8:30AM-12:00PM Emerald II
(Pre- registration required)
for Authors of Learning Objects Rachel S.
New Media Consortium Larry Johnson, New Media Consortium
Learning objects. Perhaps you've been using them in your courses, and now you
want to create some. But where to start? What issues should you consider?
What best practices should you be aware of? This workshop provides a gentle,
but thorough, grounding in the how, what and why of learning objects. We will
offer practical advice for designing for usability - and reusability; for
keeping your learning objects learner-centered and learner-driven; for
aligning with current metadata standards; and for making your objects
accessible to everyone. We will share tips for "marketing" your
finished work and point you to resources for follow-up information.
Who Should Attend: Faculty, instructional designers, and others who
are just beginning to develop learning objects.
8:30AM-12:00PM Emerald III
(Pre- registration required)
to Evaluate Your Online Course Judith Norton, California Virtual College Laura Sederberg, California State University Chico
In this interactive workshop, participants will work together to evaluate the
quality of their own online courses. Using California State University, Chico's
nationally recognized Rubric for Online Instruction, participants will
peer-review each other's courses and brainstorm strategies for resolving
common teaching and design challenges. Through discussion and small group
activities, participants will develop an action plan for improving the
quality of their online courses.
Who Should Attend: Faculty, designers, and support staff interested in
evaluating and enhancing the quality of their courses through peer-based
feedback. Participants should be prepared to provide guest access to a
11:00AM-12:00PM Pacific Ballroom II
Business Meeting General Session
12:00PM-1:00PM Catalina Ballroom
Business Meeting Luncheon
1:00PM-4:30PM Emerald II
(Pre- registration required)
the Usability of Online Materials for Student Success Melanie Wetzel, Center for Usability Design and
Assessment Barbra Bied Sperling, Center for Usability Design and Assessment
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.
Who should attend: Faculty, instructional designers, others who
develop learning modules, or other digital learning resources, and people who
use learning objects in their classrooms and teaching, or who want to develop
peer reviewer skills. This workshop is directed towards those who are new to
usability evaluation and assessment.
1:00PM-4:30PM Emerald III
(Pre- registration required)
Rights Management in the Academy Robby Robson, Eduworks Corporation Authors want attribution, publishers want copy protection and most people
just want to use what they find. Intellectual property laws differ from
country to country and are becoming evermore complex. Meanwhile, the academy
is investing in digital repositories like MERLOT with the expectation that
content will eventually be widely shared and reused within and across
institutional and national boundaries. If this is to happen, something must
be done about managing rights. But what?
Traditional digital rights management associated with commercial music, video
and e-books focuses on protection rather than sharing. It does not address
issues critical to the academy such as allowing fair use, enforcing scholarly
attribution, and supporting open source development and distribution models.
However, new approaches that show more promise are emerging and being
prototyped. We will describe these approaches and examine how they are clarifying
the rights management requirements of the academy. We will look at what is
being done, what might work for the MERLOT community, what won't work, and
where there are gaps to fill.
Who should attend: This workshop is appropriate for (a) persons involved
in managing, supporting, implementing or setting policies for collections of
educational resources and learning environments and (b) faculty who author or
review resources. Participants will benefit the most if they have a personal
or institutional context for rights management issues and a basic familiarity
with digital library or course management technology.
1:00PM-4:30PM Pacific Ballroom I
Stewardship Workshop – Pre-Registration Required Open to
Project Directors and their selected teams.
Editorial Board Meetings
4:45PM-5:45PM Balboa Bay I
6:00PM-7:00PM Pacific Ballroom II
Overview of the MERLOT Vineyard: A Tour for Attendees New to
MERLOT and the MERLOT International Conference
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.
6:00PM-7:00PM Balboa Bay II
Development and MERLOT Library Initiative Workshops Orientation (Pre-Registration Required)
7:00PM-9:00PM Catalina Ballroom
Please join us to celebrate the opening
of our fourth MERLOT International Conference. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and
plenty of time to mingle and meet the people that make MERLOT such a lively
Eric Duval is the president of the ARIADNE Foundation (www.ariadne-eu.org)a European Association the mission of
which is to enable better quality learning through the development of
learning objects, tools and methodologies that enable a “share and reuse”
approach for education and training.He also coordinates work on learning objects, metadata and
interoperability within the ProLearn Network of Excellence.Duval is a computer science faculty
member with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. His research
interests include standards in interoperability to realize an open, global
infrastructure for learning, learning object metadata, human-computer interaction
in a learning or digital repository context and the application of
information and communication technology in education and training.
Explore what we are learning from a job-embedded, team-based online pilot for
professional learning and building communities of practice. The
“Collaboratory” is a model for professional interaction that employs a
three-prong support structure and curriculum-focused Web resource to
influence the practice of content-area teachers around adolescent literacy.
Learn how the Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence used Plone, an open
source content management system, to create an online working space for the
production of discipline-specific teaching modules. The result, dubbed CoLab,
transformed the development process by increasing the sense of community
among module developers, encouraging peer-review and feedback, and supporting
a common standard for published modules.
The reasons for using citations in research are well documented and citation
indexes such as ISI's Web of Science are well known. Citations acknowledge
the intellectual uses of others work and represent scholars’ influence and
impact. The worldwide web has made hyperlinking ubiquitous and citations can
be presented as web links, making the cited material immediately accessible
for novice learning. This paper discusses the promises of citations as socio-cognitive
instruments and the features of citation indexes for online,
We will describe the use of several sites found on MERLOT in an introductory
microbiology course and in an upper level bioinformatics course. The sites
found in MERLOT are used to provide students with biological data and often
include the programs used to analyze the data.
You Say Tomato And I Say Tohmattoh Patricia Daron, Northern Virginia Community College Shaoyu Chi, Northern Virginia Community College Jeanne Gisvold, Northern Virginia Community College
Learning vocabulary when studying in a new field is challenging. This
predicament is significantly exaggerated in distance courses where students
learn through written language without oral reinforcement. Students may show
written mastery even though mispronunciation errors are significant. See how
materials have been designed and produced to solve this problem.
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Uses for the Virtual Mesoamerican Archive Stephanie Wood, University of Oregon Judith Musick, University of Oregon
This presentation will include an introduction to the Virtual Mesoamerican
Archive, an online reference work, and its pedagogical uses: to prepare
students for intensive research, to provide faculty with material for
interpretive multimedia slide shows, and to help both teachers and students
locate quality scholarship on Mesoamerica on-line.
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DEVELOPMENT AND THE SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING
As classroom faculty members seek to contribute to the scholarship of
teaching and learning, the scholarship process involves submitting research
to an appropriate disciplinary journal or conference venue. This session
discusses the opportunities for faculty and librarians to collaborate to seek
information about models of good classroom-based research, and scholarly
publications for submission.
In order to encourage the creation of quality digital learning materials,
CARNet established seven reference centers that provide support to university
teaching staff in applying IT in teaching. Reference centers continuously
provide for an area of wider interest for the community, information via
network, as well as intensive support to users (helpdesk, etc.)
Laguna Beach I & II
Solutions for Collaborative Teaching and Research
John Schuman, Macromedia
This session presents results from case studies in which Macromedia Breeze
and Breeze Live were used to support direct instruction. Featured use
cases include an on-campus program example, a blended learning example and a
distance learning example. Each use case explored pedagogical, operational
and user experiences issues. Course reconfiguration considerations and
integration with campus IT infrastructure were also examined. We will
summarize "lessons learned" from these examples and offer a set of
practice-tested guidelines for implementing effective, engaging distributed
to Teach Online" - Transitioning Excellence from the Physical Classroom
to the Online Environment CANCELLED
Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to explore web-based
simulations that promote inquiry-based learning. Software to be demonstrated
includes Biology Labs On-Line and Virtual Courseware for Earth and
Environmental Sciences. We will also demonstrate how assessment of learning
outcomes can be included in web-based learning activities.
