Online Teaching Updates 3-27-20

3/27/2020 Updates to our Transition to Online Teaching Project 

Blackboard:   A reminder of the 24×7 services available to all students and faculty:
Alternatives for Online Exams:
Rutgers University shares some ideas for remote exams at

You can pre-assign students to ZOOM Breakout Rooms 
  • See Michael Bennett’s write-up here
  • See ZOOM document here
ZOOM Training can be found at the following.
A reminder that the Krupp Library offers:
  • online access to databases e-books & streaming videos
  • Reference help via email, chat & text
  • Scheduled research consultations via online tools
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  • Scanning and accessing databases on campus
Your subject liaison can send an email from your course’s Blackboard site to your students reminding them that we Library staff are available via remote support 7 days a week. (Sunday 10am-10pm, Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm, Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 9am-5pm)
Secure Online Exams
Bryant faculty have access to  Respondus Monitor, an automated proctoring system for online exams that works in conjunction with Respondus LockDown Browser.
Ongoing Reminders:

Hold your class online

How to Hold an Online Class Session

Academic Affairs and Information Services are offering multiple opportunities and technologies for holding a live online class session.

  1. Blackboard Collaborate is a simple, convenient and reliable web conferencing solution that is available to all faculty and students through their Blackboard course. If you are teaching this term, you have a Blackboard ( site with the Collaborate tool built in.
    The CTE has created a support page for Blackboard Collaborate which can be accessed here, and see also Blackboard’s site at These pages contain all the information you need to get Collaborate up and running in your course, including an overview of the interface, details on how to share PowerPoint slides, and execute live presentations using audio and video.
  2. ZOOM is an online conferencing tool offering audio and video communications, screen sharing, and other collaboration tools. Bryant will be offering a limited number of licenses to faculty who would like to use ZOOM in addition to/in place of Collaborate. If you would like to use ZOOM in one of your classes, email with the (1) course name, and (b) Number of students. Online training resources for Zoom are available as follows:

We are also offering 4 training sessions this week on Collaborate and, based on interest and demand, ZOOM. . These training sessions will be recorded and will be made available on the above mentioned support page by end of day Friday, the 6th. These sessions will be held in person as indicated, but you may also join via ZOOM as described below.

All training sessions can be accessed using the following information.

Topic: Online Teaching Training Session

Meeting ID: 460 536 2726

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Upcoming Events

Professor Yun Xiao invites you to several class presentations. Students in CH401 will be giving presentations to demonstrate their  knowledge and appreciation of Chinese language and culture,  and their understanding of Chinese social and historical contexts. Students in ML271 will showcase their understanding of Chinese culture and civilization in the context of social developments and economic reforms. Times/dates are:

ML271 (English as the presentation language): 11-11:50 am, 12/6 and 12/9, Unistr. 362

CH401 (Chinese as the presentation language): 10-10:50 am, 12/4 and 12/6, Unistr. 362


Honors Scholars Thesis Presentations – by December 2019 Graduates

Lauren Abbott – ¡Basta! ¡Este es Real y tu Voz es Importante!
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 1:00 PM, MRC3

Aaron Bonsu – London Moves East: How the Olympics Impacts Host Communities
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 3:00 PM, MRC3

See the program here.


Faculty Research Talk – Ganga Urumutta Hewage | Department of Marketing

Preference for Experiences: Regulatory Focus and the Tradeoffs between Experiential and Material Purchases

Consumers often make tradeoffs between experiential and material purchases, which have important implications for consumers as well as marketers. The current research explores the impact of regulatory focus on such tradeoffs. We find that promotion focused individuals have a stronger preference for experiential purchases than those with a prevention focus. This effect is demonstrated in a set of seven studies using both real-world data from Instagram (Study 1) and Google Trends (Study 2) and experimental data (Studies 3—7) that utilize different operationalizations of regulatory focus (trait vs. primed) and purchase type (a wide variety of choice sets as well as purchase framing). Furthermore, we show that the influence of regulatory focus on the material—experiential tradeoffs is driven by consumers’ focus of attention. Finally, we discuss the theoretical significance of our results as well as their practical applications in designing effective advertising and digital marketing strategies.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Please register:


Professor Rich Holtzman invites you to…

“Democracy is in trouble. Make people care.”

From that prompt, seventeen Politics & Law (PLW) seniors created a semester-long, problem-driven, learning and doing experience. Working collaboratively, the students took on the responsibilities of determining what people should care about, the lasting artifacts they would construct to accomplish this task, and how they would organize themselves in pursuit of their goals.  

You’re invited to come see and hear what grew from this unique educational experience. 

Wednesday, December 11 (“Reading Day”)

AIC 212

Refreshments provided


Professor Alex Perullo

On December 11th, students in the qualitative research methods course (LCS 389: Fieldwork Methods) will present the museum exhibit  “Discrimination and Inclusion.” The exhibit features student research videos of people talking about discrimination; student posters about issues of discrimination and inclusion; exercises in empathy; as well as forty portraits of members of the Bryant community. There were also be several interactive parts of the exhibit.

The exhibit will be in Bello 102 in the Bryant library from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Please come by to see the work done by Bryant students and learn more about these important issues.

TEA TALK Tomorrow

TOMORROW: A Conversation with NAO the Robot

This multidisciplinary talk will feature a discussion on a research project at Bryant that explores the use of robot assistants in multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM). It will include a demonstration where NAO the robot will hold a conversation with a human and assist in forming a portfolio of mutual funds.


