Educational Approaches using Emerging Computing Technologies
Purpose and Rationale:
The current and future borders of higher education are changing. Our traditional brick and mortar spaces and lecture hall spaces are extending beyond any given physical location. We believe that learning will take place anytime and anywhere and that our challenge will be to determine where and how the University fits in this discussion.
Researchers at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems are conducting activities in several aspects of educational approaches using emerging computing technologies. Areas of current and future interest are delineated below, by category.
Research and Practice on Evolving Collaborations, Learning Places, and Tools:
- Seidenberg has been a leader in the delivery of industry-driven programs using technology to provide education to global learners. Our online programs, NACTEL and iPace, were ranked # 1 by US News and World Report for the delivery of online bachelor’s degree education.
In partnership with our School of Education and corporate and community partners, we support the integration of technology into the K-14 curricula with leading-edge technology, research theory and concepts. We have worked to create a network of professionals to support graduate level learning and a supportive research environment.
- Pace has been awarded a Verizon Foundation Thinkfinity Grant
- Seidenberg has been awarded a Verizon Foundation Grant for the evaluation of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Program
Seidenberg faculty members have used leading edge technology such as Adobe Connect, to provide high-quality education to corporate partners who have employees distributed in wide-spread geographical locations. The Bank of New York Mellon Project is a good example of that. BNY Mellon employees are able to participate in an MS in Software Development and Engineering, no matter where they are physically located.
- As of fall 2011, students completing the MS in Software Development and Engineering program will be prepared to sit for the exam leading to the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential developed by the Computing Society of the IEEE, the world's leading organization of computing professionals. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is the only university in the NYC metro area that is a Registered Education Provider for IEEE.
Faculty members are working to explore innovative trends in corporate uses of technology to deliver training and education through collaboration with members of the Sloan Consortium. The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is a membership organization that is dedicated to propagating the practice and theory of high quality e-Learning and partial e-Learning (blended education). It is arguably the largest and most prestigious society devoted solely to this goal.
- We have completed An Ethnographic Pilot Study Exploring the Future e-Learning Needs of Three Key U.S. Industries with Drs. Hale, Farrell, Sachs, Mayadas (Sloan) and Hunter (University of Colorado).
- In collaboration with Sloan-C, faculty members are working to establish a Corporate e-Learning Special Interest Group (Corporate SIG) which has a goal of working more closely to align its own program and publications with those of corporate interests within the Sloan Consortium.
- The Seidenberg School has offered a Doctorate in Computing Studies for a cohort of Education Professionals since 2006. Approximately 75 educators have participated in the DPS program during this period. They have investigated a wide array of subjects, often on the leading edge of education and technology. Some representative dissertations are listed below.
Using Technology to foster Student Engagement through Service-Learning:
Seidenberg continues to be a leader in the use of technology to foster student engagement through service-learning experiences. Seidenberg faculty members have established hundreds of community partnerships with thousands of students electing to take our IT project-based courses. Our faculty members extend their classroom into the community and uniquely combine the use of technology to engage students in creating solutions for community partners in the following courses:
- Web Design for Non Profit Organizations
- Intergenerational Computing
- Problem Solving Using LEGO Robotics
- Computers for Human Empowerment
- Wireless connectivity and the mobility and portability of learning’s impact on education
- Student identity verification in distance education
- Updating and upgrading technology in a multi-year technology plan
- Privacy of students enrolled in distance education
- Contractual relationships with consortia partners
Public Policy issues:
- Institutional compliance with accreditation-relevant federal regulations
- Cost benefit analysis of providing technology and infrastructure
- Community building and supportive services in online, blended and flipped classrooms
- Retention and persistence goals and issues to achieve goals
We invite you to join our consortium as a charter member.
Charter members are eligible to:
(i) attend seminars and symposia organized at Pace and elsewhere;
(ii) serve as study or test sites for the research activities of the concerned consortium;
(iii) receive the Discussion Papers prepared by faculty, staff, and students;
(iv) utilize the knowledge gained from this program in their respective organizations;
(v) have access to prototype software that may be developed by the research team; and
(vi) gain from valuable interactions with research team members and other charter members of the consortium
For additional information and interest in participation or sponsorship, please contact one of our program Co-Coordinators for Education:
Dr. Nancy Hale, firstname.lastname@example.org, (914) 773-3722 or
Dr. David Sachs, email@example.com, (914) 471-0852