2010 Southwest Institute for Learning with Technology Tracks

May 17-18, 2010 @ The W. A. Franke College of Business  

Plenary

Connecting

Evaluating

Innovating


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Plenary

Check-In and Morning Refreshments

Please check-in with our friendly front-desk staff in the lobby, pick up your nametag and schedule, and enjoy some coffee and other refreshments!

Monday Keynote -- Frugal Innovation for Student Engagement

Budgets are being reduced and workloads are increasing - for almost everyone. Yet more students need to learn more than ever. And... the stream of new technology-based options available for improving teaching and learning has become a flood.

We advocate the kinds of Frugal Innovation that require minimal extra work, reduce the risk of wasting faculty or student time, and advance the institution's important educational goals. In particular, engaging learners more actively in course-related assignments and course sessions - both in classrooms and online.

We help faculty and other academic professionals focus on the improvements that can begin with small, valuable, incremental steps. 

We encourage and enable faculty to:
  - introduce course improvements
  - treat these improvements as small-scale experiments (collect and use student feedback;  improve the improvements)
  - share valuable resources for this purpose with more colleagues, more easily, more often - especially share-worthy Low-Threshold Applications/Activities that are already being used effectively by respected colleagues to improve teaching and learning in their own courses. 

Steven Gilbert
Steven Gilbert
Stephen Ehrmann
Stephen Ehrmann

Lunch

Mon May 17, 2010 12:30pm - 1:30pm du Bois Center, Southwest Room

Join us for lunch!

Conversation and Cocktails at Beaver Street Brewery Brews & Cues

Mon May 17, 2010 4:00pm - 6:00pm Beaver Street Brews & Cues

Join us for lively conversation just a block south of Flagstaff's historic train station. An expansion of the beloved Beaver Street Brewery, Brews & Cues features a beautiful antique Brunswick bar, five full-size Connelly billiard tables and of course Beaver Street's delicious hand-crafted ales and lagers.  No-host bar.  Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/brewsandcues

Check-In and Morning Refreshments

Please check-in with our friendly front-desk staff in the lobby, pick up your nametag and schedule, and enjoy some coffee and other refreshments!

Tuesday Keynote: Redesigning Your Course for Fall 2010 -- From the Ideal to Reality

An overview of what is meant by "Course Redesign" with a template for a realistic process. We will discuss, with examples, the issues intended to be solved by redesign, the goals for realistic redesign, the process of analyzing your specific course, and the resources at NAU to assist your redesign efforts. This session will help you initiate a redesign process with the first small steps for an effective course redesign.

Michelle Miller
Michelle Miller
Don Carter
Don Carter

Lunch (on your own)

Tue May 18, 2010 12:00pm - 1:30pm Flagstaff

Enjoy lunch at your leisure at any of Flagstaff's fine eateries.  See the nice folks at the Registration Desk if you would like suggestions.

LMS Transition -- From Bb Vista to... ?

Over the next several years NAU will transition from Blackboard Vista to a new learning management system (LMS).  This session will provide an overview of the process, a glimpse at the two major LMS products being considered (Blackboard Learn and Moodle), and a discussion about how NAU faculty, staff and students can be involved in the decision.

Related Files: lms_preview_presentation.pptx   
Linda Neff
Linda Neff
Dan Stoffel
Dan Stoffel
Erin Shelley
Erin Shelley
Sharon Gorman
Sharon Gorman

Connecting

Designing and teaching courses to facilitate communication & connections between you and your students.

Using Wikis for Collaborative Learning and Lessons Learned

Mon May 17, 2010 10:45am - 11:30am The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 345

Facilitating the student’s sense of community with the university and fellow classmates during the off-campus clinical phase of the professional education has historically been a challenge for the faculty of NAU’s Program in Physical Therapy.

A pilot program initiated in 2009 involved the creation of a wiki website (physicaltherwiki) to serve as a vehicle for connection and learning. Wetpaint is a popular wiki application that features the ability to upload multimedia content, discussions, RSS and email notifications, revision tracking, and widgets for advancements to other services. This wiki developed into a colorful online workspace where students reinforced their own clinical education and that of their peers by contributions which formed relevant resource pages organized by various clinical topics.

Interesting and often unanticipated user-related quirks and operational perplexities, student perceptions, and an overview of our perspective of this use of wiki technology will be discussed along with important take-home messages about the lessons learned.

