BC Faculty Call Quality Matters® Training “Transformative”

What is Quality Matters? Quality Matters (QM) is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to improving the quality of online course design. Though QM has established a multi-faceted process for assuring the quality of online courses, the best place to begin is with the QM Rubric. Based upon research-supported and published best practices for online ...more about BC Faculty Call Quality Matters® Training “Transformative”


Help Us Celebrate National Distance Learning Week!

This year National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) will be celebrated from November 9th-13th! National Distance Learning Week is organized by the US Distance Learning Association (USDLA).This week organizations across America will educate their constituents on the amazing growth in distance learning.


Add Guided Practice to the Flipped Classroom to Increase Student Engagement

Though the flipped classroom model has amazing potential for helping students to achieve higher-order learning outcomes, flipping a course has its own special challenges. The successful flipped classroom goes beyond simply posting lectures, reading materials and videos online for students to view. Guided practice provides students with the support they need to remember and understand new content, so they come to class ready to apply, analyze and create with new course concepts. Dr. Robert Talbert, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, has written a very helpful post which details the way he designs and implements guided practice in his flipped math classes.



Does the Growth Mindset Need Help from Lev Vygotsky?

A fascinating new article from the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Rice University opines that the idea of the Growth Mindset is not complete without the company of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development.


Motivating Adult Online Learners

Online learning must be active learning. A February Faculty Focus article described a recent survey of Florida State University students taking online courses which revealed that many students did not feel they were getting the educational value from their online courses that they would from a traditional face-to-face class. Among students’ primary concerns were course relevance, lack of instructor presence, and absence of timely feedback.


Accessibility in Online Learning

It’s the law, it’s in the news and it assures that all qualified students receive the same opportunity to succeed here at BC.



Harvard and MIT Sued Over Closed Captions

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) filed federal lawsuits against Harvard and M.I.T., saying both universities violated antidiscrimination laws by failing to provide closed captioning in their online lectures, courses, podcasts and other educational materials.