ABSTRACTS


All sessions take place in Butler-Carlton Hall on the Missouri S&T campus

BY ROOM:   BY SESSION TYPE:
115   Standard Sessions (45-60 minutes)
120   Learning Stack Sessions (15-25 minutes)
121   CERTI Educational Research Mini-Grant Sessions (15-25 minutes)
124   Poster Sessions (4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 in BCH Atrium)
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101    
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NOTE:  Presentations will be posted here (if available) as soon as possible after the conference. Attendees will be notified via email when the majority of presentations are available.

Opening Keynote Speaker ~

     Jared Stein - Vice President of Higher Education Strategy; Canvas by Instructure

Friday's Plenary Speaker ~

     Dr. Larry Gragg - Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of History & Political Science; Missouri S&T


THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017

OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jared Stein - Vice President of Higher Education Strategy; Canvas by Instructure

Open for Good: How Open Education Can Grow Innovation and Change Lives

Time, Date, and Location: 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Thursday, March 16, BCH 125

Teaching with online technology lets us "thin the walls" of the classroom, opening up students' access and perspectives to the wide world of people and resources. This finding and reusing digital resources is central to open education, but the stories you'll hear in this session suggest that holding openness as a foundational philosophy enables much more. Learn why Canvas is committed to openness as a means of growing innovation in technology, teaching, and the reach of both teachers and students.


Lightning Round

Presenters: EdTech Students; Missouri S&T

Track(s): N/A

Time, Date, and Location:

12:00 - 12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 121

11:15 a.m. - Noon, Friday, March 17, BCH 121 (Encore Presentation)

EdTech students will demonstrate a few new apps or technologies that EdTech has discovered recently. This will be a very high-level, informal discussion of the apps with a brief Q&A period after each demonstration. The best part of this presentation? All of these programs are absolutely FREE!


Missouri Distance Learning Association (MoDLA) Membership Meeting

LUNCH SESSION

Presenter / Facilitator: Dr. Diana Garland - Treasurer; Missouri Distance Learning Association

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Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: Noon - 12:45 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 216

Visit with Missouri Distance Learning Association Treasurer, Diana Garland for a membership meeting as we discuss your ideas and MoDLA’s continuance serving the distance education community. As a nonprofit, our responsibility is to promote the development and application of distance learning to education and training. 


Using VoiceThread to Promote Student-Centered Learning

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenters: 
     Dr. Dan Reardon - Assistant Professor of English & Technical Communication; Missouri S&T
     Beth Reardon - Missouri S&T

Tags: voicethread; online instruction; active learning

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 115

This session will be a workshop in VoiceThread, an interactive educational tool that allows instructors and students to record their responses to a variety of uploaded media, and participate in an asynchronous discussion. VoiceThread offers advantages over online discussion boards because of its visual nature; instructors can upload videos, images, or other media, and ask students questions about the media. Using their computers’ webcams and microphones, instructors and students can provide oral responses to questions and ideas, and engage in lively discussions on an array of topics. VoiceThread can therefore promote active, student-centered learning, and may also enhance both instructor and student presence in online delivery methods.


Active learning by partnering primary literature with multimedia resources

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Dave Westenberg - Associate Professor of Biological Sciences; Missouri S&T

Tags: active learning; primary literature; multimedia

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 120

This session will be an active learning demonstration using "Scientist at Work" videos from HHMI Biointeractive and in-class activities based on primary literature. This session will highlight background and experiments designed to test hypothesis regarding the effect of fungicide on bumble bee colonies. The activity will engage the audience by reading and discussing data from the primary literature in small groups and sharing out with the audience.


How to Live Stream and Record All of Your Classes

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-25 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Jeff Thomas - Associate Teaching Professor of Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering; Missouri S&T

Tags: virtual classroom; live stream  

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 121

Would you like to efficiently live stream and record a class period? How about all of your classes? We will look at the hardware and software that I have used the last two years to teach local and remote students from classrooms and my office.


How to preserve classroom created information: an innovative approach.

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-25 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Nicolas A. Libre - Assistant Teaching Professor of Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering; Missouri S&T

Tags: preserving class information; presentation technique; underrepresented students; diverse classroom

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 121

An innovative technology is presented and discussed to preserve information created in a classroom setting. Most of the currently available techniques use cameras to capture either the class or screen. The presented technique enables instructors to record the lecture, save the notes and share it with students through various formats. It provides teachers with a versatile tool to preserve information created in classroom setting like discussions, solved problems and notes, and helps them to improve the class performance by reusing and updating the previously created content. The implementation of such a technology in an engineering based course will be discussed, as well as how it can be used inside or outside the classroom to deal with a large section class with diverse students, to reach out to underrepresented students, and to fulfill a variety of purposes.