Lorie Kroneberger
Lorie Kroneberger

Grade Performance Status (GPS)

Mon May 17, 2010 11:45am - 12:30pm The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 345

Grade Performance Status (GPS) is a multi-tiered guidance system for students' academic success and retention that will go live to the Flagstaff Mountain undergraduate population in Fall 2010.  GPS was designed as a bolt-on application to PeopleSoft. GPS is unique in its design as a multi-tiered guidance system to promote academic success and retention. Instructors can use GPS to document their student communication, supplement their resources, support student success, and provide individualized feedback. Updates are sent directly to the student using NAU email and communicate the instructor’s assessment of progress and attendance. In addition, the communication contains links to campus and online resources. Instructor communication is automatically recorded in the student’s online advising record, allowing advisors to conduct outreach and provide additional support. There are three critical update periods per term correlating with key drop/withdrawal dates during the term. Updates encourage instructor/student communication and help students make timely decisions about their enrollment in classes, and protect and manage their GPA’s. GPS update topics include Positive Feedback, Attendance, Grade, Academics, and Resources.

David Spivey
David Spivey

Using Fiction to Replace Traditional Textbooks

An increasing number of students have returned to higher education to pursue advanced degrees after a considerable time out of school. Such “nontraditional students” often enroll in web courses for their temporal and geographic flexibility.  These students face two challenges: re-adapting to the academic world and using a potentially new delivery method.

Part of the re-adaptation challenge is the high cost, availability, style, and sometimes dry nature of textbooks—along with the quantity of readings assigned from them.  As a result, textbooks can present barriers to connections between students and the class (and by extension to the instructor), which can lead to reduced student success. 

This presentation looks at one approach to alleviate the barrier to establishing such connections:  replacing traditional textbooks with works of fiction, in both print and video.  This approach will be illustrated using a graduate-level, online leadership course. 

Bruce Fox
Bruce Fox

Beyond Reaching into the Margins: Using Universal Design to Connect Students with Content

Mon May 17, 2010 2:30pm - 3:15pm The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 346

Universal design for learning is a framework for making materials, information, assignments, assessments, and interactions accessible and usable for all members of a learning community. Universal design strategies can support all students, including those who demonstrate different approaches to learning, those who struggle with competing demands for time, those who resist the structure of postsecondary coursework, those with disabilities, and many others. This session will present Prof. Lanterman’s top five strategies for using universal design approaches to make course content “accessible and usable” to all students, even those who live in the margins of the learning space, in the grade book, and in their own eyes. 

Christopher Lanterman
Christopher Lanterman

Peer Instruction in Larger Courses

Tue May 18, 2010 10:00am - 10:45am The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 344 LAB

This session will focus on the use of technology to engage students in a large lecture course and to foster peer-led learning. The effective use of class response systems, digital pen/tablets, and wireless microphone systems will be discussed. Through the use of classroom technologies, the overarching goal is to move from a traditional lecture format to an engaging, peer-led discussion format in the large-class setting.

Brandon Cruickshank
Brandon Cruickshank

Using the Library to Connect to Students

Tue May 18, 2010 11:00am - 11:45am The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 346

Cline Library has been working with academic departments and programs across all of the colleges to increase student engagement and achievement in face-to-face and online courses.  In this panel session members of the library will share practical strategies for successful collaborations. 

 

Utilizing library resources and services can offer students venues for unique learning environments and alternative information resources to help students connect to the content.

 

Participants will have an opportunity to see and hear about examples of student and course support, ask questions, and develop contacts within the library to start a collaborative process.   

Related Files: silt_2010_ppt_Cline_Library.ppt   
Amy Hughes
Amy Hughes
Kathee Rose
Kathee Rose
Laura Taylor
Laura Taylor
Kevin Ketchner
Kevin Ketchner
 Petersen
Petersen
Kristen Bullard
Kristen Bullard
Jason Byrd
Jason Byrd

Teaching with Tablet PCs: Create Your Own Session!

You asked for it, you got it! Every year, folks approach us in the halls at the Institute and say things like, "I went to this session this morning, and now I wish you had scheduled a presentation on...."  Well, we listened!

Tips & Tricks for using tablet PCs as a teaching tool. What works, and what doesn't with the software and the users.

John Doherty
John Doherty
Walter Nolan
Walter Nolan

Evaluating

Assessing teaching and learning: Are your students learning what you expect them to learn? Are you providing them with the feedback they need, and vice-versa?

