Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Advice to Baruch college

There are several characteristics that all new media have. They are: communication and interaction, collaboration, community, and creativity. Why not enhance the class experience with new media?
First, I would suggest having a web page for each class or a wiki. That would serve the interaction and collaboration purposes as students will be able to access the class notes and assignments there or even post some articles or useful links to the materials that they find interesting and related to the class topics. I like this idea because in most classes you do not get/read additional information other than textbooks and PP slides (which summarize textbooks). Every next class student could look at materials posted by previous class and be better versed in the field of interest.
Second, I think it would be great to have all written assignments (papers and essays) be turned in electronic format such as blog posts. That would eliminate countless paper waste (I know professors don’t like to bring piles of paper back and forward). That would also allow for immediate feedback from professors in the form of comments.
Third, I would suggest incorporating more VR simulations especially for such classes as finance, business, and management. That would enhance learning experience and help students to practice and apply the concepts learned in class.
Finally, I would suggest posting video lectures on class webpages. That way professors would make sure that students do understand the key points of the lecture and can refresh their memories before exams at any convenient time. Someone can argue that students won’t come to class if video lectures are available. I think that classes can focus more on practice involving answering students’ questions, doing problems and exercises.


  1. i like the idea of submitting the assignment online like in a blog form. Going green! hehe

    If professors posts a video lecture that would be amazing but i doubted. There are some professors who do not know how to use computer so.

  2. It would be great idea that suggest having a web page for each class or a wiki.It would be really helpful to students

  3. Video lectures would be great. It would help out greatly especially with teachers who talk a lot. So much notes to take.

  4. I wish every professor required their students to submit their assignments through a wiki or blog. This would help in receiving assignments much quicker.

  5. I like these ideas. Submitting assignments electronically would also have the added benefit of eliminating the problem of dogs/cats/other household pets eating the homework. Younger siblings eating flash drives is another story.

    In the case of videos, I think students that go to classes physically still have the advantage just because they can actually interact with the professor/other students. Videos of those classes, meanwhile, are completely one way.

  6. Yes, submitting HW through Blogs or any other way would make students lives easier. After each semester, I have so many papers at home. It would safe some environment because I believe that many students have copies saved in the computers anyway.