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Michael's Blog

Caribbean Delegation take part in CCEDP

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Over the last couple weeks I have come to appreciate more the concept of the "learning Organisation". I have experienced at NSCC through its CCEDP the real value of peer sharing and peer assessment. Having taken the course on assessment and evaluation I am now armed with a number of CATS which will allow me to be a better teacher and definitely enhance the teaching/learning process.

Not only did I learn some mechanics of assessment and evaluation but the teaching methodology allow participants to interact with each other and share their knowledge etc. This allowed me to experience the warmth and hospitality of Nova Scotians and dispelled any doubts in my mind that this partnership will really be a great learning experience. From the food at the cafeteria, the drinks at the pub (voluntarily paid for by participants), the rich discussions at the table which was not always course related, all added to a tremendous experience so far.

I say kudos to those who were imbued with the wisdom to choose NSCC as a partner and long live the relationship between our two institutions. I hope that this good work that has started will have a fruitful completion.

Michael A Noel
Lecturer and Associate Dean,School of Arts And Sciences
TA Marryshow Community College (Grenada)

Posted by NSCC Intl 07:09 Archived in Canada Tagged travel nova_scotia teaching grenada learning leadership community_college Comments (0)

Abraham's Blog

Caribbean Delegation take part in NSCC Leadership Learning Forum

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They say that there are more questions than answers and I had enough questions to fill an extra piece of luggage. What happened next, I did not anticipate.

I was introduced to the idea of Strengths based Leadership in previous conversations with Claudine and I had to take the test in preparation for the Leadership Training Forum. This was a frustrating exercise! I needed time to weigh the options before making an appropriate selection. But before I could do so, the allotted twenty seconds elapsed. I was convinced that I flunked the test. Then the results came, I am Deliberative.

Thus began the Journey – literally. A small group of strangers, telling stories, many times beginning with the words, “I never told this to anyone before…”. Was it the genius of Claudine, the intimacy of the red van, the warmth of our hosts, or the trinkets on the tables? I may never be able to tell. What I do know, each person got the opportunity to exhale. What’s more, we all took in a new, deep breath of fresh air. Inspiration!

I fully recognize and thank everyone for making the visit of the seven (7) member team from TAMCC a resounding success. In addition, I will use this blog to document the persons who participated in the Leadership Training Forum: Claudine Lowry, Katie Orr, Hermia Anthony, David Fleming, Janet Byrne, Bobbi Dunham, Craig Collins, Kevin Quinlan, Dave Freckelton, Greg Russell, Sheila Mac Crimmon, and Zoran Kondali.

So I leave, still with questions, a different set of questions, but I don’t need the extra piece anymore.

Irwin Abraham
HR Manager
TA Marryshow Community College (Grenada)

Posted by NSCC Intl 07:08 Archived in Canada Tagged education travel nova_scotia teaching grenada learning leadership community_college Comments (0)

Marlene's Blog

Caribbean delegation take part in CCEDP

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Hello everyone. I am Marlene Abraham-Finlay, and I am from Grenada – the Spice Island of the Caribbean. I am part of a seven (7) member delegation from the T. A. Marryshow Community College, and was privileged to participate in two of the CCEDP courses - “Facilitating the Adult Learner” and “Assessing and Evaluating Adult Learning”, at the Truro Campus.

The journey began as we engaged in our first group activity – identifying issues teachers face in the classroom. We quickly realized that it didn’t matter which Community College, campus or discipline we represented, the challenges were similar (maybe even identical). We could all relate; the platform was set.

I can vividly remember the micro-teaching sessions. They were so creative, informative and interactive. Who would have thought that so much could be taught in just 10 – 12 minutes? The feedback was meaningful and rewarding. Thank you Cathy McLean (our facilitator), Jill, Rick, Nikki and Dennis! You were a great team!

Our second course reinforced the need to ensure that our lessons are outcomes based; to create classroom environments where the teaching strategies, assessment and evaluation techniques are all aligned and geared towards ensuring that learning takes place. Emphasis was placed on the need for self-reflection and peer assessment (feedback). The seminars were remarkable.

