STUDENT HELP at SPS and QCC (see below SPS)

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SPS   All student services:  http://www.sps.cuny.edu/student_resources/index.html

SPS  HELP DESK http://www.sps.cuny.edu/student_services/help_desk.html

SPS Accessibility and Accommodations:
The CUNY School of Professional Studies is firmly committed to making higher education accessible to students with disabilities by removing architectural barriers and providing programs and support services necessary for them to benefit from the instruction and resources of the University.

We provide and coordinate reasonable accommodations and support services to students with disabilities, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and strive to increase the level of disability awareness among all members of the SPS community.

Early planning is essential for many of the resources and accommodations provided. Please contact us at the earliest possible date in order for us to assist with your needs.

It is our goal for students to feel comfortable in discussing how to maximize their learning, participation and access to the course. If any student has specific accommodation needs, please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Services Coordinator, Cristina Finan, at 212.652.2014 or cristina.finan@mail.cuny.edu to discuss these issues. To ensure consistent accommodations with each student, if a student has not yet contacted the Office of Accessibility then the student should inform the instructor of the course who will make the referral and the student will learn of services available.

Prior to receiving accommodations a student obtains a Faculty Accommodation Letter from the Office of Accessibility. It is important to for instructors to discuss appropriate accommodations with students; however, asking questions about a student's disability, such as the diagnosis, must be avoided. Students have the legal right not to disclose the diagnosis; they need only discuss how reasonable accommodations assist them in their academic environment.

If students would like to request accommodations, they should ask their doctor or diagnostic center to provide the School with documentation of their disability and specific recommendations for accommodations. They should also submit the Disability Disclosure Form. The documentation must be current, follow documentation guidelines, and should be sent four weeks in advance of the term to allow sufficient time to prepare. Documentation will be held in confidence. Once this documentation is received, the School will determine the reasonable accommodations to be provided, issue a notification letter to the student, and arrange for these accommodations to be made within the context of the student’s academic program.

 

Disability Services : http://sps.cuny.edu/student_services/disabilityservices.html

·          Disability Disclosure Form : http://media.sps.cuny.edu/filestore/7/7/9_9e8443955145d1e/779_1d88be061f1aa2b.pdf

·         Cristina Finan’s new number: 212.652.2014

·         Disability Documentation should be sent to:

Att: Student Services Coordinator
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st Street, 7th Floor, Room 720
New York, N.Y, 10001



Students considering or already registered in the CUNY School of Professional Studies should feel free to contact the Student Services Coordinator, Cristina Finan at cristina.finan@mail.cuny.edu or 212.652.2014 about arrangements and accommodations.

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http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/qccOnline/eLearningInstitute/eLearning_Readiness/index.html

QCC  Assistance for Students

Services for Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for students with disabilities

Accommodations for students with disabilities  

As stated in the current QCC catalog, any student who needs specific accommodations based upon the impact of a disability should register with the office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to be eligible for accommodations, which are determined on an individual basis. The SSD office is located in the Science Building, room S132 (718-631-6257). Students should also contact me privately to discuss their specific needs.

 Services for Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for students with disabilities

As stated in the current QCC catalog, any student who needs specific accommodations based upon the impact of a disability should register with the office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to be eligible for accommodations, which are determined on an individual basis. The SSD office is located in the Science Building, room S132 (718-631-6257). Students should also contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs.  

The QCC Office of Services for Students with Disabilities issues the "Accommodations Card" , a new card being issued by Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).   SSD will issue these cards to QCC students who have properly registered with our office and have been approved for appropriate reasonable accommodations and/or academic adjustments as per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   The Accommodations card will go into effect for the Fall 2011 semester

1: What if a student is taking classes at a distance?  Can they fax the SSC Card to the faculty member or have some other way of "presenting " it? 

Either they can present such an Accommodations Card in person to the faculty member or if they cannot meet on campus, then in such a case  a letter/email from SSD would be needed.   The letter/email must be requested by the student and , if needed,   can be sent from SSD to the faculty member upon student consent.

2.What is the purpose of this new card? 

Until now, Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)  has required students request, and present,  "Accommodation" letters to their professors every semester in order to confirm approval of testing and/or classroom accommodations.  In most cases this new Accommodations Card will replace these letters and a student can produce the card when accommodations are needed in a particular class. We do realize some accommodations will still need an accompanying letter, and/or email, to explain certain situations. 

3. What information does the Accommodations card contain?

The Accommodations card will be printed with the students CUNY ID number as an identifier (verifiable by class roster) and contain their personalized testing and/or classroom accommodations as approved by SSD.   

4. Does the Accommodations Card replace the QCC ID Card? 

No,  the Accommodations card is not an official QCC ID card. 

5. How will it work? 

If a student is entitled to classroom accommodations under the ADA, he/she must show you their card at the beginning of  the semester to make you aware of their needs. We advise students to produce the Accommodations card to remind you of their  testing accommodations each time they request you complete and sign our  "yellow"  SSD Testing Accommodation Form when scheduling exams to be proctored by SSD. 

