During each TILE Essentials, veteran TILE instructors visit and speak about their personal experiences with teaching in a TILE classroom. They answer questions about the process of transforming a curriculum, share helpful resources, and most importantly, they provide valuable insight into the day-to-day aspects of teaching in a TILE space.
During the Spring 2014, professor Amber Brian of the Spanish & Portuguese Department, was a guest speaker. Five faculty members from the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures (DWLLC) happened to be in the audience and were able to ask Dr. Brian specific questions relevant to their programs.
After Essentials, the faculty attendees wanted to hear more from the seasoned TILE instructors in their division, so with the help of Sue Otto, Director of the Language Media Center and Briana Janssen Sánchez Instructional Services Specialist at the Language Media Center, they organized a roundtable discussion for DWLLC faculty.
“I thought that both new and experienced TILE instructors from the Division, who teach courses with similar goals, would benefit from a roundtable discussion where they could share their experiences and ask questions to other instructors,” Janssen Sánchez says.
The informal conversation provided a platform for new and experienced TILE faculty in DWLLC to share their expertise and support one another.
“I think it was good for our instructors to see that we are invested in their success in the TILE classroom,” says Janssen Sánchez, “They have support from us here at the Language Media Center and in Instructional Services. “
During the discussion, faculty experienced in the TILE process talked briefly about their TILE transformation and their current courses, and newly trained faculty were given time to ask questions about transforming their course materials.
This collaborative effort was a success, and the DWLLC division is looking towards future roundtable discussions.
“I think it definitely would be valuable to instructors to implement something like this on a regular basis, perhaps every semester,” Janssen Sánchez says. “I think everyone who attended, either experienced in TILE or newly trained, benefited from the discussion and took at least something away from it”.
TILE faculty, what do you think? Would you benefit from a roundtable in your department or college? Let us know.