Pausing to Reflect

By Katina|June 19, 2017|Reflection|0 comments

This has been… a big year. While the Futures Initiative team and I formally reflect on the past year through the exercise of writing and designing our annual report, and while we plan for an unusual year ahead, I’d like to take a moment and offer a more personal reflection as well. In working on our annual report, I and others on our team have been struck by how much the

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Evaluation of Mapping the Futures of Higher Education

By Katina|October 5, 2015|Announcements, Class Recap, student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

The Futures Initiative is happy to share an evaluation report (PDF) of our inaugural course, Mapping the Futures of Higher Education. The analysis was conducted by two Urban Education doctoral students, Deborah Greenblatt and Janey Flanagan. We were delighted to learn that both undergraduate and graduate students considered the course and teaching methods to be highly effective. The report also contains many lessons for us as we plan for the

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The Invention of Failure

By Cathy Davidson|January 11, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

What if we got rid of “flunk out courses” that were defined as “rigorous and demanding” and, instead, set our goal as ensuring the success of every student in equally “rigorous and demanding” courses?   That is, what if we decided what we thought of as excellence in a given course and then not only agreed that we could give A’s to anyone who achieved that goal but worked, collectively, to

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Reflections on Futures Initiative Open Session: Rethinking Evaluation and Assessment in Online and Blended Learning Environments

By Michael Dorsch|December 19, 2014|FI Events, Reflection|0 comments

On December 8th, Dr. Anthony Picciano, Professor and Executive Officer of the PhD program in Urban Education, joined us for a Futures Initiative Open Session. This was a very topical kick-off to our Open Sessions as we are gearing up for our inaugural course, Mapping the Futures of Higher Education, being co-taught by Dr. Cathy Davidson and Dr. William Kelly in the Spring 2015 semester. Dr. Picciano, who attended Hunter

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Rethinking Evaluation: A Futures Initiative Open Session

By Lisa Tagliaferri|November 18, 2014|FI Events|0 comments

  Rethinking Evaluation and Assessment in Online and Blended Learning Environments A Futures Initiative Open Session Monday, December 8, 2014, 1-2 p.m. Library C196.05, CUNY Graduate Center During this open session, we will explore methods for evaluating courses and programs that use and integrate online technology for teaching and learning. Dr. Anthony Picciano, Professor and Executive Officer of the PhD program in Urban Education, will discuss the challenges and opportunities

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