South Texas College was among those in attendance at the Texas Community College Teachers Association’s annual conference held Jan. 27 to 29 in San Antonio.
STC Health and Medical Administrative Services Program Chair Irma Rodriguez currently serves on the TCCTA membership committee, helping facilitate new memberships before and during the conference. She and Associate Biology Professor Diane Teter also served on the committee for creating biology-focused sessions at the conference.
Distance education was the focus of the biology sessions, which included topics such as laboratory solutions for online and hybrid courses, biology for non-science majors and online adaptive learning.
Teter is on the faculty advisory committee for the cooperative project Biology for Non-Science Majors I: A Statewide Online Initiative. Using SoftChalk software as a delivery tool, the LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunication is creating an online course that can be easily customized, while maintaining a fluid navigational design. The demonstrated biology course, partially funded by the Virtual College of Texas, is being developed with coordinated contributions by faculty in community colleges across the state. It will be available to all Texas community colleges for implementation in January 2012.