The Forum: Free Fun Fridays finale this week in the Berkshires


Free Fun Fridays, a statewide series sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, wraps up this Friday, with three free admission days in the Berkshires: at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Ventfort Hall and Gilded Age Museum, and at Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.

The Norman Rockwell Museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., along Route 183, in Stockbridge, and includes a "Kids Create" program and gallery talks.

Ventfort Hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include tours of the 104 Walker St., Lenox site and grounds.

The Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day's events include WeeMuse Adventures for ages 18 monts to three years.

Learn more by contacting the museums for complete schedules.

Teaching awards for the 21st century

Berkshire Community College was recently recognized as an eLearning exemplar at the 11th annual Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO) eLearning Conference held earlier this summer at Greenfield Community College. MCO's Courses of Distinction Awards recognize faculty whose course designs best exemplify online education's potential to enhance teaching and learning.

BCC Assistant Professor of English Nell McCabe and former Assistant Professor of Psychology Jason Chiang both earned awards and presented at the conference. McCabe was recognized for ENG 102: Composition II, a blended course, which combines face-to-face interaction such as in-class discussions, active group work, and live lectures with typically web-based educational technologies.

Chiang's PSY 204: Human Growth & Development, was an online course which emphasized student engagement through discussions and a final project through which students had to apply concepts from the course to their own lives.

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