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|