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2022 Teach & Share Conference

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◊◊ New This Year: Faculty Research Conference added to Day 2 ◊◊

 

May. 16
01:00 pm - 03:00 pm


Conference Theme: 
Navigating the Ever-Changing Classroom Landscape

The Ramapo College FRC and IDC are co-sponsoring the 3rd Annual Faculty Teach & Share Conference to be held virtually on Monday, May 16, and the morning of Tuesday, May 17. We will collectively share what we have learned this year as we experienced yet another version of the teaching environment. We will share best practices, create a space for dialogue and discuss relevant issues in effective teaching and learning. Join us to be part of this important conversation. Please register below with your Ramapo email address.

Register for Day 1

 

Day 1 Schedule – May 16

Moderators: Tammi Redd, FRC Director; and Michael Bitz, IDC Director


1-1:30 p.m.

Creative Use of Breakout Rooms to Maximize Student Online Engagement

Engaging students in discussion can be challenging when we are live and in-person in the classroom. Facilitating online conversation and participation can be even more difficult. This session will explore a number of breakout room techniques for maximizing student contributions to the online classroom, improving student confidence, and fostering a more connected and engaged online community.

Presenter: Colleen Martinez (SSHS)

 


1:30-2 p.m.

Precarious Pedagogy: Teaching Critical Pedagogy as Anti-CRT Movements Attempt to Shape Education

Embedded within the Ramapo College General Education curriculum is EDUC 211: Student Literacy Corps. As stated in the course catalog, “This urban education course is designed to explore issues of social justice in education with particular emphasis on urban education. Issues of empowerment through education are linked to Paulo Freire’s philosophy and pedagogy.” This course is open to all undergraduates and, also, post-baccalaureate students in Teacher Education. Although this course has been required within Teacher Education since the late 1990’s, only recently has its content come under attack. The anti-Critical Race Theory (CRT) movement questions the inclusion of such words as, “diversity,” and “critical.” Thus, the teaching of this course has become politicized within mainstream discourses.

In this course, as part of one assignment, “Urban School Studies Critical Reflection and Discussion,” students facilitate learning groups around Critical Pedagogical texts in a classroom activity similar to a Jigsaw. In this session, I will discuss both the activity as one that is promising for post-pandemic pedagogies and, also, its implications as students navigate public discourses around the teaching and learning of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversities. I will share the assignment outline and text excerpts utilized in the assignment. As the session facilitator, I will engage participants in a discussion around the precariousness of teaching “anti-CRT” pedagogies in 2022.

Presenter: Sharon Leathers (SSHS)

 


2-2:30 p.m.

A Unique Approach to Learning in Teams

Team projects help students develop collaborative skills. Groups have the ability to tackle more complex problems than individuals and group presentations help other students learn new things from each other. However team projects in the classroom are known to have problems such as Poor communication, Unequal contribution and conflicts in the group. This results in faculty adopting arbitrary measures such as different grades for each member of the team based on their contribution. Faculty however do not have visibility in the team dynamics and have to rely on inputs from team members which creates an environment of distrust and conflict in the team. The presentation will discuss an approach to team presentation and report that brings in more transparency for individual contribution. A new model for a simulation of classroom presentation will also be discussed.

Presenter: Nikhil Varma (ASB)


2:30-3 p.m.

Creating Safe Environments for Delicate Topics

Training, managers, and business leaders, to strategize in extreme scenarios in ethical and socially responsible ways has become a fascinating yet challenging field of study. This makes it even more critical to educate our current and future workforce to understand and apply these models appropriately by designing classroom environments that are non-judgmental and safe for them to voice all their ideas freely so that they can begin course-correcting without judgement. Three short exercises will be presented to show how we could introduce the idea of unconscious biases and a need for shared meaning to build constructive strategies that will have higher probabilities of working.

Presenter: Malavika Sundararajan (ASB)


Please register with your Ramapo email address.

Register for Day 1

May. 17
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Conference Theme: 
Navigating the Ever-Changing Classroom Landscape

The Ramapo College FRC and IDC are co-sponsoring the 3rd Annual Faculty Teach & Share Conference to be held virtually on Monday, May 16 and the morning of Tuesday, May 17. We will collectively share what we have learned this year as we experienced yet another version of the teaching environment. We will share best practices, create a space for dialogue and discuss relevant issues in effective teaching and learning. Join us to be part of this important conversation. Please register below with your Ramapo email address.

Register for Day 2

Day 2 Schedule – May 17

Moderators: Tammi Redd, FRC Director; and Michael Bitz, IDC Director


10-10:30 a.m.

Make Grading Fairer, Faster, and More Transparent with Gradescope

(Attend this session and get a free trial of Gradescope Complete in Fall ‘22!) Gradescope is a cloud-based grading tool designed especially for STEM disciplines, but useful for others too. Gradescope allows instructors to grade hand-written or typed student work by consistently applying rubric items, in a different and much more powerful way than Canvas Speedgrader. Instructors can use AI-assisted answer grouping to group similar answers and assign a grade to the entire group, streamlining the grading process. Your rubric items and free-form comments can contain mathematical notation, computer code, and other formatted text, and changes to the grading scheme propagate retroactively. I’ve been using Gradescope for a few years, for assignments including in-class paper exams, handwritten work and typed lab reports submitted by students, and coding assignments, with and without auto-grading. With Gradescope, student work and instructor feedback are easily accessible online. This provides greater accessibility (students can’t lose their returned exams), transparency (as students can see the grading rubric and auto-grading test suite, understanding of why they earned the score they did, and where their work fell short) and security (as the instructor retains an unaltered digital copy of student exams). I’ve been awarded a TLTR Grant to use Gradescope this Fall, including money to fund other instructors who’d like to try it out. Come see what Gradescope is all about and whether it might streamline your grading workflow, as it has mine. (No, I don’t get kickbacks from Gradescope – I’m just a satisfied customer!)

