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CUNY IT Conference 2012

November 29, 2012

and November 30, 2012


The City University of New York and the Center for Digital Education will host the 11th annual CUNY IT Conference devoted to information and instructional technology.

This NO-COST conference offers an overview of the university’s key IT initiatives, demonstrations of how technology continues to change instruction, research and administration and a chance to meet and discuss technology solutions with vendors.
 

Please note: Online registration is now closed. Please register for this event on-site. Thank you.


 
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Featured Speakers

KEYNOTE: Thursday, November 29

Lev Gonick headshotLev Gonick, Vice President, Information Technology Services / Chief Information Officer, Case Western Reserve University, OH

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Lev Gonick has been teaching, working and living on the Net since 1987. He is vice president for Information Technology Services and CIO at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. In 2011, Government Technology awarded him one of their "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation." In the same year, Crain's Cleveland Business named him one its "10 Difference Makers" in Northeast Ohio and Broadband Properties honored him with their Cornerstone Award for "using fiber to build an inclusive society and empower individuals." In 2010, he received recognition as "Visionary of the Year" from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. He is also the founder and now Board Chair Emeritus of OneCommunity, the award-winning project to create a connected community. He is a regular blogger and columnist on issues related to information technology and the future of higher education. Gonick received his Ph.D. in International Political Economy from York University in Ontario, Canada.

KEYNOTE: Friday, November 30

Susan Metros headshotSusan E. Metros, Associate Vice Provost / Associate Chief Information Officer for Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Southern California

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Susan E. Metros is associate vice provost and associate CIO for Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. She also holds faculty appointments in visual design, education and communications. In her executive role, she leads the academic community in integrating new and emerging technologies into teaching, learning, research and outreach. In her role as educator and designer, she teaches courses on multimedia and new literacies and has served as principal designer on several international award-winning multimedia projects. She has published and presented widely on leadership and mentoring, visual and multimedia literacy, digital scholarship and the role that technology plays in transforming education to be interactive, engaging and learner-driven.

Photo courtesy of Robert Lau

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Agenda

DAY 1, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012

Noon – Registration

1:00 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions I

Peer Teaching Assessment Online: Persisting Needs and Changing Techniques

Peer assessment of teaching is both an invaluable source of information for the improvement of teaching and occurs within multiple organizational frameworks and constraints at CUNY. Our panel will share our experiences with online assessment involving teaching at community and senior colleges, and in online professional programs – as well as the contractual (i.e., PSC CUNY) requirements for peer assessment.
William Ashton, Associate Professor of Psychology, York College
William Bernhardt, Associate Professor of English, College of Staten Island
Laura Broughton, Associate Professor of Biology, Bronx Community College
Wenying Huang-Stolte, Instructional Technologist and Blackboard Administrator, York College

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MOOCs, Tools, Services and Other Latest Trends in Online Education
This presentation will provide an overview of latest new developments in online education, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Khan Academy, new learning management systems and services (e.g., Lore, Edmodo, Knewton), online tools for teachers (e.g., gradebooks, mobile applications), administrative tools (e.g., Inigral), etc. Their implications to everyday teaching and learning in higher education will be discussed within the historical context of educational technology.
Feng Wang, Director of John Jay Online, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Adam Wandt, Faculty Fellow for Online Learning, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Bridges across Borders: Using Technology to Foster Deeper Understandings of Diversity

This session discusses the creation of a First Year Global Learning Community that spans across two uniquely situated Hispanic Serving Institutions: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY and University of Texas at El Paso. Extending the “borders” of the classroom, technologies including Skype and a shared Web 2.0 platform/learning space facilitated cross-campus/classroom dialogues to de/re-construct ideas about race, space and justice. Institutional and pedagogical considerations necessary to ensure successful student learning will be discussed.
Isabel Martinez, Assistant Professor, Latin American and Latina/o Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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Developing 3D Simulations for Health Education
Interdisciplinary collaboration is essential for advancing research and workforce development. Our 3D virtual learning environment serves as a platform for faculty to share educational beliefs and conduct cross-discipline research for effective learning. Our results show: 1) an immersive environment helped enhance interdisciplinary collaborations; 2) developing a virtual learning environment is technically feasible and financially cost-effective; and 3) students overwhelmingly preferred engaging in simulation-based over text-based case studies.
Xin Bai, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, York College
Joanne Lavin, Professor and Director, Nursing, York College
Renee Wright, Assistant Professor, Nursing, York College
Robert O. Duncan, Assistant Professor, Psychology, York College
John Graffeo, Associate Professor, Health Professions, York College

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Designing Next Generation Academic Libraries: Three CUNY Case Studies
Three new CUNY libraries recently opened, two physical and one virtual. What decisions did librarians face as they designed spaces to achieve their missions? Delivering library services presents challenges to creating spaces supporting teaching, learning and research in virtual and physical environments. Explore the decision factors involved in creating environments conducive to learning in developing libraries at the New Community College, Bronx Community College and CUNY Online Baccalaureate program’s virtual library provided by Baruch College.
Vee Herrington, Chief Librarian and Director of Academic Technology, New Community College
Teresa McManus, Chief Librarian and Professor, Bronx Community College
Arthur Downing, Chief Information Officer and Chief Librarian, Baruch College

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Utilizing Social Business Tools in a Changing World

