Faculty Development
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Learning-centered Teaching Strategies

Valencia educators will implement diverse teaching and learning strategies that accommodate the learning styles of students and that promote both acquisition and applications of knowledge and understanding.  

Resources and Courses

  • Resources for Learning-centered Teaching Strategies include professional literature, practical examples, and applications in diverse disciplines. 
  • Faculty development Courses are designed to expand your expertise in Learning-centered Teaching Strategies.  All courses related to Learning-centered Teaching Strategies begin with the prefix, LCTS. 
  • To search for the following LCTS course offerings click here. Please note:  Not all courses are offered every year.

 

Overview of Learning-centered Teaching Strategies - Narrated Presentation

Courses

LCTS 2111 Learning-centered Teaching Strategies
In this seminar, participants will examine the difference between group work and cooperative/collaborative learning strategies that promote active learning. Through an interactive approach that models-the-model of collaborative learning, participants will experience first-hand the power of the well-structured cooperative strategy. Participants will leave this seminar with strategies they can use in their next class. Note: This course is par of the TLA Core Seminar series and is open to all faculty.

LCTS 1110 Teaching in Our Learning College
This scenarios-based course introduces the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator and provides faculty with tools and resources to become more effective, learning-centered instructors. Note: This course is required for the Associate Faculty Certification Program.

 

Resources

Courses

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 2211 Hands-On Math
Math manipulatives can promote student engagement and comprehension of mathematical concepts. This course demonstrates how to employ hands-on math activities in classroom instruction. The metacognitive processes of hands-on learning will also be explored and discussed.

LCTS 2212 Engaging Lectures
This workshop will explore effective lecture techniques including the use of media and interactive learning strategies in planning, organizing, and assessing engaging lectures. Participants will discuss and reflect on communication delivery style and will leave with practical application for engaging student learning through the lecture format.

LCTS 2213 Active Learning Techniques
In this hands-on session, participants learn a variety of strategies that guide students to become more active learners. Faculty members from all disciplines will find this session useful.

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 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 2222 Case-based Teaching
Case studies can provide a rich basis for developing problem-solving and decision making skills. These critical thinking skills are necessary to meet higher level learning outcomes in the health sciences. This class will explore the most appropriate methods of integrating cased-based teaching strategies into your course.

LCTS 3125 Engaging the Online Learner
Engagement is the critical element for student success and retention in online classes. In this course, participants will explore virtual student engagement and develop a variety of resources and activities to connect with the online learner. Note: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification.

LCTS 3213 Service Learning Across the Curriculum
Participants will create a plan to infuse service learning into a current course by linking course outcomes to meaningful service in the community. Participants will explore service learning opportunities and create assessment plans to measure student learning.

LCTS 3217 College Survival Skills: Faculty Development for SLS 1101
This is an interactive session for faculty who will be teaching SLS 1101 College Survival Skills within the Bridges to Success program. Faculty will learn about the Bridges to Success program, active learning, and the four key elements of the SLS 1101 curriculum: Financial Empowerment, Health, Community Service, and Etiquette. Note: This course is required for all faculty who teach SLS 1101 College Survival Skills to Bridges students. Attendance at this session does not guarantee a teaching opportunity, as enrollment is dependent on the Bridges department. This course is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification Program.

LCTS 3218 Personal Development: Faculty Development for SLS 1201
This session is designed for faculty who will be teaching SLS 1201 Personal Development, a course that focuses on the process of understanding personal responsibility and getting on course to success. Faculty will explore this engaging curriculum, learn about the Bridges to Success program, and engage in active learning activities they can use in the classroom. Note: This course is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification Program. 

LCTS 3242 Developing Interactive Web-based Courses
This orientation to online pedagogy includes an analysis of the best practices of online education from the perspectives of students, faculty and institutions as it relates to adult learning theory, (continued) development of online learning communities, technology usage, expectations, assessment, evaluation, communication and diversity. The participant will establish an understanding of best practices and establish practical applications for use in their online classrooms. Note: This course is required for Digital Professor Certification.

LCTS 6313 City as Text: A Model for Active Learning
City as Text™ is the National Collegiate Honors Council signature program that provides the opportunity for participants to “read” an urban landscape and find meaning through walkabouts and active exploration of the environment. Basic tenants of active learning will also be covered. Note: This is an optional course for the Seneff Faculty Development Program.

 

Resources

Courses

LCTS 1112 Succeeding with Online Groupwork
This online course focuses on designing and facilitating group projects in the online environment. The focus is using student groups in online classes, but the insights will translate to the face-to-face classroom as well. Note: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification.

LCTS 2111 Learning-centered Teaching Strategies
In this seminar, participants will examine the difference between group work and cooperative/collaborative learning strategies that promote active learning. Through an interactive approach that models-the-model of collaborative learning, participants will experience first-hand the power of the well-structured cooperative strategy. Participants will leave this seminar with strategies they can use in their next class. Note: This course is par of the TLA Core Seminar series and is open to all faculty.

LCTS 2211 Hands-On Math
Math manipulatives can promote student engagement and comprehension of mathematical concepts. This course demonstrates how to employ hands-on math activities in classroom instruction. The metacognitive processes of hands-on learning will also be explored and discussed.

LCTS 2220 Using Collaborative Writing Strategies Across the Disciplines
In this course, participants in all disciplines examine strategies to teach students how to write more effectively for their specific course using collaborative writing as a teaching method. Participants will be given resources and the opportunity to create a lesson or activity incorporating collaborative writing into their discipline.

