Teaching and Learning Technology 2010

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OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Joel Hartman -- Vice Provost for Information Technologies and Resources, University of Central Florida

[ PDF ] Thinking Strategically About Online Learning 

Time, Date, and Location: 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Thursday, March 11, Civil 125

Many colleges and universities are exploring online learning. Few, however, have approached online learning as a systemic, strategic initiative. At its core, online teaching and learning is just another way of providing students access to educational opportunities. But the methods, tools, pedagogical approaches, and institutional impacts differ greatly from those of traditional face-to-face instruction. What, then, are some of the critical success factors associated with online learning that, if implemented properly, might allow an institution to maximize benefits for students, faculty, and the institution?


Past, Present, & Future of Educational Technology

[ PowerPoint  ] [ PDF ] eLearning Update
   Dr. Steve Graham -- Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; UM-System
   Zac March -- Director of Distance Education & E-Learning; UM-System

[ PowerPoint ] [ PDF ] eLearning @ Missouri S&T
   Margaret Cline -- Chief Information Officer; Missouri University of Science and Technology
   Meg Brady -- Director of Educational Technology; Missouri University of Science and Technology 

Time, Date, and Location: Noon - 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 12, Civil 125

This panel will discuss current national trends in higher education and online learning, President Forsee's eLearning Initiative, and the programs and services available at both the UM System level and the S&T campus.

[ PowerPoint ] [ PDF ] Optimizing the Use of Clickers in the Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Klaus Woelk -- Associate Professor of Chemistry; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: Noon - 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 124

Dr. Woelk has been using clickers for the past few years. He will present a number of tips and tricks he has learned while using clickers in his classroom based on his experience. He will also present numerous examples of clicker questions and the types of feedback for which clickers are optimal.

[ PowerPoint ] [ PDF ] Using Video to Support Online and Face-to-Face Instruction

Presenter: Dr. Richard Hall -- Co-Director for Information Technology Evaluation; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 120

In this session, Dr. Hall will demonstrate ways in which he has used video to support a variety of course types (online synchronous, online asynchronous, and face-to-face). He will discuss the general method he uses for integrating video into these types of classes; specific pedagogical and technical methods for designing and implementing the video; and the strengths and challenges of these approaches. The presentation will include several examples and a review of student responses to this approach.

[ Web ] Using Blackboard's Learning Unit Tool to Organize and Enhance Online Course Content

    Paul Wilmarth -- Technical Trainer; University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Rebecca Lopanec -- Educational Technology Specialist; University of Missouri-St. Louis

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 121

This session will provide participants with an in-depth look at the Learning Unit tool in Blackboard. Strategies for organizing and presenting course content will be presented.

Education Videos 101 -- Tips and Tricks for Making Your Own

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

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 124

In order to promote flexibility, both for his students and for himself, Dr. Thomas has spent the last few years creating educational videos for use outside the classroom. This, in turn, has changed what he does during class. The presentation will survey the kinds of videos that educators can self produce and the tools available to do so.

Social Networking for a Healthy Cause

    Cindy Pulley -- Program Coordinator; Youth Empowerment in Action!; University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Dr. Melinda Bier -- Director; Youth Empowerment in Action!; University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Billy Rucker -- University of Missouri-St. Louis
    Phil Betts -- University of Missouri-St. Louis

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 125

Following the guidelines of the Institute of Medicine for deploying health curriculum in schools, Youth Empowerment in Action! implements savvy web design and social networking tools to engage students in making a difference in the health of their communities. See how technology helps young people participate in the movement to influence policy, while employing a Missouri standards-based curriculum, for the benefit of their communities.

Introduction to Blackboard 9 Features

Presenter: Malcolm Hays -- Content Support Analyst; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 

    2:20 - 3:20 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 115 (Computer Lab)
    9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 12, Civil 115 (Computer Lab)

Blackboard 9 is soon to be released across all UM-System campuses (Rolla, Columbia, Kansas City, St. Louis). It is a very different interface from the current version (Blackboard 8). This will be an opportunity to show faculty and instructors at Missouri S&T the new features available in Blackboard 9. It will be a hands-on session for all participants. Interested instructors will have two opportunities to attend this session as it is offered on both Thursday and Friday.

IMPORTANT:  Interested participants will need to sign up in order to be "enrolled" in the demonstration Blackboard 9 courses. A sign-up sheet will be available at the conference Registration desk. (Participants who are not signed up are still welcome to attend, but will not be able to fully enjoy the "hands-on" experience.)

[ PowerPoint ] [ PDF ] Assessment Matters! Evaluation Tools and Feedback Strategies in a Blended Classroom

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

Time, Date, and Location: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 120

Surveys are often used to assess the quality of instruction and provide statistical feedback. This presentation examines the role of explicit and implicit feedback in a blended (hybrid, enhanced) classroom. It will show how quantitative and qualitative cross-item analyses of the same survey (both traditional and online) can provide new insights on students' motivation, self-confidence, class participation and learning outcomes. Further, it will discuss pedagogical recommendations for enhancing the interactive collaborative learning environment (class management, course design) and the role of communication technologies in language learning.