Do Educational Taxonomies Lead to Excellence in Teaching…?

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-25 minutes)

Presenters:
     Dr. Ian Ferguson - Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Missouri S&T
     Dr. Bonnie Bachman - Professor of Economics; Missouri S&T

Tags: taxonomy; Bloom's; SOLO; experiental learning ; entrepreneurship

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 124

A number of taxonomies exist to help quantify educational aims and objectives, but their connection to excellence in teaching is not well understood. One of the first and most used is Bloom’s taxonomy which has identified three types of learning; cognitive, associated with mental skills; affective, associated with growth in feelings or emotional areas; and psychomotor, associated with manual or physical. Other educational taxonomies such as SOLO (Structure of Observed Learning Outcome) have also been proposed and investigated. This taxonomy proposes that learning complex material such as that often seen in disciplines needs to be broken down into less complex tasks and later integrated to form a solid understanding of the subject. In most of these taxonomies the traditional lecture typically only addresses the lower levels of learning and has a very stylized interaction between the student and the professor. The transition to higher levels of complexity in student's learning ability typically requires a more dialectic approach with an individualized interaction with the professor. It is through this individualized contact that student learning and the continuous improvement needed for excellence in teaching occurs. This presentation will investigate if hierarchical transitions delineated in taxonomies are important for the student’s journey of learning and can they be used as a framework for a broader based understanding of excellence in teaching.


Effective Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-25 minutes)

Presenter: Karen Sprous - English as a Second Language Teacher; Rolla Public Schools

Tags: second language acquisition; academic strategies; technology and reading and writing in a second language

Audience:  K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 124

In the interest of finding ways to help their students succeed in mainstream classes, teachers have endeavored for years to define the nature of academic reading and writing tasks when taught to ESL students. Recently, research has focused on how to be an effective teacher of reading and writing to students learning in a second language (L2). They need coherent perspectives, principles, and models—tools for thinking about second language reading and writing in general as well as the metacognitive processes. This presentation will cover beginning language emergence whether in kindergarten or 12th grade and how technology can be used to enhance language learning.


Teaching Digital Literacy and STEM through Blended Learning

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Ben Gwynne - Senior School Manager; EverFi

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Audience: K-12

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 101

Session attendees will learn about and gain access to web-based resources that are available at no cost:

  • Ignition - Digital Literacy & Responsibility: (grades 6-9) a learning course designed to educate students on the risks and rewards that technology can bring to their lives. This course touches on areas such as cyber-bullying, using the internet/technology responsibly and STEM careers.
  • Hockey Scholar: (grades 5-7) this course brings science, math & engineering concepts to life using the exciting, fast-paced game of hockey. Through immersive hockey simulations, each module enables students to explore real-life applications of fundamental STEM concepts.

Invigorating Classrooms with Adobe Spark Video

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Diane Gremp - Instructional Technology Coordinator at the South Central Regional Professional Development Center; Missouri S&T

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Audience: K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 115

Join us to learn this FREE and user-friendly tech tool to create videos for your classroom—parents LOVE video of their student at work! Better yet, teach your students to use this tool for storytelling, re-teaching, and demonstrating what they have learned. This could also be a great tool for student-led conferences!


Guided Discovery through the Digital Extracurriculum: Celebrating Lifelong Learning, Participatory Culture, and Affinity Spaces

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Kelly Jones - Shared Brilliance, LLC

Tags: lifelong learning; teachers as learners; inspiration; reflection; digital extracurriculum

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 120

As student-centered teachers, we need time away from the classroom for inspiration and practices that help cultivate our own curiosity, creativity, and metacognition. This session will explore lifelong learning in the digital age, including an introduction to three curriculum theory concepts for meaningful guided discovery and sharing: participatory culture, affinity spaces, and the digital "extracurriculum". Participants will take away strategies and resources to support their journeys as both teachers and lifelong learners.


♪ 'Cause We Are Living in a Digital World and I am a Digital Girl ♫

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Lisa Weiskopf - Instructional Technology Specialist; Sullivan School District

Tags: digital citizenship; digital footprint; online responsibilities; Common Sense

Audience: K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 121

This session will emphasize the importance of promoting digital citizenship among parents, students and staff. We will explore resources including Common Sense, InCtrl, Digizen, and digiteen.


Even the Lone Wolf Seeks Out a Pack Now and Then: Learning How to Work with a Group

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-25 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Diana Ahmad - Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of History & Political Science; Missouri S&T

Tags: trying new things; adjusting to new situations; running with the pack; group work

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 124

The Lone Wolf is often considered the symbol of resistance, an animal that goes it alone.  Like professors, Lone Wolves sometimes realize that they must expand their territory in order to grow. This entails joining a pack, albeit for a short time, in order to succeed. The Lone Wolf often refuses to become a follower of others, but occasionally, the smart Lone Wolf knows when it is necessary to mellow and join a pack. Learning to take advice, learning to trust others, and learning to expand the boundaries of the Lone Wolf’s territory can be difficult at first, but the smart Lone Wolf knows that in order to grow, he or she must accept new things and work with a group.  


Developing Pedagogically: A Case Study in Pedagogy and the App Development Process

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-25 minutes)

Presenters: 
     Rachel Clark - Educational Technologist; Purdue University
     Margaret Wu - Educational Assessment Specialist; Purdue University

Tags: student motivation; student engagement; formative assessment; app development; institutional collaboration

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 124

This session highlights how developers and educational technologists from Purdue University’s Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) collaborated to develop Replay, a formative assessment app. Specifically, this session focuses on how the piloting process informed design and decision-making around future improvements in the app to focus on student motivation and engagement. This is a unique case study illustrating how pedagogy can inform the development process.


Keeping Connected with Online Students via Canvas

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Kellie Grasman - Lecturer of Engineering Managment & Systems Engineering; Missouri S&T

Tags: online instruction; virtual classroom; Canvas; VoiceThread; Piazza; Adobe Connect; Poll Everywhere; digital textbook; large-enrollment course; buffet model; social presence

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 125

This virtual session will highlight one instructor’s approach to ensuring strong social presence in a high-enrollment, math-based, hybrid/online course. In spite of large class size and vast geographic distance, thoughtful implementation of Canvas features and LTI tools enables a robust online learning environment. This session will let you see what it’s like to be a student in an interactive virtual classroom session—join in and learn how to use the power of Canvas to make online work. We will explore course design ideas and tools to make online feel friendly!


Apple Showcase

Presenter: Apple, Inc. 

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Time, Date, and Location: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 101


Video Analysis with Using a Smartphone - Students as Active Learners

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Becky Treu - Associate Professor of Physical Sciences; Moberly Area Community College

Tags: algebra based physics; inquiry based labs; 2D motion diagrams; kinematics

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 3:40 - 4:40 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 115

Students often struggle making the connection between 2-D motion diagrams and "real life" motion. An easy way to bridge this gap is to allow students to physically make a 2-D motion diagram themselves while incorporating technology. In this workshop, participants will perform an inquiry based lab utiltizing smartphones, freeware (Tracker),and themselves to produce 2-D motion diagrams. This lab can be geared towards any physics course (conceptual, algebra based, or calculus based).


The “Small Class Feel” and Increasing Enrollment: Using Blended Classroom Techniques to Maximize Efficacy

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Jossalyn Larson - Assistant Teaching Professor of English & Technical Communication; Missouri S&T

Tags: Canvas; flipped classroom; writing; student-to-professor ratio; large class; small group

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 3:40 - 4:40 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 120

Increasing enrollment in higher education is good news for the university and its stakeholders, but it can present a dilemma for instructors who need to provide individualized attention to students in a class with rising seat caps. In March 2015, for example, the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)’s Principles and Standards were revised to suggest that the ideal writing classroom should be capped at 15 students, and writing instructors should teach no more than 60 students per term; yet because first year writing courses service nearly every student on campus, most writing classrooms are capped between 20 and 25 students, and teaching professors generally instruct between 80 and 100 students each semester. This presentation demonstrates how blended classroom techniques can be utilized to give students and professors the “small classroom feel” within these large enrollments by maximizing individualized attention and group cohesion; it confronts student and instructor concerns with the efficacy of the blended classroom and demonstrates how instructors can use instructional technology, class meetings, and office hours strategically in order to encourage frequent and meaningful contact, and quality productivity.


Getting Started with Virtual and Augmented Reality

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Mike Dombroski - Instructional Technology Specialist; Cottey College

Tags: VR; AR; virtual reality; augmented reality; faculty development; engagement; immersive environment; blended learning

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 3:40 - 4:40 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 121

This presentation will examine ways that instructors can use virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in the classroom. Participants will see examples of different applications of VR and AR and how they might apply them to their instruction. They will also have the opportunity to see what it is like for themselves using materials like Google Cardboard and how they might make their own VR viewer. Participants are encouraged to bring their portable devices and download Google Cardboard and Expeditions (iOS/Android) and Post-it Plus (iOS) before the session.


Writing Your Hypothes.is: Collaborative Annotation in the Classroom

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-25 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Rachel Schneider - Assistant Teaching Professor of English & Technical Communication; Missouri S&T

Tags: course design; technology tools; assessments; methodology

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 3:40 - 4:40 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 124

In the digital age, it can be difficult to get students to take notes during class, let alone while they're reading class material. This session will present an online annotation tool, hypothes.is, and the different uses for this technology can serve in homework and in-class activities. Specific lessons and examples will be discussed.


Computer-Assisted Grading System For Large Classes

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-25 minutes)

Presenters:
     
Amy Skyles - Instructional Designer; Missouri S&T
     Dr. Nicholas A. Libre - Assistant Teaching Professor of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering; Missouri S&T

Tags: assessment; large sections; automated grading; educational technology

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 3:40 - 4:40 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 124

As large section classes or massive open online courses, continue to generate interest, there is more demand for implementing automation in teaching curriculum. A computer-assisted grading tool that has been developed and tested at Missouri S&T will be presented and discussed in this presentation. The objective of this software is to automatically grade multiple choice assignments and exams using image processing technology. Such an automated tool can speed up the grading time, increase grading accuracy and enables instructors to focus on students learning instead of spending time for grading massive assignments and exams. The pros and cons of the developed tool in a case study course will be presented and potential applications in other courses will be discussed.


Apple Showcase (Encore Presentation)

Presenter: Apple, Inc. 

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Time, Date, and Location: 3:40 - 4:40 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 101


Bringing Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation to a Senior Design Course

POSTER SESSION

Presenter: Dr. Mihail Cutitaru - Assistant Teaching Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Missouri S&T

Tags: course redesign; entrepreneurship; senior design

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH Atrium (Vendor Reception)

This project aims at improving the Senior Design course in the ECE department by adding elements of entrepreneurship and innovation in the design cycle for the projects used in the course. The goal is for the students to finish the 2-course sequence with knowledge and experience in designing more innovative engineering products that will better fit a customer’s needs and, ideally, be able to start their own engineering business.


Reaching students in a digital age

POSTER SESSION

Presenter: Tracie Devault - Lecturer of Arts, Language, & Philosophy; Missouri S&T

Tags: technology; digital; student engagement

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH Atrium (Vendor Reception)

This poster session will outline the steps that have been taken to reach students in an increasingly digital age.  It is important to teach students how to communicate effectively using this technology. 


Digital Initiatives - Reducing the Cost of Course Materials

POSTER SESSION

Presenter: Mark Gallardo - Assistant Director of The S&T Store; Missouri S&T

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Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH Atrium (Vendor Reception)

AutoAccess is a collaborative program between The S&T Store, faculty and publishers that provides required materials automatically when a student enrolls in the course--at a reduced cost.

AutoAccess offers:

  • Day 1 access to critical learning resources through LMS (Canvas)
  • Robust interactive digital content
  • Reduced costs to the students compared to current print/digital options
  • Increased student engagement
  • No hassle with access codes

An Elementary Solution for Math and Literacy Summer Learning Loss

POSTER SESSION

Presenter: Ben Gwynne - Senior Schools Manager; EverFi

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Audience: K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH Atrium (Vendor Reception)

Each summer, students lose critical math and literacy skills, widening the achievement gap and requiring remediation each year. To prevent this “summer slide,” Major League Baseball partnered with EverFi to develop a web-based resource that prepares students to enter the next school year on track. This baseball-themed, game-based learning experience is available at NO COST through a partnership with MLB. The resource is six hours long, focusing on sentence structure/correction, commonly confused words, synonyms/antonyms, factors, multiples, ordering units of measure, fractions, and more. Aligned with state standards and is geared toward grades 4 & 5.


Canvas Analytics for Student Performance Analysis

POSTER SESSION

Presenter: Dr. Amardeep Kaur - Assistant Teaching Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Missouri S&T

Tags: Canvas; online HW platforms; analytics

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH Atrium (Vendor Reception)

This poster will be aimed at presenting a case that using analytics or other similar tools available in various online educational platforms can help instructors to track the performance of the class as a whole and/or individual students, diagnose the progress and act to address any commonly seen difficulties being experienced by class as a whole or a significant number. In addition, there can be outreach opportunities to “get-to” the students who may not be actively engaged in accessing the available material and/or their submissions.


