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September 16, 2009 (M-391)
Attendees: Christoph Winkler,
October 14, 2009 (M-391)
Attendees: Christoph Winkler
November 24, 2009 (M-391)
Attendees: Christoph Winkler
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Meeting #1: Wednesday 03/25/15
The first meeting of the spring semester was well attended. Attendees asked questions about training available at the center and the types of software and hardware available on campus. Common concerns such as the use of smart boards on campus and creating web resources were discussed. Attendees spoke of how they are using technology tools, how it is impacting their courses and their teaching practices. Blackboard was discussed in great detail. More and more faculty members are using BB as a technology tool in their classrooms or would like to be using BB in their classrooms. Participants suggested that more training sessions on using Blackboard be provided.
Meeting #2: Tuesday 04/14/15
During this meeting Stella Woodroffe, from the office of special services spoke about the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act and reasonable accommodations on pedagogy. She provided suggestions for making online resources assessable and using universal design when preparing web enhances and online courses. We also discussed issues such as note takers in the classroom and the conversion of documents into formats that can be read by screen readers and how students go about getting these services.Disabilities represent the most common hidden disabilities.docx Reasonable accommodations for faculty: http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/access-ability/pages/how_else_can_we_assist.aspx
Meeting #3: Tuesday 05/19/15
During this meeting Dean Reza Fakhari spoke about the progress of hybrid, online and web enhanced courses on campus. He discussed the proceedings and projects of the online and hybrid learning committee. He spoke of the process involved in becoming certified in hybrid and online teaching and that interested faculty can enroll in an online courses being offered on an ongoing basis by the school of professional studies. The opening of the e-learning center on campus this fall is exciting and will provide faculty with much needed support in this growing area of pedagogy. Materials distributed by Dean Fakhari can be viewed by clicking the following links: Old Guidelines for Teaching Hybrid & Online Courses.pdf and Protocol for Peer Observation of an Online Course.pdf
Meeting #1: Tuesday 09/16
The first meeting of the fall semester was well attended. Edgar Troudt from Travel and Tourism, (Edgar.Troudt@kbcc.cuny.edu) who is collecting data on faculty use of technology, attended the meeting and surveyed the attendants about their technology needs and concerns. Attendees spoke of how they are using technology tools, how it is impacting their courses, and their teaching practices. Blackboard was discussed in great detail. More and more faculty are using BB as a technology tool in their classrooms or would like to be using BB in their classrooms. Participants suggested more that more training sessions on using Blackboard be provided.
Meeting #2: Tuesday 10/28/14
During this meeting we discussed Open Educational Resources or OERs. According to WikiEducator, OERS refers “to educational resources (videos, lesson plans, quizzes, syllabi, instructional modules, simulations, etc.) that are freely available for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing”. The handouts from the meeting are posted on this website.ELi7061 Open educational resources guide.pdf A presentation on OERS can be found in the sidebar.TWT meeting 10 28 14 Shank_Wiley+Learning+Institute+Webinar.pptx
Meeting #3: Tuesday 11/25:
Orit Hirsh from Office of Information Technology Services led a discussion entitled” Easy steps to generate a blog or a website for your class and why do you need social media in the classroom?” Weebly https://education.weebly.com/ provides free class websites that can be used to supplement or replace Blackboard. Orit finds the site more user-friendly and colorful than Blackboard and may be easier for students to access.
Welcome to spring. It may not be spring outside yet, but we’re off to a good start with the spring semester for the Teaching with Technology Faculty Interest Group.
Our first meeting was held on Wednesday March 19th. Attendees spoke of how technology is impacting their courses and their teaching practices. The great thing about implementing technology into our teaching practices is the ability to go at your own pace and to use trial and error to find the right mix. Faculty are finding that students are more and more comfortable with Blackboard but often needs lots of guidance. Tsybasa Berg from KCATT attended the meeting to speak about how KCATT http://www.kingsborough.edu/faculty/Pages/kcatt.aspx can support and help faculty with Blackboard and other technology programs and issues. KCATT offers one- on- one support and is located in L705 of the Robert Kibbee Library and is open from 9:00am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. (ext. 6622), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. The second meeting was held on April 8th,2014. During this meeting we discussed ways to record video lectures and post on Blackboard for students.