6. Once a student "self Identifies" as having a disability, must they utilize exam accommodations for each exam?

 No. Students, as adults, have the right to take exams with or without accommodations any time they choose to do so on their own free will.  But, if a student chooses to take an exam without accommodations,  they do not have the right to request a retake of the exam due to lack of accommodation.

CONTACT: 

  • Ben Freier, Director
  • Services for Students with Disabilities
  • CUNY Assistive Technology Services
  • Queensborough Community College
  • 222-05 56th avenue S-132
  • Bayside New York 11364
  • Tel. 1- 718-631-6257
  • Fax.  1-718-281-5733

 

Assistance with Written Assignments

As this course is an introduction to Philosophy and as Philosophy is a mental activity the primary objective is to have students understand and appreciate what Philosophy is and to some degree develop their own mental abilities becoming more critical in their thinking and more clear and precise in their expression.

The principle means for the instructor to evaluate how well students have come to develop their thinking skills and knowledge of philosophical matters is to examine their thinking. This can only be accomplished through communication revealing both the student's thought process and knowledge. This in turn would require either lengthy oral discussions, oral dialogues and hopefully a dialectical inquiry or else evidence of such skills as would be involved in the oral exchanges in written form, such as in essays and term papers. Thus there are written requirements.

The Library

The instructor understands that some students may not have as much experience in writing and in research as they would like and further that some students may not have all the time required for written assignments and even that some students have little or no access to word processors. Students are advised to seek assistance in the Writing Center and in the Library where they have access to word processors and the following resources:

a)Literature for research:

  • Research Tools, e.g. Philosopher's Index; Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Research Assistants-Librarians
  • Word Processors- Library -First Floor

b)Helpful Texts:

  • Seech, Zachary. Writing Philosophy Papers. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1993.
  • Woodhouse, Mark. A Preface to Philosophy. 3rd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Pub. Co. 1984.

c)Library ONLINE Resources:

SEARCH CUNY+PLUS

E-JOURNALS & DATABASES

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

HOW TO DO A RESEARCH PAPER

ASK A LIBRARIAN

Safety Advise

Students are advised to use word processors and save their files because the instructor will permit and encourage students to revise their essays and revisions are much easier using word processors

Personal Assistance:

The instructor has office hours.  Check Contact Information or inquire directly or by email for the hours this semester.

 1. The college offers you assistance in the preparation and writing of your papers.  I advise you to  make use of the service at the Writing Center (see below).

2. The University offers online help at the WriteSite (see below).

Queensborough Assistance

On-Campus Help for Writers

Campus Resources On Line

Instructional Support Services           

The Writing Center
Location: TheLibrary  

Hours:   Mon-Th  9-8   Fri 9-1pm  Sat. walk-in hours 10-3

Phone:  718-631-6663
Director: Dion Pincus 

Instructional Support Services

Tutorial Services Online

www.qcc.cuny.edu/iss

iPass E-Learning Guide http://www3.qcc.cuny.edu/ISSwebT/docs/iPASSQuickLookGuide.pdf 

 

 

 

 

 

 What’s iPASS? 

iPASS is a web-based e-learning system to help QCC students with their writing.  There are 6 inter-connected parts: 

1.      My Learning Profile: how all the results of each student’s learning styles inventories fit together, with customized strategies to capitalize on learning strengths and improve learning weaknesses 

2.      Writing Clinic: QCC students send in their writing along with their questions and get a response from a specially-trained e-tutor within 48 hours 

3.      iBlog:       student blogs (weblogs, or “blogs” are online journals that can include comments by readers, pictures, sound files, and links to other students’ blogs and websites) 

4.      e-Files:     students can find out their learning styles; get study skills and test-taking tips; and check out test-prep materials for CUNY’s ACT Writing Exam and CPE Exam 

5.      Writing Resources:  links to useful writing websites, with information about each site      and   

6.      iTrain:      where tutors learn to be e-tutors, working online to give students useful feedback customized to the way each one learns most easily 

The iPASS system is asynchronous (e-tutors and students don’t have to be online at the same time because they don’t chat in “real time”). 

You can check out the iPASS website at: www.qcc.cuny.edu/ISS/iPASS.

iBlog and Writing Clinic are ready for you to use!

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CUNY   Online Writing Assistance

WHAT is the CUNY WriteSite?

The WriteSite is an interactive website providing information and support for: understanding the writing process; meeting the demands of standard academic writing tasks in all disciplines; preparing for major university-wide and state examinations; mastering grammar and style; exploring online resources for research and writing across the curriculum.

WHY use the WriteSite?

The WriteSite provides an interactive and participatory experience for users. Unlike the “textbook on the web” style of presentation used on many websites, it involves users in active learning so that principles are discovered inductively and then applied to the students’ own assignments.

WHERE is the WriteSite?