Break in the Connections Room
INFORMATION AND IMAGE RESOURCES
A Layered Pyramid Model for Electronic Information Management Stephen Sheel, Coastal Carolina University Jean-Louis Lassez, Coastal Carolina University Tayfun Karadeniz, Coastal Carolina University
Notwithstanding technological advances, scholars suffer from information
overload. The number of online electronic resources, in particular PowerPoint
presentations, is growing at an exponential rate. This session describes the
implementation of an information management system that streamlines
dissemination of this invaluable source of electronic lecture materials.
Beyond the Slide Library: Creating a Pilot Digital Image Library Beth Harris, Fashion Institute of Technology
In the Spring of 2003, Fashion Institute of Technology undertook the creation
of a pilot Digital Image Library to support teaching the Art History survey.
This presentation looks at the process of creating the pilot, beginning with
our decision to use the Madison Digital Image Database through its
implementation in the classroom.
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Your Tenure/Promotion Committee Recognize Your Teaching Innovations? Sebastian Uijtdehaage, Health Education Assets Library
(HEAL) Kevin Souza, University of California San Francisco School
of Medicine Gerald Hanley, California State University Long Beach Hilarie Nickerson, University of North Carolina Kylie Hsu, California State University Los Angeles
In higher education, digital educational materials developed by faculty
members are rarely recognized by tenure/promotion committees. In this
roundtable discussion we will share lessons learned and strategic approaches
for promoting the acceptance of peer reviewed teaching materials by
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This session will introduce participants to the concept of ePortfolios and
share how the authors have designed this pilot project to enhance student
learning. We will encourage participants to consider how ePortfolios could be
used as a transformative technology on their own campuses.
Portfolio based assessment is becoming a more widely accepted method for
faculty to verify the effectiveness of their teaching, provide for
student-directed learning and assessment, and provide a method for monitoring
outcome based standards. This session will discuss establishing e-portfolio
objectives, policies for electronic submission, types and models, as well as
Education Investigates MERLOT: Factors That Influence Online Communities Tamarah Ashton, California State University Northridge Barbara Levin, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Darrell Pearson, Troy State University Cris Guenter, California State University Chico Diane Judd, University of Georgia Jane Moore, Illinois Board of Higher Education Nancy Pelaez, California State University Fullerton Richard Staley, SUNY Geneseo David Wicks, Seattle Pacific University
Results of a research study conducted by the Teacher Education Editorial
Board are the focus of this session. All MERLOT Editorial Boards were
surveyed regarding the advantages of building and sustaining online
collaborative communities. It was found that phone calls and face-to-face
communication are essential to successful virtual communities.
This presentation will focus on how MERLOT Math Editors are
learning materials with their students and how these materials have broadened
and enriched their students’ learning environments. MERLOT-related student
assignments will be described; in general, student response has been very
favorable and surprisingly multi-faceted.
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Universities select from several approaches to provide for the support and
dissemination of teaching technologies. The University of Missouri-Columbia
employs a student support model to assist and coordinate its faculties’
development of educational technology components and tools. This session
explains the structure and processes under which this student team operates.
Stories from a Slippery Slope: Building a Campus MERLOT Community at Ohio
University Ann Kovalchick, Ohio University Karin Sandell, Ohio University Thom Luce, Ohio University Gary Coombs, Ohio University David Shafie, Ohio University Jorg Waltje, Ohio University Dorothy Bryant, Ohio University Valerie Young, Ohio University
Ohio University joined MERLOT in 2004 as a freshman Campus Partner. This
session presents our implementation model including development of collegial
peer review teams. We focus on challenges to building a sustainable culture
around a scholarship of teaching and learning with technology and invite the
audience to share their own stories.
Bird of a Feather tables have been designated –
please find a topic of interest and join a lively conversation!
and Activities in the Connections Room Poster
Session abstracts can be found at the end of this program.
Engineering educators from several disciplines will share their experiences
in using online learning materials in their respective learning environments.
Examples of the learning objects used will be presented along with typical
assignments involving these materials.
Pedagogical Advantages of Integrating MBL and Simulation into Chemistry
Laboratory Instruction Moustapha Diack, Southern University and A&M College
This presentation reports on our current NSF/CCLI/Adaptation project entitled
“Collaborative Chemistry Laboratory Model” or CCLM Project. The model uses
collaborative learning methods to integrate Microcomputer Based Laboratory
(MBL) with Interactive Multimedia Simulations (IMS). We will discuss the
design and field-testing of CCLM experiments in freshman chemistry and
propose instructional delivery methods that can help students explore the
connections between data and theory.
Laguna Beach III
Cats: A Faculty e-Learning Initiative Reviewed Richard Dunnill, Canterbury Christ Church University College
This session is based on the e-learning strategy developed and underway at
the Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University College, UK. It
will involve participants in a critical review of the way the Faculty has
planned, organized, implemented and managed its strategy for e-learning over
the last two years.
The Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) at San Diego State University
assembled a consortium of five institutions (three universities, one military
language training unit, and one professional association) to create oral
diagnostic screening instruments on a nationwide scale for Arabic, Spanish,
and Persian. The project meets an increasing need for diagnostic evaluation
of the language abilities of language professionals and relies on digital
media stored in an efficient sharable MERLOT-compatible format.
This session presents a web-based learning module designed for Intermediate
Chinese at California State University, Los Angeles. The design is based on
the peer review criteria established by the MERLOT World Languages Board. The
presentation is intended for faculty, students, authors of language
instructional materials, and instructional technology practitioners.
This session will describe an initiative involving faculty across the
Oklahoma State System, exploring how tools like MERLOT promote more effective
and efficient teaching and learning. Panelists will give various perspectives
on the project, which involves faculty in developing and identifying
strategies for use at campuses and the system level.
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AND PEDAGOGICAL FACULTY DEVELOPMENT
Instructional Design Skills for Online Learning Sandra Cobb, Mid-South Community College
Recognizing that instructors are Education’s greatest assets, and that the barriers
that prevent or deter them from applying their expertise to the art of online
instructional design need to be removed, the author found a way to train
faculty to use tools that make it simple.A 12-week on-line course that teaches instructional design skills for
online learning will be showcased.
This session will demonstrate web-resources that intimately link teaching
materials with information about pedagogic methods to help faculty prepare
for individual courses or classes. Geoscience examples will demonstrate an
approach that is broadly applicable to the design of faculty professional
development activities across the disciplines.
PDAs are all over and they are powerful tools for teachers and students.But which one is the one to use? How can
they be used in the classroom and can they benefit student learning?In this workshop, we will answer these
questions and any others the attendees have.If you have a PDA, bring it to this workshop…you’ll be glad you did!
This workshop, jointly hosted by the Carnegie Foundation and MERLOT, is
designed to help the authors and users of MERLOT resources document their
pedagogical knowledge and experience in creating and/or using these materials
to promote effective peer-review, author-user interactions, and the
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The session will provide both
intellectual and technical “hands-on” guidance in taking advantage of the
KEEP Toolkit to create intellectually engaging and visually appealing
e-portfolios that advance MERLOT work.
Break in the Connections Room
AT ALL LEVELS
Towards a Disciplinary Educational Library in Physics and Astronomy Bruce Mason, University of Oklahoma
Four Physics and Astronomy professional societies have created an online
resource for education and educators, ComPADRE. This talk will describe our
design considerations to meet the diverse needs of our users, and the
collaborations with other groups and libraries, including MERLOT.
Collaboratively Designing/Developing Learning Objects in CLOE Peter Goldsworthy, University of Waterloo Kevin Harrigan, University of Waterloo
CLOE is Ontario’s post-secondary peer-reviewed Learning Object Repository.
