Shifting Paradigms: Re-Imagining Student Success

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Friday, April 6

10:30am EDT

Math. Chocolate. Biofeedback.
How can chocolate be used to talk about math and algebra?  Ordinary objects can be used to start a conversation about math and the challenges that students face when meeting their educational goals.   This workshop gives participants the opportunity to eat chocolate, learn about math anxiety, and use the biofeedback computer program that is available at Berkshire Community College.


Annette Guertin

Professor of Mathematics, Berkshire Community College

Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
K-210 Koussevitzky Arts Center

10:30am EDT

Strategies for Teaching Literature in the Family Probate Court
This session is geared toward preparing future facilitators to teach in the family probate court through a program called Enhancing Families Through Literature. We will work on syllabus and class design, as well as strategies for analyzing literature with a group of young parents who are in conflict with one another.

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Matthew Muller

Assistant Professor of English, Berkshire Community College

Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
H-108 Hawthorne Hall

10:30am EDT

Virtual Dissection with the Anatomage Table
The Anatomage Table is a state of the art virtual dissection table using cadaver images for gross anatomy, regional anatomy, radiologic images and case studies.  Come and see a demo of this new technology, use it for yourself and brainstorm ways of incorporating it into your course.


Thomas Carey

Professor of Allied Health, Respiratory Care, Berkshire Community College

Friday April 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
H-415 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Is Competency-Based Learning Right for You?
This informal interactive session will provide you with strategies to move from an outcome-based model to a competency-based model of learning.  We will discuss how the Medical Laboratory Technician program at Middlesex Community College adopted and implemented this concept.

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Christine Laviolette

Assistant Professor, Middlesex Community College

Suzanne McHale

Middlesex Community College

Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-213 Melville Hall

11:30am EDT

Make Professional Development Work for YOU!
Much of our professional development is centered on offerings (or lack thereof) from our institutions to the faculty and staff.  But, have you ever given thought to what you need?  Start now!
Were you at the presentation?  Would you like support materials?  Please contact me at achace@capecod.edu.  Many thanks!

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Alan Chace

Professional Development Coordinator, Cape Cod Community College
I'm working hard to build a Professional Development program at Cape Cod Community College. Need help for your program? Have an idea for us? Please contact me. achace@capecod.edu

Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-111 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

New Laboratory Technology Can Improve Student Learning and Faculty Interaction
How new equipment (LED touch screens, group collaboration software, digital microscopes, and handheld data-collection devices) can improved the ease and conciseness by which faculty and students can present, share, and take with them the material they work with in the laboratory.

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Hillel Sims

Dean of STEM, Roxbury Community College
Hillel Sims is the Dean of the STEM Division at Roxbury Community College, where Hillel supports faculty, staff, and students with courses, workshops, training, technology, internships and STEM events and activities. Hillel is also the primary investigator for the Bridges to Bachelorette... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-416 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Not Another Paper: Cultivating Creative Scholarly Engagement with Literature
When it comes to presenting scholarly work, papers, tri-fold boards, and lectures top the list of usual suspects. This workshop focuses on the risks and rewards of encouraging students to use creative means of presenting scholarship in the literature classroom.

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Nell McCabe

Associate Professor, Berkshire Community College

Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-211 Melville Hall

11:30am EDT

POGIL in the STEM classroom
POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) group activities guide students through an active learning process where they work together to determine the process needed to solve problems.  Learn how POGILs are used in a Chemistry course to encourage active construction of knowledge, and consider how you might use this learning process in your course.


Jennifer Collins

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Berkshire Community College
I teach Chemistry and Organic Chemistry using a combination of POGIL and flipped classroom techniques.

Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-208 Melville Hall

11:30am EDT

Reducing Disparities in Higher Education Through Intentional Dual Enrollment Pathways
MWCC's Project Healthcare presents a model to assist under-represented high school students attain work ready certifications, while simultaneously completing 3-26 college credits along a specific degree pathway before high school graduation. This program focuses on healthcare, but could be replicated for other college/career tracks.


Addison Barwise

Mount Wachusett Community College
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Melissa Bourque-Silva

Director, National Workforce Diversity Pipeline, Mount Wachusett Community College
Melissa has been working for MWCC’s Access and Transition Department for ten years; striving to obtain equity in higher education through grant work targeting low-income, first generation, and minority students (GEAR UP, CDEP, CACG, and NWDP). The NWDP/Project Healthcare program... Read More →

Shaunti Phillips

Mount Wachusett Community College

Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-110 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Using Active Learning to Fix Misunderstandings in Real Time
Ever wonder what makes students struggle with a particular concept? Active learning practices can make their thinking transparent, giving you the opportunity to provide them with feedback on the spot that will help them move in the right direction.

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Stacy Evans

Professor of Sociology and Faculty Lead for the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation, Berkshire Community College
Dr. Evans is a Professor of Sociology and Faculty Lead for the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation. In her thirty-two years of teaching she has been involved in a variety of teaching experiments, including early adoption of online teaching, one-to-one technology initiatives... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
H-205 Hawthorne Hall

11:30am EDT

Using AI to to Provide Rapid Feedback to Student Writers
In this session, a college writing instructor will describe his experience using artificial intelligence to provide rapid feedback to the work of student writers. He will also discuss other applications of AI as a feedback tool and how AI will likely impact education in the coming years.

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Peter Shea

Director, Professional Development, Middlesex Community College
Peter Shea is director of the Office of Professional Development at Middlesex Community College. He also serves as the Chief Hub Administrator for the Massachusetts Community OER Hub. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming book from Stylus Publishing Transforming Digital Learning... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
M-403 Melville Hall

1:30pm EDT

Co-Teaching and Differentiating Instruction for a Hybrid, Modular Cohort Course
A once a week, four-hour hybrid course might seem daunting, but through differentiated instruction and co-teaching it becomes a hands-on investigative process that embodies active learning and student centered curriculum. Take part in investigating how two Education professors created a new delivery method of a Current Issues and Trends education course using videos, guided explorations, cross-curricular student presentations, group activities, think-pair-share and role-play. Take part in seeing how this course was delivered successfully and embraced by students.


