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The gallery showcases pre-recorded sessions and recordings of the live sessions.

Recorded Presentations

  • Showcase of Canvas Course Design, including interviews with Cynthia Paces, History, and Arti Joshi, Elementary & Early Childhood Education
  • Adjusting to Remote Teaching: A Pandemic Success Story as told by David Venturo, English
  • Student Perspectives of a Virtual Year, featuring student panelists from Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Arts and Communication
  • Pivoting in Pandemic: Inviting the Elephant into the Room  Nina Ringer and Janet Mazur, Writing Program, with student contributors
  • Math Problem-solving with FlipGrid  Cathy Liebars, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Incorporating Micro-credentials on Canvas Minsoo Kim-Bossard, Elementary, and Early Childhood Education
  • Simple Ways to Improve Audio for Online Classes Valerian Anderson, Office of Instructional Design

Attending the workshop? All attending TCNJ faculty are eligible to win terrific raffle prizes!

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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.