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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

Competency Based Education

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Will competency based education do away with the traditional credit hour?  Recently the federal government approved a liberal arts associate degree fully competency based program at Southern New Hampshire University and other locations.  Others explore how such a change may influence the traditions of 15 week semesters and three credit courses.  Colleges are beginning to…

CC Online courses: widens achievement gap

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

More recent reports suggest that online courses may widen the achievement gap.   Online students are less likely to achieve a degree.  Black students, male students, younger students, and students with lower grade-point averages are most susceptible to attrition in online courses.  Skill sets of students enrolling in online courses.  Columbia University’s Community College Research Center researchers examined 500,000 courses…

MOOC Crashes

Monday, February 18th, 2013

As  MOOCs [Massive Open Online Courses] expand and are absorbed/developed at colleges and universities, inevitably technology will be challenged.  Early in February, a MOOC on how faculty can set up an online course crashed.  Courseera who had over 40,000 faculty enrolled, had to suspend the course after only 5 days. The explanation of a ‘design’ flaw in using Google Documents…

Spring 2013 Professional Development

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

See list of activities at GCC for Spring 2013 professional development.  See Five College area calendar for other events.

Liberal arts and workforce development

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The value of Liberal Arts and Workforce skills continues to be in the news.  Revisit previous post.  One recent article focused on false promises and splits that are emerging between those who can go to college for Liberal Arts and those who are expected to get “training’.  More recently,  helping students learn ‘soft skills to ‘know’…

Technology and Activism

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

More has been in the news lately about using podcasts, twitter, and skype in the classroom.  A recent article focuses on the use of twitter.  Another project is using social media to connect social justice activists.  Other student groups working with local labor unions use social media and old fashioned, hit the streets organizing efforts to…

Online Pedagogy

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

More emphasis about online pedagogy has been discussed more.  A relatively new online journal, Hybrid Pedagogy, focuses on teaching online, moving beyond the technical aspects of delivering online course content.  Connectivism and Connective Knowledge is an open online course that explores the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and explore their application as a framework…


Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Massive Online Open Courses [MOOCs] have received more attention.  An article described the Big Three  companies and others describe the training potential.  A short video describes MOOCs and their potential. MOOC’s are creating partnerships with colleges to offer college credit for the online courses. More community colleges are entering agreements to use MOOCs, including Massachusetts…

Value of the liberal arts

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Recently as the emphasis to workforce development and ‘job’ skills training has escalated, more research and emphasis on the value of liberal arts is emerging as an important ‘work’ skill.  Habits of mind explores why students need to have these underlying traits:  “curiosity, open-mindedness, and intellectual courage, thoroughness, and humility.”   Another previous article explored that the Liberal Arts…

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