Online Learning for Faculty

Upcoming Special Events

Register to present at our first Bronx CUNY EdTech Collaborative Conference scheduled for Friday May 3. For details and to complete a brief application visit this page

February - May 2013

Via Response Lehman test pilot- Click here for more information.

Lehman College has been invited to participate in a free one-semester test pilot of Via Response, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) cloud-based software that operates much like the hardware based ‘clicker’ personal response system. A recent college-wide survey illustrates that browser-based so-called ‘smart’ phones are becoming ubiquitous on our campus and that nearly all students now use them, so instead of having to purchase hardware, we can support Via response, which utilizes students' own smart phone, tablet or laptop to access questions you’ve pre-submitted via the internet. Via supports a broad array of question types, including multiple choice, free text response, numerical response, even ‘on the fly’ and anonymous questions. Getting started takes only a brief training period- when you sign up and supply us with your class roster we can have you up and running in as little as an hour or two and your class will be the beneficiaries! Click on the Via Response Lehman Test pilot link above if you have questions or want to participate or call 347 577-4024 by FEBRURARY 8 if you are interested!

SPRING 2013 February - June (Accepting applications- deadline for early birds is February 18 but we are currently accepting rolling applications for individual work.) See Current Faculty Hybrid workshops (below) for dates. February 22- June 14: A limited number of registrations (10 per semester) are being accepted for the upcoming hybrid workshop series of workshops being held from February-June 2013. Faculty will be supported by a series of hybrid workshops (partially online/partially in-person) for those who are considering converting from an on-ground to hybrid (blended) teaching method for your courses. Permission should be granted through your department chairperson and applications are currently being accepted for the winter/spring series. Upon succesful completion faculty will receive EITHER a $500 stipend and a copy of Camtasia desktop screen recorder/video production software OR a 64 GB iPad mini. Click here for details and for the SPRING 2013 APPLICATION.

FEBRUARY 22, MARCH 15, APRIL 5, MAY 31 AND JUNE 14 (includes one online session TBD).

For those who have missed the above application deadline, we are still accepting faculty and adjunct applications on a rolling basis. Please click on the spring 2013 application above, provide your availability and return by fax or email asap! The same stipends apply.

MARCH 13 2013 Coffee Break 3:30- 5 PM see the workshops page for details

Summer 2013
Stay tuned to this workshops page for details on the intensive summer 2013 workshops we call Technology'Bootcamp' to be held in June (and repeat in July).


August 21-23, 2012

Register NOW for our Graduate Teaching Fellows Workshop Series: High-impact pedagogical practices and innovative teaching and learning strategies:

Learn about syllabus development that incorporates active learning, Blackboard supported online techniques, projects that utilize Web 2.0, even how to teach in a hybrid (blended) environment to help get you started. This summer the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Online Education at Lehman College is offering hands-on guidance to GTFs who are just starting out in their teaching roles. This intensive series of 3 five-hour in-person workshops will be held from 10 am-3 pm August 21-23, is intended for fellows no matter their teaching experience.

Take advantage of this opportunity to develop and grow within the craft of your teaching- (whether it be online or in-person). Workshops are open to all Lehman Graduate Teaching Fellows and adjuncts.  Please see this invite and application for details: Graduate Teaching Fellows Invitation and Application

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Save the date! 2nd Annual Faculty Technology Demonstration Day: Blending with Purpose

Program now available

Register here

Date: Friday May 4th 2012

Time: 9:30 am – 3 pm

Location: Carman Hall, Multimedia Center B83/B85

Tentative Full Program

9:30-10:00 Registration/breakfast

10:00 Welcome
Alyson Vogel Associate Director, Online Education

10:00-11:15 Keynote Introduction
by Rob Whittaker, Professor, Associate Provost Undergraduate Studies and Online Education
Keynote Anthony Picciano- Topic: Blending with Purpose
Anthony G. Picciano is a professor and executive officer in the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is also a member of the faculty in the graduate program in Education Leadership at Hunter College, the doctoral certificate program in Interactive Pedagogy and Technology at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and CUNY Online BA Program in Communication and Culture.

11: 30- 12:15 Session 1 Room B83/85

Alternative discussion methods- Involving your students in online discussion in the Education and Arts and Humanities classroom
Amanda Gulla, Assistant Professor, English Education, Teresa O’Neill, Adjunct Instructor, Multidisciplinary Humanities, Robyn Spencer, Assistant Professor, History

Because much if not all of our online course work is delivered asynchronously, how can we manage our hybrid courses to avoid the stragglers who can pull the discussion in a backward direction by their late or ‘barely-there’ participation? Ideally we want everyone in the class to be involved in the same discussion at approximately the same time. Amanda Gulla and Teresa O’Neill know it’s in their students and their own interests to design discussion topics that are so enticing, so intriguing and so well-directed that students won’t want to miss out-- generating rich discussions on Blackboard and in VoiceThread that are used to launch out-of-class discussions. Prompts and questions guide students through the reading or online lecture, then students follow up by taking to the virtual discussion boards. Faculty will discuss their methods for creating guiding questions and topics which are often based on student responses, and illustrate how these electronic discussion boards help them take the conversation to the next level in their hybrid classes.

