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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…


Professional Development at GCC Fall 2012

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Professional Development:  See the list of exciting workshops and professional development activities for Fall 2012 at GCC.  Learn more about Moodle, Promoting Student Success, Colloborating classroom activities and student development and more.


Creating a Syllabus 3

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Every new semester brings the opportunity to create and recreate our course syllabi. There are specific requirements at GCC.  Use the checklist, outlined in our collective bargaining contracts that describe minimally, what must be included. For day full time faculty, see MCCC.  For adjunct faculty, see MCCC DCE list E 1  Our contracts require that we provide a…


Creating learning environments: best practices

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Recently many of us received the NEA [National Education Association] union higher education newsletter, that focuses on the use of small groups.  Research suggests that small groups create community, collaborative learning and help retain students in college.  Many more resources on helping students learn are located at NEA higher education website.  Letting students take control…


Assessment: Backward Design

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Backward Design: Creating High Quality Learning Experiences was presented at GCC on September 1, 2011.  Materials are located under teaching and learning, assessment, including workshop handouts and references.  Other resources that might be useful for creating course materials are located at Professor Hacker Tips about Teaching at the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Plagiarism and course guidelines

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Every new semester brings additional articles and ideas on how to reduce plagiarism.  The GCC library has excellent suggestions for Copyright and Fair Use as do former blogs, here, including reducing plagiarism.  Recently, The Chronicle of Higher Education had several recent  articles, Toward a Rational Response to Plagiarism and Unconscious Plagiarism. Other websites, including Plagiarism dot org address…


Outcomes Assessment

Monday, November 15th, 2010

In follow-up to the ALL COLLEGE meeting on 11/15/10, faculty and staff may want to examine the  the Vision Project, Department of Higher Education, Massachusetts,  Phase One report,   previously sent by President Pura.  Additional national resources include LEAP  [Liberal Education and American's Promise]  resources at American Association of Colleges and Universities.  Additional resources can be found at AACC…


Best Practices in colleges

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The New England College Council Best Practices Colloquium will be held on Friday, October 8 at Holyoke Community College. This event brings together faculty, student affairs staff and administrators from across the New England region to discuss and share their accomplishments. The Keynote presenter is Dr. Kay McClenney, Director the Center for Community College Student…


Assessment

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Assessment continues to be hotly debated:  who is in charge?  can we ever ‘really’ know what students learn?  should legislators and other governmental organizations demand certain course/graduation rates? do such rates tell us students are learning? what is the role of writing and critical thinking in college classes?  can grading rubrics help?  The Collegiate Learning…


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