This presentation highlights how the CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise (IVE) has been adapting to the technological changes by utilizing social business tools in a variety of educational settings. The presentation will highlight: 1) the evolution of IVE's SmartPitch Challenge into a fully integrated social networking experience for students, faculty and mentors alike; and 2) the integration of social tools (Twitter, Facebook and Hootsuite) into undergraduate and graduate Social Business courses at Baruch.
Christoph Winkler, Assistant Professor, Baruch College
Stuart Schulman, Professor, Baruch College
Edgar Troudt, Technology Director, CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise
Rolando Franco, Executive IT Architect and Client Technical Advisor, IBM

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CUNY’s Great Spaces – The Role Technology Plays
One of the greatest assets of CUNY is its many spaces. As technology has evolved, so, too, has the opportunity to use it as a tool to enhance and promote a campus. This presentation will provide an overview of how John Jay, City and Hostos are using technology to do just that. Demonstrations of new technologies and a tour of John Jay’s new datacenter will be provided.
Praveen Panchal, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, City College
Joseph Laub, Interim Chief Information Officer, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Varun Sehgal, Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Hostos Community College

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Navigating the Sea of Instructional Technologies by CUNY Campuses
How are CUNY colleges selecting from an ever-increasing array of potential technologies for enhancing teaching and learning? Such decisions result in significant costs in terms of purchasing, training and support. What established processes are in place to best allocate scarce resources? Findings from a CUNY-wide survey will be interwoven with insights from panelists and research into best practices used at other universities to stimulate a dialogue on achieving the potential for instructional technology at CUNY.
Steve Castellano, Learning Technology Specialist, Lehman College
Janey Flanagan, E-Learning Director, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Natalia Kapli, Senior Instructional Technologist, City College
Bruce Rosenbloom, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, City College
Joe Ugoretz, Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning and Technology, Macaulay Honors College

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Web 2.0 Moving Image Media Hub
This presentation describes moving image website requests from faculty to a grant-funded media hub, then the eventual migration of this hub from LibGuides to WordPress. The account of this migration includes all its fits and starts, successes and presentations along the way, plus hopes for its future.
Dorothea J. Coiffe, Head of Media & Interlibrary Loan Services, Borough of Manhattan Community College

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Moving Image Media Hub


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Global Data Protection Laws and Regulations
The wide variety of privacy laws and data protection regulations makes it difficult for companies to know what they can and must do to protect themselves, their employees, their networks, confidential information and customers. For example, a company’s ability to process, store, transfer and monitor their employees’ use of confidential information may vary greatly depending upon where the data comes from and where it will be sent. Different countries apply different standards for the collection, processing and transfer of personal data. As a result, it has become essential for companies operating internationally to understand relevant data protection laws.
Richard Trezza, DLP Solution Architect, McAfee

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Rogue IT: Cloud, BYOD and the Personal Device Explosion
Higher education is placing an ever more diverse set of demands on campus infrastructure. Factors such as rogue IT, cloud computing, consumerization (BYOD), virtualization and the ever-present need to ensure regulatory compliance have only made it more difficult to ensure the continuity and execution of IT policy. Managing these diverse systems can be a complex and daunting task. How can you ensure that your campus infrastructure empowers IT personnel to securely do more for your community with less “hands-on” involvement? In this session, we will cover effective processes and tools used to deliver unified policy and network control across a diverse university environment.
Gaston Hebert, Account Executive, Higher Education, Enterasys Networks

2:00 p.m. – Break

2:15 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions II

The Online Journal System: Implications for Scholarly Publishing in CUNY
A dozen CUNY journals are being published using the Open Journal Systems (OJS). The Urban Library Journal has migrated from print and subscription-based to an open access, online-only journal through OJS. The change has increased visibility of the title and streamlined the process of publishing. Learn about the system back-end, how to produce an issue and how to archive issues using OJS. Implications for journal publishing in an online-only environment will be discussed.
Monica Berger, Associate Professor, Library, New York City College of Technology
Jill Cirasella, Assistant Professor, Library, Brooklyn College
Beth Evans, Associate Professor, Library, Brooklyn College
Steven Ovadia, Associate Professor, Library Media Resources Center, LaGuardia Community College

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Evaluating New Academic Technologies

The plethora of emerging technologies presents enormous ethical and practical challenges in the face of implementing, evaluating, comparing and making decisions simultaneously. What strategies, protocols and guidelines are appropriate and feasible in the assessment of the impact of specific technologies on student success? A panel from the CUNY SkunkWorks: Academic Technology Research and Development Group will present guidelines, protocols, rubrics, ADA compliance assessment tools and student feedback mechanisms in a panel discussion format.
Adam S. Wandt, Faculty Fellow for Online Learning, John Jay Online.
Philip A. Pecorino, Professor of Philosophy, Queensborough Community College
Mikhail Gershovich, Director, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College
Helen Keier, Blackboard Administrator, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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The CUNY Hybrid Initiative Site: An Open Resource for Hybrid Teaching and Learning
The CUNY Hybrid Initiative site is designed to be an open resource for everyone from new professors contemplating online teaching to students wanting to get the most out of their online learning experience. The resources and tools presented on the site are a culmination of ideas, suggestions and best practices from the colleges that participated in the CUNY Hybrid Initiative. In this session, members of the site’s editorial and design team will show how users might make use of the information in their online or partially online classrooms.
Laura Broughton, Associate Professor of Biology, Bronx Community College
Karen Lundstrem, Director of Instructional Technology & the Technology Enhancement Centers (iTEC), New York City College of Technology
George Otte, University Director of Academic Technology, The City University of New York
Maria Pagano, Associate Professor of Psychology, New York City College of Technology
Chris Stein, Associate Professor of Media Arts & Technology, Borough of Manhattan Community College / User Experience Designer, CUNY Academic Commons
Greet Van Belle, Interim Director, Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context (ILETC), Graduate Center
Alyson Vogel, Associate Director, Online Education, Lehman College

