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MERLOT International Conference - 2003

August 5-8, 2003 • Hyatt Regency Vancouver • Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Preliminary Program

Tuesday, August 5, 2003

8:00am-8:00pm
Regency Foyer

Registration
8:30am-5:00pm
Hyatt, Location TBA

MERLOT Business Meetings
Pre-Conference Workshop 1, Pre-Conference Workshop
8:30am-12:00pm
Simon Fraser 1310 IBM Lab South

Energizing Your Information Curriculum with MERLOT
Laura Hudson, San Diego State University
Patrick Sullivan, San Diego State University

Can MERLOT be used by librarians and teaching faculty to develop a vital, modular information literacy curriculum? Laura Hudson and Patrick Sullivan, librarians at San Diego State University, wondered that and wrote a grant to conduct a survey of the California State University library staff and to hold two regional workshops on the topic. These workshops explored how librarians from various disciplines might more effectively utilize MERLOT and how they might more actively become involved in the MERLOT effort. This MERLOT conference workshop is a culmination and distillation of what they learned in this process, and will include a tour of MERLOT from an information literacy perspective, guided exercises, case studies, hands-on exploration, and time for discussion. You will leave with an understanding of how MERLOT can be used as a medium for promoting information literacy. This workshop is designed for everybody who is interested in exploring the use of MERLOT for developing your information literacy curriculum. This Pre-Conference Workshop costs an additional US$40.

Pre-Conference Workshop 3 (All Day), Pre-Conference Workshop
8:30am-4:30pm
Simon Fraser 1330 IBM Lab South

Enhancing Learning through Interactive Learning Object Design
Tracy Penny Light, University of Waterloo
Peter Goldsworthy, University of Waterloo

The objective of this full-day workshop is to provide participants with an introduction to the process of interactive learning object design that they can then apply to projects in their own institutions. Those interested in learning about the process of developing highly interactive learning activities with multimedia will be able to experience the process first-hand as they move through several iterations of the design cycle while addressing an instructional challenge. In this hands-on, interactive session participants will work in project groups to design a prototype for a learning object as they apply the information from the workshop, including topics such as: learning styles, project management, paper prototyping, evaluation, and constructivist learning theory. They will be encouraged to share their knowledge and ideas not only within their own groups, but also with the wider learning community that will be established. Components of the process will include identifying the features of learning objects, understanding learners and the creation of learner profiles, a model for design and development, planning, design and testing. Participants, will learn about the process in practice and about how learning object design can foster learning communities through best pedagogical practices. This Pre-Conference Workshop costs and additional US$80.

12:00pm-1:00pm
Locations around the Hyatt

Lunch on Your Own (for Pre-Conference Workshop attendees)
Pre-Conference Workshop 2, Pre-Conference Workshop
1:00pm-4:30pm
Simon Fraser 1310 IBM Lab South

Evaluating Online Materials for Student Success
Melanie Wetzel, California State University Long Beach
Barbra Bied Sperling, California State University Long Beach

Users must be of central consideration in the development and implementation of learning modules if they are to be successful. Usability testing evaluates the effectiveness, ease of learning, ease of using, and preference for using technologies from the user's perspective. In this workshop, tools and techniques of usability testing will be introduced and reviewed. Through hands-on experiences, you will learn simple methods for identifying user difficulties with a variety of websites. This workshop is a must for faculty who want to develop their own learning objects, who use learning objects in their classrooms and teaching, or who want to develop peer reviewer skills. This Pre-Conference Workshop costs and additional US$40.

5:00pm-8:00pm
Plaza Ballroom

MIC Connections Poster and Exhibit Set-Up
Roundtable: Making Accessibility of Online Resources a Reality, Roundtable
6:00pm-7:00pm
Windsor

Roundtable: Making Accessibility of Online Resources a Reality
Curtis Edmonds, Georgia Institute of Technology
Sam Marinov, IDET

CATEA, IDET and MERLOT have collaborated on the Georgia Research in Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) http://www.catea.org/grade/index.html project funded by the U.S. Ed Dept) to increase awareness about disability and accessibility issues in distance learning. CATEA (www.catea.org) is a research, instruction, and service center within the College of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. IDET (www.idetcom.com) is a for-profit organization that has partnered with CATEA for the last two years in delivering accessible information to people with disabilities. Come learn about how we're planning and implementing strategies to ensure access to online education to all.

6:00pm-7:00pm
Prince of Wales

Faculty Development Workshop by Invitation Only (Opening Session)
Overview of MERLOT, Concurrent Session
6:00pm-7:00pm
Balmoral

Overview of the MERLOT Vineyard: a Tour for New Attendees of MERLOT and the MERLOT International Conference
Timothy Tirrell, Virginia Community College System
Kevin Harrigan, University of Waterloo

MERLOT provides a wide range of products and services for the academic community. This presentation will provide first time attendees of the MERLOT international conference with tips on how to make the best of the conference. Also presented will be a brief introduction and review of MERLOT services, programs and governance processes.

7:00pm-9:00pm
Perspectives

Welcome Reception Sponsored by eduSourceCanada

Wednesday, August 6, 2003

7:30am-5:00pm
Regency Foyer

Registration
Opening Session, General Session
8:00am-9:30am
Regency Ballroom A/B/C

Leading from Both Ends
Douglas MacLeod, Netera Alliance
David Porter, NewMIC

The widespread implementation of web-supported instruction on advanced networks provides an opportunity for educators to create and share a vast number of digital learning resources--course materials, images, and video, as well as the interactive tools that are designed to harness this content and facilitate the process of online learning. Douglas MacLeod (Netera-eduSourceCanada) and David Porter (NewMIC-eduSourceCanada) will use this keynote opportunity to present views of the repository implementation process that speak to institutions and organizations with large-scale responsibilities for implementation, training and management, as well as to faculty, instructors and other practitioners who want to contribute to or share in learning object communities of practice.

9:30am-5:00pm
Plaza Ballroom

MIC Connections Open
9:30am-10:00am
MIC Connections (Plaza Ballroom)

Break
The BioSci Education Network (BEN), Workshop
10:00am-12:30pm
Simon Fraser 1310 IBM Lab South

The BioSci Education Network (BEN) Collaborative Workshop
Yolanda George, AAAS
Melinda Lowy, American Physiological Society
Marguerite Coomes, Howard University School of Medicine

This workshop will provide an orientation to the BEN Collaborative, a biological sciences digital library. The two objectives of the workshop are to provide participants with an overview of a working model of collaborative collections development and demystify metadata through interactive browse, search, and cataloging/submission activities.

MERLOT--Discovering Online Resources, Workshop
10:00am-12:30pm
Simon Fraser 1330 IBM Lab South

MERLOT--Discovering Online Teaching & Learning Resources
Jeanne Sewell, Georgia College and State University

MERLOT offers peer reviewed on-line instruction components that can readily be adopted into faculty courses. The presenters will discuss the purpose and advantages of MERLOT to teaching and learning. Participants will learn how to access and to use the MERLOT web site.

Connections Across States and Sectors, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Regency A

Connections Across States & Sectors: Using MERLOT to Promote Educational Improvements
Phil Moss, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
John Clinton, Oklahoma Center for Arts Education

Educators in three states are working together to develop a federation to promote the use of arts education as a tool for school improvement. Based on the successful A+ Schools initiative in North Carolina, this tri-state effort will use Internet2 technology and MERLOT's online community and collaboration features to help reach its goals.

