Institutional Effectiveness Committee

Workshops for Faculty and Staff

The workshops described below are offered by Valencia's Professional Development program. We linked specific workshops with relevant IEC principles so that you can explore ways to best improve your interaction with students.

 

 

IEC Principle: �Used E-Mail to Communicate with an Instructor�

LCTS3111: Who is the Virtual Student?

Based on The Virtual Student (Palloff and Pratt), this online course will engage participants in discovering the characteristics and unique needs of the online learner. Participants will discuss the relationships, roles, and responsibilities of learners and faculty in the virtual classroom and will begin the exploration of teaching and learning online. In addition, participants will review the resources in place at Valencia to help faculty accommodate the unique needs of virtual students. Note: This workshop is only offered online.

LCTS3115: Designing Online Student Orientation

Getting students off on the right foot in an online class can mean the difference between success and failure. Based on The Virtual Student (Palloff and Pratt), this workshop will engage participants in addressing the orientation needs of the virtual student. Participants will explore the essential elements and develop a plan for an effective online orientation. n addition, participants will review the resources in place at Valencia to help faculty provide a comprehensive student orientation. Note: This course is optional for Digital Professor Certification and is only offered online.

LCTS3121: Introduction to Teaching and Learning Online

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.

LCTS3125: 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 and is offered only online.

LCTS3137: Facilitating Online Learning

This scenario-based 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 3212: Boot Camp for Online Instruction

This three-day 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.

LCTS3247: Maximizing Hybrid Learning

Participants will investigate best practices for transforming a face-to-face class into a hybrid format. Participants will examine available resources and explore classroom management techniques and planning strategies.

LTAD1116: Discipline-specific Topics in Learning Technology

Seminars created in collaboration with deans/departments to focus on discipline content and learning technology. Topics vary from year to year, may be repeated for credit.

LTAD2280: Selected Topics for Blackboard WebCT Users

Workshops on special topics concerning blackboard course tools. Faculty and staff who design and facilitate alternative delivery courses will benefit from this course offering.

LTAD2910: Selected Topics in Learning Technology

Seminars on special topics concerning learning technology. Topics include a focus on best
practices, individualized sessions for technology application, and resource-sharing sessions for a problem-solving approach of incorporating technology in the classroom. Topics vary from year to year, may be repeated for credit.

LTAD3288: Integrating Web 2.0 Technologies

Explore the world of web 2.0 and how these technologies can help enhance informal learning in your classroom. This workshop will showcase various applications and describe how they can be used to form learning communities through careful navigation, connections, evaluation, integration, problem-solving and communication in the interactive web. Participants will identify tools to use in their discipline area and reflect on how these tools can enable collaborations and engage students.

LTAD3240: Multimedia Tools for Online Courses

This workshop will assist participants in identifying and incorporating multimedia and instructional tools to accommodate students' diverse learning styles. Note: This workshop is optional for the Digital Professor Certification.

 

 

IEC Principle:�Discussed Grades or Assignments with an Instructor�

LFMP 1116: Discipline-specific Topics

Seminars created in collaboration with deans/departments to focus on discipline content. Topics vary from year to year, may be repeated for credit.

LFMP1151: Virtual Reading Circle

Online reading circle discussion of a selected text on LifeMap. Participants will be expected to engage with the text and with each other, as well as being willing to try new techniques with their students and report back to the discussion about their results. (Variable credits; course may be repeated with new content.)

LFMP2141: LifeMap

This Essential Competency seminar examines learning opportunities that promote student life skills development while enhancing discipline learning.

LFMP2910: Selected Topics

Seminars on special topics concerning LifeMap. Topics vary from year to year, may be repeated for credit.

LFMP3241: Student Retention

This seminar examines the theory and research on student retention in college and explores teaching and advising strategies that will help students persist. Emphasis is on practical applications for community college educators.

LFMP3342: Student Responsibility

This seminar hosts a dialogue on the meaning of student responsibility. It explores concepts of self-direction and the teaching and advising strategies that help students become more self-directed learners.

LFMP3343: At-Risk Students

This seminar examines the factors that put students at risk for not succeeding in college. It explores the characteristics of at-risk students and strategies for teaching skills and attitudes that help them meet the challenges of college life.

Also, check out the assessment-focused workshops below listed under "IEC Principle: Received Prompt Feedback (Written or Oral) from Instructors on Your Performance."

 

 

IEC Principle: �Talked about Career Plans with an Instructor or Advisor�

Please see the LifeMap-focused seminars listed above under "IEC Principle: Discussed grades or assignments with an instructor."

In addition, explore and familiarize yourself with the "My Career Planner" section in Atlas for additional information on how to best help students should they seek out advice from you on how to choose a career and/or how to structure their college course work to best achieve their career goals.

Having students make an appointment with a counselor, of course, is always a great way for them to obtain invaluable information about their career options.

