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IDEA Center

Instructional Development and Educational Achievement

The IDEA Center is composed of a team of professionals with backgrounds in pedagogy, curriculum development and planning, instructional design, instructional technology and media, and learning assessment. The team serves academic departments, faculty, and student support units, as well as the University as a whole when it comes to instructional development and educational achievement for the benefit of employees and students. Our mission is to help faculty, students, and staff achieve their instructional and educational objectives through efficient design, quality, outcomes-oriented support, and delivery of media and instructional technology resources to facilitate engagement and learning. Our vision is to see Florida Poly promoted as the destination university for high-quality STEM learning.

Programs and Services

The IDEA Center brings together areas such as Canvas Learning Management System support, the University’s SIM Lab (Simulation, Instruction, and Media), Educational Outreach, and other instructional and learning services and programs.

Programs

  • Teaching Support Workshops: Demand-driven workshops where the latest research and methods are shared with interested faculty.
  • Faculty Learning Communities: Facilitated, open-ended interactions among cohorts of faculty with shared instructional experiences and educational goals.
  • Educational Outreach Programs: On-campus and off-campus (at your school) visits and curriculum and multimedia assets for virtual and hybrid learning.

Services

  • Course Design and Delivery: Design and deliver  courses using best practices for student learning and success.
  • Canvas General Support: Effectively use and troubleshoot Canvas LMS.
  • Classroom Technology Troubleshooting: Can’t get the project on? SIM Lab staff will help.
  • Learning Technology Enhancements: Developing engaging interactive learning experiences for courses.
    • Integrate advanced visual and auditory materials (lightboard shoots, branching scenario, voiceover recordings, green screen, screen casting,)
    • Interactive media/simulation (2D and 3D)
    • Development of digital assets for enhanced
    • Canvas graphic design for classes, clubs, and units
    • Course materials (H5P, game development, simulations, etc.)
    • Facilitate media software instruction
  • Distributed Learning Development: Design and deliver online and other distance learning experiences that meet quality standards.
    • Facilitateinclusive teaching and Universal Design for Learning.
  • Assessment: Student-centered assessment activities and mid-semester feedback.
  • Educational Research/Grant Proposals: Providing support for grant writing, classroom research, and evaluation.
  • Student Learning and Project Support in Collaboration with University Writing Services: Enabling students to excel in course projects by helping integrate technology, multimedia guidance, and clear communication. (Student class project, Capstone Showcase)

Resources

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Instructional Development

The Instructional Development and Educational Achievement (DEA) Center delivers programs and services that enrich the University learning environment for students, faculty, and academic support units and contribute to learning achievement and student success.

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Technology and Learning

The University SIM Lab and Canvas support services provide training, tools, and professional advice and consulting on any aspect of technology in instruction, course development, student projects, videos, graphics development, and much more.
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Educational Outreach provides a venue for Florida Poly students to develop critical skills in communicating complex concepts to a more public audience. Students working with Educational Outreach develop lessons, demonstrations, and may even lead workshops with K-12 students from around the state. Educational Outreach offers opportunities for faculty engagement, and for Florida Schools to learn about and from Florida Poly.
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Student Project Support

Need help with your class presentation technology needs? Visit the SIM Lab.
Need help polishing your writing or your presentations? Contact Writing Services. 

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