Teaching and Technology Conference


Baruch College’s Eighteenth Annual

All sessions will be held on the 14th floor of the Newman Vertical Campus (NVC).

8:30 – 9:30 – Room 220


On-site registration and continental breakfast

9:30 – 10:30 - Session I


 Room 280

Blackboard Collaborate: Teaching Beyond the Classroom - Kevin Wolff (Baruch Computing and Technology Center)

This presentation will provide an overview of Blackboard’s web conferencing tool, Collaborate.  We will discuss the overall use of this tool in a Blackboard course and will demonstrate how to create, launch, and record sessions, as well as how to use educational features such as the White Board, Web Tour and Application Sharing.

 Room 270

Hybridization in the Zicklin School of Business - Kannan Mohan (Statistics/Computer Information Systems), Radhika Jain (Statistics/Computer Information Systems), Theodore Joyce (Economics & Finance), Laetitia Placido (Economics & Finance), Kate O’Donoghue and Luke Waltzer (Center for Teaching and Learning)

Faculty from Computer Information Systems and Economics and Finance will discuss how the experience of creating new hybrid courses has impacted their teaching and assessment strategies, philosophies, and methodologies. Courses discussed will include CIS 2200 (Introduction to Computer Information Systems) and Economics 1001 (Micro-Economics). Staff from the Center for Teaching and Learning will also discuss support for the hybridization process in these core courses.

 Room 290

The State of Blogs@Baruch - Craig Stone, Christopher Silsby (Center for Teaching and Learning), Cheryl Smith (English), Mitchell Trinka (Center for Teaching and Learning/Journalism Department)

Since its launch six years ago, 21,000 students, faculty, and staff have used Blogs@Baruch. This panel will present a range of work happening on and behind the system and supported by the Center for Teaching and Learning, including our collaborative development process, the Freshman Seminar blogging project, student publishing on Dollars & Sense (Baruch’s award-winning undergraduate review of business and society), and the English Department’s Annotation Project.

Introducing Vocat 3.2 - Craig Stone and Anderson Evans (Center for Teaching and Learning)

This panel will unveil Vocat 3.2, a major new version Baruch College’s homegrown media assessment tool. The new version includes a redesigned annotation interface, support for assessment of images and audio, the ability to directly mark up visual media, and a mobile application to support the submission of media artifacts to the tool directly from phones and tablets. In addition to demonstrating the new functionality, Center for Teaching and Learning staff will discuss how Vocat is currently being used in the curriculum, and what new opportunities are emerging.



10:35 – 11:35 - Session II


 Room 280

E-Ship at Baruch: Competition, Opportunity and Technology- Stuart Schulman (Management) & Lou Anne Flanders-Steck (CUNY Center for Student Enterprise)

With BCTC support, Baruch students have increased opportunities to compete and interact globally to present their E-ship (Entrepreneurship) concepts in "Demo Days", "Online Trading Days", and such competitive events and "SmartPitch". Professors have the opportunity to redefine their classrooms by incorporating these outside the classroom resources as learning opportunities that enrich content and provide bridges to current practices in the business community. A student/faculty panel will participate and amplify the discussion.

  Room 270

Hybridization in the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences - Antonietta D’Amelio (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature), Caryn Medved (Communication Studies), Miciah Hussey, Cheryl Smith, and Nicole Zeftel (English)

In this session, faculty from Communication Studies, Modern Languages, and English will speak about how they’ve used hybrid classes to enhance collaboration and student engagement. They’ll discuss how online time increased the value and productivity of classroom time, how a hybrid class can not only model but allow students to practice 21st century communication skills, how they integrate collaborative digital projects into their coursework, and about the overall experience of teaching hybrid courses.

  Room 290

Tech for Clear Speech: Innovative Resources for ELL Success at Baruch - DJ Dolack, Alexandria Hadden, Julie Lee, Derek Santos, Tristan Thorne (Tools for Clear Speech), Joyce Mandell (Communication Studies)

Baruch College’s Tools for Clear Speech (TfCS) program is an innovative academic support service dedicated to improving the intelligibility, fluency, and pragmatic ability of English Language Learners and nonnative English speakers at the College. This session will show how TfCS has enhanced its traditional face-to-face pedagogy by integrating several online resources and distance-learning initiatives into its services. We will demonstrate an abridged version of the TfCS Oral Communication Video Assessment (OCVA), a homegrown service that utilizes Baruch’s Vocat software platform, as well as other relevant and useful technological resources. We will also discuss TfCS challenges, successes, future tech initiatives, and outline its adaptability for other CUNY Colleges.

 Room 285

New Initiatives in Geospatial Data Resources - Frank Donnelly and Araby Smyth (Library)

We will discuss some of the new geographic data initiatives at the Newman Library. We will present and do a live demonstration of the NYC Geodatabase, a free resource and tutorial designed for mapping and analyzing neighborhood-level features and data in geographic information systems. We'll mention a few other projects we're working on in our new GIS lab, which serves as a working space and a place where students and faculty can seek assistance with data and mapping projects. Throughout our talk, we'll emphasize how our various resources and services are designed to meet different user expectations based on their background and experience.

