Enterprise Learning Staff to Deliver Talks at Online Learning Consortium Conference

Premier Virtual Education Society Celebrates 20th Anniversary


At its annual international Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan Consortium) Conference this October (www.onlinelearningconsortium.org/conference/2014/ALN/welcome), Enterprise Learning staff Robert Ubell, John Vivolo, and Jessie Guy-Ryan will deliver talks to more than 1,000 attendees, representing virtual education experts across the nation and abroad. Vice dean; Ubell, and online learning director; Vivolo, will jointly give a presentation on “Fighting the Tide: Understanding and Combating Resistance to Online Learning,” exploring strategies for addressing institutional and faculty resistance to online education. Instructional designer; Guy-Ryan, will offer insights into Active Learning Modules in “But How Do We Know They’re Paying Attention?” She will review student engagement in the school’s online Professional Learning joint venture with Scientific American (www.scientificamerican.com/professional-learning/courses/). The Online Learning Consortium is the premier professional society in virtual education, launched at the dawn of online learning, 20 years ago.

NYU School of Engineering Online Courses Adopt NYUClasses, The School’s New Learning Management System


NYU’s new learning management system, NYUClasses, will be fully integrated into the School of Engineering’s online learning courses this fall. With the completion of the merger this year, the School of Engineering has adopted NYU’s open-source system. In addition to offering features similar to those found on Blackboard, the school’s previous LMS, NYUClasses also provides new delivery options. With innovative customization features, the new system allows faculty to create learning spaces closely matching

their teaching styles.

Asynchronous Learning is Not Just for Class: New Orientation Site for Online NYU Polytechnic Learners

Asynchronous learning is not just for class. NYU-ePoly launched its new orientation website, ePolyConnect (epolyconnect.poly.edu) to acclimate online students to the School of Engineering’s new learning platform, NYUClasses, among otherapplications. The site delivers brief tutorial videos and instructions, with links to student services and online learning tips. Available throughout student academic careers, it assists them in navigating NYU School of Engineering’s virtual education portal successfully. In addition to NYUClasses, the site also links to NYUHome, NYUMeetings, NYUStream, and other student services. Live student webinars also help students persist to complete their graduate degrees.

Start exploring here: epolyconnect.poly.edu

ePolyConnect Website

Next Practices for Online Learning

Let’s start the conversation about the next generation of online learning.

We often talk about Best Practices, but what about Next Practices? What is the future of online learning? At NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, we are piloting a number of exciting programs to improve online learning, including: Live Virtual Learning (real-time HD video streaming of on-campus classes), Course Analytics (Pocket Data) and Active Learning (making online courses more interactive). Watch this video and learn more.

Next Practices for Online Learning


What do you see as best and next practices for online learning? Join us at Conversations about Online Learning this Thursday, May 8, 2014. To attend the event in-person or online, visit: engineering.nyu.edu/CAOL.

Let’s get the conversation started!

Related Post: Best Practices for Online Learning

Best Practices for Online Learning

Let’s start the conversation about the next generation of online learning.

As online learning grows, there is a need for quality and unique learning pedagogy. NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering has been devoted to delivering Online Graduate Programs since 2006. Our knowledge about what works well in online teaching and learning grows rapidly in recent years. As the 1st Annual Conversation about Online Learning approaching, we are sharing short videos highlighting current best practices and showcasing new ideas for online learning. For more information about the event, visit: engineering.nyu.edu/CAOL.

Best Practice 1: Webinars and Writing Tablets

Our research and experience suggest that using writing tablets at webinars contribute to a successful teaching and learning experience for both faculty and students.

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Best Practice 2: Discussion Board Watch

On the go? Who has the time to keep checking discussion board forums? Consider using the Watch tool in NYU Classes (called a Subscribe tool in other learning management systems). Get instant notifications about discussion board forum activity.

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Best Practice 3: Online Groups Tool

Peer-to-peer learning is always important, and even online courses can have group work. Does your learning management system have a Groups tool? Faculty, consider having students creating their own work space for their group. Students, group work is much more productive when you have access to all the LMS tools.

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What is your practice? Please share your thoughts in comments and keep tuned in while more videos are coming to share our pioneering Next Practices.

Also, on Thursday, May 8th, 2014, join us at our flagship event: 1st Annual Conversations About Online Learning. To attend the event in-person or online, visit: engineering.nyu.edu/CAOL.

Let’s get the conversation started!


Ever Evolving: Anti-Cheating, Live Virtual Learning and Remote Tutoring


Seeking to diversify support of online learning, NYU-Poly has introduced a number of new programs to improve the learning experience.

In an effort to combat cheating during online exams, NYU-Poly has partnered with ProctorU, a leading vendor of remote proctoring. The vendor confirms a student’s identity during online, timed exams and uses screen sharing and video observation. Online students taking exams anywhere in the world, can now be observed by a live proctor. This fall, the program is required for all online Cyber Security students.

NYU-Poly has a new online learning format called: Live Virtual Learning. This new format uses professional HD video streaming, offering faculty the option of delivering “live” on campus lectures to remote students. Utilizing the top streaming vendor, Live Stream, these Live Virtual Learning courses are truly high quality live video. In addition, students can communicate with their professors and fellow peers using a VOIP line and/or a chat room feature. The sessions are also archived for later review. Traditionally developed online materials will be combined with the Live Virtual Learning format.

This HD video streaming access is now available to online students enrolled in NYU-Poly’s Master’s in Organizational Behavior. Piloted with four courses in the summer, and seven in fall, NYU-Poly plans to expand its offering to over a dozen Organizational Behavior courses in 2014. In addition, the Electrical Engineering department has also begun piloting this program. The merger of this technology and traditional online course developed material will truly place NYU-Poly at the forefront of innovative online learning.

Finally, seeing the need for graduate level tutoring, specifically for online remote students, NYU-Poly has partnered with a remote tutoring vendor, Tutoring Matching Service. This program allows graduate students to connect with each other and participate in online tutoring sessions, utilizing with VOIP, whiteboard, file sharing, chat room, and other remote tools.