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ACERT Lunchtime Seminars - Spring 2014

Lunchtime Seminars


Our lunchtime seminar series on Tuesdays and Thursdays runs from noon to 2 pm and combines the themes of our successful Teaching Tuesdays and Tech Thursdays seminars. Topics presented are related to pedagogy, research, and assessment, in addition to technologies that enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. 

Events alternate between the Chanin Center's Insdorf Screening room (B126 Hunter West) on Tuesdays, and the Charlotte Frank room (1203 East) on Thursdays. Please check below for specific location. For additional information, contact

Feb. 25
FDA Lounge 8th Fl HW
"Deus ex machine? A professor's encounter with automated essay grading"
In the fall of 2013, I used an online automated essay grading software called `SAGrader' in my course `ECO 370 - Economics of the Law'. I detail my reasons for using the software. I also describe some (more...)
Matt Baker
Feb. 27
1203 E How to use* stuff that you don't own
*and transform

Traditionally, if we think of copyright at all, we think of restrictions -- and if and how we can "get around them." But it doesn't have to be that way. In this open discussion, we will introduce a new approach to Fair Use. We will also discuss (more...)
Stephanie Margolin (Library)

Malin Abrahamsson (Library)
Mar. 4
B126 W Incorporating technology to support a multi-section course
This workshop will demonstrate how faculty can collaborate to develop a shared online compendium of resources for multi-section courses. In the School of Social Work, a Master Course Blackboard site was used as a central “go-to” location for 18 sections of a team-taught (more...)
Nancy Giunta
(Social Work)

SSW colleagues
Mar. 6
1203 E Learning from and building on past hybrid courses
Michael Siller will describe the process he went through in designing a hybrid course he developed for students in the Psychology Department , entitled 'Autism Across the Lifespan'. This 50%/50% online/in class course includes seven online modules that cover important transitions in the lives of individuals with autism. While completing these online modules (more...)
Michael Siller (Psychology)

Scott Gentile (Mathematics and Statistics)
Mar. 11
B126 W The Changing Library: How Technology Enables Us to Rethink Services and Resources
As with all aspects of scholarship, the library is changing. What’s new at the Hunter College Libraries? More than just a new name and our renovated third floor. Technology now enables us to provide 24/7 reference services to students and faculty, and has advanced opportunities for research in the performing arts. The library is supporting  (more...)
Daniel Cherubin
Mar. 13
1203 E Open(ing) Education: Lessons Learned from an Experiment with a Massively Participatory Open Online Course
JustPublics@365, a large project funded by the Ford Foundation, produced a Participatory Open Online Course (POOC), during the spring semester of 2013. The interdisciplinary course focused on inequality broadly and in the specific neighborhood of East Harlem. The course was cross-listed in several departments at Graduate Center and, by design, open to any CUNY students (more...)
Jessie Daniels (Public Health)

Polly Thistlethwaite (Chief Librarian, GC Library)

Shawn(ta) Smith
(Reference Librarian,
GC Library)
Mar. 18
B126 W Easy Assessment Makeover
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make just a few little changes to course materials to help you learn a lot more about your students? Where they’re succeeding? Where they're struggling? In this presentation, Director of Assessment Meredith Reitman will use her own (more...)

Meredith Reitman (Director of Assessment)
Mar. 20
1203 E Writing on the web: Criticism as building and sharing
A rapidly increasing share of our reading and writing occurs these days on networked screens, and this development presents faculty and students with exciting possibilities and new challenges. Perhaps the most salient is that student work can be "published" quickly and relatively easily on the web to peers or even to the general public. This capacity allows students to think (more...)
Jeff Allred

Julie Van Peteghem (Romance Languages)
Mar. 25
B126 W How can multimodal writing assignments enable deeper critical thinking?
According to CUNY Composition scholar Liz Clark, college writing teachers now face a “digital imperative.” She argues that unless we teach digital composition, our students will be left on the wrong side of an “emergent digital divide,” untrained in digital rhetorics, and left with only increasingly obsolete but “more comfortable essayistic literacy.” In this session, we will use (more...)
Sean Molloy

Wendy Hayden (English)
Mar. 27
1203 E
Building on Success in Assessment in the Arts & Sciences
Faculty members throughout the Arts & Sciences have been effectively using assessment strategies for quite some time to learn how our students are developing in their programs. They have also used this knowledge to improve their programs and monitor the success of their program changes. As we take stock of our assessment efforts for our Middle States Periodic Review Report (PRR), we would like to highlight some outstanding examples of assessment (more...)
Andy Polsky (Dean of A&S)

Ed Barboni (Acting Assistant Provost for Assessment, Accreditation, and Program Review)

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