Chen Zhang, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Analytics; David Louton, Professor of Finance; Hakan Saraoglu, Professor of Finance

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00 PM
Location: AIC 118
Registration: Please let us know your attendance plans 


October Updates

A reminder that the Inclusive Classroom Initiative is underway, with a number of events scheduled for November. Please see details and registration here.  We are also organizing a book group to read “But I’m Not Racist…” by Kathy Obear who will be our keynote speaker on November 13th. Please contact Ed Kairiss ( if you would like to join.

The Curated Class Feedback Program is also happening now. Email us if you would like to arrange a session in your class. 

The Data Visualization Lab is open for exploration, with technologies for practicing public speaking, studying human anatomy and chemical structures, and exploring 360 degree video. Recently installed Data Visualization Software from Virtualitics and 3Data enables immersive exploration of large datasets. We expect to announce open lab hours shortly, but in the interim please email us at to schedule a visit or consultation.

Save the date: The October 30th TEA Talk is titled “A Conversation with NAO the Robot” and features a discussion on a multidisciplinary research project at Bryant that explores the use of robot assistants in multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM). It will include a demonstration where NAO the robot will hold a conversation with a human and assist in forming a portfolio of mutual funds. Visit the program page for details.

The Harvard BOK Center is again offering its Higher Education Teaching Certificate. This fully online, asynchronous course runs for 8 weeks starting on November 6th and is an excellent opportunity for continuous development of teaching practice.  Contact Ed Kairiss ( if you are interested in participating. 

Finally, the Fall Teaching Forum is planned for Wednesday, December 4th. We welcome proposals from all Faculty who would like to share a presentation of a new or innovative teaching method or idea that they have used in one or more of their courses. Email with your ideas. 









Faculty Research Talk!

Team incentives, productivity and choices: a real-time real effort experiment

Xiaofei (Sophie) Pan
Department of Economics

Using a real-time real effort experiment, we ask how a group-threshold team incentive affects productivity. A group threshold is a mechanism where team members only receive their payoffs when their group’s total output has reached a certain target.

Please visit for more information on this talk and to register.

Curated Class Feedback

Curated Class Feedback (CCF) Program – following a successful pilot last term, we would like to offer all faculty the opportunity to have a facilitated feedback session with their class this term. If you are interested, please plan on making a 30-minute slot available in your class sometime in October mid-term.  

For more information on the program, see

August Updates

Greetings from the Office of Faculty Development! We hope that you are enjoying the excellent summer weather and we’re looking forward to seeing you back on campus in September.   Here are a few updates on things we’ve been working on:

  • Curated Class Feedback (CCF) Program – following a successful pilot last term, we would like to offer all faculty the opportunity to have a facilitated feedback session with their class this term. If you are interested, please plan on making a 30-minute slot available in your class sometime in October mid-term.   For more information on the program, see
  • We try to organize one or more Book/Journal reading groups every term. A Book Group can meet on a regular basis to discuss a recently published book of general or specific interest, while a Journal Group’s members each volunteer to lead the discussion on one or two journal articles each meeting.  If you are interested and would like to join or lead a group, email us at and we’ll help organize and communicate.
  • Some faculty have shown interest in incorporating the Data Visualization Lab (DVL) into their courses.  We are configuring several applications for the Lab, and invite all faculty who haven’t had a chance to visit yet to do so; arrange a time by email to In response to faculty who have expressed an interest in learning how to develop 360 video and immersive VR content, we will be arranging a series of  workshops on Unity software, the leading development platform for creating interactive VR experiences.  Please indicate your availability and interest by completing the Doodle poll at
  • Associated with the DVL  are several 360-degree Video Cameras available for  short-term loan. We can also provide some quick training on use and ideas for incorporating into your curriculum. See for more information and examples.
  • Together with Bill Zywiak, the Academic Affairs Research Coordinator, we will again be organizing the regular series of Faculty Research Talks. Please contact Bill if you would like to present on  proposed, ongoing, or completed research. (

Save the Date – Nov 13 – Faculty Forum on Diversity

Please visit for updated resources and documentation, including some new ideas on The First Day of Class and the updated Bryant Faculty Guide.

Stay tuned for more details on all of the above!

Inclusive Teaching MOOC

Columbia University has created an online course focused on Inclusive Teaching. It runs for 6 weeks and involves 2-3 hours per week. From the course syllabus:

“Participants in this course will consider multiple facets of inclusive teaching, including the creation of an equitable course climate, the design and implementation of accessible and inclusive classroom practices and assessments, and the selection and implementation of diverse course content. Participants will engage with key concepts in inclusive teaching and learn from experts in higher education who share their important research on student development, microaggressions, stereotype threat, and Universal Design for Learning. Participants will be equipped with tools to help them develop inclusive courses that support all learners.”

The course starts on June 26. For details see:




The Division of Academic Affairs at Bryant University invites your participation in the 2nd Annual Summit on Teaching and Learning on Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The program includes 

  • “ABCs of Grading at Bryant”, a broad discussion on grading practices, philosophies, and their relationship to student learning
  • “Immersive Learning”, a presentation by Emory Craig of the College of New Rochelle on the emerging learning opportunities offered by VR and 360video
  • “Online Teaching the Bryant Way”, a presentation on the pedagogies and instructional design practices behind Bryant’s online Professional MBA program
  • “Difficult Classroom Conversations”, a presentation and discussion facilitated by Dr. Kevin Martins, PwC Center for Diversity & Inclusion

The keynote and workshop on “Terms of Engagement” will feature Professor  Claire Howell Major from the University of Alabama. 

The objective of the Summit is to bring faculty together to share information, collaborate, design, and develop approaches and best practices in support of innovative teaching. It is also an opportunity for faculty in different disciplines to exchange ideas, develop collaborations, and maintain a dynamic and innovative teaching climate. Join your Bryant colleagues for a full day experience focused on student learning and teaching innovation!

Summit Website:
For more information contact: