Learn to Use Blackboard

Please consider joining Amanda MacTaggart for this “60 Minute Blackboard Vista”


(Pre-requisite: None.) This session is intended to provide a very quick, focused, introduction to how to accomplish several basic, essential tasks in the Vista course management system. Those who prefer brief procedural, introductions to new technology might prefer this session to the more in-depth Getting Started with Vista course.

Learning objectives:

  • Work in the Build and Student tabs of the Vista interface.
  • Convert a Syllabus file in Word format to filtered HTML and upload it into Vista.
  • Upload a content file from your PC into the File Manager tool in your Vista course section and add a link to the file on your course Home page.
  • Add/edit a header on the Home Page.
  • Time permitting:  Add an “Introduce Yourself” discussion topic to your course Home page.

Giving Students the Tools

Please encourage students to utilize TASC and report students having academic trouble to Early Alert. The last day of the Semester is December 16 (can you believe how close it is!) but there is still some time for students to bring their grades up and have a more successful semester.

What suggestions do you have for keeping students motivated during the second half of the course?


Building a Learner Centered Syllabus

November 8, 5:30-7:30 or November 9,  4 – 6 p.m. in room C-133.

Research done by universities indicates that a syllabus can serve to facilitate learning, communication, and provide a positive and exciting first impression.  This session will focus on building a syllabus to help the student derive maximum benefit from the class.


Food, beverages, and handouts will be provided.


If you are interested in attending one of the sessions, please contact Dave Ferreira at dferreira@trcc.commnet.edu by November 5th.  Please include which date/time you plan to attend in order to get an accurate food count.


Sessions are co-sponsored by Title III and Center for Teaching.

“Teaching Math as Narrative Drama”

An interesting Article from the Chronicle of Higher Education – click the link below:

Teaching Math as a Narrative Drama


In what ways do you leave students wanting more information? How do you engage them in and out of the classroom?



Web 2.0  tools are computer applications housed entirely on the web.  Web 2.0 programs are easy to use and operate, feature slick user friendly designs, and are usually free.  Web 2.0 tools simplify group collaboration, information sharing, program interoperability, and user mobility.  Web 2.0 sites empower users to interact or collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue (CiteULike, Blogger, Flickr, PbWorks, SlideShare, StickAm) of user created content in a virtual environment.

To learn more about Web 2.0 technologies and how they benefit faculty and students alike, join us for our Web 2.0: Learning & Student Engagement conference on October 22, 2010 featuring Mark Frydenberg and Dr. Benjamin Aslinger of Bentley University.  This half-day workshop is designed to showcase examples of Web 2.0 in the Higher Ed classroom and help faculty and staff design implementation plans for their courses and programs that will enable them to better serve our student population.

Click HERE to register for this event (hosted  at TRCC) before it’s full.

**Registration is necessary so that we may ensure we have enough seats and catering for the event.  Registrations will also be used to pull our product giveaway winners. **



October Already?


September has come and gone in a flash and Three Rivers is buzzing with students, programs and good news.

We had record enrollment this Fall, with over 5,000 students registering to be in our classrooms! This record is just one step further in supporting our college mission, “Three Rivers is an accessible, affordable, and culturally diverse community college that meets varied educational needs by creating an environment that stimulates learning.”

Now, down to the nitty gritty – If you have any questions regarding our policies, please see the Faculty Handbook and Faculty Handbook Appendix

Policies include:
Who to contact if you need to cancel a class
What to do if you feel a student needs to receive disciplinary action
Grading/Change of Grade
Syllabi requirements

And many more answers to the questions you will have throughout the semester.

That’s it for today – We leave you with a question –

What would YOU like to see on the Blog that is devoted to YOU.


The semester is finally all wrapped up, folders closed, pencils down, and now, as educators you may have some time to reflect.

How is the new adjunct office space? What did you really enjoy about the newly renovated campus facilities? What issues would you like to be addressed this coming academic year, concerning you, as adjunct faculty?

Preliminary brainstorming has begun for ANOTHER Adjunct Orientation this Fall – ideas range from a repeat of the Spring Orientation to a more workshop-structured event for you.

Hopefully I have caught you before you’ve turned off the computers for the summer – but regardless of when you respond – we want to hear your voice.