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Electronic Textbooks Improve Student Performance in Mathematics Classes
E-textbooks have the potential to deliver differentiated instruction and affordable content on demand. As with any emerging technology, questions arise regarding its effectiveness. The presumed advantages of e-books are their availability in terms of being accessible and affordable and, less obvious, offer students superior learning support. The administration of the Fennema-Sherman Scale revealed that students who used an e-textbook scored higher regarding their confidence in their abilities to do mathematics and the usefulness of the subject. But our research suggests some surprises.
Sidney Eng, Professor, Library, Manhattan Community College
Margaret Karrass, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Manhattan Community College
Kanu Nagra, Assistant Professor, Library, Manhattan Community College

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An Experiment in Sharing
New Community College needed a fully functional Library on opening day. Brooklyn College developed a suite of tools including journal management, room scheduling, laptop loan, find-a-book, directories, calendars and inventory management. Could tools developed for one school be modified for another and hosted by a sister school? Two colleges relate their experiences, presenting lessons learned. Is hosting or being hosted an opportunity for CUNY?
Vee Herrington, Chief Librarian and Director of Academic Technology, New Community College
Howard Spivak, Director of Academic IT, Brooklyn College
Alex Rudshteyn, Associate Director of Academic IT, Brooklyn College
Larry Fried, Chief Information Officer, New Community College
Robert Klein, Director of Information Technology, New Community College
Vyacheslav (Slava) Gurgov, Programmer / Web Developer, Brooklyn College

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College Quest: A Game-based LMS and Social Network
This session will showcase College Quest (CQ), a new web-based application developed for CUNY. CQ combines the features of a learning management system (LMS) with a social network and game-based learning to enhance student engagement, preparedness and success in online and hybrid courses. The panelists will provide an interactive demonstration of CQ, explore opportunities for implementation at CUNY and discuss how game-based learning technologies in general are impacting higher education.
Joe Bisz, Associate Professor of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Francesco Crocco, Assistant Professor of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Janey Flanagan, Director of E-Learning, Borough of Manhattan Community College

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How to Avoid a Train Wreck – Making a High-risk Project a Success

What do you do when you discover that your next project is the next iteration of something that didn’t go as planned last time? How do you build on what worked while correcting what went wrong? This presentation focuses on the recent Blackboard Upgrade project that used management techniques to avoid a train wreck, bringing the project in on-time and successfully, while mapping how to achieve this same success in future upgrades.
Kimberly Steele, IT Project Manager, CUNY Computing and Information Systems
Christopher Caprioglio, Assistant Director of Application Services, CUNY Computing and Information Systems
Ron Pristin, IT Project Manager, CUNY Computing and Information Systems
Krafins Valcin, Blackboard Administrator, CUNY Computing and Information Systems

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Online Virtual Fairs: A New Way to Reach the World

The online virtual fair is a live forum that is staffed by college representatives utilizing a community chat room, video, slideshows and web links to communicate with the international community. The virtual fair model represents a global shift in college communication methodology and culture, and the presenters will demonstrate how to execute the virtual fair successfully.
Jesse Guralnick, Hobsons Coordinator / Admissions Counselor, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Lily-Yi Elkin, Assistant Director Admissions / International & Transfer Services, Borough of Manhattan Community College

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Cloud in Higher Ed – Drivers, Deployment Options, Business Case and Case Studies
This session is based on hands-on experiences in using the cloud computing model at higher education, government and commercial enterprises. The use cases are based on the work done jointly by the speaker’s organization and the Internet2 Consortium at several universities in using Internet2 Consortium’s next-generation cloud for the academic community. Topics include:

  • Cloud computing drivers and challenges
  • Considerations for different cloud computing deployment models – multi-tenant, private, hybrid and community
  • Higher ed use cases for cloud computing – commercial apps, research and scientific computing and high-performance computing
  • Analyzing TCO and building a business case with case studies
  • Planning considerations for cloud computing

Atul Kapoor, Managing Director, Strategic Consulting, Enterprise Services and Solutions (ESS), SHI International, Inc.

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Cloud Computing and Workload Application Mobility
Cloud computing is a major departure from the traditional IT service delivery model. Services are no longer tied to dedicated hardware silos. Instead, virtualized resources —servers, network devices and storage — are abstracted from the hardware. Learn about the benefits of this industry-changing dynamic that is affecting nearly every industry. Learn how utility-based computing and IT-as-a-service is changing how IT is being consumed. Understand how application and workload mobility is the key to the transition to the cloud, and also the impact on DR and business continuity. Gain useful insights and our roads to cloud computing and application mobility methodology in converting your IT projects to the cloud.
Vinu Thomas, Vice President, Core, DC/V & Cloud Solutions, Presidio Inc.

