Upcoming Events

    January 27, 2015


Fall 2011 Workshops


Connecting the Dots: Reading/Writing Assignments
Friday, September 9th
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Christopher Davis
Center For English Language Support

When students are working on writing assignments that require them to respond critically to class readings, they often have difficulty with the first steps: locating, organizing, and synthesizing information from the readings. Even the most detailed writing assignments often do not provide students with instructions and support for this part of the process. Without clear guidelines and models for extracting and incorporating information from readings, students' responses are often vague; they touch on the topic, but do not critically engage with the text. With well-designed "reading assignments" that lead to writing assignments, instructors can help students write better responses. At the same time, instructors can use these reading assignments to quickly assess each student's understanding of the reading. This hands-on workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to practice constructing reading/writing assignments; instructors will also be provided with templates that work with a variety of assigned texts.

Critical Thinking: What Is It and How Do I Get Students Invested?
Tuesday, September 13th
1:45p – 2:40p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Professor James DiGiovanna
Philosophy Department

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn techniques for helping students find and analyze arguments. Each participant will receive materials, including an open-source handbook that explains the basic critical thinking concepts and vocabulary in language that students understand. Although the emphasis in this workshop is on 100 and 200 level courses, the information covered is useful in all classes.

Your Students and Academic Integrity
Wednesday, September 21st
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Dana Trimboli
Academic Integrity Officer

This workshop will cover recent updates to the Academic Integrity policy as approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees in June. Learn how they impact you and your students!

Thinking Outside The Disciplinary Box: Creating Courses You Can Teach Across Traditional Academic Boundaries
Wednesday, October 12th
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Professor Emeritus Elisabeth Gitter,
English Department and Interdisciplinary Studies Progam
Professor Dennis Sherman,
History Department and Interdisciplinary Studies Program

John Jay's new General Education Program and unique cross-disciplinary majors challenge faculty to develop courses that are innovative, engaging, and rigorous. This interactive workshop will stimulate participants to begin imagining and designing new courses.

To Wikipedia or Not to Wikipedia…Is That Really The Question?
Thursday, October 20th
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Professors Marta Bladek and Kathleen Collins
Lloyd Sealy Library

Wikipedia. We've all found ourselves on Wikipedia at some point. In fact, Project Information Literacy researchers report that 85% of students use Wikipedia as a resource. Yet, some instructors dissuade their students from using the site as a resource. Others are telling their students to use it as a jump off point for their research papers. Use it but don't cite it. Do either one of these positions benefit students? What alternatives to this popular site does the Lloyd Sealy Library offer? Come to this workshop to explore the pros and cons of Wikipedia and to participate in activities and that enhance the teaching and learning experiences through Wikipedia.

You or Your Students – Who Should Lead?
Thursday, October 27th 1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Daniel Auld
Academic Program Director of
Student Learning, Academic Services & Assessment
Office of Undergraduate Studies.

How do we find the optimum balance when it comes to creating an environment where learning can happen? Who takes the lead? Some instructors have a firm hand when it comes to classroom management and some believe turning the class over to the students is most conductive to learning. This session will introduce ways in which the instructor can find that happy balance. We will focus on four types of pedagogically effective activities, which will include instructor-led and student-led components that you can incorporate into your classes.

Instructional Design – What Is It? Why Is It? And Where Do We Get It?
Monday, November 7th
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Professor Adam Wandt, Department of Public Management and
Chandra Handke

Instructional Design is defined "as a systematic process that is employed to develop education and training programs in a consistent and reliable fashion" (Reiser & Dempsey, 2007). In addition, Instructional Design models can be used as catalysts for developing modules or lessons that 1) increase and enhance learning and 2) encourage engagement. Students are then provided with opportunities for deep learning, which leads to greater student success. This session will serve as an overview of the significant role instructional design plays in planning your course and classroom management, as well as the resources available to all faculty members at John Jay.

Helping Students to Clear the Basic Skills Hurdle
Wednesday, November 9th
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Alana Philips, Tutor Coordinator
The SEEK Academic Support Center

The challenge of facilitating student learning is best demonstrated in access programs where over 70% of entering freshmen lack mastery of Basic Skills in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The Academic Resource Centers who support these students share the responsibility of finding innovative ways to prepare students for college-level work, improve student learning, perseverance and success. In this workshop, we will work as a collaborative team and share model practices. We will not focus on identifying the "one and only perfect way"; instead, we will look to each other for inspiration and the development of best practices, strategies, and techniques. Visionary thinkers are welcome!

Using the Library as a Pedagogical Tool
Tuesday, November 15th
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Professors Marta Bladek and Kathleen Collins
Lloyd Sealy Library

This workshop is designed to support part-time faculty members who teach on multiple campuses and do not always have the time to learn about specific library databases that can help enhance the teaching and learning experience. In this session, faculty will learn about the resources available to them through the Lloyd Sealy Library; they will learn how to navigate them; and they will learn how to use these resources as tools for creating deep-learning assignments and student-centered learning environments.

