Concurrent Sessions

Invited Presenters

To Use or Not to Use: Social Media in the Online Classroom

Invited Presenter: Jillian R. Yarbrough, Texas Tech University

Distance learning began nearly a century ago with a handful of universities broadcasting information via radio. Today, distance learning is part of almost every university’s curriculum and is delivered through a robust assortment of technologies designed to reach and engage students. And yet, when we consider some popular social media tools, like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram, we must ask: are these tools supporting or hindering online learning? This session will provide an overview of contemporary technology and the research supporting or negating the effectiveness of social media in the online classroom.

Learning goals:

  • Describe social media tools such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Discuss potential applications of social media in the online classroom
  • Assess contemporary technology’s effective application in the online classroom

Beyond the Rules: Copyright Compliance is a Design Issue

Invited Presenter: Linda K. Enghagen, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Designing and delivering online course content inevitably raises questions about copyright and fair use. All too often, these compliance questions are considered only after course materials have been selected. Like pedagogical techniques, thinking about copyright compliance at the design stage affords a greater degree of efficiency in course development. This session goes beyond the rules to offer a way to think about copyright and fair use from the outset by identifying five strategies for incorporating copyright compliance considerations early in the process.

Learning goals:

  • Participants will learn a three-step structured approach to designing and delivering copyright-compliant courses
  • Participants will learn the five strategies for designing copyright-compliant courses
  • Participants will learn how to incorporate commonly used materials in a compliant manner

Technology Across the Curriculum

Invited Presenters: Maureen Dunbar and Ike Shibley, Penn State Berks

Using similar technology across a range of courses can help mitigate student anxiety about the need to learn new technology. The presenters are program coordinators with curricular responsibilities. Participants will inventory the technology used at their institutions and reflect on how that technology could be deployed more broadly. We will explore technologies that work well across a range of courses and provide specific examples on how they can be implemented.

Learning goals:

  • Identify technology that faculty can use both in and out of class
  • Identify technology that students can use for out-of-class projects
  • Compare and contrast different pedagogical technologies

What is Going on Behind the Blank Stare? Neurophysiology Provides Clues

Invited Presenter: Timothy D. Wilson, University of Western Ontario

We all see the barometers in our classrooms—the blank stares of puzzlement or the nods of understanding. Despite this overt behavior, we as educators know that students are not the best judges of their subject mastery. Spatial ability is a cognitive skill used to understand an image, encode it, and manipulate its meaning for future decisions. Graphs, informatics, diagrams, and multimedia all have elements that require some level of spatial ability, with this ability considered to be an asset to students in STEMM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical fields). This presentation will introduce two modalities that sample neurophysiological correlates of learning in undergraduate students during tasks that stress spatial ability.

Learning goals:

  • Introduce the principles of cerebral blood flow and eye-tracking measurement
  • Explain spatial ability and demonstrate its variability across attendees with clickers
  • Reveal the relationship between spatial ability, cerebral blood flow, and test success

Getting Back to Basics with ePedagogy: Using Classroom Technologies to Effectively Promote Student-Centered Learning

Invited Presenter: Dave Yearwood, University of North Dakota

To what extent does your use of classroom technologies challenge students to think in creative and critical ways about the course content? Understandably, faculty want to use modern technological tools to connect with and engage students. However, students may not care which technologies you use so long as the selected tool enhances their knowledge, understanding, and abilities.

Learning goals:

  • Experience demonstrations on how to use Inspiration, Camtasia, and Doceri to connect and engage with students
  • Participate in an activity that mirrors classroom work using Inspiration and Doceri
  • Learn some simple techniques for connecting with and engaging students with related course content

What’s up with Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Invited Presenters: Oliver Dreon and Greg Szczyrbak, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

The cost of textbooks has risen more than 1,000 percent since 1971—three times the rate of inflation. Open educational resources (OER) are high-quality teaching and learning materials that have been licensed to be reused and remixed freely. OER, including textbooks, games, simulations, quizzes, and even full courses, offer a cost-effective, flexible alternative to costly course materials. Yet, according to a 2014 study by the Babson Survey Research Group, nearly two-thirds of faculty say they are generally unaware of OER. This session will introduce attendees to OER and how they can be used effectively.

Learning goals:

  • Distinguish among the different Creative Commons licenses
  • Discover OER relevant to your discipline
  • Evaluate the quality of existing OER
  • Utilize online repositories to find quality OER

Laying the Groundwork for Positive Technology Changes

Invited Presenter: Stephanie Delaney, Seattle Central College

For those of us who love technology, the speed of change is invigorating. For others it can be exhausting, and still others find it needlessly distracting. Why can't we just keep doing things the way we do them now? In this hands-on session, we'll explore the importance of being a campus-technology champion in this time of rapid change. We'll examine a template for introducing change and discuss strategies for a well-designed and thoughtfully communicated plan for change. You’ll leave the session with a guide to support you in introducing positive technology changes across your campus.

Learning goals:

  • Identify three things a technology leader can do to serve their campus community
  • Analyze the appropriateness of a technology initiative for their campus community
  • Use a model to strategically and successfully introduce new technologies

Selected Presenters

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