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21st Annual Instructional Technology Workshop Presenters


Erin Ackerman

Erin Ackerman coordinates the library’s public services activities and serves as subject specialist for the social sciences. She is also an adjunct professor in TCNJ’s Department of Political Science. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University and an MLIS from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.


Terrence Bennett

Terrence Bennett has more than twenty years of experience as an academic librarian. Before that, he had a career as a corporate tax accountant and worked in the publishing industry in editorial production. In addition to his MS in Library Science from the University of Illinois, he holds an MBA from Tulane University and a BA from The Catholic University of America. His research interests include explorations of research data services in academic libraries, as well as issues in information literacy among undergraduate business students.


Rebecca Bushby

Rebecca Bushby’s experience in academic, school, and public libraries includes 8 years as a School Librarian in Maine and New Jersey public schools. Rebecca holds, in addition to her MS of Library and Information Science from Drexel University, a MEd in Educational Leadership: Instruction from The College of New Jersey. Her research interests include library user behavior and information literacy, particularly of first-year students’ college preparedness.


Angela Capece

Angie Capece earned her PhD from Caltech in 2012, then worked as a postdoc at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory before coming to TCNJ in Fall 2015. This semester she is teaching two flex courses: Plasma Physics and Physics I for Physicists, which is an introductory course with a laboratory component.


Stuart Carroll

Stuart Carroll has been at TCNJ since 1998 and still has 20th-century understandings of technology – he considers it an achievement when he can bold text in a word document. As a big believer in in-person learning, Stuart has worked hard to teach in Flex mode, and has enjoyed every opportunity that he and his students have had to be in person together during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.


Judi Cook

Dr. Judi Puritz Cook is TCNJ’s Director of Instructional Design. She supports faculty in best practices for integrating technology with teaching and learning. She is also an affiliated faculty member with the Communications Studies Department.



Linda Dempf

Linda Dempf is the Music and Media Librarian and also serves as subject librarian for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She earned her DM in music (horn) from Indiana University Bloomington, where she also earned her Masters of Library Science.



Ellen Farr

Ellen Farr is an instructional designer at The College of New Jersey.  She draws upon 20 years of teaching experience in the School of Education and her research to support the faculty’s pedagogical goals. Ellen has an MS in Educational Technology and BS in Elementary Education/History from TCNJ. She holds an EdD in the design of learning environments from Rutgers University.


Sharif Mohammad Shahnewaz Ferdous

Sharif Mohammad Shahnewaz Ferdous has earned his Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Texas at San Antonio, and B.S in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Sharif’s major research interests include Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality, Serious Games, 3D User Interfaces, Interactive Computer Graphics, Human-Computer Interaction.


Gary Fienberg

Gary Fienberg is in his 20th year as a member of the Music Department, a two-term former department chair, he teaches courses in jazz history, world music, trumpet studio, and directs the college jazz and brass ensembles. He has had a particular interest in online teaching, participating in the college’s online and blended learning pilot programs, serving two years as a Faculty Fellow for Instructional Technology, and earning an online teaching certificate from the Online Learning Consortium.



Karen Gordon

Karen Gordon has been at TCNJ since 2001 in the Department of Educational Administration and Secondary Education. At that time, she was still working with overhead projectors in Forcina and preparing those cellophane overheads for teaching. Now she has “advanced” to FLEX in-person and Zoom-based teaching. This semester she is teaching Adolescent Development and Learning and a Graduate course in Environmental and Occupational Health. With some of her education students during fall and spring, she has participated with Stuart Carroll in his Great Conversations and Finer Things courses with the Career and Community Studies (CCS) students via FLEX and Zoom.


Colette Gosselin

This is Colette Gosselin’s 18th year in Educational Administration and Secondary Education at TCNJ. She teaches three courses: Schools, Communities and Culture, Historical and Political Context of Schools, and Pedagogy in Secondary Schools. She has served as the Secondary Education Program Coordinator, EASE Chairperson, and led the 2015 NCATE accreditation review for the School of Education. While a scholar in Philosophy of Education, her most recent research interest has been in pre-service teacher development as reflective and culturally relevant practitioners.


Drew Hopkins

Drew Hopkins is an instructional designer for the Office of Instructional Design at TCNJ. He is a recent graduate from The College of New Jersey. Working half of his undergraduate in The Office of Instructional Design, Drew presented workshops on the use of VR and AR in higher education at EdgeCon 2020 and the 20th Annual Instructional Technology Workshop. He is eager to hear from others about how technology has transformed their educational experience.


Yifeng Hu

Hu received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Pennsylvania State University, M.Phil. in Communication from Chinese University of Hong Kong, and B.A. in Journalism from Renmin University of China. Hu’s major area of study is the uses and effects of new media and digital technologies in health communication, with a particular focus on mental health awareness, prevention and treatment. She has a secondary concentration in intercultural communication.