3:15 p.m. – Break

3:30 p.m. – Keynote Presentation

The Future of IT Organizations in a World of Clouds, Crowds and Commoditization
Today’s universities face mounting financial pressures, global competition for students and faculty, concerns about rising tuition rates and student retention, greater focus on educational outcomes, increased demand for distributed education, growing expectations that they contribute to the economic success of their regions and more. IT organizations must support their institutions’ efforts to deal with these pressures. At the same time, they are also expected to deliver more services with the same – or fewer – resources. Dramatic changes to information technology present additional challenges and opportunities. These changes include cloud computing, crowd sourcing, commoditization, the increase of mobile devices (BYOD) and the availability of free services. In this world of clouds, crowds and commoditization, IT organizations must re-imagine and re-invent themselves. This presentation will explore innovative and creative ways for IT organizations to help their institutions succeed.
Lev Gonick, Vice President for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer, Case Western Reserve University

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4:30 p.m. – CUNY IT Awards

5:30 p.m. – Adjourn Day 1


 

DAY 2, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

8:30 a.m. – Registration

9:30 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions I

E-Portfolio Exchange Roundtable
Seven e-portfolio leaders will provide a brief overview of e-portfolio projects at the classroom, program, college and institutional levels. Discussion among panelists will address possible collaborative efforts, such as faculty development and public communication of “high impact” e-portfolio practices. Goals or outcomes for the session include the development of topics for a forthcoming e-portfolio conference and the sharing of resources on the Academic Commons.
Gina Cherry, Program Manager, Technology Teaching and Learning, Hunter College
Michele Cuomo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Queensborough Community College
Fei-Wen Pirovolikos, E-Portfolio Instructional Technologist, Queens College
Jennifer Sparrow, Academic Director, General Education, School of Professional Studies
Joseph Ugoretz, Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning and Technology, Macaulay Honors College
Howard Wach, Director, Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Bronx Community College
Barbara Walters, Academic Director, Online BA in Sociology, School of Professional Studies

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An Open Access Repository for CUNY: Why We Need It and How You Could Use It
CUNY’s University Faculty Senate recently voted to create an open access institutional repository (IR), which would allow faculty and staff to share scholarly writings, instructional materials, college documents and more. This session will provide an overview of open access, IRs and emerging best practices, as well as a report on possibilities for and progress toward a CUNY IR. Come learn why IRs are important and share how you might use an IR.
Jill Cirasella, Assistant Professor, Library, Brooklyn College
Matthew K. Gold, Associate Professor, English, New York City College of Technology / Director, CUNY Academic Commons
Stephen Klein, Systems Librarian, Graduate Center
Polly Thistlethwaite, Chief Librarian, Graduate Center

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Building and Collaborating: Case Studies in Digital Scholarship

Digital humanities researchers debate the levels of technological expertise required from participants while examining how technology and the collaborative strategies it engenders have changed scholarship more generally. The CUNY Graduate Center’s New Media Lab empowers Ph.D. students to answer these questions for themselves. A roundtable of four students in Anthropology, Art History and Classics will offer individual strategies for embracing technology in research before opening the floor to discuss digital literacy.
Michelle Jubin, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center
Alice Lynn McMichael, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center
Antonia M. Santangelo, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
Jared Simard, Ph.D. Candidate in Classics, CUNY Graduate Center

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Integrating Video-conferencing with Text-based Online Teaching and Learning
Inclusion of a video-conferencing application in Blackboard 9.1 opens up new possibilities for synchronous communication and community-building in online courses. Faculty who are experimenting with this new functionality within Blackboard will share their experience as they encounter its opportunities and challenges.
William Bernhardt, Director, Faculty Center for Professional Development, College of Staten Island / Consortial Faculty, School of Professional Studies
Deirdre O'Boy, Director, CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies / Lecturer, Department of English, Lehman College

Using Blackboard Collaborate to Facilitate Learning in Hybrid Courses

Using Collaborate in Blackboard 9.1, the presenter will share techniques used to facilitate collaboration and learning in a virtual classroom as part of a hybrid course. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences using Collaborate, as well as share ideas for how to build an online community of learning.
Maxine Fisher, Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Staten Island, Education Department / Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education Department, Brooklyn College

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The OpenLab and Its Community: Fostering a Place to Learn, Work and Share

City Tech’s OpenLab is an open source digital platform for teaching, learning and collaboration for students, faculty and staff to use for courses, projects, clubs, and portfolios. Built by and for the City Tech community using BuddyPress and WordPress softwares, the OpenLab is a thriving online space. This presentation highlights best practices in managing, maintaining and expanding the OpenLab, and showcases how its use extends the classroom, conference room and student lounge into the virtual realm.
Jenna Spevack, Associate Professor, OpenLab Co-Director, New York City College of Technology
Jody Rosen, Assistant Professor, OpenLab Co-Director, New York City College of Technology
Charlie Edwards, Living Lab Project Manager, New York City College of Technology
Bree Zuckerman, Instructional Technology Fellow, OpenLab, New York City College of Technology
Andrew McKinney, Community Facilitator, OpenLab, New York City College of Technology
Kamili Posey, Community Facilitator, OpenLab, New York City College of Technology
Scott Henkle, Community Facilitator, OpenLab, New York City College of Technology
Karen Goodlad, Assistant Professor, Living Lab Seminar Co-Director, New York City College of Technology
Jonas Reitz, Associate Professor, Living Lab Seminar Co-Director, New York City College of Technology

