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News & announcements from December 2009

Can students learn without a college professor?

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Can students learn without a college professor?  New research at Carnegie Mellon University suggests for some subject areas, online courses may promote success at similar rate to classroom delivery.  The research also suggests that hybrid courses may actually strengthen the efficacy of class time, permitting the professor to focus on topics where students struggle with…

Free speech and academic freedom

Monday, December 28th, 2009

A court case regardging public college professors’ rights on free speech and academic freedom continues in Idaho.  The case suggests that college policies and contracts need to re-examine the wording protecting free speech vis-a-vis academic freedom.

Poetry for CC’s

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Effort to engage community college students in writing and appreciating poetry is underway in the US.  The new poet laureate Kay Ryan  brings attention to Community College poetry   and celebrations will occur throughout 2009-10, often on community college campuses.

Transfer program at HCC

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Chronicle of Higher Education features Holyoke Community College special transfer program to 5 Colleges.  See article.

Facebook Privacy

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Recently hackers have entered Facebook and Twitter and sent nuisance messages instantly.  The New York Times featured an article on five steps to privacy on Facebook that include how to set your friends’ lists and privacy settings to reduce such fraudulent attacks on your social networking sites.

GCC BB training

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

A training workshop for novice and veteran users of BB as a course management tool for online, hybrid and face to face classes is planned for January 20, 2010.  Save the date. Contact Michelle Barthelemy, Doug Wilkins or Christine Monahan for more information.  The morning will likely be devoted to setting up your course on BB…

Big Think video clips

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Big Think produces short video clips organized by topic and ‘experts’ on variety of topics that may be useful in Social Sciences and Humanities courses, in particular.  For example, I have used Carol Gilligan and Naomi Wolf. You can bring up in a face to face class, embed in a power point and/or place certain…

Why students leave college

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

New report  by the Gates Foundation  identifies why young students leave college before completion of degree.   From report summary:  “Among students in four-year schools, 45 percent work more than 20 hours a week.  Among those attending community colleges, 6 in 10 work more than 20 hours a week, and  more than a quarter work more than…

Teaching and Learning conference proposal

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Call for proposals extended to January 18th, 2010 for the 13th Annual Massachusetts Community College Conference on Teaching, Learning and Student Development Bunker Hill Community College • Boston, Massachusetts • April 9, 2010 Keynote Speaker, Elizabeth Kolbert, Journalist and Author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Professors learn from teaching online

Monday, December 7th, 2009

News report suggests that professors learn better pedagogy for all classes by teaching online.  Online teaching urges clarity by professors in their objectives, activities, assignments and assessments. A previous report suggests that not enough administrative and professonal development support is provided to faculty who are willing to teach online.  American Federation of Teachers identifies what faculty need…

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