Southwest Institute for Learning with Technology (SILT) October '13 Tracks

October 24-25, 2013 @ Northern Arizona University  

Blended Learning

Blackboard Learn & Technology Fluency

Student Engagement


Presentation Key:PPodcastVVideo PodcastESynchronous SessionCRecorded Session

Blended Learning

Goals & Outcomes:

  • to define blended learning

  • to identify the relevance of blended learning

  • to discuss successful blended learning approaches at NAU

  • to examine how Quality Matters facilitates best practice in blended learning

  • to identify and troubleshoot potential challenges of blended learning

Keynote Address - Blended Learning, Transformation, and Disruption: "I Thought I Understood It Until I Tried to Teach It." Dr. Chuck Dziuban from University of Central Florida

Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:30am - 11:30am Prochnow Auditorium

Chuck will present a summary of findings for twenty years of blended teaching and learning at the University of Central Florida. He will concentrate on success, the new student voice, ambivalence toward new teaching models, and the importance of discipline-specific scholarship in the blended environment. In addition he will demonstrate the impact of course modality on students’ satisfaction with their learning experience. His intent is to establish cooperative research projects between NAU and UCF.

Charles Dziuban
Charles Dziuban

Extended Buffet Lunch, and Birds of a Feather Roundtable Discussions

Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:45am - 1:45pm Doyle/Rees High Country Conference Center

What is Blended Learning at NAU?

Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:45pm - 2:30pm McMillan Room/Drury Hotel

This session introduces you to NAU's definition of blended learning and then explores the implications for instruction. We will discuss course design and teaching techniques that you can implement in your own practice. We also will describe the kinds of resources and assistance available to help you succeed in redesigning your courses to capitalize on the benefits of blended learning.

John Doherty
John Doherty
Walter Nolan
Walter Nolan

Journaling for Blended Learning Design, Reflection, and Decision Making

Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:45pm - 3:30pm McMillan Room/Drury Hotel

We use journaling and blogging in our face-to-face and blended classes to elicit student understanding and gain insight about their decision-making practices in the classroom. We'll demonstrate the journaling tools we use, show you our assignments and prompts, and discuss how this practice has changed our classrooms and benefited our students.

Related Files: KlockeJournaling.pptx   
Astrid Klocke
Astrid Klocke
Shadow Armfield
Shadow Armfield

Online Collaborative Learning Environments

Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:45pm - 4:30pm McMillan Room/Drury Hotel

Online collaboration tools are being used increasingly in both face-to-face and online learning environments. This session introduces you to—and gives you practice with—using an online collaborative environment to create a shared product. You will record your collaboration and save the sessions as YouTube videos. We will also discuss how this practice can benefit formative and summative assessment of collaboration and learning objectives.

Dawn Armfield
Dawn Armfield
Michael Blocher
Michael Blocher
Shadow Armfield
Shadow Armfield

Blended Learning @ NAU Panel and Update from Teaching Professor Technology Conference

Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:30am - 10:00am Prochnow Auditorium
Robin Tuchscherer
Robin Tuchscherer
Kevin Ketchner
Kevin Ketchner
Astrid Klocke
Astrid Klocke
Ellen Larson
Ellen Larson

Pilot Implementation of a Blended Laboratory Classroom Environment

Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:15am - 11:00am McMillan Room/Drury Hotel

We recently piloted "flipped" laboratory sections for Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I. The in-class weeks alternated with online, out-of-class weeks in which students watched audio/video lectures and completed CONNECT self-study labs and digital pathology assignments in Bb Learn and on iPads, Macs, and PCs. Technology provided new ways for students to learn, improved student engagement and performance, and helped NAU accommodate enrollment growth in this course.

Robert Kellar
Robert Kellar

Reviewing Blended Learning Courses Using the Quality Matters Rubric

Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:15am - 12:00pm McMillan Room/Drury Hotel

This session introduces the blended learning standards from the nationally recognized Quality Matters rubric. We will discuss ways in which NAU faculty might establish informal, faculty-led peer reviews focused on continual improvement.

