Hartwick’s Malone to Present Next Faculty Lecture

Hartwick College Professor of Economics Dr. Laurence Malone will present “Is Student Learning in an Online Introductory Course Comparable to a Traditional Classroom Setting?” the next installment of the 2016-17 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place on Thursday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For the past three years, Malone has participated in faculty gatherings to advance Hartwick’s efforts in online instruction. From the beginning, he was troubled about the efficacy of an online learning environment for his introductory Macroeconomics Principles course. Simply put, he questioned whether students in an online introductory course with substantial technical content learned as much as students in a traditional classroom setting?

This lecture shares his discoveries from investigating this question as a Wandersee Fellow. His quest is applicable to other disciplines in which student understanding of core conceptual frameworks in online introductory courses may not provide adequate preparation for intermediate and advanced level coursework.

Malone obtained his Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research. He is one of three national Carnegie Fellows for Teaching and Learning Economics, and he worked for the New York State Assembly as a senior research associate. He is also a past-President and past-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Economic and Business Historical Society.

His professional interests focus on government policies and economic development, strategic planning, and marketing and communications. He has authored three books and numerous articles on topics that range from medical innovation to the problem of lack of broadband internet access in rural America. At the College, he has served as vice president for enrollment, chair of the faculty, honors program co-director, and department chair.

Throughout the Faculty Lecture Series, Hartwick professors discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology, and more. The presentations take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the academic year. Upcoming faculty lectures will take place on Wednesday, April 14, and Thursday, May 3, 2017 (subject to change).

For more information, contact Dr. Eric Cooper, faculty development committee chair, at 607-431-4254 or coopere@hartwick.edu.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact:     David Lubell
E-mail:       lubelld@hartwick.edu
Phone:        607-431-4031

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