Humor in the History Classroom
Thursday, November 17th
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Professor Jonathan A. Epstein
History Department

In "Monitor on Psychology," an American Psychological Association publication, Zak Stambor reports that "a growing body of research suggests that, when used effectively, classroom comedy can improve student performance by reducing anxiety, boosting participation and increasing students' motivation to focus on the material. Moreover, the benefits might not be limited to students. . . students rate professors who make learning fun significantly higher than others." In this workshop, we will explore the use of humor as a way of creating an environment that promotes and enhances teaching and learning, particularly in the history classroom. We will look at some of the current research on the topic and consider best practices for using humor as a teaching tool. Be prepared to laugh!



Teaching Portfolios
Session 1: Thursday, September 29th
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

The teaching portfolio is an excellent means of demonstrating one's teaching effectiveness. Your portfolio is comprised of your teaching philosophy, a description of your courses and your responsibilities, your effectiveness as a teacher, teaching awards, publications, and even videos of you in action in the classroom. You may also submit your teaching portfolio as part of your Form C. Participants in this workshop will meet once a month throughout the fall and spring semesters.

This workshop is limited to 8 participants. For more information on this workshop, contact Dr. Meghan Duffy at mduffy@jjay.cuny.edu. Future meeting times will be agreed on by participants.

Creating Your Teaching Philosophy
Session 1: Friday, October 14th
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Your teaching philosophy is a living document that is meant to help you reflect on and improve your teaching and that demonstrates a commitment to an ongoing pedagogical practice. The intended audience includes you, of course, and your colleagues. In addition, you may include your teaching philosophy on your Form C. Lastly, at John Jay, a teaching philosophy is required if you are nominated for a distinguished teaching prize. This workshop is designed to support participants in the writing of their philosophies through a group approach, which involves a sharing of ideas and peer critiques. Participants in this workshop will meet once a month throughout the fall semester.

This workshop is limited to 8 participants. For more information on this workshop, contact Dr. Meghan Duffy at mduffy@jjay.cuny.edu.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Wednesday, October 19th
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Dr. Michele Piso
LaGuardia Community College

Dr. Michele Piso from LaGuardia College's Center for Teaching and Learning and the co-editor of In Transit will lead a session on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, how to bring your research into the classroom, and the benefits of participating in the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning.



Turnitin/Safe Assign
Thursday, September 8th
3p – 4:15p
Thursday, October 13th
3:15p – 4:30p
Location: Library Classroom

Led by Meghan Duffy and Helen Keier

In this hands-on session, you will set up your Turnitin.com account and learn the fundamentals of using both Safe Assign and Turnitin to support student learning.

Creating a Multi-Media Reader
Friday, November 11th
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Christian Delgado, Software Trainer ITSS

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to create a multi-media reader for the mobile devices that your students are already using in class, such as a Smartphone, iPad, iPhone, iPod, or laptop computer. You will learn how to create your own content, using text, images, and videos that will enhance the experience for both you and your students.



Creating a Class Website

If you have ever considered creating a class website but feared it would be too complicated, Dreamweaver is for you. This website development application is user-friendly – and you do not necessarily have to spend hours learning html coding. For more information, or to take advantage of our one-on-one training, contact Matt Chesmore at mchesmore@jjay.cuny.edu.

Creating a Class Podcast

Podcasting is now one of the most recognized means of delivering audio/visual content. Creating a podcast is simple using Apple iMovie or GarageBand applications. For more information, or to take advantage of our one-on-one training, contact the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at CAT@jjay.cuny.edu.



Form C #17: What Does It Mean?
Tuesday, November 1st
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Professors Marta Bladek and Kathleen Collins
Lloyd Sealy Library

Impact factors! Quality of scholarly outlet! Acceptance/rejection rates! Circulation numbers! Where has my work been cited! Evidence of quality! Can somebody help me? Why yes, your friendly John Jay librarians. This information session is designed to help you get a head start on your Form C, particularly #17, which focuses on your publications. Learn about the scholarly research resources that can help you help the multidisciplinary review committee understand how wonderful your work is. Learn which databases and journals are best for your literature review. Learn which peer-reviewed journals publish in your field. Learn all that you can learn about Form C #17.

Teaching Large Lecture Classes
Friday, December 2nd
11:30a - 12:30p
Location, 333T

This focus of this salon is to provide an opportunity for those teaching large lecture classes and those who are considering the idea to come together to discuss the challenges posed by large classes, such as student engagement, classroom management, assessment, as well as the successes. Bring your stories! Bring your questions!