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May 16, 2011

NYIT Community Service Centers - 8 months later…

NYIT opened a student-run Community Service Center on each campus in September 2010 with the intention of getting NYIT students more civically engaged.  Here's a snapshot of how well they've captured student engagement.   By the numbers: CSC OW/MA Combined  September 2010 – April 2011 Students reporting volunteer placements: 774 International student volunteers: 24 Hours volunteered: 6,613 Volunteer positions posted on Career Net: 96 Students on the community service listserv: 445 Reported monies fundraised: $68,526.00 Clubs/Orgs/Athletics reporting service/fundraising projects: 77 External community partners contacted: 160 Students who wrote to elected officials:140   Fundraising Broken Down by Cause – MA=Manhattan Campus… More

Author: amy_bravo

May 09, 2011

Weekly Teaching Notes: 2010-2011 index

  Below is a list of all the Weekly Teaching Notes from the 2010-2011 academic year, with direct links to each one. If you’d like to explore any of these topics in more detail, please contact Fran Glazer at the Center for Teaching and Learning.     Starting the semester:   Semester Beginnings   Setting the Tone for Your Class: Guiding Students Toward Effective Study Strategies   Newsletter Format for a Course Syllabus   Encouraging Student Attendance     Course design:   Balancing Flexibility and Fairness through Course Design   How Experts Differ From Novices… More

Author: francine_glazer

May 04, 2011

Recall, Summarize, Question, Connect, Comment (RSQC2)

As the semester nears its end, it’s useful to have the students review what they’ve learned as a way to help them integrate all the topics. It’s also useful to us to gather information on which parts of the course might require revision over the summer. Here’s an activity that you can use for both these purposes. It can be completed in or out of class and can be a great way to generate discussion in an online or blended course.   Introduction: This activity will help you look back over the semester, reflect on the course, identify the four… More

Author: francine_glazer

May 02, 2011

Secrets to Studying

  As our campus prepares for finals, I’d like to share some ‘secrets’ to studying. Here are some simple reminders to avoid anxiety and stress before we break for the summer. 1.       1. Do not procrastinate. Study a little bit every day until you’ve mastered the material. The more time you spend the higher grade you will get. 2.       2. Take breaks. Spend time exercising for an hour or going out for a snack/lunch/dinner. You will feel better taking small breaks. 3.       3. Don’t for get to eat. Especially on the day of your test. Eat a good breakfast/lunch… More

Author: anna_ye

Apr 27, 2011

New Ask a Librarian Launches

The new and improved Ask a Librarian service is now available 24/7 for all NYIT community members. This service builds a keyword-searchable knowledge base made up of questions and answers. Search engine users can plug in their questions to get immediate answers. Questions can be submitted through multiple channels. To submit a question, do one of the following: Click the Ask a Librarian link on the library's homepage Send a text message to 516.324.2928 Tweet your question to @nyitlibrary E-mail We also look great on mobile! More

Author: sebastien_marion

Apr 27, 2011

Developing Creative Classrooms

When IBM’s Institute for Business Value recently (2010) surveyed 1500 chief executives to find out the qualities CEOs value most in today’s business marketplace, the quality that rose to the top of the list was not dedication, a sense of humor, or technical expertise. Creativity is seen as the skill that helps businesses respond to changing customer relationships and operational problems.  In A Whole New Mind (2006), Daniel Pink emphasizes creativity as the basis for workers adept at what he calls “high touch” and “high concept,” and concludes that right-brained people will rule the world of the future. In The… More

Author: francine_glazer

Apr 20, 2011

Simple Stress Relief

That time of year is upon us, when many of us have piles of papers and exams to grade, year-end reports to submit, and just a general seemingly unbearable amount of chaos in our lives.  Even when we "take breaks," it's usually not to actually relax but to just complete other tasks that somehow don't seem as daunting as the ones from which we are taking said breaks.     Over the past few years, I've realized that one of the many benefits of yoga (which I teach) is that I can slow down and refocus and relax at any… More

Author: francine_glazer

Apr 12, 2011

Using Concept Maps

Student learning of new concepts requires connecting the new concept to old learning. Understanding grows as layers are added through connections to old ideas, and deepens as old ideas are rearranged through sudden insights.   This process can be made more explicit by using concept maps—a graphical representation, like an organizational chart, of a central idea.   To build a concept map for a particular topic, the creator identifies a central idea or focus question for the map. After recording as many ideas that fall within the focus question as possible, he or she then orders them approximately from the… More

Author: francine_glazer

Apr 05, 2011

Evaluating Students on Class Participation

Do you want to include class participation in your grading but find it difficult to grade participation fairly?   Develop a rubric to evaluate student participation. Suggested criteria for a rubric include:   ·      How often did the student participate during class? ·      Were contributions relevant to the topic under discussion? ·      Did the student appear to be adequately prepared? Did contributions reflect or apply the content of course readings? ·      Did the student contribute new ideas? ·      What was the quality of evidence of critical thinking in the student’s contributions? ·      How well did the student listen to the… More

Author: francine_glazer

Mar 29, 2011

Seven Principles for Developing Assignments and Providing Good Feedback

The feedback we give our students can have a tremendous influence on how effectively they learn.  Here are seven principles to keep in mind when designing assignments and providing feedback to students.   1.     Help students understand what you define as “good work.” Give the students examples of what you expect from them. Consider providing them with the scoring rubric you will use when grading the assignment.   2.     Help students to reflect on what they learned Students learn best when they have opportunities to practice their skills. Have students read and evaluate each others’ work. Have them give feedback… More

Author: francine_glazer

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Hui-Yin Hsu Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department: Teacher Education
Campus: Old Westbury
Tobias Holler Tobias Holler, A.I.A., LEED AP
Assistant Professor
Department: Architecture
Campus: Old Westbury
Sheila Harris-Reid Sheila Harris-Reid
Student Solutions Manager
Office: Enrollment Services
Campus: Manhattan