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What CAPE Does 

Academies of Learning | Boot Camp | Consultations | Special Topic Workshops

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.

  • Academy for Purposeful Teaching: This Academy is designed for new faculty and adjuncts and will provide instruction in outcomes-based student-centered teaching.  Participants may choose either online or face-to-face sessions.

  • Academy of Blackboard Scholars: This Academy is designed for both online and face-to-face instructors and will provide tools and techniques to manage courses effectively and efficiently.  Participants may choose either online or face-to-face sessions.

  • 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 will officially kick off 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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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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Consultations

CAPE specialists are available for individual and departmental consultations.

Curriculum & Instruction:

  • Curriculum and instructional design: best practices
  • Syllabi, learning objectives and outcomes
  • Strategies for engaging learning activities

Deb Butler - Curriculum & Instruction Design Specialist II

Instructional Technology:

  • Blackboard: best practices for course design, training and troubleshooting
  • Strategies for engaging in class & online learning activities
  • Other instructional technology software: best practices and training

Alex Suchon - Instructional Technology Specialist

Instructional Media:

  • Instructional videos
  • Other instructional media: best practices and training

Anthony Scherer - Instructional Media Specialist

Accessibility - Web & Electronic Instructional Materials:

  • Webpages, documents, presentations, videos, etc.: best practices for accessibility
  • Online courses: best practices for accessibility

Liz Prickett - Alternative Media Specialist

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Special Topic Workshops

  • Brown Bag discussions are scheduled throughout the year during the lunch hour.  Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and share their insights, successes, frustrations, or questions on the designated topic.
  • Panel discussions are designed to allow faculty and staff to share their expertise in an area with the participating audience.  
  • Webinars may be offered from a variety of sources on many topics.   

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