2015 Conference Program
The following is a working draft of the 2015 Faculty of the Future Conference program. As such, it is subject to change and please excuse any errors.
10:30 – 11:20 AM – Morning Session
Teaching Literature with the Raspberry Pi: Building Text-Based Video Games
Literature has the ability to be transformed within the classroom with the advent of the Raspberry Pi, a low-cost, single-board computer system. This system, in combination with Linux and programming applications, would allow students to: build an original video game; incorporate text, sounds, student-created graphics, and a unique user interface; create an original housing unit for the system console; and learn in an immersive, collaborative environment. Not only will students have the ability to bring their ideas to life, but they will also be able to bolster technical skills needed for the 21st Century.
Sarah Roman, Raritan High School, Hazlet Public School District
Resolving Misconceptions through Student Reflections
Students often begin college with misconceptions that hinder their ability to effectively learn course material. Faculty from Math, Biology, and Chemistry departments collaborated to conduct a controlled experiment to determine if student reflections can help resolve misconceptions in STEM courses. The speaker will describe the experimental design, and present examples of in-class and online reflective activities, including pre- and post-tests, exam wrappers, reflective writing assignments, and surveys. Preliminary results of the experiment will be shared.
Dona Boccio, Queensborough Community College
Sensational Learning: Helping Students Learn and Absorb Material by Appealing to the Senses
Do your students struggle with complicated or abstract ideas? We'll look at examples of how learning can be supported, enhanced, and retained by involving multiple senses and whole body learning.
Jocelyn Sirkis, Community College of Philadelphia
Acceleration Options for Bucks Students
Many students are placed into a developmental path before being able to start classes in their chosen degree. Bucks' math department has implemented three options to help students accelerate through developmental mathematics. The presentation will review the three options.
Janine Termine, Bucks County Community College
Lectures and the College Classroom: Thinking Creatively To Go From Now To Wow!
When we think of the college classroom, the first word that comes to mind is lecture. It is a device or tool used often, sometimes effectively, other times, not so much. As Abraham Maslow once said, "If your only tool is a hammer, you're apt to go around treating everything as if it were a nail." What is in your toolbox to be effective and efficient while meeting the needs of diverse student populations? This session will address the "when" and "how" of a lecture and suggest ways to incorporate student-active teaching formats. Bring ideas from your own arsenal to add to the discussion!
Lori Antonelli, Warren County Community College
Assessment - Impact on faculty effectiveness and student learning.
In a recent publication on assessment, the author reports that there are many paths to analyzing how students learn and the role of faculty in facilitating that learning. The presenters will examine techniques that have proven successful in the joint venture. The audience will be involved is evaluating the impact of these techniques on teaching practiced and course content. Also, the techniques will be analyzed in relation to regional and third party accreditation. Finally, participants will be asked to provide examples of effective assessment strategies that they use..
Michael Parsons and Jodi Jews, Morgan state University
Building Students’ CONfidence, Community, and Critical Thinking: The Creation and Implementation of an Undergraduate Research Conference at Harrisburg Area Community College
In this presentation a panel of faculty, a librarian, and the coordinator of student life will discuss the philosophy behind HACC Con, a student research competition focusing on pop culture. We will discuss how this program has been adapted across multiple disciplines, learning levels, and campuses. HACC Con aims to help students build lasting mentor relationships, develop their research skills, increase their sense of self-efficacy, and establish a greater sense of community. HACC Con encourages and incentivizes the use of a variety of campus resources such as the library, writing center, skills workshops, and online resources. We will share ideas for incorporating these concepts into the classroom, as well as best practices, sample assignments, rubrics, and program materials.
Allyson Valentine, Brett Stumphy,Rob Swatski, Judith Dutill, Jeanne Purtell, and Jessica Charlton, Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC)
Understanding Transgender Students: Best Practices for Faculty and Staff
Learn the basics of transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary gender identities, including current accepted and problematic terminology, and discuss the challenges that these students face both inside and outside the classroom. Discover best practices to support trans* students, or share your own methods. This session will include a Q&A in which attendees will be encouraged to ask all of their trans*-related questions.
