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Center for Home Care

A collaboration between the Connell School of Nursing and the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston, the Center provides community health training for CSON students and professional development for VNAB staff members. Center Director Adele Pike wanted to establish a way for the two groups to share common resources, and better integrate theoretical and practical information.

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Child Growth and Development

Coordinating the social science core courses Child Growth and Development (PY030) and Family, School and Society (PY031), Professors Penny Hauser-Cram and Jackie Lerner provide a wealth of professional and multi-media material to 8-10 sections and their instructors. They saw the benefit of delivering these resources through a web site so students could continue to refer to them outside class, and have convenient access to the library databases essential to work in the field (one assignment involves writing a research literature review). With the site in place, meetings of all the section instructors can focus on the pedagogical questions of teaching their complex material.

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OB Toolkit

With over 800 students in multiple courses, Michael O'Leary in the Organization Studies Department wanted to create a web-based teaching toolkit containing learning objects (e.g., syllabi, articles, assignments, in and out of class exercises, video clips, etc) for faculty and teaching fellows teaching multiple Organizational Behavior courses. To create the content for the site, a number of learning objects professors typically use in their Organizational Behavior courses were collected, digitized, and uploaded into the site. Users of the site can comment on how they used individual resources as well as add additional resources. As a way to continue to add new content, the site has been integrated with a teaching practicum course.

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Perspectives I

Encompassing multiple instructors and more than twenty sections, this distinctive Boston College program seemed an ideal candidate for a digital repository of shared material. The faculty team also wanted a means of visually representing the relationships among philosophical and religious movements and leaders, and other forms of culture. To protect the resources they were gathering and observe copyright restrictions, the instructors decided to take advantage of the password protection offered by Blackboard Vista and have a course site established in which all Perspectives I students would be automatically enrolled. 

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Professional Nursing II

NU 264 01: Professional Nursing II focuses on the transition from the student to practitioner role. The increased enrollment in this last required nursing course for graduating seniors motivated Judy Vessey of the William F. Connell School of Nursing to move from a straight lecture format to an interactive web-based format in order to meet the course goals of developing critical thinking and practical technology skills for the practitioner. Judy Vessey’s central aim for this site was to enhance the course content and delivery by using a variety of technological applications for class preparation and in-class activities. Web based class material enables students to access them ahead of time, as well as download audio-visuals onto a notebook...

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Roma: Caput Mundi

One of the most challenging pedagogical aspects of art history is to recreate the original context of art and architecture while teaching in the classroom. Through a collaboration between Stephanie Leone, O'Neill Library, and Instructional Design and eTeaching Services, Roma: Caput Mundi was created to facilitate students' understanding of Rome as a physical entity. By navigating the map and interacting with the monuments, students take a virtual tour of Renaissance and Baroque Rome, which helps them to learn about the interrelationships between monuments and the urban environment.

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The Shelley Project

“The Shelley Project” was developed by IDeS and Mark O’Connor of the Arts and Sciences Honors Program with funding from the Davis Foundation. The Flash-application provides a contextual exploration of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through the art of J. David, Géricault, Delacroix and Turner, and the music of Paganini, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Berlioz, Mozart, Beethoven, Monteverdi and Gregorian Chant.