Using Technology to Engage Students in Learning, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Regency B

Technology as a Formative Assessment Tool in Large Lectures
Scott Cooper, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

A presentation of problem-solving modules in which students analyze data, create models to explain the data, and use the models to make predictions. The instructor collects and projects several models in class with a transilluminator and provides specific feedback and guidance to help students revise their models.

Drawing New Lines: Collaboration Through Videoconferencing
Barbara Giorgio, Ball State University
Edward Noriega, Troy State University

The result of a two-year partnership and collaboration between Barbara Giorgio, Department of Art at Ball State University and Edward Noriega, Director of Graphic Design, Department of Art and Design at Troy State University will provide insight into how shared experiences through videoconferencing can enhance a traditional drawing course. This session will invite participants to discuss how the use of technologies can inspire, encourage, and engage students.

Faculty Development Initiatives, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Regency E

Using MERLOT in Faculty Development Initiatives: Dreams and Nightmares Revisited
Thomas Nolan, Sonoma State University
Colleen Carmean, Arizona State University West
John Prusch, State University of New York
Idana Hamilton, Southwest Virginia Community College

What would you like to learn most about teaching and technology? How does and can MERLOT help you in terms of faculty development and support resources that are driven by the latest technology? What do you need to know in presenting MERLOT effectively? Members of MERLOT's "Teaching and Technology" Editorial Board will share their experiences of what worked and what didn't work in our efforts to bring MERLOT to faculty users during the past year. Join us for a lively discussion!

STEM Education, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Balmoral

The Role of Digital Libraries in High-School Teaching of STEM
Sarita Nair, Education Development Center, Inc.
Katherine Hanson, Education Development Center, Inc.
Marica Mardis, Merit Network, Inc.
Wesley Shumar, Drexel University

Come learn about the research of "Effective Access: Research on Access and Use of Digital Resources" project--a massive user-usability study about information seeking behaviors of high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers. This project will provide a unique, user-centered design and development methodology to all collection builders!

NSDL Faculty Needs, Roundtable
10:00am-11:00am
Regency F

What Do Science Faculty Need to Use the NSDL?
Judy Ridgway, Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
Donna F. Berlin, The Ohio State University

The main portal to the National STEM Digital Library (NSDL) was opened in December 2002. For this innovation to have widespread effect, much needs to be known about the users. In this session, undergraduate science faculty members will share their perceptions regarding implementation of the NSDL.

11:00am-11:30am
MIC Connections (Plaza Ballroom)

Break
The Semantic Web, Concurrent Session
11:30am-12:30pm
Regency A

Beyond Learning Objects towards the Educational Semantic Web
Terry Anderson, Athabasca University

This session describes the rationale for the development of educational modeling languages that seek to formally describe the complete educational transaction. Such description allows the process to be interpreted by both humans and machines and is an essential educational component of the emerging semantic web. The session compares EML and the IMS Learning Design and illustrates early examples of the use of this specification in net based courses.

New Directions in Faculty Development I, Concurrent Session
11:30am-12:30pm
Regency B

Training Faculty Using the MERLOT Peer Review Model
Laura Franklin, Northern Virginia Community College
Cathy Simpson, Northern Virginia Community College

The presenters will discuss a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant proposal in which faculty participants receive training in the MERLOT peer review process and ultimately produce peer reviews of learning materials in their disciplines. A win-win proposal, faculty develop a better sense of quality in online materials and MERLOT increases its number of peer reviews.

Building Capacity in MERLOT through Collaboration
Mildred Cody, Georgia State University
Jessica Somers, University of Georgia

See how a university system member, a campus member, individual faculty members, and university support systems collaboratively participate in MERLOT. In this session we will describe a faculty train-the-trainer program and establishment of system-wide and campus conferences for teaching and learning with advanced technologies that include strong keynote and workshop sessions on participating in MERLOT. This session will focus on building capacity in teaching and learning through effective contributions to and use of MERLOT.

Image Databases, Concurrent Session
11:30am-12:30pm
Regency E

The WorldArt Image Database
Kathleen Cohen, San Jose State University
Nancy Pelaez, California State University Fullerton

The WorldArt website contains over 27,000 images that are organized into portfolios by period, goegraphy, political and social history, images of music and dance, drama and literature, through material culture. Searching by keywords, artist, nationality, period, style, type of work, date and any word from a title,faculty members can create their own portfolios on-line.

Controlled vocabulary for Video and Image Data Access (VIDA) by K6 science teacher educators
Nancy Pelaez, California State University Fullerton
Jacqueline Rojas, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia

Authors of the VIDA collection will demonstrate use of DAG-Edit from the Gene Ontology Consortium to build a dynamic controlled vocabulary that can adapt as life science teaching standards and research-based curricula accumulate or change (Richter and Lewis c2003). The result is a hierarchical scaffold to organize the VIDA collection of images into a cognitive structure appropriate for K-6 science.

Long Distance Collaborations, Concurrent Session
11:30am-12:30pm
Balmoral

Long Distance Collaborations--Connecting to Build an Open-Source Authoring Tool
Kathleen Willbanks, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Larry Johnson, New Media Consortium
Mike Mattson, University of Calgary

In looking to support the needs of novice to expert authors, we have formed a collaboration working towards building an open-source authoring environment based on "Pachyderm". We will show the current exhibits, talk about limitations, and our vision, and ask for input from the audience to help us create the vision.

Beyond Peer Review, Roundtable
11:30am-12:30pm
Regency F

Concrete Approaches to Quality Assessment: Moving Beyond Peer Review
Howard Burrows, Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute

Is it OK to rank your choices based on what other people think? In a twenty minute presentation, I will explore some of the advantages and some of the disadvantages of this approach to quality assessment. Together, we will attempt to create a framework for evaluation that does not employ peer review. Though this session will be informed by recent developments in the philosophy of science and education, the discussion will be appropriate for anyone interested in using new technologies and standards to help filter learning objects.

12:30pm-1:30pm
Regency Ballroom D/E/F

Lunch
1:30pm-2:30pm
MIC Connections (Plaza Ballroom)

Dessert
Scenarios for Learning Objects, Workshop
2:30pm-5:00pm
Simon Fraser 1310 IBM Lab South

Improving Learning Object Development with Scenarios
Rachel Smith, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Kathleen Willbanks, California State University Office of the Chancellor

Scenarios can be a powerful tool in multimedia development when used throughout the development cycle. Participants will learn how to write good scenarios as well as when and how to use them. Participants who bring current development problems will leave with a few beginning scenarios to use in their work.

Online Role-Playing Simulations, Workshop
2:30pm-5:00pm
Simon Fraser 1330 IBM Lab South

Employing Online Role-Playing Simulations
Rod Corbett, University of Calgary

This session will explore the potential of using role-playing simulations to facilitate deeper levels of learning in your courses. You will learn how to find, develop, and effectively incorporate role-playing simulations into your learning activities.

Building Communities through Collaboration, Concurrent Session
2:30pm-3:30pm
Regency A

Partnering to Transform Teaching and Learning: MERLOT and the NLII
Colleen Carmean, Arizona State University West
Patricia McGee, University of Texas, San Antonio

The recent alliance between MERLOT and the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (NLII) creates great possibility for introducing transformational practices to the higher education community. Two NLII Research Fellows will address the actions, issues and key themes have landed within the Venn intersection of this alliance.

Building Learning Communities through Learning Object Development
Denise Stockley, Queen's University
Mark Fleming, Queen's University

At Queen's University, we are members of the Cooperative Learning Object Exchange (CLOE). CLOE@Queen's is our approach for learning object development, which is rooted in the need to build and sustain a learning community. This presentation will highlight our model, how it worked in practice, and our outcomes.

