February 21-22, 2013 @ North Union 1899 Ballroom
Overview of Blended Learning at NAU
Keynote: Student Engagement and Blended Learning: What’s the Connection?
Student Engagement and Blended Learning: What’s the Connection?
Over the past decade, there has been an increased focus on the topic of student engagement in light of rising tuition costs and concerns about student success and retention rates. In response to these issues many educational institutions have adopted a blended approach to courses and programs by combining face-to-face and online opportunities for learning. This session will explore the relationship between student engagement and a blended approach to teaching and learning.
Q & A with Norm Vaughan
Panel on Blended Learning @ Northern Arizona University - Don Carter Director, e-Learning Center
As part of the President's Technology Initiative, a number of NAU faculty have redesigned and piloted blended versions of their courses. Join them and our keynote speaker, Norm Vaughan, in a moderated discussion about the promise and practice of blended learning.
Applying Quality Matters Principles to Blended Learning
Quality Matters is a nationally recognized rubric-based process for improving the design of online and blended courses. This workshop explores how Quality Matters principles can enhance blended learning strategies.
Blended Learning Is Active Learning
In this session you will work through the idea that students are active constructors of knowledge, not passive consumers of content. You will explore resources and ways of teaching that will help you structure a successful and engaging blended learning environment.
Blended Learning Is Collaborative/Cooperative Learning
In a well-structured group project, students can do more together than they can do individually. This session explores ways to design projects that can help your students excel in today's collaborative and cooperative learning environments.
Blended Learning Pedagogies
This advanced session explores techniques such as constructing knowledge through conversation, creating communities of inquiry, and using the flipped classroom model to ensure student engagement with the content, the instructor, and each other.
Blended Learning and Intentional Design
Intentional design reminds us that we teach students, not content. In this session you will use the before-, during-, and after-class model to blend the strengths of face-to-face learning with those of online learning to get the best of both worlds.
Collaborate, a web-conferencing tool that works with Blackboard Learn, is a great interactive way to keep your students engaged. Alan Lew, a seasoned Collaborate user and NAU faculty member, will describe his virtual classroom experience. Matt Minister and Sharon Gorman will share tips on effective uses for Collaborate and how to get started using the tool.
Discussion as a Way of Teaching
This workshop provides practical examples of how to use discussions for gauging students' understanding, promoting critical thinking, guiding the research paper process, setting the stage and providing closure for in-class activities, and for effective classroom management.
Bb Learn Tricks for Advanced Users
Are you ready to move to the next level of course design and delivery in Blackboard Learn? Erin and Dan will share some of their favorite “secrets” about Bb Learn, including tips to help you be more productive, more efficient, and more engaging for your students. Bring your questions!
A Concrete, Detailed, and Down-to-Earth Resource to Help Writing Teachers Improve Their Students' Writing
Since 1969, Dr. Greg Larkin has been a writing teacher in academic settings, as well consulting with hundreds of business, industry, and government clients. He will be presenting a new set of resources he compiled last year to give writing teachers access to concrete teaching and learning tools to help students improve their writing. These resources include reading materials, videos, exercises, and samples of good and bad writing from a wide range of sources, all in an interactive and 100% online format. Attendees at this session can expect that through using these resources, their students' writing will improve.
New and Emerging Technology
iPad and Apple TV: Wireless Presenter Tools
Could you improve your teaching if you were freed from the lectern computer and able to walk around your classroom while wirelessly presenting from your iPad? What if you could let students show their work on the big screen? We will discuss several methods, including 1) using the iPad to wirelessly control the lectern computer and 2) presenting directly from the iPad. We'll do a live demonstration, give you some hands-on practice, and discuss potential technical issues and costs to set up your classroom.
All educators share two challenges: creating the personalized, timely feedback that learners need, and measuring student progress in important subjective areas such as written communication, critical thinking, presentation skills, and information literacy.
This session describes how NAU's Visual Communication faculty are piloting Waypoint Outcomes, an add-on tool for Blackboard Learn that helps instructors combine rubrics, comments to students, and grades to provide insightful assessment of students' visual work.
How to Create Accessible Digital Documents and Bb Learn Pages
Are you interested in making Microsoft Word and Bb Learn documents usable by all students, including those who have low vision or use screen reader software? You might be surprised by how easy it is. Come join us to talk about techniques and strategies for your course. Topics include headings, subheadings, simple fonts, contrast, graphics, and tables.
Engage Your Students with i>Clicker
NAU has adopted a classroom polling system called i>Clicker. The hand-held clicker devices can capture attendance, engage students in lectures, and help assess students' level of understanding of key concepts presented in class. Drew Ned and Jerry Gile will demonstrate the use of the clickers and describe the process for using i>Clickers at NAU. For more details, read the e-Learning Center's clicker information.
Google Docs for Collaboration
Similar to Microsoft Office, Google Docs has word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation tools. The difference is that you use the tools in a web browser, and you can work on the same document at the same time as your collaborators and see their changes appear alongside yours in real time! Google Docs can be exported as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, and they can work on mobile devices.