What is Seal

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.

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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.


A schedule for 2014-15 academic year will be unveiled during Fall 2014 Convocation.  There will be approximately seven workshops presented each week, lasting approximately 50 minutes each.  Faculty and staff are asked to pre-register for the workshops by contacting CAPE.


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