July 7 2009 Extravaganza

 “Extravaganza” by Pilotage is licensed under CC BY 2.0


Do not forget to register for the Second Annual SJC Faculty Conference on Teaching and Learning (July 10 & 11)!!!

The deadline to complete the online registration form is June 16.


The ANGEL learning management system will no longer be accessible after June 30, 2015. Please let us know if you have any essential courses or materials that have not been migrated to Brightspace.
Please contact us (askcidet@sjcme.edu or extension 7602) if you have any questions.


Justin Sparks  Instructional Technologist

Justin Sparks
Instructional Technologist

Quiz Item Analysis Additions

With the upgrade to 10.4, Desire2Learn included some various enhancements and improvements for the quiz item analysis in Brightspace. Faculty can now view the discrimination index and the standard deviation for each question for all of their assessments in their courses. To see how you can view the new quiz item analysis options in Brightspace, please see the tutorial (11 min.) below:

If you have any questions or comments about the quiz item analysis, please contact askcidet@sjcme.edu.


This summARROWer, the Library will be moving to a new (interim) location on the lower level of the Heffernan Center. (Construction is well underway!) While we are literally moving down, this is in no way a demotion; it is actually a big move forward!

A Learning Commons may be described as a student-centered, full-service, learning, research and project space. This concept/approach has been adopted and adapted at colleges and universities across the country, and we are actively working to realize it here at SJC.

In terms of new amenities, the Wellehan Library-Learning Commons will have a dedicated quiet study room, collaborative study and work spaces (including four, technology-rich group study rooms) and a small video production studio. We will continue to offer a satellite Writing Center, color printing and scanning and educational technology support. And core “library” functions will remain, including –

• Collecting and providing access to high-quality, scholarly resources in support of learning outcomes.
• Guiding and supporting students with their research.
• Collaborating with faculty to facilitate students’ development of information literacy skills.

We look forward to showing off our brand new digs – in a just a few months!

Shelly Davis



It’s NOT all academic!

While the vast majority of Wellehan Library’s resources are scholarly,
we have some stuff just for fun as well. Click the image above to find out more.

Shelly Davis


Michael Jacobs
Adjunct Faculty for the Health Administration Department


Michael Jacobs , a new online instructor for the Health Administration Department, is this month’s faculty spotlight for his exceptional work and collaboration with CIDET on gamification  in Senior Living Management 405.

Mike’s approach to the creation of Senior Living Management 405, the Capstone Course, was to develop a “virtual” CEO learning experience. Each student in SL 405 is the CEO of a fictitious Continuing Care Retirement Community and must deal with issues that are pertinent and relevant to a CEO. In developing the course, Philip DuBois encouraged Michael to add gamification as part of the student learning process. Through Phil’s encouragement and the help of Sara Austin and Justin Sparks, “A day in the Life of the CEO” gamification was developed. The game will simulate and amuse the student learner in making hour by hour choices of prioritizing decisions. The student will be rewarded for the correct response , dinged for the wrong response, and given the opportunity to try again until success is realized. The addition of gamification as a learning tool adds levity to the learning process and also helps the student participate in an unusual and creative learning experience.

Mike is a seasoned professional in the Health Care delivery system. With over 34 years of experience, Mike has worked in Senior Living including Skilled Nursing Home Care, Continuing Care Retirement Living, Independent Living, and Personal Care. In addition, he is experienced in Federal HUD Programs, Certified Home Care, and Physician Practice Management. Michael is licensed in Pennsylvania as both a CPA and NHA. Also, Mike has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Health Care Administration. Michael received his Fellowship credentials (FHFMA) from the Health Care Financial Management Association.