Judit Kardos

Judit Kardos received an MA in Philosophy from Eötvös University in Budapest, followed by a Ph.D. in Mathematics with a focus on Real Analysis. Her research interests as a teacher are related to teaching and learning Mathematics using the Inquiry-Based Learning method. Her favorite mathematical objects to think about these days are space-filling curves. Judit also loves games and puzzles and her newest teaching interest is the use of games in teaching Mathematics. Most recently she took a course with Marta Barbarics on Gamification and Playfulness in Mathematics as a student in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education. The course convinced her that it is easier to learn difficult concepts when we allow for a little bit of playfulness.


Carol Munn

Carol A. Munn is a technology and financial literacy teacher in the public school system. An adjunct professor at TCNJ. In addition, an entrepreneur, curriculum writer, digital course designer, and education technology coach.



David Murray

David C. Murray’s thirty years of experience in both academic and public libraries includes a 12-year stint as the History and Spanish Librarian at Temple University Libraries. He holds, in addition to his MS, LIS, a second interdisciplinary masters degree with a focus on the art and archaeology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. His research interests include the intersection of print and digital cultures in the humanities; information literacy, particularly in the field of history; and reference services. He served as chair, History Section of RUSA, American Library Association in 2015-2016.


John Oliver

John T. Oliver coordinates instruction at Gitenstein Library and specializes in the information skills learning of first-year students. He teaches IDS 102 (“Information Literacy Proficiency”), a mandatory library skills and academic research course that is a graduation requirement for all TCNJ students. He holds an MLIS from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and an MA in Cognitive Studies in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. His research interests include best practices in multimedia teaching and learning; information literacy, especially in first-year students and other students in transition; and strategies and supports for librarian collaboration with campus partners.


Brian Potter

Brian Potter is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies.




Brett Ratner

Brett Ratner received his B.A in Interactive Multimedia with a minor in Computer science from TCNJ in 2016. I am currently finishing up a Masters in i-STEM education. I have started pursuing video a couple of years ago and have learned almost everything I know about video is from watching videos online as well as first-hand experience.


Bethany Sewell

Bethany Sewell earned her MLS from Indiana University, as well as undergraduate degrees in philosophy and visual arts from the University of Northern Colorado.



 Lynn Smith

Lynn Z. Smith, Ph.D., CCC-A is a professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology at The College of New Jersey and an ASHA certified audiologist. Her research focuses on speech perception of children with hearing impairment. She earned a Master’s in Education of the Deaf at Smith College and The Clarke School for the Deaf. After teaching the deaf, she earned her doctorate in Speech and Hearing Science at The City University of New York. Dr. Smith has published in The Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Ear and Hearing, The Hearing Journal, and The ETS Praxis Study Guide in Audiology and regularly presents her research at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association annual convention.


Valerie Tucci

Valerie Tucci has over forty years of experience working in scientific, engineering, and computer science libraries in the industrial sector along with approximately ten years working in academic libraries. Her industrial experiences include managing Library and Information Services and Research Quality at Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, Pa. and Library Research Manager at NEC Research Institute in Princeton. She holds a BA in chemistry, an MLS in Library and Information Services, an Advanced Certificate in Information Science and is ABD in the Library and Information Science PhD program at the Univ. of Pittsburgh.


Matt Wund

Matt Wund earned his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan in 2005, and then worked as a postdoc at Clark University from 2004-2009. He has been at TCNJ since 2005, teaching a variety of majors and non-majors Biology courses, and conducting research in evolutionary biology. This semester, he is teaching a flex course entitled BIO 104 Inquiries in the Life Sciences, which is a requirement for students in the School of Education. The course has both a lecture and laboratory component, both of which are being taught as a flex model.







Welcome/Closing LoungeHome Gallery

05/25 9:15 am

Learning Online Through Games
Judit Kardos

Engaging students in a virtual environment presents a challenge. Dr. Kardos observed that her students got tired of sitting through yet another online class; thus, they started playing games once a week. Dr. Kardos will demonstrate a few examples of the games she created, share some amazing websites with game templates, and offer all participants a chance to play.

05/25 9:15 am

Perusall: An App for Reading and Asynchronous Discussion
Gary Fienberg

Perusall is described as an “e-social reader” by it’s developers; it transforms the solitary experience of assigned course readings into a group activity, leveraging precepts of interactivity common in social media. Additionally, it tracks and even grades participation and engagement of individual students using a highly customizable scoring system. The app is free, integrates into Canvas and is not difficult to adapt to an existing course.

In using Perusall in over 10 courses, I have found the app to be positively accepted by students and very effective in ensuring that students complete readings in a thorough and timely manner.

05/25 9:15 am

Simple Ways to Increase Your Video Production
Brett Ratner

With more communication happening through video, there are a few tips to elevate your videos to the next level. The aim is to achieve the best results with the equipment you already have. This session will discuss the basics of how a DSLR camera works, lens selection, and lighting setup. The presenter will also introduce video equipment that can help produce more professional-looking videos.

