Center for Transformational Learning

Center for Transformational Learning

 

The Center for Transformational Learning is the Avila University center of excellence in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Its mission is to provide resources and support to faculty, students, and staff in their pursuit of life long learning and transformational growth through self-directed learning.


How to build successful students-faculty relationships remotely?

Today, the usage of online learning management system in schools, colleges and universities increased tremendously. It is essential for teachers to learn the strategies of effective online communication and interaction. At Avila University, faculty and students have opportunities to receive any technology consulting such as, Canvas LMS training, how to create a demo or video and share them in Canvas courses, how to lecture and share your desktop with the class remotely, and much more.

For more information, please contact Sima Tarokh at sima.tarokh@avila.edu or 816-501-2484.

Online Programs

Designing Online Programs and Courses

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We are so happy you found us! Although we are under construction at this time we do want to share with you what will be coming soon.

This section of the CTL was created to meet three different learning preferences, audio, visual, and text to emulate best practice in online course creation.  Take a peek at what is to come.......

Online Course Creation

You will want to include the multimedia representations of content. The following are examples of how each medium can be used with an online course structure:

     Video

      Video creation can be used in the following ways.....

      • As an introduction- This is a 1-3 minute video that sets the climate for learning in your course. You will want to include a brief overview of your background in the content area, how the course is structures, and minimal expectations for your course. When creating these clips remember:
        • Audience
        • Purpose
        • Engagement
      • For Instruction- This type of video would provide directions for an assignment or dissemination of course content. The following link describes ways to create eLearning videos:
      • For Learner Support- This is a great way to differentiate learning:
        • Tutorial
        • Enrichment
        • Just in Time Explanations

     Audio

       Use audio creation or Podcasts in the following ways.....

      • As an Introduction- This is a 1-3 minute audio/pod cast that sets the climate for learning.
      • For Instruction- This use of audio would be effective for communicating directions, comments, or dissemination of course content in a (podcast).

     Text

      Text can be used in the following ways.....

      • As an Introduction- This is a 1-2 paragraph text that shares sets the climate for learning. You will want to include a brief overview of your background in the content area, how the course is structures, and minimal expectations for your course. When creating this text remember:
        • To Speak to Your Audience
        • Set a Purpose
        • Open Opportunities for Engagement
      • For Instruction- This use of text, diagrams, pictures or graphs would be effective for communicating directions, comments, or dissemination of course conten.
      • Learner Support-This is a written description that clarifies information.
        • Tutorial
        • Enrichment
        • Just in Time Explanations

If you need any assistance feel free to contact me at andria.stokes@avila.edu. Here is to effectively designing your online course!

Faculty Scholarship Information

Faculty Scholarship Information

To access forms simply click on the links below. Please use the Mozilla FireFox browser to open the form. Using this browser will allow you to save your completed form on your computer for submission purposes.

Due Dates for All Faculty Scholarship Grants

DEADLINE
GRANT
Second Monday in September
• Faculty Scholarship Support Grants (Round I)
• Faculty Sabbatical applications for the following academic year
Second Monday in October
• Faculty Scholarship Support Grants (Round II)
• Jeanne Lillig Patterson Faculty Innovation Grant
• Faculty Scholarship Release Time Grants for the following Fall semester
• Online Course Development Grants for the following academic year
Second Monday in February
• Faculty Scholarship Support Grants (Round III)
Second Monday in April
• Faculty Scholarship Support Grants (Round IV)
• Faculty Scholarship Release Time Grants for the following Spring semester
• Faculty Scholarship Summer Grants (those that take place after June 30 and before the first faculty scholarship grant deadline.)

General Guidelines for Faculty Scholarship Grants

Grants are only awarded to full-time faculty members. Each full-time faculty member is eligible for one grant (either $700 or $1300 per academic year) AND one release time grant (including online course development grants) per academic year. In the case of collaborative projects in which two or more full-time faculty members at Avila University present original research at a national conference (thus qualifying for the $1300 grant), the maximum award is $2600. Each member of such a collaborative research project remains, like all faculty members, only eligible for one faculty scholarship grant per year. Faculty should apply in the semester prior to that in which the activity will occur (although retroactive applications will be accepted.)

Applications must be completed and emailed as an attachment, first to the applicant’s dean, for approval, and then forwarded by the dean to Elise Hiatt (elise.hiatt@avila.edu). Please write “Faculty Scholarship Committee application” in the subject line of the email.

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