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Past Faculty Hour Events 2020

Tips to Improve the Quality of your Zoom Online Classes

Zoom has helped us quickly shift to remote virtual learning. Synchronous online class sessions, where everyone joins a Zoom meeting at a scheduled time, has been the go to for many classes, but Zoom will work best if you make some key decisions and develop Zoom fluency. This workshop is designed to review different techniques and ways to improve the quality of Zoom online classes, which include:

  • Ways to improve the quality of the webcam or how to connect an external camera.
  • Ways to improve sound quality.
  • Using a second screen or TV so you can see your students.
  • Adjusting preferences in Zoom to improve the videoconference experience.
  • Improving view angle, camera position and workspace.
  • Inexpensive gadgets to help improve quality.

Date and Time: Monday October 26, 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. and Thursday October 29, 3:25 p.m.– 4:25 p.m.
Presenter: Eugenio Solis de Ovando, Adjunct Associate Professor, Seidenberg School of CSIS
Webinar: This session will be facilitated online via Zoom Meeting

Presentation from the event: Tips to Improve the Quality of your Zoom Online Classes (PDF)

Here is also the recording and live transcript from the event

Partnering for Student Success

Academic Advisement, New Student Experience & Transitions, and the Learning Center will share detailed information about their newly structured departments and enhanced services to illustrate how they support student success and welcome faculty partnership.

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020
Time: 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Presenters: Melissa Grant, Jennifer Talbot, Ross Christofferson
Webinar: This session will be facilitated online via Zoom Meeting

Presentation from the event: Partnering for Student Success (PDF)

Here is also the recording and live transcript from the event.

Turning Scholarly Writing into an Op-Ed

Do you wish you knew more about writing about your scholarship for the public? Please join us for this one-hour session led by Jerry McKinstry, Director of Public Affairs-Westchester at Pace. The session will focus on what an Op-Ed is (and is not) and strategies for creating an effective Op-Ed piece for the general public.

Date: Monday October 19, 2020
Time: 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
Presenters: Jerry McKinstry

Presentation from the event: How to Write an Op-Ed (PDF)

Here is the recording and the Transcription of the event.

Incorporating Civic Engagement into Your Course: National Grant Opportunity

This session will introduce the Civic Engagement and Public Value undergraduate course requirement. Since 2002, faculty have incorporated a sustained community component into their courses, giving students the opportunity to connect the things they learn in these courses to real world community needs. The Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) ProgramTM is a national opportunity for courses in the STEM and Social Sciences. PFLs engage in ongoing faculty development opportunities.

During the session, participants will have the opportunity to talk to faculty who have successfully won grants from Project Pericles. This training is appropriate for those who have experience with Civic Engagement to those who are just beginning.

Date:  Thursday, August 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Presenters: Stephanie Hsu (English, NY), Melanie LaRosa (Media & Communication Arts, PLV), Rachel Simon, (English & Gender Studies & Office of Multicultural Affairs), Erin Mysogland (Center for Community Action and Research & Peace and Justice Studies, NY), and Heather Novak (Center for Community Action and Research & Political Science, PLV)
Webinar: This session will be facilitated online via Zoom Meeting (Registration Required)

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Incorporating Open Educational Resources (OER) into your Course

Interested in incorporating Open Educational Resources into your course(s), whether on a small or large scale? Join our “how to” workshop and: Learn search strategies for building content; generate ideas based on what other faculty are doing; have your questions answered about copyright issues; and hear about student projects and contributions in the classroom.

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Webinar: This session will be facilitated online via Zoom Meeting (Registration Required)

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Conducting Effective Peer Observations of Teaching

Peer observations of teaching are a standard requirement on the road to tenure because high-quality peer feedback can spur professional growth. But what goes into an effective peer observation? This session is designed for faculty who would like to invite peer observation and for those who conduct peer observations. It focuses on strategies for (1) initiating and conducting a peer observation and on (2) frameworks for providing and using feedback after an observation. Bring your questions about peer observation to this interactive session.

Date:  Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m.
Location: Videoconference - NYC Campus Civic E319 / PLV Campus Miller Hall Room 16

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