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Diversity and Inclusion Summit/Conference 9/28/12

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Diversity and Inclusion Summit  Friday Sept 28, 2012 from 8:30 to 3:30 at Middlesex Community College.  For more information, see InclusiveExcellence.    To register, please see:   https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/diversityandequityaffairs/summit.aspx   

Learning: Introverts and Group/Team Work

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Professional development opening day at GCC discussed group work expectations and introverts in the classroom.  Susan Cain, author of Quiet has a TED talk, to help us think about incorporating introverts in group activities.

Online Learning: Efficacy and Student Cheating

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Online learning articles have been prominent in higher education news after the UVA discussions between Board and University faculty and administrators.  Reports of student surveys provide us with additional information.  Cheating in the Digital Age is an article that suggests how students cheat and may help course designers promote inhibitors with assignment parameters. A recent…

Privatizing Public Higher Education & Online Education

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The current debate about the role and use of online courses  was in part  prompted recently at the University of Virginia.  The events at UVA  asked who is in charge of public universities, the curriculum and what are its future directions.   Many  articles included a timeline and issues and archives of digital and print debate by the  UVA…

LAANE conference

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE)  annual conference will be held here at GCC on Friday, October 26th.   The  deadline for the call for proposals for the is June 22nd.   Please consider submitting a proposal.  If you have questions about LAANE or the conference, please contact Norman Beebe.  He serves on the Executive…

Smart phones in the classroom: what’s a teacher to do?

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Discussions continue about how to promote classroom environments that promote learning without the distraction of cell-phones, smart phones, students texting, and other interruptions.  Michelle Valois, a professor of English at Mount Wachusett Community College recently wrote an article and a sonnet about the seemingly rude use of technology in our classrooms. Prof. Hacker featured Five Tips For…

Approaching MidSemester: A time for self reflection

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Asking ourselves how am I doing and collecting input from students remains an important part of the teaching and learning process.  Professors both institutionally and nationally use course midsemester feedback  assessments and forms from students to do midsemester course adjustments.   One short  article discusses  5 open ended questions to pose for students to answer anonymously.  …

The Liberal Arts and Employee Skills

Friday, November 18th, 2011

What do employers want from college grads?  Rob Jenkins  makes a case that the first two years of liberal arts are critical for employment and that many of college students do these courses at community colleges.  The suggestions are based on the annually updated research by National Association of College and Employers [NACE].  Employers want teachers to engage…

Online courses at CC’s

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Who takes online courses?  Most online courses, at least at community colleges, are taken by students enrolled in face to face classes.  Most researchers and studies agree, that colleges must pay attention to what courses are online, how comparablity of assessments with face to face course is set up and what types of students and…

Increasing plagiarism

Friday, April 29th, 2011

A new study by Howard and Jamieson showed widespread plagiarism in first year compositions classes.  The researchers found “chunk” copying, “patchwriting,”  paraphrasing without citations and lack of real summary with citations.  The researchers analyzed 164 student research papers produced in first-year composition classes. They studied a range of institutions in 12 states from diverse regions of the country, culling work…

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