Thursday, March 8, 2012

Welcome to the Teaching and Learning Center

Welcome to the
Teaching and Learning Center
At the
University of New Mexico Valencia

By Philip Leimbach, MCT

Things are changing again at the T&LC. Last October we were awarded a new Title V grant from the US Department of Education. This new grant is a Co-Op with New Mexico State University Grants in Grants, New Mexico. The scope of this grant is primarily two fold. First, it is set to help us reach more students via online teaching initiatives. Second, the grant is designated to help us start a Game Design and Simulation degree program. The new grant also meant we added new people to the department.

Online Teaching Initiatives are designed to increase our campuses online visibility with not only an increase in online classes but also an online advisor and online senior tutor. By increasing our online class offering, we are making a dedicated effort to bring a high degree of quality instruction to our students. While this might not be easy for the students at first, the program should arm the instructors with knowledge to overcome many of the obstacles that our lower income students face. With the new online advisor and tutor, the students will have even more tools to excel in the world of higher education.

Our program manager Dr. Najib Manea who is using his Masters in Computer Science is heading the Game Design and Simulation degree program. With the help of the Digital Media Arts program Dr. Manea is trying to design a program that will not only prepare students for jobs in the exciting field of game design but will also give the students a firm foothold in achieving higher academic success once they have finished their Associates Degree. With plans to give the students both strong backgrounds in Game Art and Game Programming, the hope is that our students will provide future employers with a top quality employee.

We have added many new names to the Teaching and Learning Center. Besides Dr. Najib Manea and Philip Leimbach, MCT we have added Jennifer Abers as our Program Coordinator, Maisie Baca as the Online/Dual-Credit Advisor and Anthony Liu as our new User Support Analyst II. However, we are waiting to add more including a new Online Tutor and a Game Design and Simulation Faculty member. We hope they are in place before the end of this school year.

So as the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of New Mexico Valencia continues to grow, we hope you like the changes and that the changes we implement lead to a higher quality of education.

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