Pedagogy Luncheons

Pedagogy Luncheons are open to faculty and staff. Three to four times a semester, C-TIE offers a working luncheon featuring speakers and interactive workshops focused on pedagogical issues relevant to our work. Note that these events occur on Wednesdays, 1-2:21pm, in the Regina Peruggi Room (unless otherwise noted.

View the Fall 2019 Pedagogy Luncheon Schedule

  • Pedagogy Luncheon Material

  • Event Resources

    Pedagogy Luncheon: September 26, 2018


    “Teaching with Technology”

    Gunjali Trikha, Assistant Professor of Marketing: 

    From a pedagogical standpoint, what’s the benefit of teaching with technology? What does it look like, at its best? What are some of the best resources that enable technology assisted learning? How are educational institutions using technology to augment the learning experience? 

    Click here to view PowerPoint presentation

    Brian Rocco, Director of the library: 

    OER and Blackboard: Improving affordability, access and student success by supporting adoption of open education resources (OER) within our learning management system.
    In this session, we will learn how to employ two services that support the use of open educational resources for Blackboard: TopHat and Lumen Learning. Please note, Brian created a Blackboard shell showcasing both these services. If you would like to see them email Brian and he will enroll you.

    Click here to view PowerPoint presentation

    Rabindra Rai, Webmaster:

    Useful IT topics and resources:

    1. Using “mymmc” - located in the quicklinks menu on the website - your one stop for private faculty information center.

      2. Using the classclimate website to view completed student surveys.

      3. Updating pages on the College website with department head permissions.

    4. Store files and Collaborate on Box (When you share a document within BOX with an mmm user and the user accepts it they automatically get an account and email alert.). Create an account with your email:

    5. Feedback on what is needed from the IT office:


    Pedagogy Luncheon - April 25, 2018


    “Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Degrees and Open Educational Resources (OER)”

    Dr. Michelle Ronda  (Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY and former MMC’er) presents her discussion of ZTC, OER and the unexpected benefits to faculty who pursue development of courses with open access materials.

    Writes Michelle, “Since 2015, BMCC has committed to developing open educational resources for courses—materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license—to ameliorate the $1200 a year average that students typically spend on textbooks. Our OER and Zero Textbook Cost degree plans have saved students about $1 million.”



    Dr. Ronda’s PowerPoint (with hyperlinks) - .ppt

    Pedagogical Framework for OER/ZTC Course Redesign - .pdf

  • Past Pedagogy Events

    Check out the titles of past Pedagogy Luncheon titles for a sample of what our events are all about:

    Spring 2019

    Accessibility: Michael Johnson

    Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum: Christina Castronovo

    Gen Wha? Laura Tropp and Lorraine Martinez-Novoa

    Brave Spaces and Discussions about Race (Part II): Rebecca Mattis-Pinard


    Fall 2018

    Teaching with Technology: Brian Rocco and Rab Rai

    Innovative Teaching: Nava Silton, Ceilia Feilla, Catherine Cabeen, and Diana Epelbaum

    Brave Spaces and Discussions about Race (Part I): Sarah Nelson Wright and Rebecca Mattis-Pinard


    Spring 2018

    What’s New with C-TIE: Fellows Tahneer Oksman, Nava Silton, Gunjali Trikh and Edrex Fontinella

    How to Detect “Fake News”! Tahneer Oksman and Mary Brown

    Free Books: Open Educational Resources: Michelle Ronda (BMCC)


    Fall 2017

    Supporting Students with Disabilities: Diana Epelbaum, Diana Nash, and Lindsay Green

    Using Digital Tools in Pedagogy: Gunjali Trikha and Lorraine Martinez-Novoa

    The International Student Experience: Michael Salmon and Alison Eassa


    Spring 2017

    Innovative Assignments: Bringing Term Papers and Final Exams into the 21st Century: Tahneer Oksman, Julie Huntington, and Biba Sampoli-Benitez

    Innovative Inclusivity: Strategies for Dealing with Real-Classroom Scenarios: Sarah Nelson Wright

    Innovative Media: Developing Media Literacy in the Classroom Jessica Blatt, Gunjali, and Lorraine Martinez-Novoa


    Fall 2016

    Inclusivity Survey Results: Putting Them to Work: Jill Stevenson, Peter Schaefer, and Magda Maczynska

