How are CUNY colleges selecting from an ever-increasing array of potential technologies for enhancing teaching and learning? Such decisions result in significant costs in terms of purchasing, training and support. The technologies that are available determine what may be used in an online course. This section will offer up an array of tools and information interwoven with insights from technology leaders and research into effective practices used at CUNY and other universities.
Which learning management system is standard on campus? Why would I want to flip my classroom and what does flipping the classroom mean? What software packages are standard and readily available to both instructors and students? Does my discipline require specialized software (e.g. statistics, database management, modeling) that might be available through a department? What training is available for instructors and students on my campus and beyond? What open source and open access resources are available through CUNY and which open source materials readily found on the internet are most popular? Instructors looking to familiarize themselves with specific technologies can seek out new resources here and locate the training that is available on their campus for the technologies they wish to use.
We will provide resources to some of the most popular instructional technologies on this page, which all lead to topics further explored within this site:
Open Access, Open Source @ CUNY
Resources on Flipping the Classroom
Teaching and Learning Tips: Better teaching with technology blog @ Queens College
Web 2.0 Resources and Course Showcase
Useful Databases and Clearinghouses
CUNY Educators Blog– a compilation of CUNY faculty and staff bloggers
Articles About Additional Teaching Resources
Bridge the Gap – Educating Instructors in Course DesignDecember 11, 2012Replicating the interactivity of the physical classroom is an essential component to the success of an online environment since it can bridge the gap between the isolation of distance learning and the fluidity of the discourse as it might occur in traditional classrooms. Learn how learning management systems support increased “human presence” through multimedia platforms. Extensive training in instructional design and collaboration between IT staff, administrators and instructors is key to implementing outstanding online programs. Bridge the Gap – Educating Instructors in Course Design The resources in this document can all be found attached to this post: Online and Hybrid Course Development1-1 Lehman Syllabus example Starting from scratch- syllabus and performance_objectives in the hybrid classroom
Essay Checklist: A Resource or an Assignment? You DecideNovember 20, 2012From Queens College, Writing at Queens While the information found below from the Queens College writing is found under “Students,” the page does suggest to faculty that they might want to incorporate the use of these instruments into their course. The instructions and the links, taken from the “Writing at Queens” page can be found here and under “student additional resources.” GordonHarvey Elements of the Academic Essay by Gordon Harvey Essay Checklist for Art_Humanities_Social Sciences by Jason Tougaw Peer-reviewChecklist Math Natural Sciences by Jason Tougaw
Podcasting and BeyondNovember 19, 2012Even if you don’t know what podcasting or screen capturing are, there are several useful sites across CUNY and beyond that can get you started. Queens College Podcasting, Adobe Connect, Free Screen Capture Software John Jay College Podcast on Podcasting
End of Course Review Checklist: Evolve: Evaluate, Review, and Revise Your Online CourseNovember 17, 2012The School of Professional Studies offer some ideas on what you should think about once your course is completed for the semester. The checklist-style presentation might also be used when setting up your course. Evolve: evaluate, review, and revise your online course
Help with WordPressNovember 19, 2012Queens College offers a basic tutorial for WordPress beginners. While the advice begins with help on how to log into Queens College’s Qwriting, the advice that follows is applicable to all WordPress accounts.
Beyond HunterNovember 19, 2012Hunter College’s Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching offers a list of blogs, ereadings, conferences, organizations, and teaching and learning center information and links Beyond Hunter.
Handling Surface Errors in Student WritingNovember 19, 2012Lehman College’s Writing Center offers faculty some practical advice on how to address writing errors by students: Handling Surface Errors in Student Writing
Solve a Teaching ProblemNovember 19, 2012John Jay College recommends Carnegie Mellon’s “Solve a Teaching Problem” for concrete examples on how to address some of the more basic challenges faced by faculty from what to do if your student/students can’t keep up with the readings to cheating. While the advice found here is generally for face-to-face classrooms, most of the information can easily be generalized to online classrooms.
Develop As a TeacherNovember 19, 2012The Center for Teaching at Brooklyn College has a page dedicated to pedagogy journals and conferences : Develop As a Teacher
Internet Research Tutorials that May Double as AssignmentsNovember 18, 2012The Internet Detective offers a tutorial for students on how to surf the web and find quality information. While the site is geared for students and can also be found under “additional resources for students,” faculty might want to consider incorporating the use of the site into an assignment. The tutorial found on this site is for conduction general research on the web. If you are looking for course specific tutorials, these can be found at the Virtual Training Suite, which is also found under additional resources for students.
York College Center for Teaching and Learning Speaker Forum VideosNovember 17, 2012A collection of 7 flash videos from York’s Center for Teaching and Learning Speaker Forums. York CETL Speaker Forum Dr. Sonia Gonsalves Director, Institute for Faculty Development, TheRichardStocktonCollegeofNew Jersey.November 16, 2007. “Student Prior Knowledge” Dr. Richard Felder Director, National Effective Teaching Institute.March 7, 2008. “Student Learning Styles” Dr. Laurie Richlin Director, Faculty Development,CharlesDrewUniversityof Medicine and Science.October 16, 2008. “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” Dr. Laura Guertin Associate Professor, Earth Science, Penn State-Brandywine.February 19, 2009. “Just-In-Time Teaching” Dr. Joseph Gonzalez Director,LivingLearningCenter, AppalachianStateUniversity.October 19, 2007. “Designing Experiential Learning” Dr. Jason Scorza Associate Provost for Global Learning,FairleighDickinsonUniversity.September 18, 2008. “Technology and Course Design” Dr. James Rhem Executive Editor, National Teaching and Learning FORUM.February 8, 2008. “Thinking About Teaching”
Rubric for Online Instruction from Cal State ChicoJuly 6, 2012The Rubric for Online Insruction from Cal State Chico provides a list of criteria to evaluate online instruction. The site also contains links to quality courses in Blackboard, instructional design tips, as well as the rubric in PDF format.