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May 07, 2014

Weekly Teaching Notes Index, 2013-2014

Below is a list of all the Weekly Teaching Notes from the 2013–2014 academic year, with direct links to each one. Weekly Teaching Notes will break for the summer and resume again in the fall. At the Center for Teaching and Learning, we are here throughout the summer and are eager to assist you with your teaching, course design or redesign, scholarly writing, and preparing your reappointment/tenure/promotion portfolios. (All consultations are voluntary and confidential.) To make an appointment with us, please email Jea Ahn (instructional Designer, Old Westbury) at jahn05@nyit.edu, Olena Zhadko (instructional designer, Manhattan) at ozhadko@nyit.edu, or me at… More

Author: francine_glazer

Apr 30, 2014

Blended Courses That Work

Blended courses replace part of the “seat time” with “online time” - anywhere from 30 - 80%. The immediacy of anytime-anywhere learning, combined with the structure of regular face-to-face meetings, can be a powerful way to learn. In fact, there’s good evidence that blended courses, when properly designed, can be even more effective than traditional face-to-face courses (DOE, 2010). There are many different ways to design an effective blended course. In the recent online workshop about Learning Spaces, Nick Bloom (Associate Professor, Social Sciences) described a strategy he has used successfully: “Here is a personal approach that takes a good… More

Author: francine_glazer

Apr 23, 2014

NYIT Faculty Discuss Learning Spaces: Physical, Virtual, Social, and Intellectual

“When I started putting the lecture materials online and giving the students exercises to do in class, it felt very strange to be “doing nothing” while the students were working on exercises. Eventually, I realized I was still lecturing, I was just doing it in between class sessions as opposed to during class sessions. I think it’s much harder to put together and post a good set of videos than it is to throw together some power points and recite them in front of the class. I was concerned that the students wouldn’t feel like they were getting their money’s… More

Author: francine_glazer

Apr 15, 2014

Bridging the Geographical Divide: Teaching in a DL Classroom

As a new faculty member at NYIT, one of the things I had to adjust to was teaching in a DL classroom. These rooms are connected by videoconferencing equipment, so half the class is always watching me on TV and I’m in the room with the other half. I split my time between the two campuses to get face time with all of the students but it’s still difficult to judge how well students are getting the material during a lecture when I’m looking at half of them on a tiny screen. In addition, there is a lot of variation… More

Author: francine_glazer

Apr 09, 2014

Techniques to Help Students Think About Their Learning

An essential lifelong skill for students is to think about their learning, or be metacognitive about it. Although metacognition ties directly to student success, it is often not taught, and it is a skill that many college students lack. One of my goals is to purposefully structure my courses to help students focus on and be more aware of their own learning. The three strategies I use most often to foster metacognition are: ConcepTests (or clicker questions)—These multiple-choice questions are asked during a break in lecture. Students answer them individually (anonymously), they debate the answer with their peers, and they… More

Author: francine_glazer

Apr 02, 2014

Catch Up on Missed Classes with VoiceThread

Was your class affected by the weather? Are you behind on your syllabus, trying to catch up while still ensuring that your students have meaningful learning experiences? Don’t wait till the next snow day to engage your students in the course and use new technology to support student learning. Renew and revive your course by simply trying out VoiceThread with your students before the end of the spring semester. What is VoiceThread? VoiceThread adds a visual dimension to an online conversation. VoiceThread allows you to have a conversation about objects such as videos, images, documents, and presentations. You can narrate… More

Author: francine_glazer

Mar 26, 2014

“What a Tangled Web We Weave” ... or Not?

Introduction: During an in-class presentation about the musical festival Woodstock, a student cited “Joe’s website” as his source. I thought for sure that the student must have been referring to the rock group Country Joe and the Fish, whose performance at Woodstock is legendary, but I was wrong. The student was quoting an unknown Joe. At that moment, I knew I had to incorporate information literacy into my course. Rationale: This activity/lesson is divided into two parts. Instructors may or may not decide to follow up the first part (web evaluation) with the second part (oral citation of sources). Additionally,… More

Author: francine_glazer

Mar 12, 2014

Learning Spaces - Social Presence and Interaction

“Social presence is defined as the ability of participants in a community to project themselves, socially and emotionally, as real people through a medium of communication.” (Garrison and Anderson, 2003). In thinking about a community of learners, let us tie in one of the major themes of Lev Vygotsky’s Social Development Theory. Vygotsky’s theory asserts that “social interaction plays a fundamental role in the process of cognitive development.” In essence, social presence is a critical element in the learning process. Social Presence and Interaction – the Instructor Finding opportunities to communicate with your students can seem challenging at first, especially… More

Author: francine_glazer

Mar 10, 2014

PeopleSoft is Coming

NYIT is “teching” things up.   We are replacing our current student platform with PeopleSoft, a web-based, integrated SIS management system. Students will have a new and improved, web-accessible, self-service portal that organizes services such as registration, viewing financial aid and advisement. Although its features will look different, I hope you find PeopleSoft intuitive and easy to use. Please note that due to the conversion to PeopleSoft the NYIT Academic Calendar has been updated. The dates for summer and fall 2014 academic advisement and registration are as follows: Academic advisement begins March 24, 2014 · Open registration for Summer 2014 (no registration appointment… More

Author: susan_hershkowitz

Mar 05, 2014

Space for Learning

“Since education is the core mission of higher education, learning and the space in which it takes place are of the utmost importance.” - Malcolm Brown, Educause Review, 40 (4), page 30, 2005 When we talk about “learning spaces,” what’s the first thing you think of? Many people might say “a state of the art classroom.” I’d like to suggest that there are multiple types of learning spaces, and the quality of those spaces can directly impact the teaching and learning that can occur there. Learning spaces encompass the full range of places in which learning occurs, from real to… More

Author: francine_glazer

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Campus: Manhattan
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