Patty Kay

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Berkshire Community College
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Barbara Kotelnicki

Assistant Professor, Education, Berkshire Community College

Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-205 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Cultivating Critical Thinking in an Age of “Fake News”
This session provides a forum to discuss the increasing challenges we all face in finding, evaluating, and synthesizing news from various sources, as well as techniques to address these challenges with community college students. What makes information reliable? How do we tell fact from fiction? What does it mean to be informed? Are there objective facts, and how do we find them? We will showcase the work we have initiated to engage students in frank, realistic discussions about media as part of the introductory sociology curriculum, and also solicit ideas and insights from session participants.

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Tim Dolan

Librarian, Greenfield Community College
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Linda McCarthy

Professor of Sociology, Greenfield Community College
Linda joined Greenfield Community College in 2004. Along with teaching Principles of Sociology every semester (and online), she also teaches Social Inequality (face-to-face and online), Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Human Sexuality, and Sociology of the Family. Linda earned her... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-204 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

iPads for Composition Students: 300...600...and Counting
This fall, MCC handed iPads to 300 composition students. These tools are supporting student learning and the faculty are clamoring for more. Join us for a brief overview of our journey, hear from faculty, and bring your questions.


Ellen Nichols

Assistant Dean of Humanities, Middlesex Community College
After teaching English and humanities for 25 years, I have joined the ranks of administrators just in time to work with English faculty as we have rolled out our iPad initiative. I love supporting creative and passionate faculty as they develop new approaches to engaging students... Read More →

Phil Sisson

Provost/VP/Academic and Student Affairs, Middlesex Community College
Philip Sisson is Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Middlesex Community College. Provost Sisson has more than 30 years of college administration service mostly within the New England community-college system. Provost Sisson received his B.A. and M.A. from... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-111 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Metacognition and Motivation
Through interactive activities, participants can expect to expand their knowledge of motivation and metacognition relating to student success, leading to a better understanding of how to achieve desired outcomes in a multitude of student interactions ranging from services to academics.

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Sheriann Stanton

Tutorial Assistant, Adjunct Faculty, Berkshire Community College

Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-201 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Student Historians: Strategies for Building Strong Research and Inclusivity
A historian and a librarian will discuss their collaboration around a semester-long history research assignment, including using research to promote classroom inclusiveness, and activities that equip students with the skills needed to understand, find, and use primary and secondary sources. Presenters will demonstrate those activities.


Alyssa Arnell

Faculty, History, Greenfield Community College
I have recently joined the GCC team to help build a history program designed around inclusive narratives and cooperative learning. I am interested in establishing and strengthening partnerships throughout Massachusetts that promote opportunities for our students. My teaching philosophy... Read More →
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Claire Lobdell

Librarian, Greenfield Community College
I'm the distance education librarian at Greenfield Community College, where I teach information literacy skills to in-person and online students. I’ve worked for close to a decade in libraries and archives. In 2017, I published South Windsor, an installment in the Images of America... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-102 Melville Hall

1:30pm EDT

Thriving at Roxbury Community College & Beyond: The OER Initiative
Since 2003, Roxbury Community College (RCC) has required a three-credit college experience course (ACS) in all of its degree and certificate programs.  The course is designed to provide students the tools for improving course work in all subject areas.  As important as the course is for student retention, the cost of the textbook has risen over the last decade. For many students, the inability to purchase textbooks can be a deterrent to their success. The Massachusetts Community College Go Open Statewide Initiative provided grant funding to faculty across the state to create or adapt an Open Education Resources (OER) for use in the classroom. This session describes how four faculty from RCC adapted the ACS textbook as an OER as a cost saving measure to support student learning.


Loretta Minor

Coordinator of Transfer Affairs and Articulation, Roxbury Community College
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Dr. Kimberly Rogers

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Roxbury Community College
Kimberly R. Rogers is the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Roxbury Community College. Dr. Rogers has held academic appointments at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the Université de Haute Alsace in France. Prior... Read More →

Jennie Thrash

Adjunct Faculty, Roxbury Community College
Presenters with more than one half of a century teaching, advising and course design experience are: Jennie Thrash who lead the Advising Center for Roxbury Community College and advocated for students' success in creating better curriculum and programs at the college.

Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-211 Melville Hall

1:30pm EDT

To Travel Hopefully from STEM to Simulation
The Physical Therapist Assistant, Respiratory Care, and Associate Degree Nursing program faculty will discuss the challenges and rewards of working together to develop a simulation scenario that would introduce the student to health care careers.  The faculty will describe the process that was undertaken to develop a one-day workshop for entering college students interested in STEM careers, and will discuss future plans to incorporate interdisciplinary activities into the Health Career programs at BCC.


Michele Darroch

Professor in Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Berkshire Community College

Margaret Goss

Respiratory Care/Director of Clinical Education, Berkshire Community College

Mary Kay Kasuba

Professor of Nursing, Berkshire Community College

Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
H-319 Hawthorne Hall

1:30pm EDT

Turtles - Gateway Critters to Zoology and Field Biology
This workshop will introduce a method of combining course requirements with real-world field experience. After an indoor summary, participants will head outdoors to find mock-turtles and collect pertinent field data that is used to help direct local land management and region-wide conservation efforts.


Tom Tyning

Professor of Environmental Science, Berkshire Community College

Friday April 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm EDT
M-214 Melville Hall