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Industry City – Personal Reflection

How much did you know about the subject before we started?

I had only heard about Industry City in passing and was very excited about the opportunity to visit and learn about the place as well as the area. When thinking of the “greening” of an area it had always been something that I thought I understood.  I looked at in very simple terms, everyone benefits by introducing more green and open spaces. I knew very little about the community of Sunset Park and the history and culture of the area. So, all in all, I knew very little going in on the specific subject and area. On the topic of development of green spaces I believe I came in with some common general biases .


What was especially satisfying to you about either the process or the finished product?

The satisfaction gained through this project was in the process and it’s ability to give a well rounded view of the subject matter. By being immersed in the subject we were able to live it more personally. In addition to the immersion in subject, we were also surrounded by others who brought different views and opinions, and this made us look at the subject from many different sides. The final product became an amalgam of this new knowledge and the differing viewpoints.

We were asked to “get out of our own heads” and see, feel, hear and touch the subject. I believe this gave us all a better understanding of all the sides of the issue, thus making the finished product more valuable.

Personal Reflection

Did you do your work the way other people did theirs?
In what ways did you do it differently?
I was in the neighborhood group, and as we walked around and looked at the internal contrasts and external pressures that separated different kinds of buildings and businesses, I noticed that each person brought different disciplinary perspectives to the neighborhood. Here is a summary of different perspectives on the neighborhood:
Architectural: Some of us wondered about the differences in architecture between houses on the same block. The more architecturally advanced members of our group were able to guess at the wood frames that likely existed behind cheap siding.
City Planning: The historian remarked on how the Brooklyn expressway hurt the livability of the neighborhood and disrupted what had been a main street.
Historical: The historian in our group guessed that the nicer homes were originally inhabited by the bosses of various waterfront businesses, with the workers living in the simpler homes.
Demographic: We noted how the Latin restaurants and the ads for international phone cards below reflected the still very Latino demographics of the neighborhood.
Economic: We considered the different forces of gentrification, from new business investments to rising property taxes/valuations.
Personal Taste/Aesthetics: We remarked on the beauty of the park that gives Sunset Park its name, and the delicious food at certain restaurants. We talked about whether we would like to live in Sunset Park, and compared it to our own neighborhoods.
I think that as a humanist, I was curious about the human experience of business owners and workers–I wondered how many of the older businesses were threatened by various (mainly economic) forces, and what daily life was like for the workers and business owners. If I were to continue with that line of thinking, I might investigate the question by interviewing those people.

What drives humans to creative and to innovate?

What drives humans to creative and to innovate?

Well, this podcast explores just that question.  Start at the 30 minute mark of the podcast to listen to Anthony Brandt,  Rice University music professor and David Eagleman, Stanford neuroscientist. 

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AAC&U Assessment Webinar

Webinar: Beyond the “A” Word

Assessment that Empowers Faculty to Take Risks with Pedagogical Innovation

April 17, 2017
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm, ET

Online Webinar
Cost: Free for AAC&U members; $100 for non-members

Assessment doesn’t have to be a dirty word. This webinar, presented by AAC&U, will provide practical techniques, strategies, and use cases that demonstrate an approach to assessing student learning that promotes innovation and enables creative practices for marrying teaching and learning with authentic assessment. Panelists will provide unique perspectives on how to engage faculty and students in the assessment process in meaningful ways, and outline their experiences across a wide range of institution types, learning environments, and disciplines.

The webinar will highlight On Solid Ground, which outlines the first two years of data collection for AAC&U’s VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) initiative, a nationwide project that examines direct evidence of student learning. The VALUE initiative presents a unique approach for colleges and universities that – while methodologically, philosophically, and pedagogically complex – situates defining and measuring the quality of student learning within the learner-faculty relationship, at the course level, without sacrificing questions of rigor.

Panelists will lead a robust discussion of how the VALUE initiative and resources can empower and support faculty to embrace imperfection and take risks by experimenting with pedagogical innovations on their campuses.


Terrel RhodesModerator
Terrel Rhodes
Vice President, Office of Quality, Cirriculum, and Assessment
and Executive Director of VALUE, AAC&U

Cassandra Broadus-GarciaCassandra Broadus-Garcia
Associate Professor of Art Education
Central Connecticut State College

D. AlexisD. Alexis Hart
Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing
Allegheny College
Steve HartlaubSteve Hartlaub
Spanish Instructor
Inver Hills Community College