Welcome to the
first issue of the academic year of The Center for Teaching, Learning
and Technology's Cornerstone. It is hard to believe that the Fall Semester
is almost over. I remember the old proverb about time flying by--somehow
I feel this semester went by especially fast. It has been a while since
our last publication and there are a number of updates that I wanted to
share with you.
At the end of summer, Dr. Linda Anstendig resigned as co-director of the
Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development. We cannot thank Linda enough
for all her support and great ideas concerning all the dynamics that impact
faculty in the ever-changing teaching and learning environment of Higher
Education. Linda remains on our advisory board and we will continue to
seek her advice as we move forward. I am please to report that Dr. Randi
Priluck from the Lubin School of Business has agreed to serve as co-director
for the New York Campus. During her first semester in this role, Randi
has proven herself to be a valuable asset offering some dynamic program
proposals and reiterating the need to support all faculty. Dr. Constance
Knapp from the School of Computer Science and Information Systems remains
as the co-director for the Westchester campuses and has been a vital resource.
We are so fortunate to have both Connie and Randi serve as co-directors!
I am also pleased to announce that The Center for Teaching, Learning and
Technology (CTLT) welcomed some new staff last summer. If you are familiar
with our operation, you have met these individuals already. First, Christine
Moloughney joined us as Coordinator of Support Services for Online Teaching
and Learning. Before arriving at CTLT, Christine worked for DoIT at the
Graduate Center where she was supervisor of User Services. I have asked
Christine to make certain that all administrative and academic support
have a web presence so that faculty and students involved with asynchronous
or web-assisted courses can rely on quality service. Next, I am pleased
to report that Christina Ojar joined the CTLT staff as Evening Program
Coordinator in Pleasantville. Chris has been keeping busy by providing
evening support service for faculty and students. In addition, she is
an essential administrative support person for the CTLT and Pforzheimer
when it comes to event planning, budget management, as well as other administrative
tasks. Before joining CTLT, Chris was with the Wildlife Conservation Society
where she worked in the Division of International Programs. Lastly, I
am happy to report that Woody Batts has joined our team as the Courseware
Designer located on the New York City campus. Woody has already assisted
many faculty members with uploading and creating materials for their Blackboard
course sites. And, Woody has been creating various multi-media modules.
Before joining Pace, Woody was at Maryland Institute College of Art where
he was a professor of video and electronic arts. Christine, Chris and
Woody join a well established and respected staff which includes Dhal
Anglada as the Instructional Designer, Kristina Leonardo as our Courseware/Web
Designer for Westchester and Joe Seijo as Courseware Developer/Coordinator.
I do want to briefly mention that CTLT is planning some exciting programs
for the spring and you should watch for details as they become available.
We will continue to host our Course Development Days (Pleasantville and
New York) in January. We will also be hosting the Third Annual Faculty
Institute which will occur in May on the New York City campus. Other projects
we are planning are an adjunct faculty reception, a research exchange
forum for non-tenured faculty and workshops on assessment. We realize
that everyone receives too much email, but please watch for an email in
the next couple of weeks announcing these dates. Or, check our website
for up-to-date information.
One other initiative taking place in the early part of the spring semester
is a questionnaire to determine faculty use of instructional technology
at the University. The questionnaire was developed by our Teaching, Learning
and Technology Roundtable and I ask that you take a few moments to answer
it. We need to hear your opinions.
I do hope that you take the time to read this newsletter--it provides
you with a number of articles that we hope you will find useful. Highlights
- Connie Knapp submitted
a report on the Collaborative Learning Conference held a few weeks ago
- Randi Priluck authored
an article on “"Faculty as More than Facilitators of Learning."
- Sarah Burns Feyl (Library)
contributed an article on the Information Commons initiative.
- Dr. Michael Gillen shares
his experiences with teaching a history course online.
- Prof. Sue Schmid offers
insights on her experience with the Honors College Freshman Laptop Program.
- Woody Batts offers some
insight to multi-media.
- Kristina Leonardo discusses
the effective use of assessment in BlackBoard.
- Joe Seijo looks at being
intimidated by computers.
- There is a new feature
of the Newsletter entitled “"Book of the Month" and
Dhal Anglada reviews a book entitled "Teaching Online - A Practical
As with the previous issues, I want to thank Joe Seijo who is the editor
of Cornerstone and I know that you will agree that he has done a fantastic
job putting it all together. Enjoy this newsletter--and remember that
your feedback is important to us. Thanks and I hope you have a great
end to the semester!
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