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Spring 2020 Resources

Session 1      10:00 am – 11:00 am

Designing Effective Online Assignments

Track: A New Spin on Online Teaching & Learning
Presenters: Beata Potocki, Esther Kreider-Verhalle, Fabiola Ceballos, Yuliya Zabyelina, Nicole Graham, & Alexa Capeloto
Room: 1.66 NB
Abstract: In this panel discussion, faculty who have participated in the faculty seminar “Designing Effective Online Assignments” will share their reflections on the seminar. More specifically, they will: address the most pressing issues that have come up in the seminar conversations; share resources and tools that they have found most useful; share assignments they have designed in the seminar; and talk about the process of revising and adapting assignments for online and hybrid courses.
Click Faculty Quick Guide for Online TeachingFDD Designing Effective Online AssignmentsFDD HandoutInteractive Teaching Techniques by Kevin YeeRedesign Assessments (SOC 232-99-FALL19 JJAY) and Zabyelina Showcasing of Collaborative Assignment for resources provided by the presenters.

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Turning Classrooms into Culturally Responsive and Respectful Spaces

Track: Multidimensional Social Justice & Pedagogy
Presenter: Nancy Velázquez-Torres
Room: 1.63 NB
Abstract: Culture shapes students’ beliefs and way of thinking and therefore, it plays a major role in their learning. Since culture has an impact on the way a student receives information, perceives it, and communicates, educators must ensure teaching and learning occur in a culturally supported and learner centered environment and that classrooms are equitable and respectful places. Throughout this presentation, we will discuss best practices in creating inclusive classrooms where students feel truly visible and where our students’ diverse cultures are utilized to promote student achievement. Faculty will be exposed to strategies that they can use in their classrooms regardless of the subject matter.
Click here for resources provided by the presenter.

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Engage, Guide, Inspire: The Power of the Mentor

Track: Student Mentoring: the Many Arcs of Development
Presenters: Rebecca Weiss, Sharon Bayantemur, Angel-Reine Pink, Emilia Fittipaldi, Devon Kaat, & Bianca Hayles
Room: 1.65 NB
Abstract: This panel of (4) students who have gone through the mentoring process with faculty to various extents and in various forms will discuss the direct and indirect value of a long term faculty-student mentoring relationship. Students will share their initial expectations, concerns with getting started and finding the right faculty, and elaborate on how the experience contributed to their academic career, prepared them for professional work, and impacted their lives overall.

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Writing Letters of Recommendations for Graduate/Medical/Law Schools

Track: Learning Curves: Hands on Skills to Enhance Faculty Life
Presenters: Elizabeth Broccoli & Edgardo Sanabria-Valentín
Room: 1.61 NB
Abstract: Writing a strong recommendation letter for a great, deserving student can be one of the best parts of working in Academia, and is part of our duty as educators and mentors. It gives us the chance to pass along the torch and help our students and mentees continue their academic path and become experts in their disciplines. In this talk, we will discuss best practices of writing a strong and fair letter of recommendation and the particularities of letters of recommendation for different disciplines. We aim to discuss what constitutes a strong letter of recommendation, what information will be most useful to admission committees, and how to determine if you are the right person to write a letter of recommendation for a particular student.
Click here for resources provided by the presenters.

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Tenure: Process and Preparation 

Track: Multifaceted Perspectives on Faculty Wellbeing
Presenters: Kyeanna Bailey & Matthew Perry
Room: 1.67 NB
Abstract: The Tenure: Process and Preparation workshop is a process oriented workshop that guides tenure –track faculty through the stages of preparation (0-18 months) before submitting their materials for internal review. The workshop addresses: Preparation timeline (0-18 months before application deadline); external evaluator selection; evaluator packets; personnel file preparation (including FIDO); personnel review process (per the Faculty Personnel Process Guidelines); and the Faculty Personnel Process Guidelines overview (Tenure and Promotion related items). There is also an opportunity for open discussion and Q &A. This workshop is best suited for faculty applying for tenure (or early tenure) in Fall 2020 or Fall 2021; however, all tenure-track faculty are welcomed to attend.
Click here for resources provided by the presenters.

