ASMT 2229 Assess Higher Order Thinking Through Multiple Choice Questions
In this course, faculty members will enhance their ability to develop, test, and revise multiple choice questions drawing on hands-on activities using examples from Valencia College faculty. Issues of validity including reliability will be included in the conversation.
INDV 2254 The Art and Science of Learning and the Brain
In this course, participants will examine the relationship between the ways people learn and the biology of the brain.
LCTS 1117 Reading and Writing: Strategies for YOUR Course
This online course focuses on practical strategies and techniques to enhance students’ reading and writing skills in any course. Participants will develop and revise a plan for implementation of these strategies. Note: This course is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification Program.
LCTS 2210 Math Across the Curriculum
In this course, participants examine learning opportunities from a variety of disciplines that require the use of mathematics or quantitative reasoning. Participants will be given resources and the opportunity to work collaboratively to create a lesson or activity incorporating mathematics within their discipline.
LCTS 2214 Problem-based Learning
This course explores the learning of subject matter and skill acquisition through collaborative problem-solving. Emphasis is placed on using this method in community college courses.
LCTS 2216 Reading Across the Disciplines
In this course, participants will investigate practical strategies for strengthening students’ reading comprehension in any discipline.
LCTS 2217 Project-based Learning
In project-based learning, students answer a complex, open-ended question or solve an authentic problem through a collaborative process of investigation. Unlike traditional instruction where students are presented with knowledge and given an opportunity to apply that knowledge, project-based learning starts with the end in mind – a product that requires the learning of essential content and skills. In this workshop, faculty will be introduced to the seven characteristics of project-based learning, as well as techniques for managing a project-based learning experience in one’s classroom. Workshop participants will draft a driving-question and will begin developing ideas for project-based learning experiences in their disciplines.
LCTS 2218 Speaking Across the Disciplines
This workshop explores how to integrate oral presentations into a course in any discipline. It will focus on how to develop an assignment, how to prepare students, and how to assess the presentation. Participants will practice assessing a sample student presentation, brainstorm ideas for their class, and leave with sample assignments and rubrics for reference.
LCTS 6310 Best Practices in Honors Education
This course will review some of the established best practices and cutting-edge ideas in honors education, as well as encourage instructors to develop techniques and assignments that challenge students to engage course materials in new and inventive ways. Note: This is a
required course for the Seneff Faculty Development Program.
LCTS 6311 Interdiscplinary Teaching: Pedagogical Practices that Encourage Critical Thinking
This course will explore the benefits and challenges of designing and implementing interdisciplinary teaching techniques in the classroom. Emphasis will be placed on developing instructional activities that nurture students’ critical thinking skills by constructing alternative perspectives to course questions. In addition, participants will discuss strategies to meet challenges of interdisciplinary teaching and to maximize benefits to students. Note: This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development Program.
LCTS 6312 Great Books (And Other Masterpieces in Human Thought)
This course will review ways to include primary source materials into lower division, general education courses. While emphasis will be placed on canonical ‘great books,’ methods for incorporating other primary source materials such as historical documents and artifacts will also be discussed. Note: This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development Program.
LCTS 6314 What is Undergraduate Research?
This course will define and outline expectations of undergraduate research at Valencia. In addition, the course will address the increasing need for two-year students to be research-ready upon transfer to four-year schools. Note: This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development Program. This course is required for faculty mentoring students in the Honors Undergraduate Research Track who do not meet alternative credentialing.
LOBP 2230 Core Competencies: Think, Value, Communicate, Act (TVCA)
This seminar examines strategies that facilitate student growth in thinking critically; communicating effectively; articulating and applying personal values and those of the various disciplines and appreciating the values of others; and applying learning and understanding effectively and responsibly.
LOBP 3230 Thinking Things Through: Critical Thinking Theory and Practice
Over 2 two-hour meetings, participants will discuss and apply the concepts of Paul and Elder’s critical thinking model outlined in Gerald Nosich’s book Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines. The text offers both a practical model that can be applied to any discipline as well as exercises and activities for teaching students how to think more critically. Each participant will receive a copy of the book after registering. In registering for this course, you are committing to attend 2 meetings, read the book, and integrate the model into one activity/lesson in your class. Note: This course is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification Program.
LOBP 3231 Critical Thinking: Intellectual Standards
Faculty will deepen their understanding of the Paul and Elder critical thinking model by examining the personal qualities of a strong critical thinker and learning the standards by which to analyze a position. Participants will identify strategies to incorporate these skills into class activities, course assignments, and assessment methods.
Note: This course is recommended for those who have completed LOBP 3230.