New Directions in Faculty Development II, Concurrent Session
2:30pm-3:30pm
Regency B

Faculty Support: Effectively Integrating Educational Technology
Mary McCollam, Queen's University
Robin Dawes, Queen's University
Andy Leger, Queen's University
Jonathan Rose, Queen's University
Denise Stockley, Queen's University
Donna Hamilton, Queen's University
Cory Laverty, Queen's University

What faculty support promotes really significant and effective educational uses of technology? This presentation draws from seven years of work by a team at Queen's University (Canada) that includes faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and IT specialists. Focus will be on the Learning Technology Faculty Associates model, three faculty surveys, and Learning Technology Teams.

BT2. Best Teaching. Best Technology
Susan Chandler, Royal Roads University
Murray Goldberg, Silicon Chalk
Estelle Paget, Royal Roads University

Workshops that nurture best teaching practices often remain separate from those that promote technology skills and integration. The BT2 project is designed to create a training model that brings the two pieces together, so that faculty learn experientially about the principles of adult learning in an online context.

Video and Animation in Teaching, Concurrent Session
2:30pm-3:30pm
Regency E

Animated Multivariable Calculus
Jose Flores, The University of South Dakota

Animating multivariable concepts enhance the ability of the student to comprehend the dynamics of three dimensional mathematical concepts. We have developed interactive pedagogical material that makes use of animation as a tool to teach the Multivariable Calculus course. The animations are generated using Mathematica® and then exported into Macromedia Flash®.

An Online Authoring System for Creating Web-Based Video Lessons
Brett Christie, Sonoma State University
James Fouché, Sonoma State University
Joshua Archer, CSU, Center for Distributed Learning

This session will demonstrate an online authoring system for the purpose of creating web-based video lessons. Attendees will be given an overview of the authoring tool, demonstration of lessons already created, live demonstration of a new lesson, and information as to how they can access this tool.

Building a History Portal, Concurrent Session
2:30pm-3:30pm
Balmoral

Building Community in MERLOT: The Development of the MERLOT History Portal
Tracy Penny Light, University of Waterloo
William Paquette, Tidewater Community College
Elsa Nystrom, Kennesaw State University

Over the past year the MERLOT History Editorial Board has been working to design and develop a portal into the MERLOT history collection that will help users to find materials. It will also provide users with information about teaching history with technology as we build a learning community around the use and development of learning objects in history. Members of the History Editorial Board will discuss the development of the portal and reflect on the requirements for creating, growing, and sustaining such a community in MERLOT and beyond

Teaching and Technology, Roundtable
2:30pm-3:30pm
Regency F

Creating a MERLOT Teaching and Technology Discipline Community
Ray C. Purdom, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Kim Bayer, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Colleen Carmean, Arizona State University West
Idanna Hamilton, Southwest Virginia Community College
Thomas Nolan, Sonoma State University
John Prusch, Multimedia Design Instructor, SUNY Learning Network
Iris Seeley, Oakton Community College

The MERLOT Teaching and Technology Community began at the 2002 MERLOT International Conference with a primary goal to support faculty in teaching with technology. We have developed a mission statement, a categorization system, and evaluation criteria. We have begun the development and management of our collection. This Roundtable will provide an opportunity to discuss our efforts and receive advice.

3:30pm-4:00pm
MIC Connections (Plaza Ballroom)

Break
The Best of the Teacher Education Community, Concurrent Session
4:00pm-5:00pm
Regency A

The Best of MERLOT for Teacher Education: A Walk Through the Vineyard
Barbara Levin, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The panel will showcase the best learning materials that MERLOT has to offer for Teacher Education for the arts, special education, technology, literacy, science, and math education. Members of the Teacher Education Editorial Review Board will describe how they use MERLOT in their classes and showcase their Personal Collections.

From Peer Review to Course Evaluation, Concurrent Session
4:00pm-5:00pm
Regency B

Online Course Authorship in the Peer Review Process
Thomas Chase, University of Regina

This session will explore the question of evaluating digital course authorship in the peer review process. How much is writing an online course worth to review committees in various disciplines? How should prospective course authors prepare, document, and present their course work to review committees? And how can administrators set policy in this area?

A Matrix Model for Designing and Assessing Network-Enhanced Courses
Ruben Puentedura, Bennington College

We will examine a matrix model using three qualifiers (tiers of tool usage; ephemerality of content; social domains of interaction) to inform the design and evaluation of courses involving networked components. The model is tool-appropriate, simple enough for real-world practice, and backed up by successful classroom usage.

Models for Online Faculty Development, Concurrent Session
4:00pm-5:00pm
Regency E

Streamlining Online Support for UCF's Faculty
Sue Bauer, University of Central Florida
Bill Phillips, University of Central Florida

The Teaching Online site at The University of Central Florida is providing the many resources--pedagogy, logistics and technology--that facilitate successful online teaching (and learning) at an institution of over 38,000 students. The Teaching Online site compliments the learner's site, Learning Online. It is this combination of teaching and learning tools that delivers successful online support for effective courses.

A Systemic Approach to Faculty Development and Online Learning at SUNY--Where does MERLOT fit?
Peter Shea, State University of New York
William Pelz, Herkimer County Community College

The State University of New York was a recipient of the Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Development (2001), Excellence in ALN Programming (2002), and the EDUCAUSE award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning (2001), for its approach to online learning via the SUNY Learning Network. The SLN program overcame barriers to achieving quality, scalability, and sustainability in building a model online learning environment. Learn about the important role MERLOT played in faculty development in these award winning efforts.

EdNA--An Australian Online Portal, Concurrent Session
4:00pm-5:00pm
Balmoral

Re-engineering a National Online Portal--An Australian Perspective
Garry Putland, education.au limited

EdNA Online was one of the first metadata repositories built in early 1996. The portal provides access to online resources, tools and services for the Australian education and training community. Recently, in response to the shifts in the strategic directions of the stakeholders in the education environment and the maturing Internet, EdNA Online has had to re-invent itself. This presentation will outline the business drivers, the technical architecture to support three business service delivery models, and the benefits for stakeholders.

Faculty Evaluation for Online Learning, Roundtable
4:00pm-5:00pm
Regency F

Faculty Evaluation for Online Learning: Institutional Standards and Emerging Practices
Ellen Hoffman, Eastern Michigan University

This session will bring together discussants around the topic of student evaluations of teaching in online courses. Beginning with a brief literature review and a case study of one university’s experience, the session will explore emerging methods, policies and obstacles in developing innovative evaluation strategies for web-based learning.

5:00pm-5:30pm
Georgia A

Faculty Development Workshop by Invitation Only

Thursday, August 7, 2003

7:30am-5:00pm
Regency Foyer

Registration
General Session Sponsored by the University of Waterloo, General Session
8:00am-9:00am
Regency Ballroom A/B/C

ECollaborative Online Services--An Australian Perspective
Garry Putland, education.au limited

Education Network Australia (EdNA) is a collaborative initiative in Australia in response to the rapidly changing Internet environment. Collaboration is the cornerstone of the development of services, the interoperability framework, the sharing of experience and expertise across states, territories and sectors. The initiative grew into a national portal for and on behalf of the Australian education and training community. The portal is the conduit for national and international collaboration. This presentation will describe the Australian education and training environment, the challenges for teaching and learning and the strategic value of working at a national level for mutual benefit. It will describe the history of the EdNA Online portal and how it has supported national and international collaboration.

