2012 Southwest Institute for Learning with Technology (SILT) Tracks
May 21-22, 2012 @ Health and Learning Center 3rd Floor Lobby
Designing a Blended Learning Course
From the Trenches: Our Experience in Designing and Delivering a Blended First-Year Seminar
Participants will develop a shared definition of blended learning in the NAU context. We will explore one example of blended learning as practiced in three sections of FS 121 in Spring 2012.
Planning for Your Blended Course
We will explore how the principles of backward design can be applied to blended learning environments, and we will consider how best to use class time by rearranging activities into those that can be completed before class, during class, and after class.
Designing and Implementing Blended Learning Activities
Learn to apply backward design techniques to develop blended learning activities that are aligned with the intended learning outcomes and assessments for your courses.
Teaching in a Blended Classroom Environment
We will explore how the flipped classroom technique applies to blended learning by modeling the technique in this session and a follow-on session. We'll identify strategies for staying organized and managing workload without losing sight of students' learning. The discussion will continue in an afternoon follow-on session.
Homework for this session
Watch this video on Flipping the Classroom:
Read this Chronicle of Higher Education article on Flipping the Classroom:
Be ready to answer the following questions in the next session:
- What is the flipped classroom?
- What does flipping a classroom mean in NAU's blended environment?
Making the Most of Your Time in the Classroom: Integrating Online & Face-to-Face Activities
In this follow-on to the morning session, we continue to model the flipped classroom while using tools such as Blackboard Learn for creating engaging blended learning activities. We'll discuss how to flip different kinds of instructional situations.
Teaching and Learning in Blackboard Learn
Content Creation Best Practices in Blackboard Learn
Want to get up to speed on Blackboard Learn in a hurry? This session covers all the basics. We'll use the HTML editor to create content pages, embed links, add images, and build tables. We'll copy and paste formatted text out of Microsoft Word, build items and URLs, create folders, move and upload PDF, PowerPoint, and Word files. We'll also customize the course menu by adding Tool and Course links. Bring your laptop for some hands-on experience.
Designing Effective Online Discussions
This presentation offers ideas on how to design an effective online discussion by selecting an appropriate tone of voice, stating discussion expectations, writing a good discussion prompt, making it relevant, keeping a discussion going, and encouraging participation.
Blackboard Learn Tips from the Trenches: So That's How I Do That!
From Mashups to the Messages tool, a variety of time- and hair-saving discoveries that might make your life easier and your course more appealing http://prezi.com/mxmdajwp_wa9/silt-2012-tips-from-the-trenches/
Blackboard Learn Grade Center for Smarties: How to Make the Grade Center Work for You
From smart views and filters to categories and weighted grading: leverage the power of the grade center to make grading easier and less time-consuming. http://prezi.com/dqz9iqowapyp/blackboard-learn-grade-center-for-smarties-how-to-make-the-grade-center-work-for-you/
Q & A with Keynote Speaker Frances Smith
Bring your questions and comments about Universal Design for Learning (UDL), CAST, instructional technology, assistive technology, and other topics mentioned in the keynote address.
Insights into Inclusive Design and Pedagogy in Blended Learning Environments
Inclusive design in pedagogy can open doors to multiple levels of educational opportunity, from access to life outcomes. Faculty and designers from multiple disciplines will discuss principles, processes, and practices for infusing inclusive pedagogy into course design.
Using Polling Tools for Instantaneous Feedback: Demo of Poll Everywhere
Frustrated by the complexity of hardware-based classroom response systems (clickers)? This may be just the thing you're looking for! Bring your laptop, iPad, or phone to play along. But first, before the session begins, create a free account for yourself at PollEverywhere.com.
Conferencing Possibilities in a Blended Learning Environment
Northern Arizona University mostly uses web conferencing for their real-time video interaction. Coconino Community College mostly uses video conferencing. Come learn about the similarities and differences and their implications for designing blended courses for each environment.
Choosing and Using Rubrics in Blackboard Learn
Do you want to use rubrics in your course, but you’re not sure where to begin? In this session, you’ll learn how to evaluate readily available rubrics, choose one that will work for you and your students, and use the rubric tool in Bb Learn to assess your students’ work.
Google Apps for Education
Google's "cloud-based" tools include a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, and survey tool, but where these apps really shine is for collaborative student projects, and every NAU student already has an account.
NOTE: To actively participate in this session, request an NAU Google account from ITS well in advance. After your account has been created, send Larry.MacPhee@nau.edu an email telling him your NAU ID so we can share documents with you. Complete this step before SILT begins. If you'd prefer just to watch, you're also welcome to attend.
Assigning Essays and Using SafeAssign to Check for Plagiarism and Proper Citation
This session introduces participants to SafeAssign, an anti-plagiarism tool, which generates originality reports on students' papers.
We will also discuss ways to educate students about academic dishonesty, proper citation, and informative (proactive) versus punitive (reactive) measures.
Using NBC Learn Video Clips to Generate Interest and Discussion
If you're teaching, you probably already know your subject pretty well. But how do you get the students excited about the topic? NAU has a subscription to NBC Learn, a collection of video resources, primary sources, images, and text resources designed for use in K-12 and higher education. Faculty have access to thousands of video clips from the NBC archives, including news footage of historic events, critical analysis, current events, and mini-documentaries covering topics from early American history to the modern day.
Finding a Home in Blended Learning
This session explores options for instructors who use recorded lectures and other media in blended learning environments. Instructors can store content on the faculty space on NAU servers, in free spaces like Google Sites, on a personal domain, or on a YouTube Channel. The session shows examples of faculty web spaces and examines the benefits and challenges of each. Participants will be provided basic instruction on how to use the tools. http://ahomeinblendedlearning.wordpress.com/
10 Cool Educational Apps for Teaching with an iDevice
We'll take a look at how you can, with a few inexpensive bits of hardware and software, turn your iPad into a mobile classroom presentation tool. We'll show you how you can wirelessly present from the iPad to the class, invite students to "take over" the screen using their iPhones, and wirelessly control your Mac or Windows computer from the iPad. We'll end with demonstrations of some really cool apps for the iPad.
Learn More with Hands-On Sessions
Hands On with the iPad 2
This is your chance to play with an iPad and see how easy it is to use.
Content Creation in Blackboard Learn
Hands-on training in how to create content in Bb Learn.
Get hands-on experience with Poll Everywhere.
In this hands-on session, you will gain a solid understanding of how to use Blackboard Learn's Discussion Board tool to establish an effective collaboration space for your classes. Learn how to set up, manage, and grade discussion forums and topics.
Elluminate and Collaborate
Hands-on training in how to use Blackboard Collaborate, a web-conferencing tool (formerly known as Elluminate).
Hands-on training in how to use SafeAssign.
Hands-on training in how to use NBC Learn.