Don’t Steal This Book – Share It!

This New York Times op-ed piece starts with talking about NYC’s new bike-sharing program — the pros and cons. Then, the article puts sharing in context. There is a new sharing economy developing — beyond hotels and libraries — that is a social trend we should pay attention to. Students rent textbooks, share files and apps ( and sometimes over-share into cheating, as we know!), and generally live in a social media environment where communication and exchange is how they spend significant time. How will this affect higher ed? Here’s the article:

More on Flipping the Classroom

This video is from a K-12 Math class, but in 3 minutes, makes the point. One can easily see how flipping and a hybrid course would dovetail well. Spend 3 minutes, check it out, and look for more on Fall professional day. (By the way, the outside of class material does not HAVE to be video — it can also be reading, exercises, practice quizzes, and discussion forums)…

24 Complete BCC Mobile Initiative Training

Smiling faces were seen all around as “Group 1″ of the BCC Mobile Initiative completed six hours of training in ipads on March 8. The workshops, designed and led by English Professor Nicole Mooney and CTL Director Dori Digenti, were highly interactive and full of questions, shared discovery and building confidence for entering or furthering mobile learning at the college.

Funded under Massachusetts state Vision PIF and the Massachusetts Community College Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA) funding, the workshops covered a range of topics, including ipad use and care; Apps to support at-risk and developmental student learning; cloud computing; Open Educational Resources; Creating quality online materials; Accessibility; and contextualized learning modules.

BCC will train a second group this Spring. Plans are in the works for advanced workshops on discipline-specific apps; BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) guidelines; and other topics.

Free Webinar TODAY on the OPEN resource site

If you are interested in open educational resources, you may join this webinar TODAY at 3pm, no cost, and you don’t need to be working on the TAA grant. Here is the login link:

About OPEN:

The Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN) will provide free support and technical assistance to all grantees of the $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program from the U.S. Department of Labor. For information about TAACCCT, visit

OPEN will help grantees meet the provisions laid out in the solicitation for grant applications, including the CC BY open licensing requirement. OPEN services will be provided by Creative Commons (CC), Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI), Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) and the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC), which have individual but complementary areas of expertise in openness and the design of educational resources. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has recognized this expertise by funding OPEN for three years to coincide with the first wave of the TAACCCT grant.

Deepen your Turn It In Knowledge

Turn It In has just listed a number of live and on-demand (you can watch them whenever you want – play, fast forward, pause, etc.) available for the next few months. Here is the link to register on their community page on Linked In:

There is also a broad range of resources and guidance at BCC’s Turn It In Central site: