Monthly Archives:: October 2013

Road Signs

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In 1971, the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) stipulated that yield signs should be red with a white triangle in the center and red lettering. The signs were changed in color because red is thought to be more attention grabbing. Prior to the 70s yellow was the most visible color, but the invention […]

Special Congratulations to Dr. James May

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To get a copy of the 2013 Center for Digital Education Yearbook, click here or click on one of the images below. Special Congratulations to Circles’ very own Dr. James May, who teaches English as a Second Language at Valencia College. He has been named one of the Top 40 Innovators in Education by the […]

The Four-Square Activity

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The Four Square Activity is a collaborative learning and brainstorming session.  Participants share ideas on predetermined topics in teams of four.  Here’s how it works: students are seated in groups of four with one sheet of paper that is folded lengthwise and width wise to create four areas.  (You could also provide them with a […] – Crowd-Sourced Captioning and Translation of Video

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In the video-on-demand classroom of today, many teachers have curated a wide variety of videos to help support instruction. Unfortunately, many of these videos are not accessible by all students, something we have the ability to fix. gives teachers the tools they need to make their favorite videos accessible to students. Special thanks to […]

Enable Captions for Embedded YouTube Video

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If you are using YouTube video in your courses, it is imperative to add captions: Captioning improves comprehension for all viewers, especially for those with English as a second language. Compliance with ADA and other Human Rights legislation indicates that all broadcast or distributed video content be captioned. Captioning is a key element of Universal […]

Accessing Grade Distribution Reports in Atlas

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I have had a few questions on how to access Grade Distribution Reports in Atlas. If you don’t have any idea what I am talking about, you might want to read this.  Basically this short PDF document explains that the purpose of compiling grade distribution reports is to provide faculty members with every tool available to […]

Accessing Transcripts in Atlas

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Last week I was asked to access my professional development transcript, something I rarely do. If you are like me, you too may have forgotten how to do this. When I called around, I found that many people remembered needing to log into Atlas, but no one really remember the steps. I Googled for a […]

Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator

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Faculty Development seeks to support all faculty members as they expand their professional practices and examine their ongoing development in the seven Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator (click this link or the image below).  The intention of Valencia’s Faculty Development Program is to engage teachers, scholars and practitioners in continuous improvement processes that result in student […]

Learn It! – Blackboard Learn 9.1

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Do you have questions about Blackboard? Check the links below or go to one of Valencia’s most visited Fac Dev page at Learn It! – Blackboard Learn 9.1 Blackboard Learn – On Demand Learning Center Understanding & Building Your Course (Building Content, Premissions, Reporting, and Best Pratices) Communicating & Collaborating (Discussions, Blogs, Journal, WIkis, Groups, and Announcments) […]