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IDEAS: Integrated Disciplinary Education for Academic Scholarship: Symposium 2016

11th Annual IDEAS Symposium- Register Now!

​Shakin' it Up Across Disciplines: BLENDED LEARNING with Dr. James Stenerson

Pace University Executive Director, Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching & Professional Development

Friday, November 4, 2016 | CCB 252-3

Please join our immersion into the transformative power of blended learning on the scholarship of teaching and learning throughout higher education. 

To register click here (NCC participants) or here (outside participants). 

Blended Learning has been a trending topic in higher education for a few years now. When you infuse the pedagogical model of flipped instruction, faculty are faced with many challenges to meet the content goals of their course, as well as achieve an active, engaging learning environment. Making this happen is far more than a simple combination of face-to-face instruction and technology. There needs to be a deliberate reevaluation of learning outcomes and the methods implemented to ensure a successful redesign of the course. Done well, the results can be amazing!

The seminar will address the multiple dimensions of blended learning and flipped instruction. We will look at different course designs and various pedagogical tools (both synchronous and asynchronous) that support effective blended models. We will also consider ways to ensure the higher order of critical thinking on the part of students, as well as collaboration. This will be a highly interactive, full- day seminar where you will be asked to forgo traditional ways of teaching and be willing to shake it up! 

What is Blended Learning?

Articles on Blended Learning


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration / Coffee
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.  Welcome

Dr. W. Hubert Keen, President, NCC

Suzanne Liff, IDEAS Coordinator

Melanie Hammer, Dean, Arts and Humanities

9:15 – 12:00 p.m.

Crafting A Blended College Course

  • Table Talk: Our Pedagogical Challenges
  • Course Redesign and Effective Instruction
  • Desired Forces: Dynamics of Teaching and Learning
  • New Technologies for a Blended Classroom

Break (10:30-10:45 am)

  •  A Social Presence: Active and Collaborative Assignments
  • The Constructivist Philosophy as Inspiration
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch

12:45 – 2:15 p.m. 

Interactive Afternoon Session

Quality Matters and Meaningful Assessment

Are You Ready to Flip?

  • What are the benefits? Will it work for me?
  • Trends to Watch
2:15-2:30 p.m.  Plenary Q and A

James Stenerson, Ph.D

Dr. James F. Stenerson is the founding executive director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Professional Development which oversees faculty development initiatives at Pace University. Dr. Stenerson is an adjunct associate professor in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences where he designed and implemented a number of online courses. Jim remains instrumental at Pace with the incorporation of technology into the instructional process. He designed a number of faculty workshops addressing the challenges of instructional technology. He has also championed blended learning at the University. Jim attended Pace University for his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, The New School for Social Research for his Master of Arts in Media Studies. Lastly Jim went to Long Island University and received his Ph.D. in Information Science concentrating in the philosophy of technology. Jim is active in his local community where he is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Charter School of Educational Excellence in Yonkers, NY.