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Teaching and Learning Values


The Teaching and Learning Values are listed below with examples of actions that demonstrate the presence of each value. They are a shared responsibility at the college and will be considered in decision and policy-making arenas. We will encourage and promote these values in college programs, courses, services and activities.

We are a college that . . .

Creates a learning climate of mutual respect and fairness.

  • Creates open and equal interactions
  • Encourages and seeks to understand varying points of view and learning differences
  • Models and applies standards and expectations equitably
  • Models inclusion.

Encourages creative and critical thinking.

  • Creates low-risk learning environments
  • Supports the identification of problems and the creation of solutions
  • Uses questioning strategies that encourage creative and critical thinking
  • Encourages the expression of underlying thinking
  • Incorporates problem-solving processes
  • Incorporates approaches that encourage multiple styles of thinking

Actively engages individuals in the learning process.

  • Uses hands-on, real life applications
  • Uses structured, purposeful small group activities
  • Involves participants in planning activities and leading discussions
  • Uses a menu of approaches and activities for a variety of learning styles
  • Provides opportunities for feedback and evaluation
  • Models use of technology as a communication and learning tool

Facilitates learning that applies to and enriches lives.

  • Makes connections from theory to real life applications
  • Uses current and real life experiences and activities
  • Solicits learning illustrations and applications
  • Encourages the application of learning
  • Incorporates student life experiences

Clarifies expectations and encourages student responsibility for learning.

  • Clarifies expectations and outcomes in a variety of ways
  • Sets high expectations
  • Holds individuals accountable
  • Models responsible behavior
  • Gives clear directions and instructions
  • Gives frequent, timely feedback
  • Models diversity, honesty and fairness in interactions

Promotes learning as a lifelong process.

  • Models lifelong learning
  • Shows enthusiasm and joy for learning and teaching
  • Provides avenues and encouragement for future learning
  • Considers long-term as well as short-term goals
  • Shares personal learning experiences and new developments in the field
  • Connects with partners in the workplace and in the community