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The Power of Smartphones: A Student’s Reflections on the Technology We Carry

This piece was written by Caroline Contreras.  Caroline is a student here on campus working to earn her Bachelor’s in Computer Science.  Her goal is to one day become a competent back-end developer working on exciting projects.  In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, playing lots of Indie video games, and watching tech videos.Continue reading “The Power of Smartphones: A Student’s Reflections on the Technology We Carry”

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Easy Alignment, Preferred Placement: Adopting a Rubric Aligned Course through Canvas Commons

Karen Oeh is an Adjunct Instructor of Anthropology at Porterville College and Cerro Coso College.  Karen started her teaching career at Foothill College in 2003, and then transitioned to online teaching in 2007.  Karen holds a B.A. Degree in Anthropology from San Jose State University and a M.A. Degree in Anthropology from CSU, Chico.  HerContinue reading “Easy Alignment, Preferred Placement: Adopting a Rubric Aligned Course through Canvas Commons”

A Student’s Reflections on Failure

This piece was written by communication intern Britney Rodriguez. Britney Rodriguez is currently undecided in what major she wants to pursue. She sees it as a learning opportunity to discover more about the pathways available at Bakersfield College. During her free time she likes to play games, watch anime, and spend time with family. Britney’s dreamContinue reading “A Student’s Reflections on Failure”

Renegade Tips for Creating Interaction Face-to-Face and Online

As the new semester begins, we may be looking for ways we can incorporate meaningful interaction in both our face-to-face and online courses.  Meaningful interaction can support student learning (Cung et al., 2018; Sher, 2009), satisfaction (Sher, 2009), and retention (Mitchell & Hughes, 2014). Spending time thinking about how we can create opportunities for studentsContinue reading “Renegade Tips for Creating Interaction Face-to-Face and Online”

Having an Undecided Major: A Student Perspective

This piece was written by communication intern Britney Rodriguez. Britney Rodriguez is currently undecided in what major she wants to pursue. She sees it as a learning opportunity to discover more about the pathways available at Bakersfield College. During her free time she likes to play games, watch anime, and spend time with family. Britney’s dreamContinue reading “Having an Undecided Major: A Student Perspective”

December Faculty Forum on Using Technology to Teach Face-to-Face Classes

Today we hosted the last faculty forum of 2022! In this faculty forum, we discussed how we can make use of technology to teach face-to-face. Our faculty colleagues shared some wonderful tips and tricks on how to use technology to build community, make use of Canvas, and integrate polls in face-to-face classes.  Scott Peat sharedContinue reading “December Faculty Forum on Using Technology to Teach Face-to-Face Classes”

Managing Stress and Winding Down After Big Exams

This piece was written by communication intern Angel Garcia. Angel Garcia will graduate from BC and transfer out to a 4 year university where he will continue his education and get my Masters in Sociology. His goal for the future is to work along side social services to be a resource for children and familiesContinue reading “Managing Stress and Winding Down After Big Exams”

Humanized Course Template Now Available!

As we approach the new semester, we may consider how we can leverage Canvas to create a humanized learning experience for our students. If you’re looking for a template that you can import into your Canvas shell, check out this template on Canvas Commons or search Bakersfield_College_Humanized_Course_Template.  The template includes prompts and how-tos on:  FeelContinue reading “Humanized Course Template Now Available!”

Faculty Forum: Implementing Trauma-Informed Pedagogy with Canvas

Our topic for the November Faculty forum was “Implementing Trauma-Informed Pedagogy with Canvas.” We had a wonderful discussion on chunking content and how to help students deal with external stressors.  Michael Muhme, a communication professor, shared the value of chunking content and breaking down large assignments. He also shared his overall philosophy that students haveContinue reading “Faculty Forum: Implementing Trauma-Informed Pedagogy with Canvas”

Maintaining Motivation: A Student Perspective

This piece was written by communication intern Britney Rodriguez. Britney Rodriguez is currently undecided in what major she wants to pursue. She sees it as a learning opportunity to discover more about the pathways available at Bakersfield College. During her free time she likes to play games, watch anime, and spend time with family. Britney’s dreamContinue reading “Maintaining Motivation: A Student Perspective”