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CCRI Faculty Focus

Fall 2012 - First Edition

Greetings from President Di Pasquale

President DiPasqualeThe summer certainly has flown by, but I know you are rejuvenated and ready to go as we start the Fall 2012 semester. The energy you will bring to our campuses next month adds to the buzz and excitement all of our students also bring to the new semester. All of you are key to our students’ success. All the time, knowledge and assistance you give to students throughout their time at CCRI no doubt makes a difference in their lives and helps them change their lives and achieve their dreams.

Vice President Morgan and I know you are prepared to teach our almost 18,000 new and returning students. But please also keep in mind, we will need your help beyond the classroom in the upcoming months as we review our Strategic Plan and prepare for our upcoming NEASC visit in Spring 2014. That may seem like a long time from now but it will go quickly and there is much work to be done between now and then. I thank you in advance for your time and input as both are very important as we forge ahead with our NEASC self-study.

Welcome back. I wish you a great semester!

Greetings from VP Lela Morgan

Lela MorganWelcome back everyone! I hope you had a fantastic summer and are ready for a great Fall 2012 semester. As you will see from this issue of Faculty Focus, the Office of Academic Affairs is providing you with a lot of information about college processes, new programs and tips to help you get off to a strong start. I hope you will take advantage of some of the offerings. Please remember to e-mail me or stop by the Academic Affairs office with any new ideas or suggestions you may have that could benefit you or our students in future semesters.

In addition to everything going on in the classroom, we are also well into our NEASC accreditation self-study. I thank the many of you who are already participating and if you would like to join the process for the Spring 2014 NEASC visit, please let me know. We more than welcome your insight.

I look forward to seeing you all back on our campuses as we kick off the start of Fall 2012 with the faculty/staff opening day festivities on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

CCRI Dean of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

Lois Wims

Lois WimsWelcome back for the fall semester from AHSS! We start the new academic year with two new department Chairpersons. Steve Murray will lead Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. Steve holds the J.D. and a Bachelor’s magna cum laude from Boston College, and is an experienced litigator and seasoned teacher for CCRI.   John Cole was elected Chair of the English Department. John is an Associate Professor who started at the College as an adjunct instructor in 1991 and became the director of the Flanagan Campus Writing Center in 1993. John holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from URI and an M.A.T. from RIC.

I have been touched by the warm welcome from faculty, students and staff in my first days at CCRI. I come to you eager to embrace the opportunities for student success and faculty development as we serve a growing and vibrant sector of higher education so crucial to the future of our home state. I look forward to meeting with you and wish you a smooth semester start.

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CCRI Adjunct Faculty Info

Daniel Kyei-Poakwa (Sociology) with President DiPasquale

  • More than 130 adjunct faculty members agreed to join the Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA) during a membership drive last spring.
  • The AFA will focus on the twin goals of improving the academic experience for CCRI students, and improving the work and academic life for all adjuncts.
  • The AFA had several planning sessions with administrators in April, May and June and is looking forward to keeping the dialogue active.
  • The AFA will continue to hold monthly meetings with the goal of obtaining feedback from adjuncts about the issues they deem important, and how to work to address those issues. As always, we encourage all adjunct faculty to attend.
  • For all inquiries regarding the work of the AFA and how you can get involved, please contact Professor Henry Chango at

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Information Technology

Project Prioritization List

mITi logoThis has been a very active year in this first full implementation of the IT governance process. The committee spent the better part of the year delineating the roster of projects, their ratings and the specific placement of each based upon their impact on and benefit to the college.

Some of the projects requiring funding were addressed in this fiscal year, while others were earmarked for FY13. This will not provide a significant delay as most procurement processing takes time and this is factored into the individual projects.

The IT team has been geared up to work specifically on the projects as they are listed obviously multiprocessing several at the same time. Many are close to completion or are ongoing at this time. It is anticipated that the list of projects will be worked through from top to bottom in the course of the next year to 18 months with new projects added to the list this fall.

Note: This site is password protected and you must use your campus\username and password to log in.

(e.g.,campus\savieira and password)

'Follow Me' Printing for Faculty and Staff

PrinterOn LogoPrint management is getting a new friend called PrinterOn. This utility will allow faculty and staff to print to a generic queue on their desktop and release the totally confidential print job through any of the multi-function devices (MFDs) across the four campuses. For the first time, any faculty or staff member bringing a personal laptop on campus also can print to the central printing network.

