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Faculty member Charles Altman from NYU School of Professional Studies experiments with the Learning Glass at the TEE Expo.

The sixth, bi-annual Technology-Enhanced Education Expo (TEE) that occurred in the spring brought together faculty and instructional technologists from across the University to highlight projects focused on teaching and learning with technology. Hosted by the Digital Studio in Bobst Library, and sponsored by the Faculty Committee for the Future of Technology Enhanced Education (FTEE), the Center for Advancement of Teaching (CAT), and NYU IT, the TEE Expo featured 23 presentations of how the NYU academic community is using technology to enhance education. The event included a roundtable discussion featuring a panel of speakers from three NYU schools pioneering the online landscape for educational use. Ted Magder (Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development), Nasir Memon (Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering), and Joyce O’ Connor (Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Technology Enhanced Education, NYU College of Global Public Health) talked about the challenges and successes their schools have seen with creating online course content. The panel was moderated by Ben Maddox (Chief Instructional Technology Officer, NYU Information Technology).

All three schools are among others at NYU that have created partial-and fully-online degree programs. Nasir Memon spoke of how online learning has been an integral part of the School of Engineering’s educational programs for several years. The school offers fully online graduate degrees, and is in the process of developing a fully online undergraduate degree as well.

"At the School of Engineering, we realized that online education is the future and we are eager to engage with it. Technology will allow us to create better learning experiences and to address issues of affordability. It will enable us to reach out to millions of students all over the world and provide them with new ways to access knowledge,” said Memon.

Joyce O’ Connor echoed the idea of affordability by noting, “Online courses have enabled people to reach an affordable way to pursue a certificate or degree at the College of Global Public Health. We saw this whole new market, and we’re pursuing that.” She also talked about how programs at the College of Global Public Health need to be flexible in their delivery. “We took some of our courses and blended them into hybrid courses. All courses are developed to be fully online, but we also know that they all need to be able to be blended depending on the place and what we can do,” said O’ Connor.

Ted Magder talked about how Steinhardt is expanding its reach to engage larger audiences with their online programs. Steinhardt currently offers online programs in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Counseling and Guidance, Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness, English Education, Math Education, Occupational Therapy, Science Education, and Secondary Education. “It’s very important that we are at the forefront of pedagogy and teaching and learning,” said Magder.

In addition to the panel discussion, the Digital Studio and the fifth floor of Bobst Library were turned into an exhibition space presenting a number of ways faculty can engage with instructional technology that included creating open educational resources for affordability, personalized learning with Cerego, active learning modules in fully online courses, an introduction to remote instruction, and interactive development for teaching and learning using the Unity 3D Engine.

For more information about technology resources for courses, please visit the Digital Studio online at library.nyu.edu/digital-studio.

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Watch the full panel discussion with Ted Magder, Nasir Memon, and Joyce 0' Connor moderated by Ben Maddox.  (above)

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See the work of NYU instructional technologists featured at the TEE Expo.