Teaching and Technology

The Goldberg Center hosts a number of professional development initiatives, focused especially on pursuing the best strategies for teaching with new media.

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Goldberg Teaching Colloquium: The Goldberg Center sponsors a monthly teaching colloquium, open to faculty, graduate students and staff from the Department and across the University, who discuss best practices and share ideas for effective teaching.Too often, teaching is a solitary activity; faculty and graduate students have few opportunities to discuss their teaching, to share ideas and to ask questions about teaching practice with their colleagues. The Goldberg Teaching Colloquium is intended to "make teaching public.The Goldberg Center maintains a wiki (http://osuhistory.pbwiki.com/) that includes materials produced during the Colloquium - including "tips for teaching" - which makes the activities of the Colloquium public and widespread.


Presidential Symposium: The Idea of a University in Time of Crisis
Commentators from a variety of perspectives claim that the modern University is in crisis. The list of causes for the trouble includes a trend toward corporatization, a neo-liberal business orientation, a "bubble" in the costs incurred by students and families, athletics run amok, and an emphasis on vocationalism over broad intellectual growth.

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Plagiarism - and a Digital Divide? (October 7, 2010)

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Are the rules of academic honesty outmoded? Are we effectively educating our students on plagiarism? We will discuss the challenges of maintaining the highest academic standards in an age of web-based collaboration. Please come with your experiences and questions.

"Technology and Teaching" speaker series: The Goldberg Center invites a notable speaker to Columbus once a quarter to share their ideas about the effective use of technology in the classroom.

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Recent Topic: "Gaming the Past: Simulation Games in History"(October 4, 2010)
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Jeremiah McCall, Ph.D. (Cincinnati Country Day School) presented "Gaming the Past: Simulation Games in History," where he discussed:

  • Reasons for using historical simulation games
  • Case studies of several games on topics including Roman imperialism and urban life, the relationship between geography and the development of civilization, and modern climate politics
  • The basic anatomy of simulation-based lessons and assessments

The annual Goldberg Lecture: The Goldberg Center invites a distinguished lecturer to present their views on what constitutes "excellence in teaching." The first Goldberg lecturer will be Chancellor Eric Fingerhut, who will reflect on the role of effective teaching and its importance to the health and vigor of Ohio's system of higher education.

Graduate-level course: "History and New Media": The Goldberg Center Director teaches a course which examines how the practice of history is being transformed through the use of new media, offering an introduction to the changes that these new technologies are bringing to how historians research, write, preserve, represent, and teach the past. The course asks: How do we "design history" in new media environments?Digital technology and new media present the historian with new forms of representation beyond the written article/monograph.This course examines how to design historical representations in these new digital environments.