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General Information

The Tutoring and
Learning Center
300 Library
(915) 747-5366
FAX (915) 747-5486

DIRECTOR: Gladys R. Shaw

General Information
Web site at: http://www.utep.edu/tlc

The Tutoring and Learning Center
300 Library
Fax: 747-5486
DIRECTOR: Gladys R. Shaw

Academic success for UTEP students is the goal of the Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC). Services made available by the center are focused on helping students successfully meet the high academic standards of UTEP's regular college courses; helping students prepare for and pass various standardized exams, including the TASP Test; and helping students make up learning deficiencies in course content to prepare themselves for regular college courses. All services are free to enrolled, eligible, UTEP students.

The center offers the following:

Free Peer Tutoring at posted hours in most content areas, but especially math, writing, science, languages, and business and accounting courses. Open to all students on a walk-in basis.

Individualized and Computer Assisted Instruction in math, reading, writing, study skills, standardized test preparation, and other areas is available in the Learning Assistance Lab.

Distance Learning Programs at UTEP: The office of Technology Planning and Distance Learning (TPDL) is a resource for UTEP faculty, students, and staff. Its mission is to provide graduate and undergraduate students, who are unable to take advantage of a traditional class schedule, with appropriate opportunities to participate in the learning process through the use of alternative media and methods for the delivery of instruction. The TPDL office serves as the UTEP campus center for design, delivery, and evaluation of distance education; it also collaborates with public and private institutions to meet the expanding needs for higher education and workforce retooling in the region; and it develops graduate and undergraduate instructional programs that integrate a variety of print materials, face-to-face interactions, World Wide Web (WWW), Internet, interactive videoconferencing, and other electronic communication for teaching and learning.

In addition to scheduling and coordinating the use of distance learning facilities across the network service areas and other learning sites, TPDL services include technical support to faculty, staff, and students in the design and adaptation of instructional material for distance learning; training and assistance in the proper use of equipment in the distance learning classrooms; and the staffing and providing of technical assistance during video conferences and multimedia classroom use.

Located in UTEP's new UGLC, the office of TPDL also enables UTEP to be an active partner of the new "Virtual University" of Texas: the TeleCampus. University courses are offered at a distance across the various University of Texas component campuses using a variety of technology-based delivery systems, such as interactive videoconferencing, the World Wide Web, and the Internet, coupled with print media, digital library resources, and face-to-face instruction at off-campus sites. Two of the full degrees offered through the UT TeleCampus are the MBA, offered by UTEP's College of Business Administration and seven other University of Texas campuses, and the Med Tech (Educational Technology On-Line), which UTEP, UT Brownsville, UT Austin, and several other Texas Universities will deliver via the Internet.

Students interested in undertaking distance courses through the UT TeleCampus must be fully admitted to a UT academic component university and complete the Inter-Institutional Distance Education Admission and Registration (IDEAR) form located on-line at the UT TeleCampus web site. Once admitted to one of the 15 University of Texas campuses, students can select courses offered via the distance education delivery options of the UT TeleCampus. Students are required to abide by the host university policies, procedures, and requirements regarding course drop/withdrawal and graduation policies. For further details on the registration process and student qualifications, visit the UT TeleCampus at www.telecampus.utsystem.edu.

The administrative offices for UTEP's distance learning programs are located in the new Undergraduate Learning Center (UGLC), Suite 316. TPDL staff can be contacted by phone at (915) 747-6675; fax at (915) 747-8610; and e-mail at tpdl@utep.edu. The TPDL web site with a complete listing of course offerings can be visited at http://www.utep.edu/tdl.

Individualized Assistance with Learning and Study Problems. Available to all students.

Collaborative Learning Activities in special topic classes and workshops facilitated by trained Peer Tutors: content study groups, skills workshops, focused labs, language conversation classes, content reviews, and test preparation. Scheduled activities open to all students. Others may be implemented on demand by five or more students.

Facilities for Special Needs: All rooms are accessible by wheelchair, and special equipment is available for students with vision or hearing impairments. Appointment tutoring is available for learning disabled students in any content area.

Non-Credit Courses: All non-credit courses are free and open to eligible UTEP students. Students may register for courses during the regular registration process except as noted.

Life Management and Personal Development: A variety of instructional and motivational audio and video tapes are available to help students in such areas as stress management, time management, test anxiety skills, and attitudes for being successful, etc. These are available on a walk-in basis in the Learning Assistance Lab in the center.

ESOL Assistance: Self-paced instructional and practice materials are available in addition to the bilingual courses and labs listed below.

Distance Tutoring: Quick, specific questions in content areas may be submitted by phone (747-7414), Fax (747-5486), or e-mail (tutoring@utep.edu).

Mentoring: Peer Mentors and Counselor Interns are available on request to provide personal support for UTEP students.

Graduate Student Services: In addition to the services listed above, the center offers the following services especially for graduate students:

Standardized Test Preparation Workshops for the GRE, GMAT, and EXCET are made available each long semester. Twelve hours of instruction are provided that include test-taking strategies plus work on the specific sections of the exams. UTEP students may sign up in the center. Non-enrolled students must sign up in the Department of Continuing Education for a fee.

Computer Assisted Instruction programs for the GRE and the GMAT are available for individual use in the center. UTEP students may enroll at the center. Non-enrolled students must sign up with the Department of Continuing Education and pay a fee.

Thesis Writing Workshop is offered each long semester. This workshop provides four hours of instruction and is free to UTEP students who may sign up in the center. Non-enrolled students must sign up in the Department of Continuing Education and pay fee.

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