As great as the classroom sessions were, the best part of this experience has been the interactions with the NSCC staff and faculty, as well as the people of Nova Scotia. From our first meal at Murphy’s (Truro), to our chats in the cafeteria, the time you took to share with us the culture and history of Nova Scotia, to Paul who was always willing to help with our IT needs, to our facilitators (Dave, Taralee and Maria), to a splendid lunch at Larry’s. You embraced us and made us feel welcome, part of your ‘family’. Thank you, NSCC! Thank you, Zoran – we couldn’t ask for a better host!

As a member of faculty and an administrator, I am leaving here enriched; and eager to share the techniques and strategies learnt with my staff and faculty.

Marlene Abraham-Finlay
Dean – School of Applied Arts and Technology
T. A. Marryshow Community College (Grenada)

Posted by NSCC Intl 08:06 Archived in Canada Tagged education travel nova_scotia teaching grenada learning community_college Comments (0)

Lisa's Blog

Caribbean delegation take part in CCEDP

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Hi my name is Lisa Francis-Charles and I hail from the lovely Island of Spice, Grenada. I was selected to be part of a team to travel to Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) for a study tour. I can speak volumes on how much this tour has benefited me as a lecturer and by extension my students. However, I would like to speak about the friendships and relationships that I have developed in Nova Scotia.

Often times when one relates traveling experiences, you would hear about the ‘beautiful places’ and while Nova Scotia is known for its rich history and breathtaking sights, I was far more intrigued by ‘ the beautiful faces’. From the very first time I met my NSCC colleagues, I felt like I was part of a family. Whether it was a facilitator, IT specialist, librarian or just the custodial staff I was welcomed with warm greetings. My days were filled with giggles and chuckles during mealtimes, work times and fun times. I am inspired to create a classroom environment that survives upon these qualities like diversity, love, fun and most of all learning.

Speaking of learning, the phrase "community of learners" is something that I have experienced at NSCC and is something that will stick with me. Learning can only occur if we take the time to truly evaluate ourselves. The ability to give honest and open feedback certainly helps to build others. Accepting feedback without qualms or fears demonstrates maturity and lifelong learning.

Lisa Francis-Charles
Faculty
T.A. Marryshow Community College (Grenada)

Posted by NSCC Intl 08:06 Archived in Canada Tagged education travel nova_scotia teaching grenada learning community_college Comments (0)

Melissa's Blog

Doing Business in Europe 2013

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I am Melissa Kranyak, one of the five students from Nova Scotia Community College that is participating in the Doing Business in Europe program here in Groningen, Netherlands at the Hanze University.

There are only four days left in this three week program and it has been a steady onslaught of homework, sightseeing, Dutch cuisine and Dutch culture.

Last week we went to Amsterdam and visited the Rijksmuseum which I absolutely adored. I saw many works here, some by Rembrandt, Monet, and Van Gogh. The weather was beautiful for this event.

After the museum we were ushered to Philips Headquarters where we observed a presentation given by the CEO Frans van Houten and his global eye employees. At the end of the presentation three groups from Hanze university that are participating this program competed against one another in a mock “Dragon’s Den” event with concept products that Philips may be interested in making. Among them from NSCC were Bradley Cameron (First place winner) and Megan Holley. The prize was a sonic care tooth blasting type floss machine……? We then finished up at Philips with a drink and snack social where we were able to practice our 30 second elevator pitches (which I failed horribly at several times, but that has not discouraged me for the future)

After this long amazing day we went out for a wonderful authentic Italian dinner in the heart of Amsterdam and then retired to our Castle for the night. That is correct, it is not a spelling error, we stayed in a castle for the night. It has a moat that goes all the way around it.

The next day we went through the Anne Frank House and toured around Amsterdam sight-seeing and shopping. I also was able to locate a normal size coffee which made me very happy (Side bar: In the Netherlands and suspect all of Europe, coffee is sold in very tiny increments which does not work for me because I am severely addicted)

The last couple of days have been dedicated to presentation and project completion.

Overall, this is a great program that challenges you in ways that you would not normally experience in your own country. Seeing and learning about how multinational companies operate and restructure has been my favourite part of this trip along with the mentors that are teaching us in the many classes we have each day.

Thank-you Hanze University and Nova Scotia Community College for this opportunity and experience.

Melissa Kranyak
Business Administration Student
NSCC, Waterfront Campus

Posted by NSCC Intl 06:30 Archived in Netherlands Tagged travel netherlands europe business nova_scotia study_abroad Comments (0)

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