None of Us is AVERAGE. Let’s Not Design Instruction for the “Average” Student.

The Myth of Average is a costly and frustrating one. Would you describe yourself as “average” in every domain of your life? Would you describe your student on a one-dimensional plane that equates to “average” in every cognitive task?


Please contact Instructional Media at IMFacultyLab for help with course design and suggestions for activities and assessments for all your students.

Latest and Greatest Books on College Teaching | Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed.

Latest and Greatest Books on College Teaching | Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed..

The HCC Library has several titles from this list including:
Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors
How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
Generation on at Tightrope
Interactive Open Educational Resources

The other titles are on on order.

Golden Rules for Effective Use of Technology in Education

Bates, T. (in (Foley, 2003) proposed 12 “golden rules” for the effective use of technology in education. These rules offer a suggested approach to designing and implementing digital learning environments:

1. Good teaching matters. Regardless of the delivery methods and mechanisms, design quality of instruction and activities is essential. 

2. Each medium has its own aesthetic. Instructors and designers must exploit the strengths and acknowledge the weaknesses of each selected medium.

 3. Education technologies are flexible. Each technology has individual characteristics that make it unique but successful instruction is not reliant on technology, nor can technology save poor instruction. 

4. There is no “super-technology.” One size and one approach does not fit all and so technologies need to be modified and combined to create the most effective learning environment.

 5. Make a variety of media available to teachers and learners. Engage learners using audio, video, online, print and emerging technologies for the greatest impact. 

6. Balance variety with economy. Do not feel compelled to incorporate every new and expensive technology. Select tools that enhance and support specific instructional goals.

7. Interaction is essential. Student to student, student to content, student to teacher, teacher to content and teacher to teacher are all necessary to grow and evaluate effective learning environments. 

8. Student numbers are critical. Determine the media to support learning based, in part, on the number of students interacting with the media and content. 

9. New technologies are not necessarily better than old ones. The goal of the technology is to expand and transform an instructional opportunity, regardless of the age of the technology. 

10. Teachers need training to use technology effectively. Adoption and integration of technology cannot happen in a vacuum 

11. Teamwork is essential. Creating effective learning environments and interactions relies on a host of contributors including faculty, facilities, instructional designers and technologists. 

12. Technology is not the issue. The instructional goals and learning outcomes must be the central focus of any use of technology in education.


Foley, M. (2003). The Global Development Learning Network: A World Bank initiative in distance learning for development. In
M. G. Moore & W. G. Anderson (Eds.), Handbook of distance education.Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum

Students Need Support to Develop Digital Literacy

Students Need Support to Develop Digital Literacy

Using the news to help students develop digital literacy skills. This article advocates for using news stories as springboards for students to do further investigation and discrimination about the accuracy of information they may read online.

Those Terms of Service on Popular Ed Tech Websites DO Matter!


This blog post makes a useful point about student privacy and security.

Originally posted on Indiana Jen:

This is reblogged from my post at PLP Voices

I recently attended a prominent and popular educational technology conference. As I always do, I made sure to visit the vendors’ floor. I like to be able to chat with company representatives, see what new tools they have, play with tools hands on, and generally get a feel for promising new resources available to schools.

Reviewing Terms of ServiceAt this particular conference I was excited to visit a vendor’s booth that focused on 3D printingsoftware. It promised to be easier and more intuitive to use. When I signed up for the account necessary to use the online tool, I did something that many people do not do: I read the terms of service.

The first thing I noticed was the “age 13” requirement. I asked the representative if they had an option for children under the age of 13. She responded…

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It’s Preservation Week

According to the Association of Library Collections & Technical Services:

Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staff assigned responsibility for collections care; 22 percent have no collections care personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family, and community collections are equally at risk.

Did you know that the HCC Library preserves the College’s history through the HCC Archives?  We collect Board of Trustee’s Minutes and Materials, College Catalogs and Schedules of Classes, Curriculum and Instruction Minutes and Materials, Commencement Materials, Oral Histories, Handbooks, etc.

You may also have your own personal items that need preserving.  For more information, see Caring for Your Treasures: Guides for Taking Care of Your Heritage.

You can send your preservation questions to Dear Donia


HCC Learning Commons Pilot launches in the HSB

Photo collage from HSB Pilot

Are you assigning research papers or projects that require students to conduct research using HCC Library databases?

Are your students required to use software (e.g. PowerPoint), web tools (e.g. Prezi, Weebly), or equipment like cameras, video cameras, or voice recorders to produce a final product?

Do some of your students express concern/fear about using technology?

The HCC Learning Commons can help!

During the spring 2014 semester, librarians and instructional technicians from the Teaching and Learning Services Division will be piloting a new service point in the Health Sciences Building.

Learning Commons’ staff offers free research and technology assistance to HCC students and faculty.  Faculty are encouraged to refer students to this resource for one-on-one assistance with completing research and technology-mediated assignments.

This pilot provides TLSD staff the opportunity to implement, evaluate, and refine services that are responsive to student needs. The information learned through the Learning Commons pilot will inform the development of services and policies for the future SET Learning Commons space.

Want to learn more?

A Snapshot of our Services:


M: 9:00-11:00am

Tu: 12:00-2:00pm

W: 4:30-6:30pm

Th: 9:00-11:00am


  • Regular librarian and instructional technologist staffing for drop-in research & technology support
  • Equipment checkout
  • On-call research or technical support via text message


  • Digital camcorders
  • Digital cameras
  • Voice recorders
  • Headphones
  • Laptops
  • Mobile whiteboards