DCS News

Steven Brechin teaches a converged class in NJ Institute of Food Nutrition & Health room 205.
The pandemic has forced us to reimagine how and where class is conducted. To help faculty reach their students however they are able to attend class, DCS has increased its support of converged learning. Converged courses are comprised of students who attend class online and students who attend in-person at the same time while the instructor teaches from a classroom equipped with technology to connect them with both sets of students. During the pandemic, faculty offered converged classes so that students could choose the method of attending that was most convenient and comfortable for them. In the fall of 2021, converged courses…

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Registration for the 2021 Rutgers Active Learning Symposium (RALS) is now open. This year’s all-virtual RALS will be held on Wednesday May 19th from 9am-3:30pm.  We are very excited to announce Flower Darby as the 2021 Rutgers Active Learning Symposium keynote presenter. Flower celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome, and support all students as they learn and succeed. Flower speaks, writes, presents and consults on teaching and learning theory and practice…

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After a year off due to the pandemic, the Rutgers Active Learning Symposium (RALS) is returning for 2021. This year’s RALS will be held virtually on Wednesday May 19th. As usual, RALS will feature a day of presentations, workshops, panel discussions, poster sessions, and opportunities to connect with experts, practitioners, and fans of active learning at Rutgers and beyond. Because the pandemic has forced so many of us to dive head first into the challenge of re-imaging teaching online, this year's RALS will include sessions that explore how active learning can not only adapt, but thrive in non-traditional learning…

Steven Brechin teaches a converged class in NJ Institute of Food Nutrition & Health room 205.
In preparation for the spring semester, DCS has introduced nine additional Synchronous Spaces, classrooms designed to connect with remote participants. While providing spaces that can be used to videoconference and stream classes has been a focus of ours for the past few years, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed us to accelerate these efforts. As a result, Rutgers-New Brunswick is well prepared to handle an anticipated increase in the need for classes that can be used to teach converged and remote instruction classes. As part of this recent wave of installs, DCS deployed eight more Synchronous Learning Spaces (SLSs) based on a new design that…

Jayesh Ratman teaching a class to remote students in Rutgers Academic Building.
As Rutgers-New Brunswick prepares for another semester under COVID-19 precautions, DCS has updated its Academic Continuity page to include the most up-to-date information and resources pertaining to classes. Faculty may use this page to learn how they can use a DCS classroom to teach remotely, in-person, or to a converged class in which some participants are in-person and some our remote. Since the spring semester will see the return of more students to DCS classrooms, the page now also includes information on accessing those classrooms and remaining safe within them.