September 2014

Welcome Back! September 2014

Events | Workshops | Tips and Resources

We are looking forward to an exciting and innovative year in CIT!

What’s CIT been up to?

MCO Conference 2014

  • Selfie: Minh Le, Sue Tashjian, Rick Lizotte, Jody Carson, Susan Martin, Melba Acevedo, Maria Carles

NECC was well represented at this year’s Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO) Conference in June.  Two faculty received awards for their distance education courses.  Jill Becker received the Course of Distinction (or COD) award for her hybrid version of Issues in Professional Nursing.  Jody Carson received the Course of Distinction (or COD) award for her online version of Child Care Administration.  Read more in the NECC Newsroom’s Press Release!

CIT presented several workshops for attendees.  Sue Tashjian, Rick Lizotte and Cherie Hagen presented their innovative approach to training faculty to teach online- iTeach 101!  Melba Acevedo co-presented with Susan Martin, alongside colleagues from North Shore Community College and Bristol Community College on accessible media, a hot topic across the state and county as colleges work to meet federal mandates requiring accessible courses for everyone.

Textbook Task force

The Textbook Task force has had a busy summer! We have five new faculty working on eliminating their textbooks for the Spring 2015 semester as part of our pilot project! The five faculty working on the summer pilot projects are: Scott Joubert (Criminal Justice), Mike Pelletier (Engineering), Isabelle Gagne (Psychology), Lori Heymans (Networking) and Ken Thomas (Biology).

Sue Tashjian and Jody Carson also presented on the work of the Textbook Task Force and the Open Educational Resources movement at the Transformation Agenda (TAA) conference in August.  We are proud of the wonderful work happening at NECC to support our students and improve our learning outcomes.


NECC Library

The NECC library doesn’t carry textbooks, but there are lots of alternatives to buying new! Check out the guide they created: Textbook Alternatives for Students



  • Community of Online Teachers will have its first meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at noon in Haverhill room C301. Light refreshments will be served.



  • Introduction to Blackboard: Learn the basics of using Blackboard as a web companion to your face-to-face class. You will get an overview of Blackboard’s basic layout and navigation, look at course templates, and add some materials to your course shell.
    • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at noon in Haverhill room C204 and Lawrence room LH308
    • Monday, September 15, 2014 at noon in Haverhill room C204 and Lawrence room LH308
  • Blackboard Introduction Self-paced Online Course: Send an email request to Jody Carson to register for this course.
  • NERCOMP, OL (formerly known as Sloan), ITC, Atomic Learning and SoftChalk Short Courses: Click here for our Events Calendar.


Tips and Resources

  • Blackboard Content Management Training Self-Enroll Mini Course is a self-paced online course to guide you through an understanding and implementation of Blackboard’s Content Collection features. These features are fully deployed which improve the file management process. There are several “quick tutorials” to guide you through specific tasks related to Content Collection.Self enroll screenshot
  • Make Your Course Available – you will need to make your course available to students. NOTE: Check the dates to be sure that they coincide with the start and end dates of the current semester. Course availability dates are set prior to the start of the semester to allow instructors to open the courses earlier if they wish to do so.
  • Beginning of Semester Checklist will assist you if you are copying your course for the new semester.
  • What’s New in Service Pack 14 – Take a moment to go through the SoftChalk lesson to learn about some existing features that have been improved and some really exciting new features like Date Management!
  • Updated Bb Policies


Resources for Faculty and Students