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Challenges in Founding the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
Members of the Editorial Collective of JITP reflect on the challenges faced in establishing a new online and open access scholarly journal. These include the difficulty of ensuring that the journal is truly interdisciplinary; how an 18-member “collective” makes decisions; the journal’s attempts to create a space for new modes of scholarly writing and peer review; and the problems faced in working in and transitioning across platforms such as Open Journal Systems and WordPress.
Steve Brier, Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program Coordinator and Professor, Graduate Center
Sarah Ruth Jacobs, Communication Fellow, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College
Kimon Keramidas, Assistant Director of the Digital Media Lab, Bard Graduate Center
Benjamin Miller, Macaulay Instructional Technology Fellow, Baruch College
Luke Waltzer, Assistant Director for Educational Technology, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College

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Mobile First Web and Content Strategy

The paradigm shift from the traditional desktop to the mobile web experience is fast approaching, and providing relevant date, location and time-sensitive content to users via mobile devices becomes an essential piece of the overall web strategy. This presentation demonstrates the concepts, techniques and technologies used to develop both the overall mobile content strategy and user experience, as well as the aggregation and delivery of content to both the desktop and mobile form factors from a single content source.
David Stevens, Manager of Web Services, Lehman College
Stefanie Havelka, Assistant Professor, Electronic Resources/Web Services Librarian, Lehman College
Gerlando Termini, Web Developer, Lehman College

Going One-to-One: Tablet Deployments and the Post-Classroom

The classroom as we know it is shifting from physical to virtual. A network of interconnected physical and virtual spaces have emerged, each an integral part of constructing the hybrid post-classroom. One-to-one computing initiatives require that each student in a given class or school be provided a mobile computing device through which to connect to this new web of educational information. The speaker will provide an overview of 1:1 computing, supporting research and methods of deployment.
Patrick Fogarty, Faculty Advisor of Instructional Technology, Xaverian High School / Adjunct, St. Francis College

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Commercialization Is Not a Dirty Word
Working with CUNY’s Technology Commercialization Office (TCO), Brooklyn College Library has developed and distributed several products it has created. Learn about the function and role of the TCO. Learn why Brooklyn College rejected the open source model in favor of commercialization. Learn how commercialization works and the benefits it can bring.
Stephanie Walker, Chief Librarian and Executive Director of Academic IT, Brooklyn College
Howard Spivak, Director of Academic IT, Brooklyn College
Alex Rudshteyn, Associate Director of Academic IT, Brooklyn College
Doug Adams, Acting Director and Senior Business Development Officer, CUNY Technology Commercialization Office

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Software Defined Network:  An Open Network Environment (ONE) Model
Educational organizations want to harness trends such as cloud, mobility, social networking and video to fuel the next wave of innovation. Requirements include improving user experiences, employee productivity and competitive advantage. Stronger ties between software platforms and network infrastructure is a primary element in a holistic strategy to achieve these goals. A programmable network can simplify management tasks while optimizing network behavior for applications running on shared infrastructures. Learn how ONE uses a programmable framework and alternative programmability models to allow organizations to create applications that harvest network intelligence and extract greater business value from the underlying network.
Michael Kowal, Vertical Solutions Architect, Cisco Systems

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Creating Tablet Apps for University Communications
Wide adoption of tablet devices has made it possible for universities to communicate with their prospective and current students, faculty and alumni in new and more engaging ways. This session will showcase some of the innovative ways tablets are being used for communications and provide an overview of how to easily build content for tablet devices and the distribution options. Uses cases and examples will cover all aspects of university communications and examples from other universities will be shown and discussed.
Brett Kizner, Product Marketing Director, MEI
Mark Leister, Senior Vice President of Business Development, MEI

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Challenging Economic Times, Challenge the Way We Do Business
With shrinking budgets, multiple devices per student and pedagogy evolution to a more learner-driven construct – including greater use of video and collaboration – the network infrastructure has never been more stressed to meet the academic mission. Find out how Alcatel-Lucent was able to save the California State University system $100M over its incumbent, with no compromise in performance, features or capabilities, while addressing the needs of this shifting educational landscape. Topics to be discussed include:

  • How to make the marketplace work for you
  • Requirements-based IT governance
  • Total Cost of Ownership Application Fluent Networking

Steve Roos, Account Manager, Enterprise, Alcatel-Lucent

10:30 a.m. – Break

10:45 a.m. – Keynote Presentation


Sight Lines: Literacies for Learning in the Digital Age
American college students are technology dependent and visually stimulated, but not always tech savvy and visually literate. While we educate students to read and write, we do not teach them to see. Institutions of higher education must revisit and revise the basic tenants of a foundational education by asking, “What does it mean to be literate in a visually lush and digitally profuse world?” By reframing institutional goals, leveraging new and emerging technologies, mastering new modes of academic inquiry and cultivating change in community and culture, educators can prepare students (and themselves) to thrive as astute consumers, producers and critics of this new, evolving multimedia landscape.
Susan Metros, Associate Vice Provost and Deputy Chief Information Officer, University of Southern California

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12:15 p.m. – Lunch (until 2 p.m.)