Presenter: Debbie Yuster (TAS)

 


10:30-11 a.m.

Writing Reflections for Meta-Cognitive Thinking

In a liberal arts education, students are encouraged to think critically, but they rarely are offered moments to think about their own thinking. I provide spaces in my classes for this kind of meta-cognitive work through writing exercises, including reflection writing, drafting, portfolio building, and “critical friends” peer-reviewing. Students are required to think about the critical steps they took to arrive at a final piece of writing and be able to communicate those steps to someone else. They not only get immediate feedback on their writing through the peer review process, but reflections on their peer review sessions lead them to analyze other people’s thinking as it applies to their writing, too. All of this thinking about thinking allows students the opportunity to grow both their writing skills and their interpersonal communication skills, as they need to empathize with others and come to learn – and sometimes to overcome – their own cognitive patterns.

Presenter: Brendan Flanagan (HGS)

 


11-11:30 a.m.

Use of Gaming Applications in the Classroom

The use of gaming applications increases student participation. Many of our students prefer to use their electronic devices to answer questions instead of traditional questions and answers. In my classrooms, prior to using gaming applications, there is about a 10% participation rate. When using gaming such as Quizizz and Kahoot, participation is at 90%- 100%. It also enables the faculty to see if some students have not answered yet, and you can adjust the time so that all students can answer. This enables those that need more time to be able to take their time and answer the questions. Kahoot word clouds, allow the students to answer in free text. If multiple students have the same response the box gets larger. This allows the faculty to see deficits and gaps in learning. There are many options for various question types: Multiple response, multiple-choice, fill in, word clouds, etc. I have polled the students and the feedback for gaming is very positive and they have asked to use gaming. Since a higher number of students participate, the faculty can see the strength and weaknesses of the class and alter the content to address the gaps.

Presenter: Anne Marie Flatekval (TAS)

 


11:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Teaching for Learning

Teaching for Learning provides fellow instructors with information grounded in the academic knowledge base that includes easily accessible, engaging, and practical methodologies. This non-traditional approach highlights and synthesizes proven teaching methods and active learning.

Presenter: James M. Micik (TAS)


Please register with your Ramapo email address.

Register for Day 2

May. 17
01:00 pm - 04:00 pm

2022 Ramapo College Faculty Research Conference Schedule

Faculty Resource Center (FRC) is sponsoring an annual research conference organized by the Research & Writing Exchange (RWE) and the Research Committee @ ASB (RCAA) to showcase the positive impact of Ramapo College’s academic scholarship. This in-person event will provide exciting opportunities for participation, collaboration, and dialogue related to scholarly research. Academic Scholars from all Ramapo units will share their current research with the Ramapo College Community.  Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served during the event in Pavilion 3.

Facilitator: Dr. Fariba Nosrati

For members of the Ramapo College Community wanting to attend this event virtually, please register below using your Ramapo College email address.  You will receive a Webex invitation shortly after.

Register for Virtual Attendance

 

 

Tuesday, May 17

Pavilion 3 from 1pm-4pm

1:00 PM Sanford Shevack From confinement to college: impacts of college in prison education on formerly incarcerated persons of east jersey state prison

 

1:15 PM Dolly Sacristan and
Colleen Martinez
Using clinical simulation to assess MSW students’ engagement skills

 

1:30 PM Satarupa Dasgupta The impact of covid-19 on support-seeking and service utilization by south asian victims of intimate partner violence in the us

 

1:45 PM Tufan Ekici Stock market fluctuations and inflationary expectations: financial or animal spirits?

 

2:00 PM Ali Al-Juboori Ordered clustering-based algorithm for e-commerce recommendation system

 

2:15 PM Ali Aljuboori and
Nour El Imane Zeghib
Multi-route plan for reliable services in fog-based healthcare monitoring systems

 

2:30 PM Liat Shklarski,
Yael Latzer and Kathleen Ray
The impact of the covid-19 pandemic on social work instructors: the case of Israel

 

2:45 PM Martha Ecker Radicalizing the leadership: the militant minority in local 10 of the metropolitan union of postal clerks: 1937-1962

 

3:00 PM Ann LePore and
Geri Hahn
Timing and motion of a synesthetic visualization of max waves’ loom as digitally animated in 3 dimensions

 

3:15 PM Aaron van Klyton Artificial intelligence and market inefficiency in supply chain management

 

3:30 PM Gladys Torres- Baumgarten and
Thierry Rakotobe-Joel
Multilatina’s leadership role in corporate social responsibility & sustainability effort in Latin America

 

3:45 PM William Jones Event-related potentials differentiate gender-based responses to brands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Technology Resources supported by Ramapo College’s Instructional Design Center:

For training and workshops visit https://www.ramapo.edu/idc/instructional-technologies/

Canvas – Online Learning Management System
TurnItIn Feeback Studio – Plagiarism check, rubrics, peer review, paperless feedback for written assignments
Flipgrid – Video discussion boards that integrate with Canvas courses
Qualtrics – Survey design and distribution
Yuja – Screen recordings for capturing lectures, lectures with PowerPoint, and student presentations
Webex – Web conferencing with audio, video or both
E-Portfolio – students can create e-portfolios using wix.com or weebly.com, no web design skills needed

Resources offered by Ramapo College Bookstore

Ramapo Bookstore eBooks: AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE: Visit the campus store website: www.ramaposhop.com to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. You can access up to 7 eBooks for the designated period free of charge.

Lumen Learning OER Courseware:  FREE Access to our OER partner, is offering FREE access to courseware to help supplement content, and offer additional resources to faculty, click here https://info.lumenlearning.com/ for the Lumen offer.