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10:40 at the Center

Spring 2009

To register for any of the trainings below, email or call x6218.

Teaching and Evaluating Liberal Arts Through Podcasting

  • Presenter: Dr. Matthew Cook, Assistant Professor of Postcolonial and South Asian Studies - College of Liberal Arts, NCCU
  • When: March 2, 10:40 am
  • Where: Farrison-Newton Communications Building, Room 264
  • Summary: In our interconnected world, it is evermore important for educators to not only utilize communication technologies in the classroom but to evaluate students.  This presentation addresses how to use visually enhanced podcasting in a Liberal Art course as an assignment that assists in preparing students for tomorrow’s world.
    Visually enhanced podcasting is a pedagogic technique that points away from a teacher-centered education by combining audio with film and multi-media images in a single assignment.  As a multi-media assignment, podcasting is ideally suited for learning and teaching the Liberal Arts.  Dr. Cook will discuss the basic construction of a visually enhanced podcast and focus on two types (i.e., power point and non-power point) that he has assigned to students.  He will examine these assignments’ role in student evaluation and how they encourage students to explore their mental “toolboxes” prior to complex decision making in the post-college environment.

ADA Today and Higher Education: Supporting Students with Disabilities

  • Presenter: Kesha T. Lee, Director of Student Support Services, NCCU
  • When: March 3, 10:40 am
  • Where: Farrison-Newton Communications Building, Room 264
  • Summary:  This session will serve as an overview of the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Higher Education.  It will provide information regarding students with disabilities having access to the educational environment at NCCU.  There will be discussion regarding the responsibility of faculty and students.  The session will also provide information about services and resources available to students with disabilities.

Managing Expectations and Handling Difficult Students Online - Webcast

  • Presenter:  Dr. Susan Ko of the University of Maryland University College
  • When: March 12, 1-2:00 pm
  • Where: Farrison-Newton Communications Building, Room 264
  • Summary: You’d think an online classroom environment would be largely mischief-proof … but you’d be mistaken. Difficult “cyberstudents” are a reality, and they demonstrate the same range of behaviors as those in traditional classrooms. In Managing Expectations and Handling Difficult Students Online, Dr. Susan Ko of the University of Maryland University College will show you how to establish the “ground rules” for your online courses, and how to respond when those rules are broken.
In 60 fact-filled minutes, Dr. Ko will give you the tools you need to:
  • Manage your online classroom.
  • Foster an atmosphere of civility and respect.
  • Make your expectations clear to students.Address problems quickly and effectively.
  • Increase student (and faculty) satisfaction.
Click here for more information.

 Expertiza: A Peer-Review System for Collaborative Learning

  • Presenter: Dr. Edward F. Gehringer, Department of Computer Science, NC State U.
  • When:  March 26, 10:40 am
  • Where: Farrison-Newton Communications Building, Room 264
  • Summary: Expertiza is a Web-based application for collaborative learning. The system facilitates individual students, and student teams, working together through a peer-review process to produce materials that can be used to improve the course for other students.  
Students can work individually or in teams, with all members having access to the same documents, or they can compose their work on a wiki. Students are assigned to review other individuals or teams anonymously. Authors may also give feedback to reviewers anonymously. All of these evaluations are presented to the instructor to use in assigning a grade.
Using Expertiza, it is possible to take a large project, break it down into small portions for individuals or teams to work on, then reassemble the results into a resource that will be of use to future classes. Among other things, Expertiza has been used to generate textbook exercises and active-learning exercises.
Expertiza is funded by the National Science Foundation's Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement program.

Technology in the Classroom: Improved Teaching and Learning, or Just Bells and Whistles?

  • Presenter: Dr. James Ellenson, Adjunct Professor, Chemistry, NCCU
  • When: April 2, 10:40 am
  • Where: Mary Townes Science Complex, Room 1111
  • Summary: This will be both an informational exchange and an opportunity for participants to have hands-on experiences with both clickers and Tablet PCs. The objective of the workshop will be to introduce the pedagogical opportunities and challenges that present themselves in a classroom where these technologies exist. Pedagogical methods that employ the devices will be demonstrated. A summary of student response survey data that has been collected to date will be presented.

To register, email or call x6218.
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