Host: Michael Bernstein
In this episode of “Beyond the Expected,” Interim President Michael Bernstein delves into what it takes to turn a college campus with 26,000 students and 2,700 faculty members into a virtual learning center the size and scale of which has been neither attempted nor experienced before. Like college campuses across the country, Stony Brook is rising to the unprecedented challenge of massive-scale remote learning. In fact, virtual classes began here two days ago, on Monday, March 30, following an extended Spring Break. Tune in as “The Coronavirus Effect: Remote Learning Response,” looks at the issues Stony Brook Divisions of Undergraduate Education and Information Technology are addressing to smooth the way for faculty and students in this strange new world.
Patricia Aceves, Assistant VP, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)
Patricia’s collegiate career began 20+ years ago, building quality online programs for adult learners. As Assistant Vice President for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), she now leads a team of professionals in the expansion of online undergraduate education, developing policies and procedures around curriculum delivery, educational and multimedia technologies, learning space innovations and student evaluations of teaching.
Dr. Charles Robbins, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success and Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges
Charlie Robbins is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success and Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges at Stony Brook University. He is the Executive Director of the University’s Center for Changing Systems of Power. Charlie has led Stony Brook’s efforts to improve graduation rates and quality of the undergraduate academic experience. With his strong passion and experience around students’ physical and psychological well-being; equity, diversity and equality; and public health issues, he has an in-depth perspective to share around the transition to remote learning, all that entails on so many different levels.
Diana Voss, Director of Academic Technology Services, CELT
As Director of Academic Technologies for Stony Brook University’s Center for Excellence in Learning (CELT) and Teaching, Diana and her team (including Undergraduate Student employees) support numerous technology platforms including Blackboard. Adobe Connect, VoiceThread, Digication, Clickers, Echo360 and Qualtrics. They are responsible for the function of applications and simulations developed in the Teaching & Learning Lab, and student technology workshops. She also works on internal DoIT teams to improve service management, bolster information security through awareness programs, and increase student employee career competencies.
Thanks to our guests, Patricia Avedes, Charles Robbins, Diana Voss
Guest Host: Michael Bernstein
Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta
Producer: Lauren Sheprow
Art Director: Karen Leibowitz
Assistant producer: Ellen Cooke
Assistant producer: Emily Cappiello
Facebook Live and Social Media: Meryl Altuch, Casey Borchick, Veronica Brown
Production assistant: Joan Behan-Duncan
YouTube Technician: Dennis Murray
Podcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman
Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere
Production Manager: Tony Fabrizio
Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald
Camera: Brian DiLeo
Editor: Tony Fabrizio
Original score: “Mutti Bug” provided by Professor Tom Manuel
Special thanks to the Stony Brook University School of Journalism for use of its podcast studio.