Teaching and Technology Conference


Baruch College’s Seventeenth 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: Teach Beyond the Classroom - Kevin Wolff and Caroline Peppers (Baruch Computing and Technology Center)

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

 Room 270

Action Learning through Playing: Introducing Baruch's Pop-up Makerspace- Monica Dean, (Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship) and Allison Lehr Samuels (Management)

During this session participants will get a brief introduction to the concept of a Makerspace, and see in action the results of a Teaching and Technology Grant for a Pop-up Makerspace that has been an informal collaboration among the Management Department, Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship and the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute. Experience how Legos, 3D Printers, Pipe cleaners, Makey Makeys and glue guns are powerful tools in informal self-directed learning on the topics of innovation, ideation, collaboration and experimentation.

 Room 290

The VOCAT 3.0 Pilot - Suzanne Epstein, Craig Stone, Anderson Evans (Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute), DJ Dollack (Student Academic Consulting Center), Luke Waltzer (Center for Teaching and Learning)

This panel will discuss the ongoing pilot of the new version of Vocat 3.0, Baruch College’s homegrown oral communication assessment tool. The new version features several enhancements, including server-side video processing, in-line video annotation, data visualizations, and a robust rubric generation tool. We will demo the tool, detail the status of several projects, and discuss plans for future development and curricular integration.



10:35 – 11:35 - Session II


 Room 280

Blackboard Enhanced: Making the Most of Blackboard 9.1’s New Features - Kevin Wolff and Caroline Peppers (Baruch Computing and Technology Center)

This session will provide an overview and demonstration of new features that have become available in the Blackboard’s latest upgrade, including “Inline Grading,” which enables faculty members to grade students’ submitted assignments and return them to students all within the Blackboard environment.  We will also investigate the new capabilities of the Calendar, Global Navigation, Discussion Board, Tests and Surveys, and more and see how these features can be integrated effectively to create an enhanced teaching and learning experience.

  Room 270

Design, Print and Persuade - Lancia Yan, Vidya Umadas, Amy Yu , Ka Zhou (Communication Studies), Suzanne Epstein and Craig Stone (Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute)

Professor Lancia Yan and her students will present on their use of a 3D printer for a persuasive speech assignment. Using the programs, MakerWare, Tinkercad or 123D catch, student teams designed a product, printed a prototype and developed a persuasive speech to “sell” their product. Suzanne Epstein will discuss how using 3D printers along with the ‘design, execution and revision’ process allows students a deeper understanding of how to prepare a speech or a design project.

  Room 290

Publishing with Blogs@Baruch - Stephen Francoeur (Library), Josh Mills, Lindsay Armstrong (Journalism & the Writing Professions), Luke Waltzer (Center for Teaching and Learning), Albert Mathew, and Arvien Siswanto (Weissman Center for International Business).

Since 2008, over 17,000 members of the Baruch College community have used Blogs@Baruch, the college’s WordPress platform. It’s used inside and outside of classes, and hosts a range of projects, program and group websites, and student journals and magazines. This panel represents a cross-section of current users of Blogs@Baruch, and we’ll show our work on the system and discuss how it has enhanced our ability to communicate with our classmates, colleagues, and the outside world.

 Room 285

Technology in the Classroom: Using Tiki-Toki to Make Interactive Timelines - Andrew Lucchesi (Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute) and Dana Milstein (English)

In this roundtable, we will consider how to use Tiki-Toki, a free online technology that allows you to create interactive timelines, to further our pedagogical aims, and we will look at a few specific examples of assignments for Great Works classes that use Tiki-Toki effectively and simply. We will be joined by Dana Milstein (English) and Andrew Lucchesi (Schwartz Institute), who will demonstrate how this software can be used in various disciplines,  as well as its uses outside of academia.

11:40 – 12:40 - Session III


 Room 280

Research and Technology for the Graduate Student - Jody Vaisman, (Honors Program), Linda Rath, Randy Hensley (Library), Suzanne Epstein (Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute), Eric Lugo (Communications and Marketing)

We will discuss the use of blogs, Blackboard Collaborate and online library guides for Masters students doing graduate research. In two graduate courses, one hybrid and one face to face, faculty worked with research librarians to implement technology to help students design their research proposals. With the goal of empowering students to be smart researchers and knowledge generators, these technologies were evaluated in order to gauge their effectiveness in helping the students construct their proposals.

  Room 270

Change Returned: The New Media Artspace - Katherine Behar, Shaniqua Outlaw, Michael Blaine, Joygill Moriah (Fine and Performing Arts)

The New Media Artspace is a new 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.

  Room 290

CUNY  Students Using  Technology - Maura Smale, (New York City College of Technology), Mariana Regalado (Brooklyn College), Kate O'Donoghue and Luke Waltzer (Center for Teaching and Learning)

Despite the persistent image of the digital native, not all college students own and use information and communications technologies to the same extent. At the same time, colleges may increasingly use technology to address budget and restructuring pressures. Student voices add detail about the college experience to inform faculty and administrative decisions about instructional technologies. During a multiyear study, two CUNY librarians learned how technologies enabled and constrained students’ academic work. This panel will explore that research within the context of Baruch College’s push to move a significant number of courses to online or hybrid formats in the coming years.

  Room 285

Launching an Online Course - Elisabeth Gareis (Communication Studies) and Erin Eatough (Psychology)

The presenters will describe the process of preparing and launching a completely online graduate course. Topics include resources needed, cost, tools for presenting materials online, choosing a platform, producing videos for social presence, ensuring student engagement and providing as well as obtaining feedback. The presentation will include illustrations of all topics discussed. The presenters will also assess their online experience and provide suggestions for further development and improvement.

12:45 – 2:00 – Lunch


  Room 220

Keynote Address: Domains in the Afterglow Or, What Can We Learn from Geocities about Digital Identity

The motto of the recent 2014 media art confernece transmedial was "afterglow" which, according to the organizers, "symbolises the current state of digital culture – somewhere between trash and treasure, between high-tech brilliance and electronic junk – a culture of big-data firms and surveillance systems, where the digital revolution of yesterday has yielded media technologies that are rapidly consumed and discarded." This talk will examine the state of the afterglow through the lens of an ongoing digital art project, One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age, that focuses on the web's first major build-your-own-site community hub: the now defunct Geocities. What can internet kipple from twenty years ago tell us about the current state of publishing, community, and identity on the web? What's more, how can it convince you to reclaim your domain?

Jim Groom is the director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.