05/25 10:05 am

Assessment of Learning Using Timed and Recorded Oral Responses
Ellen Farr and Lynn Smith

Remote learning has presented an assessment conundrum. Instructors are tasked with balancing assessment of learning with concerns regarding academic integrity and respect of student privacy. Traditional objective exams are difficult to administer virtually in an equitable manner. While easy to grade, one must consider the ease to which students may access notes, textbooks, and a spare iPad during an exam administered in a virtual environment. The comfort of private spaces permits students to contemplate even the most complex open-ended questions while consulting the internet for, at best, confirmation of their answers. To fairly assess midterm and final progress of audiology undergraduate students, Dr. Smith and Dr. Farr created an equitable solution: students recorded timed answers orally using FlipGrid in Canvas. Students reported positive experiences. Many appreciated speaking their answers as oral exams and recognized it as practice for graduate school. Grading was time-consuming but offered insight into the students’ progress beyond the usual written exam. This format was a positive experience; it will be used in future courses, including when returning to in-person classes. 

05/25 10:05 am

Cross-Boundary Collaboration: Offering VR Experiences in Pandemic
Drew Hopkins, Sharif Mohammad Shahnewaz Ferdous, Yifeng Hu

Collaboration across both disciplinary and physical boundaries is no easy task. This session will outline how The College of New Jersey pivoted to continue supporting virtual reality interest, as well as, how faculty and students of different disciplines took part in the “Collaborating Across Boundaries” initiative during the pandemic.

05/25 10:05 am

Fair Use & Copyright Best Practices
Bethany Sewell, Erin Ackerman, and Linda Dempf

Copyright compliance can be complex, but it is important to know the basics in order to exercise our right to fair use in teaching and learning environments. Join TCNJ librarians to learn about copyright and fair use, classroom exemptions, the TEACH Act, and educational uses. You will also learn about Gitenstein Library‚ resources for licensed eBooks, streaming video collections, and how the library can provide access to materials under fair use.

05/25 10:55 am

Blended/Online Course Development at TCNJ: Moving Beyond Remote Instruction
Judi Cook

Interested in developing a blended or online course? In this session, we will review TCNJ’s revised Blended/Online Course Development Program. You’ll learn about the full range of delivery mode options (blended, online asynchronous, online synchronous, online bichronous) and the Office of Instructional Design resources available to support your course build from start to finish.

05/25 10:55 am

Google Jamboard-Interactive Whiteboard Tips
Carol A. Munn

Enrich your online instruction and engage students with this interactive whiteboard platform. Create online lesson activities which facilitate 21st Century Skills. This platform is made for collaboration, real-time exchanges, and instant feedback. Come and join the session and take with you some tips and tricks using Google Jamboard.

05/25 10:55 am

Policy Simulations in the Classroom
Brian Potter

Simulations of policy-making allow students to practice some of the concepts and methods that you have introduced in class. This workshop will show two simulations that can be used in either in-person or remote teaching.

05/25 11:45 am

Choosing the Right Tool for the Job: 10 Librarian Tips for Smoother Research and Teaching
Terrence Bennett, Rebecca Bushby, Linda Dempf, David Murray, John Oliver, Valerie Tucci

In this lightning-round-style session, librarians will present 10 of their favorite tools and tips for doing research and for navigating the information landscape. Librarians spend their careers developing expertise with tools and tactics for finding more gems and less junk. Now you can benefit from that expertise. Did you know that every discipline (and every topic!) has a database that uniquely suited to quickly find research materials, and that it is almost always faster than any one-stop-shop option? Did you know that you can instantaneously dive into the scholarly discourse on a specific topic using Google Scholar? Did you know that you can access webpages even after they have been removed from the web using Internet Archive? Did you know there are tools (like RefWorks) to help you quickly and easily manage the sources that you find and use in your work? After a rapid-fire demonstration of 10 tools (in just 20 minutes!), attendees will help choose the direction of the rest of the time by asking about the tools and tips that most interest them.

05/25 11:45 am

Designing Rubrics
Colette Gosselin and Ellen Farr

Rubrics can make grading more efficient. This session will review tips for creating effective rubrics. It also covers how to set up the Canvas rubric tool for use in the Speedgrader.

05/25 11:45 am

Lessons Learned from Flex: A Panel Discussion
Angela Capece, Judi Cook, Karen Gordon, Matt Wund, Stuart Carroll

What was the experience like of coming to campus and teaching flex in the Spring 2021 semester? In this panel, you will hear from four TCNJ faculty members who opted to simulcast their classes in flex mode for the entire term. They will discuss the challenges and opportunities of flex relative to fully remote instruction, as well as the changes they made to course design in comparison to in-person and fully remote classes. Pedagogy for the different types of class formats (whole group discussion, break-out rooms, asynchronous work, etc.) will be also addressed.

05/25 11:45 am

User Experience Design: Creating Easy-To-Use Canvas Courses
Drew Hopkins

Usability removes barriers to learning by ensuring that a course is accessible, consistent and efficient. This session will cover strategies for designing a course from a user experience perspective. In addition this course will touch on elements of accessibility, readability, and effective use of multimedia.