July 8, 2009


English Instructors Get Acquainted with Textbook Technology at Workshop

NACC English instructors and tutors recently attended a technology workshop presented by Pearson Higher Education Senior Publisherís Representative Shirley Mergen and Technology Specialist Glen Spencer, Jr. Joan Reeves, chair of the English and Fine Arts Division, coordinated with Pearson Higher Education to provide this technology workshop for the NACC English faculty and tutors. The workshop was held in the Writing Center of the English Building, on June 23, 2009. Pearson representatives treated the faculty to lunch catered by NACCís cafeteria prior to the presentation. The purpose for the workshop was to introduce the English faculty to the supplements available for Basic English I and II as well as English Composition I.

Pearson Higher Education Technology Specialist, Glen Spencer, Jr. led the instructors through setting up accounts and classes in three of Pearsonís online resources: MyWritingLab, MyReadingLab, and MyCompLab. He further explained the available content options to the instructors. Spencer then introduced SmartThinking to the instructors, an available resource for English Composition I students in which students can submit up to six essays for review by teachers possessing masterís degrees.

The workshop was successful in helping NACC English instructors and tutors become more comfortable with the technology as they more effectively incorporate it into their class instruction. Attending were English tutors Kayla Cordell and Cindy Holland; English instructors Barbara Carroll, Carolyn Johnson, Sue Pickett, Jody Ragsdale, Joan Reeves, Elaine Slater, Sue Smith, Jessica Whitmore; and reading instructor Carol Wray.

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Pearson Higher Education Senior
Publisherís Representative Shirley Mergen
discusses the ease of the online resources
available with the company's textbooks.


(L-R) Pearson Higher Education Technology Specialist Glen Spencer, Jr., instructs Carolyn Johnson, Kayla Cordell, and Sue Smith.