CLOE has undertaken several collaborative initiatives including Learning
Impact Studies, Case Stories demonstrating reuse of Learning Objects, and the
collaborative development of Learning Objects across partner institutions.
Our presentation will feature three institutions collaboratively creating one
Learning Object and will show the resulting benefits of this collaboration.
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with MERLOT Across Disciplines William Paquette, Tidewater Community College Edward Perry, University of Memphis James Rutledge, St. Petersburg College Kylie Hsu, California State University Los Angeles Margarita Esparza Hodge, Northern Virginia Community College
Elsa Nystrom, Kennesaw State University
How do you use MERLOT resources effectively in the classroom? This roundtable
will share experiences in including History, World Languages,
Mathematics and Engineering and will provide a variety of concrete ways to
engage students with MERLOT materials that work across the disciplines.
Learning introductory programming concepts can be as foreign as trying to
learn another verbal language. Concepts sound mysterious and the steps to
achieving working code an experience analogous to making one's way through a
maze. Finding just the right real world experience that is simple enough for
all to understand yet filled with real decisions and thought processes for
exploring programming concepts is not easy. Consider using a simple game to
cover all the basics.
Designing Rubrics and Self-Assessments for On-Line Learners Jeff Bell, California State University Chico
Well-designed rubrics can be used to enable student self-assessment of their
work and to aid the instructor in grading assignments. This session will go
over some examples of rubrics, how these can be turned in to effective
self-assessment tools for the student, and some of the potential problems.
What do you get when you team a training program with two large-scale content
distribution platforms? Innovative technology training serving 85,000 faculty
and staff at 109 California Community Colleges (CCC). We will discuss the
relationships between technology and content, our collaborative process, and
marketing outcomes in this collaboration between the @ONE Project, CCC
Confer, and CCCSAT.
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FOR DEVELOPING DIGITAL LIBRARIES AND REPOSITORIES
CLIP – Cooperative Library Instruction Project Allen McKiel, Northeastern State University
This session will describe CLIP-Cooperative Library Instruction Project. CLIP
provides a model for shared creation and use of standardized, mix-and-match,
Internet-based instruction modules. Modules have three components: ten to
twenty minute audio/visual Flash presentation, an exercise, and a
Content Sharing - An European Perspective on Learning Object Repositories Mario Aehnelt, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics
Within the last years a multitude of international initiatives and projects
have focused on the technology enhanced distribution and re-use of digital
learning material through Learning Object Repositories like MERLOT. This
presentation introduces attendees to their objectives, contents and results
reporting under a European perspective.
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Management and Delivery of Learning Objects Using Blackboard Academic Suite™
The Blackboard Academic Suite™ provides an
effective platform for management and delivery of learning objects. This
session will address: (1) the role of learning objects in the Blackboard Learning System™ and Blackboard Content System™, two of the
applications in the Blackboard Academic
Suite, (2) a demonstration of the Blackboard
Content System and its Learning Object Catalog feature that allows
institutions to create and manage institutional repositories of learning
objects, and (3) future directions for the incorporation of learning objects
into education delivered on the Blackboard platform and for interoperability
between learning object repositories.
Development Workshop (Pre-Registration
Object Fair and Poster Sessions in Connections Room
This fair is an opportunity for you to meet the
authors and developers of learning objects and materials, and learn about
these innovative projects. Mingle with the authors and developers as they
give short introductions to their projects. The following morning meet over
breakfast for an in-depth demonstration and review of the projects that most
interest you.This is an excellent
opportunity to find out about learning objects that are 'in-process' as well
as those that are complete and ready for release. It is also an opportunity
to work with others in how to reuse or use a learning object.
Abstracts describing these projects can be found at the end of this program.
quick breakfast and participate in an in-depth review of the projects you
‘sampled’ on Wednesday evening.
Laguna Beach I & II
Beginning the Third Decade: From Great Aspirations to Assessment and Accountability Kenneth
C. Green Founding Director, The Campus Computing Project
Kenneth C. Green is the founding director
of The Campus Computing Project (www.campuscomputing.net), the largest
continuing study of the role of Instructional Technology (IT) in American
higher education. The Project is widely cited as a definitive source for
information about IT planning and policy issues affecting American colleges
and universities. The author, coauthor and editor of a dozen books and
published research reports and more than three dozen articles in academic
journals and professional publications, Green is a featured speaker at some
two dozen conferences each year. Now in its fifth year, Green’s DIGITAL TWEED
column appears in Syllabus
In 2002 Green received the first EDUCAUSE Award for Leadership in Public
Policy and Practice. The award cites his work in creating The Campus
Computing Project and his "prominence in the arena of national and
international technology agendas.”
Poster Sessions and Refreshment Break in the
AND SYSTEM BASED COURSE AND CONTENT REPOSITORIES
MIT OpenCourseWare makes the MIT faculty's course materials available on the
Web free of charge to any user, anywhere in the world. This session will
address the lessons learned during the publication of 500 MIT courses in
September 2003, including a review of findings from our 2003 Annual
A growing challenge for educational systems is to create a learning object
repository for content being developed or acquired through system-wide
initiatives. This presentation discusses our approach to developing a dynamic
storage and retrieval system for the "stuff" faculty are building
and accumulating, and then making it available across the entire system.
This session will demonstrate a 4-month course that allows faculty to develop
quality materials while discussing the androgogy of online instruction.
Faculty develop goals and objectives, create a course map, develop quality
content, and discuss articles pertaining to online instruction. The training
calendar, content development best practices, and course evaluation and
certification procedures will be shown.
We will share our success story of D2LLO - a collaborative project at the
University of Wisconsin System. Over 150 reusable and shareable learning
objects were created for training faculty to use a new course management
system that was deployed across all 15 institutions in the system.
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Walk Through the Vinyard: Teacher Education's Salute to Excellence Darrell Pearson, Troy State University Barbara Levin, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Tamarah Ashton, California State University Northridge Nancy Pelaez, California State University Fullerton Cris Guenter, California State University Chico Connie Pollard, Black Hills State University David Wicks, Seattle Pacific University Diane Judd, Valdosta State University Gary Manfready, Troy State University, Dothan Jane Moore, National-Louis University Richard Staley, Skyline College
This session will highlight the learning objects reviewed during the past
year by the Teacher Education Editorial Review Board. These learning objects
represent the best of MERLOT standards and the standards of the Teacher
Education Editorial Review Board. The presentation will highlight why each of
the objects are considered examples of excellence, but also will demonstrate
how these objects can be used in pre-service and in-service teacher education
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, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
This presentation details the application of business models to the design,
creation, implementation, and management of one of the most comprehensive,
subject-driven (business/agribusiness) information literacy websites in the
United States. More specifically, the idea of information literacy as a
product – created to meet user-driven needs, delivered via the Internet,
distributed effectively and inexpensively, and promoted through a variety of
marketing venues – will be discussed.
The learning object standards do not address appropriate formats for
instructional content adequately. This session will describe the use of a
Topic Reference Module (TRM) for the delivery of courses. A TRM is an easily
maintained topic executive summary created in combination with instructor
resources and separate, specific learning paths.
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a Framework for Digital Rights Management
The sale of digital learning content will not catch up
with the sales of textbooks until a trusted environment is established that
protects the rights of content owners. This includes determining, recording,
transmitting, interpreting and enforcing digital rights. A framework based on
traditional Internet e-commerce mechanisms, enhanced with digital rights
management techniques, is needed for creating a trusted open-standards based
e-marketplace for the exchange of digital learning content.
session presents a proposal for such a framework along with a prototype
implementation that was developed and tested as a trial in conjunction with
How do you create effective online learning activities that truly engage
students with the content? This interactive workshop will address this
question as participants experience an effective strategy for developing
pedagogically sound activities that can be used with existing MERLOT objects
or incorporated into learning object design.
a Community of Content Developers with OpenCourse.org Robert Stephenson, Wayne State University Dorai Thodla, iMorph, Inc.
