of August 17, 2004
Training to Boost Online Courses
MCCC faculty members attended training in the use of WebCT
(Web Course Tools) software
recently at NJIT. The college uses WebCT to support all of its online
courses and, more recently, some blended or hybrid courses. Blended
courses take advantage of both face-to-face traditional instruction
and online (or video) instruction and combine regular classroom meetings
with online activities. Several faculty members are planning blended
courses for the fall, including Kristen
Callahan (information technology), Kay
Eaton (English), Christanne Smith Harrison (nutrition), and Josie Mathias
According to Debbie
Kell "The training program at NJIT was very valuable because it
was intensive and provided a wide range of experiences with the WebCT
program. The training also addressed some of the research related to
distance learning and its implications, considerations involved in moving
a course online, and the importance of designing authentic assessment
of student learning for the online classroom. Faculty who attended this
training will feel more confident as they build their own courses."
Attendees were: Craig Coenan, Elizabeth DeGiorgio, Kay Eaton, Heather
Jennings, Debbie Kell, Mark McCormick and Bill Petrosky.
Joan Goldstein Featured in The Packet
An excellent feature
in The Packet detailed Joan Goldstein's recent trip to Romania
and her search for her family's roots. The New Jersey Jewish News
20) also did an article about Goldstein's
journey however it is not online.
Leipzig Photographed with Hillary Clinton
During the Democratic Mayor's Conference in mid July at Ellarslie in
Trenton, Mel Leipzig was photographed with Hillary Rodham Clinton in
front of his painting, "Staircase at Ellarslie," which depicts
Ellarslie Director Brian Hill. See the photo.
to Improve Camp College
Sharon Vlasac asked for student suggestions on how to improve Camp College.
Here are some of their great ideas with Vlasac's comments:
us play in the rain." (And we complain when a few drops fall.)
"Longer recess." (They learn at a young age to appreciate
the lunch break.)
"Put in more classes." (I say we take over the entire campus.)
"Give us a little more time in our classes" and "Make
classes shorter." (Can't please everyone.)
"Nothing it's perfect!"
"Make a playground."
"More chewing gum." (It isn't permitted at camp.)
"Don't put everything on the second and third floor." (Complaining
about a little exercise already.)
"Free cell phones."
"Open a camp in New Brunswick."
"Make lunch sooner." (12:15pm is too late!!!)
Station Gives Free Lunch
When Stacy Hahn, a new administrative secretary at the Conference Center,
entered an online contest for a complete office luncheon, she never
expected to hear from radio station WPST again. To her surprise, they
called a week later to say she won. Station employees came to campus
on Aug. 11 with grills and lots of hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, chips
and cookies for everyone at the Conference Center. Photos
are in from the Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts camp's final
Solidarity Committee Weekend
Celebrating the Afrikan Solidarity Committee's 20th anniversary, three
weekend events are planned. Call 392-7383 for more information.
Fri., Aug. 27, 6 to 10 p.m.: "Voices of Youth
Speak Out" at the MCCC James Kerney Campus. There will be
a competition for teens between the ages of 13 and 19 for poets, rappers,
singers and those who do monologues. A cash prize will be awarded.
Sat., Aug. 28, noon to 3 p.m.: "Educational
Fund and Tribute Luncheon" at Imani Community Church to honor
Jackie Turner, former Trenton Recreation Director. (Tickets are $25
for the luncheon.)
Sun., Aug. 29, 2 to 9 p.m.: "Solidarity Day"
at Cadwallader Park to include children's activities and entertainment,
music, vending and art.
the Beauty of Song
Judy Katz of Purchasing, a member of the Millstone Valley Chorus, invites
everyone to a concert on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Yvonne Theater
at Rider University in Lawrenceville. Ticket prices are $12 for children
under 12, $15 for Seniors (65 and over) and $18 for adults. Tickets
should be purchased in advance since the concerts usually sell out.
Contact Judy Katz at ext. 3252 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets or further
Katz has been a
member of the women's chorus for 13 years, part of Sweet Adelines International.
They perform four-part harmony, a cappella.
to Meet Sept. 15
All MCCC retirees are invited to get
together for lunch on Wed., Sept. 15, 1 p.m. at Sunny Gardens. Call
Helen Marie Dolton by Sept. 14 so she can make your reservation: 609-882-5086.
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