New York City College of Technology
The City University of New York
A Living Laboratory: Revitalizing General Education for a 21st-Century College of Technology

General Education Seminar I
Schedule            Revised 02.24.11

Intro        December 17, 2010
Reception, introductions, Big Questions

Session 1    January 28, 2011
9:30-12:30    Syllabus, discussion of “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman,” the idea of a breakthrough, the world in which our students will live and work
TOOLS—Information literacy, literature review

Session 2    February 4, 2011
9:30-1:30    “What is Computational Thinking?”—Jeannette Wing, Carnegie Mellon
What are the other skills, knowledge and values that will be valuable to Gen Ed in the 21st c? Report back on literature review, examples from other institutions of models, practices, and process
TOOLS—History of Gen Ed and current initiatives at CUNY and City Tech

February 11, 2011 — COLLEGE CLOSED

February 18, 2011 — NO MEETING (Gen Ed Committee Meeting 9:30-11:30)

Session 3    February 25, 2011
9:30-1:30    Technology in the classroom—Jim Groom, Mary Washington College
TOOLS—eLab training OR soft skills and techniques to build them

March 4, 2011                                                                                                                         9:30-11:30    Seminar Fellows attend Gen Ed Committee Meeting

Session 4    March 11, 2011
9:30-12:30    Reflections on Gen Ed Committee meeting and “Technology in the Classroom”                                                                                                                             TOOLS—Student Engagement, discussion of Engaging Ideas facilitated by Writing Fellows

March 18, 2011 — NO MEETING

Session 5    March 25, 2011                                                                                                           10:00-3:00   American Museum of Natural History, “Brain: The Inside Story”
Discussion of Howard Gardner’s “Five Minds for the Future.”
TOOLS—Technology and place-based learning at Macaulay Honors College, workshop with Lisa Brundage and Joe Ugoretz

Session 6    April 1, 2011                                                                                                        9:30-3:00    Place-based education and Jane Jacobs, an example from Case Western Reserve—Geoff Zylstra
Walking tour—Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Historical Society

Groups    April 8, 2011 — small group work meetings
9:30-12:30    TOOLS—Design of syllabi, SLO’s, rubrics, assignments, assessment

April 15, 2011 — NO MEETING (Gen Ed Committee Meeting 9:30-11:30)

April 22, 2011 — NO MEETING (Spring Break)

Session 7    April 29, 2011
9:30-3:00    Brooklyn Waterfront speaker, Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center, boat tour with Vision 2020: NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan representative
TOOLS—design of field trips, problem-based and inquiry-based learning

May 6, 2011 — NO MEETING

Session 8    May 13, 2011
8:00-5:00    CUNY General Education Conference, York College

Session 9    May 20, 2011
9:30-1:30    Presentations: plans for Fall 2011

May 27, 2011 — NO MEETING
Discussion and Reflection online

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