September 2016

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Fall Newsletter

Our New Haverhill Location

New CIT Haverhill Lab

NECC Partners with OpenStax to Promote Free Textbooks

OpenStax textbooksNECC was chosen to participate in a strategic partnership program with OpenStax, a publisher of openly licensed textbooks.

OpenStax is an initiative based at Rice University and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation. OpenStax publishes over 20 textbooks primarily geared toward general education courses in disciplines including chemistry, biology, calculus, U.S. history, sociology, physics, psychology, and economics to name a few. All books are authored and reviewed by faculty members at colleges and universities across the country. Books are available digitally at no cost and in print for approximately $30-60. If you’d like to view these amazing resources, visit OpenStax or stop by the Bentley Library to view a hard copy.

To learn more about the partnership, read the Press Release from the NECC Newsroom


Accessible Media Team

Digital Accessibility is a long-term goal requiring interdepartmental collaboration throughout the college. Our mission is to transform all NECC media, websites, software purchases, online and web-enhanced courses, and course materials so that they are accessible.

Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, September 22 @ 1:00 PM, SC203
  • Thursday, October 20 @ 1:00 PM, SC203
  • Thursday, November 17 @ 1:00 PM, SC203
  • Thursday, December 15 @ 1:00 PM, SC203

Download the Accessible Media @ NECC handout.


Tech Talks

“Tech Talk” is an exploration of current and emerging technologies in a low-stress, positive environment – a “sandbox” approach to learning about new technologies. Join your colleagues at the following events:
Register Now!

  • Tuesday, September 20 @ Noon, L154 (The Dark Side Of Social Media)
  • Tuesday, October 18 @ Noon, SC203 (Google Search and the Filter Bubble)
  • Tuesday, November 15 @ Noon, L154 (Creating Engaging and Interactive Content with SoftChalk)

Download Tech Talks descriptions


Learn how to use NECC’s Online Services – Open to everyone

Attend a one-hour orientation session covering the essentials for using NECC’s most common online services, including how to login and access:

  • MyNECC Portal
  • Student Email
  • Blackboard
  • Support services for online learning: online libraries, Atomic Learning, and much more!

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend the sessions.


Statewide OER Call for Proposals!

Go OpenMassachusetts Community Colleges “Go Open” initiative is seeking grant proposals from Massachusetts Community College faculty who want to replace their current publisher materials with open educational resources (OER).  By supporting open education, faculty can significantly lower the costs of textbooks for students and ensure all students have equal access to course materials on day one!  Round 1 applications are due on October 1st.

Learn more about the Go Open Initiative

Read Open Up: This Won’t Hurt A Bit  – a feature story about the initiative published in the NEJBHE.

Complete your application online today!

Learning@CIT – Workshops


  • 2-week online course begins on Tuesday, September 27th


Blackboard Basics

  • Monday, September 12 @ 10:00 AM, HOW116
  • Thursday, September 22 @ 4:00 PM, LH308


Using Open Educational Resources

  • Thursday, September 15 @ 2:00 PM, LH308
  • Monday, September 19 @ 10:00 AM, HOW116


Lecture Capture & Interactive Videos

  • Tuesday, September 27 @ 2 PM, HOW116
  • Monday, October 3 @ 2 PM, LH308


Promoting Academic Integrity

  • Thursday, September 22 @ 10 AM, HOW116
  • Thursday, September 22@ 2 PM, HOW116


An Overview of SoftChalk Cloud and Create

Preventing Plagiarism

  • Thursday, October 6  @ 10 AM, HOW116
  • Thursday, October 6 @ 2 PM, HOW116


Making Online Materials Accessible

  • Monday, October 10 @ 2 PM, LH308
  • Thursday, October 13 @ 2 PM, HOW116


Providing Micro-Learning Moments

  • Friday, September 23 @ Noon, HOW116


Grading with Rubrics

  • Tuesday, September 20 @ 2 PM, LH308


Create & Manage Exams

  • Thursday, October 13 @ 10 AM, HOW116


Download Learning@CIT for workshop descriptions.

Register for workshops

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Affiliations and Memberships

Open Education Consortium
Instructional Technology Council
Quality Matters