Thursday, October 3, 2013

Greetings from Seattle

Good morning everyone.

I am attending the Association of Community College Trustees conference with Jim Vogt, John Housel, Nada Larson and Cindy Cicci. It is quite inspiring to be surrounded by 2,000 + people who are passionate about the community college mission and the success of our students.

Bill Gates was the keynote speaker last night. He spoke about technology (of course) and how it can help with advising, and customer relations. But he spent a good part of his presentation focused on classroom flipping/hybridization. I know many of our faculty are already doing this (How do I know you ask? - the first week of classes when Moodle was down was quite telling).

Mr. Gates talked about it as a new kind of learning and said that the gift for an instructor today is to help students "get it" in a rich and deep way. He also suggested that we find the best mooc's out there so that instructors can use their time and energy for enrichment, engagement, and trouble shooting with students. Food for thought....

Enjoy the rest of your week and have a good weekend.



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