ACE Experiential Learning Institute (FELI)

 

 

The ACE Experiential Learning Institute (FELI) is five-day professional development experience designed for community college faculty, staff, and administrators.  The FELI is an experiential workshop involving more than fifty exercises and activities. These activities include but are not limited to large group discussion, small group sharing and presentations, movement activities, role-playing and reflection. ACE structures the activities to create a community of learners, and asks that all attendees be prepared to participate fully as active learners. We use many different pedagogical techniques to allow for learning and growth in unexpected ways, as well as, to keep participants fully engaged throughout the day. We ask that participants attend each day in full as each exercise builds on the previous one and rapport is built within the group as the days unfold. Each FELI group is capped at 25 participants to ensure time for each participant to be heard.

The FELI workshop challenges participants in many ways:

  • You will be asked to closely examine reality versus your perceptions in the areas of working styles, listening abilities and communications techniques.
  • You will experience the difference between outside-in learning and inside-out learning.
  • You will be asked to practice authentic communication and understand the value of self-awareness and self-disclosure as vehicles for the transformation of education.

A majority of participants report that they experience significant renewal and inspiration upon completion of a FELI.

The FELI can be offered as a stand-alone professional development activity or as a part of the process of bringing an ACE program to a college.

The FELI is the first step for faculty interested in teaching ACE classes.

This workshop simulates the transformative learning incorporated into the ACE Bridge Semester program for students.

 

Quotes from FELI Graduates

The realization occurred to me this week that when students arrive on campus, they want to feel something just as much as they want to learn concepts and theories that will ultimately open up the world to them; they want to be encouraged, to be inspired. In order to meet that need as an instructor and/or counselor, they must be given opportunities upfront, and often throughout their college experience, so that they can be heard and seen and felt, and by extension to be understood as more than an assessment score, a student ID number or an unfortunate social problem. To be honest, prior to FELI I always believed that higher education could provide students with a lot — critical thinking skills; job training; opportunities for leveling the playing field with an education; financial aid — but deep down inside I believed that college couldn’t give students heart. Some students have it, others don’t, I thought; he or she just isn’t ready to learn this quarter and should come back to school when they’re ready to work hard and make tough choices and locate all the things educators talk about in meetings: self-efficacy; self-advocacy; delayed gratification; and passion. I can honestly say that I’m embarassed by that false belief; FELI has shown me that what students care most about is heart: whether or not they open it depends on the college culture’s ability to recognize what a beating heart sounds and feels like. It requires a deeper kind of listening that must permeate throughout the campus. -Tom

“I think often of a sort of door opening during the FELI with insights into how we learn, how we relate to each other and how we relate to ourselves. So many activities we did were at a new level of engagement, thinking and working with others, and it made me look at students and learning differently, as well as how group work can be most effective and fun (i.e. using a puzzle or art or drama to convey an idea). It also brought up questions about how we hide or expose ourselves, and what helps us trust each other. I think I am more self-reflective and aware of how I learn and how I interact with people.”        -MPR Report 2011

 

FELI Graduate Guidebook

FELI graduates who are community college faculty will receive a Guidebook to support integration of the FELI experience into non-ACE courses.

 

Curriculum Themes

  • Successful Students
  • Student Bonding and Community Building
  • Productive Conversations between Classmates
  • Becoming Aware of Perceptions versus Judgments
  • Recognizing Student Strengths

 

 

 

FELI Outcomes and Evaluations

MPR Associates, Inc. is conducting a formal study:

  • To learn how community college faculty and administrators who participate in FELI perceive the Institute, and what they report as effects on their dispositions and instructional practices;
  • To learn whether reported changes in faculty and administrators’ attitudes, behaviors, and instructional practices affect student outcomes such as course completion.

In general, the results show that participants value their experience in the FELI highly, and report personal transformational effects similar to those experienced by community college students who complete the ACE Foundation Course. FELI participants indicate that participation has positive effects on their teaching, improves their communication strategies, and alters their beliefs about teaching.

 

Participate!

The FELI is five days in length and is held at least twice annually, usually in January and again during the summer months. See the Upcoming Events page for upcoming FELIs.

 

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FELI FAQ

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Are FELIs ever held in areas outside of Northern California?
FELIs are held in other areas based on demand. Check the Upcoming Events page to see what’s scheduled and get information on how to register. 

 

Is the FELI designed to be offered as a stand-alone event?
The FELI can be offered as a stand-alone professional development activity or as a part of the process of bringing an ACE program to a college.

