Another great reason to be using Blackboard! Don’t let your students fall behind – use Blackboard! Contact CIT if you need help getting started.
Make sure you have changed your Default files directory to point to your Content Collection so you don’t run out of Quota when you’re trying to add files to your course! Refer to Step 15 in the Beginning of Semester Checklist.
NECC will be collaborating with the Carroll Center for the Blind to assist the college’s work toward compliance. This will mean that the NECC website, Portal, Blackboard will be evaluated by experts on accessibility and make recommendations for improvements. This will guide us strategically to make the necessary improvements to be in compliance and at the same time increasing usability.
Conferences and Events
March 8 – 11, 2015
Jody Carson and Sue Tashjian will be celebrating Open Ed Week by presenting the exciting things that are happening at NECC around open education! They will share the work they’ve been doing to address students’ concerns over the high cost of textbooks. Mike Cross and Isabelle Gagne will share their experiences of eliminating their publisher textbook and materials and redesigning their courses using open educational resources.
March 9 – 13, 2015
Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about open education and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone.
Connect with fellow Open Education Week participants
NERCOMP Annual Conference
March 30 – April 1, 2015
NERCOMP is holding their annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island. There are a number of interesting workshops and sessions on pedagogy, technology and web applications from institutions across New England. NECC employees are NERCOMP members, which reduces the cost of the registration. The early bird registration ends March 2, 2015. Please feel free to share this information with colleagues, faculty and staff in your area. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
On Saturday, February 28, 2015, eight of our online faculty will participate in our first Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop. 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!
Elle Yarborough and Jody Carson, the co-facilitators of the Community of Online Teachers, lead a Collegial Conversation on engagement and interaction in online classrooms. Didn’t have a chance to attend? Check out the video below, which we used to begin our conversation. Also, this is always a hot topic at our COT meetings! Attend the next meeting on (insert date and location). Those who would like to attend but can’t get to the actual meeting can send Jody and Elle an email to get information on connecting with the group virtually.