PowerPoint ] [ PDF ] Extending the Active Teaching Environment Beyond the Classroom Using Wikis

Presenter: Dr. John Hogan -- Associate Professor of Geological Sciences & Engineering; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 121

Gallery Walks are an excellent active teaching tool that gives students the opportunity to apply a variety of skills on solving problems related to the course subject matter and the teacher the chance to assess student learning. Having students take the finished “Gallery Walk” page created during lecture and transcribe to a wiki extends the value of this exercise by making the final results of each problem available to the entire class on the web for continued discussion and reflection.

PowerPoint ] [ PDF ] Texting as a Teaching Tool

Presenter: Dr. Klaus Woelk -- Associate Professor of Chemistry; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 124

In large-enrollment courses, students tend to shy away from commenting on course material or asking questions because they feel intimidated by the overwhelming number of peers. As a result, classroom communication and interaction during lectures is much limited to the outspoken and outgoing, thus presenting a disadvantage for the more timid and withdrawn. The resulting lack of student participation can be addressed by allowing students to send text messages to an internet account the instructor casually monitors during the lecture on a laptop computer. The senders of text messages are identified only by their telephone number and, though traceable, stay anonymous to instructor and students. Typical text messages gathered during a recent pilot project in a general-science lecture course will be shown and evaluated with respect to benefits and potential abuse. Rules for texting etiquette and methods for successful incorporation into the lecture’s structure are suggested and discussed.

Introduction to Clickers for Missouri S&T Faculty

    Angie Hammons -- Educational Technology Specialist; Missouri S&T
    Patty Frisbee -- Director of New Student Programs; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m. , Thursday, March 11, Civil 125

Angie Hammons is one of S&T's resident experts on the use of clickers in the classroom and will be presenting some basic tips and strategies on how to introduce clickers to students, among other topics.

Patty Frisbee has been using clickers with New Student Programs activities to help gather feedback from students during freshman orientation week. She will be discussing some of the things she has learned since introducing clickers into her programs.

PowerPoint ] [ PDF ] Distance Education Teaching Tools

Presenter: Dr. William Daughton -- Professor of Engineering Management & Information Systems; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 3:40 - 4:40 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 120

Dr. Daughton will be discussing his experiences in converting and delivering a course in a pure on-line format. The course was originally delivered in S&T's common synchronous distance education format, and he will cover how a change in thinking is required to make it purely an on-line course.

Learning Objects

Presenter: Learning Objects

Time, Date, and Location: 3:40 - 4:40 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 121

Learning Objects is a provider of social software for learning. Their solutions facilitate constructive interactions among students and instructors and enhance the value of educational institutions' existing IT investments with the help of Web 2.0 technologies.

Learning Objects modules are currently integrated into Missouri S&T's Blackboard instance, providing instructors with the option of including blogs and wikis in S&T courses.

Central State Blackboard Users Group (CSBUG)

Presenter: CSBUG

Time, Date, and Location: 3:40 - 4:40 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 124

The Central State Blackboard Users Group (CSBUG) is a loose collaboration of Blackboard users in Missouri and all of the surrounding states (Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kansas, and Nebraska).

Periodically, members of CSBUG meet to discuss issues relating to Blackboard. The March meeting will be at Missouri S&T.

PowerPoint ] [ PDF Classroom Communication: Creating Synergy between Instructors, Students, and Learning Process

Presenter: Dr. Dan Cernusca -- Instructional Design Specialist; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 3:30 - 4:40 p.m., Thursday, March 11, Civil 125

Communication between instructor and students is a core part of the instructional process and a potentially strong moderator of the learning process that links the instructors and their students throughout educational activities and tasks. Because of its fundamental role, classroom communication is often oversimplified by the instructors as they link this concept only to its surface elements, the verbal and visual aspects of communication. This approach is especially damaging for the learning process as more and more “classroom” moves from its standard physical format toward a mix of physical and virtual setting in which students expect more and more that technology tools will be available to support their learning process beyond the traditional 50 minutes classroom time.

This presentation will introduce a more global perspective on classroom communication and its role in creating a synergy between the instructor and its students through the development of an effective communication-oriented learning process. Educational research perspectives on classroom communications, traditional and technology-driven communication tools and strategies, and classroom-based examples of their impact will be presented and discussed.

[ Video ] Introduction to Windows 7

  Don Howdeshell -- Desktop Infrastructure Support; Missouri S&T
  Eric Sigler -- Manager of Computing Systems; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 12, Civil 120

This demonstration of Windows 7 is designed to highlight some of the new features of Microsoft's latest operating system.  We will explain some of the differences between Windows 7 and Windows XP, illustrate few ways that Windows 7 can improve your computing experience, and provide a preview as to what Windows 7 will look like in the Missouri S&T computing environment.  IT is excited about possibilities that Windows 7 will bring to our campus and we want to share our vision with you. 

