Event Capsules | September 28, 2020

ACERT Fall 2020 Lunchtime Seminar (Resources and Links)

During Fall 2020, ACERT will continue to offer online lunchtime seminars. Recordings, resources, and links from previous seminars are archived on this page in the tables below.




Icebreakers in Live Synchronous Sessions In this quick tech talk, we engage in 5 icebreakers and you will be provided with a set of 20 to try out in your Zoom or BB Collaborate synchronous sessions!
Facilitator: Laura Baecher (Curriculum and Teaching)
Resources: Presentation Slides, Recording
The Secret Life of Blackboard Grade Center In this quick tech talk, we present our favorite tips and tricks for using the Grade Center to make grading and grade reporting as simple as possible.
Facilitator: Julie Van Peteghem (Romance Languages); Sarah Byosiere (Psychology); Mowmita Jabir (Technology Resource Center)
Resources: Presentation Slides, Recording
Groupwork Management: Shared writing using Google Docs, Slides and BB Wikis! In this quick tech talk, we look at Google Docs, Google Slides, and BB Wikis as ways to manage groupwork interactive writing!
Facilitators: Laura Baecher (Curriculum and Teaching)
Resources: Presentation Slides, Recording
Multigenerational Needs in the Digital Classroom In this session, we discuss the preferences and needs of multigenerational students within the digital classroom space as well as both what research says and what works best within your own online classroom.
Facilitators: April Kisamore (SPED – ABA program), Lauren Schnell (SPED – ABA program) and Gina Riley (SPED, Adolescent Special Education).
Resources: Presentation Slides, Recording | Book Rec- The Remix by Lindsay Pollack, Video – ASR Method: Choral Responding, Tool- Student Response Cards
Better Reading and Writing through Annotating: hypothes.is in the composition classroom Hypothes.is is a free/open platform for annotating digital texts of all kinds. We will explore some models for integrating it into your teaching on a regular basis, making both reading and writing more social and collaborative for students.
Facilitators: Renee Schaller (English); Jeff Allred (English)
Resources: Presentation Slides, Recordings
Peer Observation when the Class Session is Online In this session, we discuss how observation practices need to shift to be able to provide meaningful feedback when the instruction is online–both synchronous and asynchronous, while still keeping within the parameters of our approved peer observation protocols.
Facilitators: Laura Baecher (Curriculum and Teaching)
Resources: Presentation Slides, Recordings; PDF- Adding People to Course Site – Blackboard, CUNY’s New Guidance on Conducting Peer Observations
Superquick Presentation Recording using Zoom! When you need to create a video voicing over a powerpoint, show students how to navigate a site or program, or to see you solving a problem, Zoom is a fast and easy way to quickly create a video with a link to share with students
Facilitators: Laura Baecher (Curriculum and Teaching)
Resources: Presentation Slides, Recordings
Using Book Creator and Manifold in the College Classroom Let’s explore the different things that can be done with Book Creator and Manifold. Book Creator is an easy way students can create and publish their own book. It is usually used within the K – 12 classroom, but there are so many easy ways to use it effectively within the university space (and as a teaching tool!). Manifold is an open CUNY publishing platform that can be used to create OER textbooks and enriched editions, and publish student work.
Facilitators: Gina Riley (Special Education); Julie Van Peteghem (Romance Languages)
Resources: Recordings | CUNY Manifold Workbook & Teach Handbook, Book Creator
Assessment during the Pandemic: What is Different, What Remains the Same? Some of us approach assessment with a degree of trepidation even under the best of times; in this session, we’ll discuss some familiar elements, some new opportunities, and give you a chance to brainstorm ideas on what might work well this year!
Facilitators: Joel Bloom (Provost Office & Assessment), Gina Riley (Special Education), and Shiao-Chuan Kung (Center for Online Learning)
Resources: Presentation Slides 1 | 2 , Recording | Example Syllabus (Fall 2020 Riley SPED), CUNY’s recent COVID Update 22b. on proctoring
Dropbox for the Win! In this quick tech talk we will focus on CUNY Dropbox, the cloud storage available to students and faculty. We will discuss various ways to use Dropbox: share class materials (including large video files!), collect student work, and provide them quick or extensive feedback. Plus: Dropbox can be integrated into Blackboard!
Facilitators: Julie Van Peteghem (Romance Languages); Jeff Allred (English)
Resources: Presentation Slides, Recording
*Special Event: Unschooling- Exploring Learning Beyond the Classroom If there was ever a time to reimagine conceptions of learning and schooling, it is now. Join us for a special presentation and discussion with Gina Riley (Special Education) about her new book Unschooling: Exploring Learning Beyond the Classroom. In her book, Gina explores the past, present, and future of unschooling – a type of homeschooling where children and teens learn through life, led by their own intrinsic motivations, strengths, and interests. Unschooling can also happen in public, private, and charter schools if we are willing to rethink our notions of what education and learning really is.
Facilitators: Gina Riley (Special Education)
Resources: Presentation Slide, Recording | To read more about Gina’s book and order a copy, see here: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030492915
Get out the Vote! A Variety of Polling Tools to Use for Interaction in Live Classes In honor of election day, we will engage with a variety of polling tools you can integrate into a Zoom live session using Zoom itself as well as other platforms like Mentimeter, Poll Everywhere and Peardeck for a variety of response types.
Facilitators: Laura Baecher (Curriculum and Teaching)
Resources: Presentation Slides, Recording
Learn about Loom!!! (not to be confused with Zoom)! Come and join this quick tech talk about the extremely user friendly screen-recording tool Loom. Loom can be used to pre-record lectures in a variety of formats and is great for delivering presentations. Bonus, it is currently free for students and educators!
Facilitators: Sarah Byosiere (Psychology)
Resources: Presentation Slides | Recording
Padlet Power! Multiple Applications for this Versatile Tool Padlet, a virtual bulletin board, has a variety of formats and can be used for synchronous and asynchronous interactivity. In this quick tech talk, we will explore some applications and you can get ideas to finish out this term or to use in the Spring!
Facilitators: Laura Baecher (Curriculum and Teaching)
Resources: Presentation Slides | Recording
*Special Event: Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Thriving in and beyond the Classroom In her new book, Putting the Humanities PhD to Work, Katina Rogers discusses the current landscape of the academic workforce and explores the evolving rhetoric and practices regarding career preparation and how those changes intersect with admissions practices, scholarly reward structures, and academic labor practices—especially the increasing reliance on contingent labor. Join us for a special presentation and discussion with Katina about her book and the important possibility that different kinds of careers offer engaging, fulfilling, and even unexpected pathways for students who seek them out.
Facilitators: Katina Rogers, Co-Director of the Futures Initiative and Director of Programs & Administration of HASTAC at The Graduate Center (CUNY)
Resources: Recording10 Steps to Reform Graduate Education in the Humanities | To read more about Katina’s book and order a copy, see here: https://www.dukeupress.edu/putting-the-humanities-phd-to-work
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