Online Conference and Online Learning at GCC

by Lisa Sheldon
April 7, 2016

This year GCC will host the Mass Colleges Online Conference on June 2. This is an exciting opportunity for GCC to showcase not only our beautiful campus, but also the incredible work we do in the realm of online teaching. For more details, visit the conference website. Supporting online students is a process that begins […]

Make-up exam policies that are fair and flexible

by Lisa Sheldon
March 15, 2016
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This time of year, faculty often see a significant increase in the number of students requesting make-up exams and flexibility in due dates. It can be challenging to write and enforce a policy that maintains fairness yet remains flexible for students who run into roadblocks and unexpected situations. For some, this is an ethical dilemma. […]

Open Access Textbooks and Course Materials

by Lisa Sheldon
February 29, 2016
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There is a national crisis in the cost of textbooks at US colleges and Universities. The average cost of textbooks is about $1200 for a full-time student per semester and is a significant barrier for many students. In some cases they skip the book, find other “alternative” resources or go into debt to get the […]

Teaching Outside Your Comfort Zone

by Lisa Sheldon
February 8, 2016
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It is taboo to talk about the fact that instructors’ knowledge in their disciplines may not be complete. There is an unwritten expectation that if you teach something, you know all there is about the topic. That is akin to asking a history instructor to know all of recorded history. Or, that an English professor […]

Ask the GCC Experts

by Lisa Sheldon
January 20, 2016
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Becoming an expert is about practice and concentrated effort, but it is also about knowing when to rely on those who are already experts in their field. When questions and problems arise, it is helpful to go to those who are in the best position to share their knowledge and experience. As instructors and staff […]

Promoting Cultural Competency for a Diverse World

Each day that students spend on the GCC campus prepares them to meet the challenges of our changing world. As faculty, we impart knowledge and content to students, but at the same time we strive to develop critical thinking skills and communication skills that will enable students to navigate our increasingly complex society. One important […]

FAQs on WAC and writing rubics

by Lisa Sheldon
November 24, 2015
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What is WAC? Writing is no longer relegated to the English Department. For several decades there has been a national movement centered on the use of writing assignments in different disciplines to help students gain mastery in writing. Watch this short video from San Francisco State University on Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) for an […]

Veterans in the Classroom

by Lisa Sheldon
November 10, 2015
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Our orientation toward veterans in the classroom has changes in recent years. Efforts to ease the transition from military service to academic settings have been more proactive by taking into consideration their unique needs and pathways to success. Even with all the resources available, many of us can feel unsure about how best to meet […]

Got TIME?

by Lisa Sheldon
October 20, 2015
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Got a minute, Professor? If you are like most college instructors, the to-do list is long and time is short. It can seem there is a never-ending flow of work to be completed which adds pressure and stress to an already challenging job. Balancing the demands of students in face-to-face and online classes takes dedication […]

GCC Campus Safety

by Lisa Sheldon
October 2, 2015
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Creating college communities where students, staff and faculty feel safe and secure takes work. It is not just the work of the security professionals. Everyone at GCC contributes to our sense of comfort and stability on campus.. As faculty and staff there are steps we can take to ensure that our campus is safe. For […]