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From: Allison Lehr Samuels, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Here’s what’s happening at the Center for Teaching and Learning in January:
Technology Pilot for Poll Everywhere and Voice Thread (Spring 2017 and/or Fall 2017 semesters)
- Apply by January 16
All faculty are welcome to apply to participate in a pilot using the classroom response system Poll Everywhere and/or VoiceThread for multimedia discussion forums. This pilot is being led by Prof. Kannan Mohan, who has received a project grant from the provost’s office to look at how these technologies might affect teaching and learning. Pilot participants will receive access to one or more of the technologies. In exchange, participants in the pilot will be asked to provide feedback.
To apply, answer this short questionnaire if you are interested in participating in a pilot program to try one or both of these in one or more of your classes.
Faculty who have been using the clickers that the college has provided from TurningPoint are particularly encouraged to apply for the Poll Everywhere pilot. TurningPoint is changing its business model: until recently, Baruch was able to purchase the hardware of the clickers and could then lend them free of charge to our students. The company is shifting this model: they will now charge a software licensing fee of over $30 per student. In addition to the high price, the college’s funding source does not allow the purchase of software for individuals. Therefore, TurningPoint’s new business model would require faculty to pass this cost along to the student. While the older clicker software still works in our classrooms, it will no longer function after the next Microsoft Office upgrade. This has prompted us to look for alternatives. As part of this grant, Prof. Mohan is studying how Poll Everywhere might fit our campus’s needs.
Faculty who have been using discussion boards (on BlackBoard and/or Blogs@Baruch) might find the VoiceThread pilot of interest. Typical discussion boards (Blackboard’s and others) support text-based discussions. VoiceThread helps introduce voice in discussion forums.
For further questions, please contact Prof. Kannan Mohan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January Course-Prep Bootcamp
Meet with the CTL staff to get ready for your spring semester. Bring your syllabus and questions!
Thursday, January 19, 2pm-4pm
Wednesday, January 25, 2pm-4pm
Thursday, January 26, 2pm-4pm
CTL office, Newman Library building Room 123 (within the Subotnick Financial Center)
The CTL helps part-time and full-time faculty think through:
-Experimenting with technology
-Fostering classroom discussion
-Active learning techniques
-Low-cost/free course materials
-Creating interdisciplinary activities
Courses in face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line formats are welcome. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.
Allison Lehr Samuels
Director, Baruch Center for Teaching and Learning
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