1:00 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions II

Open Ecosystems: Community-focused Development and the CUNY Academic Commons

The CUNY Academic Commons team will discuss its efforts to create a development workflow that is potentially more agile, rapid, responsive and community-focused than traditional client-services models. The open nature of Commons development, its active participation in free software communities and its communication strategies aim to create  transparent workflows that involve robust user engagement. This presentation uses several recent case studies to argue the advantages of such a model of open platform development within the university.
Brian Foote, Community Facilitator, CUNY Academic Commons
Dominic Giglio, Commons Developer, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Matthew K. Gold, Director, CUNY Academic Commons, New York City College of Technology and Graduate Center
Boone Gorges, Lead Developer and Director of Research Projects, CUNY Academic Commons
Sarah Morgano, Commons Community Facilitator, School of Professional Studies
Michael Smith, Commons Director of Outreach, York College
Chris Stein, Commons Director of User Experience, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Scott Voth, Community Facilitator, CUNY Academic Commons

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Flipping the Classroom: Adapting Teaching Strategies to Maximize Time in the Classroom
Presenters will discuss exciting possibilities of how the “flipped classroom” model can be used in cross-discipline CUNY classrooms in order to best maximize limited classroom time. Alex Berrio Matamoros will show a new collaborative video platform, called Academize, used in legal research classes; Dionne A. Miller will discuss the use of
Articulate software to deliver lectures in chemistry courses; and Ian Sullivan from the open education project, Wikiotics, will talk about possibilities in language education.
Alex Berrio Matamoros, Emerging Technologies Librarian and Associate Law Library Professor, CUNY School of Law
Dionne A. Miller, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, LaGuardia Community College
Ian Sullivan, Executive Director, Wikiotics Foundation
Moderator: Ann Matsuuchi, Instructional Technology/Systems Librarian, LaGuardia Community College

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Digital Tools and Curricular Collaboration
Blogs@Baruch, a flexible and media-rich publishing platform, has inspired a series of collaborations that suggest directions for imagining alternative structures for the college course. The presenters have experimented with collaborative pedagogy, and they will detail what they’ve learned, share their successes and cop to their failures. The goal of this session is to encourage discussion about how collaborative pedagogy might help us rethink and reinvigorate the traditional structure of the “course.”
Luke Waltzer, Assistant Director for Educational Technology, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College
Thomas Harbison, Project Manager for Digital Learning, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College
Mikhail Gershovich, Director, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College
Cheryl Smith, Associate Professor of English, Baruch College
Erica Kaufman, Lecturer in English, Baruch College

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Next Generation Library Research
The newest generation of library discovery tools allows researchers to search within and across databases in ways that fundamentally change how users interact with information. Speakers from CUNY, NYU and JSTOR will discuss new ways in which libraries are using technology to better support the research activities of the university community by simplifying search, linking content and opening up new avenues of discovery.
Angela Sidman, Electronic Resources Systems Librarian, CUNY Office of Library Services
Stephen Francoeur, User Experience Librarian, Baruch College
Bruce Heterick, Vice President, Outreach & Participation Services, JSTOR | Portico
Nadaleen Tempelman-Kluit, Discovery & Digital Access Librarian, New York University

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The Writing Studies Tree: An Interactive Composition and Rhetoric Archive
The Writing Studies Tree (WST), writingstudiestree.org, is a crowd-sourced database developed at CUNY to study disciplinary growth by tracing relationships among scholars and institutions. Combining a fixed data structure with open editing privileges, the WST aggregates small data entry efforts into scalable network visualizations, thereby positioning users as active participants in disciplinary history and knowledge-making. We will discuss the process of creating the site, demonstrate its key features and suggest pedagogical and research applications.
Jill Belli, Assistant Professor of English, New York City College of Technology
Amanda Licastro, Instructional Technology Fellow, Graduate Center and Macaulay Honors College
Benjamin Miller, Instructional Technology Fellow, Graduate Center and Macaulay Honors College

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What’s Price Got To Do with It? Open Access Course Materials at CUNY

Despite dramatic changes in how educational content is created and accessed, textbook publishers appear reluctant to change their existing pricing models. Recent years have seen the proliferation of Open Access (OA) curricular materials, yet while a clear demand exists for these materials from budget-constrained students and colleges, wide adoption has lagged. How might CUNY create its own infrastructure to coordinate and share the intellectual and pedagogical OA resources that exist at various colleges?
Susan Amper, Professor, English, Bronx Community College
Mark McBeth, Associate Professor, English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Graduate Center
Philip A. Pecorino, Professor, Philosophy, Queensborough Community College and School of Professional Studies
Johannah Rodgers, Assistant Professor, English, New York City College of Technology
Maura A. Smale, Associate Professor, Library, New York City College of Technology

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Collaborative Research on Online Learning: Creating Opportunities at CUNY

