Ruslan Flek, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Hostos CC.
This presentation will outline an effective model for a Hybrid Statistics course. The course continues to be very successful, incorporating on-line instruction, testing, blogs, and above all, a data analysis project driven trajectory motivating students to engage more aggressively in the class and rise up to the challenge of writing an original research paper. Obstacles, benefits and successes of this endeavor will be addressed.
Keynote: George Otte, University Director of Academic Technology, CUNY.
Innovation occurs at the edges; resource management is centralized. Innovation works by experimentation; resource management is basically risk management. Shall ever the twain meet? Can a university system produce more than what might look like random acts of innovation or, more crucially, find sensible, productive ways of supporting them? The answers likely lie in different constructions of risk and of consolidation than we are used to using, ones that ultimately make the distinction between centralization and decentralization a false dichotomy.
Panel: Rees Shad, Associate Professor, Humanities, Hostos CC; Maura Smale, Associate Professor, Library, NY City Tech; Joe Bisz, Associate Professor, English, BMCC. Moderator: Linda Ridley, Lecturer, Business, Hostos CC.
Games are known for leveraging enthusiasm, engagement, energy, knowledge, and passion on gamers; areas that are fundamentally important in higher education. Our panelists will share their perspectives on how Higher Education can take advantage of the potential of game based learning to create a more engaging student learning experience.
Presenter: Joe Bisz, Associate Professor, English, BMCC.
What does the lesson “Finding Citations,” the game “Trivial Pursuit,” and the mechanic “Bluffing” all have in common? In this bootcamp brainstorm facilitated by a CUNY professor, attendees are broken up into design teams whose job it is to enhance a traditional lesson with the mechanics of popular board games in only 20 minutes. Whether you have to teach the rules of citation or the rules of interviewing, there is usually a game plan that can help. This game teaches you how to integrate educational games into your classroom, while providing a fun introduction to the principles of game-based learning.
Jordi Gedman Eraso, Associate Professor, History, Bronx CC.
This session will offer concrete examples of how eportfolios are used to help create an authentic sense of ownership in the learning process, turning students into genuine stakeholders in the classroom. It will also explore the ways in which ePortfolio practice can be paired in specific disciplines (such as history), between disciplines (such as in interdisciplinary programs) and in faculty development initiatives to promote transformative, irreversible, and integrative learning that is bounded and troublesome. Among other aims, this session will encourage greater flexibility and more organic growth of student eportfolio projects, with the idea that low-stakes and exploratory eportfolio exercises encourage intellectual and academic growth for both students and faculty.
Leslie Lieman, Educational Technology Coordinator, Patricia Pena Cardy, Graduate Student, School of Education, Lehman.
Lehman College School of Education ePortfolios enhance student learning through reflective practice, integrative learning and social pedagogy. ePortfolios create a space for our candidates to develop their professional identity; connect to professional standards; evaluate their strengths and weaknesses; deepen understandings of continuous learning; speak clearly about their philosophies and beliefs; and think critically about their practice.
Luis Arias, Brian Ortega, Feliberto Feliz, Leopoldo Mejia, Students;Franciso Ordonez, EdTech Specialist, Educational Technology; Na Xu, Adj. Assistant Professor, Natural Sciences;Nelson Nunez Rodriguez, AssociateProfessor, Natural Sciences;Sandy Figueroa, Assistant Professor, Business, Hostos CC.
Student Poster Presentation: This presentaion discusses how ePortfolio and scientific writing guidelines foster quantitative reasoning skills in science students. Three lab reports from the 12-lab report sequence were revised in a chemistry class for STEM majors. Guidelines were created to write, revise and reflect on these writing pieces and extracurricular activities in ePortfolios. The work presented here demonstrates students’ improvement in scientific literacy and the effectiveness of ePortfolios as a tool to develop disciplinary writing skills.
Wilfredo Rodriguez, Coordinator, Educational Technology, Kate Lyons, Assistant Professor Library; Carlos Guevara, Director, Educational Technology, Hostos CC.
Each semester we celebrate our college EdTech Innovators– everyone who’s using technology to explore new pedagogical approaches. We applaud early adopters for developing best practices, because maybe they’re doing something nobody else has. Those who innovate in the most EdTech areas and (most importantly!) help their colleagues level up, compete for the epic win. The EdTech Innovator Chase, a gamified activity (digital badges) was created to showcase faculty innovations in teaching practices.
Kerry Ojakian, Assistant Professor, Natalia Novak, Assistant Professor, Mathematics & Computer Science, Bronx CC.
Math teachers everywhere agree: the way to learn math is to do math. Effective homework is a key to a successful math course. With this goal in mind, a group of math professors at BCC spent the last year working with the online homework system WeBWork. Our intention is to expand our current implementation, with the hope of working across campuses. We will discuss the advantages of WeBWork and how we might work collaboratively across CUNY.
Sandra V. Williams, Adjunct Instructor, CLIP, Hostos CC.
This presentation tells how podcasts can be used to enhance the learning experience of English as a Second Language (ESL) students registered in a content-based language immersion program. The students were placed in groups of four and asked to prepare an oral presentation. The topics of the presentations included Financial Aid, College Courses and Course Schedules and Academic Policies. Each presentation was podcasted to give students an opportunity for self-evaluation and feedback.