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About the TLC


BCC’s Teaching and Learning Center was first envisioned in 2008 as a project of the Basic Skills Initiative Committee. The center was designed to address the need for sustained, collaborative, faculty and staff-led professional development, in response to research demonstrating that the traditional “one-shot” workshop model is ultimately not effective in improving our practice. With the help of  BCC’s 2009-2014 Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant, the TLC developed a variety of programs, and the work has now been institutionalized as a vehicle for the academic excellence, collaboration, innovation, and transformation named in our school’s vision.


BCC’s TLC provides and facilitates high-quality training and resources that leverage the experience, knowledge, and expertise of staff and faculty to improve learning across all disciplines and for all of BCC’s students, regardless of background or educational preparedness. The TLC works with all aspects of Shared Governance, particularly the Planning for Institutional Effectiveness (PIE) Committee and the Professional Development Committee to identify action items and develop, promote, and fund programs.


  • Collaborative and Inclusive: Faculty and staff work together to strengthen their teaching and service.
  • Research and inquiry-based: Our work is informed by current and relevant research.
  • Student-oriented: As instructors and staff, we should always inform our research, policies, and decisions with students in mind and as participants in our research.
  • Sustainable: Instructors and staff plan and assess work in order to evaluate long-term goals and progress.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please email

TLC Room Calendar (please check before requesting room)

How to Reserve Room 341 for Staff and Faculty Events

Join colleagues in one of our collaborative projects (click on the title for more information):

FIG: Focused Inquiry Groups

2-5 faculty/staff each; up to 10 total FIG + APPLE groups per academic year; November-May; some stipends available

  • Ask a “thorny” question about teaching and learning or other issue relevant  to success for all students
  • Gather data from  prior research and students
  • Look at data and make recommendations
  • Share findings as
    • Brief written report with data
    • Brief presentation at symposium

APPLE:  Action Plan Projects for Learning Excellence

2-5 faculty/staff each; up to 10 total FIG + APPLE groups per academic year; November-May; some stipends available

  • Identify a need from previous FIG recommendations and/or other assessment action plan
  • Create concrete product and/or take action to meet need
  • Share project as
    • Brief written report with data
    • Brief presentation at symposium

DART: Discuss-Apply- Reflect  Tools Workshops

2-10 faculty/staff each; up to 10 DART series per academic year; some stipends available

  • Meet once:
    • Leader shares a  research-validated teaching tool
    • Participants plan how to apply the tool
  • Everyone tries out the tool in class
  • Meet again after 2 weeks:
    • Share results and challenges
    • Leader reports for website

POP: Peer Observation Pool

Up to 25 faculty; one pool each semester; some stipends available

  • Attend one session of the POP Kickoff: form community agreements, discuss teaching contexts, and exchange logistics.
  • Observe 3 other classes during semester for at least 30 minutes each, at least one outside of own discipline
  • All welcome other POP members into classrooms.
  • Attend one session of the POP Wrap-up: members reflect, share, and connect for future projects.

Pedagogy for Equity Reading Group

Up to 20 faculty and staff; one group each semester; some books available for lending

Other Workshops and Series

Please check the Events Calendar for other opportunities.


  • Teaching and Learning Center

    Wednesday 16 August 2017


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