Oakland Community College

TLTC History and Mission

The Teaching, Learning and Technology Centers (TLTC) offer support and resources for faculty and staff to assist in the continuous improvement of teaching and learning at OCC.

History

The first TLTC was opened in 2001 on the Royal Oak Campus.  By the year 2003, there was a TLTC on each of the five campuses of the college. The centers are equipped with useful tools including computer work stations loaded with both common and specialized software applications, scanners, cameras, and printers.  Most TLTCs also house instructor’s stations useful for practicing presentations.

The Centers are available when the College campuses are open and can be used by active College faculty or staff. (A door code is required to enter each Center.)  Appointments are not necessary and faculty may use the Centers when needed.

Instructors may also choose to schedule an appointment with an Instructional Technologist, a member of the Academic Technology Group (a unit of the IT Department). The AT staff are experienced educators, so faculty interested in rethinking their course delivery will find a sounding board and guidance.  Because the emphasis of the Academic Technology Group is on teaching and learning, including the use of technology, a broad range of services is available and includes:

  • Instructional design consultation with faculty.
  • Facilitation of the use of course management systems in both face-to-face and online courses.
  • Dissemination of information about teaching/learning and technology in both print and online formats.
  • Investigation of new software or hardware that supports learning.
  • Support of faculty examination and implementation of technologies.

Mission

The Mission of the TLTC is to provide support and consultation to OCC faculty and staff in the design of instruction and the pursuit of innovation and excellence in teaching, learning and technology.

The Academic Technology Group assist faculty who would like to introduce innovation into the traditional curriculum.  With the objective of creating a faculty knowledgeable of and comfortable with technology, the Academic Technology Group offers instruction and consultation to faculty members at all levels of computer experience.  The Academic Technology Group’s role does not include advocating for technology. Instead, we advocate for making informed choices about whether to use technology in ways that maximize benefits and minimize (inevitable but often overlooked) drawbacks.