Faculty Finish the Largest Destination Yet

On Friday, June 9, 2017, faculty from across the College wrapped up Destination 2017. With seven tracks, this year’s Destination offered more tracks to faculty than in previous years.

Tracks included the following:

TEAL: Technology-Enhanced Active Learning
Participants spent time discussing Constructivism, Adult Learning and Social Cognitive theories as a foundation for their Technology-Enhanced Active Learning lesson plan. Participants then took advantage of tools like virtual reality, social media, augmented reality, polling tools, infographics and enhanced web tools for online learning to shape their plans for classroom implementation.

Early Alert, Valencia Style: Creating a Culture of Continuous Assessment and Responsive Engagement (CARE)
Empathy and creativity were central themes in the Early Alert, Valencia Style track. Participants used creative design processes to interrogate their own assumptions about their students and created intervention plans to help identify students in need early and frequently throughout a semester.

SEED: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity
In the SEED track of Destination, participants explored systems of oppression, power and privilege through personal reflection and testimony. The SEED experience 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.

Writing to Learn/Learning to Write: What is WAC?
Participants in the Writing Across Curriculum (WAC) track spent time unpacking the connections between reading, critical thinking, writing and assessment in order to make the required skills and knowledge base of their courses more visible. Participants created a planning document where they could apply several different kinds of WAC strategies to their courses, from write-to-learn and active reading strategies to identifying discipline writing styles and creating effective rubrics.

First 30: Strengthening the Foundation for Meta Major Pathways
Working together with career program advisors, the faculty in the First 30 track took a team approach to planning for student success. They not only explored the theory behind learning communities, but they also built comprehensive campus action plans, which included interdisciplinary assignments, co-curricular activities and service learning components to help guide students through their first year of learning.

Education for Sustainability: A Transformative Learning Experience
Infusing sustainability principles, participants in the Sustainability track created lesson plans that included concepts ranging from daily living, student engagement and classroom curriculum. You can peruse these projects on the Circles of Innovation website.

ROC 101: The Art of Migration and Painting Your Own Canvas
Participants in the Rubric for Online Competency (ROC) track were asked to test Canvas, our new learning management system, and the working draft of the Rubric for Online Competencies. Over five weeks, participants evaluated their online courses, learned to navigate Canvas and built modules based on the ROC guidelines.

Throughout Destination 2017, participants commented on their appreciation for the time and space to have conversations with their colleagues about the topics covered in each track.

If you couldn’t attend Destination, don’t worry; you can still be a part of that conversation. Throughout the five weeks, participants actively posted about their learning and progress on social media. You can see what they had to say and contribute to the conversation via Facebook or Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you for what is sure to be a fantastic Destination 2018. See you next year!

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