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CCRI Alumni Newsletter

Faculty Focus

Summer 2013

Greetings from VP Lela Morgan ...

Lela Morgan

I hope that this edition of Faculty Focus finds you enjoying summer. I want to commend you for your hard work and dedication during the 2012-13 academic year; thanks in great part to your efforts, more than 1,500 CCRI students graduated with a degree or certificate last month. I am so proud of our faculty and staff members who give so much of their time and talents to our students. I know that many of you are teaching in our summer sessions, and I thank you for spending some of your summertime in the classrooms and labs.

As you know, I am retiring at the end of this month. What an amazing experience my time here has been! I am honored to have worked in so many capacities at the college and to have served as your vice president. I am happy to say that the college is in good hands; I would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Greg Lamontagne, who has been selected as the new vice president for Academic Affairs. He will begin his tenure on July 1. He comes to us from Niagara Community College and also has worked in the Massachusetts community college system, so he knows the challenges and opportunities of working in public higher education – particularly at the community college level – very well. I know you will join me in wishing him the very best during his time here.

While I am stepping away from the day-to-day duties here at the college, you will still see me around from time to time, particularly as we work toward the NEASC visit next year. And so for now I will not say “goodbye” but, rather, “so long.” It has been a pleasure to work with you all in fulfilling our college's mission.

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Commencement 2013

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News from Health & Rehabilitative Sciences

The Community College of Rhode Island hosted the second annual Rhode Island Mission of Mercy event, which helped uninsured people in need receive free dental care, on June 1 and 2.

More than 900 people visited the dental clinic at the CCRI Flanagan Campus, with some patients lining up overnight. Read more about the dental clinic »

Four faculty members honored for excellence

Four Community College of Rhode Island faculty members were recognized in May for improving the college inside and outside of the classroom with innovations and dynamic projects.

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards are given each year to community college employees across the country who exemplify teaching and leadership excellence. Read more about faculty honorees »

Information Technology

The hackers want a piece of the 'PII'

With summer on the way, now is not the time to drop your guard. The criminal element in the Internet is as active as it has even been and they are out to get the personally identifiable information, or PII, from you to use your information to spam your friends and contacts. PII refers to information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such as name, Social Security number, biometric records, etc. alone or when combined with other personal identifying information that is linked or linkable to a specific individual, such as date of birth, mother’s maiden name, etc. When a phishing expedition results in a “breach” of PII, loss of such information may lead to identity theft or other fraudulent use of the information, resulting in substantial harm, embarrassment and inconvenience to individuals – possibly financially, as well. A “breach” is defined as loss of control, compromise, unauthorized acquisition, unauthorized access or any similar term referring to situations where people other than authorized users, and for an other-than-authorized purpose, have access or potential access to personally identifiable information, whether physical or electronic. »

Here are this issue’s articles:

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Distance Learning

One-credit introduction to learning online course approved

The Curriculum Review Committee has approved a one-credit course introducing students to the online learning environment and the skills necessary to succeed in an online course. We are excited to be offering this course for the first time in Spring 2014. With more than 30 percent of college students taking at least one online course during their college career, online learning is a 21st century skill as well as a convenient way for students to obtain knowledge.

Explore teaching online

You can add online teaching training and experience to your own portfolio. There are several opportunities at CCRI for you to begin learning how to teach online and to stay up-to-date with best practices.

The DL Faculty Forum in Blackboard contains helpful documents for DL faculty and an active discussion board of topics related to teaching and learning online. Members receive periodic (weekly during the semester) mailings of DL updates and reminders. If you are teaching a DL section (600 or 700), scheduled to teach a DL section or just interested in online learning, please email Maggie Burke to be added to the forum.

The distance learning pedagogy course ran successfully during the first five-week summer session. If you are interested in participating the next time the course is offered, you should first attend Blackboard training sessions and use Blackboard as a supplement to an on-campus course. Please visit the. Technology-enhanced courses help our students succeed by offering anytime, anywhere access to course materials. Becoming proficient with a learning management system (such as Blackboard) is your first step toward teaching online. Contact Maggie Burke if you wish to participate in the pedagogy course the next time it runs.