This is another phase of the print management program at CCRI, where the ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of print media produced while enabling the use of regionalized printing resources such as the MFDs. Slowly but surely eliminating the personal printing and HP devices (which are very expensive to run) will be achieved through the next two years. Many of these devices have been collected as more MFDs have been strategically located in suites or cooperative work areas.

When PrinterOn is implemented, a large communications campaign and training videos will be offered to demonstrate its capabilities and how any faculty or staff member can use it.

Additional IT Topics......

  • Workflows Come to CCRI
  • Ellucian: Combining Sungard Higher Education and Datatel
  • Enterprise Reporting
  • IT Governance Update
  • Microsoft Exchange 2010 and SourceOne
  • Telephone System Upgrade
  • MyCCRI Portal to Move to New Version
  • Security Awareness Program

Read about these topics »

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Distance Learning

Distance LearningIf you are teaching a DL section (600 or 700) this fall and you are not on the DL mailing list or you do not have access to the DL Faculty Forum in Blackboard, please e-mail Maggie Burke to be added to the list and the forum. The forum contains helpful documents for DL faculty (sample start-up letter, syllabus template, course evaluation, and semester checklist, among others).  If you're on the mailing list, Maggie will regularly send you e-mail reminders throughout the semester to help you with DL policy and keep your course running smoothly.

DL Faculty Pedagogy Course to be Offered Again

The five-week Distance Learning Pedagogy course ran successfully during the summer and will be offered again during the winter intersession (dates TBD).  Limited seating for CCRI adjunct and full time professors will be available with first preference given to those teaching full-time and scheduled to offer a DL course in the spring semester.  Experienced DL faculty are encouraged to take the course. You will be awarded CEUs and a certificate upon completion. For additional information please contact Maggie Burke.

Teaching Online

The Office of Academic Affairs has purchased several copies of Teaching Online by Ko & Rossen. You are welcome to stop by room 4228 at the Knight Campus to sign out a copy for a two week period. In addition, CITLA has two copies to lend. Read more »

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Important Notes for Faculty

A Note from Office of Enrollment Services

Please take a moment to read about the impact on students when Verification of Enrollment and/or Final Grades are not submitted on time. Read more »

Verification of Enrollment

Dr. Phil MillerAll faculty members are required to complete the Verification of Enrollment during the second week of classes, September 11-17. (This will allow evening classes that meet once per week to have two class meetings before reporting is required.) The Verification of Enrollment is used to verify that students are enrolled and actively attending, or have notified their instructor with reason for their absence. Any student who fails to contact their instructor or has not attended class must be reported as a “No Show.”

During fall 2012, students marked “No Show” will be sent an e-mail that contains a “No Show Re-Registration form.” Thus, in cases where a student was erroneously marked as a no show, the student will print the form they were sent and bring it to their next class meeting. The instructor will have the option of adding the student back into his or her section. Students must return the signed form to OES no later than Sept. 20.

During fall 2012, students dropped for nonpayment on Sept. 17, will be sent an e-mail that contains a “Final Registration" form.  Thus, in cases where a student has the ability to make payment, the student may print the form they were sent and bring it to their next class meeting. The instructor will have the option of adding the student back into his or her section. Students must return the signed form including payment to the Bursar’s Office no later than Sept. 20.

Please be reminded that any student whose name does not appear on the class roster, or is listed on the roster as unofficial, should be referred to OES. Students should not be allowed to continue in the class until their name is added to your official class roster and their status is “Official”.

Electronic Wait List

All courses (with the exception of Nursing) will have an electronic waitlist for students registering this fall semester. The waitlist which “holds” up to five students will remain active until Sunday, Sept. 2. If you want a copy of the names of students who are on the waitlist before classes start, you will need to make a copy before midnight on Saturday. This list will allow you to give priority to students seeking a capacity override who were on your waitlist.

  • Login to MyCCRI, click on For Faculty. Under the Faculty Registration Tools channel, click the Wait Listed Students link. Select the Term, select the course and if there is a waitlist, the list will display.

Capacity Override

During the first week of classes only, students may continue to register online for classes that still have seats available. If a course section is at capacity, faculty will have the option to add students during the first week only, either on-line or by using an Add Slip from Sept. 4 to 10. Students will have until Sept. 20 to submit the form to the Office of Enrollment Services (OES) after which time the form will become void. (This same form may be used to allow students to register for courses where “permission of instructor” may be an option or requirement. See next topic: Waiving Course Prerequisites and Permission of Instructor.)

