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Joseph Ugoretz Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning and Technology
Of all the resources that become available to a scholar entering Macaulay Honors College,
the most important are not the databases, libraries, lounges or lecture halls, but the people. The professors, students, administrators and staff who come into a young person’s life are the most influential part of the college experience. Together, the student body makes new connections that spark ideas that will form lasting impressions and lifelong connections that will elevate the individual into a higher state of ability and creativity.
One of the inspirational figures that come into a young collegian’s life is Joseph Ugoretz, Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning and Technology at Macaulay. Students first encounter Ugoretz at the three-day orientation program. Not only will he meet many incoming freshmen in person, but he also coordinates the Tech Day portion of orientation, where students receive their free laptops.
Utilizing Macaulay’s team of Instructional Technology Fellows (ITFs), Ugoretz oversees Tech Day workshops where students learn to use their new laptops, utilize resources through their devices, open their Macaulay e-mail accounts and e-portfolios, and develop their own digital identities. “The Instructional Technology Fellows are a critical ingredient allowing our students and faculty to push the boundaries of innovation in teaching and learning with technology. They focus on instructional goals and learning objectives, choosing the right tools for the right purposes and helping students and professors alike make the best use of those tools.”
The ITFs are a team of 30 doctoral students who report to and work closely with Ugoretz, on all matters related to teaching and tech, such as integrating technology into the curricula, mentoring students on usage, and being available to students with technology issues or multimedia projects. The ITFs run the Tech Day and other workshops and work closely with new students on a one-to-one basis in understanding and getting the most out of their technology.
The finale of orientation is A Night at the Museum, where newly-inducted Macaulay scholars spend an evening at a museum to discuss the artwork and develop their social media skills in discussing the work. Students from all Macaulay campuses take over a museum, such as The Brooklyn Museum, to create their first media projects, some of which can be seen on the Media Arts webpage.
Ugoretz also teaches Macaulay Seminar 1, The Arts in New York City, at Brooklyn College, which introduces students to the rich tapestry of culture in the metropolis. The students visit museums and visual arts exhibits and attend theater, opera and musicals, developing a greater understanding of the arts by immersing themselves through experience, critique, discussion — ultimately curating their own “Snapshot of New York” multimedia exhibit.
What is Ugoretz’ approach to learning? “When you’re working with honors students,” he says, “the best approach is to let them be active in their education. We ask them questions and let them be involved in designing the course, developing the connections to other courses and to the world outside the classroom.”