Aiden Kosciesza, Montgomery County Community College
Bridging Cultures and Communities Through Experiential Learning: A Collaborative Project with Bronx Community College (NY) and Bucks County Community College (PA)
This roundtable is based on an exchange between students at Bucks County Community College (BCCC) and Bronx Community College (BCC). The discussion includes students and faculty experiences bridging cultures by taking students outside of the classroom. BCCC Sociology students, predominantly suburban white students, travelled to the Bronx to meet a Criminal Justice class, of students from mixed cultural backgrounds. In this collaborative effort, students interviewed one another and developed a community survey before travelling to Washington Heights, a predominately Dominican community, to observe the neighborhood and survey the residents. This presentation discusses an evaluation of the student conference, with a focus on the experiences and lessons learned from both the students and faculty. This roundtable provides an opportunity for educators to think about how to bridge cultures through experiential learning.
Crystal Rodriguez, Bronx Community College and Sarah Jakub, Bucks County Community College
The Future-Centered Course
What role can faculty serve in the age of MOOCs and Khan Academy tutorials? Will there even be a role for faculty in the future? What will our students need to learn to be prepared for globalization effects and ubiquitous technology? How can we adapt our courses and instructional techniques to better prepare our students (and ourselves) for the future's definition of success? We'll consider these and other questions in a discussion that brings together Tyler Cowen's ideas about educational transformation (from Average is Over) with Lynda Gratton's ideas about the future of work (from The Shift).
Lynn McCarty, Bucks County Community College
11:30 – 12:20 AM – Morning Session
Videos for Teaching and Learning
Discover innovative ways to use video to enhance teaching, engage students, and assess learning. Find out how video helps faculty flip their classrooms, how video projects help students demonstrate understanding, and how digital storytelling helps motivate students to persist and take advantage of services and resources. Explore examples of short video clips from various colleges to help you imagine how to effectively use video inside and outside of the classroom. Plus, get advice on what videos to create, what types to avoid and what online resources are available. You'll leave inspired to develop ideas for using videos to help your students succeed.
Angela Mathis and Brenda Teal, Prince George's Community College
Thematic English Composition Courses
This presentation will discuss the different approaches taken to orient the content and assignments for English Composition (101 and 102) classes at The Community College of Baltimore County to better suit the needs and interests of students going into different majors. Examples will include classes with the following focuses: Creative Non-fiction, STEM, Nursing, and Criminal Justice.
Greg Campbell, Andrew Rusnak, and Brooke Bognanni, The Community College of Baltimore County
Does Assessment Still Have Your Head Spinning?
Learn about the presenters’ journey in developing an assessment method for Dietetics 111, Introduction to Nutrition at the Community College of Philadelphia. This science-based course for many nursing and allied health majors is taught on multiple campuses, by multiple faculty, and in face to face as well as on-line and hybrid sections. Please join us to learn about what we found worked well and not as well in assessing student learning objectives. We will share the various approaches and tools tried for end-of-semester course assessment over several semesters, the outcomes, as well as plans for instructional changes to help improve student learning.
Melissa Altman-Traub, Francine Lukacik, and Laura Davidson, Community College of Philadelphia
Please Turn On Your Cell Phone: Encouraging Mobile Devices the Classroom
Students are increasingly tied to their mobile devices; they are using their smart phones and tablets to communicate with friends, order dinner, and watch movies. How can we get them to use their devices in the classroom in a way that engages them in the course material and helps with comprehension? How can we prevent them from using their phones to text and facebook during class? Join me as we answer these questions, learn about the latest theories on technology in the classroom and try out fun mobile learning resources.
Erin Niclaus, Bucks County Community College
Collaboration between Online Learning and Instruction: Reflections on Building a QM Certified Course
Have you ever considered revamping your online master course to meet Quality Matters standards, but are a little reluctant because you aren’t sure all that it entails? This session will explore the collaborative process between online learning and instruction to create a College Reading 052 master course. CCBC has adopted a formalized process where instructors and technology specialists meet on an ongoing basis to build QM Certified master online courses. This form of collaboration is specifically important for developmental education. Faculty and technology specialists collaborate to develop courses aimed at improving online course success rates. Presenters will discuss the QM certification process at their institution and what they’ve learned from the collaboration process.
