Certifications & Programs

DESTINATION

This annual professional development program brings Valencia colleagues together to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges, and solutions. Each year's program will feature multiple experiences that will be valuable for faculty who have participated in Destination and those who are new to the experience. Join us this summer to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges, and solutions with colleagues from diverse fields with varied experiences and interests. All Valencia faculty members, part-time and full-time, are encouraged to apply.

Participants will be awarded $500 for successful completion of Summer Destination 2017. Please note, if you are looking to renew your Associate Faculty status, be advised that PD credit will not be awarded for the summer portion of Destination.

Destination 2017 will feature seven tracks (detailed below), which will empower participants to reflect on their own teaching strategies, learn from faculty in other disciplines and identify new strategies and tools.

 

Description: Through an immersive technology-enhanced experience, faculty will explore strategies and tools for implementing active learning with technology. Looking at active learning through the lens of adult learning theory, social cognitive theory, and constructivism, faculty will explore and evaluate specific educational technologies that align to these learning theories to their practice. This exciting five-week hands-on experience will allow participants to reflect on their teaching philosophy, identify student struggles, and create an active learning lesson plan enhanced with technology tools to promote learning in the classroom.

Participants will:

  • define technology-enhanced active learning
  • explore a variety of technology tools that supports/enhances active learning strategies
  • choose a technology-enhanced active learning strategy that is aligned to a lesson
  • create a lesson plan that incorporates technology-enhanced active learning
  • apply universal design principles to their lesson
  • demonstrate the technology-enhanced final product as a lesson

Track Leaders:

  • Aaron Bergeson, Faculty Developer/Instructional Designer, Winter Park Campus
  • Amanda Kern, Graphic & Interactive Design Professor, East Campus
  • Claudine Bentham, Faculty Fellow, West Campus
  • Dori Haggerty, Faculty and Instructional Development Director, West Campus
  • Elizabeth Faulcon, Humanities Professor, Winter Park
  • Lauren Kelly, Faculty Developer/Instructional Designer, Lake Nona

Participant Commitment:

Participants must attend all scheduled meetings and complete all projects by the stated due dates in order to receive compensation.Seats are limited to 60 faculty and may be subject to dean approval.

Compensation:

Upon completion of Destination 2017, participants will receive $500.

 

Description: What course concept is most difficult for your students to learn? Interested in strategies for your discipline that will develop reading and critical thinking strategies, build confidence, offer just-in-time feedback? That's WAC: Using writing as a tool for learning and learning to use writing as a tool. This Destination track is recommended for full-time and part-time faculty interested in exploring these ideas through a problem-based approach to WAC topics, such as

  • critical reading, thinking, and analysis
  • writing to learn about challenging concepts
  • writing for your discipline
  • and assessing for deeper understanding

Participating faculty will have the opportunity to create a lesson that they can implement in their practice and will have the opportunity to contribute to the college-wide initiative of Writing Across the Curriculum at Valencia.

Participants will:

  • examine the connection between writing and learning course content
  • consider their definition of writing, inclusive of writing to learn and learning to write
  • explore strategies to develop critical, reading, thinking and analysis within the discipline
  • align formative and summative writing assessments to develop understanding of discipline-specific concepts
  • create a plan to be implemented in their practice
  • develop their reflective practice as a tool for learning

Track Leaders:

  • Donna Colwell, Professor, English, West Campus
  • Vasudha Sharma, Professor, Chemistry, East Campus
  • Claire Yates, Faculty Developer/Instructional Designer, West Campus
  • Stephanie Spong, Faculty and Instructional Development Director, East and Winter Park Campus

Participant Commitment:

Participants must attend all scheduled meetings and complete all projects by the stated due dates in order to receive compensation. During the summer, participants will create and refine a WAC lesson plan. During fall 2017, participants will be invited to implement their plans with the guidance of a colleague mentor. Participation in Fall 2017 will be optional. Seats are limited to 30 faculty and may be subject to dean approval.

Compensation and Award of PD Credit:

Upon completion of Destination 2017, participants will receive the following compensation and PD credit.

  • Summer term: $500
  • Fall term: 20 PD hours (PD hours will apply to the 2017-2018 term)
 

Description: The CARE track will provide faculty with an opportunity to explore innovative resources and tools that will aid them in supporting struggling students. Faculty will learn from past CARE course participants and research best-practices that will help to transform the learning experience for their students.

