Teaching and Learning Technology 2009

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Using Evidence to Improve Teaching and Learning (with Technology): Asking the Right Questions

Opening Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen C. Ehrmann -- Director, Flashlight Program, TLT Group

Time, Date and Location: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, St. Pat's Ballroom C

Too many options, too much information, too little time and too much risk: those are just some of the reasons why we take relatively little advantage of new technology to do new things.  Part of the risk is that we often teach with blindfolds more than half-covering our eyes: what are students thinking? What do they do on the course when they're away from the classroom? What advice might they give that would help improve an assignment or classroom activity, the next time the course is taught?

We will explore a few new options for getting inside students' heads, and what questions to ask, in order to improve teaching and learning in courses.  We'll consider surveys, video recording, and polling systems (including what you can do with cell phones – bring yours!)

Then we'll explore the kinds of questions most likely to produce feedback an instructor can use to improve a course, no matter how students answer that question.  Some of those questions would work in almost any course, while others ask about specific teaching/learning activities; for example, suppose that you're not happy with the number of students participating in online discussion; what questions might you ask students in order to figure out how to increase participation?  We'll pay particular attention to inquiries designed uncover ways to help all students in the course, not just the 'best' student or the 'average' student.

The University has access to some tools and resources you can use for this scholarship of teaching and learning, and to share what you've learned with colleagues. We'll look at a few of those. And we'll conclude by discussing whether any changes are needed in the ways the University supports faculty inquiry of this type.

Imagine the Real in the Virtual: Experience Your Second Life

Closing Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bryan Carter -- Associate Professor, English, University of Central Missouri

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 10, St. Pat's Ballroom C

Dr. Carter will discuss his overall experiences with using virtual environments. He will also introduce Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 applications, including the learning styles of the “Net Generation”. Dr. Carter’s talk will also examine some of the roadblocks to implementation of these technologies. He will demonstrate Virtual Harlem with some discussion of how he conceived it, implemented it, and how it is currently being used and enhanced.

Flexible Learning, 100 Seats at a Time

Presenter: Dr. Jeff Thomas -- Assistant Teaching Professor, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 3:45 - 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, Maramec Room

A combination of instructor-produced videos and web sites, one-on-one tutoring, and automated (partial credit) grading allows students to tailor their own learning experience in an engineering course with 300 students.

Using Clickers in the Arts & Humanities

Presenter: Dr. Judith Sebesta -- Assistant Professor, Theatre, University of Missouri-Columbia

Time, Date, and Location: 3:45 - 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, Gasconade Room

This presentation will provide ideas for using clickers in classes in the Arts and Humanities, drawing on examples from the presenter's experience teaching a large Introduction to Theater course. Attendees will have the chance to try out the clickers and share ideas for their use in similar courses.

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In-class Methods meet Online Tools: A Hybrid Class

Presenter: Dr. Irina Ivliyeva -- Assistant Professor, Arts, Language, and Philosophy (Russian), Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 3:45 - 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, Missouri Room

This presentation explores class participation, learning outcomes, and the role of communication technologies in language learning and teaching. Driven by sound pedagogical strategies, traditional in-class activities are examined through the prism of Internet-based, multi-user, interactive learning tools. New instructional options (blogs, wikis, Audacity on Blackboard) illustrate how improved technology helps to produce highly interactive collaborative learning environments and provides effective support for learning assessment, class management, content organization, and course design.

Cycle of Learning: Effects from the Application of Technology in Instruction

Presenter: Mark Bookout -- Director of Technology Support Services, Information Technology, Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 3:45 - 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, Ozark Room

Technology affects Instruction.  Instruction affects Learning.  Learning affects Knowledge. Knowledge affects Technology

Technology applied to teaching and learning has been in vogue for centuries. Today, we typically think of this as the application of various computer-based systems and components to enhance the learning experience. Join us for a lighthearted, spirited, and entertaining review of this serious issue. We will conduct a broad review of the effect of the application of technology in teaching contrasted with the technology itself. Participants will be challenged to review their own perceptions of how they have used technology to enhance learning. Audience participation is welcomed and strongly encouraged.

Incorporating Rich Multimedia Content into Web Courses: Video and Audio on a Budget

Presenter: James West -- Missouri Baptist University

Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 9:50 a.m., Friday, April 10, Maramec Room

How can we keep Web courses from being mere reading courses, and offer the same multimedia Web resources to our Web students that we do in the classroom? Moreover, how can we do it with little or no money? This presentation explores how rich multimedia, including Web videos can be easily and inexpensively incorporated into Web classes in a format that even dial-up users can, for the most part, access. The inclusion of audio in PowerPoint lectures is also explored.

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Integrating Wikis into Courses and Collaborations

     Dr. Eli Collins-Brown -- Director of Instructional Technology, Methodist College of Nursing
     Jill Pegg -- Assistant Professor, Methodist College of Nursing

Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 9:50 a.m., Friday, April 10, Gasconade Room

Methodist College of Nursing is integrating the use of wikis in courses and cross-campus collaborations using the free collaboration tool from Google called Google Docs. One of our undergraduate courses, Senior Seminar, will be highlighted with examples of how Google Docs is being used and why it is so effective. Instructor and student perceptions will be shared, as will as other used of Google Docs.

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Challenges of Creating Online Content (2 HOURS)

Presenter: Malcolm Hays -- Content Support Analyst, Educational Technology, Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 10:50 a.m., Friday, April 10, Missouri Room

Creating online content can be a very daunting task. This presentation will discuss the foundational knowledge needed to be able to create useful and effective content online. Topics will include technical communication principles, images, web page editors, and more.

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Creating a Global Learning Experience: The Role of Multi-Institutional Partnerships in Course Design and Improvement

     Dr. Suzanna Long -- Assistant Professor, Engineering Management & Systems Engineering, Missouri S&T
     Chris Moos -- Missouri Southern State University
     Anne Bartel-Radic -- Universite de Savoie

Time, Date, and Location: 10:00 - 10:50 a.m., Friday, April 10, Maramec Room

Virtual teaming is increasingly important in today's business environment. Providing real world opportunities that explore collaboration across organizational cultures, time zones, and practice gives students a tremendous competitive advantage and foster experience-based learning. This session discusses lessons learned from a multi-institutional partnership of universities in the design and implementation of a global supply chain management course.

DI for On High! Differentiated Instruction for Online Higher Education

Presenter: Dr. Laurie Novy -- Kaplan University

Time, Date, and Location: 10:00 - 10:50 a.m., Friday, April 10, Gasconade Room

This presentation will review the basics for Differentiated Instruction and describe strategies that can be used to enhance the online experience for college students. Research indicates that student retention increases when students have a personal connection to the learning environment as well as active engagement in their learning. Know what it takes to use DI in your online courses!

Digital Citizenship – Promoting Academic Honesty and Accessibility

Presenter: Dr. Margaret Gunderson -- Associate Director of Educational Technologies at Missouri (ET@MO), University of Missouri-Columbia

Time, Date, and Location: 10:00 - 10:50 a.m., Friday, April 10, Ozark Room

This session will focus on planning and designing courses to encourage academic honesty and appropriate accessibility.  The discussion will revolve around the rights and responsibilities for basic legal or policy issues impacting students and instructors in higher education today.  Specific topics will include cheating vs. academic honesty,  copyright & intellectual property rights, privacy & confidentiality, universal design & ADA.

Wimba, Windows, MathCAD, etc., in Disparate Courses

Presenter: Dr. Matt Insall -- Associate Professor, Mathematics & Statistics, Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 11:00 - 11:50 a.m., Friday, April 10, Maramec Room

We will describe how one may use Wimba (in Blackboard) to help in teaching very different types of courses. For example, in a Linear Algebra course, one can use MathCAD in a computer lab; in a Foundations of Mathematics course, one may use Notepad and Wimba, also in a computer lab; and in a Global Research course, one may use Wimba and (of course) Blackboard in a computer lab.

Transforming Informal Learning Spaces

Presenter: Lauren Oswald -- Learning Space Designer, Educational Technology, Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 11:00 - 11:50 a.m., Friday, April 10, Missouri Room

Classrooms are no longer the only learning spaces on campus. Learning now takes place wherever the learner is inspired. Missouri University of Science & Technology has transformed an informal learning space that enables collaboration, socialization and individual work. This presentation will discuss the importance of informal learning spaces and how our campus began the process to transform these spaces.