October 2017 West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation 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 are featuring learning methodologies like case-based learning.

TED Talk Video: How Can We Find Ourselves in Data — Giorgia Lupi

As educators, we try to illustrate ways for our students to demonstrate their critical thinking in engaging learning activities. Furthermore, we often think about how we can create real-life situations in our instruction so that our students are able to be proficient problem solvers. One effective teaching and learning strategy that encourages critical thinking and problem solving is called case-based scenarios. As many of you know, case-based scenarios provide opportunities for students to deepen their understanding in specific content. Additionally, case-based scenarios allow students to experience a human element and a richer context for course concepts. Giorgia Lupi, who runs a data visualization design company, notes that data powers the experience, but stories provide the meaning and the context of how data comes to life, which is why case based scenarios are effective within a learning experience.

Featured Quote

Featured Faculty: Shahnaz Kanani, Professor, Biology

Our first featured faculty member for this academic school year is Shahnaz Kanani, professor, biology. When it comes to the best practices of teaching and learning, Shahnaz is all about training her students to think critically, especially through real-world scenarios. In our video below, we captured her ideas on using cased-based scenarios in her biology classes and her thoughts about her students working collaboratively to solve a problem.

Shahnaz has taught a variety of courses in the Science Department and the Dental Hygiene program on West Campus, such as: Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Dental Anatomy, Dental Materials, Oral and General Pathology, Pharmacology, Embryology and Oral Histology. In 2014, she won the Faculty Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, Counseling and Librarianship. This month, Shahnaz starts facilitating two PD courses, Case-based Learning and Project-based Learning.

Upcoming Events and Professional Development Opportunities

You can learn more about these opportunities, including available dates, time and locations, on the Valencia EDGE. To learn how to register for these Faculty Development opportunities, click here.

Featured Lesson Plan

Click here to view a lesson plan that exemplifies the Learning-centered Teaching Strategy Essential Competency. 

Featured Active Learning Activity

Click here to view an informational guide on facilitating a brainstorm activity.

Electronic Resources and Tools

Professional Development Library Resources (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

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