The final meeting was held on May 20th and was an end of semester, plan for the fall meeting. Many people shared their plans for the summer. We discussed the transition from face to face to hybrid courses.
We discussed posting a question in a BB discussion forum for students to answer that requires them to log on weekly. The topic or question does not necessary have to be directly related to the course. For example, an Accounting or Business instructor could post a financial literacy question or display a you tube video on the topic and ask students to comment on it. A question or video on the affordable health act or the cost of attending college may be appropriate for many different courses.
The subject of MOOCs was discussed. MOOCS are mass open online courses and are available at various Universities and on websites such as Coursera.
Three meeting were held during the fall semester.
During the first meeting on October 2, 2013 people shared their personal technology experiences with the group. Paul uses the virtual call board in his face to face and hybrid classes. Amy Haas shared using publisher Power Points to create personalized “virtual lectures for students”. One useful trick is using the Ctrl + B or W key within a power-point presentation to get a blank screen. Rich suggested placing digital lectures on YouTube so students have access outside of Blackboard.
Other popular tools were scheduling and planning applications. We also discussed the need for a universal audio/ video player for the classroom to reduce the difficulties and frustrations of getting digital products to “play” in different classrooms on campus. Another popular hardware tool is a logitech handheld remote clicker that can be used to navigate Power Point presentations in the classroom.
During the second meeting held on October 29th we discussed Doseri, an application that enables an iPad, or iPhone to be used as a remote for a desktop computer. We were asked to recommend software applications that faculty would find useful because grant money may be available for these items.
The third meeting was held on November 21 . Many people were interested in discussing using blackboard to create quizzes. Question pools can be used to create unique quizzes for each student. Instructors can control the number of attempts, the order of questions, and the timing feature can be used to discourage “cheating”.
Three meeting were held during the spring semester.
During the first meeting people shared their technology experiences with the group and talked about some of the difficulties in getting students to use the various programs and resources. Amy demonstrated the free program called Poll Everywhere http://www.polleverywhere.com/how-it-works.
During the second meeting we met in the honors lounge and the manager of KCATT (email@example.com) discussed and demonstrated methods of recording class room lectures and the services provided by the media dept. and KCATT to assist with this process. Sherry Glazer discussed her experiences using the 360 program at Stonybrook University in her biology classes. We also discussed various programs on campus that use technology such as Distance Learning program that is used to interact and reach students in remote locations off campus.
The third meeting was held in May on a very warm day at KCATT. The manager of KCATT (firstname.lastname@example.org) led a demonstration on the use of smart boards in the classroom. He demonstrated using the pointer and clicker, saving the screen and then posting the “class work” for student access. There was great interest in the topic. A slideshow is available on the topic on the KBCC website at the following linkhttp://www1.kingsborough.edu/faculty_staff/IT/3m_faculty_files/frame.html.
TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY FACULTY INTEREST GROUP
Three meeting were held during the spring semester.
The first two meeting were jam packed, standing room only.
During the first meeting people shared their technology experiences with the group and talked about some of the difficulties in getting students to use the various programs and resources.
During the second meeting we talked about methods of creating mini audio/ video lectures that can be posted on blackboard or other places. The Flipping the Classroom model was discussed. In this model class time is used to do “homework” and students view prerecorded lectures that have been posted on Blackboard, at home. Thus, we flip the classroom. Suggestions and how to on doing this can be found on the wiki in the TWT TOPICS folder entitled PODCASTS.
The third meeting was the last week of school and therefore was not well attended. However, the folks that attended discussed various options for cloud storage and other software programs that are alternatives for PowerPoint.
During the fall the TWT FIG held two meeting.
During the first meeting Mike Rossen from KCAT led a discussion on using the Blackboard Course Management system and using the Smart boards installed in classrooms. Copies of handouts distrubuted during the dicussion are available in the KCC office.
During the second meeting a represenative from Turning Technologies demonstrated the use of polling using clickers. Information can be found in the folder POLLING Students using clickers in the classroom.
March 22, 2011 (M-391)
Attendees: Chris Calienes, Janine Graziano-King, Rick Fox, Christoph Winkler.
Summary Pre-semester Survey: