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 14, 2019

A Blueprint for Learning: Creating An Assessment Map of your Course

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Danna Wren - Director of Educational Technologies; University of Missouri-Columbia

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m., Room 101

Ever wondered if your tests really show what your students are learning or if your assessments align with your total course points or are testing at the right cognitive levels? This session will show you how to create a map for your course so that you can identify exactly what's being assessed and how.


Advancements in Online Grading

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Blake Thornton - Senior Lecturer in Mathematics; Washington University in St. Louis

Audience: Higher Education, K-12 Education

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

Learn about best practices in online grading for large scale paper based assessments as well as homework and problem sets. Using a case study approach we will show how to provide richer feedback to students in half the time of traditional workflows.


The Design of Digital Fluency Learning Experience for First-Year Students in Higher Education

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters:
     Diane Richmond - Director of Learning Technologies; Truman State University
     Janet Romine - Associate Dean of Libraries for Research & Instruction; Truman State University
     Dr. Jingrong Pearl Xie - Instructional Technologist; Truman State University

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m., Room 215

As digital fluency plays such an important role in both work and life, scholars argue that faculty should increase their use of technology and model the use of technology in class, including designing activities and assignments for students to use technology (Thomas & Cooper, 2000; Thieman, 2008).

In the fall of 2018, Truman State University piloted a new course designed to introduce the Liberal Arts to first-year students and create a common experience that included digital fluency learning outcomes. This session will cover what digital fluency assignments worked and what will need to be improved as Truman prepares to scale up this first-year experience to all incoming students in the fall of 2019.


Assessing, Designing, Teaching, and Assessing again: Putting a Writing Program Online

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters: 
     Alex Wulff - Director of Writing and Multimodal Communication; Maryville University
     Christina Branson - Adjunct Instructor of Composition; Maryville University
     Adam Valencic - Adjunct Instructor of English; Maryville University
    
Meredith McDonough - Maryville University

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m., Room 216

We would like to present on the programmatic and instructional assessments that have helped us design, revise, and teach a new online composition sequence. We will talk about some needs assessments that helped design the course as well as formative and summative assessments within the course.


Practical Approaches to Engaging Students in their Learning and Success

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

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

Audience: Higher Education, K-12 Education

Time and Location: 1:15 - 2:00 p.m., Room 101

Practical approaches will be discussed on how to incorporate active learning strategies in order to provide a more meaningful and deeper learning experience for students. Such strategies have been used in teaching fundamental engineering courses and could be extended to other disciplines. Hands on activities will be demonstrated to provide the audiences with the real experiences of active learning strategies.


360/VR Video: The Assessment Magical Mystery Tour

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters: 
     Kathleen Beardsell - Learning Designer of Adult and Online Education; Maryville University
     Michelle Ehlert - Senior Learning Designer of Adult & Online Education; Maryville University
     Thomas James - Video Production Manager & Designer of Adult & Online Education; Maryville University

Audience: Higher Education

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

Technology gives us the ability to move beyond 2D video and static images with the use of 360/VR video to deliver content in innovative formats. Our session will provide examples and show the capabilities of this technology to enhance the student learning experience. Research on effective assessment strategies to measure 360/VR video learning will be shared, along with applications of 360/VR video as an assessment tool.


Assessment and Evaluation Practices in Faculty Assessment

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Natalie Bolton - Associate Professor of Education Sciences & Professional Programs; University of Missouri-St. Louis

Audience: Higher Education, K-12 Education

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

Regulatory, accreditation, and funding agencies require higher education programs to demonstrate that their students have mastered program outcomes and have proven their effectiveness. In order to meet the needs of agencies and more importantly, students, assessment practices that have a positive impact on student learning success will be discussed. Specifically, assessment practices will be addressed that best allow students in higher education programs to know they have mastered course and program outcomes, in addition to instructional decisions that faculty should make in order for students to learn to what degree they have mastered course and program outcomes.


Assessment in Higher Education: LMS Collection Methods and Reporting

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. James Hutson - Assistant Dean of Online & Graduate Programs; School of Arts, Media and Communications; Lindenwood University

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 1:15 - 2:00 p.m., Room 215

This session will outline the current strategies being used to collect and report on assessment data in the School of Arts, Media, and Communications at Lindenwood University. With a range of programs that include the Performing and Fine Arts, Art and Design, and Communications, the school has developed strategies to maximize resources and make assessment data collection and reporting manageable and largely automated. Leveraging the capabilities of your university’s Learning Management System (LMS) to assist with data collection can also ease the burden many programs face with different requirements, including state and federal guidelines and benchmarks.


Providing Meaningful Assessment Feedback

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Tori Reany - Instructional Designer; Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Audience: Higher Education, K-12 Education

Time and Location: 1:15 - 2:00 p.m., Room 216

Providing feedback can be time-consuming, and it is often difficult to gauge whether students have benefited from your comments and suggestions. Feedback should be a continued learning experience for your students, letting them know not only what they have done wrong, but also what they have done right and steps they can take to improve. This presentation will provide valuable strategies for providing feedback that is meaningful and time saving approaches for doing so.


Cell Phones as Assessment Tools: Not a Classroom Distraction

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters:
     Dr. Karen Johnson - University of Phoenix
     Dr. Medgar Roberts - University of Phoenix
     Dr. Mary Stout - University of Phoenix
     Dr. Michelle Susberry Hill - University of Phoenix
     Dr. Lisa Wells - University of Phoenix

Audience: Higher Education, K-12 Education

Time and Location: 2:15 - 3:00 p.m., Room 101

Educators are beginning to take advantage of students having their cell phones in class by using them as the technology tool for many activities, including assessments. Our team of researchers and educators will share the experiences of not only the team members, but those of others we have identified and gathered information from in our research efforts. Tools such as Google Classroom’s assessments, Kahoot, Achieve3000; Flocabulary; Nearpod and Brain Pop will be discussed, as well as potential for standardized testing, either throughout the school or beyond.


How Learning Works: Applying Cognitive Psychology to Course Assessments

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters: 
     Jennifer McKanry - Instructional Designer; Center for Teaching and Learning; University of Missouri-St. Louis
     Gretchen Haskell - Instructional Designer; Center for Teaching and Learning; University of Missouri-St. Louis

Audience: Higher Education

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

This session will cover time management strategies to help you be efficient and effective so you can focus your efforts on the quality of feedback and attention you give your students. Tips discussed will include time saving strategies in Canvas, Outlook, and VoiceThread. Additional strategies will be discussed including utilization of peer review and self-reflection to help learners improve through learner-to-learner interaction.


Assessments that Elicit Learning Artistry: A Practical Guide to Design and Implementation

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Dave S. Knowlton - Professor & Graduate Program Director of Instructional Technology; Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Audience: Higher Education, K-12 Education

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

Assessment often is too closely tied to grading and credentialing. These ties undermine the opportunity for students to truly express themselves as learners. Assessments must be designed and implemented in ways that inspire students to enter the realm of creative expression and emerge as a true “learning artist.”


Media Services Open House?

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: <TBD>

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 2:15 - 3:00 p.m., Room 213

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OER Remixed to Enhance Information Literacy

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Elizabeth Kamper - Instruction Librarian & Assistant Professor; Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 2:15 - 3:00 p.m., Room 215

Library Faculty at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are currently working with Information Technology Services to remix Open Educational Resources, which will be embedded into our freshman transition course. This Information Literacy Module will enhance IL skills of first-semester freshman and support in class discussion of academic research and scholarly communication.


Redesigning Higher Education

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

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

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 2:15 - 3:00 p.m., Room 215

During this presentation Dr. Schwartze will share with you some research she is currently conducting looking at how classroom design impacts active learning in a college classroom. She will also give some examples of what assessment might look like inside a 21 st century college classroom.


Use of Online Assessment to Improve Learning Outcomes

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: Kelley Koob - Assistant Teaching Professor of Mathematics & Statistics; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m., Room 101

The use of online tools to assess learning for low risk homework assignments, labs, and quizzes will be explored. Professor Koob will discuss how using these tools improved learning outcomes, homework submission rates, and overall grades in her classes. She will cover many different formats of online assessment, from different textbook platforms, LMS’s, and online gaming apps.


It’s Not Beethoven Anymore: Opening New Territories for Assessments by Integrating Music

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters:
     Dr. Jennifer Calito - University of Phoenix
     Dr. Michelle Susberry Hill - University of Phoenix
     Dr. Fortune Taylor - University of Phoenix
     Dr. Shanel Harris - University of Phoenix
     Dr. Jacques Alexandre - University of Phoenix

Audience: K-12 Education

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

This break-out session will include results from studies that focused on incorporation of technology integration with music as applied to the special education student population. Research has shown that incorporating different genres of music within K-12 classrooms has been utilized to increase students’ test scores. This session will engage participates in exploring how music can be applied in the classroom to positively affect assessment scores.


Some Reflections on Making Assessment Helpful in a Learning Process

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: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m., Room 121

Without a meaningful and well thought-out assessment we don’t know where we are in a teaching-learning prcess. Assessment provides a metric and more importantly an incentive to enhance and achieve success in the learning process. This presentation is about the mechanics and underlying dynamics of implementing a good assessment system in any learning context, in particular, as applied to here at Missouri S&T.


Using Contemplative Inquiry for Deeper Learning

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenter: David McGraw - Licensed Professional Counselor; University of Missouri-St. Louis

Audience: Higher Education, K-12 Education

Time and Location: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m., Room 215

Attendees will become participants in contemplative inquiry and learn a simple and easy to implement this practice themselves. Designed for all experience levels, this contemplative practice is offered as a method of formative assessment that also builds community in the classroom. Come ready to engage and learn by doing!


Using Active Learning Strategies in Large Classes

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters:
     Dr. Amardeep Kaur - Assistant Teaching Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Missouri S&T
     Dr. Christi P. Luks - Associate Teaching Professor of Chemical & Biochemical Engingineering; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education, K-12 Education

Time and Location: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m., Room 216

This session will include a demonstration and discussion on “How to use active-learning techniques/activities in large classes?”

Demonstration will include activities used in class sizes that vary between 50 and 170. Presenters are using these techniques in classes where the material covered is more advanced than the students’ knowledge. Students typically do not have sufficient technical background and find it difficult to assimilate the new material.


Engaging students to ask scientific questions through the use of videos, images and data

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

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

Audience: Higher Education, K-12 Education

Time and Location: 4:15 - 5:00 p.m., Room 101

Attendees will be introduced to one of the episodes of the “I Contain Multitudes” YouTube series and associated activities available from Biointeractive. They will have a hands-on experience with new activities for active learning which use the video series to establish context and initiate hypothesis generation and testing.


What MATTERS? Motivate Achievement Through Technology, Engagement, Rigor, through Surveys

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters: 
     Dr. Janice Albers - Assistant Professor of Nursing; McKendree University
     Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe - Professor of Nursing; McKendree University

Audience: Higher Education, K-12 Education

Time and Location: 4:15 - 5:00 p.m., Room 115 (Computer Lab)

Apply student, faculty, and course Survey (assessments and evaluations) results to Motivate Achievement Through Technology, Engagement, and Rigor. ‘What MATTERS’ to elevate the learning experience is a central focus of applying assessment, evaluations, and surveys to engage students through the Community of Inquiry. Join us as we explore deliberate and simple methods based in effective use of technology to determine, analyze, communicate, and apply ‘What MATTERS’ to create exceptional learning experiences resulting in heightened student retention and outcomes.


Controlling Your Message: Using Video Responses to Student Work

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters: 
     Dr. Jossalyn Larson - Assistant Teaching Professor of English & Technical Communication; Missouri S&T
     Dr. Daniel C. Reardon - Associate Professor of English & Technical Communication; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education, K-12 Education

Time and Location: 4:15 - 5:00 p.m., Room 120

In this session we will describe how creating video responses to student work allows instructors to control their response language to students. Participants will learn the ways vocal tonality and inflection can foster positive, encouraging feedback that isn’t always possible with written responses. Research also shows students respond positively to video delivery methods; video responses therefore may engage students more fully in the revision process.


The Metamorphosis of a Course: First Year Engineering for 1100+ Freshmen with 2 Faculty

STANDARD SESSION (45 minutes)

Presenters: 
     Julie Phelps - Instructional Designer; University of Missouri-Columbia
     Dr. Douglas K. Ludlow - Professor of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and Director of Freshman Engineering; Missouri S&T

Audience: Higher Education

Time and Location: 4:15 - 5:00 p.m., Room 121

Imagine this scenario: On top of full teaching loads and other departmental duties, two professors also share 20 class sections of a course - arranging guest speakers from over 15 departments, and tracking points for over 1100 engineering students who are completing numerous experiential assignments with varied due dates. Hear the story and the lessons learned of how two professors and an instructional design team transformed a traditional required introductory course into a quality online environment without compromising the learning or integrity of the course.