 

 

IEC Principle: �Discussed Ideas from your Readings or Classes with Instructors Outside of Class�

LCTS1111: Teaching in the Learning College

This scenario-based course is designed for adjunct instructors, new instructors, and instructors with strong content and/or technical expertise but limited teaching experience. This curriculum provides faculty with tools and resources enabling them to become more effective learning-centered instructors. Note: This course is required for Associate Faculty Certification and is only offered in a hybrid format.

LCTS2111: L-C Teaching Strategies

This Essential Competency seminar examines diverse teaching strategies that promote student learning.

LCTS2213: Active Learning Techniques

In this hands-on workshop, participants learn a variety of ways to actively engage students in learning. Faculty members from all disciplines will find this session useful.

The workshops listed under IEC Principle: “Received Prompt Feedback (Written or Oral) from Instructors on Your Performance” as well as IEC Principle:”Discussed Grades or Assignments with an Instructor” would prove beneficial here as well.

 

 

IEC Principle: �Received Prompt Feedback (Written or Oral) from Instructors on Your

Performance�

ASMT1116 Discipline-specific Topics:

Seminars created in collaboration with deans/departments to focus on discipline content. Topics vary from year to year, may be repeated for credit.

ASMT1151: Virtual Reading Circle

Online reading circle discussion of a selected text on assessment issues in college. Participants will be expected to engage with the text and with each other, as well as being willing to try new techniques with their students and report back to the discussion about their results. (Variable credits; course may be repeated with new content.)

ASMT2121: Assessment as a Tool for Learning

This Essential Competency seminar examines strategies that promote student growth through consistent, timely, formative measures, and promote students� ability to self-assess. Also examined will be assessment practices that invite student feedback on the teaching and learning process, as well as on student achievement.

ASMT2224: Course Design: From Learning Outcomes to Assessment

Course design can be one of the most interesting and challenging areas of a faculty member�s work. Drawing from research in the field, this session focuses on understanding the characteristics of learning-centered course construction from learning outcomes to assessment.

ASMT2226: Online Course Summative Assessment

�This course is designed to introduce the topic of assessment in online courses to those who are thinking about teaching online or who are in the initial stages of teaching online. It is designed to acquaint participants with� best practices in online assessment, concentrating on summative� assessment, and to have participants apply what they have learned in an� online environment. Throughout the course, participants will play the dual roles of student and designer, giving them experience in both sides of online learning and will have the benefit of collegial conversations about assessment.

ASMT2227: Understanding and Designing Rubrics

In this online, interactive course, participants will learn the elements of rubric construction and examine a variety of models to use in creating their own discipline-specific rubrics.

ASMT2228: Authentic Assessment

In this online course, participants will examine assessment methods that require students to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills. Instructors of online and face-to-face course will benefit from this course.

ASMT2122: Classroom Assessment Techniques: Part 1

This introductory course examines classroom assessment techniques that promote student learning through consistent, timely, formative measures. Also examined will be assessment practices that invite student feedback on the teaching and learning process, as well as on student achievement. Note: This course is only offered online.

ASMT2123 10: Classroom Assessment Techniques: Part 2

This advanced course builds upon Part 1 to examine classroom assessment techniques that promote students’ higher-order thinking through formative measures, including students’ abilities to self-assess. Also examined will be assessment practices that invite student feedback on the teaching and learning process. Note: This course is only offered online.

ASMT2910: Selected Topics

Seminars on special topics concerning assessment. Topics vary from year to year, may be repeated for credit.

ASMT3221: Course Outcome Assessment

Assessment techniques for course level outcomes. Includes design of authentic assessment tasks and methods of rating student work.

ASMT3232: QM: Peer Reviewer Training

This workshop will explore the Quality Matters project and processes and will prepare the participant to be part of an initiative that impacts the design of online courses and ultimately, student success. Participants should be experienced online instructors. After successfully completing this workshop, participants will be eligible to serve on a Valencia Quality Matters peer course review. Note: This workshop is required for Digital Professor Certification.

ASMT3233: Evidence of Learning

Evidence of Learning is designed for faculty and staff who wish to understand and participate in the college-wide assessment of learning discussions. This online scenarios-based course is intended to foster a more positive attitude about evidence and the collection and use of data as well as a willingness to be involved in constructive dialogues about data.

ASMT3323: Program Outcome Assessment

Assessment techniques for program level outcomes. Includes design triangulated methods of measuring student learning. Both direct and indirect methods are included.

 

 

IEC Principle: �Worked with Instructors on Activities other than Coursework�

In addition to taking the LifeMap workshops described above, faculty can also discover new ways to get involved with students outside of class by sponsoring student clubs through SGA, attending campus events such as Matador Day, artistic performances, and visiting lectureres, or traveling--either domestically or abroad--with students.