A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses
On Friday, June 9, 2017, Valencia wrapped up the largest Destination yet — which featured seven tracks.
Among those who participated was Winter Park New Student Experience Adjunct Professor Christy Mullgrav, who completed the TEAL (Technology-Enhanced Active Learning) Destination track. Like all New Student Experience faculty, Christy is deeply invested in helping her students realize their Purpose, which is one of Valencia’s Six Ps .
The final project for the TEAL track included demonstrating an active learning lesson plan activity enhanced by technology.
Christy noted that one of her reasons for participating in this track “was to learn more about designing lessons to include more active learning.” She was particularly excited by a presentation on mind mapping by Amanda Kern, professor, graphic design, and Elizabeth Faulcon, adjunct professor, humanities, two of the facilitators of the track. This presentation sparked a new approach for Christy, especially after she learned about an educational technology tool, MindMeister.
Now, Christy plans to use this tool with her SLS1122 (New Student Experience) class to engage students to prepare them for their purpose paper, one of the mandatory assignments in the curriculum.
“Students will map out their academic goals, why they are choosing this goal, what’s required of the goal, their strengths, their career goals, other interests and values,” Christy commented, who will ultimately be able to use this tool to see how students are aligning goals, values and interests to their personal purpose statement, something many students struggle with.
Once completed, students can share a link with Christy and can begin collaborating with peers to determine how they will organize their final papers.
Overall, Christy is excited to implement this in her current summer SLS1122 course and is grateful for the Destination experience.
“The Technology-Enhanced Active Learning Destination track was one of the best professional development opportunities that I have ever been a part of,” she recounted.
To incorporate more technology-enhanced active learning activities into your courses, a version of the TEAL course will be offered during the 2017-2018 professional development year. For more information about faculty and instructional development courses, visit the Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation on your campus.