 

Must my college be formally committed to adopting ACE before I can attend an FELI?
Not at all.  In fact, many colleges find it helpful to send people to a FELI as a step in exploring what ACE has to offer. This exploratory team may include several faculty leaders as well as college administrators. Since ACE is based on experiential education, there's no substitute to having actual first-hand experience of the curriculum to make a more informed decision about adopting ACE.

 

Can I get continuing education units/flex credits for participating in a FELI?
We can provide documentation; please check with your college to see what they require.

 

After I participate in a FELI, can I begin teaching ACE courses?
Please see the Teaching in ACE page to learn more about becoming an ACE instructor.

 

After I participate in a FELI, will I have access to curriculum for ACE courses?
FELI graduates who are community college faculty will receive the FELI Graduate Guidebook that supports integration of the FELI experience into non-ACE courses.

 

Curriculum Themes of FELI Graduate Guidebook

  • Successful Students
  • Student Bonding and Community Building
  • Productive Conversations between Classmates
  • Becoming Aware of Perceptions versus Judgments
  • Recognizing Students Strengths

In order to receive curriculum for ACE signature courses, your college must have a formal agreement in place to adopt the ACE program.

 

 

Experiential Learning Institute (FELI)

Monterey Bay Area–Cabrillo College

 

Date & Time

January 12th-16th, 2015 8:30am-5:30pm
Monday-Friday
Participants need to attend each day in full.

Location

Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003

Lodging Suggestions

Best Western Seacliff Inn – group rate available (mention ACE Training for 10% discount) and government employee discount rates are also available
(Closest to campus and has a restaurant) 
7500 Old Dominion Ct.
Aptos, CA 95003
(800) 367-2003 or (831) 688-7300

 

Best Western Plus Capitola by the Sea Inn & Suites
1435 41st Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 477-0607

Shuttle Service from San Jose International Airport or San Francisco International Airport

Cost of FELI

  1. A college may purchase individual tickets to send participants to the Cabrillo College  FELI for $360 per day per seat ($1800 total per person). We recommend that a group of faculty and administrators attend a FELI together to obtain the maximum benefit for your school.
  • An early bird rate of $1530/person is available for participants who register and pay by December 5th, 2014.
  • group rate of $1495/person is available for groups of five or more participants from a single college, who register and pay by December 12th, 2014.
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and electronic access to the FELI Graduate Guidebook Resource Files are included in in the price.
  • Each FELI section is capped at 25 participants.
  • Multiple sections are offered.
  • Lodging, evening meals and transportation costs are not included.

Substitution and Cancellation Policy

Any participant who does not attend the Cabrillo College FELI January 12th-16th, 2015 is responsible for the registration fee if their registration is not cancelled by Friday, January 2nd, 2015. A 20% cancellation fee will apply. 
(ACE may consider the substitution of an alternate person for a paid participant on a case-by-case basis.)

No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after January 2nd, 2015.

To Register, click here!

View a list of all Upcoming Events.

 

Five-day Experiential Learning Institute (FELI)

Berkeley City College

Dates & Times

 

June 1st-5th, 2015 8:30am-5:00pm
Monday-Friday
Participants need to attend each day in full.

 

Location

Berkeley City College - Campus Map
2050 Center Street  Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 540-4835

 

 

Cost of FELI

  1. A college may purchase individual tickets to send participants to the Berkeley City College FELI for $360 per day per seat ($1800 total per person). We recommend that a group of faculty and administrators attend a FELI together to obtain the maximum benefit for your school.
  • An early bird rate of $1530/person is available for participants who register and pay by April 24th, 2015.
  • group rate of $1495/person is available for groups of five or more participants from a single college, who register and pay by May 1st, 2015.
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and electronic access to the FELI Graduate Guidebook Resource Files are included in in the price.
  • Each FELI section is capped at 25 participants.
  • Lodging, evening meals and transportation costs are not included.

Substitution and Cancellation Policy

Any participant who does not attend the Berkeley City College FELI June 1st-5th, 2015 is responsible for the registration fee if their registration is not cancelled by Friday, May 29th, 2015. A 20% cancellation fee will apply. 
(ACE may consider the substitution of an alternate person for a paid participant on a case-by-case basis.)

No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after May 29th, 2015.


Registration Links


Lodging Suggestions

TBD - Choice I

 

TBD - Choice II

 

Airport

SFO

 

Transportation

TBD

 

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