The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Daytona Beach campus invests in faculty through a variety of grants, services, and programs. Through our experience, research, and faculty guidance, our center has developed signature programs in support of teaching excellence and student success.
Our popular short course program brings together faculty from across campus to discuss teaching and learning topics that are likely to improve student learning. Short courses typically span 4-weeks during the semester and combine workshop sessions, classroom application, and activity assessment. Typically, participants take advantage of our competitive grants programs to deepen their knowledge of the short course topics or extend the impact of their intervention. We have included Short Course topics on Self-Regulated Learning, Growth Mindset, Formative Student Assessment, Blended Learning, Dynamic Lecturing, and Critical Thinking.
While student evaluations provide a snapshot of feedback for faculty, we believe that successful teachers regularly seek feedback from other sources, including their peers. Our Teaching Partners program, in its 5th year, asks teachers to collaborate to observe and reflect on one another's teaching. Applicants collaborate with a faculty partner and a CTLE Associate Director in small review groups. Groups will record the class meetings of each member, review the recording digitally using Canvas Studio technology, and provide feedback to one another through an online commenting system. A structured debrief follows for both teaching partners.
Gamification is the use of game elements or theory in non-gaming contexts to influence behavior. Some benefits of gamification in the classroom include increased motivation, more student-directed learning and possibilities for differentiated instruction. Our Gamification program is a new form of faculty development program, one that encourages exploration by faculty at a pace that they choose, achieve awards for their own learning like grants or SWAG. This signature program developed from work done on the Taskforce on Innovation (TFI).