff event, seven in-person sessions, and a concluding graduation session during the Fall 2022 semester. The academy will include presentations on a variety of leadership topics, experiential and discussion-based exercises, and reflective activities and application. The academy will be structured around the five exemplary leadership practices in The Leadership Challenge book by Kouzes and Posner. The academy will be facilitated by Will Torres and Lee Grimes, other members of the ISS Division, and select members of MC leadership.
Participation: Participation in the academy is limited to 15-20 participants. All applications will be reviewed by a neutral committee to determine final academy roster.

Participation in the Fall 2022 MC Leadership Academy is closed. 

The Teaching & Learning Center hosts Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) to allow faculty from across the college to engage with one another on a variety of cross-disciplinary teaching and learning topics. These FLCs are loosely structured but allow the faculty to explore topics and ideas that are of interest to them, all while sharing ideas and getting feedback from their faculty colleagues.

FALL 2022 Faculty Learning CommunitY

Audience: All Faculty
Timeframe: The Fall 2022 FLC will take place in September and October. Lunch will be provided at each session. Dates are below. See the syllabus for more detailed information.

  • Sept. 8, 12:30 - 2pm
  • Sept. 15, 12:30 - 2pm
  • Sept. 22, 12:30 - 2pm
  • Sept. 29, 12:30 - 2pm
  • Oct. 6, 12:30 - 2pm

Participation: Interested faculty should complete and submit the registration form below. Registration deadline: Friday, September 2.

Participation in the Fall 2022 FLC is closed. 

The TLC hosts Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to allow staff at Midland College to come together and discuss important topics relevant to their roles as higher education professionals. Each PLC will be centered on a specific topic and participants will engage in meaningful conversations and activities to further explore that topic. 

Topic: Emotional Intelligence
Audience: These PLCs are geared primarily toward non-instructional employees, however, faculty are welcome to participate if they are interested. 
Timeframe: 4 meetings in October.
Overview: Emotional intelligence is the ability to sense, understand and effectively apply the power and acumen of your emotions and the emotions of others in order to facilitate higher levels of collaboration and productivity. In order to achieve higher levels of productivity, performance and leadership a person must develop high levels of emotional intelligence.
Participation: Interested employees should complete and submit the registration form below. Registration deadline: Wednesday, September 28.

Participation in the Fall 2022 PLC is closed. 

The Teaching & Learning Center hosts mini-courses on a variety of topics. These mini-courses vary in length and format, but typically last 3-4 weeks and include some sort of deliverable by the participant. Topics can range from using a specific technology tool to improving communication with students. 

Faculty Research Mini-Course

Timeframe: September 30 - October 21, 2022
Audience: Faculty and Instructional Staff
Overview: The purpose of the Faculty Research Mini-Course is to promote faculty engagement with ongoing action research focused on improving teaching and learning at Midland College.
Participation: Interested faculty should complete and submit the registration form below. Registration deadline: Friday, September 23.

Registration for the Fall 2022 Faculty Research Mini-Course is closed.


Timeframe: November 4 - 18, 2022
Audience: Faculty and Instructional Staff
Overview: The purpose of the Creating Effective Assessments Mini-Course is to provide Midland College Faculty with the knowledge, resources, and skills to be able to create, distribute, and interpret effective instructional assessments.
Participation: Interested faculty should complete and submit the registration form below. Registration deadline: Friday, October 28.

Registration for the Fall 2022 Creating Effective Assessments Mini-Course is closed.

The Teaching & Learning Academy (TLA) is a cohort-based program designed to empower faculty to enhance student success through exploration and implementation of an active learning framework. Our vision is to increase student success and completion through the intentional development of interactive teaching that transforms learning in and out of the classroom. Throughout this semester-long academy, participants will have the opportunity to practice, observe, reflect, discuss, and redesign for a truly immersive and transformative experience.

The next cohort of the Teaching & Learning Academy will be held in Spring 2023. Check back later for more information.

The Teaching & Learning Center hosts an educational book club called the MC Reading Collaborative. The MC Reading Collaborative is designed to engage employees in critical thinking and discussion around a text that can be applied to their role at the college. Interested participants will read a common text then meet a few times to discuss how the content impacts their professional practices.

The next Reading Collaborative cohort will take place in Spring 2023.

If your department or division would like to participate in a custom Reading Collaborative on a different text, complete the TLC Request Form.

Professional Development Series

Virtual via Teams

New in Fall 2022! Tech Tuesday is a series of professional development sessions designed to educate employees at Midland College on a variety of technology applications and platforms used across the College. These sessions will take place virtually on Tuesday afternoons about twice each month. Each session will last 30 minutes and focus on a different technology topic. Topics may include, but are not limited to, Microsoft Teams, Office 365, managing and organizing your desktop, and Outlook. The dates and times for Tech Tuesday are listed below:

  • September 6, 3-3:30pm
  • September 27, 3-3:30pm
  • October 11, 3-3:30pm
  • October 25, 3-3:30pm
  • November 8 (National Distance Learning Week), 3-3:30pm
  • November 29, 3-3:30pm

All employees will receive calendar invitations to each of the Tech Tuesday sessions. Employees do not need to register to participate in these sessions.