This session is intended to provide an opportunity for those interested in conducting research on how to improve college student learning in fully online and hybrid/blended courses to discuss research topics, challenges, and possibilities for collaboration. CUNY’s size, diversity and the presence of faculty and others with expertise in learning, cognition, motivation, instructional design, assessment and other relevant specialties create a potentially fruitful opportunity for investigating critical questions.
Ellen Smiley, Associate Professor, Psychology, City College; Academic Director, Online Psychology, School of Professional Studies
Elizabeth Matthews, Lecturer, City College/CWE; Online Instructor, School of Professional Studies
Bruce Rosenbloom. Director of Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, City College; Online Instructor, School of Professional Studies

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Digital Tools: Opportunities for Research and Access

Four members of the Internet Research Team (three students in Environmental Psychology, Urban Education and Public Health and a reference librarian from the Mina Rees Library) present research projects using social networking platforms  – with a focus on methods, research and ethical considerations. A guiding question for this panel centers on how Internet research enhances existing scholarship while opening doors to new ways forward for academic research.
Collette Sosnowy, Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center
Kiersten Greene, Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Education, CUNY Graduate Center
Sonia K. Gonzalez, Ph.D. Candidate in Public Health, CUNY Graduate Center
Shawnta Smith, Reference Librarian, Mina Rees Library, CUNY Graduate Center
Moderator: Jessie Daniels, Professor, Hunter College and Graduate Center, Public Health Program, CUNY Graduate Center

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Journey to the Cloud
Today, a powerful shift is taking place, driven by the convergence of mobile technology, social media, big data and cloud computing. Cloud computing enables unconstrained access to scalable, competitively-priced IT services. One-size-fits-all does not fit an enterprise’s needs. Today’s world requires a converged delivery model, sourced across traditional, private and public cloud offerings. A converged cloud strategy provides simplicity, speed, reduced cost, risk and compliance. This session will provide an overview of converged cloud solutions required by enterprises and how you can deliver information, applications and infrastructure from anywhere, with a cloud environment that’s flexible and change-ready – and tailored for your requirements.
Tariq Khan, Master Solution Architect, Americas Cloud Solutions Team, Hewlett Packard Company

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BYOD Changing Education in the Classroom and the Data Center
Bring your own device – or BYOD – has been a hot trend in many environments. Education has been at the forefront of this technology trend and it is in education that this trend has had some of the most profound effects. BYOD has changed how students learn and communicate with instructors both in and outside of the classroom – often enabling learning to move beyond a traditional classroom setting. The data center has not been immune to effects of these changes either. BYOD drives a consolidation of data and services into the data center, drastically raising the visibility and impact of any disruption in services. This session will look at the different faces and impacts of the BYOD trend and the impacts to IT organizations inside and outside of the data center.
Dominic Antonacci, Account Manager, Public Sector, NetApp
Greg Ferguson, Lead Architect Public Sector, NetApp
Sean Pagluiso, System Engineer, NetApp

2:00 p.m. – Break

2:15 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions III


Technology, Literacy, Comics and Animation

The Lehman College Art Department, Library and Multimedia Center, working with local cable network, Bronxnet, are collaborating on projects to produce and distribute instructional technologies for the college and its Bronx community. These projects leverage art and storytelling to teach information literacy skills using innovative real-time software, animated characters and comics. Gail, an animated character, will join in the presentation answering questions asked by the audience.
Michael Ferraro, Associate Professor of Art, Lehman College
Jennifer Poggiali, Instructional Technology Librarian, Lehman College
Christina Pagan (as Gail), Arts Coordinator, Bronxnet

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Student Life and IT Together: Student Government Elections Online
In the spring of 2012, many offices at John Jay College decided together to migrate the student government elections to an internal online platform. The election was a success, and the cost to the Office of Student Life was zero, which saved over $7,000. The new online capabilities included live updating, social media inclusion and 24-hour access for all students, while simultaneously validating each student’s vote.
John Leebens, Student Life Coordinator, John Jay College
Juan Baez, Application Development Manager, John Jay College
Sabina Eng, Web Developer, John Jay College

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The Real Challenges and Process behind Creating a Student-centric Website
Achieve a consensus among college leaders to break new ground by centralizing student offerings? Create a website as the hub for a new brand and messaging? The LaGuardia Community College website team met these challenges and more in launching the college’s new website. The presentation will address the team’s unique process from initial explorations to the development of the plan that served as the blueprint for the site’s creation and map for its future.
Charles A. Elias, Communications Marketing Manager, LaGuardia Community College
Teresa Saljanin, Web Services Manager, LaGuardia Community College

Social Media and Campus Digital Signage Integration

In times when students are submerged by a constant stream of information – inside and outside the classroom – our campus digital signage strategy should aim at engaging them in a creative and positive way. This presentation will focus on displaying social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) on campus digital signage as a way of getting students to join the public conversation for a greater, shared sense of community.
Thomas Deneuville, Web Editor, Hunter College/ICIT

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Retention and Community College Students’ Perception of Community in Blended Courses
Are community college students’ perceptions of the dimensions of “Community of Inquiry” (CoI) in blended classes correlated with retention? The researchers will present research on students’ perception of CoI dimensions in 17 blended classes and the correlation of these perceptions with retention. While there is a vast literature on the CoI model, there are no published papers devoted to the correlation of community college students’ perceptions of community and course retention.
Amy Traver, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences Department, Queensborough Community College
Edward Volchok, Associate Professor, Business Department, Queensborough Community College

