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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…


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…


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…


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…


To grade or not to grade: Grading rubrics, outcomes and measurement of student work

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

To Grade or Not to Grade 2 The adjunct faculty presentation on 8/28/12 includes links to sample syllabi, why have grading rubrics and national resources.   Handouts included  Activity:  Think about what you want students to learn: Activity What students remember in 10 yrs:   Grading Rubric:  Class Notebook Self Assessment S12  Short Research Paper- Grading Paper Rubric  Online…


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…


Understanding the Neuroscience of T & L at GCC 3 Day Workshop

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Understanding the Neuroscience of Teaching and Learning: Current Knowledge and Strategies for Success at GCC The program will be held on May 22nd , 23rd , and 24th and will be facilitated by staff from the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training and will be held here on the GCC campus. The Institute will…


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…


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