This workshop will discuss factors critical for the success of virtual
communities devoted to the collaborative construction and sharing of
knowledge, and will guide participants through the process of creating one of
their own on OpenCourse.Org, a free and open platform designed to support
virtual teams developing reusable learning assets. It is a hosted site and so
there is no software to install. It is a freeze-dried online collaboratory:
just add developers and stir!
Break in the Connections Room
Getting Oriented: OU's Two-Tiered Approach to Online Course Orientations Karen Cozart, University of Oklahoma Laura Gibbs, University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma's College of Arts and Sciences offers an
ever-increasing number of online courses. Online students must complete a
one-time online Orientation, supplemented by course-specific orientation
activities. Learn how this two-tiered approach to orientation can increase
student success and retention in online courses.
The Virginia Community College System serves 50,000+ online students through
its Enterprise Systems. A significant challenge is to provide a low-cost,
24/7 student support structure. AskThemOnline’s Problem/Question Ticket
Application provides real-time solutions to students for any
college-delivered service. Requests for help that require employee
interaction have been reduced by more than eighty percent.
session demonstrates how learning objects have been used to improve student
understanding of abstract concepts in a physical oceanography course.Using the SCALE-UP physics model of
instruction and smart-classroom technologies, the creation of learning
objects has increased student collaboration and afforded instructors the
opportunity to implement other learning strategies.
This session, drawing on case stories of faculty
experience, will demonstrate applications of “out-of-classroom” technology
that add value to teaching by encouraging active and student-directed
including online surveys, and interactive games and puzzles, also allow
instructors to address student needs in a timely and direct way.
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Future Faculty to Participate in the Digital Library Community Alan Wolf, University of Wisconsin-Madison Flora McMartin, MERLOT
How can MERLOT and other digital library communities integrate graduate
students into their activities? In this session, attendees will share their
experiences, ideas, and concerns as we consider how we involve graduate
students, and work with future faculty development initiatives (e.g. CIRTL -
http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/cirtl/) to expand our communities.
This session will present how MERLOT's Business Discipline Editorial Team has
evolved and developed over time into a "high performance virtual
team." Editorial members will describe how team goals, roles, procedures
and system tools were enacted to achieve its targets. Practical advice for
how virtual teams in academic settings can be initiated and sustained will be
Federated searching allows searching for learning materials from multiple
partner collections, instead of searching each one separately. We will show
how the federated search of the UNC Professional Development Portal has
expanded the MERLOT Teaching and Technology Collection. We will also explore
how the MERLOT RSS (Rich Site Summary) feed can be used to promote the rich
MERLOT collection to faculty for their use in teaching and learning. This
panel will discuss how they have used the RSS feed to promote MERLOT.
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TEXTBOOKS TO THE VIRTUAL SPEAKER BUREAU: EXPANDING THE NOTION OF ONLINE
Competitive Textbooks Developed with Public Domain Authoring Tools Bernd Schroder, Louisiana Tech University
This talk describes how public domain and low-cost authoring tools can be
used to create technical texts (mathematics, physics, etc.) that are
comparable in quality to commercial textbooks. Paired with an
"open" development model and on-demand printing, the author expects
this approach to have significant impact on the textbook market.
Guest experts can bring new knowledge, perspective and excitement to a class.
In March of 2004, Colorado Community Colleges and MERLOT signed an alliance
to bring a Virtual Speaker Bureau to the MERLOT Community. This session
presents examples of successful online discussant events, provides resources
for successful class visits, and allows participants to search MERLOT for
guest discussants, and learn how to list themselves in the MERLOT database as
a guest discussant if they so choose.
to celebrate the selection of the 2004 MERLOT Classics and Editors
Choice Awards, and 2004 California Virtual Campus Awards. These awards,
selected annually, recognize and promote outstanding online learning
materials designed to enhance teaching and learning, and honors the authors
and developers of these materials for their contributions to the academic
Douglas Engelbart envisions improving human communities through innovative
technology that unites minds and machines in solving complex problems.Two universities have joined in his
exploration of the augmented collective IQ.Here Engelbart, Cooksey and Landau discuss the curriculum infusion
project deployed at their universities last Spring wherein students explored
and applied elements of the Engelbart hypothesis.The project’s history, the course plan, techniques and
technologies used, and evaluation of the results will be reviewed.
This interactive action-reflection session will highlight effective practices
in developing and sustaining diverse online communities.These findings are based on the research
and experiences of the presenters who participated in a pre-conference online
dialog regarding the impact of diversity (gender, race, and other
socio-cultural factors) on online learning.The primary audience for this session includes technology and digital
library developers, administrators and faculty in higher education, online
course developers and facilitators, and researchers.
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Online Resources to Support Higher Level Learning Pearl Chen, California State University Los Angeles Adelaide Doyle-Nichols, California State University Los
This session focuses on using online resources to create learning activities
that support students' higher levels of cognitive engagement in the online
environment. Participants will learn about ideas and design strategies for
planning effective learning experiences with online resources and see samples
of online content.
Editors' Choice Award Showcase Dr. Richard Latner, Tulane University
This year, the MERLOT Editors' Council is pleased to Showcase the 2004
Editors' Choice Award, Crisis at Fort Sumter. Dr. Richard Latner will
demonstrate this award-winning site during this session.
at Fort Sumter is an interactive historical simulation and decision-making
program using text, images, and sound to reconstruct the dilemmas of policy
formation and decision-making in the period between Abraham Lincoln's
election in November 1860 and the battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861.
Viewers place themselves in Lincoln's position, consider the events that
transpire, and choose a course of action atfive critical
junctures called problems. At each juncture Lincoln made a decision
that helped determine the outcome of the crisis at Fort Sumter. To
assess each problem and make a decision, advice is available from
presidential advisors, cabinet officers, newspapers, friends, and public
spokesmen. Links permit viewers to explore information in a topical
rather than chronological manner and commentary links provide material about
debates among historians about events, action, and/or people. Crisis
at Fort Sumter blends qualities unique to technology with scholarship and
pedagogy encouraging faculty to use technology to engage in scholarly
"publishing" that also teaches.
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the NSF Digital Libraries: Categories and Themes from MERLOT and
DLESE Focus Groups Yvonna Lincoln, Texas A & M University Colleen Cook, Texas A & M University Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries
Development of a set of relevant categories, themes and issues into a
realistic evaluation instrument has begun with focus group interviews of both
MERLOT and DLESE users and developers to discover what issues are most
critical for those audiences. A discussion of those categories is what this
session seeks from the audience.
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COMMUNICATIONS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Creating MERLOT Assignments: The Workshop Approach Kurt Cogswell, South Dakota State University
MERLOT Mathematics assignment creation workshops for South Dakota high school
mathematics teachers were conducted in June 2004. Details of the workshops'
planning will be discussed, as will be their outcomes.
On-line Learning Communities for Entering Students Barbara Jackson, Indiana University-Purdue University
Indianapolis Pamela Neal, Indiana University-Purdue University
Indianapolis Nathan Byrer, Indiana University-Purdue University
This session will describe how an on-line environment has been used to create
first semester learning communities for entering students at IUPUI.This on-line environment replicates
effective strategies of traditional course format in providing resources,
information and networks that students need to make a successful transition
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Using SafariU to Create, Publish, and Share
Teaching Material CJ Rayhill, O’Reilly Media, Inc.
Join O’Reilly for a presentation of SafariU, a new web-based publishing
platform that allows you to easily compile and publish just the course
information you need, both in print—through custom books—and online, with a
custom syllabus and electronic bookshelf linked to Safari® Books Online.
