Spring 2011

Upcoming Events

    January 27, 2015


Spring 2011 Workshops

Teaching with Technology
The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Turning Technologies Present:
Engaging Students with Technology:
Clickers in the Classroom and Beyond

Wednesday, May 4th
11:00a  – 4:00p
Location:  CAT, 333T

"Clickers" are becoming more and more popular on college campuses, including John Jay. Join us to learn about the ways in which clickers are being used as an effective tool in student engagement and performance.

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to CAT@jjay.cuny.edu. Seating is limited.


Responding Effectively to Distressed and Distressing Students
Wednesday, February 16th
3:15p  – 4:30p
Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitator:  Christine Givens, Ph.D., Counselor, Department of Counseling

The goal of this interactive session is to assist faculty in developing skills to respond more effectively to distressed and distressing students. Participants will learn how to identify students who are experiencing emotional distress and about John Jay resources.

Increasing Tutoring Effectiveness Using Best Practices
Wednesday, February 23rd
3:15p – 4:30p

Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitator:  Alana Philip, SEEK Department

In this workshop, we will explore the use of successful ideas and techniques in tutoring in order to support student achievement and retention.

Helping Students Meet Life Challenges: Student Mental and Emotional Health
Wednesday, March 16th
3:00p – 4:00p
Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitators:  Erica King-Toler, SEEK Counseling Coordinator/ Assistant Professor, and
Monica Son, SEEK Intern Training Coordinator, Lecturer

Faculty are among the first to notice when students are experiencing personal and emotional difficulties.  Issues, such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse, present themselves as difficulties in completing assignments, class participation, concentration, and/or disruptive classroom behavior. This workshop focuses on strategies for working effectively with students experiencing mental and emotional difficulties and information about John Jay resources.

Skills Clinic:  Student-Faculty Partnerships for Better Writing
Wednesday, March 30th
3:00p – 4:00p

Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitator:  Patrick O'Hara, Department of Public Management

Underdeveloped or atrophied writing skills can persist as students advance through upper level and even graduate courses.  Sooner or later this produces a crisis involving low grades on tests and papers. The course instructor then becomes the “first responder” for shocked students who cannot reconcile these critiques with their passing grades in general education writing courses and other classes where writing was little emphasized.  Signing into rehab at the writing or ESL center is usually a “bridge too far” for such students, but they do tend to focus intensely on the instructor who delivered the “reality check” and who determines their course grade.  This workshop shows faculty how to leverage the class venue and available online resources to engage and monitor students in a self-improvement regime that can make a difference in performance and grades by the end of the class.

Assessment for Learning
Thursday, March 31st
3:00p – 4:00p

Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitator: Virginia Moreno, Director of Outcomes Assessment

As an academic institution, student learning is at the core of our mission. Along with curriculum development, learning assessment is a faculty driven process that entails the systematic collection and use of evidence to support student success and guide curriculum review. In this session, we will discuss how to link learning objectives to classroom assessment.

Skills Clinic II: Enhancing Student Learning
Thursday, April 14th
3:00p – 4:00p
Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitator:   David Shapiro

Advanced classes across a range of disciplines assume that students possess foundational analytic abilities essential for applying approaches and techniques being taught in the course. This notion is often false, despite a student’s passing grades in foundational math, statistics and accounting courses. These analytic deficiencies become manifest in subsequent classes, where students cannot deal with advanced topics that presume foundational skills and concepts are in place.  Course instructors who diagnose these deficiencies through their grades and feedback become the “first responders” best positioned to help the skill-deficient student. This workshop shows faculty how to leverage the class venue and available online resources to engage and monitor students in a self-improvement regime that can make a difference in performance and grades by the end of the course.


Developing and Teaching Hybrid & Blended Courses
Monday, March 21st
3:00p – 4:00p

Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitator:  Anne Lopes, Dean of Undergraduate Studies

In this session, you will be introduced to the concept of teaching hybrid and blended courses. 

Assessing Oral Presentations Through Online Videos
Wednesday, April 13th
3:00p – 4:30p
Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitator:  Alan Winson, Communication and Theatre Arts

This workshop introduces The Video Online Communication Assessment Tool (VOCAT), technology that allows students to video tape their speeches and upload them for shared viewing and assessment.  You will learn how this technology is being used this semester in a hybrid version of the basic Public Speaking class (SPE 113).  Discussion will also include the pedagogical potential of using VOCAT in other presentational venues.


Turnitin/Safe Assign
Thursday, February 17th
3:30p – 5:00p
Friday, April 29th,
12:00p – 1:30p

The Library Classroom

Facilitators:  Meghan Duffy, Director, The Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and
Helen Keier, Blackboard Support Services

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

Generation@: Podcasting
Wednesday, March 23rd
3:00p – 4:00p
Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitator:  Adam Wandt

The focus of this workshop is using the podcast as a pedagogical tool. We will discuss “best practices” from both teaching and learning perspectives.

Generation@: Beyond PowerPoint
Wednesday, April 6th
3:00p – 4:00p
Location:  TBD

Facilitator:  Stephanie Jasmin, ITSS

In this session, we will focus on the main functions of Camtasia, a screen capture program, that will help you spice up presentations and narrow the distance in distance learning.

Getting a (Second) Life! Pedagogical Opportunities and Challenges in the Virtual World
Tuesday, May 3rd
3:00p – 4:00p
Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitator: Isabel Martinez

Second Life enhances learning by allowing students to bridge theory and practice in a situations and scenarios that they create.  This session provides an introduction to using virtual worlds as pedagogical tools.


Engagement through Learning Communities
Wednesday, March 9th
3:15p – 4:30p
Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitator: Kate Szur, Director, First Year Experience

This session will give participants an overview of learning communities at John Jay, explore examples of curricular integration and introduce co-curricular programming options – all aimed at improving student learning, creating cohesion and collaboration among students and faculty. The session is open to faculty already teaching in learning communities as well as to faculty interested in collaborative, interdisciplinary teaching.


The Voice – An Effective Teaching Tool
Wednesday, March 2nd
3:15p – 4:30p

Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitator:  Elton Becket

Does your voice give out before your classes end? Do you feel vocal strain following a long day of teaching? This workshop provides information and exercises to assist in safeguarding vocal health while teaching.  Particular attention will be given to developing vocal awareness and effectiveness via utilization of volume, rate, pitch and quality to maintain the attention of your students.

Teaching Salon Series
Friday, March 18th
11:00a - 12:00p

Location:  CAT, 333T

Facilitator: Meghan Duffy, Director, The Center for the Advancement of Teaching

The Teaching Salon provides a time and place for faculty to come together in an informal setting to exchange ideas about teaching and to share their strategies, methods and best practices.