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From Data Mining to Mobile App Development: Digital Scholarship across the Disciplines
In spring of 2012, the CUNY Graduate Center inaugurated a new grant program aimed at fostering cutting-edge digital projects by graduate students. In this session, representatives from the ten winning grant proposals will provide overviews of their projects and discuss their progress so far. Funded projects include a range of disciplines, including Musicology, English, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, History and Computer Science, and incorporate a range of methodologies from text mining to data visualization to mobile app development.
Naomi Barrettara, Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology, Graduate Center
Jill Belli, Assistant Professor of English, New York City College of Technology
John Boy, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Graduate Center
Matthew K. Gold, Advisor to the Provost for Master's Programs and Digital Initiatives, Graduate Center
Micki Kaufman, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Graduate Center
Jacob Lederman, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Graduate Center
Amanda Licastro, Ph.D. Candidate in English, Graduate Center
Benjamin Miller, Ph.D. Candidate in English, Graduate Center
Antonia Santangelo, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology
Suzanne Tamang, Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science

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A Cloud-based Tutorial System Integrated with a Center for Performative Design

City Tech received a National Science Foundation grant to create and develop a Center for Performative Design. This center, housed in shared visualization, computation and fabrication facilities, will offer students the ability to work together in teams, problem-solving like engineers, architects and industrial designers. It will feature a cloud-based tutorial system using modern social media and game-based learning assessment approaches. Presenters will discuss its development and how it will be integrated with the physical laboratories.
Iem Heng, Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering Technology, New York City College of Technology
Anne Leonhardt, Assistant Professor, Architectural Technology, New York City College of Technology
John McCullough, Assistant Professor, Entertainment Technology, New York City College of Technology
David B. Smith, Chair, Entertainment Technology, New York City College of Technology

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Building a Community of Practice for Hybrid Instruction at Hostos

The Hostos Hybrid Initiative (an annual incentive-based project, which began in 2007 to encourage faculty to develop and teach hybrid courses) has evolved from a workshop-based structure to a community-based structure that centers on mentoring. We will discuss the different types of hybrid development teams (and the process for matching mentors and  developers/instructors), our hybrid review process and how we offer support for instructors after their initial participation with the Hybrid Initiative ends.
Carlos Guevara, Director, Office of Educational Technology, Hostos Community College
Kate Lyons, Assistant Professor, Library, Hostos Community College
Jacqueline DiSanto, Assistant Professor, Education Department, Hostos Community College
Sandy Figueroa, Assistant Professor, Business Department, Hostos Community College
George Rosa, Instructional Design Specialist, EdTech, Hostos Community College

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Gaming across the Curriculum
This workshop will provide a fun, hands-on introduction to the principles of game-based learning. The session will begin with examples of learning games designed and tested by CUNY faculty across multiple disciplines and continue with “What’s Your Game Plan?,” a game designed by members of the CUNY Games Network to help educators brainstorm learning games for their students. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of game-based learning and educational game design.
Joe Bisz, Associate Professor, English, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Francesco Crocco, Associate Professor, English, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Robert O. Duncan, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences, York College and Graduate Center
Kathleen Offenholley, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Leah Potter, Project Director for Online Professional Development/Multimedia Producer, American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, Graduate Center
Maura A. Smale, Associate Professor, Library, New York City College of Technology

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Bring Sanity and Structure to Campus Processes with Technology Solutions
Join us to hear real stories about how customers have gained operational efficiencies and improved their overall student experiences to create a competitive advantage with content and process management technology. We’ll discuss how document and workflow management turns chaotic, unstructured data into organized information that works for you – no matter what host application your institution uses, or how your staff interacts with data and systems. In this session, you will discover how to:

  • Deliver immediate access to critical student and staff information
  • Improve compliance with a secure, paperless approach
  • Maximize your institution’s existing software applications

Rachel Sligar, ImageNow Functional Analyst, University of Virginia
Jodi Thiel
, Senior Account Executive-Higher Ed, Perceptive Software

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Social Learning and Group Tools
Social learning tools foster creativity and innovation, and encourage students to work together, communicate and think critically. Today’s students and educators need tools for collaboration, personal learning spaces to collect and reflect on course work and personal interests, community areas for group projects and departmental and administrative collaboration spaces. This session will look at the social learning applications that are available at CUNY to create and manage groups, conduct microblogging and collaborate online with self-organized groups on campus. We will explore best practices and learn how to utilize the latest tools in the classroom and to showcase academic and social collaborations.
Hal Herzog, Co-Founder / Campus Pack Product Owner, Learning Objects, Inc.
Christine Paige, Educational Technologist, Technology Integration and Resource Center / Adjunct Professor, The College of Saint Rose

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3:30 p.m. – End-of-Day Drawing
 

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Location

John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Room Reservations
There is no room block set up for this event. Below is a list of nearby hotels.

Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers
811 7th Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets
212.581.1000

Sheraton Manhattan at Times Square
790 7th Avenue at 51st Street
212.581.3300

Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel New York City
569 Lexington Avenue at 51st Street
212.752.7000  

Holiday Inn Midtown

440 West 57th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues
212.581.8100

Hampton Inn Manhattan-Times Square
851 Eighth Avenue at 51st Street
212.581.4100


Parking
There is no parking available on campus. There are several pay parking garages along 59th Street between 9th and 11th Avenues.


Directions
 

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