MERLOT to Support Hybrid Online Professional Development David Starrett, Southeast Missouri State University Steve Gilbert, Teaching Learning and Technology Group
We will introduce MERLOT as a tool to support online professional
development. The TLT Group’s Low Threshold Activity (LTA) approach to faculty
development will be used to model online faculty development using the MERLOT
collection. Preparatory activities, follow-up activities, remote online presentations,
and the event will model Low Threshold Professional Development Activities
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a MERLOT Partner: What Does it Take?What Do You Get?
Gerry Hanley, MERLOT
Break in the Connections Room
Virtual Campus 2004 Online Course Website Awards Joe Georges, California Virtual Campus Pat Arlington, California Virtual
Campus Cheryl Chapman, Coastline
California Virtual Campus Awards have been made since 2000 to California
community college faculty who have created exceptional online course
websites. The winning courses are chosen by a panel of judges from
nominations submitted by faculty and staff throughout the state. The award
winners will speak about their courses.
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Digital Scholarship: Developing a State-Level Peer Review Process Betsy E. Brown, University of North Carolina Hilarie Nickerson, University of North Carolina
Faculty being evaluated for reappointment, tenure, and promotion could
potentially benefit from formalized external review of their online learning
materials. Discussion in this session will focus on the promise and pitfalls
of developing a state-level process for peer review of digital scholarship,
including perception of value, evaluation frameworks, and process
This presentation will demonstrate a collaboratively developed online video-oriented
instructional lesson authoring (VOILA) tool. As a result, educators have a
no-cost method to easily publish video lessons into the Light Bridge site for
use with their own students or for dissemination to colleagues. This session
will demonstrate current resources, as well as how to access VOILA for
producing your own video lessons.
Add a Little Spice to Your Course Cheryl Chapman, Coastline Community College Surely you’ll want to spice up your online course or component after
observing this demonstration! See how to use such programs as: Camtasia,
Inspiration, and RoboDemo to increase active learning. Learn how these
programs can add a little spice to teaching and learning in an online
environment through interaction and presentation techniques, or add a little
zest to your traditional classroom!
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the Future: The MERLOT History Portal William Paquette, Tidewater Community College Elsa Nystrom, Kennesaw State University Cynthia Poe, University of Wisconsin – Madison Tracy Penny Light, University of Waterloo
The History Portal was designed to help users find materials in the MERLOT
collection and to foster innovation in teaching with technology. In this
session, we will discuss the resources in the portal and how it serves as a
model for all of the MERLOT disciplines.
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MERLOT IN THE DISCIPLINES III
Engagement with WebQuest Kaye Bragg, California State University Bakersfield Penelope Swenson, California State University Bakersfield
Establishing connections with students enhances their opportunities to learn.
Strategies for personalizing online courses, designing compelling activities
for online formats, and supporting active learning will be presented.
Referencing the MERLOT resources of WebQuest, this session shows and assesses
the application of this resource to both hybrid and online courses.
The session is an introduction to two graduate-level online
"induction" courses for beginning special education teachers that
are designed to build a sense of immediate as well as long-term community.
Interactive activities will demonstrate course components of peer support,
self-assessment and reflection, and identification and sharing of school and
professional resources such as MERLOT.
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Mining for Learning Object Gold – and Sharing the Wealth Mladen Maljkovic, WebCT, Inc.
In this session, a representative from WebCT will demonstrate how to create,
share and use learning objects currently housed in the world’s most widely
used higher-education course management system. The session will cover:
learning object import and export, IMS packaging, the importance of learning
object “context” to achieving learning outcomes, and real-life examples.
Development Workshop (Pre-Registration
GROW: Creating and Reusing Learning Objects Muniram Budhu, University of Arizona William Rasmussen, University of Arizona
Learning about engineering and engineering principles either in the classroom
or independently requires motivation on the part of the student and a rich
interactive learning experience. Whether the student is in elementary school
or a professional engineer, being able to locate high-quality resources on the
web that engage and educate is essential.The NSDL is working to fulfill this need through their engineering
collections. One such collection is the Geotechnical, Rock and Water
Resources Library (GROW) at the University of Arizona. Winner of the 2003 Macromedia
MAX Educational Experience award, GROW is expanding on its collection of
interactive multimedia learning objects by collaborating with K-12 students
and teachers and finalizing Flash templates that use XML and SCORM.
Virtual Laboratories in Digital Libraries Anita Coleman, University of Arizona
Laboratories are critical components of engineering education. There are two
major types of laboratories: physical and web-based. Web-based laboratories
are also known as virtual laboratories or cyberlabs. They are increasingly
being used to supplement traditional classroom learning and collected as
learning objects in a Digital Library (DL). The attributes of virtual labs
and the information behaviors that enhance engineering learning are
identified with the goal of helping DL collection developers and authors of
This presentation discusses the value of multimedia authoring for student
learning and comprehension of literature. With examples of completed student
projects, the author will describe the process of module development and
implementation, demonstrating the ways in which Digital Poetry Projects help
students who are inexperienced in reading literature move toward higher-order
HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE FUTURE
Are Hybrid Courses Right for You? Lenore Horowitz, Schenectady County Community College
Is it more effective and desirable to replace some traditional class meetings
with online sessions? This is a question that needs to be addressed both by
your college’s administration and its faculty. There are many challenges to
be considered and models to measure before deciding how to approach a
blended-learning educational environment.
Busting the Myths of Online Teaching and Learning Bill Pelz, Herkimer County Community College Peter Shea, SUNY Learning Network
The era of online higher education is definitely upon us, yet numerous myths
and legends persist regarding the nature of the beast. In this presentation
we will attempt to exorcise the demons surrounding online teaching and
learning, and demonstrate a few creative MERLOT learning objects in the
This session summarizes a current FIPSE project on measuring the quality of
online courses. Learn how to develop a rubric using chocolate chip cookies,
select courses, and train reviewers.
AND STUDENT-CENTERED LEARNING
Using Situated Learning with Multimedia to Engage Students in Science
Learning PaiTzu Chang, National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan
This session will present the design of a curriculum that was based on
situated learning environment and supported by technology. The program
discussed the science cognition of debris flow to invoke thinking and
exploring as well as social awareness among the museum’s visitors. Some
strategies and methods were provided such as role-playing, discussion,
observation, experiment, video clip, animation clip and lecture that were
arranged in a story-line sequence. Thus, visitors were motivated to learn
Web-Based Simulations in Teaching Ethics, and Student-Centered Learning Stephen Martin, Seton Hall University
This presentation centers on web-based simulations, especially
"prisoner's dilemma" interactive sites. Developed in game theory,
the prisoner's dilemma has been extended to many real-world applications. Its
effectiveness in teaching ethics is in demonstrating that cooperation often
ends up with a better outcome than competition and, as it is interactive,
contributes to student-centered learning.
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Relate-Create-Donate Robert Spear, Prince George's Community College Mary Helen Spear, Prince George's Community College Marita
Oosthuizen, Technological, University of the Free State (South Africa) Gerard Rwagasana, National University of Rwanda
To maximize their learning experiences, undergraduate students working in
collaborative teams tackle ambitious projects and create learning objects
which are then shared with the community outside the classroom. The panel
members demonstrate several such service-oriented projects in computer
literacy, psychology, physics, and early childhood education.
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e-Learning: Training and Tools for Enhancing Accessibility and Usability Curtis Edmonds, Georgia Institute of Technology
This session will introduce attendees to the accesselearning.net tutorial
developed by the Georgia Tech Research in Accessible Distance Education
(GRADE) project. The accesselearning.net tutorial is a powerful tool for
faculty interested in making distance learning modules available to the
widest possible audience.
COST EFFECTIVE AND ACCESSIBLE LEARNING MODULES
This presentation documents the creation of a distance learning module that
is completely accessible for students with disabilities. The module features
an interactive map, charts and diagrams, and other challenges. The
presentation covers the steps taken to make the module accessible and usable
for all students from the start.
