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Requests & Proposals

Please use the following forms to request professional development in a particular area or topic or indicate interest in facilitating a workshop, series or interest group (PDIGs). Please return completed forms to CAPE via email. 


Interested in professional development but don’t have time for a 50-minute workshop?  Each week, CAPE specialists will blog about topics of interest in the field of education or share links, tips and/or strategies that you may find helpful and interesting.  These entries are designed to provide you with professional development in as little as 10 minutes! Check out the topics that have already been posted and subscribe today to stay up-to-date. Visit CAPE@VC today!

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Boot Camp 

Boot Camp Workshops are designed as individual workshops aimed toward increasing student success through student engagement.  These workshops are created for both faculty and staff, and participants who complete one workshop in each category will receive a stipend. 

  • Assessment – Assessment workshops include tools and techniques for evaluative, formative and summative assessments.
  • Communication – This category includes workshops designed to improve communication between students, staff and faculty.
  • Learning Styles & Active Learning – Workshops in this category are targeted toward active learning strategies and techniques.  They may also focus on the differences in learning styles.
  • Management – Management workshops include topics such as classroom management and handling student issues and concerns.
  • Motivation & Engagement – This category includes workshops designed to help motivate and engage students, staff and faculty.
  • Technology – Workshops in Technology include trainings on various technology products, how to use accessibility features, and a variety of workshops on best practices for technology use.

Upcoming Workshops and Calendar

For more details about Boot Camp, visit VC's Boot Camp page!

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Professional Development Interest Groups (PDIGs)

Professional Development Interest Groups are designed to allow a group of faculty or staff to explore a topic of common interest. This may be a book, a series of articles based around a common topic/theme, or anything that interests the group. Each group will have at least one facilitator. The group will meet at mutually agreed upon days and times once everyone who is interested has a chance to register. The groups will meet as often or as little as deemed necessary by the facilitator.

If you are interested in facilitating an interest group, simply complete the pdf Professional Development Proposal Form and email it to CAPE. CAPE will advertise the group and those interested will register using advertised links.

PDIG #1: Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
Maria Konnikova will be a guest lecturer for the Lyceum series in April 2016. To prepare for this event, CAPE will host a book discussion group this fall. Each month a part of the book will be read and discussed based on the following schedule:

  • September: Part 1 - Facilitator: Deb Butler
  • October: Part 2 - Facilitator: TBD
  • November: Part 3 - Facilitator: TBD
  • December: Part 4 - Facilitator:TBD

PDIG #2: Videos

Starting this spring, CAPE will be hosting a Professional Development Interest Group (PDIG) focused on videos. Possible topics include: working with Panopto, using YouTube, accessibility, Google Hangouts, best practices for sound and visuals, and more. Depending on participants’ schedules and interest, we plan to meet 1-2 times per month. We will be contacting everyone who registers. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact Steve Holsonback at John.Holsonback@VictoriaCollege.edu or call X3425.

To indicate your interest in this group, please “register” through FullSlate by noon on Friday, December 4, 2015 using this link: Videos PDIG. (Please note that we will not be meeting on this date.)

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Professional Development Series 

A series may be offered to provide extended development in a particular area. These workshops or tutorials are designed as several individual sessions that build upon one another. To get the most benefit from the series, it is best to complete the series. 

Upcoming series include:

Course Design 
  • Are you preparing a new course and have no idea where to start? Are you frustrated or bored with a course you are already teaching? Are you a staff member in charge of presenting information to students or parents in various orientations or presentations? If either of these situations applies to you, then you need to attend the five part series on Course Design!
  • These five workshops will provide you with the time, tools, expertise and support to design or redesign your course.  Each workshop series will be limited to 5 participants in order to establish a sense of community and rapport among the participants. You are strongly encouraged to attend all five workshops as each will build upon previous workshops.
  • Fall 2015: This series will meet on the following Friday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. this fall:
  1. Course Design #1- October 23
  2. Course Design #2 - October 30
  3. Course Design #3 - November 13
  4. Course Design #4 - November 20
  5. Course Design #5 - December 4
  • Summer 2016: Week of May 16-20, 1-4 p.m. (Registration links coming soon)
Using Reflection and Metacognition to Improve Student Learning:  Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy by Kaplan, Silver, Lavaque-Manty and Meizlish
  • This series is designed for instructors who worry that their students grossly overestimate their abilities. We often say that our students don’t know what they don’t know. Join us this fall as we read and discuss Using Reflection and Metacognition to Improve Student Learning. By the end of the semester, participants will have ideas and strategies to incorporate into their spring courses that will help students become more reflective learners who are more aware of their strengths and weaknesses.

Creating Self-Regulated Learners:  Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills by Linda B. Nilson

  • This series explores Nilson’s book on how to create self-regulated learners in our classrooms. Every two weeks, we will explore sections of Nilson’s book and discuss how we can apply these techniques and strategies into our courses. By the end of the semester, participants will have the tools and techniques to incorporate these ideas into their courses for the spring semester. 

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Professional Development Workshops

Professional development is designed to advance an individual’s skills or expertise to enhance one’s career.  CAPE offers a variety of professional development opportunities (i.e. workshops, tutorials, webinars, etc.).  These opportunities develop knowledge and skills in a variety of areas such as accessibility, curriculum and instruction design, document and media design, and instructional technology. These opportunities are designed for both faculty and staff.

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Academies of Learning

Academies of Learning are designed and facilitated by CAPE specialists to provide in-depth professional development in specific areas of interest or focus. These Academies of Learning are semester length workshops in which the participants explore the topic with the intended goal of redesigning their current teaching methods or practices. Some Academies may offer a stipend to participants.

New Faculty Academy: This Academy is designed for new faculty and will provide support throughout the first semester of teaching. This community of practice will focus on new faculty needs, best practices for instruction, and acclimating to the Victoria College culture.

SEAL Academy: This Academy is designed to help faculty transform a course and fully implement active learning strategies. While the Pilot began in January 2014, SEAL Academy officially kicked off in January 2015 with SEAL Team Two. Participants must complete an application process to be selected for this Academy. For more details on SEAL, visit VC's SEAL Academy page!

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CAPE specialists are available for individual and departmental consultations.

  • Curriculum & Instruction: Dr. Deb Butler - Curriculum & Instruction Design Specialist II
  • Instructional Technology: Alex Suchon - Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Instructional Media: Steve Holsonback - Instructional Media Specialist
  • Accessibility - Web & Electronic Instructional Materials: Liz Prickett - Alternative Media Specialist

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