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Rights in Online Courses for students and faculty

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Recently HASTAC [Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advance Collaboratory] published an online learner’s bill of rights and dealing with critiques of such a bill of rights.   Another posting addresses the issues of online assignments in public sites, such as blogs, wikis and other forums.  The issue of credit and enrollments for MOOCs [Massive Open Online Courses] has also been…


Assessment, Cheating and Online learning

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Explorations of the assessment, cheating and delivery of online learning continues.  A recent article regarding how students cheat in online courses was further explored.  Additional resources for assessment of online and hybrid delivery are provided by Quality Matters.  Assessment and efficacy of online learning is explored by several organizations, f or grading rubrics,  including Assessment of…


First Day and Syllabus

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Your first day course materials and classroom activities set the tone for the semester.  Many experts on creating course materials, assignments and activities, suggest a learner centered approach.   Learning centered pedagogy is the feature of one effort. Most suggest that you use the first day to develop a sense of community and connection among the students.  Many…


Syllabus Preparation and Lectures

Monday, January 13th, 2014

ProfHacker of the Chronicle of Higher Education regularly posts ideas, fixes, make-overs, and concrete suggestions for syllabus creation.   Teaching resolutions for the new semester provides some syllabus guidelines.  Previous posts on Teaching and Learning site also provide other syllabus ideas.  A new view of the potential value of multiple choice exams is also provided.  For those…


Civic Engagement and value of college education

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Civic engagement and value of a college education with liberal arts courses in increasingly important to employers.  A case for liberal arts degrees and courses suggests both may increase civic engagement after graduation. Additionally, employers want broadly educated college graduates a new survey reveals.   Using digital media in all courses with a focus on popular…


MOOCs, retention, and more challenges

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Recent stories about MOOCS and San Jose State were in the news.  San Jose State professors pushed back against EdX, one of the top three providers of MOOCS.  An open letter from Professors at San Jose State to Professor Michael Sandel to request he take a stand on how some public universities may use MOOCs…


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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