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Faculty Focus

Spring 2012

Greetings from VP Lela Morgan...

Lela MorganI would like to welcome you all to the inaugural issue of Faculty Focus, an electronic newsletter that has been created to provide you with the most up-to-date news from this office.  This newsletter will be distributed in April, June, August, November, and January, so please keep your eye out for it as it is meant to be a useful tool for you.

We have all had a very busy Spring 2012 semester and I would like to thank you for all your hard work. As is often seen during tough, economic times, community college enrollments continue to rise and CCRI is no different. This semester’s enrollment of 17,178 students is higher than that of a year ago and you continue to meet the challenges it brings to us as educators.. As we move forward, we will continue to build on the excellence of our faculty through established communication methods (including this newsletter), scheduled CITLA workshops and an aggressive focus on diversity.

I welcome your feedback and input about this newsletter.  Additionally, I encourage you to call, e-mail or visit my office at the Knight Campus, with ideas, suggestions or concerns as my goal is to provide you and our students with the best possible teaching and learning environments possible.

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2012 Professor Emeritus

Charles Sullivan

Congratulations to the following faculty who have been approved to receive the status of Professor Emeritus:

  • Patricia Bosworth - Nursing
  • Marguerite Hogan - Nursing
  • Jacqueline Laxon - Biology
  • Marita McGowan - Nursing
  • Jeanne Sherman - Nursing
  • William Squizzero - Business
  • Charles Sullivan - English (posthumously)
  • Joan Swedberg - Administrative Office Technology

Read more »

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Information Technology

Steve Viera, CIO

CCRI CIO Steve Vieira provides an update about our IT department - April Topics:

  • IT Project Prioritization and Governance
  • Desktop Virtualization
  • Information Security
  • Blackboard Support Changes

Read more »

Camtasia Relay Resources

CCRI has chosen Camtasia Relay as one of its campus-wide lecture capture solutions. By integrating with an academic institution and learning management systems, Camtasia Relay is an affordable solution for our institution looking to share knowledge in a multimedia format with students and colleagues department-wide or campus-wide.

Camtasia Relay is designed so instructors can easily record live lectures, learning objects, or presentations and publish them automatically so the videos are available in the highest-quality formats for a broad audience. Users can also edit their captured lectures and presentations with Camtasia Studio.

With Camtasia Relay, instructors and presenters can use any PC or Mac in the classroom or conference room, at their desk, or at home. Audiences can view and listen to the recorded lectures and presentations online, via learning management systems like Blackboard or on mobile devices such as the iPad or iPhone. Learn more »

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Distance Learning

Distance LearningFaculty planning on teaching a distance learning course section should confer with their department chair-person and  CIT to complete a 'DL Faculty Technology Checklist' which will assess the faculty member's capabilities with technology.

For those faculty teaching a DL course section that has been previously offered, Academic  Affairs have established a 'Semester Checklist' that reviews key points to be initiated to assist with your planning prior to the semester start (two weeks prior, one week prior, and semester start, as well as ongoing-weekly & daily, and semester's end).

All DL faculty may be interested in reviewing the 'Overview of Online Course Management' document covering: Learner Support & Resources, Organization & Design, Communication & Assessment, Faculty Use of Student Feedback.

DL Faculty Pedagogy Course to be Offered

A five week Distance Learning pedagogy course will be offered during the 2012 first summer session. Limited seating for CCRI adjunct and full time professors will be available with first preference given to those teaching full time.  For additional information please contact Maggie Burke.

Faculty websites

The Office of Academic Affairs encourages all DL faculty to create a faculty Web page so students may attain 'easy access' to faculty and information. The process is relatively easy and will benefit both faculty and students.   Read more »

Teaching Online

The Office of Academic Affairs  has purchased several copies of Teaching Online by Ko & Rossen. You are welcomed to stop by Knight rm 4228 to sign out a copy for a two week period. In addition, CITLA has two copies to lend. Read more »

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Important Notes for Faculty

Joe G.

Spring 2012 Final Grades: DUE by noon on Wednesday, May 16.

