Posts Categorized: Education

Destination 2018 Participants Infuse Sustainability into their Curriculum

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Valencia defines sustainability as resilient economic, social, and environmental systems that enhance quality of life for all community members present and future. Sustainability is a multi-faceted concept that impacts our daily lives, engages our students, and can enrich any classroom curriculum. On the last day of Valencia College’s annual professional development program Destination, the 2018 […]

Education for Sustainability

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Sustainability, the challenge of meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Report, 1987), is a multi-faceted concept that impacts our daily lives, engages our students, and can enrich any classroom curriculum. On the last day of Valencia College’s annual professional development program Destination, […]

Bricks & Tricks with Rhonda Atkinson

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Special thanks to Rhonda Atkinson for taking the time to chat with the Circles team about some of her favorite Brick & Mortar strategies for the classroom. In the video below, she discusses how she uses a simple deck of cards as non-digital classroom clickers. She also shares one of her favorite bricks, the Fake […]

PingPong: A Collaborative Mobile App for Your Classroom

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Interested in polling your students during class? Want to raise student attentiveness in class? Would you like to give your students the opportunity to ask questions without interrupting your explanation, and then address them all at once? PingPong is a neat new app that will allow you to do all of that, and more. Check out […]

Service Learning Across the Curriculum

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Special thanks to Christie Miller for leading another successful Service Learning Across the Curriculum Course! In this course, faculty develop lesson plans that integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Below is a sample of lesson plans from participants of the course: Jamie […]

School or Prison?

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Special thanks to Andy Ray (who is currently on sabbatical and traveling through Europe). He just sent us this thought provoking image all the way from Vienna. Click here or on the image below to see the larger, more legible version. Andy, we know you are taking a bunch of pictures, and, hopefully, we will be able […]

Meet Generation C

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  So…Who is Generation C, and more importantly, am I part of it? Chances are, if you are on this page, you saw our “Which Generation Are You?” Survey. If not, feel free to take it. Click here or on the image to the left. You can also learn more about how to make your own […]

A Good Way to Understand!

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“To understand is to stand under which is to look up to, which is a good way to understand.”- Sister Corita Today I opened my browser to Google something and saw that Google was honoring Corita Kent’s 96th birthday with a special page. And her quote (above) inspired me to make this post to Circles. For a while now, my […]

Teaching “Naked”!

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This article by Jose Antonio Bowen appeared in a recent AAC&U newsletter and is based on his 2012 best seller Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. I particularly enjoyed this excerpt: As faculty, if we are primarily concerned with transmitting content, then our value will only decrease. […]

Destination: Circles Track 2014 Exit Ticket Results featuring Tagxedo

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Assessment is often a dirty word in higher education, but we’re getting better at figuring out what can/should be measured every day. On the last day of Valencia College’s annual profession development program Destination, the 2014 Circles of Innovation Track participated in a snowflake activity as an exit ticket for the five week experience. The […]

Nightly News: Homework Diner Serves Up Success

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One of our Strategic Goals at Valencia College is to “Partner with the Community”.  A recipe for success in academia must incorporate partnerships with multiple pathways and support from varieties of disciplines.  To truly be a “gem” of a program there can be a little love and dining – simply sharing a meal still is one […]

Textbook Costs up over 800% since 1978

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Boundless is a service hoping to combat the high cost of textbooks, driven by the oligopoly enjoyed by the text publishing industry. As this article points out, 80% of all college texts are published by just 4 companies – Pearson, Cengage, Wiley and McGraw-Hill:   http://blog.boundless.com/2013/04/the-cost-of-textbooks-is-too-damn-high-so-boundless-made-free-ones/?/   Please contribute additional comments and links on the […]