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Students learn more when they are engaged in their education. Active learning is an approach to instruction in which students are dynamic participants in their education as they gain, retain, and enhance their knowledge, understanding, and abilities. At Victoria College, we promote an educational environment where faculty and staff create a framework and where students are prepared and actively participate in order to improve student success.

The hallmark of all great institutions is the emphasis placed on the professional development of its employees.  Victoria College developed the Center for Academic and Professional Excellence (CAPE) to foster student success by offering training and development opportunities to faculty and staff.  The professional development provided through the QEP will focus on establishing the "framework" for students to participate and be engaged on the VC campus.

Six Key Areas

With a focus on fostering student success, VC is committed to helping students attain their goals.  To be the best WE can be in our efforts to achieve our mission, Boot Camp is designed to provide a variety of opportunities for faculty and staff to gain some development in six key areas:

  • Assessment - Measure your resolve
    In a general sense assessment means an appraisal or evaluation.  In a specific sense we use it in a variety of ways across campus for improvement.  Development in this category will focus on different tools and techniques to identify needs, provide feedback, and utilize the data.
  • Communication - Exchange ideas
    A meaningful exchange of information requires a sender, a message, and a recipient.  Sometimes meaning gets lost in translation, so development opportunities in this area will focus on various aspects of effective communication.
  • Learning Styles & Active Learning - Hone your individual abilities
    We all process information individually; it’s part of how we are unique.  Opportunities for development in this category will focus on natural patterns of processing information which directly impacts learning situations.  There are also opportunities to explore a variety of student-centered activities and concepts.
  • Management - Lead with conviction
    Efficiency and effectiveness are the hallmarks of good management techniques whether it be time, stress, job responsibilities, or interactions with other.  Development in this area will provide strategies to maximize resources.
  • Motivation & Engagement - Inspire success
    What drives us toward success?  How can we increase participation and interaction in our activities?  Development in this area will focus on strategies for finding that inner force that moves us in the right direction.
  • Technology - Embrace new tools
    Some of us embrace it while others just can’t be bothered; however, the fact remains technology affects us all.  Opportunities for development in this category will explore various technology products and practices.

Workshops will be led or facilitated by CAPE professionals and other VC faculty and staff experts. All employees are encouraged to take a workshop, seminar, or facilitated webinar through CAPE in each of the key areas.  Successful completion of this series of professional development opportunities will earn the participant a Boot Camp Certificate, "stars and bars", and a stipend.  Faculty and staff have the opportunity to earn three certificates throughout the implementation of the QEP.

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2014-15 Boot Camp Activities

There are a variety of workshops presented each week, lasting approximately 50 minutes each.  Due to limited seating, faculty and staff are asked to pre-register for workshops.  Workshop titles, categories, descriptions, registration links and directions are all available on the CAPE TeamUp Calendar, which is accessed through CAPE's Workshops page.

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Certificates & Stipends

Get in on the Action...and Earn a Little Cash!




 Boot Camp Certificate #1  6 workshops - one in each area


 Boot Camp Certificate #2  6 workshops - one in each area


 Boot Camp Certificate #3  6 workshops - one in each area


All workshops must be completed within the academic year to be credited toward a Boot Camp certificate.  Boot Camp certificates can be earned over the course of the QEP (2014-2019).

You will receive a colorful dog tag for each Boot Camp workshop you complete.

  • Assessment - Black
  • Communication - Blue
  • Learning Styles & Active Learning - Silver
  • Management - Pink
  • Motivation & Engagement - Green
  • Technology - Red

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Resources of Interest

Active Learning at VC

In the Literature

Recorded Workshops

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