Waiving Course Prerequisites and Permission of Instructor

Department chairs may waive course prerequisites on-line through the first week of classes. During the first week of classes, a department chair or an instructor may sign the prerequisite override on the Add Slip for classes where “permission of instructor” is indicated in the course description section of the college catalog. Students will have until Sept. 20 to submit the form to OES after which time the form will become void.

Students should not be allowed to continue in the class until their name is added to your official class roster and their status is “Official”.

Recommended Syllabus Components

In April of this year CCRI's President's Council approved the 'Recommended Syllabus Components' document for use by all faculty.

See the recommended components »

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NEASCA "Hot Topic" CCRI is focusing on for NEASC accreditation is assessment.

Peggy Maki will be addressing the NEASC executive committee on Sept. 21. Topics she will cover include assessment, bringing program curriculum maps to the next level, scoring rubrics and chronologically monitoring student movement within a course.

NEASC executive team PowerPoints can be found at

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Center for Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

CITLA Teaching Tip

Use an Annotated Syllabus to Track Your Thinking About Course Design Issues

Annotated syllabi are artifacts that begin with a simple course syllabus and then grow in scope and in depth as instructors add annotations and links to additional materials. How can they be useful to us? The annotated syllabus is an ideal format for prompting and tracking the reflection that is part of course design, and it can be used as well to make public the intellectual work that goes into teaching, just as a course portfolio does. But there are also more immediate and tangible benefits that come from keeping an annotated syllabus.

It is not uncommon during the middle of the semester to realize there are small changes we can make, or maybe altogether better ways to design an assignment or an in-class learning activity. It may be too late at those moments to implement the change during that same term, but we want to be sure to capture for the next time we teach the class not only what the precise change is, but also what our rationale for the change is. An annotated syllabus can be the living document that allows you to track your ideas, impressions or observations about course design.

Annotated syllabi, likewise, can provide entry points in which to “dig down” and excavate your assumptions about course design, where you ask questions like “Is this textbook really accomplishing what I want from it?” or “Does my policy about class participation motivate students to give their best?” or “Is my grading rubric as clear as it can be about different levels of performance?”

One of the great advantages of an annotated syllabus is that there are no prescriptive prompts - each annotated syllabus is unique in the direction it takes. You simply annotate where you have questions, where you are considering changes, where you want to explain the scholarly thinking that informed an aspect of your course design, or where you want to assess how well students are achieving a desired outcome. Peer collaboration within groups can magnify the benefits of working on annotated syllabi. Groups allow us, for example, to ask one another questions that might not otherwise occur to the instructor working alone: “Why does this rule exist in your classroom?” or “Why did you select these materials for your students?” or “Why did you include or not include this language in your syllabus?” At Metro State, we have worked very successfully in faculty learning communities (FLC) to share this kind of feedback over annotated syllabi.

If you choose to work alone on annotating your syllabus, consider reading a book about instructional improvement or course design that could serve to prompt your own questioning about instructional choices. Some titles that can serve that purpose well are:

  • Ken Bain (2004), What the Best College Teachers Do
  • Donald Finkel (2000), Teaching With Your Mouth Shut
  • Maryellen Weimer (2002), Learner-centered Teaching: 5 Key Changes to Practice.
  • Maryellen Weimer (2010), Inspired College Teaching

To begin your annotated syllabus, you can save your syllabus in Word under a different file name and then use the “Comments” feature under the “Review” tab to begin adding annotations. Alternatively, use Google Docs or a Wiki such as PBWorks (http:/ to be able to access your annotated syllabus from any computer - and perhaps eventually to make it public. Wikis allow you to add endless depth to your annotated syllabi!

Submitted by:

Mark Potter, Director

Center for Faculty Development

Metropolitan State College of Denver

Tune Into CITLA

CITLA is planning exciting programming for the fall. If you would like to join the CITLA list serve please contact Karen Griscom or Jeanne Mullaney. Members of the CITLA list serve will receive a survey later this summer. Be sure to tell us which CITLA events you've enjoyed most.

If you have a suggestion for a speaker or workshop topic, please let us know. Use the suggestion box on the CITLA website.