9:00am-10:00am
MIC Connections (Plaza Ballroom)

Break
9:00am-6:30pm
Plaza Ballroom

MIC Connections Open
Developing New Peer Review Criteria, Workshop
10:00am-12:30pm
Simon Fraser 1310 IBM Lab South

New Criteria for Evaluating "Pedagogical Effectiveness"
Dee Fink, University of Oklahoma
James Zull, Case Western Reserve University
Bruce Mason, University of Oklahoma
Marilla Svinicki, Univ. of Texas at Austin

MERLOT reviewers frequently have difficulty evaluating the standard of "Pedagogical Effectiveness." The workshop leaders will generate and submit new criteria for this standard. Workshop participants will use (and assess) the proposed criteria by reviewing actual learning objects in MERLOT. These assessments will be used to modify the proposed criteria that will then be submitted to the MERLOT Editors' Council.

Distance Education and Accessibility, Workshop
10:00am-12:30pm
Simon Fraser 1330 IBM Lab South

Evaluating and Retrofitting Distance Education Elements for Accessibility
Curtis Edmonds, Georgia Institute of Technology

This workshop will highlight common barriers in distance education for students with disabilities and showcase tips, tools, and resources for ensuring accessibility for HTML files, PDF files, and PowerPoint presentations.

MERLOT Focus On: Collaboration, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Regency A

Extending MERLOT through Partnerships, Alliances and Collaborations
Sorel Reisman, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Gerry Hanley, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Glenda Morgan, University of Wisconsin System

MERLOT is working with a number of educational organizations, professional societies, corporations, systems of higher education and individual campuses, and digital libraries to extend its reach in terms of content, services, and members. This session will focus on how to develop partnerships with MERLOT, the process for suggesting new partners and collaborators, and strategies for leveraging resources through working with MERLOT.

Assessing Student Learning, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Regency B

Assessing Learning Outcomes is More Than Rubrics and WebQuests: A Tutorial
Darrell Pearson, Troy State University
Krista Terry, Troy State University

Assessing learning outcomes for instruction that relies on technology for delivery, requires a well thought out approach. Performance assessment requires knowledge of student learning processes and the planning of how students will demonstrate that knowledge and skills.

Assessment of Asynchronous Discussions within Online Courses
David Wicks, Seattle Pacific University
Arthur Ellis, Seattle Pacific University

Instructors use a variety of techniques to assess student contributions in asynchronous discussions within online courses. Faculty often report confusion and dissatisfaction with their assessment techniques (Dennen, 2002). This presentation will discuss various assessment methods and introduce the concept of having students self-assess their work using a rubric.

Tools for Transforming Curriculum, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Regency E

The Inclusive Learning Exchange: Supporting Learner-Centric Transformation of Content
Laurie Harrison, University of Toronto

In order to advance learning object repository technology, the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto, is developing the authoring tools, repository architecture, and preference schema needed to support transformations of curriculum across multiple contexts, according to the learners' needs and preferences. This presentation will include demonstrations of prototypes developed to date, based on IMS Accessibility standards.

Automated Creation of Resources for HTML based Concept Maps
James McClellan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Milind Borkar, Georgia Institute of Technology
Rajbabu Velmurugan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Greg Krudysz, Georgia Institute of Technology

Concept Maps are tools for organizing knowledge in a hierarchical manner. In conjunction with a course or textbook, they can serve as the entry point for browsing resources such as animations, lecture videos, and solved problems. This paper describes a method for automatically linking a large body of resources into a concept map.

WebQuests and CATS, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Balmoral

Herding CATS: A Model for Professional Development for Academic Technology Staff
Abbe Altman, California State University Office of the Chancellor

The CSU's Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) is charged with providing cost-effective professional development opportunities for academic technology staff systemwide. It began in 1998 with a conference, planned and presented by and for the staff, and has steadily grown to include a grants program, regional and online workshops, listservs, service groups, and special interest forums, all of which continue valuable networking opportunities throughout the year. Learn how your institution can use the CATS model to enhance the productivity and networking opportunities for staff at your institution.

Wiring the WebQuest Community
Bernie Dodge, San Diego State University

Since 1995, the SDSU WebQuest site has evolved into a lively system of data and discussions with its own culture of sharing and experimentation. This year, the site underwent an overhaul to increase this interactivity. What worked? What still needs work?

Building Quality Learning Objects, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Regency F

Collaboration through IP Video-Conferencing for Improved Learning Object Development
Peter Goldsworthy, University of Waterloo

Ontario's CLOE (Co-operative Learning Object Exchange) finds that IP video-conferencing improves learning object development. These benefits extend from issues of usability to educational rationale. IP video-conference collaboration ensures a higher quality learning object with better input from appropriate stakeholders ranging from subject matter experts to programmers and testers.

Delivering Narrated Learning Objects for Use in Multimedia Learning
Drew Parker, Simon Fraser University
Andrew Gemino, Simon Fraser University

The creation of learning objects to support technique-based learning in an online environment is a considerable challenge. Face to face offers the opportunity to show how to build a technical diagram. Dual coding theory and the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning suggest narrated presentations offer promise. These theories are discussed with examples.

Macromedia, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Georgia B

Learning Objects for Mere Mortals
Ellen Wagner, Macromedia

This session demonstrates techniques for determining the feasibility of implementing a learning object approach in teaching and learning settings. Using Macromedia Breeze, pedagogic principles for creating SCORM and AICC compliant learning content using familiar content creation tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Macromedia Flash will be explored.

11:00am-11:30am
MIC Connections (Plaza Ballroom)

Break
International Partners, Concurrent Session
11:30am-12:30pm
Regency A

Unlocking the Web Through International Collaboration
Tom Carey, University of Waterloo
Gerry Hanley, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Garry Putland, Education.au limited

This presentation will describe how three international communities in Australia, Canada and the USA (EdNA Online, eduSource, and MERLOT) have used technologies to provide value added services to their clients. The communities have agreed to work together to share quality online resources and information services. In this process the three organizations have been sharing expertise in the provision of services and technologies.

Innovations in Nursing Education, Concurrent Session
11:30am-12:30pm
Regency B

Choosing the Right Grapes--MERLOT for a Nursing Assessment Course
Kay Hudson- Carlton, Ball State
Pamela Scheibel, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Creation of multimedia learning objects is costly and time consuming. This presentation will discuss and demonstrate the finding and use of quality and accessible digital learning objects found in Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) for designing a health assessment course.

PDA's: Innovative Delivery for Innovative faculty
Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College
Tim Tirrell, Virginia Community College System

This presentation will give overview of what is happening in the higher education/distance education world with handheld applications and highlight a Virginia Community College System project where nursing students are using selected learning content and materials on PDAs in clinical and in the classroom.

Hybrid Courses & Communication, Concurrent Session
11:30am-12:30pm
Regency E

Enhancing Your Hybrid Course with MERLOT Learning Materials
Laura Franklin, Northern Virginia Community College
Cathy Simpson, Northern Virginia Community College

Part face to face and part online, hybrid courses offer faculty and students a flexible and creative learning environment. The presenters will define hybrid courses and explore some of their advantages and challenges. They will also share learning materials from the MERLOT collection that can be used to build successful hybrid courses.

Creative Communication: Building and Supporting Active Learning Communities Online
Karen Hardin, Cameron University

Synchronous Chat, Asynchronous Discussions, Email: Which should I use and how can I use them effectively? Develop a community of critical thinking online learners that interact with each other, the content, and you by implementing effectove communication techniques. I will present various ideas for posting discussions that encourage dialogue, techniques for minimizing email, and rules for organized chats.

