October 2015

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We are looking foward to an exciting and innovative year!

CIT team 2015

CIT team from left to right: Jody Carson, Minh Le, Brian Monaghan, Stacy Ayotte, Rick Lizotte, Melba Acevedo, Sue Tashjian

Adopt Open logoOER

Applications for the next round of Adopt Open – NECC’s Open Education initiative – are due on October 16th. There is a $1,000 stipend available for up to five faculty members who complete this project. We invite faculty who are interested in replacing their traditional textbooks to apply. Join your colleagues who have already eliminated their textbooks and saved our students over $300,000. For more details, jcarson@necc.mass.edu or stashjian@necc.mass.edu, Co-chairs of NECC’s Textbook Task Force  if you need a copy of the application.

Quality Matters

NECC has adopted the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric standards in best practices in online course design and development. CIT has integrated the QM rubric into faculty training through our iTeach program.

Fourteen of our online faculty committed themselves to creating courses demonstrating quality course design principles. They were certified in the training for Applying the Quality Matters Rubric last semester. Six of them went on to complete the two-week online Peer Reviewer Course and are now certified peer reviewers!

Our goal is to have three of NECC’s online courses receive national recognition and QM Certification this year!

Visit the Quality Matters website to learn more.



Kaltura logoClassroom Lecture Recording

Kaltura CaptureSpace is now available to use to record classroom lectures, simulations, and more. CS is capable of simultaneously record up to three video inputs with a PowerPoint presentation or screen capture. Students can navigate to desired content, search through slide text, switch between video streams, and view picture in picture. Contact CIT to ask how we can help you get started.


WAMOE logoAccessibility MOOC for Online Educators

WAMOE is a free five-week course from October 19, 2015 to November 22, 2015. This MOOC will provide educators with practical, hands-on professional development on how to incorporate Web accessibility into online learning. Learn tips and tricks to make content accessible for students with disabilities! Registration is open from now until November 13, 2015 at D2L Open Courses.

Course Tune-Ups

CIT is inviting faculty to participate in coaching sessions designed to reduce the time spent managing your online course as much as 50%.

The streamlining process will maximize course performance.

If you answer YES to any of the following questions, your course will benefit from a tune-up!

  • Are your students having trouble navigating your course?
    Do you have broken links?
  • Has it been awhile since you’ve updated your course materials?
  • Do you want to cut down the number of questions you answer from students?
  • Are you spending lots of time trying to find your files?

Contact CIT to schedule a tune-up by sending an email to distance@necc.mass.edu and you will be contacted with an appointment.


iTeach 2.0

CIT has enjoyed working with twenty-seven faculty during the first three sessions iTeach 2.0 – which began in May. The next session will run in the spring semester. Stay tuned for more information about this professional development opportunity.

Tips and Resources

Blackboard LogoThere is confusion about which browsers work best with Blackboard. While Blackboard supports several browsers, Chrome (versions from 36 to 41) and Firefox appear to provide the best experience for PC users. For Mac users, Safari is the browser of choice. Check your Browser to see whether Blackboard supports your browser.

Remember to visit Faculty Resources in Blackboard for the latest versions of Respondus, StudyMate and Atomic Learning. (Login is required)

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