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Lectures play a vital role in teaching. There will always be a place for lectures in the curriculum — to give technical material or factual information, to provide structure to material or an argument, to display a method or example of how one thinks in a given field, or even to inspire and motivate students to explore further. At the same time, it often enhances both your presentation of the material and students’ learning when students are able to participate in some way. When students engage actively with material, they generally understand it better and remember it longer.

Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

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Effective Handouts: Using PowerPoint to Guide Study and Encourage Active Preparation

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PowerPoint handouts can improve student learning by structuring study time, encouraging critical thinking, preparing students for lecture, and providing opportunities for active learning during the course of the session.

Follow This Link, to see how powerpoint handouts can be used to encourage students to actively participate during lectures.

Scheduled Upgrade

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Please be advised.

In an effort to better serve the ECC community, we will be increasing the ECC Internet bandwidth from the current speed of 45 MB to 150 MB. This upgrade will improve internet speeds threefold, reducing loading lag and enhancing streaming capabilities.

The internet upgrade is scheduled for February 22,2013 at 5:00 PM. Please expect minor Internet and phone service interruption between the hours of 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

We thank you for your patience.

Technology, Changing How Students Learn

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“There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two surveys of teachers being released on Thursday.” -nytimes

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Just something to look at…

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How Can Technology Support Today’s Community College Students?

“In the current economic climate, where budget cuts and increasing enrollments are daily headlines, students and colleges alike continue to face challenging financial times.”