, Concurrent Session
11:30am-12:30pm
Balmoral

Library Partnerships: Collaboration for Learning
Nancy Levesque, University College of the Cariboo

Collaboration among faculty and librarians adds value to academic teaching and learning. Faculty and librarians working together create a synergy that engages students to become critical thinkers and independent learners. Collaboration among university libraries maximizes collective resources and increases capacity to support academic communities.

The Role of the Librarian in Learning Object Design
Denise Stockley, Queen's University
Cory Laverty, Queen's University

Librarians are well positioned to embrace the use of educational technology; they have resources and they have incentive. Teetering on the cutting edge of information technology, libraries are committed to continuous change that will benefit the world of learners. Based on this reasoning, the importance of librarian participation in learning object design teams is illustrated.

Encouraging Faculty Innovation, Concurrent Session
11:30am-12:30pm
Regency F

Innovative Curricular Technology Uses--Initiative, Maintenance and Access
Barbara Knauff, Dartmouth College

How can we maintain innovation in technology integration in the curriculum? Dartmouth College's Venture Fund initiative will be presented and discussed as an example. This internally funded grant-based approach to promoting technology use has initiated many innovative web-based projects. We will discuss the merits and the limitations of this approach, primarily in terms of long-term sustainability, and possible paths towards more scalable solutions.

Digital Repositories and Faculty Development: Strategies to Encourage Faculty to Share, Adopt, and Adapt Resources
Glenda Morgan, University of Wisconsin System
Alan Wolf, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Organizations devote considerable effort to developing repositories of digital educational materials. Getting faculty to utilize digital libraries receives less attention. We share how our university system's and other universities' participation in digital repository projects provides opportunities for faculty to disseminate materials, and to review and adopt others' materials.

McGraw-Hill, Concurrent Session
11:30am-12:30pm
Georgia B

ALEKS: a Web-Based Math and Arithmetic Tutorial
Dan Bindman, McGraw Hill

ALEKS, published by McGraw Hill is a web-based math and arithmetic tutorial that uses an artificial intelligent software program to assess and direct instruction for student success. The ALEKS program provides assessments that result in customized instruction and practice in mathematics and statistics. ALEKS can be deployed within the wide variety of academic contexts from remedial math courses, to summer orientation programs, to any lower or upper division course that requires prerequisite quantitative competencies.

12:30pm-2:30pm
Regency Ballroom D/E/F

MERLOT Awards Luncheon
Developing Learning Objects, Workshop
2:30pm-5:00pm
Simon Fraser 1310 IBM Lab South

Effective Strategies for Developing Interactive Learning Objects
Tracy Penny Light, University of Waterloo

Everyone is talking about learning objects these days but exactly how do you create them? This question will be addressed in this interactive workshop both in terms of exploring effective strategies used to develop pedagogically-sound learning objects and in terms of how MERLOT can be used to support the needs of authors and developers of learning objects.

Low Threshold Activities, Workshop
2:30pm-5:00pm
Simon Fraser 1330 IBM Lab South

Using Low Threshold Activities for Faculty Training and Professional Development
David Starrett, Southeast Missouri State University
Steve Gilbert, TLT Group
Michael Rodgers, Southeast Missouri State University

We will introduce a growing collection of Low-Threshold Professional Development Activities (LTPDAs) designed to enable faculty to find, adapt, and use technology-enhanced teaching and learning resources. Preparatory activities, follow-up activities, and the event will model LTPDAs. The onsite session will include remote online presentations.

Creating New Learning Environments with MERLOT, Concurrent Session
2:30pm-3:30pm
Regency A

Animating Your Students--Promoting Active-Learning Through Animations
Donald French, Oklahoma State University

While multimedia and web-based materials are commonplace in the college classroom, their use typically mirrors the teacher-centered, didactic pedagogy that plagues science classrooms. I will demonstrate how to use animations to create an active-learning environment that promotes knowledge construction and a deeper understanding of concepts and processes.

Real Demonstrations of Lectures Using MERLOT Learning Modules
Jim Bidlack, University of Central Oklahoma
Jeff Bell, California State University Chico
Martin Zahn, Thomas Nelson Community College

Teaching effectiveness may be enhanced through inclusion of animations, simulations, and unique pictures that are found with MERLOT. These materials can be hyperlinked and quickly accessed as shortcuts in PowerPoint, Word, or other applications. This session will include excerpts of lectures to demonstrate how faculty members from MERLOT Biology are currently using MERLOT Learning Modules in the classroom. Two or three mini-lectures will be presented followed by a brief discussion of how the lectures were prepared.

Editors' Choice Showcase: Music and Chemistry, Concurrent Session
2:30pm-3:30pm
Regency B

Fugues of the Well-Tempered Clavier
Timothy Smith, Norhtern Arizona University
David Korevaar, University of Colorado at Boulder

A 2003 MERLOT Editors' Choice Award winner, The Fugues of the Well-Tempered Clavier will be introduced by authors Professors Timothy Smith and David Korevaar.

Virtual Chemistry Lab
David Yaron, Carnegie Mellon University

A 2003 MERLOT Editors' Choice Award winner, David Yaron’s, Virtual Chemistry Laboratory invites us to explore the world of the chemist through a virtual chemistry lab. Join him in mixing agents, reagents and other magical potions (some even explode)--always a plus in any Chemistry classroom!

MERLOT Awards Showcase: Teacher Education, Concurrent Session
2:30pm-3:30pm
Regency E

Lessons Learned and Ideas Gained from MERLOT
Cris Guenter, California State University Chico

Benefit from lessons learned in using MERLOT. Featuring her award-winning MERLOT site, K-6 Arts Lesson Plans, Dr. Guenter will provide teaching ideas that can be adapted by faculty for student investigations, reflections, and assessment. Group engagement of a MERLOT assignment featuring online images for cross-curricular work will be included.

WebQuests
Bernie Dodge, San Diego State University

A 2003 MERLOT Editors' Choice Award-winner, WebQuests support inquiry-based learning in which most of all of the information used by learners is drawn from the web. The WebQuest Page offers extensive support and examples for those who are using WebQuests for teaching and learning. Professor Dodge will guide us on our own quest to learn more about the site and it’s impact on learning.

eduSource Communities of Practice, Concurrent Session
2:30pm-3:30pm
Balmoral

Developing Faculty and Communities of Practice within the EduSource Project
Cheryl Whitelaw, University of Alberta
Stanley Varnhagen, University of Alberta
Myrna Sears, University of Alberta
Michael Clarke, University of Western Ontario

This panel presentation focuses on the relationships between faculty development and the development of communities of practice to aspects of digital scholarship. Panelists from the Edusource project will discuss how they are promoting digital scholarship through various strategies including collaborative learning object development, peer review processes, and evaluation research.

Measures of Success, Concurrent Session
2:30pm-3:30pm
Regency F

Learning Impact Studies on CLOE Learning Objects
Dawn Howard-Rose, University of Waterloo
Kevin Harrigan, University of Waterloo
Tom Carey, University of Waterloo

In this session we will present the results of impact studies on learning objects at the eight founding partners of the Collaborative Learning Object Exchange (CLOE). Impacts were assessed in two ways: First, a student questionnaire was used to assess learners' perceptions of the value of the learning object. Second, the perceptions and experiences of instructors and instructional designers involved in the development, use, and/or evaluation of the learning objects were assessed through interviews.

Measuring and Evaluating Use of Technology
Carl Berger, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

How can you design a simple measure of project or class progress? Using a simple tool, (either paper or web) perceptions of participant knowledge, experience and confidence can be measure several times during a project or class result quickly obtained to provide insight into learning, teaching, and working collaboratively.

