ABSTRACTS - Standard Sessions

NOTE: Standard Sessions are approximately 45-60 minutes long (largely depending on how much time the presenter allows for Q&A).

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


 

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

Sharpen STEM Skills and Increase Student Interest in STEM Careers

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters:
     Ben Gwynne - Senior School Manager; EVERFI
     Lauren Schweiss - EVERFI

Audience: K-12 Education

Time and Location: 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.; Room 124

STEM careers are projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. How will you increase student interest in STEM and introduce them to career paths in that sector? Educators in attendance for this session will receive access to a FREE online resource at that aligns students’ individual interests with STEM careers (ideal for grades 6-9).


Using Infographics for Presentations and Projects

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Mike Dombroski - Instructional Technology Specialist; Cottey College

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time and Location: 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.; Room 120

This session will look at how you can use infographics in your classroom for student projects and presentations. You will see what an infographic is, what tools you can use to create one, and what kinds of assignments you can have for students.


Using Social Media as a Tool in Assisting the Reduction of Glossaphobia in a Public Speaking Course

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Brandon Semler - Assistant Profesor of Humanities & Communication; Lincoln University

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time and Location: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.; Room 120

The session will present how social media may assists in reducing anxiety and enhance student connections in the speech class. Social media such as, Instagram, SnapChat, or Facebook used by a professor teaching speech may assist the enrolled speech student in comfortability and reduce anxiety and assist in the process of student learning. Connecting with the student though video, images, and posts to social media by an instructor may assist students whom have a large fear of public speaking adjust and feel more comfortable in the speech classroom.


Efficiently Creating Questions for Computer-Based Testing

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

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

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.; Room 121

Last school year I asked my students to write exams instead of take exams. I used blind peer review of each draft and allowed student teams to make changes before I personally graded the final versions. The process turned out to be easier and better than I expected. I ended up with nearly 5,000 questions across 4 classes, and I am now editing and loading those questions into Diploma and Canvas for this year’s exams and quizzes.


Active Learning Showcase

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters: EdTech Staff - Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time and Location: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.; Room 125

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STEM to STEAM with Design Thinking

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Laurie Myers - Lecturer of Arts, Language, & Philosophy; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time and Location: 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.; Room 121

Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation. Participants will investigate the Design Thinking Process and uniquely address a variety of identified problems through group collaboration, creative problem-solving, and rapid prototyping. This presentation will demonstrate a new perspective to life challenges and the possibility for improvement, invention, and ideas for the future. A multidisciplinary approach will combine science, technology, engineering, art, and math with design thinking in a creative atmosphere.


AutoAccess, the S&T Digital Content Solution

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters:
     Dale Sanders - Senior Associate Director; University Stores     
     Mark Gallardo - Manager; The S&T Store
     
David Wilson - Course Materials Manager; The S&T Store

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.; Room 125

Review the UM System textbook affordability initiative and learn how using digital content in classroom can provide significant savings to students while providing day one access to materials.


Challenges and Some Solutions to Foster S.T.E.M. Education in our Educational System

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

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

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time and Location: 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.; Room 120

Despite of the recent focused attention on the need of our youth in S.T.E.M. field, we are still struggling in this endeavor. The future of our nation and the world in large, depends on the expertise of our next generation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to meet the challenges coming our way. This presentation is about the challenges we face as we canvas our young generation to get on the bus and then about some approaches to overcome these hurdles. Along this context, the presentation addresses a common problem across the board and it is generic enough to be of interest to a wider audience.


STEM for the Elementary Classroom

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Michelle Schwartze - Assistant Teaching Professor of Teacher Education and Certification; Missouri S&T

Audience: K-12 Education

Time and Location: 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.; Room 121

There are a multitude of STEM resources for K – 8 teachers. I will show you some of the most effective online resources that are easily available and would be engaging for elementary students. We will also explore some of the activities from the online resources.


Copyright or Copy Wrong: Copyright in the Classroom

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Roger Weaver - Scholarly Communications Librarian; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time and Location: 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.; Room 125

A discussion on how to legally share and use articles, videos, music, images in both a traditional and digital classroom. We will also have a brief overview of current copyright law and discuss how the fair use exception applies to classroom settings.


Reading, Writing, AND Arithmetic

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Barb Wilkins - Instructional Designer; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m.; Room 120

One reason for students to struggle in mathematics classes is their inability to understand the words used in a mathematics textbook. Missouri S&T’s Math 1190 requires students to read the textbook while taking written notes on a guided worksheet. We will discuss the activities used, the literature review, and the responses from students with regard to required readings.


Promise and Perils of Online Proctoring

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters:
     Malcolm Hays - Instructional Technologist; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m.; Room 121

Missouri S&T recently transitioned to a new online proctoring service. This transition was a bit tricky, and we learned quite a bit about just how messy the proctoring business can be. We’ll try to provide an overview of our own learning experiences in implementing online proctoring so that you can learn to avoid the perils of online proctoring and instead focus on its promise.


Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Diane Hagni - Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ); Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.; Room 125

This session will share components of an fundable educational research proposal. Those attending are invited to participate in this Q&A session if you are interested in writing a proposal or learning more about the mini-grant program.