Faculty mentoring

Faculty mentors are available to meet with faculty for individualized tutorials in instructional technology.

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Important Notes for Faculty

Important Note

Adjunct orientation module

Adjunct faculty members are recognized as playing a critically important role in providing quality education for CCRI students. We are providing an online resource to make your transition to CCRI a smooth and enjoyable experience while providing you with important information and support. Access orientation »

Bb upgrade information

The Department of Information Technology will be performing a scheduled upgrade on the Blackboard server from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2. During this time all services at will be unavailable to both faculty and students.

Bb server administrators will be applying the latest Bb Service Packs that will introduce new features, enhancements and fixes to Blackboard Learn platform; Calendar, Test Enhancements/Item Analysis, Discussions and Content Editor. Links to video previews of what's new in Bb will be sent to faculty via email.


NEASC LogoCCRI is scheduled for its 10-year accreditation visit in March 2014. Final versions of each standard's narratives are being edited into one voice.

The proposed date for the final document to be available to the college community for review and comment is Oct. 24.

Additional information and summary PowerPoints can be found on the CCRI NEASC website.

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Center for Innovative Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Evaluating student progress FLC

Have you ever given an exam and been disappointed by your students’ performance? Have you ever had a student tell you that he or she didn’t know what to study for the test? Would you like to enable students to be more successful on exams while maintaining your standards?

If your answer to any of the above questions is affirmative, join the Faculty Learning Community on Evaluating Student Progress. We’ll begin from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 and we will continue meeting regularly throughout the Fall 2013 semester. Please register here.

Teaching Tip from CITLA

Teaching Tip

At the beginning of the semester, gather some information about who is in your class and what their views are on roles and expectations by asking these two questions:

  • What do you believe about teaching?
  • What do you believe about learning?

As an instructor or faculty developer, it would be of use to respond to these also so that you can see where there are matches or not. Students from varying cultural backgrounds may answer in very unexpected ways.

This is also a great exercise to get started thinking about a philosophy of teaching.

Submitted by:
Emma Bourassa, Instructor, ESL Department
Thompson Rivers University

If you have a suggestion for a speaker or workshop topic, please let us know. Use the Suggestion Box on our website or email your suggestions to CITLA coordinator Karen Griscom.

Would you like to receive updates on CITLA events sent directly to your email? If so, please join our mailing list. Send an email to

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[Full Summer 2013 calendar]

Important Dates

  • July 1: Summer session I grades due to be submitted by noon
  • July 4: Holiday
  • July 8: Summer session II classes begin
  • Aug. 12: Holiday
  • Aug. 19: Summer session II grades due to be submitted by noon
  • Aug. 27-28: Cancellation of courses with insufficient enrollment
  • Sept. 2: Holiday
  • Sept. 3: Faculty/staff opening day
  • Sept. 4: Classes begin at all locations

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Items of Interest

Data security guidelines

The media reports almost daily about incidents in which private data has been compromised through theft, negligence or ignorance. Accordingly, every employee of CCRI who is entrusted to use institutional data while carrying out his or her duties must take responsibility for understanding what legally protected private data is and how to protect it. The goal is to collectively avoid unwanted disclosure of personal information to prevent unfortunate experiences such as identity theft or other data-related problems for which the individual and the college may be liable. Read more about data security guidelines »

Data security policy

Faculty discounts

Christina Rondeau Kickboxing is offering a special rate to all CCRI employees. You may visit any of the five locations – Johnston, Tiverton, Warwick, West Warwick and Woonsocket – to enroll. Be sure to bring your CCRI ID when enrolling to receive this special rate. Visit the Rondeau's Kickboxing website for more information.

Gym discounts: UnitedHealthcare is offering its members gym discounts. Visit the State Employee Wellness Initiative website for more information.

CCRI employees may apply for the JoS. A. Bank corporate card and receive a 20 percent discount on all regularly priced merchandise. Visit the CCRI HR website for more information.

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Last Updated: 9/18/18