Participants will:

  • investigate best practices for student engagement
  • demonstrate their awareness of how empathy can impact student success
  • explore and select appropriate assessments (include summative and formative assessments) to identify academic and nonacademic behaviors
  • examine available data on Valencia students and their learning experience
  • investigate student support resources and identify the resources to support their intervention
  • create a CARE plan that outlines a specific intervention.
  • understand how their CARE plans contribute to creation of CARE culture at Valencia

Track Leaders:

  • Chris Teumer, Assistant Director, Learning Support & Advising, Title V, East Campus
  • Daeri Tenery. Chemistry Professor, East Campus
  • Leonard Bass, Dean, Learning Support, East Campus
  • Stephanie Spong, Faculty & Instructional Development Director, East Campus and Winter Park

Participant Commitment:

Participants must attend all scheduled meetings and complete all projects by the stated due dates in order to receive compensation. During the summer, participants will create and refine a CARE plan. During fall 2017, participants will implement their plans with the guidance of a colleague mentor. Seats are limited to 30 faculty and may be subject to dean approval.

Compensation and Award of PD Credit:

    Upon completion of Destination 2017, participants will receive the following compensation and PD credit.

  • Summer term: $500
  • Fall term: 25 PD hours (PD hours will apply to the 2017-2018 term)
 

Description: SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. It is an international project founded 30 years ago by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College. It utilizes a cohort-based model with the intention of creating gender fair, multiculturally equitable, and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. SEED differs from other diversity programs in that SEED leaders do not lecture. Instead they lead their own colleagues in experiential, interactive exercises and conversation often stimulated by films and readings. These sessions deepen participants' understanding of themselves, expand their knowledge of the world, and point the way to making Valencia more inclusive.

Participants will:

  • understand how one's personal and community history affects one's self-esteem and sense of safety
  • explore experience and learn how to converse from a diverse perspective
  • listen and respond to personal experiences from a cultural perspective
  • notice the impact and intent of our communication
  • appreciate and respond compassionately and openly about diversity issues
  • examine how personal stories can affect our perceptions and attitudes
  • create a sense of community through dialogue and stories
  • work with conflict and hurt when diversity issues are involved
  • employ techniques on how to listen and respond to intercultural communications

Track Leaders:

  • Celine Kavalec-Miller, Faculty Director, TLA
  • Shari Koopman, Professor, English, East Campus
  • Stanton Reed, Professor, Business/Accounting, Osceola Campus
  • Hank Van Putten, Adjunct Professor, Student Life Skills, East Campus
  • Wendi Dew, Assistant VP, Teaching & Learning

Participant Commitment:

Participants must attend all scheduled meetings and complete all projects by the stated due dates in order to receive compensation. Seats are limited to 30 faculty and may be subject to dean approval.

Compensation:

Upon completion of Destination 2017, participants will receive $500.

 

Description: Sustainability, the challenge of meeting "the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Brundtland Report, 1983), is a multi-faceted concept that impacts our daily lives, engages our students, and can enrich any classroom curriculum. Through an understanding of (1) systems dynamics, (2) scale, (3) long-term development, (4) tradeoffs, and (5) interdisciplinary collaboration/participation, we can prepare students to meet the complex problem solving and critical thinking skills required to thrive in the 21st century (Future of Jobs Report, World Economic Forum, 2015). Join us for an exploration of sustainability concepts, challenges, and practices to enhance learning in your classroom.

Participants will:

  • define foundational concepts of sustainability including systems dynamics, scale, long-term development, tradeoffs, and interdisciplinary collaboration/participation
  • connect the impact of individual behavior on broader social, environmental, and economic systems and ultimately on quality of life
  • create instructional materials that apply foundational concepts of sustainability to your classroom

Track Leaders:

  • Gary Kokaisel, Faculty Developer/Instructional Designer, Osceola Campus
  • Jerrid Kalakay, Professor, Student Life Skills, East Campus
  • Resham Shirsat, Director of Sustainability, West Campus
  • Shara Lee, Faculty and Instructional Development, Director, Osceola/Lake Nona/Poinciana Campuses
  • Susan Ledlow, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Planning, District Office

Participant Commitment:

Participants must attend all scheduled meetings and complete all projects by the stated due dates in order to receive compensation. Seats are limited to 30 faculty and may be subject to dean approval.

Compensation:

Upon completion of Destination 2017, participants will receive $500.

 

Description: First 30 is a clustered learning community that offers students a clear academic pathway during their first year in college. By pre-registering students in a block schedule of recommended front-door courses, they develop stronger bonds with their peers and stay on track to graduate sooner. The model was developed in 2016 and following the recommendations that emerged from the Academic Initiative Review (AIR) process on LinC.