It is imperative faculty adhere to final grade submission deadlines so that student financial aid is not adversely affected. To facilitate a smoother grade submission process, a few changes have been made to the system:

  • A 'Splash Screen' will notify you that a 'LAST DATE OF ATTENDANCE' is required to be entered if you are assigning the following nonstandard grades: F, WP, WF, I .
  • The correct format for entering 'Last Date of Attendance' is as follows: MM/DD/YYYY
  • The 'IC' grade can only be assigned for a Math lab course.
  • At the bottom of the screen you will be required to click on a button indicating you have read and understand the policies listed. If you neglect to click this, you will not be able to proceed.
  • If you do not enter the' Last Date of Attendance' in the correct format, you will not be able to proceed.
  • If you have incorrectly entered any grade or not entered 'Last Date of Attendance' correctly, and click the SUBMIT button, a box will pop up indicating errors. Refer to the top of the page for a listing of errors.
  • You MUST HIT the SUBMIT button to submit the grades. If you do not hit SUBMIT the grades will not be entered.
  • Tip 1: Enter all standard (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D ) grades first and hit SUBMIT. Then go back in (you will see the standard grades you had entered previously) and enter the non standard grades (F, WP, WF, I) along with the 'Last Date of Attendance'. Hit SUBMIT again.
  • Tip 2: 'Last Date of Attendance': If a month has only 30 days, you cannot enter 31 as the day. The system will not recognize this and will not accept the grade.

Campaign for Our Students:

The Campaign for OUR Students is a new initiative established by faculty and staff to support students with special circumstances. We hope you will join us in supporting our students as they strive to achieve their dreams at CCRI. Read more »

CCRI Education Expo

CCRI's fourth annual Education Expo: "Showcasing the Tools to Change Your Life!"  will take place Saturday, May 5,  9:30 a.m. to noon at the Knight campus.

Training Tutorials is an award-winning provider of educational materials. CCRI is pleased to announce it currently possesses 40 licenses for which faculty can request a one month loan period to access the full lending library of online training tutorials. To request an account, please Email To view a list of current tutorial topics.

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CCRI is scheduled for its 10-year accreditation visit in March 2014. The NEASC executive team began preparations for the self study in April of 2011.

Each of the 11 Standards committees has identified three to four key priorities that will be addressed by September 2013 as we prepare to draft the self-study report.

Revised NEASC Standards require much more evidence to substantiate claims of institutional effectiveness.

Additional information and summary PowerPoints can be found at

During CCRI's All College Week, the Office of Academic Affairs invited faculty and staff to participate in a NEASC trivia contest. Trivia questions, answers, and winners can be found here.

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Center for Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

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Upcoming Workshop

The CITLA Spring Symposium will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday May 24 in Room 4090 on the Knight Campus. Kaatje van der Hoeven of Mesa Community College (AZ) will present and facilitate a workshop on the affective domain and how it affects teaching and learning. Please visit: to register.

If you have a suggestion for a speaker or workshop topic, please let us know. Use the suggestion box on the CITLA website:

To receive CITLA updates on events, join the mailing list by sending an Email to:

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[Full Spring calendar here]

[Full Summer calendar here]

Important Dates


Summer Session I

  • May 21 to 25: Faculty to report VERIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
  • June 30: GRADES DUE BY NOON (Submit early!)

Summer Session II

  • July 2 to 6: Faculty to report VERIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
  • Aug 14: GRADES DUE BY NOON(Submit early!)

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Items of Interest

CCRI Emergency Response Guide

This is a reference tool designed to aid and assist you to respond calmly, effectively and safely to a CCRI campus emergency. Learn more about notification procedures, evacuation plans and more.  Learn more »

  • Instructor's Protocol for Classroom Management and Threat Assessment. Learn more »
  • Classroom Management, Safety and Threat Assessment. Learn more »

The Last Class Meeting

According to L. Dee Fink, "People are meaning-making beings. We make meaning based on our experiences and on the information and ideas we encounter. " (2003)

How we end a course speaks volumes about the impact our teaching will have on learners. Taking some time to have a discussion about the lessons learned provides closure for you and your students. This reflection time also will  allow students to process and better retain what they learned in the course. During the last class meeting, put students in small groups and ask them to reflect upon the content covered in the course. Have each group share the ideas generated, chart the responses and then post the list to your course Web page or blog for students to access. As the instructor, you'll be able to see which ideas strongly resonated with the students over the semester.

Six Technologies to Watch in Higher Ed

Tanya Roscorla 2/2012 (Converge)

During the next five years, six emerging technologies show potential to influence teaching in higher education, according to a new report.

The 2012 NMC Horizon report on higher education suggests when these technologies could become mainstream, meaning 20 percent of colleges and universities adopt it in the specified time frame. Read more »

On-Going Learning Opportunities
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News from Enrollment Services:

College-to-College transfer articulation agreements for Anna Maria College and Fisher College have recently been renewed.

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Last Updated: 9/18/18