Creating a Writing Research Environment with Personalized Library Instruction

POSTER SESSION

Presenter: kYmberly Keeton - Academic Librarian & Assistant Professor; Lincoln University

Tags: assessment; student learning environment; library incubator research spaces; faculty and student collaboration

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, & Location 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH Atrium (Vendor Reception)

Poster Session that deals with an ACRL Assessment in Action project regarding collaboration, assessments in higher education (Academic Libraries) and leadership. This poster project documents a year's work with regard to student success initiatives at Lincoln University.


Do paid online study services make the grade?

POSTER SESSION

Presenter: Razmus Kerwin - Instructional Developer; Missouri S&T

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Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH Atrium (Vendor Reception)

Going to university is expensive, and for many students, anxiety about failure and the cost of education are two sides of the same stressor. This anxiety, common enough among students, has fueled a rather large and growing aftermarket of education-related services such as textbook rental, tutoring-on-demand, online study help, and access to curated textbook question and answer databases. There are currently many such services competing for student dollars, and often their marketing and approach makes educators suspect about the actual educational value that such services represent. Instructors have voiced concerns that these online study services merely enable students to cheat, or that they exist only to extract money from naïve or lazy students. In order to explore this general question, “Are these online ‘study’ services any good?”, and to provide an informed answer, S&T EdTech purchased a one-year subscription to two of the most popular of such services, Chegg.com and WolframAlpha.com, in order to evaluate them and bring you findings about what students actually receive—and what they don’t receive—when they purchase a subscription.


FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

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STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

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Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 115

 


Implementing Active Learning in STEM-based Curriculum, Does It Really Work?

Presenters: 
     Iman Mehdipour - Ph.D. Candidate in Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering; Missouri S&T
     Nicolas A. Libre - Assistant Teaching Professor of Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering; Missouri S&T

Tags: technology; digital; student engagement

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 120

This session presents an active learning technique for engineering students that explores how students’ engagements enhance their learning and discusses to what extent it has affected performance of students. For a given course topic at each class session, problem-based questions were designed for students to stimulate their thinking by implementing the knowledge that students gained during lecture toward solving practice problems. It will be explained how the student response is collected through an online response collector system as well as how such responses were used to adapt the teaching style with student’s needs. The students’ answers and the level of their engagement were also analyzed to examine the correlation between level of student engagement and their performance as evaluated by formative and summative assessments.


Student perceptions of cross-functional interdisciplinary teams for projects

CERTI EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM MINI-GRANT SESSION (15-25 minutes)

Presenters:
     Dr. Li Li Eng - Associate Professor of Business & Information Technology; Missouri S&T
     Dr. Bih-Ru Lea - Associate Professor of Business & Information Technology; Missouri S&T

Tags: cross-functional teams; interdisciplinary project; student engagement; active learning

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 121

We assess student perceptions regarding working in teams across two courses: Managerial Accounting, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). A team of accounting students will be partnered with a team of ERP students. The project will simulate a working environment where members of the accounting department have to work with members of the ERP department. We will conduct pre- and post-surveys to assess student experiences in working in cross-functional interdisciplinary teams.


Student-Centered Dynamic Syllabus Development for Mathematical Programming

CERTI EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM MINI-GRANT SESSION (15-25 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Dincer Konur - Assistant Professor of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering; Missouri S&T

Tags: syllabus development; distributed learning

Audience: Higher Education 

Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 121

This study aims to structure methods to develop and evaluate the outcomes of student-centered syllabus development for a mathematical programming course, in which students with diverse backgrounds and learning interests enroll. As teaching all mathematical programming concepts is not possible during one semester, some students might not achieve their learning objectives based on their research needs and interests. This study tries to overcome this by working towards developing a syllabus that cover main learning objectives as well as students' individual learning objectives so that the students can get the most out of the course.


Teaching STEM to Middle School Students through Robotics and Arduino

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-25 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Nana Dikhaminjia - Visiting Assistant Research Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Missouri S&T

Tags: STEM, robotics, Arduino, coding, engineering, k-12

Audience: K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 124

During recent years engineering and coding became part of many other scientific fields, therefore it is important to instill and develop these interests from childhood. Public school curriculum cannot incorporate constantly developing educational technologies sufficiently fast, making extracurricular STEM activities invaluable for education of children. I’d like to share my experience of teaching engineering and coding through Robotics and Arduino to Middle School students with help of EMC Laboratory graduate students, as well as my vision of expanding these kind activities with the inclusion of other departments of Missouri S&T. 


