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Gen Ed: Teaching Millennial Learners

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5th Annual Gen Ed Conference

May 8, 2009

Keynote: “Educating Today's "Digital Native" Learners" - Marc Prensky

Time Event Location
8:30-9:30 Continental breakfast East Dining Room, Music Building
Poster Presentations East and Faculty Dining Rooms, Music Building
9:30-11:00 Plenary Session Lovinger Theatre, Music Building
Greetings President Ricardo Fernández
Keynote Marc Prensky, Educating Today's "Digital Native" Learners
11:15-12:30 Morning Forums Digitizing Learning: Learning in Virtual Worlds

How can games advance learning? Are digital games different from real games? Does engagement in games transfer to academic learning? What do games teach?

• Marc Prensky, Games2Train
• Joe Bisz, BMCC, • Carlos Hernandez, BMCC
• Frank Crocco, BMCC
• Jason Smith, LaGuardia
• Erin Martineau, OUE/CUNY

Understanding Learning: Creating Accessible Assessments

How best to make assessment data available? Can assessments of student learning affect program design? How to generate and disseminate useful assessment information?

• William Fritz, Staten Island
• Paul Arcario, LaGuardia
• Richard Gampert, Hostos

Transforming Learning: Learning via First Year Experiences and Learning Communities

How is the First Year experienced at different CUNY Colleges? When does a First Year program become a Learning Community? What strategies are there to achieve First Year and Learning Community objectives?

• Rachel Singer, and Peter Cohen, KCC
• Marty Braun, Queens
• Linda Bernstein, OUE/CUNY

12:45-2:00 Lunch East Dining Room, Music Building
Poster Presentations East and Faculty Dining Rooms, Music Building
2:15-3:30 Afternoon Forums Digitizing Learning: Using Online Learning and ePortfolios

How do students learn in digital venues? What do they see as the advantages and difficulties of learning in Web mediated spaces? How should we shape the increase in learning online that the University expects?

• Bill Bernhardt, CUNY Online BA
• Jennifer Sparrow, CUNY Online BA
• Howard Wach, BCC
• Jordi Getman, BCC
• Bret Eynon, LaGuardia

Understanding Learning: Transfer - Community and Senior College Experiences

What happens as students transfer from one campus to another? How well do we prepare students for the transition? Does articulation mean anything beyond curricular congruence? Is there a way to ease the transfer student's plight?

• Mark Spergel, Baruch College
• Freda McClean, BMCC
• Laura Silverman, Queens

Transforming Learning: Beyond the Classroom – Study Abroad and In-Service Learning

Why do we need new courses in Gen Ed? How do multidisciplinary/cross-disciplinary courses function at freshmen and senior levels? How can formal learning and coursework outside requirements and credits contribute to Gen Ed?

• Steve Schwarz, Queens
• Craig Levinsky, City
• Gina Foster, Lehman

3:45-5:00 Conclusions East Dining Room, Music Building
“Looking Forward” Provosts’ CASTL Group, Mary Papazian
Reception and Posters East and Faculty Dining Rooms, Music Building