The Great Courses Series

Fresno Pacific University has partnered with The Great Courses to offers a wonderful series of professional development courses. The Great Courses specializes in creating compelling online course videos that are engaging and educational. Each course contains dozens of video lectures featuring stunning visuals to complement the lessons. You’ll learn from award-winning professors and researchers who present the information in a practical and accessible format that allows you to apply new concepts in your classroom. Students can reference stunning videos, period maps, artwork, worksheets, journal articles, online activities, photographs, and diary entries that provide a comprehensive look at the subject. These new continuing education courses provide teachers a chance to earn professional development credit while learning about topics in education, social studies and science.

HOW WE LEARN

WHAT IS THE HOW WE LEARN COURSE FOR TEACHERS?

The How We Learn course offers teachers detailed insights and secrets into the mechanics of learning. The course is designed to help you maximize the learning process and help your students not only master specific material but become even better life-long learners. Researched-based learning theory will give you the tools you need to apply this knowledge to your classroom.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN THIS PD COURSE?

In this course you’ll gain a deep understanding of what it means to learn, what happens to our bodies and brains when we learn, how people master new tasks, how to motivate students to learn and the fundamental role storytelling plays in the acquisition of knowledge.

  • Understand the role of emotion in learning.
  • Learn how to cultivate the desire to learn.
  • Understand different learning styles.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of different learning strategies.
  • Learn the characteristics of first and second language acquisition.
  • Learn how to improve motor and special learning.
  • Understand the importance of storytelling in learning.
  • Learn effective approaches in math and science.

All courses are facilitated by Fresno Pacific University instructors providing guidance and classroom expertise. Instructors strive to stay current on recent trends in education and provide prompt feedback and support for teachers, even after completion of the CE course.

LIFE IN THE WORLD'S OCEANS

WHAT IS THE LIFE IN THE WORLD’S OCEANS COURSE FOR TEACHERS?

Fresno Pacific’s Life in the World’s Oceans course offers an in-depth exploration into the science and mysteries of Earth’s most significant feature and the life within. With stunning visuals and the expertise of Sean Todd, professor and marine researcher, The Great Courses and FPU’s Life in the World’s Oceans course combines your love of learning and teaching marine science with practical tools you can use in your classroom immediately. Assignments address the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) for Science.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN THIS PD COURSE?

In this course you’ll explore the structure and dynamics of a marine ecosystem. From phytoplankton and invertebrates to fish, sharks and the mammals of the ocean, students will better understand the astonishing array of life in the world’s oceans and the vast, complex web of life they help sustain.

  • Understand the unique chemistry of water that is so vital to our planet
  • Learn about the different ecosystems within a marine environment
  • Explore the differences between marine and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Discuss the morphological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations of marine mammals
  • Understand the relationship between humans and marine mammals
  • Review the impacts of climate change, ocean acidification and overfishing

Continuing education courses are facilitated by Fresno Pacific University instructors providing guidance and classroom expertise. Instructors strive to stay current on recent trends in education and provide prompt feedback and support for teachers, even after completion of the CE course.

THE AMERICAN WEST

WHAT IS THE AMERICAN WEST HISTORY COURSE FOR TEACHERS?

Fresno Pacific’s American West History Course offers an in-depth exploration into the truth about westward expansion and the American frontier, offering both the grit and grandeur of this epic time and place in American history. With stunning storytelling and visuals from The Great Courses, FPU’s American West History course combines your love of learning and history with practical teaching tools you can use in your classroom immediately. Assignments address the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) for History.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN THIS PD COURSE?

In this course you’ll explore the era of American history spanning from the American Revolution to the beginning of the 20th century. Students will uncover new historical angles and perspectives about events and themes ranging from the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Indian Removal Act and the creation of America’s first national parks.

  • Project-based learning to meet your own unique interests
  • Create and use materials suitable to teach these concepts in your current or future classroom
  • Learn about the many conflicts that defined the boundaries in the Western U.S.
  • Understand the mutual atrocities between the whites and Indians
  • Appreciate the role of women in taming the west
  • Recognize the origin of pop culture myths embedded in the history of the Wild West Continuing education courses are facilitated by Fresno Pacific University Staff providing guidance and classroom expertise.

Instructors strive to stay current on recent trends in education and provide prompt feedback and support for teachers, even after completion of the CE course.