Osen Bowser and Haleh Harris, Community College of Baltimore County
Course Redesign for Retention and Success through the Gateway Initiative
With generous Title V funding and Achieving the Dream support, Passaic County Community College has embarked on a comprehensive, team-based initiative to increase retention and success rates in ten of its most highly enrolled college-level courses. The Gateway Initiative focuses on academic quality improvements in the areas of curricular redesign, academic support services, professional development, and the incorporation of technology as a valuable tool in the teaching and learning process. Improvements in each of these areas will be discussed, with particular emphasis placed on the redesigns of Composition I and Western Civilization I.
Martha Brozyna, Alexandra Della Fera, Suzanne Hickey, and James Wallace, Passaic County Community College
The Value of Academic Competitions as a Means of Enhancing Student Engagement
This workshop will provide faculty interested in coaching and mentoring students in academic competitions the necessary tools to implement these programs on their individual campuses. Queensborough has been involved with coaching and mentoring students in academic competitions since 2004. The academic competitions cross many distinct disciplines. These competitions increase student engagement and provide the development of a skillset beyond traditional classroom settings. Students engaged in academic competitions develop better critical thinking and professional skills. These skillsets lead to a higher degree of our students who transfer and complete their degrees. This session will provide an overview of the types of competitions available, necessary faculty support and techniques used to recruit, train and mentor students to become life-long learners.
Christine Mooney, Leslie Francis, and Edward Volchok, Queensborough Community College
Experiential Learning With a Twist
An overview of DelVal’s experiential learning program and historical commitment to hands-on learning as well as the transition to a new experiential learning system - the E360 Program. Two unique experiential learning programs for nontraditional” majors; Zoo Science and Wildlife Conservation, will be presented.
Maggie Liguori, Darrah Mugrauer, and Alicia Shenko, Delaware Valley University
Many Genders in the Classroom
Transgender is an umbrella term used for any person whose gender expression does not match their assigned sex. A classroom of students can have a variety of genders. Gender is not just male or female. New terms like pangender, trigender, and agender are used to describe ways in which a person can label their own gender expression, rather than by the traditional male or female gender. A discussion on the current state of transgenderism among college students will take place along with ways to facilitate a positive classroom experience for those who are transgender.
Tiffany Andrews, Bucks County Community College
Bridging History: New Approaches to Teaching the United States History Survey
Latino/a Americans are currently the largest minority group in the United States. Yet, not enough information about this growing and important demographic is typically offered in United States history survey courses or found in U.S. history textbooks. What happens between Columbus and Roanoke? What does Mendez v. Westminster have to do with Brown v. Board of Education? Professors Craig Coenen and Samantha Gross will share their work in incorporating Latino/a history into U.S. history survey courses as a result of their work in the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Historias program and lead a discussion on the best ways to incorporate new narratives into the “typical” history survey course.
Craig Coenen, Mercer County Community College and Samantha Gross, Bucks County Community College
1:15 – 1:50 PM – Poster Session
What Students and Faculty Say about Technology in Higher Education
EDUCAUSE recently released results of their first-ever study of faculty use of technology in higher education. Combined with their student technology study uncovers information that may help you become more effective in your teaching and improve student achievement. Community college data will be highlighted and compared to all respondent institutions. Research outcomes will be shared with opportunity for discussion about the findings.
Andrew Lawlor, Bucks County Community College
Sense of Belonging in Cyber Space: Student Persistence and Online Learning
This session will discuss a quantitative study of the effects of hybrid course offerings on student sense of belonging and satisfaction at a commuter campus. The study also examined the role of various demographic factors such as gender, age, race, class standing, marital status, number of children, employment status, number of hours worked per week, number of hybrid courses taken, on student sense of belonging, and satisfaction.
Ron Costello, Penn State University - Abington
It's All An Act: Incorporating Drama and the Arts into the Teaching of Psychology
Et tu, Sigmund? The subject of psychology lends itself well to the use of drama and the arts as teaching methods. Original scripts, role plays, pieces of artwork, music, movies, and literary works can all be used to explain and illustrate psychological terms, concepts, and ideas. In addition, these techniques help to promote a sense of fun in the classroom, making the environment further conducive to learning. This poster provides some suggestions and ideas for using the arts to make psychology come alive in the college classroom.