    Putting NYC in New York City Seminars: Julie Huntington, Sarah Nelson Wright, Ann Jablon, Nava Silton, Hallie Cohen, and Vandanda Rao

    Grading Creativity: The Objective in the Subjective: Dan Hunt, Hallie Cohen, and David Mold


    Spring 2016

    Alternative Approaches to Grading: Jessica Blatt and Rebecca Sperling

    Writing Across the Curriculum (and in the Disciplines): Tahneer, Matt Bissell, Monica Colbert, Magda Maczynska, Sharmaine Brown, and Sandra Hurtes

    Putting Digital into Digital Pedagogy: Katherine D. Harris (San Jose State University)

    Open Educational Resources: Brian Rocco and Mary Brown


    Fall 2015

    Hybrid Classes: The Best of Both Worlds? Biba Sampoli-Benitez

    The Teaching Apprentice: A Model for Expanding Upper-Level Teaching and Learning Opportunities for Students: Brad Herling, Ann Jablon, and Linda Solomon

    Bust a Move: Kinesthetic Learning and the Liberal Arts: Catherine Cabeen


    Spring 2015

    Notes on Note-taking: Sam Berkule, Meg Shakibai, and Jens Gierfsdorf

    Playing Games in College: Serious Learning through Play: Jessica Blatt

    Designing Tests to Tap Higher Order Thinking: Carrie Ann Biondi


    Fall 2014

    Mental Health and the College Population: Paul Grayson and Sarah Weinberger-Litman

    Blogs, Wikis and Instagram for Extending the Classroom Community: Erin O’Conner and Jill Stevenson

    Scholarly Work and Public Interventions: Cheryl Paradis, Laura Tropp, and Sue Behrens

    How (and Why) to Use Twitter in Your Class: Katie LeBesco (redux)


    Spring 2014

    Creating a Teaching Portfolio: Jenny Dixon

    Using Classroom Space Innovatively: Jill Beier and Deirtra Hunter

    Using BlackBoard in Hybrid and Online Teaching: BlackBoard reps and Brian Rocco

    Thinking about Numbers: Lia Margollin and Richard Garrett

    How (and Why) to Use Twitter in Your Class: Katie LeBesco


    Fall 2013

    Promoting and Grading Class Presentations: Mike Colvin, Ale Leri, Lauren Brown, and Tami Stronach

    The Joy of Rubrics: Michelle Ronda, Brad Herling, and Phil Meyers

    Tools for Teaching Excellence: Laura Tropp, Carrie Ann Biondi, and Andreas Hernandez

    Using Plagiarism Detection Software: Mary Brown


    Spring 2013

    High Impact Practices for Classroom Group Work: Julie Huntington and Corey Liberman

    Expanding Student Literacies: Sue Behrens, Hallie Cohen, Millie Falcaro, and Beth Shipley

    Supporting Neurodiverse Students: Alan Cohen, Diana Nash, and Nava Silton

    Class Interaction with Mobile Phones: Katie LeBesco


    Fall 2012

    Pedagogy Mentoring Cluster Wine and Cheese Reception

    Pointers on Peer Observation: Martha Sledge

    Teaching Oral Communication Skills: Ann Aguanno, Adrienne Bell, David Linton

    Minimalist Marking? Taming the Grading Beast: David Mold, Rosemary Nossiff, and Vandana Rao

    Think You Know BlackBoard? Brian Rocco and Michelle Ronda


    Spring 2012

    Ten Tips for Teaching First-Year Students: Cecilia Feilla

    Bloom’s Taxonomy: Carrie Ann Biondi

    Civic Reflection through Poetry: Ed Grippe (Norwalk CC)

    Is the Text Dead? Approaches to Class Readings:  Jessica Blatt, Leslie Levin, David Linton, Biba Sampoli-Benitiz, Jill Stevenson

    Practicing Prezi Presentation Software: Matthew Slaats and Betsy Barre


    Fall 2011

    Writing for Learning: Magda Maczynska

    Easy Tech Tools for Teaching and Learning: Rebecca Mushtare

    Attack of the POD People: Sue Behrens and Katie LeBesco

    Publishing on Pedagogy: Jen Brown, Jens Giersdorf, Corey Liberman, Sue Behrens, Magda Maczynska, Katie LeBesco

    Pedagogy Mentoring Cluster Luncheon and Debriefing