The The WriteSite is available free from any internet-connected computer anywhere in the world.
Point your internet browser to: http://writesite.cuny.edu


WHEN is the WriteSite available?

The WriteSite is available 24 x 7.

WHO created the WriteSite and who uses the WriteSite?

The WriteSite is a work-in-progress, developed and continuously updated by CUNY faculty and graduate students to meet the varied needs of the entire academic community from pre-college to post-graduate and beyond. Most CUNY students encounter the WriteSite as part of a course, where it is integrated with instruction, or in their campus Writing Center.
The WriteSite is provided as a link in thousands of web-enhanced, hybrid and fully asynchronous courses in colleges and universities world-wide.

http://writesite.cuny.edu/  

IMPORTANT:  

Remember that you may revise papers and resubmit them at least once!

Consider your first submission to be a draft.

No grade will be reduced upon resubmission.  You will not have your grade lowered after you submit a revision.  

Format For Submitting Written Assignments 

INSTRUCTIONS for PREPARING and SUBMITTING WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

Composing your assignment

Normally, you should compose your response using your word processor or on paper. This will give you the opportunity to revise, proofread, and spell check. When you have completed your assignment document be sure to spell check it .

Make sure to read the directions for each assignment carefully for details, due dates, and any thing else that may be specific to the assignment.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

Each student is requested to submit the following assignments according to the schedule for the semester. Check on the COURSE CALENDAR for the due dates.   Remember to Go to iPASS and register there for services in support of the written assignments.  Follow the INSTRUCTIONS for PREPARING and SUBMITTING WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

  • Do not violate academic integrity! 
  • Do not plagiarize!
  • Students must include citations and references and quotations.
  • Students must type or keyboard their papers and essays.
  • No more than two typographical, grammatical or syntactical errors per page.
  • Late papers and essays will NOT be accepted.

Assignments are intended to provide for an assessment of the learner's achievement and progress. Assignments and parts of assignments are intended to assess the learner's motivation, reading comprehension, critical thinking skills and appreciation of philosophy.  Assignments may be revised. Assignments for modules 1 to 6 may be revised and resubmitted any number of times up to one month before the end of the semester. Assignments for modules 6 to 8 may be revised and resubmitted up to the date of the last scheduled class.

Composing your assignment

Normally, you should compose your response using your word processor or on paper. This will give you the opportunity to revise, proofread, and spell check. When you have completed your assignment document be sure to spell check it .

Make sure to read the directions for each assignment carefully for details, due dates, and any thing else that may be specific to the assignment.

Go to iPASS and register there for services in support of the written assignments

Format For Submitting Written Assignments 

Whether you are in an ONLINE CLASS or a traditional class or a hybrid class you must submit the assignments by EMAIL  ppecorino@qcc.cuny.edu   Do not send attachments!!!   Copy and paste your text from the word processor directly into the message window of the email.  In the subject line put:

first name , last name, class number ##, section, assignment#

Evaluations

The evaluation for your assignment will appear directly in your document or with your document when returned to you by email or returned directly to you by the instructor.  Evaluations are private and can only be read by the student and professor.

OBSERVE THE DUE DATES!!   Check on due dates:

All written assignments may be revised and resubmitted.  Go to iPASS and register there for services in support of the written assignments.  The iPASS eTUTORS will assist you with your assignments for modules 2 through 7.  You are required to use the eTUTOR service so that you will maximize you grade.  At least one assignment must be submitted in draft form and then after receiving the instructor’s comments and suggestions, it is to be revised and resubmitted for formal assessment.  Students may resubmit their revised assignments no more than three times before the final day of class.

In all cases the written work must show evidence of the author’s awareness of the materials made available in the online textbook and through the related Internet links found in the Online Textbook that is part of the course.   Proper citations and accreditation are to be made evident in the body of the work. The learners are required to provide evidence of research and scholarship and to AVOID Plagiarism!

Criteria for evaluation of the written assignments is given under Course Information document titled ” How you will be evaluated.”  Other students will not view student written assignments anywhere within the course.  Students may send drafts of their work to their classmates and discuss them through the use of email.   They may discuss the assignment itself within the course in the Student Café.

The written assignments assist in preparing the learner for the CUNY PE Exam.

NOTE:     The CUNY Proficiency Examination is designed to evaluate a person’s ability to do the following: 

1.     Understand what they have read by summarizing appropriate sections of the readings.

2.     Develop an essay that presents a coherent, organized analysis, point of view, or an argument of some substance that does more than merely summarize the reading or recount personal experience.

3.     Incorporate, as support for own ideas, quotations and references from background reading using formal or informal references to identify the sources.

4.     Write in a clear prose with an appropriate level of correctness (grammar, spelling, punctuation). 

The essays required for this course are designed to have students give evidence of possessing these skills.  They will be graded accordingly. The skills involved above will be referenced in the essays below by the notation-PE1, PE2, PE3,PE4

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