Sue Lawrence, Montgomery County Community College
Experiential Learning in Communications Courses: A Case Study from Montgomery County Community College
This poster will focus on how student feedback influenced the implementation of experiential learning techniques in a community college communications classroom. Experiential learning focuses on students and their experiences from both outside and inside the classroom. Communications courses are an excellent place to see experiential learning in action because the curriculum involves an abundance of “doing.” Students are taught about communications processes through hands-on, skills-based projects (i.e. write a story, design a layout, shoot a film). Although the learning objectives and course description for Montgomery County Community College’s introductory communications course COM 160: Media Literacy Workshop highlight this focus on doing, students from the Spring 2014 class offered at the satellite campus in Pottstown expressed confusion at the end of the course. They did not grasp the media writing style-concepts or why they were learning them. Based on this feedback, the instructor made changes to the course to allow more hands-on, tutorial-type instruction such as in-class writing days, exercises in AP style, and more. This poster will study will describe the experiences and feedback of the Fall 2014 COM 160 class offered at the satellite campus in Pottstown.
Rebecca McGovney-Ingram and Neil Goldstein, Montgomery County Community College
Universal Design for Learning: Perceptions of Faculty and Students at a Northeastern Community College
Universal Design for Learning (UDL), is a pedagogical strategy that helps faculty implement inclusive classroom instruction and create accessible course materials. At its core, UDL principles assert that all students benefit when they are given multiple ways to take in new information, express their comprehension, and become engaged in learning. This poster session will present exciting new research designed to explore community college faculty and student attitudes toward and actions associated with inclusive instruction based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Two online surveys, the Inclusive Teaching Strategies Inventory (ITSI) and the Inclusive Teaching Strategies Inventory-Student (ITSI-S), were administered at a medium-sized Northeastern public Community College. Results showed significant differences among faculty in overall action scale scores based on age and ethnicity. However, similar analyses conducted on students were not significant. Results from the study provide insights regarding attitudes toward instruction based on Universal Design for Learning in the community college environment. Implications of these findings and recommendations for future research are presented.
Michael Gawronski, Orange County Community College
Libraries & Learning of the Future: Open Educational Resource Course Development for Students
The cost of textbooks has become an unmanageable burden. Faculty face significant challenges in their courses when students are unprepared. The use of open content and open access textbooks are resources that can be customized under an intellectual property license. The use of OER materials provides relevant and up to date course assignments. It moves the students and faculty members to a higher level of engagement. This workshop will introduce and share the tools used by three faculty members in the development of a text for a course in their discipline. In particular, the faculty will discuss the challenges and successes involved in the development of an OER text.
Christine Mooney, Leslie Francis, and Linda Meltzer, Queensborough Community College
Embedded Librarian Program and Its Impact on students' Learning Outcomes
The purpose of this project is to find out how effective an embedded librarian program is at increasing community college students’ performance on a course assignment on an annotated bibliography and a research paper. This is a collaborative project between a librarian and an English instructor. Participants in this study are Queensborough Community College students enrolled in English 101 and English 102 classes during the fall 2014 semester and the spring 2015 semester. There are 4 classes of English 101 and 3 classes of English 102. An annotated bibliography is the assignment used as a means of measuring students’ performance. A scoring rubric (total of 5 points) is employed to grade student work. Findings from the data will be discussed.
Christine(Mi-Seon) Kim, Queensborough Community College
2:00 – 2:50 PM – Afternoon Session
“It’s not whether you win or lose, but what you learn from the game”
Gamification Theory is an emerging concept, with exciting applications in face to face and online instruction formats. This presentation will outline game theory and its significance in the classroom. In this seminar-style presentation, participants will collaborate and brainstorm ways to develop cumulative assignments which utilize gamification strategies.
Brenda Keith, Bucks County Community College
Integrating ELL learners in College English Classes
More and more frequently ELL learners are being integrated into traditional college English classes. This session will focus on best practices for classrooms such as these. Best practices will be shared for power point presentations, group work, rubric clarity and paper topics that work well in mixed classrooms. Participants are encouraged to bring antidotes and artifacts that have worked in their classroom for an interactive workshop component.
Terri Stiles, Montgomery County Community College/Penn State Abington
Unlocking The Value Of Census Data
Have you ever wondered how to find and access demographic and economic data for your teaching and research activities? This presentation will show how to use Census resources such as census.gov and American Fact Finder to locate and visualize census data. We will look at datasets from the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Economic Census and County Business Patterns. Topics include poverty, health and economic/business data.