Demonstrations of:

  • The new Taskbar – Why it is different than Vista, Aero Peek, Jump Lists, Pin and reordering, show desktop
  • New features in Aero – Shake, Snap, Peek
  • Data organization – Libraries, Home Group
  • Improvements – Sleep, Gadgets, Presentation settings, USB devices, less memory than Vista
  • Tools – Snipping Tool, Sticky Notes, Search (Start Menu and Explorer, Preview pane), Location Aware Printing

Providing Lab Courses to Distance Students

Presenter: David Gallego -- Doctoral Student; Nuclear Engineering; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 12, Civil 121

The presentation will discuss some of the obstacles in delivering lab course material as a distance course.  The Nuclear Regulatory Agency funded the development and delivery of a section of Missouri S&T Nuclear Engineering 312 Radiation Detection and Measurement lab as a distance course.  In the winter semester of 2009 a test section was created and taught.  The methods included the use of Video Labs, two-way internet communication and a web site based system.  The students were able to control the measurements by remote access, while at the same time having real time communication among the participants.  The traditional lab course was modified but retained the core material.  All of the equipment and software used were readily available with little or no modification.   The presentation will demonstrate some of the equipment and methods used.  Participants at the presentation will be able to observe a sampling of the videos produced, video of an online lab session and the use of the web site based system.   The techniques used can be utilized in a variety of disciplines to provide a lab based instructional environment.  

PowerPoint ] [ PDF ] Student Perceptions of Classroom Technology

Presenter: Matt Shaner -- Supervisor of IT's Technical Documentation, Communications, & Training; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 12, Civil 125

Students coming into college are now part of a group that has been dubbed the “Digital Natives,” due to the natural integration of  technology into their lives.  This session will look at data collected from Missouri S&T students, as well as students from across the United States regarding perceptions of technology in the classroom.  A panel of faculty, students and staff will then lead a discussion about the findings and explore how they apply to instruction at technical research university like S&T.

[ Web ] Extreme Blackboard Makeover   

Presenter: Rebecca Lopanec -- Educational Technology Specialist; University of Missouri-St. Louis

Time, Date, and Location: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Friday, March 12, Civil 115 (Computer Lab)

Participants in this session will learn how to apply visual enhancements such as banners and menu design.  Course color theory and navigation will also be explored during this Blackboard Makeover.  By applying some simple design tips, students will be more motivated to “come to your class.”

PowerPoint ] [ PDF ] Blackboard Grade Center -- Questions and Answers

Presenter: Malcolm Hays -- Content Support Analyst; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Friday, March 12, Civil 120

Many instructors are not very familiar with the full capabilities of Blackboard's Grade Center. This session will present some basic information on what Grade Center is and is not. Participants are encouraged to ask questions relevant to their own teaching, in order to gain some guidance and insight on how to best utilize Grade Center's capabilities.

Grade Center will be changing slightly with the release of Blackboard 9 on this campus, so some time may be spent on introducing Blackboard 9's Grade Center. Unlike the Introduction to Blackboard 9 sessions, participants do NOT need to sign up specifically for this session (it is not hands-on).

PowerPoint ] [ PDF ] Instructional Videos with Purpose: Compensate, Support and Challenge Students’ Learning

    Dr. Dan Cernusca -- Instructional Design Specialist; Missouri S&T
    Dr. Daniel Forciniti -- Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Friday, March 12, Civil 121

The availability of easy-to-use video capture and editing technology combined with increased capability to make them available online made small educational videos, often called courselets, a useful tool for instructors interested in expanding their classroom activities beyond the lecture time. This presentation introduces such attempts made at Missouri S&T for an undergraduate thermodynamics course offered for chemical engineering students.

The convergent perspective of an Instructional Designer and of the Instructor of this course will introduce: a) the learning needs addressed from compensating for prior knowledge to challenging high achievers; b) the technical and organizational strategies used to produce these courselets and c) the instructional tasks developed to effectively integrate this technology in the classroom. Finally both the feedback from students exposed to these small instructional videos, and instructor’s perspective on the impact of this tool are discussed.

Surveys -- Asking the Right Questions

Presenter: Lauren Oswald -- Space Planning Designer; Missouri S&T

Time, Date, and Location: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Friday, March 12, Civil 124

[  ] [ PDF ] Lecture Capturing with Panopto Course Cast

Presenters: Marcel Bechtoldt -- System Administrator; University of Missouri-St. Louis

Time, Date, and Location: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.; Friday, March 12, Civil 125

This session will review & demonstrate Lecture Capture  using Panopto  Course Cast developed by Carnegie Mellon . Panopto is becoming widely  used by many Colleges & University through the Socrates Project.

“Using Panopto, you can create searchable repositories of video and audio podcasts anytime, anywhere.”