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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making your classroom LGBTQ-friendly

by Lisa Sheldon
May 4, 2015

Bruce Jenner’s recent interview with Diane Sawyer has brought the issue of LGBTQ people around the country and world into the spotlight in a new way. Perhaps it has prompted you to think about how to create an atmosphere of trust, respect, tolerance and comfort for all students in your classes and the wider GCC […]

Embrace Civility in the Classroom

by Lisa Sheldon
February 18, 2015

Teaching is a demanding task. Challenges arise at every turn, which makes it an engaging and dynamic occupation. In addition to worrying about content and learning in our classrooms, we also need to be concerned with classroom dynamics and the erosion of civility. When it comes to promoting classroom etiquette and respect, instructors need to […]

In Praise of Encouragement

by Lisa Sheldon
December 10, 2014

There is a fundamental difference between praise and encouragement. This is a distinction to keep in mind as we wrap up the semester and provide students with feedback on their learning. We want our students to reflect on their learning in ways that move them toward their next goal—we need to do that, too. We […]

LAANE Fall Conference at Cape Cod CC

by Lisa Sheldon
October 24, 2014
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LAANE Fall Conference at Cape Cod CC Friday October 24th. Pathways from Access to Completion. Keynote: Panel Presentation—Needed more than ever: The Evolving role of Learning Support Centers. Click here for conference information. Contact Norman Beebe for more information about LAANE

5th Annual New England Conference for Student Success at UMass

by Lisa Sheldon
September 19, 2014

Teaching for Student Success The demand for technological competencies is expanding in higher education. From blended and fully on-line classes, to flipped classes, MOOCs and SPOCs, instructors have a variety of options to consider. As the impact of technology increases, however, it also invites us to reconsider past and current practices. How do we know what […]