O'Reilly & Associates, Concurrent Session
2:30pm-3:30pm
Georgia B

Innovative Academic Publishing
Dan Woods, O'Reilly & Associate

O'Reilly & Associates is currently developing an innovative academic publishing and supplementary material exchange platform. We invite you to a concept presentation and open feedback session regarding O'Reilly's academic platform, which will include three major components: 1) A file sharing website that will allow educators to share or sell supplementary materials they have created, 2) A strong tie-in to SafariR Tech Books Online, enabling the creation of online syllabi, and 3) A custom publishing capability, allowing educators to dynamically create custom books tailored to their courses. Our goals are to enable educators to collaboratively create and improve course materials, offer students a wider range and richer selection of materials, and reduce costs to students and educators. If any of this sounds interesting to you, and you'd like to contribute your thoughts and expertise to our initiative, please join us for this presentation and feedback session.

3:30pm-4:00pm
MIC Connections (Plaza Ballroom)

Break
The Rural Delivery of High Tech, Concurrent Session
4:00pm-5:00pm
Regency A

High Tech - Making it Adaptable to Rural Delivery
Robin Webb Corbett, East Carolina University
Doug Barnum, East Carolina University
Alan Branigan, East Carolina University
Robert Lust, East Carolina University
Thomas Irons, East Carolina University

Pathophysiology is a dynamic science. This collaborative interdisclipinary project allows students to "visualize" pathological concepts via an immersive virtual reality to foster student learning. Visualizations include interactive models of blood coagulation and the hypothalmic pituitary ovarian axis.

Selecting Multimedia Course Materials, Concurrent Session
4:00pm-5:00pm
Regency B

Multimedia Course Materials—Wonderland or Inferno?
Martin Zahn, Thomas Nelson CC
Patricia Taylor, Thomas Nelson Community College

Finding and determining how and when to use multimedia materials available on the World Wide Web is difficult and time consuming. The presentation will focus on how to use MERLOT to locate and evaluate potential materials for mathematics and science. Presenters will demonstrate how these materials can be organized and used.

Evaluating Online Resources for Language Instruction
Danielle Trudeau, San Jose State University

This session compares MERLOT World Languages evaluation guidelines with other existing models of assessment of online resources. It deals with materials designed for language instruction as well as literary research (e.g., digital libraries).

Instructional Practices I, Concurrent Session
4:00pm-5:00pm
Regency E

A Synergistic Simulation Model for Migrating to MERLOT
Wayne Brehaut, Athabasca University

I present a model and simulation results for the migration of a web-based graduate "Survey of IS" course toward use of MERLOT resources wherever possible. This experiment also motivated determining whether suitable modeling and simulation resources were already available in MERLOT, and to take action to improve their availability.

The Use and Effectiveness of MERLOT Engineering Sites in Teaching
Rassa Rassai, Northern Virginia Community College

I encouraged my students to use MERLOT engineering sites to do their group research projects in a variety of subjects within different fields of engineering. Their experiences, challenges, results, and rewards in the completion of their tasks are the main theme of this paper.

MERLOT Focus on: Federated Search Technologies, Concurrent Session
4:00pm-5:00pm
Balmoral

MERLOT Federated Search Technologies
Martin Koning Bastiaan, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Alyssa Lalanne, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Sam Shamseldin, California State University Office of the Chancellor

This session will explain the theory and practice behind MERLOT's new Federated Search technology. The first part of the session will explain what the Federated Search technology is and what may be done with it. The primary focus will be to increase understanding of how federated searching is an important and useful technology for MERLOT users. The second part of the session will delve into a bit more detail about how web service technology works and how MERLOT has implemented it. We will discuss how partners can take advantage of the technologies and how MERLOT plans to work with them. The final part of the presentation will be a discussion about the future of MERLOT Federated Search and web services technologies.

Faculty Development III, Concurrent Session
4:00pm-5:00pm
Regency F

Enriching Scholarship: 7 Years of Grassroots Collaboration
Kim Bayer, University of Michigan

For many years the de-centralized nature the University of Michigan was a hindrance to effective faculty development. Duplication of effort and poor communication abounded. All that changed as a result of the grassroots effort of the academic technology support units on campus to collaborate. Now in its 6th year, Enriching Scholarship draws 500 faculty and other academic technology staff each year to 2 weeks of Faculty Roundtables, seminars, and hand-on workshops. With nearly 100 sessions, Enriching Scholarship is our premier faculty development event. For this year's program see: http://www.umich.edu/~teachtec/ES2003/.

Using MERLOT for Teaching International Marketing in a Blended Learning Modus
Ralf Schellhase, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany

In this session the didactical and technological concept and evaluation of an International Marketing course will be presented. The course is taught in a blended learning modus. Different (teaching) technologies are employed: face-to-face-presentations, Blackboard, CBT, virtual classrooms, and several MERLOT modules.

5:00pm-5:30pm
Georgia A

Faculty Development Workshop by Invitation Only
Poster Session and Wine Tasting, Poster Session
5:00pm-6:30pm
Plaza Ballroom

Developing Technology Mentoring in Higher Education: Reflections on NOCTIITE
Richard Speaker, University of New Orleans

The New Orleans Consortium for Technology Integration and Implementation in Teacher Education (NOCTIITE) developed formal and informal mentoring structures at two universities in content courses, preservice courses and field experiences for future teachers. Data indicated the complexities of setting up mentoring relationships either worked very well or not at all.

Building the Maricopa Learning eXchange (Using a Bit of Competition and Bribery)
Alan Levine, Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) is an electronic warehouse of ideas, examples, and resources that support learning at the Maricopa Community Colleges. See how we tripled our collection with a friendly competition for software prizes. Learn how we are syndicating content with RSS and connecting to other collections.

Georgia Research in Accessible Distance Education (GRADE)
Curtis Edmonds, Georgia Institute of Technology

The GRADE project at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to explore issues related to the accessibility of distance education for students with disabilities.

The @ONE Project: Resources to Promote Faculty and Staff Teaching & Learning using Technology
John Whitmer, Evergreen Valley College

The @ONE Project is a Technology Systemwide Project of the California Community College Chancellor's Office. Using a variety of distance learning and face-to-face learning technologies, @ONE serves all 108 California Community Colleges. Come learn about what @ONE offers, and the approach the project takes to "teaching and learning using technology".

Student Understanding of Vector Components
Trevor F. Melder, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Preliminary findings will be presented from an investigation into student understanding of vector components in kinematics. The research is based on individual interviews, written tests, and questions administered over the web. The results indicate that most students have a basic understanding of vector components with a few notable exceptions.

ABCs of e-Learning at UW-Stout
James Buergermeister, University of Wisconsin -Stout
Clark Leeson, University of Wisconsin -Stout
Donna Albrecht, UW Stout
Jane Henderson, UW-Stout

The presentation will introduce participants to e-learning as it now exits including current trends and issues, examples and a brief demonstration. The presentation is intended for educators and administrators at the post-secondary level.

Stringing 'Em Along: Characterizing K-12 Teacher Search Habits
Marcia Mardis, Merit Network, Inc.

A long term analysis of the search strings collected from a popular K-12 digital library reveals the ways in which educators find (and often don't find!) what they're looking for. Library science literature indicates that these habits of typical of educators at many levels. Literature, analysis results, and implications will be shared.

