Circles of Innovation is a new faculty development opportunity at Valencia. It is an attempt to create spaces at the college where self-directed faculty, those driven by a sense of mastery and common purpose, can come to mingle, contribute, collaborate, solve problems, and create new forms of Great Teaching. Circles of Innovation is “Where good ideas collide and great discoveries are made possible!”
Circles of Innovation is a faculty to faculty initiative designed spark your curiosity, provide a venue to share ideas with colleagues and friends, and provide practical hands on tools and strategies for teaching and learning. If you would like to get a better feel for the tone of Circles, click on any of the video link images below, to see the video shorts made in preparation for Circles.
How Can I Take Part?
We understand that not all of you will be able to attend the inaugural events later this month (West Mar 26th, East Mar. 28th, Osceola April 2nd) However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the Circles website or participate in other ways. If you would like to do more, consider:
- surfing the Circles of Innovation website, enjoying/ranking the content, posting comments and sharing your favorites with others.
- giving us a call or an SMS text to share your cool ideas, strategies, good reads, videos, techniques and more. For example, if you learn something cool in Faculty Development, while surfing the web, or while at conference, let us know so we can post, tag, and make the content accessible for everyone else. SMS Text your ideas to 2CIRCLES92 or (224) 725-3792.
- sharing strategies, sparks, and ideas with Circles so that others can benefit from your work. To share, click on either of the Submit a Spark or Submit a Strategy forms, you can also share with us via our Backchannel. Consider making the the backchannel a permanent link in your smart device.
- blogging with us. If you would really like to get involved with this work, you can blog with us and be a contributor to Circles of Innovation website.
Why the RSVP?
As we have mentioned, Circles of Innovation is a different take on faculty development. We are hoping to create spaces at the college where self-directed faculty, those driven by a sense of mastery and common purpose, can come to mingle, contribute, collaborate, solve problems, and create new forms of Great Teaching. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, RSVP at the link below. We will also use this information to help us schedule space and facilitators, we are very interested in getting an idea of just how many people would like to take advantage of this new faculty development opportunity.
As we have mentioned, our first Circles are set to take place on the West Campus on Tuesday, March 26th, on the East Campus on Thursday March 28th, and on the Osceola Campus on Tuesday, April 2nd. Circles will take place during the activity hour from 1pm till 2pm. We, of course, are open to other options on other campuses (some are currently in the works) and would like to hear your thoughts, comments, and suggestions. If Circles sounds like something you might be interested in, RSVP below.