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Mar 23, 2011

Alternative Spring Break: Peru 2011 vol.2

Jeremy Ducos just checked in by phone from Peru.  The group is doing really well.  Phone service is limited as they are situated on the top of a mountain. It is 94 degrees and they have been building a soccer field.  By the end of the day the students are exhausted, but express gratitude for the opportunity to work with each other and the community.  Jeremy says that the group is amazing.  They've jelled very quickly and act more like family than friends.  More than anything else, he says the group is moved by the happiness of the families that… More

Author: amy_bravo

Mar 22, 2011

Successful Strategies for Teams: Team Member Handbook

by Frances A. Kennedy, Ph.D. with Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D Teamwork is one of the skills most prized by prospective employers. It’s important to remember that our students don’t necessarily come into college knowing how to work effectively with others, and to construct team assignments in a way that helps them learn not only the content, but also the necessary interpersonal skills. This week’s teaching note showcases a set of resources that will help your students do exactly that.   Published in 2008 by the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University, Successful Strategies for Teams is an… More

Author: francine_glazer

Mar 21, 2011

Alternative Spring Break: Peru 2011

 10 NYIT students left on Saturday, March 19, 2011 to volunteer in a community called Independencia, Peru.  They will work on clean water and composting projects.  When not working in the field they will be volunteering at a local orphanage spending time with @25 children aged 2-12. Independencia is a very poor community with limited access to clean water.  Each morning, families fill jugs for their daily water (for drinking, cooking and cleaning).  They need help from our students to identify more efficient and sanitary ways of storing and collecting water. The composting project is to reuse and renew all… More

Author: amy_bravo

Mar 16, 2011

Importance of Students’ Prior Knowledge

“. . . the contemporary view of learning is that people construct new knowledge and understandings based on what they already know and believe . . ..” Implications for Teaching and Learning “A logical extension of the view that new knowledge must be constructed from existing knowledge is that teachers need to pay attention to the incomplete understandings, the false beliefs, and the naive renditions of concepts that learners bring with them to a given subject. Teachers then need to build on these ideas in ways that help each student achieve a more mature understanding. If students' initial ideas and… More

Author: francine_glazer

Mar 08, 2011

How Experts Differ from Novices

Purpose: To help faculty members appreciate the gulf between their expert knowledge and their students’ novice understandings so they can create positive teaching and learning situations.    Bransford, Brown, and Cocking (2000) have identified some important characteristics of experts that have implications for teaching and learning:   “1. Experts notice features and meaningful patterns of information that are not noticed by novices. 2. Experts have acquired a great deal of content knowledge that is organized in ways that reflect a deep understanding of their subject matter. 3. Experts’ knowledge cannot be reduced to sets of isolated facts or propositions but,… More

Author: francine_glazer

Mar 07, 2011

“Thoughts and progress of a project that is very close to my heart”

I believe in health as one promise that can help community to live long. Last month, I am happy to report, I received permissions from the ministry of health that would formalize our construction plans. I had a two hour conversation by phone with Alice Cherop, Public Health Officer at  the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Kenya. That was the best conversation my heart ever had because she gave me on behalf of the Kenyan Ministry of health a permit to proceed with our project on construction of a Health Dispensary/center. Tears of joy and happiness ruled my heart, because being… More

Author: elphas_kimutai

Mar 03, 2011

How to Study

Although midterms have not started, it’s important to develop good study habits early in the semester. Many of us have played the game of catch-up and it’s never fun. In fact it can be stressful and overwhelming. Here are some basic steps to developing good study habits that students can use throughout their academic career.   1.       Make a weekly schedule and devote certain amounts of time per day to studying. 2.       Study in 20-50 minute chunks. It takes time for your brain to form long-term memories. 3.       Find a good study spot. Quiet, well lit place where there will be no interruptions. 4.      … More

Author: anna_ye

Mar 01, 2011

Working with Student Teams: Send-a-Problem

Purpose:  To challenge students to think critically about key issues and open-ended questions in each discipline.  This three-part process encourages students to question assumptions and explore alternative solutions.     How to Conduct:  The instructor brings to class file folders or envelopes with a single problem posted on each one.  She announces the activity and its time limits.  She distributes the folders, one per team.  In large classes several teams can work simultaneously on the same problems with the caveat that they cannot be seated close together.  The activity proceeds in a highly structured manner:   Each team discusses its… More

Author: francine_glazer

Mar 01, 2011

Who, What and Where: Step Aside Google, WorldCat has Something to Say!

As a researching student, budding scholar and lifelong learner, your interests can be driven by a number of factors.  Here are three: Scenario 1: Preparing to write a thesis, or work on a major term project, you would like to know whether a topic has been addressed in the form of a book. Scenario 2: You would like to know what writings exist about a person, or by a person, be they an architect, poet, or professor of [fill in the blank].  Scenario 3: You are aware of a published book and would like to know, very specifically, where it… More

Author: sebastien_marion

Feb 23, 2011

Working with Student Teams: Structured Problem Solving

Structured problem solving is a technique that is easy to introduce. It is effective in both small and large classes and is easily adapted for online and blended courses. Purpose:  To increase students' problem-solving abilities by ensuring that all students in a team are actively involved with given tasks and able to serve as the team's spokesperson; to set an expectation that students will coach/teach one another (positive interdependence). Steps: Assign identities to each student within the team. You can have students simply number off (1,2,3,4) or use some other method such as playing card suits (heart, diamond, spade, club)… More

Author: francine_glazer

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Department: Communication Arts
Campus: Old Westbury
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Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Campus: Old Westbury
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Campus: Manhattan