Noemi Mendez Eliasen, US Census Bureau
CNN Heroes Project: Integrating Literacy Skills and Service Learning in Developmental Courses
For developmental students who easily disconnect from traditional textbook-based skills activities, this “modular” project is intended to provide students with readings and activities that speak to real-life issues and to explore ways students can build self-confidence and career skills through volunteerism and social action. Workshop participants will review project materials and suggested student activities designed to build skills in vocabulary development, summary and persuasive essay writing, research using online sources, and group presentation. The modular structure of the project allows instructors to incorporate as many or as few of the project activities into an existing reading, composition, language arts, or study strategies course. A packet of sample materials will be provided.
Marty Beilin, Montgomery County Community College
Cyber Civility: Good Teaching for Good Manners
We work hard to ensure that our online courses are lively, interactive, and personable. That’s good teaching, but it’s also the key to better behavior. This session explores the connection between “humanizing the machine” in online learning and good civic conduct in cyberspace, with regard to appropriate language and academic integrity.
Peter Margolis, Community College of Philadelphia
Projects for Poets: Liberal Arts Math
Engaging the diverse set of students that come to a Liberal Arts Math course is a challenge. Homework and reading alone is insufficient to the task. I will share some projects I have developed, found and extended for this class: • Set theory. The Logic Zoo: Organize your critters according to characteristics • Geometry. Construction: make a scale drawing of an L-shaped corridor; • Probability: the Diet Fraction Game. • Statistics: Distance from School and Social Security Data; and • Voting Schemes: poll your friends to understand Preference Voting. Participants should bring their own projects and suggestions to share as well.
Margaret Boman, Harrisburg Area Community College
Overcoming tribalism through collective learning: Using principles of group dynamics in the classroom.
As American colleges progressively evolve into pluralistic societies that are interacting in transnational ways, it can move students into tribalism. The Homogeneous Unit Principle argues that “people like to be with people like themselves” that moves people into social enclaves. The college environment provides a positive space for students to encounter difference academically and socially. This session will demonstrate how group dynamics are used effectively in tremendously diverse New York City classrooms to overcome tribalism to build collaborative learning communities. Several methods and assignments that were proven effective in business and sociology courses as social bridge-builders will be demonstrated, alongside specific work projects that brought together both first and second language learners into symbiotic cross-pollination in an effort to circumvent the tendency to tribalism.
Cheryl Tokke, CUNY: Queensborough Community College and Hans Tokke, CUNY: New York City College of Technology
True Grit: Investigating Strategies to Enhance Student Persistence and Achievement
Based on the research of Duckworth, Dweck, and others, presenters will share a variety of investigations into strategies to help increase student persistence and enhance academic achievement. Correlations between grit levels, as assessed through a survey, and course grades will also be discussed.
Robin Minor, Rose Mince, Greg Campbell, Judith Boyle, Dan Lewis, Vicky Pigatt, and Bernadette Harley-Boone, Community College of Baltimore County
Inspire your students using a 3-D Printing Enhanced Curriculum
Engineering and library faculty will highlight how 3-D printing has been integrated by at LaGuardia Community College into an engineering design course as a method for building students' understanding of key course concepts; illustrate how the library is becoming a key player in building 3-D printer capacity at the College; and explore possibilities for 3-D printing to enhance the curriculum outside of engineering and design courses by providing a means for students and faculty to transform what is being taught and learned in the classroom into physical reality.
Alexandra Rojas, Charles Keyes, Galina Letnikova, Christopher McHale, Hendrick Delcham, and Paul West, LaGuardia Community College
Developing Diversity Workshops
This round table session will focus on assisting participants in developing diversity workshops at their institution for staff and faculty. Participants will be asked to think about the ways in which diversity impacts all of us and to consider how their own experiences (in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexuality, and disability, for example) may influence their perceptions. Participants will also be asked to look at different scenarios (both inside and outside of the classroom) and talk about how they might handle them.