MERLOT and your information literacy curriculum
Laura Hudson, San Diego State University
Patrick Sullivan, San Diego State University

Can MERLOT be used by librarians and teaching faculty to develop a vital, modular information literacy curriculum? Laura Hudson and Patrick Sullivan, librarians at San Diego State University, wondered that and wrote a grant to conduct a survey of the California State University library staff and to hold two regional workshops on the topic.

Language E-thologies and its Online Community of Learners and Teachers
Delphine Renie, Canadian Foreign Service Institute

Language E-thologies offers links to online language learning resources for learners, teachers, and training specialists. Extending the classroom with an online learning space has helped create an online community. We need to define the role of that community in the transition from a static collection to a dynamic repository of resources.

Collecting and Reviewing Russian Language Sites for MERLOT
Natasha Anthony, University at Albany

This presentation focuses on several issues related to the problem of collecting, reviewing, and storing the Internet sites in the Russian collection of the MERLOT's World Languages discipline. Such strategies as using academic databases, faculty contacts, and adding new categories to the already existing ones are broadly discussed.

Improving Critical Thinking Skills in Nursing Students Through Virtual Clinical Excursion
Venkat K. Chintalapati, Southern University and A&M College
Moustapha Diack, Southern University and A&M College

This poster proposes an instructional model that uses Virtual Clinical Excursion (VCE) to support current curricular and practices for improving critical thinking skills in nursing processes. It focuses on the integration of VCE-related Multimedia Learning Objects and network-based virtual clinical simulation.

Gender & Science Digital Library
Sarita Nair, Education Development Center, Inc.

The Gender & Science Digital Library is a multi-disciplinary collection of K-16+ resources and services for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), for use in both formal and informal learning environments. The collection provides students and educators with exemplary, gender-equitable resources to promote interest and engagement in STEM by all learners, particularly females and under-represented populations.

The Effective Access Project
Sarita Nair, Education Development Center, Inc.

The Effective Access project builds on the work of the Gender & Science Digital Library by exploring how STEM educators use digital resources during lesson preparation, instruction, and professional development. The project also seeks to learn how developers of digital resources understand the unique needs of high school STEM educators.

The National Science Digital Library
Ellen Hoffman, Eastern Michigan University

The National Science Digital Library--the NSDL--is an environment that connects multiple Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics digital libraries in a seamless manner. Supported by the National Science Foundation, this growing digital library includes collections from all of the major disciplines and is an open source environment.

Viewing the Future: Bringing Internet Video to the Classroom
Marcia Mardis, Merit Network, Inc.
Louis Fox, University of Washington

Viewing the Future is a NSDL Collections that describes the videos from the University of Washington's ResearchChannel (http://www.researchchannel.org) and UWTV (http://www.uwtv.org) streaming video collections for K-12 teachers and students in the Michigan Teacher Network digital library. The poster display will highlight special metadata and user interface features and considerations. Attendees will be able to browse the completed video records.

Camp CLOE: Seeding and Supporting New Learning Object Communities
Kevin Harrigan, University of Waterloo
Marie-Claude Lavoie, Simon Fraser University
Peter Goldsworthy, University of Waterloo
Katrina Strampel, University of Waterloo

The Cooperative Learning Object Exchange (CLOE) held an intensive 5-day training event (Camp CLOE) at the University of Waterloo’s Flexible Learning Experience Lab that brought together instructional designers, faculty, and student media developers to build highly interactive, learner-centered, learning objects that are useful in multiple instructional settings. The camp used community building to help strengthen the bonds between organizations through collaborative inter-institutional teams working on innovative curriculum. Key to the success of CLOE was the scaffolding of a community of practice with ongoing sustainability. This poster describes a model for camp activities and the supporting case story that will be used at future locations within the eduSourceCanada Project.

ComPADRE: Physics & Astronomy Education Digital Collections
Bruce Mason, University of Oklahoma

ComPADRE (Communities for Physics and Astronomy Digital Resources in Education) is a joint project of four physics and astronomy professional societies and MERLOT. This effort will support the specific needs of teachers and learners in Physics and Astronomy by creating focused collections accessible through the World Wide Web. Each collection is developing ties to its user community through editorial boards, user comments, and suggestions of items. This project is supported by the NSF through grant DUE-0226129.

6:30pm-7:30pm
Plaza Ballroom

MIC Connections Poster and Exhibit Clean-up

Friday, August 8, 2003

8:00am-12:30pm
Regency Foyer

Registration
Using STELLA in Your Classroom, Workshop
8:30am-11:00am
Simon Fraser 1310 IBM Lab South

Invite STELLA to Your Classroom
Alan Clark, Georgia Perimeter College

Inviting STELLA into your classroom will excite your students and assist them in the process of learning computational science and "systems thinking." Come prepared to be amazed when you meet STELLA!

We Can Build it, But Can Our Users Use it?, Concurrent Session
8:30am-9:30am
Regency A

Information Technology Access--State, Federal, and International Law
Curtis Edmonds, Georgia Institute of Technology

This session will provide a quick, non-technical overview of the various federal, state, and international laws covering the accessibility of information technology products and services for people with disabilities, focusing primarily on education.

Testing the Model: Exploring Real-Life Use of E-learning Standards in Canada's Education Community
Mary Da Costa , Industry Canada
Solvig Norman , Open School

This session will involve a presentation on an innovative pilot initiative recently launched by Industry Canada to explore, test, and evaluate the use of e-learning meta data standards, digital learning objects, and learning object repositories in Canadian schools and higher education institutions. The session will highlight results from the pilot, including case studies and responses from participating teachers, faculty, and academic support; identify best practices and lessons learned; and reveal upcoming activitities in this area.

Online Tools for Faculty and Developers, Concurrent Session
8:30am-9:30am
Regency B

Collaborative Usabililty Evaluations with IDEA Online
Rachel Smith, California State University Office of the Chancellor
Jay Rees, California State University San Marcos

Interface Design Evaluation and Assessment (IDEA) Online is a system for collaborative usability evaluations. Any desiger may submit works at almost any stage of development; within days, reports are prepared by experienced evaluators. We will demonstrate the system and show you how you can take advantage of this collaborative community.

The Virtual Instructional Designer: Ready When You Are
Christine MacDonald, Indiana State University

The Virtual Instructional Designer is a web-based tool and resource for designing online courses. It will be presented in light of how it can help faculty with their courses, as well as how it has been used to help design an online undergraduate developmental psychology course.

Learning from the Classics: Lessons from Business and World Languages, Concurrent Session
8:30am-9:30am
Regency E

Managing the Digital Enterprise
Michael Rappa, North Carolina State University

A 2003 MERLOT Classics Award winner, Michael Rappa will immerse us in the world or management through Managing the Digital Enterprise. He will share insights in developing and using his award winning software.

Kaleidoskop: Alltag in Deutschland
Wolfgang Hieber, Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes

A 2003 MERLOT Classics Award winner, Wolfgang Hieber will take us on a tour of the daily life of Germans via the Kaleidoskop: Alltag in Deutschland.

Innovative Instructional Practices, Concurrent Session
8:30am-9:30am
Regency F

From Shoebox to Computer: The Journey of the Diorama
Rhonda Bowron, Troy State University
Jan Oliver, Troy State University

Presenters will demonstrate uses for e-dioramas through the use of a variety of formats and tools including MS Word, PowerPoint, and web pages. Examples of e-dioramas created in different formats will be shown. The presentation addresses e-dioramas as cross-curricula and for use with diverse and special needs students.

