Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NYU Classes Training Workshops

By now you have probably heard that NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering will be transitioning away from Blackboard 9.1 to NYU Classes, powered by Sakai CLE.

The FITL Center will be offering two weeks of training workshops on NYU Classes beginning on April 22nd. Additional training will be offered in June and again in August.

Reserve your spot from the Workshop Schedule, or view the entire calendar here.

Sessions include:
  • Getting Started with NYU Classes
  • Getting Started with NYU Classes (online session)
  • Grading & Assessment with NYU Classes
More information on the transition from Blackboard to NYU Classes

Monday, March 17, 2014

Faculty Discussion on Clickers - March 12, 2014

Last week marked the Spring 2014 Faculty Discussion on Clickers, an event hosted by the FITL Center that invites faculty members to engage with their colleagues on teaching with the Student Response System.

The event has been held approximately every semester since Fall 2011, and has been well attended. This semester's meeting saw faculty from the departments of Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Finance and Risk Engineering, and Mathematics.

Any faculty are welcome to attend, whether they are active users of the student response technology, or just interested in learning more about it. Topics presented by FITL at this meeting included a review of data from the Fall 2013 survey of students using clickers, updates to the TurningPoint software, and the mobile polling solution, ResponseWare.

Faculty discussed the successes and challenges they face when teaching with the clicker technology. A common theme among instructors was the time commitment involved. One professor noted that while there is a requisite investment of time in developing good clicker questions at first, the investment pays off in subsequent semesters when questions only have to be tweaked to fit the current lesson and student population.

Another professor described the challenge of making time for in-class polling while covering the necessary lecture topics in a limited amount of class time. This scenario is one faced by many instructors, but they note that the benefit to teaching and learning provided by the clickers makes it a worthwhile investment of time and effort.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

NYU Classes Pilot Program

In the Spring semester of 2014, the School of Engineering is beginning the transition to the NYU Classes (Sakai) learning management system (LMS) that is in use at the rest of NYU.

While the full transition will be taking place in Summer-Fall 2014, 15 undergraduate and graduate courses here are currently piloting the new system. Throughout the pilot, FITL will be communicating with the faculty and students participating to ensure that the needs of the Engineering community are known and met prior to the full transition later this year.

Full NYU Classes training for faculty and staff will be offered at the end of the Spring semester. We will continue posting information here as well as to our forthcoming website about NYU Classes.

Please feel free to email with any questions about the transition.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

EDUCAUSE 2013 Virtual Conference

Attending conferences during the semester is always a challenge, so FITL is bringing EDUCAUSE 2013 to NYU-Poly.

Sign up to attend the conference virtually this October 16-18 in LC 433. 

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference brings together the best thinking in the field of higher education IT to explore today's toughest information technology issues; hear some of the brightest minds in the community; and share experiences, ideas, and information with peers.

The interactive virtual event includes dynamic speakers and live streaming breakout sessions, digital poster sessions, and more.

View the entire virtual conference agenda or email FITL for more information.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 14th.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Teaching with Technology Workshops

Fall Teaching with Technology workshops have begun! This is a great opportunity to explore the different teaching tools available at NYU-Poly and experience some best practices.

Training topics offered this round:
  • Teaching with Blackboard Collaborate    
  • Teaching with the SMART Podium Interactive Pen Display 
  • Teaching with the eno Interactive Board    
  • Going Mobile with the SMART Slate   
  • Getting Started with Blackboard  
  • Developing Content for Blackboard 
  • Creating Assignments in Blackboard 
  • Building Tests in Blackboard
  • Grading Essentials in Blackboard
  • Introduction to Clickers
  • Writing Good Clicker Questions
  • Introduction to the Faculty Media Studio
Many of these sessions will be taught simultaneously onsite and online.

To reserve your spot and view the calendar, go to Workshop Schedule, or view our Training page for full workshop descriptions and available topics.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fall 2013 Clicker Distribution & Registration

On Thursday, August 29th, 428 new undergraduate students received and registered ResponseCards (clickers) as a part of the Clicker Distribution & Registration sessions at New Student Orientation (NSO).

For the first time, students also received licenses to use the polling application ResponseWare on their mobile devices or laptops.

This year's distribution process was updated from past semesters, as students first attended a Clicker Talk information session about the clicker program at NYU-Poly in large groups (150-370 students), and then received and registered their clickers in small groups (25-30 students).

The registration step allows instructors to track students' progress throughout the semester and use the clickers for graded items like quizzes.

The Clicker Talk information session was also the debut of FITL's new video "NYU-Poly Ninja Academy," which provides students a fun and informative introduction to the clicker program at NYU-Poly.

Students who were unable to attend orientation have been picking up their clickers and ResponseWare licenses at the FITL Center this week. As of today (September 5), 491 students have registered their devices.

More information about the clicker program at NYU-Poly can be found at