Virginia Community College System faculty can produce comprehensive modules
that contain video, audio, PowerPoint, and Internet links to enhance online,
hybrid and traditional courses. Modules are developed using
"Producer", a free program from Microsoft. This session is for
faculty and instructional designers seeking cost-effective ways to develop
quality content without the need for special equipment or technical
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This session will describe how the authors used online components to alter
face-to-face classroom time and space to more actively engage students with
the content, both individually and collaboratively. This approach can be used
in any discipline and with a variety of resources including those found in
MERLOT. This session will be of interest to instructors and faculty developers.
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Online Teaching Squared: Creating on Online Course for Online Faculty
Ann Palazzo , Columbus State Community College
After receiving a grant from her institution, Ann Palazzo created the first
pedagogy-based training course for online instructors at her college. She
will discuss the specific challenges of preparing primarily adjunct faculty
members to teach writing online, and review the successes and shortcomings of
the program's first year.
Improving Adoption Rates and Transfer of Training in Faculty Development
will describe an efficient design-cycle approach to faculty development for
the transition from traditional face-to-face teaching into an online or
blended delivery model. This approach incorporates inclusive decision-making,
adult learning models and best practices. It results in increased adoption
rates and improved transfer of training.
DIGITAL LEARNING MATERIALS IN LIFE SCIENCES
Integration of Bioinformatics Across the Life Sciences Curricula David Howard, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Scott Cooper, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Bioinformatics blends the fields of biology and computer sciences to study
the sequences of genes and structures of proteins, allowing students to
perform inquiry-based investigations in silico. Nine instructors developed a
plan to integrate bioinformatics into 12 courses. The final projects were
peer-reviewed, revised, used in the classroom, and assessed.
A presentation of learning objects used in athletic training education and a
discussion of the National Athletic Trainers Association Educational
Multimedia Committee’s effort to educate members about MERLOT. The EMC’s role
in generating contributions to MERLOT and how the peer review process can
serve as a scholarly outlet for faculty will be covered at length.
This panel session addresses some of the critical issues around sharing and
building collective knowledge in effective teaching practice as well as
designing, using, evaluating and improving educational materials. It also
discusses some of the ongoing joint efforts between MERLOT and the Carnegie
Foundation that take advantage of the tools and resources developed by the
Carnegie Knowledge Media Lab to advance the MERLOT work by promoting
effective peer-review, author-user interactions, and the Scholarship of
Teaching and Learning.
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WITH STANDARDS – CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Sharing Design Knowledge Through IMS Learning Design Dawn C. Buzza, University of Waterloo David Bean, University of Waterloo Kevin Harrigan, University of Waterloo Tom Carey, University of Waterloo
This presentation includes a description of the potential value of and
strategies for implementing the IMS Learning Design Specification by faculty
and instructional designers. A vision is outlined for how learning designs
may be catalogued and then searched for and used in the design and
development of instruction. Several current projects and upcoming challenges
related to the uptake of the IMS Learning Design Specification will be
Challenges exist in the community to create standards for Intelligent
Tutoring systems (ITS). This session explores the possibility of creating
SCORM-wrapped ITS learning objects. This presentation is based on a case
study of an ITS called AutoTutor. We share lessons learned in making
AutoTutor SCORM conformant.
Transmedia Design: New Education for a New Profession Brenda Laurel Chair of the graduate Media Design Program at the
Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California
Brenda Laurel is a designer, writer, researcher, and
performer.She chairs the graduate
Media Design Program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,
CA.She is also active as a
consultant in interaction design and research.Since 1976, her work has focused on experience design,
interactive story, and the intersection of culture and technology.Before coming to Art Center, Brenda
co-founded Purple Moon to create interactive media for girls in 1996
(acquired by Mattel in 1999). The company was based on four years of research
in gender and technology at Interval Research Corp. In 1990 she co-founded
Telepresence Research, developing technology and applications for virtual
reality and remote presence. Other employers include Atari, Activision, and
Apple.She edited The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design (Addison-Wesley,
1990) and authored Computers as Theatre
(Addison-Wesley, 1991 and 1993) and
Utopian Entrepreneur (MIT Press, 2001).Her latest book is Design
Research: Methods and Perspectives (MIT Press, 2004). In addition to
public speaking and consulting, Brenda is a member of the Boards of Advisors
of several companies and organizations, including Cheskin, the Communication
Research Institute of Australia, and the Comparative Media Studies program at
M.I.T. She is active in the Digital Storytelling Association, the
International Game Developers' Association, and the American Institute for
Development and Library Initiative Workshops Lunch (Pre-Registration
Development Workshop (Pre-Registration
Advances in Asynchronous Learning Nets - Applications to Management
Education Owen Hall, Jr., Pepperdine University Distance learning has come a long way since Sir Isaac Pitman initiated the
first correspondence course in the early 1840’s. Today, Internet-based distance
learning systems, often referred to as asynchronous learning networks (ALN),
have reached the state of development for significantly enhancing the quality
of business instruction. The purpose of this presentation is to show how ALN
can significantly improve the delivery and effectiveness of management
Online Information Competence Tutorials: Influencing Change in Traditional
Library Classrooms Pamela Jackson, San Jose State University
Online information competence tutorials allow students to learn important
information competence skills at their own pace outside of traditional class
time. Online tutorials provide a common foundation among students, and allow
librarians to make effective use of classroom time with students during what is
usually a one-shot instruction session.
Get it in Gear... then Blend Away! Cheryl Chapman, Coastline Community College Often, the most challenging obstacle to offering materials online is
getting started. Blended or hybrid courses can offer the best of both roads.
Templates and learning objects can be just the ticket needed to get going! This
presentation will offer suggestions, templates and resources faculty can use,
with or without a course management system, to convert or create instructional
materials. Topics will include: organizing the basics, instructor challenges,
policies, assessment, and management.
Acrobat PDF Technology in Education Eric Wilson, Coastline Community College
Acrobat PDF Technology is now the number one format to share documents online,
on CD-ROMs, web pages, and even on your PDA. PDF allows for the same document
to be shared across multiple computer platforms. With that in mind, PDF can be
utilized in education and your students can get information no matter what
computer they use.
Presenting with Microsoft PowerPoint Eric Wilson, Coastline Community College
This fun and entertaining demonstration will introduce unique ways to present
your PowerPoint presentation in class or meetings. Come learn how to have fun
designing your presentation and be proud to show them off. You will learn how
you can educate, entertain, and retain your students just by adding some
pizzazz to your visual presentation.
Beyond Course Management—Innovative Applications of a University’s Course
Management System Andrea Henne, Alliant International University
Expand the use of Course Management Systems for learning communities and
collaborations throughout your institution by utilizing the tools and features
of your CMS to meet the needs of various university constituencies.Learn how students and faculty at the
International University are in the advanced stages of readiness to adopt
web-based learning technology, and university administrators are aligned with
the goal of using technology to enhance and promote learning communities and
Cost-effective Professional Development for Staff--Even With Budget Crunches Abbe Altman, California State University Office of the
The CATS (Community of Academic Technology Staff) organization provides
professional development for staff at all CSU campuses, and in a number of
ways. Conferences, online meetings, and a robust grants program are our primary
venues. Come see how you can replicate CATS in your system -- at low cost.
Using WebCT to Support a Face to Face (F2F) Undergraduate Course Connie Pollard, Black Hills State University
Using WebCT to support F2F courses allows more class time for group work,
simulations, and other learner engaged activities. Student responses to how
they utilized WebCT and their perceptions of its impact on their learning will
be presented. Student feedback indicates one advantage to using WebCT is that
it results in students taking more responsibility for their own learning.
Holistic Presentation of College Mathematics via Public Domain Authoring
Tools. Bernd Schroder, Louisiana Tech University
For engineering and science students and faculty, the term
"mathematics" encompasses at least courses in precalculus, calculus,
differential equations, statistics and possibly linear algebra. The author's
text takes a unified approach to these topics. The impact of public domain
authoring tools, "open" development models and on-demand printing
will be discussed.