11:40 – 12:40 - Session III


 Room 280

Bringing Makerspace Technologies into Your Class- Monica Dean, (Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship), Allison Lehr Samuels (Management), and Zoë Sheehan Saldaña (Fine & Performing Arts)

Making and learning are fundamentally linked. In evolutionary terms, human hands and human brains developed in tandem. Yet classroom teaching involves few meaningful opportunities for students to make. Perhaps you, like us, want to enrich your curriculum with creative, innovative, making-based activities…but how? What can you do? What resources are available? How can you get started? What can you, and your students, expect? This working session will: 1) introduce some of the technology that is coming on-line in the nascent Baruch Makerspace such as 3D printers and scanners, littleBits and Arduino; 2) highlight approaches fellow colleagues have taken to weave the technologies and "makers-movement" ethos into curriculum ranging from the Arts and Sciences to Business; 3) invite participants to develop plans for incorporating making into your courses. Let’s make together.

  Room 270

Process and Product in Baruch’s Hybridization Project - Luke Waltzer, Kate O’Donoghue, (Center for Teaching and Learning), Elizabeth Heath (History), Jessica Lang (English), and Sonali Hazarika (Economics & Finance)

This session will detail the Center for Teaching and Learning’s support for the development of new hybrid online courses. We will explore how the CTL works with faculty to expand their conceptions about digital tools and online learning, design assignments for hybrid spaces connected to specific learning goals, craft assessment strategies for hybrid courses, plan a structure for a hybrid course, and identify technical tools and establish a plan for their integration into the course.

  Room 290

Building Excel Skills Early in the Business Curriculum - Onur Altindag (Economics Program, Graduate Center), Ethan Kinory, Karolina Krystyniak, Stephen O’Connell (Ph.D. Program in Business, Baruch College and Graduate Center)

Excel is an essential tool for business students and often a required skill for an entry-level position at  graduation. Yet, the College has no course dedicated to developing this expertise.   For the past year the IT Fellows at the Zicklin School of Business have managed an online Excel tutorial that has been integrated into three core business classes: BUS 1000, FIN 3000 and MGT 3121.   In fall of 2014, over 2,500 students were learning Excel online in these courses.  In this presentation the IT fellows  report on the student success rate as well as their responses to a post-course survey. 

  Room 285

Light in a Darkroom: The New Media Artspace as a "Minor" Development - Katherine Behar, Michael Blaine, Ivan Calderon, Yuna Chong, Mohamed Hasan, and Erica Ly (Fine and Performing Arts)

This session will discuss the central role of the New Media Artspace in the New Media Arts Minor capstone class.  The New Media Artspace is a teaching exhibition space and is Baruch’s first student gallery. There, with the support of BCTC, Professor Katherine Behar, is working with a group of student gallery assistants, who are charged with exploring New Media Arts and communicating its import and its intricacies to the Baruch community. Contemporary art constantly changes its purpose and form to respond to its cultural climate, age and time. New media art, a form of technology-based contemporary art, reflects our affairs with technology, by transforming the machinist functionality we associate with technology into a vehicle for artistic expression.

12:45 – 2:00 – Lunch


  Room 220

Keynote Address: “Looking Ahead: The Second Generation of Online Learning”  

Online learning is an increasingly important tool to help higher education adapt to changing societal needs as the Information Revolution evolves into a global information society.  The challenge for higher education is to create both citizens and professionals who can function effectively in an information-rich, multi-cultural society.  Increasingly, we will need to focus our use of online technology not only to attract new students, but also to create student-centered, multi-cultural learning communities where the emphasis is on helping students develop the skills of evaluating information and turning it into useful knowledge that they can use to solve problems.  This talk will examine several recent innovations in this area, such as the flipped classroom, use of social media and big data, blurring of traditional institutional boundaries as institutions use online learning to adapt to new social challenges.

Gary E. Miller, D.Ed. is Executive Director Emeritus of the Penn State World Campus, the e-learning campus of The Pennsylvania State University.  As the founding Executive Director of the World Campus, Dr. Miller led the development of what has become recognized as one of the leading e-learning institutions in the United States.  He began his career in educational broadcasting at Penn State and served as Director of Instructional Media for the University from 1981 to 1987.  From 1987-1993, he served as Executive Director of the International University Consortium and Associate Vice President for Program Development at the University of Maryland University College.  In 2004, he was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.  He received the 2004 Charles A. and Mildred B. Wedemeyer Award from the University of Wisconsin and the American Journal of Distance Education and the 2007 Irving Award from the American Distance Education Consortium for his contributions to distance education.  Dr. Miller was recognized for lifetime contributions to the field by the Sloan Consortium and the National University Telecommunications Network in 2008 and by the International Council for Open and Distance Education in 2009.  He was named a Sloan Consortium Fellow in 2010. He is the author of The Meaning of General Education (Teachers College Press, 1988) and numerous articles and book chapters on distance education, including “Organization and Technology of Distance Education” in An Introduction to Distance Education (Routledge, 2010).   He is a lead author of Leading the E-Learning Transformation of Higher Education (Stylus, 2013).