Assessing our Learning Commons Implementation with Library Data

LEARNING STACK SESSION (15-25 minutes)

Presenter: Shelly McDavid - Access Services and Learning Commons Librarian; Missouri S&T

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Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 124

Have you ever wondered how libraries make decisions?  I mean librarians are logical, rational people that like to make informed decisions based on evidence, right?  

Join me as I walk you through some of the various ways the Curtis Laws Wilson Library at the Missouri University of Science and Technology obtain, analyze, and interpret the data we collect.  The emphasis of this presentation will be on how the library has effectively collected and utilized data to make evidence based decisions to successfully implement a learning commons in the library.  The mainstream guiding principles of a learning commons include, but are not limited to:

Access to a physical, virtual environment, and online tools or resources that invites and fosters participatory, active, engaged learning and creative collaboration, led by a team of professionals that can provide support and expertise to the learning commons users at their point of need, to effectively support positive learning outcomes and academic success.


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Time, Date, and Location: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 115

 


Turning Quizzes into Games: Team-Based Learning Strategies for Any Discipline

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenters:
     Keeta Holmes - Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; University of Missouri-St. Louis
     
Emily Goldstein - Instructional Designer; University of Missouri-St. Louis

Tags: team-based learning; gamification; assessment

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 120

Change your in-class quizzes into action-packed, game-like class exercises that encourage debate, conversation and competition. Participate in a TBL (Team-Based Learning) format to explore group application exercise questions. We’ll begin with a TBL activity, then analyze the structure, process and essential characteristics of an effective TBL activity. Leave the workshop with an action plan on how you might convert a class session into a TBL exercise that enhances team cohesiveness, student accountability, and assurance of learning. 


Striving for Excellence in Teaching Circuit Analysis

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. B.J. Shrestha - Associate Teaching Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Missouri S&T

Tags: excellence; learning by teaching; brainstorming; active learning; learning by facing challenges; cognition; mathematical modeling; state function; transformation matrix, Eigen function expansion; agent of change

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 121

Striving for excellence is the only way a profession becomes a passion. Teaching should not just be a job, it needs to be a passion for an educator to deliver the best to his students. The idea and techniques of how to strive and achieve excellence in teaching a subject, any subject for that matter, is a matter of wide interest among educator, researchers, and scholars across the board. The presentation is about some approaches to achieve this goal for a circuit analysis class. However, the methods are generic enough to be of interest to a wider audience.


 

EdTech Tips & Tricks - Qualtrics, Flipsnack, & Scoop.it

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenters: EdTech Staff

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Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 124

Missouri S&T has purchased campus licences for several technologies designed to help faculty add some extra potential for active learning in courses. EdTech staff will demonstrate some of the possibilities of how these technologies can be used to enhance your course.

  • Qualtrics is an extremely powerful, flexible, and fun survey tool. Qualtrics is a leading industry standard in supporting academic research involving surveys. Find out how you can obtain an S&T Qualtrics account and how to get started builing surveys for your students!
  • Flipsnack lets you easily create online course materials. Basically, you can make your own textbooks for your course! Materials are both web and mobile friendly, so it's easy to make content that can be used anywhere, anytime!
  • Scoop.it allows you to curate content from a wide variety of sources into a digest of relevant articles and links. Viewers can comment on your curated content, leading to lively discussions over the material you want students to know. This tool is great for content that relies heavily on current trends and current events to keep students up-to-date.

Although these tools do have free options (with limited services), as an S&T instructor, you have full access to all of the features of these remarkable tools. We'll tell you how to sign up and get started with the S&T version of these tools!


CLOSING PLENARY SPEAKER: Dr. Larry Gragg - Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of History & Political Science; Missouri S&T

A Plea, Change, Critics and Complainers, a Myth, Mentoring, the Donald Nicholson Effect, and Other Reflections on Teaching since 1972

Time, Date, and Location: Noon - 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 125

In the forty-five years that I have been teaching, higher education has experienced enormous change. I will use that context to discuss the shifting nature of the students we encounter and our methods of teaching. I will note the mounting challenges faced by teachers and an enduring myth about teaching and research. Most importantly, I will discuss what I call the “Donald Nicholson Effect” which is the most important element in student success and how I have applied it in my teaching at Missouri S&T.