Location: MHAB 101

New in Fall 2022! The Learning & Coffee (TLC) Series is a series of presentations by MC faculty on a variety of teaching and learning topics. These sessions will take place for 1-hour on Friday mornings in the MHAB 101 Lecture Hall. Coffee and pastries will be provided at each meeting. The dates and times for the TLC Series are listed below.

Session 1: Friday, September 23, 8:30-9:30am

  • Speaker: Jay Schwarz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Presentation Title: Why Lecture
  • Presentation Description: A look at the some of the purposes and principles of lecturing, along with strategies for breaking up lectures. 
  • Speaker Bio: Jay Schwarz is an associate professor of psychology at Midland College. Jay has a PhD in psychology with an emphasis in performance psychology and motivation from Grand Canyon University, along with a Master of Arts in sociology from Norwich University in Montpelier, Vermont. 

Session 2: Friday, October 14, 8:30-9:30am

  • Speaker: John Gaspard, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Student Success
  • Presentation Description: The presenter will demonstrate the use of prerecorded videos to enhance the likelihood of student success in online courses and discuss the empathy, preparation, and simulation needed to construct these educational resources. 
  • Speaker Bio: John Gaspard is an associate professor of student success at Midland College. He has a Ph.D. in Human Resource Education and a M.Ed. in Administration from Louisiana State University, as well as a M.A. in History from Baylor University and a Teaching English as a Second Language Graduate Certificate from Texas A&M University-Commerce. This is his seventh year at Midland College. He also has experience teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. 

(SESSION CANCELLED) Session 3: Friday, December 2, 8:30-9:30am

The Supervisory Training Series is a series of sessions designed to equip supervisors with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively supervise their employees. Topics may include, but are not limited to, budgeting, effective delegation strategies, accountability, and handling disciplinary issues.

All supervisors are invited to participate in these sessions and will receive calendar invitations to each session. Employees do not need to register to attend these sessions. 

If an employee is interested in attending these sessions but is not receiving the calendar invitations, they should contact the TLC to be added (TLC@midland.edu).


The MC Staff Retreat is a day set aside for Midland College staff to get off campus and engage with their colleagues around a relevant professional development topic. Each retreat will be open to a limited number of MC staff each semester. 

National Distance Learning Week 2022: November 7-11

National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) was designed to recognize, highlight, and celebrate the efforts of online teachers, students, and administrators. The goal of the week is for institutions, agencies, and other organizations to engage in discussions to further grow and develop their knowledge and experience with a variety of distance learning topics. Here at Midland College, we plan to celebrate the week by offering opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage with one another on how we might be able to enhance the learning experiences in distance learning courses.

The Teaching & Learning Center coordinates two in-service week schedules, one at the start of each fall and spring term. Information is sent out to all employees soliciting meetings and sessions to add to the in-service schedule.

The in-service schedule is posted on the In-Service Page on the MC website and is updated each semester.

In-Service Page


Complete this form to request individual or group consultations, professional development, meeting or retreat facilitation, instructional design assistance, how-to video creation, or general assistance from the Teaching & Learning Center.

TLC Request Form

The following technologies are available to MC faculty for instructional purposes. Contact the Teaching & Learning Center for more information on using the different technologies.

  • Zoom (video conferencing)
  • Canvas Studio (video creation, video hosting, screen recording)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Adobe design programs, PDF editing)
  • MS Office 365 (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Teams, Streams, OneDrive etc.)
  • TurnitIn (plagiarism tool w/in Canvas)
  • Respondus 4.0 (quiz authoring)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (anti-cheating for tests)
  • Respondus Monitor (AI online test proctoring software)
  • ProctorU (live online proctoring service)
  • NetTutor (online tutoring for students)
  • Articulate (online module creation)
  • Camtasia (video creation and editing software)
  • Nearpod (interactive online module creation)

Starlink Professional Development

Offers higher education faculty and staff 24/7 access to over 200 hours of on-demand professional development. This service is free to all college personnel who register with their Midland.edu email address.

Starlink Professional Development

The Teaching & Learning Center has a variety of OnDemand resources available to support instruction at Midland College including pre-recorded webinars and instructional videos on a variety of teaching and learning topics and text-based modules and instructions for quick and easy access. Please note: some of the resources below may require Midland College login credentials to access.

Tech Tuesday Sessions


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Meet the Staff

Will Torres, Director
Kevin Goldsmith, Instructional Designer
Natalie Montelongo, TLC Clerk
VACANT, Learning & Development Trainer
Debbie McNeely, TLC Faculty Liaison
Faculty Facilitators
Meredith Martin
Sondra Richards

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