Engaging the Learner: Notes from 2017 CCIM Instructor Training Seminar
Posted on Aug. 8, 2017
More than 40 CCIM Institute instructors gathered at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla., July 29-31, for the 2017 Instructor Training Seminar. The annual instructor training provides CCIM core course instructors with innovative and relevant training to create enhanced learning experiences for students.
This year's instructor training emphasized creativity in teaching with the theme, “Engage the Learner.” The new approach received an overwhelming positive response from all instructors.
“We approached things a little differently this year with valuable input from an educational consultant to help us engage learners at all levels,” says CCIM Institute Senior Instructor Alec Pacella, CCIM. “As a result, we were able to shape a program that gives instructors the new tools, techniques, and approaches that they were asking for.”
One particular workshop focused on the latest in interactive classrooms that enable instructors to be more of a coach than a lecturer. “We have been talking about a transition to this teaching style for about 15 years,” says CCIM Institute Senior Instructor Patricia Lynn, CCIM. “But the reward for me was to see it being incorporated into the classroom as a standard rather than an aspiration.”
Another highlight was the best practices seminar for core curriculum instructors where colleagues share updated teaching methods, new ideas to teach core concepts, and non-traditional ways to engage students at all levels.
“Having an opportunity to learn from the best in the business is rare,” says CCIM Instructor Richard Slaton, CCIM. “It was a wonderful two days of rigorous and rewarding training.”
For over 50 years, CCIM Institute believed the best teachers of commercial real estate principles were practicing professionals with years of industry experience. As a result, many of the instructors have been called mavericks, leaders, captains of industry, and innovators, bringing with it a special comradery.
“Having gone through the extremely rigorous process to become an instructor has created an incredible bond,” says CCIM Senior Instructor Lydia Bennett, CCIM. “The generous way every instructor shares their time and resources is something I haven't experienced anywhere else.”