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Oct 15, 2014

Teaching with Technology

The pace of change in education software and hardware makes figuring out how to best incorporate technology into a course a daunting task for both technophobes and the technosavvy. It seems that as soon as you are comfortable using a particular tool, a new version is released or you find out about another tool that is supposedly better. Since there are only so many hours most instructors have to devote to this task, it is wise to be strategic when making technology choices. Technology should help students achieve the learning goals of your course. Even if you are happy with… More

Author: francine_glazer

Oct 08, 2014

To Text or Not to Text (with a book, not a phone!): That is the question.

When I was a college student (a significant number of years ago), every course I took came with a list of textbooks that was to be purchased prior to the first day of class. I didn’t pay attention to the content of the book or its cost. I didn’t even look to see if the instructor had marked it “required” or just “recommended.” It was officially part of the course material and I anticipated needing all of those resources to be successful. I was an eager and academically-minded (i.e., nerdy) 18-year old freshman, who was fully funded by Mom and… More

Author: francine_glazer

Oct 06, 2014

How To Manage Your Time When You Don’t Have Any

   Figuring out how to complete a seemingly endless list of to-dos can be a challenge. With so much going on during the Fall semester - you can feel overwhelmed when it comes to classes, work and extra-curricular activities. How can you balance your time when there never seems to be enough of it?   Here are a few things to consider: 1.    Get – and use – a calendar. This sounds like a simple solution and it is.   It can be a paper calendar. It can be your cell phone. It can be on your IPAD.   No matter what kind it is,… More

Author: susan_hershkowitz

Oct 01, 2014

Discouraging Disruptive Student Behaviors

Often, disruptions are the result of different expectations on the parts of faculty and students. What we as faculty members view as inappropriate behavior for the classroom, students may view as quite normal. For example, we might view texting during class as disrespectful. Students, by contrast, likely view this as a routine activity and quite normal. In the spirit of “the best offense is a good defense,” I offer these ideas on ways to prevent disruption before it occurs. Keep the lines of communication open A comprehensive syllabus that details all of your policies and expectations makes it easier for… More

Author: francine_glazer

Sep 24, 2014

Building Global Competencies

This fall at Assessment Day, NYIT faculty members discussed techniques for building global competency by taking advantage of the diverse students we have in our classrooms. The Discovery Core includes the following description of global competency: Students can identify interdependencies among cultures and are able to collaborate effectively, participating in social and business settings globally. Upon graduation, students will be able to:  Recognize the impact of the global interconnectedness of issues, processes, trends, and systems on their academic specializations and worldviews. Practice well-researched oral, written, visual, and digital communication in its diverse cross-cultural forms. Describe a complex global issue from… More

Author: francine_glazer

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