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The Faculty Institute 2012 - The DNA of Pace University: Collaboration and Innovation Pace University

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    Keynote Address: "Liberal Arts on the Brink"

    Keynote Address: "Liberal Arts on the Brink"

    Dr. Victor E. Ferrall, Jr. is president emeritus of Beloit College and the author of Liberal Arts at the Brink (Harvard University Press, 2011). A former senior partner in a Washington, D.C. law firm, he specialized in communications law, serving in private and federal practice for three decades before joining Beloit in 1991. As he explains in the book, intense competition to attract the most promising students has created an untenable economic reality for liberal arts colleges. Dr. Ferrall believes in the core values of a liberal education and urges America’s 225 liberal arts colleges to band together to ensure their collective survival.”

    • 54 Min.
    Keynote Session

    Keynote Session

    Dr. Victor E. Ferrall, Jr. is president emeritus of Beloit College and the author of Liberal Arts at the Brink (Harvard University Press, 2011). A former senior partner in a Washington, D.C. law firm, he specialized in communications law, serving in private and federal practice for three decades before joining Beloit in 1991. As he explains in the book, intense competition to attract the most promising students has created an untenable economic reality for liberal arts colleges. Dr. Ferrall believes in the core values of a liberal education and urges America’s 225 liberal arts colleges to band together to ensure their collective survival.”

    • 47 Min.
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    BIO 170/CIS101 Interdisciplinary linked course combining environmental and computer skills

    BIO 170/CIS101 Interdisciplinary linked course combining environmental and computer skills

    Our goal is to help students understand the biological, cultural, economic and social connections that govern our lives. Toward the end, we use collaborative learning to enable them to develop strategies that may promote flexible problem solving. The course feartures reading, writing, discussion, activities and computer work. The CIS component teaches students to use computer resources, databases and graphing tools to analyze information for commentaries and power point projects. Each team develops a webpage and designs a ppp based on an environmental topic. Students also prepare commentaries from current news articles and participate in ecological field trips. They investigate the way human control can impact our environment and how our actions can be influenced by beliefs and perceived needs. Media such as DVDs, newspaper articles, internet sites, journals etc. are used to explore the ecological issues that shape local, national and international policies.

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    Using At-Home, Hands-On Lab Experiments to Help Non-Major Students Retain Biological Concepts

    Using At-Home, Hands-On Lab Experiments to Help Non-Major Students Retain Biological Concepts

    Bio 123 is a non-science major course, taken in order to fulfill a University requirement of a laboratory-based science course. Now a hybrid course, Bio 123 has a traditional in-class lecture and an online lab. For two semesters, I gathered data (formal lab reports, test scores, questionnaires) from two online lab sections and four traditionally taught lab sections. In order to decrease experimental variables, I was the only lecture professor for all sections, the students had the same syllabus and covered the same material during the same timeframe, all students used the same text book, and the at-home labs closely mirrored those performed in-class. Not only did the students prefer the convenience of at-home labs, the data showed that students using the at-home labs had a significantly better understanding of the laboratory experiments and biological concepts as well as better retention of the material.

    • 27 Min.
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    Conceptualizing Education and Globalization: A Panel Discussion About a Conceptual Framework

    Conceptualizing Education and Globalization: A Panel Discussion About a Conceptual Framework

    The central question for 21st Century teacher educators is how do we develop a teacher education system that is globally oriented and meet the needs of diverse students including those with disabilities? As a University located in one of the world’s economically and culturally richest cities (New York City), that claims home to the United Nations Headquarters, how do we leverage our place, time, resources and capacity to prepare the next generations of educators, change agents and leaders for our global village? The purpose of our panel discussion is to address these and other questions. Using a multidisciplinary “town-meeting” approach, the panel members will each share their experiences, which will act as a building block for a conceptual framework for the development of an international education program in the School of Education at Pace University.

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    Faculty Forum: Creating and Sustaining External Partnerships

    Faculty Forum: Creating and Sustaining External Partnerships

    As the University positions itself to promote civic engagement and student internships, external partnerships become increasingly important. Grants are often also dependent on the ability to demonstrate such collaborations. This Faculty Forum provides the opportunity to explore collaborations among faculty members and organizations outside the University. Using presentation media, School of Education faculty will describe several projects created in partnerships with schools, service providers, cultural and professional organizations. Panel members will identify what they’ve been doing, what is working, what is challenging, and how they integrate this work with their teaching and scholarship and with the annual review process. The session is structured to invite participants to share their own experiences with external partnerships, identify areas of common concern, and brainstorm individual and structural solutions.

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