Teaching-Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC at Durham Tech supports the college’s vision to be a learning college. In our interpretation of a learning college, the students, faculty, and staff are all learners.

Faculty development at Durham Tech is a collaborative process. Its success relies on faculty’s talents and their willingness to share their talents. The TLC facilitates faculty development through regular workshops presented by faculty for faculty; a periodic journal dedicated to teaching excellence, Learning Matters; and training targeted for specific groups of participants, including new full-time and part-time faculty.

Faculty development at Durham Tech is also adaptive. The TLC hosts relevant activities to support specific college initiatives, including data-informed decision making, globalization, new practices in assessment, the college’s QEP and strategic goals. The TLC also offers regular activities related to the typical themes in faculty development, for example, classroom management and active learning.

TLC Mission

The Teaching-Learning Center (TLC) is dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning excellence at Durham Technical Community College. The TLC encourages, offers, and sponsors faculty development activities that lead to meaningful student learning and renewal of college faculty.

TLC Goals

  • To encourage faculty in the exploration, development, and use of innovative and varied teaching methodologies and assessments, including new uses of technology, in the pursuit of improved teaching and learning;
  • To provide activities and resources that give faculty meaningful opportunities to connect, communicate, and collaborate with one another;
  • To showcase achievement of outstanding educational initiatives that enhance teaching and learning;
  • To support full-time and part-time faculty at all stages of their careers;
  • To sustain the hard work that faculty put into being teachers and professionals in higher education; and
  • To encourage funding of faculty and staff projects that improve teaching and learning through the College Foundation and outside grant agencies.

Established in 1998, the TLC supports the following Durham Tech strategic priorities:

  • Provide pathways to academic excellence by defining, aligning, and assessing clear student learning outcomes (within each guided career pathway) that prepare students for work-based learning opportunities, university transfer, and seamless job placement. (Pathways to Academic Excellence)
  • Provide pathways to institutional excellence by investing in the construction of creative teaching/learning environments, student-centered spaces that promote innovation and learning, partnering with industry to provide state-of-the-art facilities needed to prepare a highly-skilled workforce, investing and implementing technologies appropriate for the future of work, and recruiting and developing talent (employee) that provides opportunity for growth and advancement within the college. (Pathways to Institutional Excellence)
  • Employees will choose Durham Tech first because we create and sustain a great college working environment.