Community College of Rhode Island

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Faculty Focus

Fall 2013, first edition

Greetings from VP Dr. Greg Lamontagne ...

Dr. Greg Lamontagne

Colleagues:

From my first interaction with the Community College of Rhode Island, it was clear that innovation is alive and well on our campuses. From a distance, I was immediately engaged by the college’s mobile website; when I arrived on campus, I was introduced to many examples of the state-of-the-art, instructional technologies we use to transform our students’ lives in these rapidly changing times. From generating community in classrooms with online tools like Blackboard to the use of simulation technology in our health programs; from assessing student learning with clickers to project-based learning assignments utilizing 3-D scanners and printers, the faculty at CCRI are continuously transforming an institution dedicated to working with students to achieve their dreams.

As we prepare for the new academic year, we must continue to work collaboratively to challenge and motivate students who are, themselves, innovative. Social media is the way many of our students engage with the world. Our youngest students likely can’t remember a time before the World Wide Web put endless information at their fingertips, and they have become accustomed to learning in multiple modalities within their educational environment.

As we guide them on their journey, I would ask that you continue to reflect on how you engage our students and how you will be creative in your classrooms and programs this year. I encourage you to continue to discuss, pilot and incorporate innovations and new technologies into your teaching methods. As I said, CCRI is a very innovative environment; as we move forward through the semester and get to know one another better, please let me know how I can support you in incubating and incorporating your new ideas. I wish you all the best as we begin the academic year.

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