Destination 2016, an annual professional development program that brings Valencia colleagues together to explore teaching and learning innovations, was a major hit. The program — which was hosted on West Campus on Fridays from May 13 – June 10, 2016 — received rave reviews from participants who hailed the event as a “great opportunity” and a “great place to learn new ideas and grow as a teacher.”
The program featured several tracks, which empowered participants to reflect on their own teaching strategies, learn from faculty in other disciplines and identify new strategies and tools. This year, the tracks included: Great Teachers in Action; Creating a Culture of CARE at Valencia; Learning in Your Community: Effective Practices for Curriculum Integration; Modeling Active Learning: The Science, Theory and Practice; and Teaching for Tomorrow: Flipped Learning Made Easy.
In a post-event survey, faculty described the program as “tangible” — as the lessons helped them produce implementable, manageable plans for their classrooms.
Faculty also appreciated the new tools in their teaching toolboxes. One participant claimed the program helped him or her to understand technology in the classroom, asserting “I’m not afraid of it anymore!”
Another commented on the diversity of helpful information presented. “You will be blown away by how many tools there are to do almost anything you can come up with.”
Almost unanimously, participants cherished the time to learn from other faculty.
“Listening to other faculty express their teaching methods exceeded my expectations of their professionalism. I discovered how dedicated, smart and competent many of these faculty members are!” said one participant, while another stated, “I really enjoyed meeting other faculty from other departments. It gave me a chance to see how others teach their classes and integrate certain topics.”
No matter the track they attended or the lessons they learned, it’s clear faculty appreciated the program. Many participants even claimed that this year’s program was the best one yet.
As one participant exclaimed, “You must attend! It’s worth it!”
If this sounds like an opportunity right for you, the Faculty and Instructional Development team hopes to see you next year for Destination 2017, for what’s sure to be another five-star event.