Feedback Strategies for Your Online Course

Mon May 17, 2010 10:45am - 11:30am The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 346

This session is designed to provide current and future online course instructors with strategies that can be incorporated into an online course. This session will provide discussion and demonstration of feedback strategies that students have been receptive to in an online environment. Discussion and demonstration will also include lessons learned and strategies for improving/changing feedback strategies. Participants will be encouraged to share their feedback strategies and lessons learned for online courses with other participants at the session.

Robert Horn
Robert Horn

Faculty IRB Resources

Mon May 17, 2010 11:45am - 12:30pm The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 346

The e-learning Center and the IRB Office have worked together to design a “Faculty IRB Resources Module” that will make planning and implementing a course-based research project faster and more efficient. The module provides guidelines for research with human participants at NAU, a sample IRB application, and an informed consent form template that can be tailored to meet your research needs. This session will provide an overview of the module and how faculty can access and use it in their own courses.

Related Links: Online Presentation   
Suzanne Pieper
Suzanne Pieper
Matthew Minister
Matthew Minister
Paula Garcia McAllister
Paula Garcia McAllister

Recorded Student Presentations in an Online Course

Mon May 17, 2010 1:30pm - 2:15pm The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 345

The BBA Program includes oral communication skill as a formal learning objective, one that is measured in several classes including the capstone BBA 490C.  This semester recorded oral presentations will be required for the first time in the online version of 490 (a version first created last semester).  Each student team will develop a recorded presentation explaining the strategy utilized during the semester-long competitive Business Strategy Game, a computer simulation.  The end-of-semester presentations will be preceded by short "pre-presentations" to enable the students to test their chosen technology (I'm suggesting but not mandating Elluminate).  My workshop presentation would include a discussion of the implementation difficulties of administering presentations in an online course, student comments about the process and the various technologies used, and suggested improvements to the process.  Every student on each team must participate, meaning that those who speak poorly or are afraid of technology cannot opt out.  I will be interested to see how the use of technology impacts performance.  Some students may be hindered by the technology while others may perform better than usual due to not having to present in front of a crowd.

David Parmenter
David Parmenter

TLT Group Working Session

Mon May 17, 2010 2:30pm - 3:15pm The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 345

This session offers a unique opportunity for faculty to come meet and work with our keynote speakers, Stephen Ehrmann and Steven Gilbert of the TLT Group, to follow up on details for specific “small scale innovations.”

Stephen Ehrmann
Stephen Ehrmann

Personal Interest Portfolios: More Than Just Assessment

Tue May 18, 2010 10:00am - 10:45am The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 345

A portfolio project was implemented in a large introductory-level survey course. Personal interest portfolios allowed students to explore course topics of personal interest, facilitating student learning and engagement. Portfolios also provided an alternative method of assessment beyond exams and papers. Our goals in this session are to describe the process of developing and implementing the portfolios in the course, including the use of library resources and educational technology, and to share the results of a survey asking students about their experiences with portfolios. 

Suzanne Pieper
Suzanne Pieper
Linda Neff
Linda Neff
Melissa Birkett
Melissa Birkett

Assessment in NAU Capstone Experiences

Tue May 18, 2010 11:00am - 11:45am The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 345

Capstone experiences are designed to give seniors an opportunity to demonstrate what they know and are able to do as they approach the end of their program. Assessment in the capstone presents challenges and opportunities for students and instructors alike. This session will focus on capstone experiences in online and face-to-face courses in three disciplines: business, geography, and nursing. Panelists will describe their different program approaches to assessing student learning in capstone experiences, their successes and challenges, and their ongoing efforts to improve the capstone experience for their majors.  

David Parmenter
David Parmenter
Rosalinda Haddon
Rosalinda Haddon
Thomas Paradis
Thomas Paradis

TLT Group Follow-Up: Create Your Own Session!

Tue May 18, 2010 2:45pm - 3:30pm The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 345

More from the TLT Group!

Throughout the day Monday, submit your requests for a session that has not yet been scheduled.  e-Learning Center staff will burn the midnight oil to present up to three sessions Tuesday afternoon on the topics of your choice.

