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News & announcements from April 2013

Grading, machine scoring and more

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Recently the news has described the challenges to machine scored essays.  One group suggests that machine scoring can not do what human professors and teachers can accomplish.  Others suggest that robo-readers can accurately score essays and writing. Other articles discuss the role of humans in grading differently, and more inclusively. Another sources discusses the pros/cons…


MOOCs: Retention rates, challenges, and more

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

A recent NY Times article, reminds us that MOOCs {Massive Open Online Courses]  and their usefulness for credit bearing degree programs still may remain illusive.  While the article rates the usefulness, the interaction with the ‘star’ professors, the variability in course content, the retention rate is still dismal.  The author also indicates for many of the MOOCs he…


Dealing with Trauma

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

In the wake of Boston Marathon tragedy,  some of these resources may be helpful for discussions in classes or offices.  The American Psychological Association provides a series of helpful strategies on a number of topics and is easily searchable.  The APA has several suggestions for Managing Traumatic  Stress.  Other sources, such as Massachusetts Government help…


Understanding Vets in Community Colleges

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Professional Development Day for GCC faculty and Staff, will be held on Friday April 12.  Agenda Staff Development Day April 12, 2013  Program will be in the GCC Dining Commons   8:30 am – 4:00 pm.  From military service to college campus life:   Reintegration challenges for returning veterans


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