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Saint Rose Faculty Showcase Creativity During Remote Learning

Prof. Susan Boddie conducts a lecture

When we realized that all of our students would have to move immediately to remote learning, we asked a few Saint Rose faculty to share some coursework they created to teach students who are no longer in the classroom. From a peaceful walk in the woods, to a step-by-step chemistry lab experiment, to impressive drum licks, the content they created is not only creative and educational, but very entertaining!


Will Wise

Will Wise, music

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to multiply oneself by four. Here’s music department chair Will Wise performing a four-bassoon version of the theme from “The Muppet Show,” via the Acapella app.



Sean McClowry, music industry

For one of his classes, Analog Recording, Professor McClowry has opened it up to anyone interested in the topic. Here is the first video for the class on Record Cutting.


flip grid

Drey Martone, education

Professor Martone shares a FlipGrid that the STEM@Pine Hills group created to demonstrate how Forces work in game design.  The initial video provided an overview of the Forces content and an example of a game applying the ideas. Then the Saint Rose students replied to the prompt to demonstrate different game ideas.

This is a sample of a project that Martone’s group planned to send to Pine Hills to share it with their students to add on to at home, as this technology works very well over the phone, with the hope that everyone can participate.  The group plans to develop more project ideas like this to build on the past work they have done at Pine Hills and maintain that connection.

Students in Martone’s two Methods classes are building on this FlipGrid idea to develop their own lessons to teach content using technology while providing projects that students can do at home. The faculty and students have been exploring different ways teachers can support remote learning. “Our students miss working with students in classrooms so this is a good way to stay connected and offer something that might be enjoyable for students to do at home in a meaningful way,” adds Martone.


Patrick Jokiel

Patrick Jokiel, chemistry

Professor Jokiel shares an experiment from the second-semester organic chemistry laboratory course CHM202-L. In this experiment, students carry out a bromination reaction (adding two bromine atoms to an unsaturated organic compound). The class had discussed this reaction in an earlier lecture.

This experiment teaches students how to assemble the apparatus for addition of a reagent to a mixture of chemicals that is being heated. Rather than record the experiment in one take, Jokiel had his daughter, a high school chemistry student, record the key operations in short clips ranging from 30 seconds to 2.5 minutes in length.

The students watched the videos, recorded observations in their notebooks, and completed the postlab assignment as if they had carried out the experiment themselves.

CHM202-L, Experiment 6. Bromination of trans-Cinnamic Acid






















Robert Hansbrough

Robert Hansbrough, music education

Professor Hansbrough made this video for MUS 216 Percussion Techniques II class (for music-education majors whose primary instrument is not percussion). “It’s a tutorial I made for them, since I couldn’t be there in person,” says Hansbrough. “The computer went black on me at the end, which seems funny, but the closing sentiments made it into the video! 😂😂😂😂”


tour of pine bush

Philip Crim, biology – on TechSmith

Biology professor Philip Crim takes us on a virtual tour of the Albany Pine Bush. Along the way, he identifies flora and fauna species (plus some detritus), and comments on current conditions.

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Screen grab of youtube channel on business

Warren Cook, business

Professor Cook was the educational consultant for a YouTube series on business skills last year. “While it’s not something that I made on my own, the content of the series reflects what I cover in my courses, and the series has become a key resource in my classes over the past few weeks.”


Paul Conti, communications

Professor Conti remarks that the remote-learning experience gave him an opportunity to draw on some of his experiences from his career in broadcast journalism:

“Many of my friends are visiting my virtual classroom and sharing experiences and knowledge. Early on we had some tours, via Zoom. Now, many of my former coworkers are also working remotely. So our new tours are of their home setups. The guests also provide my students with a way to professionally network.

“In addition, I am using a previously purchased piece of software called Adobe Captivate. It permits me to record screen activity on a computer to demonstrate media creative software like PhotoShop and Premiere. I can also do that via Zoom.

“Finally, students in my media production courses are using their own cameras since they cannot use the College’s. Those include some DSLRs, consumer video cameras and mostly their phones. To show them that good stories or videos can be made with those devices I made two videos. One is about my wife’s project of sewing cloth masks for medical professionals who do not require N95s. The second was a result of a request from SRTV, a college club, who are continuing to put together a weekly newscast from their homes. They asked if Com faculty could share what our lives are like currently. I made a video for that using my GoPro.”


Prof. Will Wise and Prof. Susan Boddie teach on separate floors

Profs. Will Wise and Susan Boddie, teaching on separate floors

Susan Boddie, music

Professor Boddie gives a lecture, broken into three parts, on:

Lecture part 1:  How she is working with her lecture classes and classical singers in preparation for recitals for graduating students

Lecture part 2: How she is working with music industry singers and helping facilitate their recording of senior projects

Lecture part 3: Discussion of the technological tools she is using for her lessons

In addition, here is a clip of a student demonstrating her Led Zeppelin chops during a music lesson.

Boddie adds: “I think it would be really cool for people to see how it’s possible to keep the music and creativity going and to know that the passion is still very much alive for teaching with me and with my students in their desire to learn and improve!”

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