John Doherty
John Doherty
Walter Nolan
Walter Nolan

Extended Buffet Lunch w/Panel discussion lead by Astrid Klocke

Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:00pm - 1:30pm Doyle/Rees High Country Conference Center

Lunch, including a plenary faculty round-table discussion on intellectual property, student access, myths & perceptions, and the direction of education. Facilitated by Astrid Klocke & Faculty Senate members.

Astrid Klocke
Astrid Klocke
Paul Umhoefer
Paul Umhoefer
Donelle Ruwe
Donelle Ruwe
James Leve
James Leve
Alan Lew
Alan Lew
Stan Lindstedt
Stan Lindstedt
Cathy Small
Cathy Small

Blended Learning: A Win-Win for NAU and Students

Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm McMillan Room/Drury Hotel

NAU's emphasis on blended learning helps the university achieve significant economies by manageably increasing the number of students taught per professor and allowing more efficient use of facilities. Blended learning also shifts faculty focus from textbooks and PowerPoints to the needs of students while also helping students to take charge of their education. This session describes lessons learned from a pilot course in the College of Business that was successfully converted from traditional lecture to a blended format.

Richard Szal
Richard Szal

Fostering Information Fluency and Critical Thinking through Collaborative Design: A Panel Discussion on Digital Content and Learning

Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:15pm - 4:45pm O'Leary Room/Drury Hotel

A panel of new and established faculty and librarians will discuss how collaborative planning and design can promote the larger learning goals of information fluency, student knowledge of the disciplines, and critical thinking. Effective use of digital content, available through the library and on the Web, can increase student learning and engagement. The panel will discuss practical case studies, frameworks, and examples that you can apply on Monday morning after the conference.

Wendy Holliday
Wendy Holliday
Kathee Rose
Kathee Rose
Alan Lew
Alan Lew
Kevin Ketchner
Kevin Ketchner
Amy Hughes
Amy Hughes
Matt Anderson
Matt Anderson
Glenn Edgerton
Glenn Edgerton
Kelly Phillips
Kelly Phillips

Blackboard Learn & Technology Fluency

Goals & Outcomes:

  • to identify current gaps in technology fluency at NAU (faculty and students)

  • to discuss strategies, both short- and long-term, for overcoming these gaps

  • to provide specific training in Blackboard and other instructional technologies, targeted to various skill levels

  • to discuss technologies that specifically address blended learning and student engagement

Essential Computer Skills: A Self-Paced Online Course for Instructors

Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:45pm - 2:30pm O'Leary Room/Drury Hotel

This self-paced class is designed as a primer for anyone considering teaching online. The three sequential modules—computer basics, working online, and staying secure—cover a range of practical topics in non-technical language. Although designed for beginners, the course gives even veteran computer users useful information that helps you teach on the web.

Related Files: Essential Skills.pptx   
Larry MacPhee
Larry MacPhee

The Blackboard Learn Grade Center

Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:45pm - 3:30pm O'Leary Room/Drury Hotel

The Blackboard Learn Grade Center provides high value for low effort and is a great way for instructors to start using the learning management system. This session demonstrates the basics of the Grade Center and shows you how to customize the Full Grade Center view, upload course grades into LOUIE, and retrieve Grade Center information so you can work with the data offline.

Jerold Gile
Jerold Gile

New Bb Learn Assessment Features

Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:45pm - 4:30pm O'Leary Room/Drury Hotel

Blackboard has recently introduced a number of new assessment features, such as inline assignment grading, friendlier test and results settings, and detailed test logs. Dan will demonstrate these and other new features.

Related Links: Presentation Slides (Online)   
Dan Stoffel
Dan Stoffel

Blackboard Learn Basics

Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:15am - 11:00am O'Leary Room/Drury Hotel

This session, geared toward faculty who are new to Bb Learn, provides a high-level overview and tour of NAU's learning management system. We'll discuss tips and strategies for effective use of the tool, and we'll describe related NAU processes and resources available for instructors.

