Instructional Design Center
Spring 2021

Welcome to this semester’s edition of Teaching with Technology, a newsletter from the Instructional Design Center. Here you will find the latest technology-related news and resources at Ramapo College.


Meet the Remote Teaching and Learning Specialists

The Provost has appointed a Remote Teaching and Learning Specialist for each school. These people are resources for the school’s faculty to seek guidance for virtual instruction and remote course delivery. Each of the specialists has provided a quote about their approach to or philosophy of virtual instruction.

ASB – Professor Nikhil Varma
“Transitioning to Virtual learning is a challenge. Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Canvas are designed to support faculty to provide digital education more effectively. While some might view it as a repository only, others can use the power of such systems to create memorable and effective learning experiences. My role as an online learning specialist: I present different class configurations to faculty seeking to design their courses in Canvas that would be complementary to their human touch. I strive to help create a symphony with human and digital delivery and hope to help my colleagues use these approaches in their virtual/online delivery.”

CA – Professor Ruma Sen
“Virtual learning has been a challenge for most of us thrust into this world suddenly almost a year ago. Over time, I have come to appreciate the tools that are available to make online learning more than merely structured delivery of course content. The student-teacher interaction, which is at the heart of any classroom, must become a part of virtual delivery as well. I hope that through the effective use of Learning Management Systems (LMS) resources like Canvas that are available to us, along with recent advancements, we will be able to produce better modes of engagement, such as breakout sessions, even in this virtual world.”

HGS – Professor Karl Johnson
“My proposed plans as the remote teaching and learning specialist are to support Ramapo College’s Mission and Strategic plans, and integrate our online and hybrid course offerings in such a way that it can support the college’s long term viability by training all students, faculty, staff, and administrators to efficiently migrate and effectively use our new Canvas LMS.”

SSHS – Professor Jackie Braun
“As a cognitive psychologist, I try to integrate many of the basic cognitive principles of learning and memory (such as the importance of context, meaningfulness, retrieval practice, etc) into the design of my courses; this is true regardless of modality of instruction for any of my courses (in person, virtual synchronous, or asynchronous online courses). I look forward to working with my colleagues as we each adapt our courses to the new reality—I hope to be able to share best practice resources for teaching and learning (especially remotely), to serve as a sounding board, to help brainstorm ideas, and to simply offer support in general as we move forward.”

TAS – Professor Paramjeet Bagga
“Teaching and learning in the post-Covid era are likely to involve significant technology components. COVID pandemic times have provided us an opportunity to develop and adopt technological tools for complementing and enhancing our existing teaching-learning approaches. Let’s work together to help build the advanced workforce for the future!”


Save the Date — First Annual Faculty “Teach and Share” Conference

The First Annual Faculty “Teach and Share” Conference, co-sponsored by the FRC and IDC, will take place on May 24-25, and will feature Ramapo faculty presenters. Look for a call for presentations, and more information to follow.


Bitz’s Bytes

Quick tips and tricks for Canvas

How to embed a Youtube video in Canvas

How to add links to Canvas Course Pages, Assignments, and Discussions

How to pre-schedule Canvas Announcements

How to add an image to a course in your Canvas Dashboard


Webex Breakout Sessions New Features

Pre-assign Participants to Breakout Sessions: You can now pre-assign Webex participants into breakout sessions prior to the start of the meeting. This must be set up by logging in to ramapo.webex.com. View this guide for step-by-step instructions.

Let Participants Choose Any Breakout Session: Instead of pre-assigning participants to breakout sessions, you can now choose the new option to let participants choose any session. If you don’t see this feature, make sure you have installed the most current version of Webex Meetings v 41.1.5.10. View this guide for step-by-step instructions.


Webex Help and Training

Visit help.webex.com to search the Webex Help Center for user guides for assistance using Webex features. Enter your search criteria, then filter your search by product, operating system, and more. 

Webex also offers ongoing live classes, as well as recorded classes on Webex Meetings, Events, and more. Search and register for live classes. Search and view recorded classes.


IDC Virtual Drop-in Office Hours — Through May 11

Log on with specific instructional technology questions or concerns, and we will help you problem solve.

Please be sure that all technology related questions go through the Help Desk, helpdesk@ramapo.edu or 201-684-7777.


IDC Virtual Workshops

Be sure to check out all of the great workshops offered by IDC this semester. Upcoming workshop topics include Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor; Webex; Collaborating with Google Docs, Drive and Slides; Cybersecurity Awareness; and Canvas Teaching Circle. To view the workshop schedule and register, visit our training web site. Upon registration you will receive an email with the Webex meeting information needed to join the workshop.


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