November 2017 West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Best Practices

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. We hope that you will find the information engaging and beneficial to your work in teaching and learning.

This month, we feature learning methodologies to develop life-long learners in your classroom.

TED Talk Video: The beauty of what we’ll never know – Pico lyer

In the TED Summit presentation, Pico Iyer indicated, you discover who you are when you are in the midst of adversity or when you are “carried out of yourself,” and, sometimes, you may need to go beyond basic knowledge and tap into life-long learning skills. Furthermore, he stated, “being human is much more important than being fully in the know.” In other words, it is important for people to tap into the skills or resources that will assist them in overcoming an obstacle or resolving a problematic situation.

Featured Faculty: Marci Dial, Professor, Nursing

This month, we feature Marci Dial, professor, nursing. As a result of taking the LifeMap faculty development course, Marci provides her nursing students with the necessary skills and resources that will help them prosper beyond the classroom. Valencia College’s LifeMap faculty development courses provide essentials tools, techniques and resources to help students succeed beyond their college career. The video below highlights Marci’s approach to infusing LifeMap in her course and the impact it has created for her students and her practice.

Marci is a practicing advanced registered nurse practitioner, serving the Central Florida area in the role of a primary care and women’s health provider. She is active in multiple professional nursing organizations and is currently part of the 2017 cohort in the National League for Nursing’s Simulation Leadership Academy. She has earned many designations including DNP, MSN, BSN, ARNP, NP-C, RN-BC, LNC and CHSE. Marci is currently serving as a faculty advisor for the Valencia Nursing Student Association.

Upcoming Events and Professional Development

Listed below are faculty development courses that can assist you in developing life-long learners in your classroom.

You can learn more about these opportunities on the Valencia EDGE. To learn how to register for these Faculty Development opportunities, click here.

Featured Active Learning Activity

Click here for a brainstorming strategy to use when you want your students to gain a better understanding of an individual’s experience.

Building a Learning Community

This past month, we provided everyone a chance to alleviate a little stress by painting pumpkins at our Pumpkin Painting Party. We had a great turnout, and faculty showed off their creativity skills.

Electronic Resources/Tools

Professional Development Library Resource (Available in the Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation)

Ritchhart, R., Church, M. & Morrison K. (2011). Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement. John Wiley & Sons. Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley.

Social Media

For more great tools to use in your classroom, follow TeachValencia on Facebook or @TeachValencia on Twitter.

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