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Sep 18, 2012

Use PowerPoint to Prompt Engaging Learning Activities During Class

Dilbert depicts PowerPoint presentations as a direct route to slumber and employee revolt.  PowerPoint presentations need not be deadly.  Instructors can create slides that prompt class activities that engage students, motivate meaningful class discussion, and promote deep learning (Berk, 2011). Instructors commonly organize and plan the presentation of content while they create a set of PowerPoint slides.  Consider creating slides to plan and prompt engaging learning activities at key points during a class presentation. Instructors who use personal response systems (clickers) can add a slide that poses a question to evaluate student understanding of a critical concept or to ask… More

Author: francine_glazer

Sep 12, 2012

Using the Course Syllabus as an Opportunity to Promote Student Learning

Many professors may ask themselves if their students read the course syllabus, and what do they get out of such reading. In light of this, in spring of 2011 I started to implement the creation of learning contracts in my courses with two purposes in mind: (1) to promote the reading of the syllabus at the start of the course, and (2) to foster self-regulation in students´ learning.   For the first course assignment students present a draft of a learning contract where they establish a learning goal to accomplish in the course for the term, and identify what they consider… More

Author: francine_glazer

Sep 10, 2012

How To Succeed in College -5 Rules For Success from College Seniors

How to Succeed in College.                                 Advice from college students who are about to graduate Rule No. 1: Show Up College isn’t high school. Attendance officers will not call your home to tell your parents you were marked absent. If you want to skip class that’s up to you - but you would be surprised at the quantity of work that takes place in just a single class.   There is no substitute for hearing what your instructors have to say and participating in the discussion. Rule #2: Listen and Take Notes Just sitting in class in not enough - your notes are an… More

Author: susan_hershkowitz

Sep 05, 2012

Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat

I teach students at many levels at many institutions. I've incorporated a number of strategies to get my students thinking critically.  We often have so many things to teach our students we lose sight of how this knowledge was assembled. Thus science—like many other subjects—becomes a bunch of facts to be memorized, versus an ongoing process of understanding the Universe. I often will focus a little less on detail — after all, that's what the textbook is for — and really go into depth to explain what people believed before, why they believed it, what people observed, and the nature of  the consensus that… More

Author: francine_glazer

Aug 29, 2012

A Primer on Critical Thinking

  Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities (Paul & Elder, 2002, p. 15).   A well-cultivated critical thinker:   a.     raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely; b.     gathers and assesses relevant information, and effectively interprets it; c.     comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards; d.     thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as need be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences; and e.     communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.     Critical… More

Author: francine_glazer

Jun 25, 2012

Articles in Databases

Very often you will need to search for information about a topic without limiting yourself to a particular journal, magazine, or newspaper; your goal is to locate citations about a subject, and/or full text articles.  Your 2nd bookmark is to the library's Find Articles in Databases page.  These vertical search engines provide in-depth information on variety of subjects.  Unlike Google, what you are accessing is paid-for content from some of the world's leading publishers.  While some of our resources cover more than 1 topic, these databases highlight specialized disciplines from architecture to neuroscience.   For advice on selecting from one of… More

Author: sebastien_marion

May 17, 2012

Congratulations Class of 2012

  NYIT’s commencement ceremonies will be held this Sunday, May 20.  The staff of the Student Solutions Center would like to congratulate the entire class of 2012.  As the great Mahatma Gandhi once said, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”.   So as you take your first steps out from the comfort of the university and into the world, do it with the confidence and the knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger and prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.   Congratulations to the class of 2012.  Good luck in all your future… More

Author: anna_ye

May 02, 2012

Weekly Teaching Notes: 2011-2012 index

As the academic year winds down and we look toward the summer, I present to you a list of all the Weekly Teaching Notes from this academic year, with links to their locations on the web. Weekly Teaching Notes will break for the summer and resume again in the fall. I've enjoyed the email conversations I've had with many of you this year, as you responded to me about a particular idea. At the Center for Teaching and Learning, we are here all summer and are eager to assist you with your teaching, course design or redesign, scholarly writing, and… More

Author: francine_glazer

May 01, 2012

Dropbox - Never lose your school work again!

  Dropbox is a web-based file hosting service that allows users to store and share files on the internet.  This means student no longer have to worry about losing their flash drives, computers crashing or losing school work!  We encourage students to download this free service and start saving or sharing files to your home computer, school computer, even your cell phones.  Find out more information and a tutorial at More

Author: anna_ye

Apr 25, 2012

Personalize Plagiarism to Prevent its Practice

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.  – Vernon Sanders Law, former major league baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates)   Strong emotions help cement an experience into long-term memory. Not convinced? Think back – where were you when … The first man landed on the moon? A prominent political figure in your country was shot? You first learned of the events of 9/11/2001? You celebrated an important milestone?   We can use this phenomenon to help our students learn certain key concepts more deeply. For example, let’s look at how Deborah Zarker Miller, an… More

Author: francine_glazer

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Tobi Abramson Tobi Abramson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director of NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics
Department: Mental Health Counseling
Campus: Old Westbury
Julian Ramsey Julian Ramsey
Assistant Manager
Office: NYIT Bookstore
Campus: Manhattan
Richard Simpson Richard Simpson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Campus: Old Westbury