Southwest Institute for Learning with Technology (SILT) October '13 Tracks
October 24-25, 2013 @ Northern Arizona University
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
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.
Extended Buffet Lunch, and Birds of a Feather Roundtable Discussions
What is Blended Learning at NAU?
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.
Journaling for Blended Learning Design, Reflection, and Decision Making
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.
Online Collaborative Learning Environments
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.
Blended Learning @ NAU Panel and Update from Teaching Professor Technology Conference
Pilot Implementation of a Blended Laboratory Classroom Environment
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.
Reviewing Blended Learning Courses Using the Quality Matters Rubric
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.
Extended Buffet Lunch w/Panel discussion lead by Astrid Klocke
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.
Blended Learning: A Win-Win for NAU and Students
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.
Fostering Information Fluency and Critical Thinking through Collaborative Design: A Panel Discussion on Digital Content and Learning
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.
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
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.
The Blackboard Learn Grade Center
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.
New Bb Learn Assessment Features
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.
Blackboard Learn Basics
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.
Using the Retention Center to Identify At-Risk Students
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.
Stop Stressing & Get Help: Discover Your Campus Support Team
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
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?
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.
How Quality Matters Can Facilitate Student Engagement
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.
The Psychology of Learning and Student Engagement
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.
Developing "Career Steps"— A Bb-Learn-Based Course on Career Preparation for Juniors
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.
BIO 100L: How I Made a Fully Online Lab Science Class Engaging
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.
Using Screen Sharing with Tablet Devices in the Classroom
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.