Collaborative Consultation

We know that teachers are doing wonderful and powerful things in their classrooms to enhance the learning experiences for their students.  At the same time, these same teachers may struggle with other issues or problems and are often at a loss as to where to go to find the answer to their problem.

For this reason, CAPE is offering collaborative consultation experiences in which a group of faculty meet at regularly scheduled times to learn about (or assist with) learning more about incorporating a particular strategy or method into their individual classrooms.  

A Collaborative Consultation Series is a structured experience for participants interested in enriching a specific aspect of their teaching or in finding solutions to classroom problems.  They will focus on practical, research-based practices that focus on how students learn.  

Collaborative Consultation Offerings for Spring 2014:

  • Delve into Blackboard
  • Wanna Flip?
  • Conducting “Labs” without Computers

Delve into Blackboard

Teaching online? Using the minimum functions in Blackboard? Wanting to share teaching practices or gain some insight into what other instructors are doing in Blackboard? Then Collaborative Consultation Series is for you! This series will help enrich your Blackboard knowledge, (through guidance from CAPE staff and discussions with other group members), about course design, tools, and features within Blackboard.

Join us for a 5-week journey that will seek to answer your Blackboard questions as well as give you an opportunity to try out something new!

Goals:

  • To support professional discussions and explorations on using Blackboard as part of the course experience
  • To promote insightful questions and reflection and encourage a curiosity about student learning
  • To create an intellectual space where people feel safe to share struggles and ideas related to using Blackboard
  • To develop and experience a collaborative and supportive community from faculty across Victoria College

Program Outcomes:

As a participant, you will:

  • practice and explore features in Blackboard
  • develop your own background understanding on the topic.

As a participant, you will be expected to:

  • commit to attending meetings regularly.  The collaborative consultation is based on forming a community of learners, so attendance at all meetings is essential,
  • present attempts and plans informally within the group as your work progresses and provide critical feedback to other group members, and
  • be supportive and respectful to other members and their ideas.

Dates and Times:

If you are interested, please call or email Alex to inquire about this series.

Wanna Flip?

Flipping the classroom is currently the latest trend in education.  Are you curious about how to “flip” your class but don’t know where to start?  Have you tried flipping and were met with resistance or even failure?  This Collaborative Consultation Series will answer these questions and provide the support you need to help you to prepare to “flip” your class successfully.  Through guidance from CAPE staff and discussions with other group members, you will think through the changes that have to be made to use this strategy and explore some of the technology that is available at Victoria College to help assist with this process.

Join us for a 5-week journey that will seek to answer all of your questions about flipping by examining what it means to “flip” a class, how to begin, and addressing the pitfalls or resistance that you may experience.

Goals:

  • To explore the various aspects of a flipped classroom
  • To outline a process for how to flip a class or course
  • To support professional discussions and explorations on flipped classrooms
  • To promote insightful questions and reflection and encourage a curiosity about student learning
  • To create an intellectual space where people feel safe to share struggles and ideas related to teaching
  • To develop and experience a collaborative and supportive community from faculty across Victoria College

Program Outcomes:

As a participant, you will:

  • practice incorporating flipping techniques into current course or class,
  • design and outline a plan for flipping a future course or class,
  • reflect on the literature and research about flipping classes, and
  • develop your own background understanding on the topic.

As a participant, you will be expected to:

  • commit to attending meetings regularly.  The collaborative consultation is based on forming a community of learners, so attendance at all meetings is essential,
  • present attempts and plans informally within the group as your work progresses and provide critical feedback to other group members, and
  • be supportive and respectful to other members and their ideas.
If you are interested, please contact us! Please call or email CAPE to inquire about this series.  

Conducting “Labs” without Computers

Is your course adding an extra instructional/contact hour?  Are you wondering how to fill this extra hour (which may be called a “lab”) without utilizing worksheets, skill-and-drill, and/or computers?  This Collaborative Consultation Series will help you to prepare to conduct your “lab” hour class by offering collaborative, critical thinking, activities that foster workplace competencies.  Through guidance from CAPE staff and discussions with other group members, you will think you will think through the options for utilizing this instructional hour to facilitate effective student learning.

Join us for a 5-week journey that will seek to examine problem-based/case-based/project-based learning, the case study method and the inquiry method, what it takes to incorporate these methods, and how this approach might look in your class.

Goals:

  • To explore the collaborative, group-based activities
  • To plan activities to use during this additional instructional hour
  • To support professional discussions and explorations on collaborative learning activities
  • To promote insightful questions and reflection and encourage a curiosity about student learning
  • To create an intellectual space where people feel safe to share struggles and ideas related to teaching
  • To develop and experience a collaborative and supportive community from faculty across Victoria College

Program Outcomes:

As a participant, you will:

  • practice creating and incorporating collaborative activities into current course or class,
  • design and a plan for future collaborative activities to use in your content area,
  • reflect on the literature and research about collaborative activities, and
  • develop your own background understanding on the topic.

As a participant, you will be expected to:

  • commit to attending meetings regularly.  The collaborative consultation is based on forming a community of learners, so attendance at all meetings is essential,
  • present attempts and plans informally within the group as your work progresses and provide critical feedback to other group members, and
  • be supportive and respectful to other members and their ideas. 
If you are interested, please contact us! Please call or email CAPE to inquire about this series. 
 

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