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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…


Massachusetts CC Advising Conference

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

 Massachusetts Community College Advising Association conference Friday, June 14th from 8:30 – 3:30 at North Shore Community College . Diane O’Hearn and Shane Hammond will  be conference presenters.  Contact Anna or Julie if you would like to attend.  MCCADA Registraion Form 2013 and MCCADA Session Descriptions .


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…


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…


Professional Development Newsletters

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Occasional newletters on professional development at GCC May 2013 Newsletter  May 2013 Professional_Dev_Newsletter 5-10-13 April 2013 Newsletter  April_Professional_Development_Newsletterpdf March 2013 Newsletter    March 2013 Professional_Development_Newsletter February 2013 Newsletter   2.10.13_Professional_Development_Newsletter  


Professional Development Spring 2013

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The professional development calendar of activities has many workshops, activities and resources for spring.  Updated List   Notice Important Dates for Spring 2013 2-5-13


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…


Questions about Online Learning

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Online Teaching is reportedly increasing.  Recent articles vary from Why I changed my mind about teaching online  to the more skeptical view of Catherine Stimpson, noted feminist scholar, in her article On becoming a Phoenix: Encounters with the Digital Revolution.  Indeed who will ‘serve’ colleges including the debate between the course management system,  Blackboard and…


Resources from Professional Day Fall 2012

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Carol Gray presented to our adjunct faculty orientation.  The presentation  [Welcome Adjunct Faculty! (online version)] provided tips for classroom activities, communication, contractual rights and obligations, and other resources. Teaching and Learning in Community was also presented at Faculty Opening Day by Mary Ellen Fydenkevez, Meredith Twombly and Kate Devlin.  The presentation  [Teaching in Communty_prof_half_day] presents ideas about how…


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