Entry and Engagement: Fostering Effective Online Discussions Shirley-Anne Hensch, University of Wisconsin Colleges
“Entry and Engagement” requires that students formulate an independent answer
as their “entry” into a collaborative group discussion (“engagement”) about a
final answer that will be submitted for grading. Short-term mastery and
long-term retention of material were significantly higher using this discussion
model than with standard, in-class, face-to-face discussion.
Using Online Narrative to Improve Communities of Practice Lesley Farmer, California State University Long Beach
Find out how online narrative inquiry aligned with service learning can
facilitate communities of practice and be used as an assessment tool. This
session will explain narrative inquiry theory, and illustrate it by showing
data and analytical processes involved in using reflective journaling.
A Report on Efforts to Identify and Promote On-line Language Learning Resources
at the DLIFLC Gregory Menke, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language
This presentation highlights efforts on the part of Faculty Development to
promote Internet technology in the classroom and ensure the use of pedagogical
principles of language learning theory. Concerns, suggestions, reservations,
and problems will be discussed compiled from evaluations, surveys, and
follow-up interviews of those teachers having completed this training.
Courseware as an Administrative Tool Barbara Szubinska and Charles Sweet, Eastern Kentucky
The Department of English and Theatre at EKU has begun to employ Blackboard
courseware as an ancillary tool for administration. Our project expands the
course management software use into university administration.
Turnkey courses for Adjunct Faculty, a Quality Assurance System Lauran Sattler, Ivy Tech State College-Warsaw A "turnkey" course builds a framework for quality control in
place-based and Internet courses using a structured content approach. With
technology you can build courses that support first-time and adjunct faculty,
aid subject matter experts, provide on-line testing, on-line resources, and
assure consistency of content across the institution.
Integrating the Digital Library into an Online MS IDT Program JoAnn Carter-Wells, Karen Ivers, and Susan Tschabrun,
California State University Fullerton
Levels of collaboration and critical integration between the Pollak Library and
a new online MS program in Instructional Design and Technology at CSUFullerton
with emphasis on issues, roles, strategies and technology implementation and
Biotechnology from a Global Perspective, Recognizing Ethnic Learning
Diversity Shaheen Lakhan and Gin Gee, University of California, San
The UCSD international online course Biotechnology from a Global Perspective
was developed by educators who recognize the cultural and ethnic differences
that factor into education. Chinese students responded positively to the course
due to lifting access restrictions, aiding in novel terminology introduction,
and vivid multimedia; ultimately producing active discussion and synthesis.
Utilizing MERLOT Principles In Web-Enhanced Delivery Rich Lei and Paul Helford, Northern Arizona University
MERLOT principles were utilized in an undergraduate course at Northern Arizona
University when the mode of delivery was changed from ITV to web-enhanced in
the fall of 2003. This interactive learning experience was shown to improve
learning outcomes and enhance the overall student experience.
Web-based Laboratory for Learning Programming Languages Hong Sung, University of Central Oklahoma
A web-based laboratory has been developed suitable for learning C++ programming
language by actually writing, compiling, and running the programs on the web.
The system provides students with real programming experience and practice on
the web, and it also helps the instructor create and prepare programming
An Interactive Learning Object Using a Field-Dependant Approach for the Synthesis
of Alum John Spotts and Prem Sattsangi, The Pennsylvania State
An example of a Field-Dependant online learning object focused on the Synthesis
of Alum experiment will be presented, illustrating how concepts can be
clarified through judicious use of technology. Student perception of its
usefulness will be discussed. Step-wise handouts for creating similar online
interactive objects will be made available.
Learning Abstract Concepts On-Line Through Historical Documents and Famous
Quotations Dr. Augusta O. Gooch, Calhoun Community College
Philosophical ideas and abstract concepts require a specialized "learning
format." These are not something a student can merely memorize. To develop
a deeper understanding of ideas such as metaphysical or consciousness or
liberty, students require a context and a guided reflection. I have developed a
series of guided exercises using historical documents, speeches, lyrics, poems
as resources for reflecting on abstract concepts. This guided exercise format can
be used in other disciplines for multicultural studies and problem solving.
Integrating Resources for Online Learning Components in Psychology Courses Karen Wolford, SUNY Oswego
Integration of learning materials for an online component of courses can be
time consuming and challenging. This poster will outline ways to organize and
integrate learning material from the web for courses in psychology. The process
of adapting material from fully online courses to web-assisted classroom
courses will be discussed.
What Do Online Students Want? Rassoul Yazdipour, California State University Fresno Online student retention is a major challenge. To minimize dropouts, we
need to develop a good understanding of two key factors: 1) Student
expectations/wants and, 2) A program’s ability to manage its students’
expectations. Here, we focus on the first factor by zeroing in on Content,
Instructor, and Support Systems.
Effective pedagogical principles implemented in an Intelligent Tutoring
System (AutoTutor) Tanner Jackson, Xiangen Hu, and Art Graesser,
University of Memphis
AutoTutor is an intelligent tutoring system designed to tutor students through
the use of natural discourse. AutoTutor’s pedagogical principles model the
strategies used by both novice and ideal tutors. Studies demonstrate that
AutoTutor is effective at producing significant learning gains in a relatively
short time span (less than 2 hours).
MeSH indexing of MERLOT Health Science learning objects improves needs-based
retrieval Tadaaki Hiruki, Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario,
Efficient retrieval of learning objects will become increasingly important as
the number of MERLOT links grows. The current MERLOT indexing system for Health
Science learning objects (by medical specialty, Title, Author, Date Entered,
Rating, or Item Type) is not optimal for needs-based retrieval by users.
Indexing learning objects with Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) tags can improve
retrieval in a manner that fits the needs of MERLOT users from the healthcare
Lesson Planner - a Meta Authoring Tool Applied to AutorTutor Xiangen Hu, Suresh Susarla, Art Graesser, and Eric Mathews,
The University of Memphis
AutoTutor is an ITS that interacts with students using natural language. A
curriculum script (CS) controls the interaction between the system and
students. We will present some lessons learned in creating a CS Authoring Tool,
reporting data from our usability studies and propose a general methodology in
producing authoring tools.
Cal Poly Pomona's Technology Strategies for Educator Preparation Gary Kinsey, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona In an effort to provide greater accessibility and convenience for teaching
credential candidates at Cal Poly Pomona, a variety of technological strategies
have been developed and employed. Online courses, electronic candidate
portfolios, assessment databases, training/orientation websites, and field
experience placement databases are among these resources.
What Makes an Award-Winning E-Learning Program Joyce Burkhart, St. Petersburg College
This poster session will include a CD presentation with examples of what
constitutes an award-winning e-learning program, based on the experiences and
successes of St. Petersburg College, Florida. The college's eCampus won the
2003 American Association of Community College's Instructional Technology
Council award for excellence in distance education, and one of its instructors
shared the outstanding faculty award. Online learning: A balance of three interests David Wicks, Seattle Pacific University Habermas, Adler and others have argued for a balanced focus of interests in
instruction. In this presentation I will provide examples from online courses
that address how technical, practical, and reflective interests can all be addressed
to provide a balanced learning environment. Get a Seat in the e-School Classroom Margaret Maughan, SUNY Plattsburgh This presentation explores how technology was integrated into an
undergraduate course in Curriculum and instruction. Specific examples are
demonstrated. CAUSEweb: An Alternative Model for developing MERLOT Communities Roger Woodard, North Carolina State University The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education
(CAUSE) in conjunction with MERLOT has created MERLOT-Statistics/CAUSEweb, a
single point of contact for anyone in search of materials to enhance statistics
teaching. This poster addresses the solutions to some of the challenges faced
in building this new MERLOT community.