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BREAK     11:00 am-11:15 am

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Session 2      11:15 am-12:15 pm

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Meet the Online Course Design Team: An Open Session for Q & A

Track: A New Spin on Online Teaching & Learning
Presenters: Judith Cahn, Holly Davenport, Brian Tomlinson, Helen Keier, Michael Nusbaum, Alix Zapata, & Naneka Brathwaite
Room: 1.66 NB
Abstract: The session will have the Department of Online Education and Support Instructional Design Team available to answer faculty questions about online education, course design, and online student support. Meet the online education creative team who have the knowledge and experience designing, developing and teaching online courses. It is the team who helped shape the John Jay Online Graduate Programs – a portfolio of over six online degree programs and advanced certificate programs. They are available to help you with your online course needs. It’s a Q&A session. We welcome your questions!
Click here for resources provided by the presenter.

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Social Justice in the Classroom through Collaborative Techniques

TrackMultidimensional Social Justice & Pedagogy
Presenters: Daniel DiPrenda, Matthew Perry, Beata Potocki, Mark Alpert, Giazú Enciso Dominguez, Luis Barajas Saldaña, & Wynne Ferdinand 
Room: 1.63 NB
Abstract: In this workshop led by faculty who participated in the 2018-19 Collaborative Learning Seminar, participants will experience collaboration first hand. They will participate in a discussion to highlight the benefits of collaboration in the classroom, examine the role of students and instructor, and identify the ways students develop content knowledge and skills as they work together. Attendees will receive sample activities, descriptions of selected collaborative learning techniques, and an annotated bibliography of collaborative learning resources.
Click Buzz Group and Learning Cell for resources provided by the presenters.

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Transfer-Inclusive Classroom: Supporting Transfer Students through Curriculum and Instruction

Track: Student Mentoring: the Many Arcs of Development
Presenter: Katalin Szur 
Room: 1.65 NB
Abstract: Each year, over 3,000 new transfer students start taking classes at John Jay College, largely invisible among our continuing students. We offer robust coursework and comprehensive support for first-year students, but  it is harder to address the needs of transfer students who can be sitting in your introductory major class or your 300-level General Education class in their very first semester.  However, even with an associate degree in hand, transfer students need help navigating the campus environment, developing self-advocacy and resource-awareness and adjust to more demanding coursework. (Moser, 2013) What are the similarities in their experiences? What campus resources are available? How can our curriculum embrace and build upon prior educational histories to the benefit of both transfers and continuing students? How can we support the adjustment with low-stakes written assignments and in-class activities? How can we initiate mentoring relationships with “advanced new students” through our teaching practices and classroom management? Participants will leave this hands-on workshop with a list of sample activities, ranging from writing assignments to quick discussion prompts.

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Making the Most of Smart Classrooms

Track: Learning Curves: Hands on Skills to Enhance Faculty Life
Presenters: Adam Wandt & Joseph Mahmud
Room: 1.61 NB
Abstract: Smart classrooms are equipped with a variety of technologies to support innovative, interactive teaching. Many of us, however, use these rooms more traditionally, using presentation slides and whiteboards as static equipment to support our lesson plans. In this session, you will see the smart classroom at its best, from basic uses to more advanced demonstrations. Come prepared with your smartphones to take part in this interactive presentation! 
Click here for resources provided by the presenters.

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Personal Ecologies: Reset, Restore and Renew

Track: Multifaceted Perspectives on Faculty Wellbeing
Presenter: Crystal Cotton
Room: 1.67 NB
Abstract: Feeling like opposing life forces are taking control of your ability to perform at your best? Seeking an opportunity to maximize your endurance during times of change and transition for a manageable and sustainable state of equilibrium? Join me for an interactive opportunity to explore your personal ecology and human connectivity to the energy that drives you to varying degrees of effectiveness.
In this hour of interactive learning we’ll discuss:
  • Urgency and Load Management
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • State and Energy Management
  • How to create a sustainable ecology action plan
Click Personal Ecology SlideManaging your Workload and Family-Work Balance for resources provided by the presenters.

