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Tech Talks

A series on teaching, learning, and technology.

Click on the links below to see and hear podcasts of presentations hosted by the Center for Teaching & Learning:
November 15, 2010

Speakers: Joe Bertolino (VP for Student Affairs), Grace Davie (History), Alice Sardell (Urban Studies), Christina Calixte and Jonathan Vazcones (Student Leaders)
Moderator: Emanuel Avila (Student Affairs)
December 7, 2010

Speakers: Carlos Hernandez (Deputy Chair, English, Borough of Manhattan Community College / CUNY), Maura Smale (Assistant Professor, Information Literacy Librarian, New York City College of Technology, CUNY)

Since the turn of the millennium, a growing number of researchers in the humanities, social and natural sciences have begun to investigate the ways in which games, particularly video games, can effect better learning. Far from being a stultifying experience, games and simulations have been found by researchers to encourage their players to retain a great deal of complex information and apply that information in novel and challenging ways. This presentation--created by the steering committee of the CUNY Games Network, an interdisciplinary and inter-campus organization investigating the theories and best practices of using games and simulations in the classroom--will explore the research behind games-based learning and provide practical pedagogical applications of some of the discipline's most fundamental tenets.
November 9, 2010
Speaker: Rowena Li (Graduate School of Library & Information Studies)

Rowena Li will demonstrate the use of social media tools in adapting traditional courses to hybrid learning environment. She will examine for us the transformed role of both the instructor and the students, and as a consequence, the ever-changing instructional needs of the instructor as well as the social and psychological needs of the students. She will also demonstrate how these tools can be used to meet the challenges of online as well as hybrid instruction.

What will happen, what could happen, what should happen
October 12, 2010

Speaker: George Otte (University Director of Academic Technology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Professional Studies, CUNY)

With specific reference to online and hybrid learning, but with more general reference to the use of academic technologies in higher education, some thoughts (and caveats) about where we're heading -- and how we might make general drifts in directions significantly better for all concerned (or worse).

September 28, 2010
Panelists: Amy David (Accounting), Sunghee Shin (Elementary & Early Childhood Education), Carole Rhodes (Secondary Education & Youth Services), Vivek Upadhyay (CUNY Central)

Our panelists have diverse forms of expertise in promoting online learning readiness, and will describe diagnostic tools, will discuss student preconceptions of online courses (including false preconceptions), and will provide advice on how to help students get up to speed not just for dealing with technology but also for developing the study skills and learning dispositions necessary for success in college courses that range from web-enhanced to fully online.

Digital storytelling
February 23, 2011

Speaker: Andrea Mosenson (Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator of Family & Consumer Sciences
Education, Department of Family, Nutrition & Exercise Sciences, Queens College)

Digital storytelling is the 21st century method of combining multimedia technology with written pieces of work to create compelling, memorable stories. It is a process that allows students to manipulate digital images, voices, text, and sound to create vivid stories that can be shared both locally and around the world. Come and envision how digital storytelling can be integrated into any discipline and start capturing the minds and souls of your students in the powerful stories they will tell.

March 23, 2011

Speakers: Franklin Turner (Elementary & Early Childhood Education), Janice Smith (Aaron Copland School of Music), Rowena Li (Graduate School of Library & Information Studies), Jean Kelly (Center for Teaching & Learning)

A showcase of different ways to podcast your class. Our faculty presenters will show us how to use Jing and Screenr, QuickTime and iTunes U, and a range of other tools to capture and release audio
and video.

Teaching English to Vietnamese students, online! (pdf)
October 19, 2011

Speakers: Donna Gruber (English Language Institute), Nancy Mare (English Language Institute), Eva Fernández (Center for Teaching and Learning)

Students around the world are eager to learn English from native speakers, and Queens College has excellent English teachers to fulfill that need. Partnering with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional training Center, the English Language Institute at QC launched a 10-week online course in summer 2011: one instructor in New York, 14 students in Vietnam.

Digital Composing
November 15, 2011

Speakers: Kevin Ferguson (English & Writing at Queens), Ted Kesler (Elementary & Early Childhood Education)

Two Queens College faculty explore different aspects of teaching writing in a digital environment.
Click on the links at the right for Ted Kesler's rubrics.

Ted's Tools for Creating Rich Media

You supply the script, Xtranormal will create an animation. Watch this example on YouTube.
Build an online scrapbook. See Ted Kesler’s Glog at
Create videos with images, music and text. Educators can apply for a free Pro account to make videos of unlimited duration.

February 21, 2012

Speaker: Abe Walker (Sociology)

This presentation covers the use of rubrics as a tool for evaluating student writing assignments. When used in conjunction with long-form evaluations, rubrics allow faculty to offer feedback that is targeted, precise, and clearly indicates areas for improvement. In writing-intensive courses and other situations where written work is a major component of the course, rubrics can rationalize the grading process and ensure uniformity across large classes. The merits of rubrics and a variety of rubric tools are presented, with an emphasis on free online resources. 

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Speakers: Rob Garfield (Center for Teaching and Learning) and Tucker Harding (Columbia University)

Two Educational Technologists discuss examples of educational games and simulations they designed and developed for Social Science courses at Columbia University.

Additional resources:

CountryX Project Description:
CountryX Discovery Page:

MVSim Project:
MVSim Encyclopedia:
MVSim Project Description:
MVSim Design Page:


Tech Lite Talks

A new series in which each talk will focus on a specific tool, task, or problem.

Metaphors of Embedding
March 9, 2012

Speaker: Rob Garfield (Center for Teaching and Learning)

In this Tech Lite Talk we discussed what it means when people say they are “embedding” a video, image, or audio file into a document (e.g. web page, PowerPoint or Word file) as opposed to “inserting” a media file into a document. What are the implications of embedding? When does it make the most sense to insert rather than embed?

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