The AU TLC hosts many events and activities that foster and support teaching and learning at the Air University. Some events and activities are sponsored and managed by the TLC while others are owned and conducted mainly by other organizations with the TLC providing facilities and logistical support. There are recurring activities such as the SME Talks, Crosstalks and Canvas Users Group but also single events such as a Virtual Reality Workshop or AFCLC's LREC Symposium. The sections below provide descriptions for some of the events and in some cases there are links to related slides or videos.

Teaching Essentials Course (TEC)

The Teaching Essentials Course (TEC) prepares and supports instructors to effectively teach and promote learning. This course provides participants with a foundation of knowledge, theories, skills, and methods required of all instructors, regardless of discipline. In addition, the TEC equips participants with evidence-based practices for planning, executing, and evaluating learning events while emphasizing practical application. The TEC encourages student-centered learning by promoting flexible instruction to serve the diverse community of adult learners. The TEC's design offers various delivery options, including hybrid (face-to-face/online), synchronous online, and asynchronous online. Course content is made available for use by any Air University school or program and may be adapted to meet organizational needs. 

The course is organized into 6 modules with 20 lessons total. Modules include:

1. Foundations of Instruction
2. Theories of Teaching and Learning
3. Teaching and Learning Strategies
4. Educational Assessment
5. Learning Technology
6. Profession of Teaching

The course is available in face-to-face, hybrid, and asynchronous (self-paced) modalities.
The course can be offered in its entirety or customized in parts that make sense for your team.

Please contact the Teaching & Learning Center for the enrollment procedures of each delivery option.
Email autlc@us.af.mil or call (334) 953-5454

Canvas Users Group (CAST)

The Canvas Assistance and Support Team (CAST) are a small group of Canvas experts gathered to help teach AU faculty and staff how use and customize the Canvas LMS for online course delivery. The CAST members offer weekly hands-on learning workshops and lead the bi-monthly Canvas User Group Meetings. To learn more about the workshops and the monthly meetings, please visit the Welcome to Canvas link via the Help Tab in your Global Canvas Navigation Menu. The CAST members are also available to host or conduct in-house Canvas training, which is tailored to your group or school’s individual Canvas needs. To schedule a customized workshop, contact Ken Burnham at AUCanvasAssist@us.af.mil. While the CAST members cannot assist with Canvas technical support issues, the team can answer most of your Canvas questions and/or help you find the resources you need. Please be sure to visit the Canvas Community Forum via the Welcome to Canvas link (from your Canvas Help tab). The Community Forum is your place to learn about Canvas, chat with fellow faculty, and find many helpful tool and resources. 

Virtual Reality (VR) Community of Interest

The AU VR/AR Community of Interest provides a forum and collaboration opportunities for individuals/organizations interested in exploring and applying virtual and augmented reality (VR/AU) technologies to learning and especially higher education. VR/AR technologies hold great promise for opening up advanced interactions, affective experiences, instantaneous travel, and unprecedented scaffolding to support and improve learning. Further, recent advancements are beginning to make such technologies feasible for widespread use, including in classrooms. The VR/AR CoI will help to make all of AU aware of these new technologies and lead the way in leveraging them in the most advantageous and appropriate ways.


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600 Chennault Circle
Building 1405, 2nd Floor,
AU Library
Maxwell AFB, AL  36112