Perhaps the biggest impact of these firsts is the growing number of college faculty and staff who are experimenting with new tools and resources and finding innovative ways to enrich their work. Kudos to Centennial College which has been very active (a) submitting projects to CCDMD; (b) preparing an AQPC presentation for this June; (c) submitting and receiving the green light for developing a science bridge program to allow new students, who lack prerequisites and high grades, the ability to pursue science studies; and of course (d) contributing to Profweb!
Another new project of potential interest to math teachers makes use of the WebWork system for delivering individualized homework problems over the web. Students interact with WebWork on their individual schedule, get immediate feedback on their answers and can keep trying until they get the right answer. Copying is discouraged because the problems are individualized. Instructors have access to real-time statistics and can therefore customize lesson plans to better serve students. Malcolm Harper of Champlain St. Lambert will be working to provide support to cegep teachers and develop cegep level problems for this resource targeting calculus or linear algebra classes.
There are two other new projects Humanities and ESL teachers might watch out for. Vanier College's Stephen Block has developed a multi-media pedagogical model to improve students' media literacy in core Humanities courses. The instructional design incorporates e-portfolios as part of students' research to better understand complex texts and information from conventional media. For ESL faculty teaching the English in Business course, CVM's Norm Spatz is working on a virtual course to address the challenges of teaching to varied competency levels when class sizes in a single college do not allow multiple groups.
If you're feeling inspired (or confused!), Bruno and I are available to revisit your college for a CQE primer. Just as Profweb is your gateway to integrating IT, the CQE can be your gateway to a wealth of services and products to enrich your college teaching.