The 1st Annual BMCC SoTL Forum: Teaching as Research

November 10, 2017 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | Fiterman Hall

  • Have you ever thought about how your discipline-specific research skills could be applied to doing research on your own teaching?
  • Are you interested in using a deliberate, systematic approach to improving your students’ learning?
  • Do you want to share insights about teaching and learning with colleagues across disciplines, and build on each other’s ideas?

Join us at the 1st Annual BMCC Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Forum, an opportunity for BMCC faculty to showcase their existing SoTL work, and for faculty new to classroom research to design their own SoTL project. Our theme this year is Teaching as Research (TAR), a subset of SoTL that focuses primarily on one’s own classroom practices and improving one’s own students’ learning.

November 10 – SoTL Forum: Teaching as Research
A showcase of SoTL projects underway/completed by BMCC faculty members, including faculty from the 2015 cohort of the BMCC Teaching Academy.

November 17 – Teaching as Research Workshop
A day-long, hands-on workshop on conducting classroom-based research, led by Kimberly Williams, an educational consultant and teaching support specialist at Cornell University.


Program for November 10 (Day 1)


10:00    Opening Session

Framing our Work: Scholarly Teaching, Teaching as Research, or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning?
Laura Baecher, School of Education, Hunter College


11:00 – 12:30 Concurrent Sessions

11:00 – 11:25 Addressing students’ misconceptions in the classroom

Maria Greene (Sciences)

Online learners and library research

Kelly Secovnie (English)

11:30 – 11:55 Traditional learning versus active learning: Evaluating two teaching styles in Introduction to Business courses

Orlando Justo (Business Management)

Student learning outcomes for digital versus paper reading

Nancy Derbyshire (English)

12:00 – 12:25 Mindful group work: Contemplative and collaborative pedagogical strategies to improve classroom teaching and learning

Lesley Rennis (Health Education)

Classroom applications of the translingual approach to writing instruction

Caroline Pari-Pfisterer (English)


12:30      Lunch


1:30 – 3:00 Concurrent Sessions

1:30 – 1:55 Academic mindset: Predictor of student success in marketing education?

Mahatapa Palit (Business Management)

Vocabulary Theatre

Elizabeth Robb (Academic Literacy and Linguistics)

2:00 – 2:25 Addressing factors that influence students’ motivation and academic achievements in the online classroom

Henry Bulley (Social Sciences, Human Services, and Criminal Justice)

Literary database fluency: Searching for knowledge beyond Google

Gillian Bonanno (Speech, Communication, Theatre Arts)

2:30 – 2:55 Using “fishbowl” in Introduction to Philosophy

Cara O’Connor (Social Sciences, Human Services, and Criminal Justice)

ESL students’ use of an online bookmarking tool: A multiple case study

Deniz Gokcora, Tuvi Voorhees, and Oksana Vorobel (Academic Literacy & Linguistics)

3:00       Closing Session



For additional information, contact Judith Yancey, Teaching Academy Director, or Gina Cherry, CETLS Director.