UNM-Gallup Coordinator of Digital Learning Tracy Lassiter, center, provides information about the digital professional and development tools and resources available to UNM-Gallup instructors at the new Teaching Resource Center inside Zollinger Library May 4, 2023.
UNM-Gallup unveils new Teaching Resource Center
Zollinger Library provides instructors with space for digital professional development tools and resources
By Richard Reyes | Thursday, May 18, 2023
GALLUP, N.M. — Zollinger Library at The University of New Mexico-Gallup unveiled a new Teaching Resource Center that gives instructors easy access to digital professional development tools and resources while also celebrating their academic achievements.
The library and Coordinator of Digital Learning Tracy Lassiter, who is an associate professor at UNM-Gallup, hosted a grand unveiling and recognition ceremony for the center Thursday, May 4.
“In my vision for the center, faculty will have ready access to webinars or other programs they can watch at their convenience,” Lassiter said. “They will have books, articles and handouts that give them ideas for their classes. Additionally, this information would be centrally located and allow faculty a chance to peruse a range of options with ease.”
Lassiter worked with Zollinger Library Director Markos Chavez to create the space for the Teaching Resource Center. Chavez helped to support the center by providing a computer, equipment, supplies, furniture and more.
UNM-Gallup Assistant Professor Hasani Jayasinghe, left, and Coordinator of Digital Learning Tracy Lassiter, who is an associate professor, talk during the Teaching Resource Center Grand Unveiling and Recognition Ceremony inside Zollinger Library May 4, 2023.
"A goal I have for the library is to make it a hub for the campus to come and get information,” Chavez said. “Anything you need to know, you should be able to find here. This center is another step in reaching that goal. Faculty now have a central location on campus to access information and training whenever they need."
UNM-Gallup Coordinator of Digital Learning Tracy Lassiter, center, introduces other UNM-Gallup instructors to the new Teaching Resource Center inside Zollinger Library May 4, 2023.
The Teaching Resource Center computer provides shortcuts to UNM’s Center for Teaching and Learning as well as UNM-Gallup’s Faculty Online Teaching Resources, which includes videos from many workshops that were conducted the past year plus handouts that were distributed.
Physical copies of the handouts — which cover a range of topics related to teaching, both online and in person — are also available at the Teaching Resource Center.
In addition, the center houses published books and journal articles written by UNM-Gallup faculty members. It also showcases photos of UNM-Gallup instructors who teach in career and technical education fields — such as cosmetology, emergency medical services and welding — working with students to perform hands-on tasks for their professions.
“Our campus and local community should know and be proud of faculty who write books and publish articles, who have gold-medal-winning students at SkillsUSA, and more,” Lassiter said.
During the unveiling event, Lassiter awarded instructors for participating in a series of monthly digital learning workshops over the past year.
Lassiter was appointed as the coordinator of digital learning in 2022 and joined the UNM-Gallup Faculty Assembly’s Distance Learning Committee.
Serving in that role, Lassiter hosted monthly workshops that connected the Regular and Substantive Interaction training as well as Evidence-Based Practices for Teaching Online training that UNM requires faculty to attend in order for them to teach online, in addition to other best teaching practices.
“The Center may seem small today, but we hope that over time it will grow to be a bustling center of activity and inspiration,” Lassiter said. “We look forward to watching it do so.”
Chavez added, "My hope is to have faculty visit the library more often and encourage their students to make use of the vast resources we have available."
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