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Fall 2012 Calendar

[Full Fall 2012 calendar here]

Meet our new AHSS Dean Lois Wims:
  • Sept. 10: Knight Campus 1to 3p.m. RM 4090
  • Sept. 12: Flanagan Campus 11 to 1 p.m.       RM 2508
  • Sept. 13: Newport Campus 12 - 1:30 p.m.     RM 233
  • Sept. 17: Liston Campus 1 to 2:30 p.m.        RM 2229
Important Dates
  • Aug. 30: Faculty / Staff Opening Day
  • Aug. 31: Fri. evening classes begin
  • Sept. 3: HOLIDAY
  • Sept. 4 : All other classes begin
  • Sept. 11 - 17: Faculty to report verification of enrollment
  • Oct. 8: HOLIDAY
  • Oct. 10: Monday class schedule followed
  • Oct. 24: Mid-term grades due by noon
  • Nov 6: Election day / No classes
  • Nov. 10: Monday class schedule followed
  • Nov. 11: Veteran's Day (Classes meet)
  • Nov. 12: Veteran's Day (observed) - No classes
  • Nov. 16: Monday class schedule followed
  • Nov 22: Thanksgiving, No classes Nov. 22 to 25th
  • Dec 15: FINAL GRADING Available
  • Dec. 18-21: Last day of classes (Daytime)
  • Dec. 24: Grades due by noon
  • Dec. 25: HOLIDAY

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Items of Interest

Office of Student Services and Human Resources

The Offices of Student Services and Human Resources are offering a special training program to help you understand and manage disruptive and potentially violent behavior in the classroom. With a population that is increasingly stressed by economic conditions, increasingly demanding, insistent on instant solutions and less aware of the educational process, there has been a steady increase in the number of incidents of inappropriate classroom behavior reported. This 90-minute session will help you understand the causes of violence, how to identify potential problems and when and how to involve the college in the matter. Some of the topics covered will include the student conduct code, incivility, emergencies, avoiding conflict, and dealing with disruption. Attendance will be limited to 24 persons.

The training sessions will take place:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28, 9:30 to noon, Warwick
  • Tuesday, Aug.28, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Providence
  • Wednesday, Aug. 29, 9:30 to noon, Lincoln
  • Wednesday, Aug. 29, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Newport

To register contact: Michelle O'Brien.

Curriculum Review Committee

See the timeline for Fall 2012 and Spring 2012»

Make your presentations ZOOM with PREZI

Prezi logoPrezi is a Web-based presentation application and storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides.

Prezi differs from PowerPoint in that it is a Web-based program that allows you to create more of a canvas presentation instead of a sequential slide presentation. Think nonlinear. It allows you to incorporate not only text and pictures, but videos and other presentation objects. You can create your presentation online and then download the final product so that you don’t require an internet connection to display the presentation.

Students and professors can get this application for free. Read more »

Blackboard Mobile

Blackboard Mobile™ Learn extends your existing Blackboard learning system by making much of the core content available across your Blackboard courses, content and organizations, in an engaging and intuitive way on mobile devices.

Users can:

  • Receive push notifications of course activity**
  • Take mobile-compatible tests**
  • View grades
  • Access documents in multiple formats
  • Save files to other apps for offline viewing
  • View and post in discussion forums
  • Comment on blogs and journals
  • See the course roster
  • Filter and favorite courses
  • Upload media as attachments to discussion boards and blogs*
  • Post announcements (instructors)
  • Create content items within the course map* (instructors)

(*For institutions using Blackboard Learn 8.0+)
(**For institutions using Blackboard Learn 9.1+)

You can do it all using your existing Blackboard username and password. Getting started is easy. Just download the app, enter your institution name to verify that your institution has enabled Blackboard Mobile Learn, type in your credentials and away you go.

NOTE: This app must be enabled by your institution to function and is free for you if enabled. The no-cost version for higher education institutions in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands can only be accessed via the Sprint network.

Read more »


This simulation allows the user to experiment with the philosophical perspectives of objectivism and constructivism and observe the influence on several educational micro-dimensions (e.g. motivation, experience, learning outcomes, control) as well as consider what the impact a philosophical shift would have on several macro-dimensions (e.g., graduation rate, crime rate, etc.). The simulation also tries to clarify the relationship between philosophical orientation and instructional strategies. Read more »

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Classroom Assessment Techniques

This revised and greatly expanded edition of the 1988 handbook offers teachers at all levels how-to advice on classroom assessment, including:

  • What classroom assessment entails and how it works
  • How to plan, implement, and analyze assessment projects
  • Twelve case studies that detail the real-life classroom experiences of teachers carrying out successful classroom assessment projects
  • Fifty classroom assessment techniques
  • Step-by-step procedures for administering the techniques
  • Practical advice on how to analyze your data

The Office of Academic Affairs has several copies of the book to loan for two-week periods. Please stop by Knight Campus Room 4226 to sign out a copy.

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Last Updated: 9/18/18