You’re Invited to Destination 2016


A Message from Wendi Dew, Assistant Vice President, Teaching and Learning

You are invited to participate in Destination 2016, an annual professional development program that brings Valencia colleagues together to explore teaching and learning innovations, challenges and solutions, which will begin Friday, May 13, 2016, at the West Campus.

This year’s program will feature multiple experiences that will bring value to faculty who have participated in Destination before and to those who are new to the experience. Join us this summer to explore teaching and learning with colleagues from diverse fields with varied experiences and interests.

The following tracks will be offered:

Great Teachers in Action
Action research, a scholarly approach to improve teaching and learning, is a pillar of great teaching. Through this experience, you will plan and conduct small-scale, practical research to investigate questions regarding student learning that directly impacts your practice.

Creating a Culture of C.A.R.E. at Valencia
Continuous Assessment and Responsive Engagement (CARE) represents an emerging, faculty-led initiative aimed at establishing a systematic process for identifying and supporting struggling students at Valencia. Learn how to develop a CARE plan that meets the needs of your at-risk students, while employing accessible academic and non-academic resources into your classroom pedagogy.

Teaching to Ensure Learning: Infusing Success Skills
Join the New Student Experience (NSE) discussion on supporting students in their first year at Valencia. Develop strategies and create a plan to infuse the LifeMap College Success Skills into your Start Right (front door/gateway) courses. Faculty from across the College and across disciplines are invited to participate in this two-term track.

Learning in Your Community: Effective Practices for Curriculum Integration
Learning Communities is regarded as a high-impact, educational practice that has proven to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds. See how this teaching and learning practice has shown to increase students’ success in college and can be applied to build effective and efficient pathways to degree completion.

Modeling Active Learning: The Science, Theory and Practice
Explore the connection between the science of learning, learning theories and emerging active learning practices. Engage in active learning experiences through creation, implementation and reflection. This program is applicable to all disciplines and will discuss technology-enhanced, active learning.

Teaching for Tomorrow: Flipped Learning Made Easy
Are you interested in engaging students through technology, scaffolding critical thinking, incorporating game-based learning, increasing student engagement and helping students take ownership of their learning? If so, join us for Teaching for Tomorrow: Flipped Learning Made Easy, where you and your colleagues will have the opportunity to review the research, experience flipped learning, play with flipped technologies and create a flipped lesson for your course.

Learn more about each track and apply now on the event Web page.


All Valencia faculty members are encouraged to apply, including full-time and part-time professors, counselors and librarians. Seats are limited and subject to dean approval. Applicants will be notified regarding their participation status mid-April.

To learn more about this year’s program, tracks and to apply, please visit the Destination Web page.

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