Speaker Series

ITE brings speakers to campus that are nationally recognized for their work in higher education. For the 2017-18 academic year we anticipate bringing 2-3 speakers to campus.

Spring 2018

Title: Street-fighting Mathematics for Better Teaching and Thinking
Time: Friday, March 23, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Campus Center Atrium
Presenter: Dr. Sanjoy Mahajan, Associate Professor of Applied Science and Engineering at Olin College of Engineering. 
Description: With traditional science and mathematics teaching, students strugglewith fundamental concepts.  For example, they cannot reason with graphs and have no feel for physical magnitudes.  Their instincts remain Aristotelian: In their gut, they believe that force is proportional tovelocity.  With such handicaps in intuition and reasoning, students can
learn only by rote.  I'll describe these difficulties using mathematicaland physical examples, and illustrate how street-fighting mathematics and science---the art of insight and approximation---can improve ourthinking and teaching, the better to handle the complexity of the world.

Title: Open Textbook Network Presentation on Approaches to Reducing Textbook Costs and Contributing to Student Success, Retention, and Graduation
Time: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Location: Central King Building Room 116
Presenters: David Ernst, PhD, Executive Director of the Open Textbook Network, Director of the Center for Open Education, Chief Information Officer, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Description: Are you concerned about the impact of high textbook costs for your students? Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. The College Board estimated that the average undergraduate can budget $1,230 - $1,390 for textbooks and supplies in 2016-17.Open textbooks are high-quality and scholarly materials, used by many faculty globally, and are licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. Tanya Grosz and Marilyn Billings will explore the benefits of open textbooks and help faculty to discover discipline specific resources.Twenty faculty who attend this presentation and complete a short textbook review by no later than March 16, 2018 will qualify to receive a $200 award.

Instructional staff interested in attending are asked to RSVP by sending an e-mail to ite@njit.edu no later than February 21th, 2018.

Fall 2017

Title: Dr. Ron Rockland’s Last Lecture
An Event to Honor our Retiring Colleague
Time: December 5, 2017 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Speaker: Dr. Ron Rockland
Description of Event: Dr. Ron Rockland, who will be retiring at the end of the Fall 2017 semester, has played a pivotal role on various aspects of teaching at NJIT. He was among the first to adopt, and share with his colleagues, innovative approaches to teaching both face-to-face and online as well as among the proponents and facilitators of assessment of student outcomes. Recognized as a Master Teacher for many years, he tirelessly and enthusiastically offered his services to the Institute for Teaching Excellence (ITE) since its inception in 2015. ITE owes a lot to Ron, and before he leaves the ranks of colleagues, wants to honor him and thank him for all his contributions. Please join us on December 5th, 2017 to hear Ron deliver his Last Lecture (on Teaching). 

Recording of Dr. Rockland's last lecture: