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TELC 2014 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

TELC 2014 - Managing the Learning Environment in Post Secondary Settings

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course provides the use of appropriate knowledge and skills for managing the total learning environment in post-secondary technical settings. There is emphasis on development of skills that facilitate effective teaching through appropriate management techniques and the involvement of business leaders and community members.

Course Outcomes:
  1. Develop an understanding of learning styles and how to incorporate instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
  2. Develop a program curriculum that will provide real word experience and competencies necessary for the workplace.
  3. Determine how to plan and if necessary, modify instruction to promote student learning.
  4. Organize and manage the classroom environment to promote safe and effective learning.
  5. Use of technology to enhance student learning in the classroom and shop and to efficiently manage appropriate record keeping.
  6. Develop appropriate forms of assessment that best fit the instructional goals and student needs.
  7. Develop effective communication skills including verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques that foster effective learning in the classroom.
  8. Use time management strategies to efficiently manage the classroom and shop.
  9. Communicate and collaborate effectively with Business and Industry to encourage positive relationships within the community. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:


Course Topics:
  1. Beginning Your Career as an Instructor 
  2. Principles of Learning
  3. Program Planning and Organization
  4. Learning Environment
  5. Teaching Techniques
  6. Assessment Techniques
  7. Communication
  8. Technology in the Classroom
  9. Time Management
  10. Business and Industry Involvement 
Specific Course Requirements:

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

A final exam will be administered at a specific date at the end of the course. Students will have two days available to complete the short essay exam. 

Grading Procedures:

Grades are based on the intellectual engagement of the student with the material. While bulletin board posts are considered conversational and therefore not deducted for structural errors, the level of engagement with which students approach each post will be critical. Quantity of writing, while an indicator of engagement, is not nearly as significant as quality of thought. 

Grading Scale:

Total Possible Points = 150
135 - 150 A (student has exceeded expectations for the course)
120 - 134 B (student has met expectations for the course)
105 - 119 C (student has not met expectations for the course)
90 - 104 D (student work is well below expectations for the course)
89 - below F (student work failed expectations for the course) 

Assignments and Projects:
  1. Assignment/Activities/Projects (100 points)
  2. Final exam (20 points)
  3. Discussion Board (30 points) 
    Assignment NameNumber of AssignmentsPoints
    Module Assignment10 assignments @ 10 points each100 points
    Discussions10 discussions @ 3 points each30 points
    Final Exam1 exam @ 20 points20 points
    Total Points 150 points


Class Participation:

Students must actively participate in threaded discussion events. Because of the nature of an on-line class, the board will be the means of our class discussions. Students are expected to read one another's posts, the instructor's posts, and respond appropriately to indicate the construction of their knowledge throughout the course. This opportunity to participate in communication and interaction via the discussion board for the class is an integral part of the extended learning opportunity provided by the course. Several suggestions and stipulations regarding the use of discussion boards are:

  1. Review the threads thoroughly before entering the discussion
  2. Try to maintain threads by using the “reply“ button rather than starting a new topic
  3. Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group
  4. Be respectful of others ideas
  5. Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks
  6. Be positive and constructive in group discussions
  7. Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner
  8. Though we are having discussions, opinions are not the same as facts, and in this course you are responsible for facts, not opinions
  9. Not all posts are created equal, and therefore are not given equal “credit“ for participation. Be sure that when you post you are typing something worth saying. 
Late Policy:

Please be sure to check the calendar regularly to keep track of due dates for assignments, activities, projects, and test. While you may choose to work ahead, it is very important to complete your assignments and post them no later than the due date. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017