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On-campus to Online: Dr. Rina Hirsch worked with EdTech to design her online Auditing Theory course

After two semesters of teaching Accounting 233 “Auditing Theory” online, Zarb School of Business professor Dr. Rina Hirsch knows a few things about creating a successful online course. Dr. Hirsch’s main goal when teaching an online course is to build a community around her curriculum. She wants to establish a learning community that fosters a strong online presence, not just for herself, but for her students as well. To introduce herself to her students, Dr. Hirsch created a lively course overview video where she used dynamic hand gestures and facial expressions to build a sense of excitement about the course materials. She also included some background information about her personal and professional experiences to help her students to connect with her. To establish a relationship with each one of her students and allow the students to get to know one another, Dr. Hirsch requires students to post to an “Introductions” Discussion Board Forum. Dr. Hirsch responds to each and every student’s introduction in an effort to foster good rapport with her students. To build student presence in the course, Dr. Hirsch invites students to initiate [...]

2019-04-18T13:54:36+00:00March 29th, 2019|

Coding for High School Biology Students!

Dr. J. Bret Bennington, a Professor of Geology and chair of the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability, was recently awarded an NSF funded STEM+C grant along with his colleagues: Stavros Valenti, Senior Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology; Roberto Joseph, Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology; Lian Duan, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics; and Krishnan Pillaipakkamnatt, Professor and Chair of Computer Science. This project infuses coding and computational thinking into high school biology classes in six school districts across Long Island. Bret and his team have been collaborating with teachers from the six school districts on to create a modified Living Environment curriculum around App Inventor, a free web-based application that allows anyone to create apps for Android devices. The goal is for teachers and students to create apps for topics that need a fresh approach and have a repetitive nature to them. For example, transcribing DNA into RNA and then into the amino acid sequence of a protein molecule. In having to code the apps, students will not only learn an applicable skill in the [...]

2019-03-22T02:17:56+00:00January 24th, 2019|

PrideDesktop Now Available for All Hofstra Students and Employees

EdTech is pleased to announce Information Technology’s rollout of PrideDesktop. Hofstra recognizes that today’s students and faculty are always on the go. They need to be able to access the tools they need anywhere, anytime and from many different devices. With that in mind Hofstra University has implemented a way for students and faculty to access the software resources normally only found Hofstra computers remotely. Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) allows current students and faculty to access specialized software on their own devices both inside and outside of classroom 24/7/365. Almost all of the software you would find in your classroom or the open access computer labs is available via VDI but now you can access it from wherever you have Internet access. In addition, may lab classroom computers will have PrideDesktop as well. Students will be able to log into these computers to easily access web browsers and Microsoft Office. If they need to access specialized software, they will need to double-click the PrideDesktop icon to log into our virtual desktops. Both students and faculty can also take advantage of the free Microsoft Office [...]

2018-12-03T23:16:34+00:00August 29th, 2018|

Now There’s an Attendance Tool in Blackboard!

A new feature added to Blackboard over the summer is often-requested ability to track student attendance.  This can now be turned on in any class from the Course Management section, and the Attendance ties directly back into the Gradebook. To turn it on for your course, find the Attendance option under Course Tools: Course Management > Course Tools > Attendance This new functionality allows for simple tracking of student attendance.  You mark students as Present, Late, Absent, or Excused.  And by adjusting the settings you can grade by letter, point, or percentage. x x In the Overall section, you can see current and previous sessions, as well as overview statistics.  You can add slots for previous sections by clicking on the plus (+) icon that appears when you move the mouse between existing sessions. x If you’re interested in seeing it in action, this quick video will walk you through the process: https://youtu.be/C9FCxq1hfUY For more information, check out Blackboard’s instructor help for Attendance: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Grade/Attendance

2019-03-22T03:13:28+00:00August 25th, 2018|