The Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching-CELT-will be hosting a virtual event, CELT: Tech Hacks and Snacks on April 14, from 2–3 p.m., where they will share and discuss how CELT uses technology to engage students and enhance the in-person and online classes for faculty.
According to the Middlesex College website, CELT’s task is to serve as leaders to the college community and provide skillfulness, support and resources to enhance learning, teaching, and scholarship.
Executive Board Member of CELT Jennifer Applebee said, “The CELT Advisory Board recruits faculty to present topics of interest. These topics are grounded in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning-SOTLand are organized around a theme. The theme for 2021-2022 is Inclusive Pedagogy.”
Applebee said that as Executive Board Member of CELT and a professor in the mathematics department, she has struggled to create events due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The biggest struggle has been figuring out how to offer workshops, via Zoom or in person,” said Applebee. “CELT was hoping to offer in-person workshops in January but had to revert to virtual due to the surge in the Omicron variant. Most events in the spring will be virtual, with the exception of Mastering the Boxlight, How to Hyflex, and the CELT Open House.”
“This event is for faculty; it is not a student-focused event,” said Applebee.
CELT Technology workshops help faculty with the “how-to” part of technology and, more crucially, how to pervade technology into courses significantly. Students should be aware that their professors are always learning, said Applebee.
“Every professor does not attend every event, but CELT strives to organize events that will appeal to a faculty in a variety of disciplines,” said Applebee. “CELT is proud to offer a by-the-faculty, for-the-faculty model of professional development, and we are confident that students directly benefit from these events.
“CELT encourages all faculty members to visit the CELT website to sign up for events,” said Applebee.
Professor of Spanish and English Second Language Elliot Ramier said, “The idea itself seems to have good promises, and I think the one thing that I would be most interested in will be learning how to use music in the classroom. I’m familiar with how to play it on my iPad but would like to do it on the computer and would like to learn how to have more flexibility than that.”
“Generally speaking, I really prefer my students to have a paper in front of them, rather than to see things on the computer,” Ramer said.
“I do not have a lot of enthusiasm about using computers for that aspect of things, but the music I do care about, that there’s a lot you can learn from it. Overall, this does seem like a fantastic event to attend,” said Ramer.
For more information or any questions, feel free to contact Jennifer Applebee at