Instructional Design Center
Fall 2018

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. This newsletter also features a profile on Provost Stefan Becker.


Meet the New Provost

Dr. Stefan Becker joined Ramapo College as Provost in July, 2018. With a busy agenda and active schedule, Dr. Becker has already made his mark with technology at the College. One of his earliest initiatives was to establish an online forum through Google Groups where faculty have a direct line of communication with the Provost: Provost’s Faculty Discussion Group

Dr. Becker also believes in the power of technology to improve teaching and learning. “As someone who began teaching with the traditional lecture model, I learned how technology can transform the classroom.” He describes his first experiences with flipping the classroom and how he improved his methodology over time. “I would never go back,” he states. “With technology and flipped lessons, we can spend our time in class building relationships, having meaningful discussions, and solving complex problems.”

Online learning is an area where Dr. Becker believes Ramapo can grow and reach new students. He has a vision for Ramapo Online, a component of the College that would focus on online programs and distance course delivery. “Not every course or program is well-suited for online, but some are. We will need to work together to develop such programs in order to attract students who would otherwise not consider Ramapo College.”

Dr. Becker will continue to share his vision for technology at the College. These and other issues can be addressed at the Provost’s office hours with President Mercer on Wednesday, October 3, 2:45 – 4:15 pm in the Padovano Commons.


Groups for Managing Discussions

Google Groups are quickly becoming a popular tool at Ramapo. A Group provides a web page to manage Group discussions. Group members can start or join discussions by posting a new topic, or responding to posts in your Group. To learn how to participate in a Group discussion, or request a new group, check out these resources:

Watch this video tutorial or read our User Guide on Google Groups for Managing Discussions


Faculty Development Day – October 10

Join us for Faculty Development, co-sponsored by the Instructional Design Center and the Faculty Resource Center, on Wednesday, October 10 from 2-4pm in ASB-322 and 323. To view workshop descriptions, click on the links below. We hope to see you there!

Schedule

2 -3 p.m.

Option A: Academic Freedom in the Classroom: History and Current Challenges (Sponsored by FRC)
Location: ASB-323

Option B: New Tech Resources (Sponsored by IDC)
Location: ASB-322

3 – 4 p.m.

Option A: Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum, Across Disciplinary Divides (Sponsored by FRC)
Location: ASB-323

Option B: Photo Tips and Tricks with Campus Photographer Carolyn Herring (Sponsored by IDC)
Location: ASB-322


Meet Our Student Assistants

Highly skilled students work in the Instructional Design Center, and are available to assist you with learning a variety of technologies. Drop by the IDC (ASB-020) Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to meet them, and get assistance with everything from Gmail to Moodle, scanning, and more.

Biplab (pictured left) – “I am a Computer Science major, hoping to work in software development. I work with technology every day in almost every area of my life, especially in my work as a burgeoning software engineer and music producer.”

Aayush (pictured center)- “I am a Computer Science major with a minor in Math, working towards a career in software engineering and data analytics. Technology wise I am interested in the future of Quantum computing and how that would change our world as we know it now.”

Tristan (pictured right) – “I am majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I also have a minor in International Business. I am interested in exploring different sorts of technology and plan to pursue this industry for my professional career. I want to know how and why technology impacts our everyday lives to determine how I can improve current, if not develop completely new, innovations. In the long-run, I hope to establish my own business to make a positive impact in society and the world at large. My technology interests include 3D printing and computer software/hardware; I work with these technologies at Ramapo College’s Instructional Design Center. I also hope to expand onto modern transportation, home appliances, and military technology, as I was exposed to them during my experience studying abroad in Japan and South Korea.”


On-Campus Training Opportunities

Weekly Workshops – Be sure to check out all of the great workshops offered by IDC this semester. To view the workshop schedule and register, visit our training web site.

One-on-One SupportContact the IDC or drop into the lab (ASB 020) if you need personal support with Moodle or any other instructional technologies.


Funding

Funding for Adjuncts: In an effort to encourage professional development for adjunct professors, the Office of the Provost is offering stipends of $50 for each IDC or FRC workshop attended by adjuncts. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are expended. Here is the procedure:

  1. Choose the workshops you wish to attend. See http://www.ramapo.edu/frc/ or http://www.ramapo.edu/idc/
  2. Send an email to your dean, indicating which workshop(s) you wish to attend.
  3. The dean will review your request, inform you about the decision whether or not to support it, and forward the information to the Office of the Provost and the FRC or IDC.
  4. The Director of the FRC or IDC will need to verify your participation at the workshop(s) before funding is released.

TLTR Funding: This semester’s TLTR deadline is November 16, 2018. These grants explore how technology can improve teaching and learning. Some examples of TLTR  funded projects include: purchase of leading-edge technology, student aides to build online resources for a class, innovative classroom projects using technology, and research related to how technology impacts your discipline. For more information and the application, visit: https://www.ramapo.edu/tltr/


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