TLNI Yields Sustainable Models for Transformative Teaching and Learning-Related Change

In August, cross-functional teams from 16 two- and four-year institutions, including five ATD Network Colleges, attended the second annual Teaching and Learning National Institute (TLNI) at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. The four-day residential institute guided the teams in developing action plans intended to lead to transformative teaching and learning-related change back on campus. Teams participated in plenary sessions, concurrent workshops, and facilitated team times. ATD was a co-sponsor of the event, and ATD staff served as Resource Faculty and members of the event’s core planning team.

“TLNI was an ideal venue for our team to learn from experts who designed a curriculum that was tailored to our goals. Being away from campus allowed our team to foster deeper personal connections and focus exclusively on developing a quality action plan for our campus teaching and learning objectives.”
- Michael Bates, Associate Dean, Academy for Teaching Excellence, Harper College

Cross-Functional Team Learning and Collaboration

Teams at TLNI consisted of five-eight community college faculty and stakeholders. Each group used evidence to identify areas of the student experience that could be strengthened through more effective approaches to teaching and learning practices both inside and outside the classroom. The teams also collaborated to define student learning outcomes and course and program outcomes more clearly.

“TLNI provided the time to reflect on our project and connect with faculty from different disciplines across our campus. Bridging those academic silos helped us to see how each of our different approaches to implementing high impact practices work together to support students and help them to succeed."
- Maura Hill, Instructor of English, Community College of Baltimore County

Creating an Action Plan for the Return to Campus 

In addition, TLNI  was designed to strengthen campus engagement in evidence-based change initiatives. Attendees were coached on tactics to better promote faculty leadership in initiatives aimed at improving student learning and student success as well as the use of data to design change initiatives, assess initiatives’ success, and plan “next steps.” At the conclusion of the Institute, teams created a sustainable model for learning-centered professional development for all campus educators.

"The TLNI was an opportunity for faculty and leaders to have meaningful conversations about teaching and learning at Davidson County Community College (DCCC). During our time at the Institute, we were able to take a set of faculty-defined guiding principles for effective teaching and create a plan to incorporate those principles across the faculty pathway from connecting with the college through the hiring process to developing a model for faculty learning throughout their careers at DCCC."
- Mary Rittling, President, Davidson County Community College

2017 TLNI ATD Network College attendees included:

  • Pierce College, WA
  • Harper College, Il
  • Community College of Baltimore College, MD
  • Lane Community College, OR
  • Davidson Community College, NC

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