Flower Darby
Flower Darby

Using the Retention Center to Identify At-Risk Students

Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:15am - 12:00pm O'Leary Room/Drury Hotel

Blackboard Learn's new Retention Center gives instructors an at-a-glance overview of students' performance, quickly indicating which students might need additional attention and support. This session demonstrates the Retention Center's features and shows you how to customize it to your own needs.

Related Links: Presentation Slides (Online)   
Dan Stoffel
Dan Stoffel

Stop Stressing & Get Help: Discover Your Campus Support Team

Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm O'Leary Room/Drury Hotel

Feeling lonely as you work late into the night on your course content and design? Wouldn’t it be great to share the load? Come learn about your support team, including library staff who can digitize print, audio/video, and visual materials; subject matter specialists who can identify content for you to use in your class; instructional technologists and designers ready to help you structure course activities and assessments to meet your course goals; and Blackboard Learn experts and online resources that can help answer those niggling Blackboard questions!   Kathleen Schmand & Jill Koelling also co-presented

Damon Burke
Damon Burke
Erin Shelley
Erin Shelley

Student Engagement

Goals & Outcomes:

  • to define student engagement
  • to identify the importance of student engagement for successful online learning
  • to list student engagement techniques and strategies
  • to examine successful examples of student engagement at NAU
  • to identify how technology can facilitate student engagement

What Is Student Engagement, and How Can Technology Help?

Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:45pm - 2:30pm Kendrick Room/Drury Hotel

Student engagement can be considered a product of motivation and active learning. We will discuss the importance of engagement for student learning in the 21st Century, and we'll model engagement techniques that take advantage of educational technologies available at NAU. 

Lawrence Gallagher
Lawrence Gallagher

How Quality Matters Can Facilitate Student Engagement

Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:45pm - 3:30pm Kendrick Room/Drury Hotel

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized peer review process that examines the design of online and blended courses. This session focuses on the QM standards for learner interaction, engagement, and course technology and demonstrates how QM aligns learning outcomes with assessments and activities to better engage students in their own learning.

Flower Darby
Flower Darby
Sharon Gorman
Sharon Gorman

The Psychology of Learning and Student Engagement

Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:45pm - 4:30pm Kendrick Room/Drury Hotel

What do the theories of emerging adulthood and cognition and memory have to do with student engagement? Can technology facilitate application of these theories in our classrooms? Join your faculty colleagues in exploring these issues and in discussing how they've been applied in first-year courses.

Meliksah Demir
Meliksah Demir
Rosalinda Haddon
Rosalinda Haddon
Michelle Miller
Michelle Miller

Developing "Career Steps" A Bb-Learn-Based Course on Career Preparation for Juniors

Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:15am - 11:00am Kendrick Room/Drury Hotel

The online Career Steps course being piloted now is an ambitious attempt to engage students with the intrinsic benefits of early career preparation without the traditional extrinsic benefits of course credit. Through the use of Bb Learn tools, participating students are more like self-managed cohorts and require only minimal administrative resources. We are collecting extensive data to measure outcomes and will present results from midway through the pilot semester. Expect a lively and wide-ranging discussion.

Timothy Clark
Timothy Clark

BIO 100L: How I Made a Fully Online Lab Science Class Engaging

Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:15am - 12:00pm Kendrick Room/Drury Hotel

Some people are skeptical about the idea of doing lab work in an online course. This session shows not only that is it possible, but also that students can learn and have fun doing it. Be prepared to participate while Larry demonstrates some of the lively do-it-yourself labs that he teaches in this popular NAU class.

Related Files: Bio 100L.pptx   
Related Links: Larry's Biology Lessons   
Larry MacPhee
Larry MacPhee

Using Screen Sharing with Tablet Devices in the Classroom

Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm Kendrick Room/Drury Hotel

An exciting and effective way to engage students is to let them use tablet devices in small groups to solve problems and present their results to the entire class. In this interactive session, we will explore different options for sharing screen information from tablets and will discuss benefits and limitations of the current technology. Bring your own iPad or use one of ours.

John Tingerthal
John Tingerthal