WBT- Academic Vocabulary List for non-native English speakers
Bernard Hobby, Prince Sultan University

Self-access WBT academic vocabulary learner creates learning events that enable non-native English speakers to improve their academic vocabulary in a user friendly, learner centered and fun way that enhances the learner's capacity to understand, read, and write in all academic disciplines.

eduSourceCanada Part 1, Concurrent Session
8:30am-9:30am
Georgia B

Explore eduSourceCanada: Infrastructure for Canadian Learning Object Repositories Part 1
Griff Richards, New Media Innovation Centre
Gilbert Paquette, Technologies Cogigraph
Douglas Macleod, Netera Alliance
Terry Anderson, Athabasca University
Anthony Robert, TeleEducation NB
Kevin Harrigan, University of Waterloo

Part 1. The eduSourceCanada Project will create a testbed of linked and interoperable learning object repositories across Canada will provide leadership in the ongoing development of the associated tools, systems, protocols and practices that will support such an infrastructure. Based on national and international standards, this infrastructure will be fully bilingual and accessible to all Canadians. This workshop will explain how repositories can be linked and interoperability ensured with the "eduSource Communications Layer" (ECL), a critical piece of software collaboratively developed by project partners. The workshop will also outline the edSource Suite of Tools which includes metatagging, search and retrieval and digital rights management functionality, and will demonstrate the prototype interface to the Suite.

9:30am-10:00am
MIC Connections (Plaza Ballroom)

Break
MERLOT Focus on: Higher Education and Beyond, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Regency A

Academic Efficiency through Online Communities
Phil Moss, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

The Oklahoma State Regents have begun a statewide initiative aimed at promoting collaboration and academic efficiencies. The tools, processes, and infrastructure of MERLOT are key resources being used in the project. This session will explore how one state's participation in MERLOT is being leveraged to accomplish state system goals.

Using MERLOT to Support Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Reviews
Gerry Hanley, California State University

Faculty's portfolios for tenure and promotion reviews can be substantially augmented by MERLOT's services. Faculty authors, users, and evaluation committees can use a variety of MERLOT's services in their retention, tenure, and promotion processes. This presentation will also review how MERLOT's Member Profiles can serve adjunct faculty in their hiring and evaluation processes.

Learning from the Classics: History, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Regency B

Teaching History with MERLOT Classics Award Winning Materials
William Paquette, Tidewater Community College

Teaching History with the MERLOT Classics focuses on four history based web sites: The Lizzie Borden Murder Case, The Valley of the Shadows, The Martha Ballard Case Study: A Midwife's Tale, and Who Killed William Robinson? This session provides the opportunity to instruct history teachers in the use of "hunks" of knowledge from four outstanding history based web sites or the entire web site as part of classroom instruction, for online instruction, or as part of independent study projects for selected students.

To Teach Better History and to Teach History Better--the Promise and Pitfalls of the Internet
Ruth Sandwell, University of Toronto
John Lutz, University of Victoria

This presentation will draw upon the experience of constructing and using the 2003 MERLOT Classics award winning historical web-archives "Who Killed William Robinson?" to explore the strengths as well as the unexpected problems of using primary documents in web-based media to teach history meaningfully. The Internet is a powerful delivery system for educational material and simulator of primary research but the educational goals can easily be diverted by the technology.

Learning Objects to Custom Collections, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Regency E

Anna Karenina Principle Applied to Learning Objects
Rory McGreal, Athabasca University

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" - Tolstoy. Effective learning objects are all alike. Inoperative learning objects are broken in their own way. This session will explore different definitions of learning objects, several metaphors, the concept of granularity, and the limits of interoperability.

Syndicating Learning Objects with RSS and Trackback
Alan Levine, Maricopa Community Colleges
Brian Lamb, University of British Columbia
D'Arcy Norman, University of Calgary

Customized collections of learning objects from multiple repositories are achieved with simple, existing Rich Site Summary protocols, creating access to a wider range of objects than a single source. This provides discipline-specific windows into collections, contextual wrappers via blogging tools, and a system for connecting objects and implementations via TrackBack.

The BiosciEdNet Portal, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Balmoral

BiosciEdNet (BEN): a Portal to Digital Libraries for Teaching in the Biological Sciences
Yolanda George, AAAS
Melinda Lowy, American Physiological Society
Marguerite Coomes, Howard University
Paul Craig, Rochester Institute of Technology

Discussions will focus on the BiosciEdNet (BEN), a portal to digital libraries for teaching in the biological sciences. BEN is spearheaded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and composed of 21 professional societies and coalitions. Topics will include partnership development, contributor incentives, user research, and sustainability.

Virtual Communities, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Georgia A

Problem Based Learning and Information Technology: A Case Study
Robin McCannon, University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse
David Robertson, Robert Gordon University

A collaborative study conducted by educators from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland and the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse will be presented. This project utilized videoconferencing and virtual community technology to facilitate students' understanding of international occupational therapy education, research and practice. This learning experience was delivered via problem-based learning.

Meet the Challenge: Build a Collaborative Community of Technology-Using Faculty
Mary Jo Gorney-Moreno, San Jose State University
Mary Fran Breiling, San Jose State University

San Jose State University's Wireless Laptop Pilot Project has logged more than 1200 hours of faculty and staff development this year. Come and learn how to design faculty development projects that encourage faculty to share their talent, attend workshops, and create an enthusiastic, collaborative community of technology using educators.

eduSourceCanada Part 2, Concurrent Session
10:00am-11:00am
Georgia B

Explore eduSourceCanada: Infrastructure for Canadian Learning Object Repositories Part 2
Griff Richards, New Media Innovation Centre
Gilbert Paquette, Technologies Cogigraph
Douglas Macleod, Netera Alliance
Terry Anderson, Athabasca University
Anthony Roberts, TeleEducation NB
Kevin Harrigan, University of Waterloo

Part 2. The eduSourceCanada Project will create a testbed of linked and interoperable learning object repositories across Canada will provide leadership in the ongoing development of the associated tools, systems, protocols and practices that will support such an infrastructure. Based on national and international standards, this infrastructure will be fully bilingual and accessible to all Canadians. This workshop will explain how repositories can be linked and interoperability ensured with the "eduSource Communications Layer" (ECL), a critical piece of software collaboratively developed by project partners. The workshop will also outline the edSource Suite of Tools which includes metatagging, search and retrieval and digital rights management functionality, and will demonstrate the prototype interface to the Suite.

11:00am-11:30am
MIC Connections (Plaza Ballroom)

Break
Closing Session, General Session
11:30am-12:30pm
Regency Ballroom A/B/C

Assessing Learning Objects: An Essential Challenge
Peter Doolittle, Virginia Tech

The general concept of learning objects is simple, to build small, reusable units of instructional material that may be shared. After a few years of teaching, who doesn't have a notebook, filing cabinet, or computer full of small, reusable units of instructional material (e.g., notes, activities, pictures, recordings)? Unfortunately, that's about where the simplicity ends. Technologically, learning objects are defined as small, reusable, standardized, digital units of instructional material (e.g., jpegs, webpages, Java applets, Flash modules). The rationale for digital learning objects is that learning objects will provide instructional flexibility, scalability, efficiency, and standardization as these objects are combined and recombined to create instruction within multiple contexts. The realization of this rationale, however, will require a substantial effort in assessing the viability of learning objects from various perspectives, including instructional design, strategic design, learning theory, accessibility, programmability, and usability. This presentation will focus on the formidable task of delineating the landscape of assessing learning objects and creating discrete rubrics for assessing learning objects.

12:30pm-5:00pm
Simon Fraser Lab TBA

Faculty Development Workshop by Invitation Only





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