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 16, 2017

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 - Educational Technology; 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.


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.
Quick Start Guide and Course Facts [ Word ]
NHL & NHLPA Future Goals - Hockey Scholar Program [ PDF ]
Major League Baseball - Summer Learning Loss [ PDF ]
Ignition - Digital Literacy & Responsibility [ PDF ]
FutureSmart - Building Financial Capability [ PDF ]

 


Video Communications Center (VCC) Open House

Presenters: VCC Staff

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Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 213

The Video Communications Center is an integral part of Global Learning and Distance Education at Missouri S&T.  In 1985 the VCC began its operations by recording video tapes of courses for checkout in the library as well as pioneering some satellite broadcasts throughout the nation.  By 1999 they were delivering lectures live to distance students worldwide and had secured their spot as a leader in the growing field of distance education.  The VCC currently delivers hundreds of high quality, real-time, live courses each year and provides archived recordings for students to review throughout the semester.  Visit Butler-Carlton 213, one of our 9 studio classrooms, to see how we accomplish this and to try out the technology for yourself!


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!

Invigorating Classrooms with Adobe Spark Video [ Word ]

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.

Guided Discovery through the Digital Extracurriculum [ PowerPoint ]


♪ '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.

Cause We are Living in a Digital World and I am a Digital Girl [ PowerPoint ]


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 101

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!


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).

Video Analysis with Using a Smartphone [ PowerPoint ]

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.

The "Small Class Feel" and Increasing Enrollment [ PowerPoint ]


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.

Getting Started with Virtual and Augmented Reality [ Web ]

Embedding Experiential Learning with Interactive Virtual Learning Environments (VLE)

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenters:
     Dr. Barbara Martin - Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning; Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
     Dr. Susanne James - Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning; Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

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Audience: Higher Education

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

Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) are rapidly demonstrating utility for expanding experiential learning. VLEs offer safe, flexible, and appropriate training conditions to practice pedagogical skills. During this session we will share our experience using and conducting research on the implementation of best instructional strategies in VLEs. If time permits, we will also give short demonstration of the Virtual Learning Environment simulated classroom.

Embedding Experiential Learning with Interactive Virtual Learning Environments [ PowerPoint ]
Virtual Professional Practice Lab (Flyer) [ PDF ]

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

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.


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!


Active Learning Video Showcase Showdown

Presenter / Facilitator: Victoria Hagni - Instructional Developer; Missouri S&T

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Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Friday, March 17, 2017, BCH 101

EdTech hosted a contest challenging instructors to develop a short video highlighting their active learning efforts in the classroom. This session showcases the best entries.