Andra Basu, Lehigh Carbon Community College
Teaching Critical Thinking: The Virtue of Being Wrong
In order to teach students how to think critically, it is vital that we help them draw their attention to possibilities that conflict with their preconceptions. This roundtable discussion will explore the psychological mechanisms that get in the way of clear thinking, such as confirmation bias, the Halo effect and the fundamental attribution error, and will provide exercises that help move away from these errors by turning our attention to challenging our preconceptions.
Mehul Shah, Bucks County Community College
3:00 – 3:50 PM – Afternoon Session
What's Cooking? - Biology Labs in the Kitchen
Faculty often balk at the idea of online lab science courses, thinking the lab experience can't be replicated online. However, Mercer County Community College, with eScience Labs, created a unique solution to this conundrum. In this highly interactive session, we'll discuss the factors which led us to create this unique solution, and have volunteers complete an actual lab assignment from the course to demonstrate the effectiveness of the solution.
Rodney Hargis and Ellen Genovesi, Mercer County Community College
The role of extra credit assignments in student learning
Although the practice of extra credit assignments (ECA) has grown in college settings with some controversy, empirical exploration of its proliferation in college has remained negligible. Little is known about the effective design of ECAs on student performance and engagement in business management education. In this presentation, we will first review existing pedagogical literature on existing ECA practices and studies across various disciplines. Second, we will propose an ECA framework to guide a systematic empirical investigation. Lastly, we will synthesize 150 years of cumulative teaching experience with ECA of our faculty from the Business Department and open the discussion with other participants.
Julita Haber, Nina Sarkar, Stephen Hammel, and Christine Mooney, Queensborough Community College
FREE Student Response Systems For Online Delivery
This presentation will provide current research about the benefits of student response systems (clickers). There will be a demonstration of several free software that allows the user to embed poll questions in YouTube videos and the best technique to do so.
Matthew Feldman, Montgomery County Community College
Simple pedagocial ideas with big impacts
This session will introduce several small changes in assessment, use of technology, grading scheme, etc. that have increased student engagement and learning in Mathematics courses. Almost all ideas presented are useful for any discipline. Attendees are encouraged to bring their effective ideas to share!
Tejan Tingling, Nadette Munongo, and Shila Narain, The Community College of Baltimore County
The Use of Reader to Improve Exam Performance in Introductory Psychology Courses
This session will review anecdotal evidence from utilizing a reader in introductory psychology course during two different semesters. The reader was designed to help students better understand the course content by linking “real-life” stories with specific course topics. Students completed six writing assignments based on topics in the reader(s). Preliminary data on exam outcomes will be reviewed and recommendations for future inclusion of a reader.
David Ross, Raritan Valley Community College
Building Bridges Across the Boroughs
This workshop will provide information for faculty and student advisors on examples of cross campus collaboration within the City University of New York. The workshop will provide an overview of how to develop, fund and initiate a university wide program for community college students. The presenters developed and implemented a university wide entrepreneurship competition that provides students one to one mentorship opportunities with business and industry professionals. Students have the opportunity to compete for in kind and financial support for the entrepreneurial dreams. The workshop will demonstrate best practices and highlight the opportunities for student engagement across campuses and curriculums.
Christine Mooney, Queensborough Community College, Edgar Troudt, Kingsborough Community College, and Jorge Silva-Puras, Hostos Community College
Path to Possibilities: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Activities that encourage support, awareness and acceptance.
Through various programs and activities, members of the President’s Diversity Council and the College community at-large explore opportunities to engage members of our community in initiatives and activities that encourage support, promote awareness and engage acceptance of diversity, equity and inclusion for all members of our community. Often, these are not mainstream activities, but they serve to address the issues we face, are consistent with the interests and expectations of our community and assist in discussing and possibly providing solutions for long standing, ongoing concerns. The presentation will share these activities, discuss the impact on our College community and encourage participant's comments and discussion of activities that occur on their respective campuses.
Pamela Gallimore, Community College of Philadelphia
Developmental and at-risk approaches to Information Literacy and metaliteracies
How well do the revised ACRL standards for Information Literacy apply to underserved and underprepared students? How can we better engage students in developmental courses in terms of the multiple literacies they will need to move into credit-level courses and beyond? We'll look at current literature and practices for teaching IL and metaliteracy to developmental and at-risk students, emphasizing "high-touch" approaches and non-cognitive issues.
Jon Drucker, Community College of Philadelphia