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Universal Design in the Classroom

Universal Design in the Classroom is an approach to teaching that seeks to engage every learner. Come together to share pedagogical ideas that promote a classroom that represents a community of learning.  Some examples of topics of discussion will be flexibility in the classroom, using intuition to teach, and error based learning.

Coordinator: Aimee Record (English)

Game-Based Teaching and Learning

The Game-Based Teaching and Learning FIG focuses on exploring the pedagogical uses of digital and non-digital (e.g. board, card, etc.) games and simulations. Proceeding from a growing body of research that demonstrates the effectiveness of games and simulations to teach course content and sharpen critical thinking, this FIG explores the pedagogical value of game-based learning principles such as “competition,” “failing forward,” and “just-in-time knowledge.” We accomplish this by meeting several times during Fall and Spring semesters to examine games, develop game-based pedagogies, and create assignments. We also sponsor seminars and workshops on game-based teaching and learning.

Our FIG also created a Games Lending Library, through which board games and gaming materials are distributed to faculty to facilitate the use of games and simulations in the classroom. Please contact the coordinator for more information about how to borrow a game.

Coordinator: Julie Cassidy (English)

Arts Across the Curriculum

The Art across the Curriculum FIG invites our colleagues to think about new ways to enrich students’ experience through exposure to the arts. It provides faculty with a unique opportunity to be innovative in revising existing courses and creating new course assignments that integrate the arts into their curriculum. The goal is to introduce BMCC students to the world of art and culture, through visits to the Rubin Museum of Art and other museums in the metropolitan area.

Coordinators: Michael Morford (Music and Art) and Michelle Wang (Business Management)

Africana Studies

The Africana Studies FIG focuses on literature, research, critical theory, and pedagogy related to the people of Africa and its diaspora. We organize presentations by faculty and staff on current research, works-in-progress and published works that pursue scholarly enquiry across the disciplines in fields related to the people of Africa and its diaspora.

Coordinators: Jill Richardson and Kelly Secovnie (English)

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      Gateway Initiative

      Call for Applications: Gateway Initiative III

      “Gateway” courses are those courses that students must take to move forward in an academic program, typically developmental and “101” courses. At community colleges, these courses generally have high enrollments, and also high rates of failure and non-completion. Students who fail or drop these courses are less likely to persist in college than those who pass.

      In BMCC’s Gateway Initiative, faculty who teach these classes have an opportunity to investigate teaching and learning in their own gateway classes. Participants in this initiative identify challenges to address, implement new approaches to address these challenges, and evaluate the impact of these new approaches, with the goal of improving student success.

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