Stephen Ehrmann
Stephen Ehrmann
Don Carter
Don Carter

Innovating

Using technology (hardware, software, gadgets, social networking, etc.) to create innovative learning environments that make teaching and learning more efficient, effective, and engaging

Web 2.0 Tools to Promote Oral Communication in Distance and Blended Learning Contexts

Mon May 17, 2010 10:45am - 11:30am The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 344 LAB

Learning languages and other disciplines benefit from students’oral participation in discussions, presentations, and interactions with others. Wimba tools have contributed to add oral communication to distance and blended learning contexts. However, some teachers outside the college contexts may not have access to these tools. This presentation will show participants how to use some free web 2.0 tools (i.e., voicethread, voxopop, tokbox,  and voki) to promote oral communication in their educational contexts, and make learning more engaging.Participants will have the opportunity to work with one of the tools during the session. Examples of activities with these tools designed to teach Spanish and English as a second language will be shared. Uses in other disciplines will also be discussed.

Yuly Asencion Delaney
Yuly Asencion Delaney

Winning Webinars

Mon May 17, 2010 11:45am - 12:30pm The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 344 LAB

Most people know what a webinar is, and many have attended a webinar in the past.  But how many people know how to host an effective webinar?  This session teaches participants practical tips for webinar facilitation and instruction.  Attendees will be presented with a brief overview of the webinar and how to view it as a productive and engaging learning environment.  Then, participants will review a handful of the top tips and tricks for creating innovative webinars.  Finally, audience members will see examples of the webinar pedagogy in action.  

Related Links: Webinar Recording   
Jill Schiefelbein
Jill Schiefelbein

Cool Gadgets

Mon May 17, 2010 1:30pm - 2:15pm The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 346

New technologies are constantly changing the way we teach. This year we will look again at some that have been around for a while but are still new to most people, such as tablet PCs and netbooks. We will also look at a Mac laptop with triple boot (Windows, Linux, and MacOS) capabilities. We will put our hands on Apple's iPad and compare it to Amazon's Kindle. The future of college textbooks may be on devices such as these. We may also look at the One Laptop Per Child program again, with its innovative and inexpensive XO device, and discuss its current state. Since last year, the smartphone war has really heated up, so we will look at an iPhone, a Droid, and possibly a few other contenders. Finally, we will briefly consider the hardware giveaways that some universities are using to boost publicity and attract students.

Related Files: gadgets.ppt   
Walter Nolan
Walter Nolan
Larry MacPhee
Larry MacPhee

The Collaborative Power of Google Apps for Education

Paul will demonstrate how instructors can use Google Apps to easily create and distribute documents to students, as well as how their students can work collaboratively to get peer mentoring and group work accomplished.

Related Files: Google_Apps.ppt   
Related Links: Online Presentation   
Paul Wagner
Paul Wagner

iTunes U -- iTunes ME??? Innovative Uses of iTunes U for Teaching and Learning

Tue May 18, 2010 10:00am - 10:45am The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 346
Since iTunes U debuted several years ago, it has been used primarily to deliver lectures and other course materials directly to students. Well, it's time to think outside the iPod and consider new ways to use this very powerful tool in your teaching and learning. This session will explore innovative new ideas for using iTunes U to investigate, explore and synthesize content.
Dan Stoffel
Dan Stoffel

Open Network Personal Learning Environments

Tue May 18, 2010 11:00am - 11:45am The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 344 LAB

Online learning environments can instill feelings of limited presence or even isolation in learners. To alleviate these feelings, many online instructors endeavor to build online communities by enhancing learner interaction and providing for collaboration. Web 2.0 technologies have been used to provide the opportunity for learners to interact and generate content, rather than being simply recipients of content.  However, depending upon how students and educators apply these tools to support their learning and teaching, the integration of these tools could be sparse and individual rather than employed with “full integration” to support a larger online learning community. 

With the use of these tools, open network learning environments can be developed to provide greater support personal learning environments. By fully integrating open network learning tools students and faculty engage and interact as they construct collective knowledge – providing significant potential for advancing their online learning community beyond individual learning. For example, as learners add to and edit content, the community repository of knowledge is built and grows.

This session will provide examples of how faculty can integrate Web 2.0 tools to support more open network learning where students develop their own personal learning environment. 

Michael Blocher
Michael Blocher

Elluminate Videoconferencing Demo

Tue May 18, 2010 2:45pm - 3:30pm The W. A. Franke College of Business, Room 346

Elluminate representatives will demonstrate videoconferencing technologies.