12:15-1:05 Session 2, Concurrent Workshops:

Workshop 2A-Room B75/76 Purposeful blending in the sciences:
Wesley Pits, Assistant Professor of Middle and High School Education et al, STEM Research, Vincent Prohaska, Associate Professor, Psychology- iClickers

Motivated to facilitate the success of their STEM students, but limited by the potential misalignment between the differences in their own academic experiences and expectations and those of their students from varying academic and cultural backgrounds, Assistant Professors of Middle and High School Education Wesley Pitts and Gillian Bayne, with Ling Chen, a chemist at BMCC, are proposing a possible alignment: a mindful framework of transformative co-generative activities to support the teaching and learning of upcoming undergraduate STEM gateway courses.

Following a discussion of relevant literature, they will detail a framework for the use of reflective practice pedagogies characterized as electronic cogens (e-cogens) – online uses of which have the potential to help bridge the disconnect between instructor’s expectations and actions, and students’ expectations of themselves and their subsequent action(s).The three are in phase of writing up a manuscript for publication.

If reflective practice is critically iterative and situates its participants in individual and collective dialectical relationships as argued by the above, then clickers, or Audience Response Systems (ARS), can play an important role in building those relationships. A relatively new technology, clickers offer a novel approach to employing active learning in the science classroom. By gauging students’ level of understanding of the material being presented clickers offer prompt feedback to uncover misconceptions that speak to often unheard student questions. Vincent Prohaska, Professor, Psychology has used iClickers in his classroom over the course of several semesters and will share his experiences with using them, aptly, to teach a course in the Psychology of Learning.

Workshop 2B- Accessing Alternative Online Sites and Learning Platforms: Taking a closer look at Mobile technology, Google Sites and the CUNY Commons. Limor Pinhasi-Vittorio, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Literacy Studies, Division of Education; Gina Rae Foster, Director, Lehman Teaching and Learning Commons, and Stefanie Havelka, Assistant Professor, Electronic Resources-Web Service Librarian, Library

Hybrid courses allow participants to keep up with the discussions and activities with a combination of in -person and asynchronous learning opportunities and platforms; and while the “tech”-tonic shift to update to Blackboard 9 has only just begun at CUNY, some are taking the concept of trying something new to manage learning in ever more creative directions.

Director Gina Rae Foster melds two platforms to engage new faculty eager to participate in faculty development activities yet lacking the benefits of release time, funding, or other support. This spring members are participating in a semester-long exploration of Daniel T. Willingham’s Why Don’t Students Like School? in connection with their own teaching and learning practices. Partnered with a Google Site and a Commons group, the seminar design provides a space for faculty members to read, discuss, and share their experiences across disciplines and to examine Willingham’s research as evidence of cognitive science principles that affect successful learning.

Professor Limor Pinhasi-Vittorio has directed her Graduate-level Education Course to the Commons too. Moving her hybrid Writing workshop online allows her students to focus on the advancement of writing skills through intensive writing, modeling, and multiple drafting in a workshop context using Buddy Press Docs, a group document editing feature similar to Google Docs. Critical and comparative analysis of texts both given by the professor as well as generated by students are used to foster academic as well as exploratory writing, seamlessly blending online and in-person sections of the course.

Smart(phone) Searching: Research on the Go! Professor Havelka identified a gap in the way that traditional Information Literacy classes were being conducted and sought to "teach students and faculty how to use mobile apps and mobile websites to access, retrieve, and evaluate reliable information." In Fall 2011, the Leonard Lief Library introduced a pilot instruction program for Lehman students on Mobile Information Literacy. She currently offers three different types of multiple sessions classes for Lehman College students. Today Professor Havelka will highlight mobile apps and mobile website suitable for information access and research. She will also share preliminary result from her research from teaching these new classes.

Working Lunch 1:05- 2:00
We will gather in MMC room B83/85 for lunch and then participate in a sharing of effective practices through the lunch hour. Presentations and discussion led by:

Angela Francis, Lecturer, English Department, David Gantz, Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy, and Barry Murdaco, Adjunct Lecturer, Political Science

Blogger, VoiceThread, Prezi... Wikis! Social media are all the rage now but are they part of the Web 2.0 teaching revolution or are these tools merely 'flash' and 'gimmick'? What are some of the ways we can best implement them in the blended environment to offer meaningful learning experiences to benefit our students and ourselves as teachers?

Angela Francis, David Ganz, and Barry Murdaco, all dabble in these tools and think they get just the right 'blend'. They'll talk about their discoveries, discuss what works wellfor their hybrid and online classes and will also clue us in on the nuances. Attendees will gain from their multiple experiences and hear about the highs as well as the lows so you'll hear what they found out works and whatthey learned *not* to do too!

2:10-3:00 Collaborative Learning Platforms: not just for students! Room B 75/76
A first-look at the new Blackboard 9.1,and a Tour of Lehman’s new ‘Lehman Connect’ a new ‘Intranet’ collaborative environment for faculty, staff & ITR professionals
Stephen Castellano, Online Teaching & Learning Specialist, Blackboard Administrator; David Stevens, Lehman’s Webmaster.

David Stevens alongside the Office of Instructional Technology Chief Information Officer Ron Bergmann and their teams have been hard at work building Lehman’s newest “Intranet” - a Web collaboration environment specifically catered to Lehman faculty, staff & ITR professionals

Blackboard 9.1 is arriving at CUNY, and our own Steve Castellano will have a first-hand look at the newest features of the updated online learning platform. Steve will discuss the basics of what you’ll need to know to ease your transition to 9.1 and will offer answers to your FAQs so make a plan to stay the full day!

Register here

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