May 2017 West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation Best Practices

Left to right: Falecia Williams, president, West and Downtown Campuses; Julie Montione, professor, humanities; Jenny Lee, faculty, New Student Experience; Claudine Bentham, faculty development faculty fellow; and Angela Blewitt, professor, English (Photo by Ashley Cabrera, staff assistant II)

Each month, the West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation (CTLI) team highlights one topic of interest to our learning community in the West Campus Concentrate. Over the past academic year, CTLI articles have showcased extraordinary professors who demonstrated their expertise in student engagement and developing student strengths. Special for this month, we will recap the past year’s articles, just in case you missed one or two.

We also want to recognize our faculty members’ dedication, scholarship and passion for teaching, and we thank you for your time and devotion to your practice. We look forward to highlighting more phenomenal Valencia professors in the upcoming school year.

Below are the monthly links to the videos and resources we shared with you this past academic year.

1.    In the September 2016 article, Falecia Williams, president, West and Downtown Campuses, highlighted the various ways we, as faculty and reflective practitioners, can deepen student learning by using the resources and services provided in the CTLI.

2.    Next, Humanities Professor Julie Montione was recognized for adapting her curriculum to the needs of her students and community. In the October 2016 article, her video featured clips of how she engaged with her students and the community during Global Peace Week.

3.    Creativity is universal. Nalini Odapalli, professor, biology, demonstrated her creativity by infusing active learning activities in her classroom. The November 2016 article highlighted methods to harness one’s creativity in order to help students achieve academic success.

4.    Although we did not feature our faculty members in the January 2017 article, it set the foundation on sharing strategies or resources to help students succeed in their classes. Therefore, in the February feature, New Student Experience Faculty Jenny Lee, showcased two active learning activities tailored to help students in discovering their strengths.

5.    Featured faculty members in the March 2017 feature included Counselors Celeste Henry and Remy Ansiello. Their expertise in student resources and services aid students in achieving success in academic and nonacademic areas. This article provided beneficial materials that faculty can share with their students.

6.    Finally, in the April 2017 article, we acknowledged featured faculty members Angela Blewitt, professor, English, and Aida Diaz, professor, Spanish, for their great work, especially with building a community in their classroom and with incorporating Peace and Justice principles into their curriculum. We were extremely honored to have them in our last article for this academic year.

Once again, we thank you for sharing your scholarship of teaching and learning in our monthly articles, and we look forward to another year of sharing more best practices from Valencia faculty.

1 Comment

  • Becca Toole said:

    Great work, ladies!

    AMFri, 12 May 2017 09:41:28 +0000Fri, 12 May 2017 09:41:28 +0000am17,9:41 am

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