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Best Practices Conference

For our Best Practices Conference this year, we are trying something new. In response to feedback from various quarters, we are interested that this year’s gathering be organized around innovative practices in teaching and learning. So, we are convening an Un-conference, which we are calling:

Flipping the Classroom Without Flipping Out

The Best Practices Unconference is fast approaching ---February 26th on the NYC Campus. For this Unconference, we are taking a different approach than usual, one that is consistent with the theme of “flipping” classrooms. Please see the schedule below.

We have invited some presenters to share some great things they are doing in their classrooms. These presentations will take place during the “Formal Sessions” and will address different active teaching and learning strategies, collaborative writing and role playing.

In addition to the “Formal Sessions” we are also hosting "Open Sessions" where faculty will have a chance to get together to have discussions around topics of common interests. For example, perhaps you have wanted to investigate hybrid learning settings with some face to face and some online components? Or maybe you have been wondering about how assessment works in this type of flipped setting? Maybe you want to share open resources you discovered that are free and compliment your courses? You can volunteer to facilitate the session and pull together like minded folks into an “un-session.” Facilitators are really there to help facilitate. They will be providing some structure to the discussions. What would you like to walk away with from this experience? What instructional tools have you tried or would you like to try? So we encourage you to dive in!

Hosted by The Faculty Center of Innovative Teaching & Professional Development | | 212-346-1471

Friday, February 26th 2016
1 Pace Plaza New York City
9:15 am - 3:30 pm
Aniello Bianco Room






Registration & Continental Breakfast

Bianco Room


Welcome & Overview of the Day
Associate Provost Adelia Williams
Jim Stenerson
Gerald Ardito

Bianco Room

10:00am - 10:45am

Active Learning Strategies & Tools
Melissa Cardon, Lubin School of Business
Gerald Ardito, School of Education


Open Session #1
Free / Open Online Educational Resources

Maria L. Plochocki, Dyson College - Facilitator



10:45am - 11:00am


11:00am - 11:45am

Performative Learning Strategies
Facilitated By:
Annette Joseph, Dyson College
Angelika Walczak, Dyson College


Open Session #2
Considering the Graduate Implications of Flipping the Classroom

Facilitated by:
Hillary Knepper, Dyson College
Rebecca Tekula, Dyson College
Lijun He, Dyson College


11:45am - 12:45pm

Provost Sukhatme

Bianco Room

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Collaborative Writing Panel
Tom Lynch, School of Education
Peter McDermott, School of Education
Robert Wiener, Lubin School of Business


Open Session #3
Defeating the Curse of Knowledge
Facilitated By:
Thomas Schmidt, Seidenberg School of CSIS
Limassol Zok, The New School
Sara Thermer, New York University



2:00pm - 2:45pm

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Role Playing Games in the Classroom
Bill Offutt, Dyson College



Closing Remarks

Bianco Room