The Office of Faculty and Instructional Development supports all faculty members as they develop course and curriculum experiences, in all modalities, to improve student learning. A variety of courses, programs and one-to-one consultations are available to support all faculty in a broad range of topics.
Action Research, a scholarly approach to improve teaching and learning, can be a central piece of professional development. This project-based research can benefit professors, counselors, and librarians by actively engaging them in the collaborative study of learning as it takes place day by day in the context of their own practices.
Circles of Innovation
Circles of Innovation is an evolution of work done at Valencia College as part of The Great Teachers Colloquium, and it is driven by a few underlying philosophies of learning, innovation, and professional development.
Critical Thinking is skillful, responsible thinking that is conducive to good judgment because it is sensitive to context, considers multiple perspectives, relies on criteria, and is self-correcting.
Experiential Learning is characterized by highly immersive learning through experiences coupled with intentional reflection. This concentration of courses help to take active learning to a deep level through immersion and infusion strategies.
Program Learning Outcomes
The goal of outcomes-based practice is student learning. Valencia has established "what students should know or do" upon their graduation through the Student Core Competencies and Program Learning Outcomes.