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City Tech Faculty Active at CUNY–IT Conference

City Tech was well represented on both days of this year’s CUNY-IT conference, held December 3 (at John Jay College) and December 14 (at the CUNY Graduate Center).

The first day saw Andy Zhang (mechanical engineering technology) and Iem Heng and Farrukh Zia (computer engineering technology) present on “New Approach to Teach Product Design that Breaks Disciplinary Boundaries.”

Later that day, the nursing department’s Kathryn Richardson, Pearline Okumakpeyl, Ellen McGuinn and Li-May Li presented on “Implementing Computer-Based Testing – ParSYSTEM – for Nursing Departmental Exams.” In addition, Ari Maller (physics) presented on “The CUNY HPC Center: Supporting Research from Nanometers to Light Years.”

Four City Tech faculty members – Monica Berger (library), Anne Leonard (library), Johannah Rodgers (English) and Maura A. Smale (library) presented “Practice What We Preach: Making Open Access a Reality.”

On the second day of the conference, George Guida (English) was part of a panel discussing “CUNY Online Composition Pilot: A New Model of Collaborative Course Development.”

Among the three panels that day featuring Matthew Gold (English) was “Authorial Implications of Collaborative Learning: Models Across CUNY,” during which he spoke about his NEH-funded digital humanities project, “Looking for Whitman.”

Nine City Tech faculty members were panelists on “Improving Online Teaching: A Collaborative Approach,” which was moderated by Karen Lundstrem, director of instructional technology and media services. Lucas Bernard (business), Candy Dato (nursing), Mary Sue Donsky (law and paralegal studies), Joe Ebbers (computer systems technology), Amit Mehrotra (hospitality management), Yelena Melikian (social science), Maria Pagano (social science), Patricia Rudden (English) and Walied Samarrai (biological sciences) discussed their work on the City Tech Online Learning Advisory Council, which developed a set of standards for faculty technology literacy, certification, recertification and peer mentorship.

At the same time, Maura Smale (library) participated on the panel, “Get in the Game: Using Games to Support Teaching and Learning at CUNY.”

“The broad participation of City Tech faculty in the CUNY-IT Conference is evidence of the significant advances at the College in applying technology to teaching and learning,” said Provost Bonne August. “Students today and in the future will benefit from these advances. We applaud their excellent work.”

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