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Author Archives: Jim Berg

New Faculty Orientation

Fall is always an exciting time on campus because we welcome new students and new faculty. Last week, we had a two-day orientation with new faculty (and some staff). Below are some photos from a reception and resource we held … Continue reading

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Myths about Online Classes

The higher education writer, Goldie Blumenstyk, as a blog on the Chronicle for Higher Education website about some common myths about online education. One is that the instruction is all one-way, and she points out that the best online courses … Continue reading

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Seven Principles of Good Practice in Action

This summer at BMCC, teams of fulltime and adjunct faculty will plan and implement a project to improve outcomes in Gateway courses. Planning and design will happen in June and professional development for adjuncts will take place in August and … Continue reading

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The Gateway Initiative

In a previous post, I quoted Kevin Gannon: “When it comes to closing the shameful gaps in college student success, we need to place pedagogy at the center of our efforts” from his commentary in The Chronicle of Higher Education, … Continue reading

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Faculty Publishing at BMCC

Every year, I host a reception for faculty who have published books in the past 12 months. This year’s group includes faculty who work in mathematics, poetry, computing, philosophy, and literary translations. Authors and their books included Professors Matthew Ally, Ecology and … Continue reading

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What happens in the classroom matters

I have been saying this internally for some time now: our efforts to increase success rates (completion, retention, persistence) have improved services and supports for students outside the classroom. And we’ve seen some good progress. And now, as Kevin Gannon … Continue reading

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Using Twitter in Teaching and Professional Development

As part of a series on using social media in the classroom, I did a professional development activity for BMCC faculty on using twitter in the classroom. (See my earlier post.) At the end of the two weeks, I created … Continue reading

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Student Engagement via Twitter

It all started with a tweet, as these things often do, which led to a blog post. A colleague I have met IRL and online wrote about teaching with Twitter. Joshua Eyler is the Director of the Center for Teaching … Continue reading

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Humanities at the Community College

Today I gave opening remarks to a symposium called “Reimagining Borders and Boundaries within a Globalized World.” It is the culmination of a project on cultivating global competencies in the community college curriculum, sponsored by the National Endowment for the … Continue reading

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Online Students and Learning

Did you know that Blackboard turned twenty? It’s true, and they recently released a white paper on the future of higher education. “Future Forward” says that online learning is the most important thing to happen in higher education in the … Continue reading

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