WINTERVILLE — A pair of award-winning distance educators from Pitt Community College have partnered to release the second edition of a book published in 2008 to guide adjunct faculty through the process of converting traditional classroom courses into online instruction.
In October, Patricia Adams and Happy Gingras released a revised version of Evelyn Beck’s “Going the Distance: A Handbook for Faculty Who Teach Online.”
Adams said the newest edition is “built loosely” around Beck’s initial handbook but focuses on a broader audience. She added that it significantly expands upon the first edition to serve as a starter kit for instructors new to online teaching and a refresher for experienced online instructors.
“We hope that readers will find practical guidance for designing and delivering quality online education,” said Adams, a psychology instructor and NISOD Award winner who designs, develops and facilitates online courses at PCC.
Published by The Part-Time Press, Adams said “Going the Distance” offers full- and part-time faculty the contents of a first-rate teaching workshop at a fraction of the price. The 112-page guide can be purchased on The Part-Time Press website (www.part-timepress.com) at a cost of $15 for a single copy. Several quantity discounts are also available.
According to Gingras, who serves as PCC’s director of Teaching and Learning and Perkins Grant coordinator, 44 percent of today’s college faculty members teach online courses. She said the first edition of “Going the Distance” helped thousands of those instructors develop online classes.
“’Going the Distance’ can help faculty in any discipline learn to plan, develop and deliver more richly-structured online courses,” said Gingras, a NISOD Award recipient and winner of the League of Innovation’s Innovation Award.
Gingras said the second edition of “Going the Distance” contains updated research and new materials on blending, assessment, student retention, course development, course design, conferences, awards, copyrights, and teaching techniques for the online classroom.
For Adams and Gingras, the revised version of “Going the Distance” is their second writing collaboration. The two teamed up in 2017 to publish “Blended Learning and Flipped Classrooms: A Comprehensive Guide,” which offers insight on incorporating technology and designing courses in a flipped or blended format.
Busy week for PCC, ECHS musicians
The PCC Music Department has scheduled three performances for the first week of December to help the community get into the holiday spirit.
Leading off will be the PCC Symphony Orchestra, which will perform its annual holiday program on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Greenville’s Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church.
The performance will feature seasonal music, including Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and “The Christmas Song,” which was written in 1945 by Robert Wells and Mel Tormé. Also on the program is “Christmas Melodies,” written by PCC music major Dale Cox, who will lead the orchestra during the performance of his arrangement.
The PCC Choral and Pitt County Schools Early College High School (ECHS) Choir will team with the orchestra to perform “Before the Marvel of this Night” by Carl Schalk. And, as part of the orchestra’s season-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Michael Johnson, orchestra director at D.H. Conley High School, will lead the PCC musicians as they perform the first movement of the German composer/pianist’s Symphony #6.
On Thursday, the PCC Jazz Band, directed by PCC Music & Drama Coordinator R. Michael Stephenson, and ECHS Band, directed by Miles Huggins, will present their fall concert at Temple Free Will Baptist Church in Winterville.
The program is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. and feature a variety of musical styles, from traditional and swing band to pop music, rock and holiday favorites. The PCC Jazz Combo will also perform during the concert.
Rounding out the week of musical entertainment will be a holiday concert performed by PCC’s Elements of Praise Gospel Choir and ECHS’s gospel choir, D’vyne Encounter. The event will take place on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Temple Free Will Baptist Church sanctuary. Traditional holiday gospel music will be presented, including Kirk Franklin’s “Jesus Is the Reason” and “Don’t Take Christ out of Christmas” by Mississippi Mass Choir.
Though all three concerts are open to the public and feature free admission, donations will be accepted to support future PCC Music Department activities.
For additional concert details, contact Stephenson at email@example.com or 493-7493.
Course on raising teens starts Tuesday
PCC’s Continuing Education Division is offering a free, six-hour personal enrichment course to parents of Pitt County Schools students on raising teenagers in a social media-driven world.
The class, titled “Raising a Teen: An Owner’s Manual,” will meet at the PCC Farmville Center, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. It is being offered through a partnership between PCC and Pitt County Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).
Led by SADD Coordinator Deb Pomeroy, a licensed clinical social worker, “Raising a Teen” is designed to help parents understand issues teens are facing and how to talk to them about making good decisions. Topics to be covered include ‘juuling,’ underage drinking, bullying, and other high-risk behaviors. Spanish translators will be available.
For registration details, contact PCC’s Lisa Webb at 493-7317 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available at www.pittcc.edu by entering the keyword “parenting” in the search box located at the top of the page.