April 2021


Amarillo College - CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning)

Center for Teaching and Learning


The Savvy Scholar - An Amarillo College Faculty Newsletters. Written by The Center for Teaching and Learning.

News / Tips for Teaching and Learning

Content tailored for Amarillo College faculty which explores, promotes, and supports excellence in teaching, with diverse technologies.

Volume 1, Issue 7


April brings a time to refresh and renew 

As we travel through April, the end of the semester is in sight and approaching fast. However, the end of an academic year also brings a need to renew and refresh our teaching and learning. In this issue we begin to refresh CTL by asking for help from you, we give a new perspective on an engagement tool, and renew your hope to end the semester strong.   

Highlights in this issue:

  1. Faculty CTL Needs Survey: we need your input on what professional learning we offer next year. Fill out the short survey to have your say. 
  2. Blackboard ER: Another opportunity to ask questions and get help with your courses. Blackboard ER will be held on April 16th. Look for the join information below or to the right. 
  3. Tech-tools and student engagement: Looking to add a spark to your course and finish strong? 
  4. AC Academic Success Center: Do you know where to send your students when they are struggling in a course? AC Academic Success Center has created a new tab in Blackboard, see below for more information.  

April is a time to refresh and renew. This newsletter provides opportunities for you to participate in both

The CTL Team


Faculty CTL Needs Survey

As CTL begins to prepare for the 2021-2022 academic year, we would like to hear from you about your wants/needs for next year's professional learning programs. We have created a Google Forms survey with 6 questions. This survey should take under 10 minutes to fill out. 


Blackboard ER

We are getting close to the end of the semester. Now is a great time to fine-tune your new courses. Drop by our virtual Blackboard ER for help with:

  • Gradebook setup
  • Tests & quizzes
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • And much more…

Join Richard Stephenson this Friday, April 16 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The Zoom link is in Blackboard. 


Tech Tools and Student Engagement

Are you looking to bring a renewed spark to your courses?

Sentence stems - Help students deepen their thought process by starting the sentences for them. These can be done at the beginning, middle or end of a lesson. They can also be combined as a “Think-Pair-Share”, “quick write” or “exit ticket”.

Flipgrid - Flipgrid is a video response platform where educators can have online video discussions with students or other educators. Teachers can provide feedback to students, and students can provide peer feedback.  Watch Melissa Eder’s video to see Flipgrid in action!

 See the CTL Tech-Supported Resources page for more ideas. 


AC Academic Success Centers

Do you see students who need a helping hand? Are students struggling in your course? Amarillo College Success Centers have a new tab in Blackboard. Faculty and students can use it to get connected to a specific Academic Success Center. Also, included is a link to the Academic Success Center brochure and the website. Please check them out and direct your students to the Academic Success Center services. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Jeannie George, Director of Student Learning Support by email or phone (806)371-5432.


Save the Date


Blackboard ER
April 16

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Zoom link in Blackboard


Faculty CTL Needs Assessment
Due: April 30
Google Forms Link


Faculty Learning - Remotely

Tech Tools Cohort

Learning by Design - East Campus

Student Engagement - West Campus

Pedagogy of Real Talk Cohort 3

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

Center for Teaching and Learning (WARE) Room 205
Web Page: www.actx.edu/ctl | Email: ctl@actx.edu
Phone:  806-371-5920 

CTL Purpose Statement: 
The Center for Teaching and Learning promotes transformative, evidence-based, and engaging professional learning for the enrichment of faculty and administrators to ensure academic success of all students at Amarillo College. 



Contact Us

Washington Street Campus, Ware Student Commons, Suite 205
2201 S. Washington St
Amarillo, TX 79109

Student Help/Underground Contact Information:

Phone: (806) 371-5429

Email: ctlstudenthelp@actx.edu

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