The mission of the Division of Teaching and Learning Innovation is to support faculty in creating rigorous, equitable, engaging learning experiences for all BCC students.
The primary areas of work are:
- Academic technology, with an emphasis on high-quality online and hybrid course development;
- Facilitating ongoing in-house professional learning opportunities for faculty;
- Assisting in funding external faculty professional development experiences;
- Supporting classroom-based assessment; and
- Facilitating new faculty orientation and onboarding.
Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation
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"More than anything, no matter what course or instructor or modality, I want every BCC student to always know that they are valued, and wanted, and are very much at the center of everything we do,” Lauren Goodman said.
The division accomplishes its mission through the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CTLI), a dynamic group of staff and faculty who focus on the areas above and, most importantly, serve as an ongoing resource available to every faculty member at BCC.
Lauren Foss Goodman is committed to continual improvement, and to helping faculty find creative solutions to meet their teaching and learning needs. She believes deeply in the mission of BCC and the ongoing work of creating an environment where all students are supported in achieving their goals. Lauren's areas of expertise are in online and hybrid course design; equity-minded teaching practices, including accessibility in digital spaces; Moodle use and administration; and classroom-based assessment practices. No question is ever too big or to small!
Lauren has worked initially as the Director of Teaching and Learning (2015 – 2019) and then Dean of Teaching and Learning Innovation (2019 – present).
Janet Collins serves as the Moodle Administrator and Administrative Assistant to the Division of Teaching and Learning Innovation. Janet enjoys helping faculty learn to use Moodle to conduct fully online and hybrid courses, and to enhance face-to-face courses. She can help you learn the basics of Moodle, or train you on more advanced Moodle tools to increase engagement in your online course space. Whether it’s creating your first discussion forum, setting up your gradebook, making a quiz or figuring out why something isn’t behaving as it should, Janet is always available to help with Moodle.
Janet has worked at BCC for since 1982 and is an expert in Moodle, BCC’s Learning Management System, and all its “quirks.”
Tattiya Maruco is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Design. Tattiya is dedicated to collaborating with faculty to provide high-quality evidence-based learning experiences that center student learning, especially in online and hybrid environments. She can help with online/hybrid course design and delivery; incorporating tech tools into your face-to-face courses; inclusive pedagogy; and is eager to brainstorm creative solutions to any teaching challenge. Tattiya firmly believes there is a tool or technique to assist with any onsite or online issue and is committed to working with you to find the solution!
Tattiya’s position is new to BCC (created in December 2019), and she has been adjunct faculty in Psychology and Communications at BCC since 2018.
Matthew Martin is the Coordinator of Learning Experience Design, a shared position with Greenfield Community College. Matt enjoys working with faculty and staff at both institutions to share ideas that make learning experiences--online, hybrid, and in-person--more inclusive and accessible. He can not only help faculty and staff learn to use educational technology, but also work collaboratively to harness technological tools (such as Zoom, Google Meet, Moodle, and Google Workspace) to instructors’ pedagogical goals. In the spirit of accessibility, he is also a resource for finding ways to utilize open educational resources (OER). Finally, Matt is passionate about incorporating recent research in cognitive science to improve student outcomes, keeping the learner’s perspective always at the forefront.
Matt’s position is shared equally between BCC and GCC, and was created in Spring 2021. Matt’s prior experience in education includes over a decade of online teaching with the Virtual Virginia program.
Stacy Evans, Professor of Sociology, is a senior faculty member and is the inaugural Faculty Lead for the CTLI. As Faculty Lead, Stacy supports all areas of the Division’s mission, and brings the unique and essential perspective of a veteran faculty member.
Stacy is dedicated to helping you solve your thorniest classroom issues and get your students to perform at their best. She provides consulting on all aspects of teaching, from assessment of student work, to teaching techniques (active learning, discussion, lecture organization, etc.), to course evaluation. She can also assist you in finding general and discipline related research on verified practices that will improve student success in your courses. You define your goals - she will help you find ways to achieve them.
Faculty Mentors for the 2020-2021 Hybrid/Online Course Development Workshop:
- Gina Foley, Associate Professor of Life Sciences
- Chris Laney, Professor of History
- Nell McCabe, Associate Professor of English
Spring 2021 Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Pam Coley McCann, Associate Professor in Human Services
Berkshire Community College is committed to ongoing faculty professional development. The following process and form applies to professional development funding requests for individual and small groups of faculty. If you have any questions about this process, please contact your Academic Division Dean and/or Lauren Goodman, Dean of Teaching & Learning Innovation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A faculty member (or small group) initiates a funding request in writing to their Division Dean (typically by email), and subsequently discusses this request to agree upon a project with their Dean.
- The faculty member completes the Professional Development Funding Request Form (note that this form also asks for the submission of an initial travel request form, where applicable, for the purpose of more precise budgeting).
- The Division of Teaching & Learning Innovation will work with the faculty member on any necessary logistics, including purchasing materials, reimbursing costs, registration, and developing a plan for sharing professional learning, when applicable.
- The faculty member (or small group) completes the professional development project/activity.
- The faculty member works with the Division of Teaching & Learning Innovation to facilitate sharing, with specific activities dependent on the project.