Concurrent Session I 
11:00 – 11:30

 

A Spoonful of Technology (Sugar) Makes the Tax-Learning (Medicine) Go Down

Brigitte Muehlmann

This session demonstrates the integration of technology into the course methodology of the first tax course. It allows the students to use the same equipment that they enjoy using for fun, thereby making the tax learning more enjoyable while increasing weekly study time. The instructor uses the same technology as many students do. The uses of technology include the following: Textbook on the iPad (elective), Discussion Board feature on BlackBoard for weekly commentary on DBriefsU webcasts, an iPhone representation of strategic tax planning as well as podcast recordings using GarageBand for otherwise missed classes.

Complexity and Usability: How process based learning enables non-traditional designers to think spatially and visually

Sean Solley


Neurologists portray the act of designing as a cyclical, rather than linear process. We imagine possible solutions; model these by creating 2D or 3D representations, then “test” our ideas by presenting them to our clients. The subsequent feedback they provide supports or disproves our initial assumptions and, typically, sends the designer “back to the drawing board” to pursue a more focused level of investigation.

This presentation illustrates examples of tools that enhance our understanding of complex bodies of information and examines how they may contribute to the interdisciplinary field of complexity research.

Mapping Our Way through the Information Age: GIS at Suffolk

Scott Lussier & Afshan Bokhari

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a good map is worth a million. The use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, including Google Earth and ESRI ArcGIS, will be examined and how these exciting technologies are or can be used at Suffolk University.

Afshan Bokhari (NESAD-Art History/Foundations) will share her knowledge and experiences of how she has explored the potential of geospatial methods in the arts and humanities to advance and archive her scholarship and teaching. Professor Bokhari will show examples of how critically engaging GIS methods can be applicable to any humanities discipline and how it can also promote interdisciplinary collaborative research and exchange of information. Afshan will also share information for funding projects particularly the NEH organization that has been vigorously supporting Digital Humanities projects for the last five years.