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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 www.dropbox.com. 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

Apr 18, 2012

Five Tips to Reduce Cheating

Clearly articulate your expectations for the class and for EACH INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT. Can students work with others on their homework assignments? Can they use old exams, lab reports, etc. as aids in the course? If they work in teams in lab, can they work together on the write-up? Explicitly link assignments to the student learning outcomes of the course. Students often cheat on assignments that they see as meaningless or“busy-work.” If they understand the point of the assignment, especially how it will help them learn the material, they are more likely to push through it on their own rather than… More

Author: francine_glazer

Apr 10, 2012

Using Games in the Classroom

Are you looking for a way to try something new in your class, review material, encourage participation, or simply break up lecture with an activity? Consider incorporating games in your academic classes and involving your students actively in the learning process.  Benefits of Using Games: Involves students in active learning Enlivens rote memorization Can encourage students to draw on analysis, synthesis, evaluation Can increase student motivation Leverages a common experience among students Provides intrinsic rewards Can foster a more positive attitude toward the classroom experience – more attention, better attendance, better participation Can improve retention, decision-making skills, and comprehension of… More

Author: francine_glazer

Apr 06, 2012

SGA & SPA presents: Spirit Week April 9-15th

The Student Government Association and Student Programming Association is hosting Spirit Week on April 9-15th. Activities include AMC Movie Tickets, Yankees vs. Angels baseball game, Broadway tickets and much much more.  For more information go to www.tinyurl.com/nyitspiritweek2012. More

Author: anna_ye

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