January 2015

Announcements | Workshops

Happy New Year!

 OER Participates

OER Training

We have eight new innovative faculty who are participating in our OER Pilot Project during the spring semester! On Wednesday, December 17th – eleven NECC faculty members kicked off the winter break with a 2-hour training on open educational resources. CIT and the library are excited to work with them to adopt open source materials in lieu of their traditional textbooks!



Blackboard TV


  • Beginning of Semester Checklist has been updated and will help you get your courses ready for the spring!
  • Learn about some of the new features and enhancements in the latest release of Blackboard Learn such as Student Preview mode. Now you can experience your course exactly as your students do! View this short video to learn more.
  • You will see a new Community tab at the top of the dashboard when you log into Blackboard. Click here to learn about the Blackboard Community features.


QM logo“Quality Matters Quickie” – An Introduction to Quality Matters!

Wednesday, January 28 at noon in Lawrence

Friday, January 30 at 1:30 in Haverhill

Join us in January for pizza and a “Quality Matters Quickie” – An Introduction to Quality Matters! NECC is committed to implement the Quality Matters standards for the design of online courses, and we are systematically building and evaluating our courses based on these rigorous, research-based standards. The Quality Matters standards assure that the online components of these courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners. (QM)

We think you’ll be excited to learn more about this program and identify ways in which you can use the QM rubric to improve your online or traditional course! Look for an email announcing a professional development opportunity.

View this short video to learn how QM can help faculty course design.


February Discovery Session

Friday, February 13th at noon in Haverhill

What is OER anyway – An Introduction to Open Educational Resources!

Learn about OER and see some samples from NECC faculty and get a list of resources to check out on your own. No commitment necessary.


The CIT labs are located at both the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses and are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

  • Haverhill – Spurk Building, Room C204
  • Lawrence – 420 Common Street, Room LH308

The best way to reach us is by sending an email to distance@necc.mass.edu