April 2015

AnnouncementsWorkshops | Conferences & Events


SafeAssign imageChanges in SafeAssign

SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Blackboard Learn assignments. With the integration between SafeAssign and regular assignments, almost all of the regular assignment features are available with the SafeAssign service. There is no more creating a separate SafeAssign – you won’t see the option to add one when you go to Assessments and try to add it. If you had a Safe Assignment set up in your course – you will need to edit it and select the Submission Options that you want to use.

Please take a minute to look through the Blackboard Help and video that outline the changes.

Blackboard Grade Center

Save time at the end of the semester and use Blackboard’s Grade Center to help you calculate your final grades. Contact CIT for help using this useful tool in Blackboard to streamline the grading process.



The  iTeach course has a new look! Sign up now by replying to this email if you would like to participate in the iTeach program as a professional development opportunity.  The summer sessions begins on Tuesday, May 26th! The iTeach 2.0 document outlines the steps involved in the new curriculum.


Online Learning Consortium Workshops

CIT has purchased an OLC Workshop Pass to promote excellence in online learning at NECC. The CIT staff have participated in many of the courses offered and now we’d like to offer faculty a chance to participate! OLC workshops enable colleagues worldwide to collaborate cost effectively with peers and experts via synchronous and asynchronous methods for effective and engaging learning. They are committed to modeling best practices for online learning in all of the workshops.

We have 10 seats left – first come, first served!


QM Applying the Rubric Training

Would you like to make your online or hybrid course more effective and user friendly? On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, we will offer the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop for the 2nd time. The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is Quality Matter’s flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. Rick and Sue will be facilitating the workshop and are excited to work with faculty to look closely at improving their online courses – making for a better student experience!

Visit our website for more information on the Quality Matters Program. Details of the program and compensation can be found on this CIT website along with the registration form.

Conferences & Events


  • image of Jody and Sue at TLSD
    Jody and Sue at the TLSD conference.
  • Innovations Conference
  • NECC Professional Day
  • TLSD Conference at Bristol Community College


Jody Carson and Sue Tashjian, along with a group of our innovative faculty have been busy presenting the exciting things that are happening at NECC around open education. There will be over 30 sections of courses running with OER – which means no cost to students for materials! This is all very exciting!

Click here to download a copy of our presentation!

Click here to see which courses are using OER in the summer and fall semesters.