In this Destination track, faculty and Career Program Advisors will build community with faculty mentors as they collaborate in the development of a Campus Action Plan for their First 30 cohort. Facilitators will guide participants in the creation of interdisciplinary assignments along with co-curricular and Service Learning activities intended to engage students in real-world application of content while strengthening their academic, pre-professional and personal learning goals.

Participants will:

  • explain the theoretical basis for offering learning communities for students that have been identified as being at-risk at the college
  • build community with a LinC partner and/or campus team
  • develop a comprehensive Campus Action Plan that includes an overarching theme, communication plan, co-curricular events, and Service Learning activities
  • create integrated lessons to improve student learning of course outcomes

Track Leaders:

  • Christy Cheney, Professor, Student Life Skills, Osceola Campus
  • Joshua Guillemette, Professor, Mathematics, East Campus
  • Robyn Brighton, Director of Curriculum Initiatives

Participant Commitment:

Participants must attend all scheduled meetings and complete all projects by the stated due dates in order to receive compensation. Seats are limited to 30 faculty selected by their deans to teach in the First 30 Cohort on East and West Campuses.

Compensation and Award of PD Credit:

Upon completion of Destination 2017, participants will receive the following compensation and PD credit.

  • Summer term: $500
  • 2017-2018 Development Opportunities: PD hours will be award and applied to the 2017-2018 term
 

Description: Say hello to the ROC, the Rubric for Online Competencies. You have been invited to become a master of your craft and to establish a baseline of quality for online design and instruction. Participants in this track will be introduced to navigation and functionality skills in CANVAS, our future learning management system. It takes more than skill to master CANVAS, so participants will also master the art of migration by preparing course content and developing quality course construction. This collaborative experience will utilize the ROC, a draft tool to review quality course design and online instruction criteria, while recognizing innovations in online teaching.

Participants will:

  • gain knowledge in Canvas navigation and functionality
  • apply best practices for migrating from Blackboard to Canvas
  • prepare course content for Canvas migration
  • apply the Rubric for Online Competencies (ROC) as an assessment tool for establishing quality course design, through a peer review process
  • use the Rubric for Online Competencies (ROC) as an assessment tool for examining the essential skills of the online instructor role, through a peer review process
  • provide thoughtful feedback to support course migration and refinement of the ROC and peer review process

Track Leaders:

  • Geni Wright, Online Teaching & Learning, Assistant Director, District Office
  • James May, EAP Professor and Faculty Fellow for Innovation and Technology, East Campus
  • Kristin Bartholomew, Nutrition Discipline Chair and Nutrition Professor, West Campus
  • Liza Schellpfeffer, Speech Communication Professor and Faculty Fellow for Excellence in Online Teaching & Learning, East Campus
  • Page Jerzak, Online Teaching & Learning, Director, District Office

Participant Commitment:

Participants must attend all scheduled meetings and complete all projects by the stated due dates in order to receive compensation. Participation in this track is by Dean nomination only. Seats are limited to 60 faculty and are by invitation only with dean approval.

Compensation:

Upon completion of Destination 2017, participants will receive $500.

 

If Destination 2017 sounds like an opportunity right for you, the Faculty and Instructional Development team invites you to join us this summer! Follow the link below to submit your application.

Destination 2017 Application period closed.
Please check back in early 2018 for upcoming program details.

Questions or For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact, Trish Chiao, Faculty & Instructional Development Coordinator at tchiao@valenciacollege.edu

 

 

 

 

Highlights from Past Destination Sessions

Destination 2016 Receives Rave Reviews
#Destination16 Social Media Challenge
Circles of Innovation During Destination 2015
Front Door Alignment in Destination 2015
"CARE" as a Key Destination 2015 Initiative

Summer Dates and Times:

Kick-off Session
Friday, May 12, 2017
12 - 1 p.m. (Lunch)
1 - 5 p.m.
West Campus

Session 2
Friday, May 19, 2017
1 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Session 3
Friday, May 26, 2017
1 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Session 4
Friday, June 2, 2017
1 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Wrap-up Session
Friday, June 9, 2017
1 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Fall Dates and Times:

(for specific program tracks)

Kick-off Session
Friday, September 8, 2017
2 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Individual Meetings with
Colleague Mentors throughout
the Fall

Wrap-Up Session
Friday, December 8, 2017
2 - 4 p.m.
West Campus

Locations

Due to accomodation needs and expansion of the Destination program this year, all sessions will be held at West Campus. Specific buildings and rooms to be announced as we near the event.