Julia Miele Rodas, Associate Professor, English, Bronx Community College.
This presentation reviews a free, crowd-sourced video description platform called YouDescribe. The presentation discusses its usefulness as an accessibility tool,and contemplates a number of crucial factors for creating a video description assignment as a service-learning project. Also, the presentation addresses the tool’s usefulness for a community college composition course. In addition to the practical introduction, the presenter also reflects on pedagogical insights that grew out of the review process.
Rebecca Arzola, Assistant Professor, Government Documents-Collection Development Librarian, Library, Lehman College;
Stefanie Havelka, Assistant Professor, Electronic Resources-Web Services Librarian, Library, Lehman College.
This presentation provides an overview of accessible features in library research databases, computer technology, mobile devices, and apps. The presenters report on their collaboration with Lehman College’s Access and Technology Center and Student Disability Services to share how to better approach issues and challenges in order to more successfully support students’ access needs. The presentation also considers the following questions: How can we more effectively apply Universal Design features to support student retention and success? How can we share and communicate our experience and expertise to ensure our students’ accessibility needs are met? What innovative approaches facilitate collaboration between CUNY faculty, students, administrators, disability services providers, and libraries?
Edward L. King, Associate Professor, Nursing, Hostos Community College.
Kathleen Ronca, Nursing, Hostos Community College.
Nieves Aguilera, Nursing, Hostos Community College.
In the Spring 2015 Semester, the three Nursing Professors teaching the graduating class coordinated their efforts to include Computer Adaptive Testing into the curriculum. This presentation analyzes how computer testing assesses each student response and places the student on an individual learning pathway until the maximal level is achieved. Furthermore, this presentation discusses how the standardized test results was tracked and assessed through the semester.
Rowland Ramdass, Assistant Professor, Allied Health, Hostos Community College.
Faculty needs to prepare students to work in a continuously changing health care system. Nursing faculty are tasked with engaging student’s learning abilities; consquently, many pedagogies have been enacted to assist faculty and students in teaching and learning. Concept mapping offers a different method for teaching and learning. This presenter describes and discuss his experiences with implementing concept mapping into an evening medical surgical clinical nursing course at a community college. A template and various student’s concept maps will be previewed. Also a rubric for evaluating these concept maps will be discussed.
Bret Maney, Assistant Professor, English Department, Lehman College.
Deirdre O’Boy, Lecturer & Assistant Chair, English Department, Lehman College.
Rosie Walia, Lecturer, English Department, Lehman College.
This panel reports on the evolving commitment of Lehman College’s English Department to all forms of digital pedagogy as it seeks to prepare students for careers that combine traditional humanistic skills with technical savoir-faire. Panel participants will discuss concrete ways in which they are using and experimenting with digital methodologies in the traditional classroom and through online projects designed to link students to the growing career world of tech, digital publishing, and new media. Speakers from the English Department will explore how such digital practices and projects contribute not only to better student preparedness but also to larger discussions about the role, value, history, and future of our department in the context of an emerging 21st-century humanities.
Angela Y. Ho, Career Services Advisor, Title V-Sophomore, Year Initiative/Career Services Center.
Julia Naddeo, SYI-Academic Advisor, Title V-Sophomore, Year Initiative/Undergraduate Advising.
In order to identify and support at-risk students, the Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI) introduced the S.T.E.A.R. System to Lehman College as a possible solution. The S.T.E.A.R. System is a web-based, early intervention, retention module that identifies at-risk students within the first 6 weeks of the semester. This presentation examines the strategies utilized and the existing approaches the Lehman Title V SYI program has championed to providing increased support to “at-risk” students. The presentation provides details that highlight collaboration through faculty engagement, referral process and follow-up procedures.
Jane K. Cleland, Lecturer, English, Lehman College.
Distance learning can be isolating. Without integrating activities to build community, crucial benefits of participating in a college course are at least partially lost. Beyond group projects, digital stories allow students to get to know one another quickly, and in a meaningful way. Using information developed by the University of Houston and Cowbird (the largest repository of digital stories in the world), students learn to write for new media in this community-building project. Students create a professional script by explaining why a certain object in their home is meaningful to them. The presentation analyzes how stories can be informational, funny, and/or touching, but they’re always insightful and help build enduring relationships.
Fausto Canela, Academic Technology Specialist, College of Staten Island.
Gina Rae Foster, Director, Teaching & Learning Commons, Lehman College.
Kathleen Landy, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning,
Queensborough Community College Pablo Avila, First Year Program and
Assessment Coordinator, LaGuardia Community College.
M. Victoria Perez-Rios, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and City Tech.
Students at the freshman level face not only challenges to their analytical and writing skills but also a perceived disconnect between their academic and professional goals and the courses required for graduation. Overwhelmed with so many challenges, many students will disengage from in- depth learning in subject matters that are not part of their majors and/or minors. Open Access technology is especially suited for this purpose because students can use it to share their work beyond the classroom.To engage students in my introductory American Government courses at City Tech I have designed a multiple-step assignment that incorporates open access in a secure setting to showcase student work. This presentation describes the goals for this assignment, such as: making learning about the American government meaningful to students; foster deeper understanding of the American government; and facilitate peer-to-peer learning.
Carlos Liachovitzky, Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Bronx Community College.
Maureen Gannon,Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Bronx Community College.
Human Anatomy and Physiology is a challenging Pathways Gateway Course into Nursing and the Allied Health programs. Many of the approximately 600 students starting the course each semester come to it with very little science background and a lack of experience on how to study. This presentation briefly describes the process of writing an open preparatory course textbook, and making a digital version of it in Blackboard. Goals of offering an open preparatory course textbook and an online version of it are to increase students’ awareness on the challenges ahead, to increase their preparedness and confidence in success, and to improve their performance and reduce attrition. This presentation will also analyze a preliminary assessment of student participation and responses to the preparatory course, its use and usefulness, and future development.