LCTS 3216 Supplemental Learning to Enhance Student Learning
Faculty will learn how Supplemental Learning is used at Valencia to enhance student learning through SL strategies such as facilitated learning, the integration of college success skills with course material, and group activities. This interactive course focuses on the essentials of Supplemental Learning, as well as strategies for integrating SL into your course and creating a dynamic partnership with the SL Leader to facilitate learning. Participation in this course does not guarantee a faculty member will be able to teach a course enhanced by supplemental learning. Supplemental Learning is currently focused on pre-, beginning, intermediate and college algebra; college prep English 1 and 2 and freshman comp 1 and 2, and US government. Note: This course is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification Program

 

 

Resources

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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.

 

Resources

Courses

Courses:
LCTS 2212 Engaging Lectures
This workshop will explore effective lecture techniques including the use of media and interactive learning strategies in planning, organizing, and assessing engaging lectures. Participants will discuss and reflect on communication delivery style and will leave with practical application for engaging student learning through the lecture format.

LCTS 2221 Impacting Student Motivation
Over 2 two-hour meetings, participants will discuss and apply strategies for helping students to understand motivation and how it influences their thoughts and behaviors. Participants will read Daniel Pink’s Drive as background for the discussions. In registering for this course, you are committing to attend 2 meetings, read the book, and develop one activity/lesson on motivation. Note: This course is an elective course for the LifeMap Certification Program.

LCTS 3125 Engaging the Online Learner
Engagement is the critical element for student success and retention in online classes. In this course, participants will explore virtual student engagement and develop a variety of resources and activities to connect with the online learner. Note: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification.

LCTS 3242 Developing Interactive Web-based Courses
This orientation to online pedagogy includes an analysis of the best practices of online education from the perspectives of students, faculty and institutions as it relates to adult learning theory, (continued) development of online learning communities, technology usage, expectations, assessment, evaluation, communication and diversity. The participant will establish an understanding of best practices and establish practical applications for use in their online classrooms. Note: This course is required for Digital Professor Certification.

LCTS 3280 Teaching and Learning with Social Media Part I
Participants will explore teaching and learning strategies utilizing social media to enhance student learning. This course will showcase various applications and how they can be used to enhance communication, collaboration, and student engagement. Social and legal issues relating to the use of social media in higher education will also be explored. Participants will develop a plan to appropriately integrate social media into a specific course. Note: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification and is part one of a two-part series on social media. Part Two, LTAD 3383, provides an in-depth overview of various social media tools.

 

Learning-centered Teaching Strategies for Online Learning

LCTS 3112 Web-enhance Your Course
This course will help participants explore the various strategies they can use to enhance any face-to-face course using the Learning Management System. Participants will explore sample courses and discuss strategies that can be used to enhance student learning as well as satisfy attendance and grade availability requirements.

LCTS 3121 Introduction to Teaching and Learning Online (not currently offered)
This online course will engage participants in an overview of web-enhanced, hybrid and online courses and explore the fundamentals and key issues of teaching and learning in the online environment.

LCTS 3137 Facilitating Online Learning
This online course is designed for instructors who are currently teaching online or are planning to in the near future. This course will also be of great value to those involved in designing and developing online courses. It focuses on understanding the characteristics and needs of the online student and developing strategies to facilitate effective online discussions, assessment and ultimately the development of an online learning community. Note: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification.

LCTS 3211 Strategies for Academic Integrity
This course will explore plagiarism and academic integrity. Participants will develop a comprehensive plan to avoid and detect plagiarism and encourage students to engage in behaviors supportive of academic integrity. Note: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification.

LCTS 3212 Boot Camp for Online Instruction
This intensive course addresses the pedagogy and technology essentials for teaching online using Valencia’s learning management system (LMS). Participants will develop a framework of online best practice strategies for engaging, instructing, communicating and assessing students in the online environment.

LCTS 3242 Developing Interactive Web-based Courses
This orientation to online pedagogy includes an analysis of the best practices of online education from the perspectives of students, faculty and institutions as it relates to adult learning theory, (continued) development of online learning communities, technology usage, expectations, assessment, evaluation, communication and diversity. The participant will establish an understanding of best practices and establish practical applications for use in their online classrooms. Note: This course is required for Digital Professor Certification.

LCTS 3247 Maximizing Hybrid Learning
Participants will examine best practices and models for developing a hybrid course. Particular attention will be paid to appropriately leveraging the face-to-face and online components of hybrid course design. Participants will develop a plan for the delivery of their course. Note: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification.

LCTS 3280 Teaching and Learning with Social Media Part I
Participants will explore teaching and learning strategies utilizing social media to enhance student learning. This course will showcase various applications and how they can be used to enhance communication, collaboration, and student engagement. Social and legal issues relating to the use of social media in higher education will also be explored. Participants will develop a plan to appropriately integrate social media into a specific course. Note: This course is optional for the Digital Professor Certification and is part one of a two-part series on social media. Part Two, LTAD 3383, provides an in-depth overview of various social media tools.

Learning-centered Teaching Strategies for Honors

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 6313 City as Text: A Model for Active Learning
City as Text™ is the National Collegiate Honors Council signature program that provides the opportunity for participants to “read” an urban landscape and find meaning through walkabouts and active exploration of the environment. Basic tenants of active learning will also be covered. 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.

 

 

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