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LUNCH      12:15 pm-1:00 pm

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*A Taste of Tech: EdTech demonstrations in the Shiva Gallery*

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BREAK   1:00 pm-1:15 pm

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College-wide Discussion

2020: Empowering & Engaging Students in Participatory Democracy

    1:15 pm-2:15 pm
Panelists: Mindy Bockstein, Gina Rae Foster, Euxhenia Hodo, Susan Kang, Alexandra Moffet-Bateau, Fidel Osorio, Andrew Sidman, Erin Thompson
Room: L2.84 NB
Abstract: 2020 brings multiple opportunities for political discussions and engagement. As a college associated with justice in many forms, and as a faculty teaching and mentoring students who are the emerging generation of voters and activities, we have much to consider in the conversations that lie ahead for our academic community. Comprised of faculty, students, and staff, the college-wide discussion panelists will share their expertise and advice for empowering and engaging students in participatory democracy. Questions solicited prior to the discussion will be explored with responses given from multiple perspectives. 
Click here for resources provided by the presenters.

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BREAK     2:15 pm-2:30 pm

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Session 3      2:30 pm-3:30 pm

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Helping Online Students be Successful 

Track: A New Spin on Online Teaching & Learning
Presenters: Judy Cahn, Holly Davenport, Helen Keier, & Ritu Boswell
Room: 1.66 NB
Abstract: There are many variables that promote online student success – online activities and assignments and class communications. Research shows us that a higher degree of faculty engagement positively influences student satisfaction and retention in online learning. However, faculty often report several challenges when attempting to increase the level of engagement in their classrooms. Heavy workloads, lack of time, and inexperience with the latest instructional tools can restrict even the most diligent faculty. The enhancements outlined in this session do not require a large amount of time, special skill, or significant investment. The panel will share simple solutions to increase the likelihood that students become actively involved, remain engaged, and successfully complete the course, including:
  • Tips to enhance instructor presence
  • Setting up alerts through the Blackboard retention center
  • Setting and communicating clear expectations
  • Creating and nurturing a sense of community
Click here for resources provided by the presenters.

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Teaching Social Justice with the CUNY Academic Commons 

Track: Multidimensional Social Justice & Pedagogy
Presenters: Laurie Hurson & Inés Vañó García
Room: 1.63 NB
Abstract: In this workshop we’ll explore open teaching, considering methods and digital tools that allow instructors and their students to engage with audiences beyond the classroom. Participants will be introduced to pedagogical strategies for increasing the openness of their teaching such as experiential learning strategies, open educational resources, and teaching with CUNY’s open digital platform, the CUNY Academic Commons.
Click here for resources provided by the presenters.

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Caring vs. Caretaking: Empowering Students through Presence and Awareness 

Track: Student Mentoring: the Many Arcs of Development
Presenter: Gina Rae Foster
Room: 1.65 NB
Abstract: Our students frequently reach out to us to share their challenges and crises. In our impulses to help, often we mistake care-taking for caring, offering advice and solutions rather than supporting and guiding our students in creating their own restorative justice for healing and empowerment. In this workshop, we will practice asking caring questions, setting and respecting caring professional boundaries, and making appropriate, caring referrals to reset our practices to ones that honor and respect our students.
Click Caretaking vs CaregivingDevelopmental Tasks for AdultsResiliency Principles and Sample Case Study for resources provided by the presenter.

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How to Marie Kondo Your Desk(top): Dropbox, Google Drive, PDF Annotators, and other Miracles

Track: Learning Curves: Hands on Skills to Enhance Faculty Life
Presenters: Marta Bladek & Karen Okamoto
Room: 1.61 NB
Abstract: In this session, we will share a few favorite tools that support our own (forever aspirational) goal to organize and order our research projects. The session does not intend to clutter shame. Instead, we want the participants to learn about and consider resources that they may find useful when working with large amounts of information and data. We will demonstrate how select library tools, as well as commercial products (Dropbox, Google Scholar, Google Drive, Outlook and PDF annotators) can be optimized to best serve the needs of researchers.
Click here for resources provided by the presenters.

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COACHE Coffee Klatsch

Track: Multifaceted Perspectives on Faculty Wellbeing
Presenters: Angela Crossman, Alvin Estrada, Amy Green, Muath Obaidat, Allison Pease, Lisandro Perez, Matthew Perry, Judy-Lynne Peters, & Henry Smart
Room: 1.67 NB
Abstract: The COACHE Working Group will present the 2019 JJ COACHE results, including additional analyses, in the context of prior JJ findings and the CUNY results. We will facilitate a discussion of the findings, answer questions and invite recommendations for improvements in response to the results.
Click here for resources provided by the presenters.
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