MERLOT’s Virtual Speaker Bureau: Bringing Online
Guest Discussants to Class Alice Bedard-Voorhees, Colorado Community Colleges Online
Guest experts can bring new knowledge, perspective and excitement to a class.
In March of 2004, Colorado Community Colleges and MERLOT signed an alliance to
bring a Virtual Speaker Bureau to the MERLOT Community. Resources include how
to search MERLOT for available guest discussants,how to list yourself in the MERLOT database as a guest
discussant, plus tips on how to facilitate a successful and enjoyable course
Language Comprehension and Cross-Cultural
Education at Your Fingertips Estela Valverde, University of New South Wales The presentation will demonstrate the use of video and song
in WebCT to enhance student's language comprehension and cross-cultural
understanding.Digitalized TV programs
and songs can be the source of very stimulating and thought provoking
discussions in the classroom that can be conducted on-line or on-site.The student can individually listen and view
these resources on-line while they are easily assessed by self correcting
quizzes, allowing maximum flexibility in their individual learning styles.
National Institute for Multimedia Education (NIME)
Virtual and Physical Materials for the K-12 Mathematics Classroom Felipe Razo, Animated Math Inc. This session will deal with the effective integration of learner strengths,
virtual and physical teaching materials, to create more motivational learning
in K-12 mathematics.Examples will be
presented, illustrating the use of current technologies, to stimulate the
learner senses, while focusing on areas of common curricular concern. REALIA Project: A Collaborative Resource for
Teaching Languages Rebecca Davis, Associated Colleges of the South Glenda Carl, Southwestern University Three consortia representing more than 40 liberal arts institutions
joined forces to create and manage a Web-based, searchable collection of media
for teaching foreign languages and cultures. REALIA (Rich Electronic Archive
for Language Instruction Anywhere) Project has created a unique tool that helps
address a core need of thousands of faculty members.
MERLOT and LIBRARY resources to faculty fingertips Jean Miller and Joe Mitchell, Sentient Learning Sentient DISCOVER v2.0 is an innovative learning resource
management system. Through its architecture, Sentient DISCOVER seamlessly
integrates course management systems, integrated library systems, OpenURL
Resolvers and content repositories such as online journal databases.Sentient DISCOVER brings
MERLOT.org resources to faculty fingertips, and can pull 90% of the worlds
library systems, such as ALEPH, Geoweb, Heritage, Horizon, Unicorn, &
Voyager, directly into your course management system. This session will
demonstrate how institutions can maximize investments in core learning systems
and how Sentient DISCOVER can bring MERLOT & library resources to faculty
Pachyderm Lou Zweier, CSU Center for Distributed Learning
The Pachyderm 2.0 Project is a partnership led by the NMC and the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), funded by the Institute for Museum and Library
Services (IMLS), in which software development teams and digital library
experts from five NMC universities are working with five major museums to
create a new, open source authoring environment for creators of learning
objects. The new tool will be based on Pachyderm, the multimedia online
authoring and publishing tool developed by SFMOMA to author its successful
series, Making Sense of Modern Art.
PharmSim Lou Zweier, CSU Center for Distributed Learning PharmSim is an educational pharmacology simulation focusing
onthe use of antibiotics to treat
selected infections. The goals of the project include helping nurses to
understand the implications of missingprescribed doses, giving medication late, and giving improper
amountsof a prescribed drug. The
simulation, however, has been designed to allow for experimentation and
discovery of a large variety of pharmacodynamic principles. Learners can see
how variations in patients (e.g. age, body weight, and kidney function) affect
the concentration of a given drug in the bloodstream over time. They can create
their own dosing schedules, select drugs and routes and alter the "compliance"
of the drug administrator. PharmSim also models the growth (and death) of
bacteria to show whether a given drug regimen was effective.
Punishment and Reinforcement: A Self-Paced PowerPoint Tutorial Shirley-Anne Hensch, University of Wisconsin Colleges This tutorial covers positive and negative reinforcement and positive and
negative punishment. For each, an example is provided, followed by an analysis
which links key aspects of each example to the appropriate terminology. The
presentation can be uploaded to a web page or incorporated into an in-class
presentation of operant conditioning.
Director of Campus Manitoba Erwin Warkentin, Brandon University
Communication is key to successful consortia. One aspect of working as a
consortium is how automated communications modes build institutional trust.
This presentation will outline how the creation of a software package that
allows the consortium's various databases to communicate has led to greater
collaboration in instructional applications.
Incorporating Web-Based Assessment into Inquiry-Oriented Science Simulations
Robert Desharnais and Dave Mayo, California State University
At California State University Los Angeles we are developing web-based
simulations that promote inquiry-oriented learning in secondary schools. One
goal is to incorporate both summative skills assessment and authentic
assessment in a web-based format convenient to both learners and instructors.
We will demonstrate our technological and pedagogical approaches and solicit comments
A Layered Pyramid Model for Electronic
Stephen Sheel, Jean-Louis
Lassez, and Tayfan Karadeniz, Coastal Carolina University
With the number of
scholarly PowerPoint presentations doubling every six months, the presenters demonstrate
a working model of a layered information management system used to access this
important source of learning objects.Contrasted to conventional search-engines, the pyramid model streamlines
access, while providing quality control and recognition to the authors.
I Can't Believe They Didn't Put Their Name on Their Paper! Dr. Joan McMahon, Towson University Anthony Montalvo, Community College of Baltimore County
Do students know there are over five steps to successfully putting their name
on their paper/projects? This demo will guide you on how the Perfect Little
Project student computer activity works to solve this common instructional
How Learning Objects Improve
Understanding in a Physical Oceanography Course Louis Keiner and Jennifer Shinaberger, Coastal Carolina University This session demonstrates
how learning objects have been used to improve student understanding of
abstract concepts in a physical oceanography course.Using the SCALE-UP physics model of instruction and smart-classroom
technologies, the creation of learning objects has increased student
collaboration and afforded instructors the opportunity to implement other
Blackboard, Inc. With
a common, cross-campus learning environment that students, instructors and
other community members quickly learn, the Blackboard Academic Suite™
supports multiple approaches to teaching, learning, research and collaboration.
Come by to learn more about the platform that powers e-Education at over 2,000
institutions in more than 50 countries. Caption Colorado Caption Colorado is the nation's leading provider
of realtime captioning for television and the Internet. We are one of the
most affordable and highest quality providers of realtime and offline
captioning in the world. We are founding members of the committee to
establish quality standards for the captioning industry. Caption Colorado
is the preferred captioning provider for Merck, HorizonLive, WebEx, Ninth
House, Centra, GeoLearning, Polycom, RealNetworks, Microsoft Live Meeting
(formerly PlaceWare) and Sprint Relay. We are pleased to be an authorized
participant in the GSA Buy Accessible program for Section 508 compliance (www.section508.gov)
and we are an approved vendor for the Foundation for California Community
Electronic Classrooms West EC West offers computer furniture designed as a durable, integrated, modular
base for all types of components – adaptable to classroom, laboratory or
library.The Systems’ unique feature
incorporates wiring for each workstation.Visit our web site at http://www.eclassroomwest.com.Call +1 (805) 474-0823 for free space
planning and pricing.
Horizon Wimba Horizon Wimba develops the most accessible
web-based collaboration software designed for distance education and live,
online interactive communication.Horizon Wimba's vocal tools facilitate collaboration, allowing users to
listen to, send and manage vocal messages, while its virtual rooms enable
educators to conduct live, online classes, meetings, office hours and group
MapleSoft, Inc. Maplesoft® is a
world leader in mathematical and analytical software. Its suite of products
includes Maple® 9.5, the standard among
interactive mathematical software; and Maple T.A.™, a system for automated assessment. Stop by the
Maplesoft exhibit to learn how Maple T.A. provides a complete infrastructure
for creating, administering and grading free-form, online mathematics exams and
assignments. O’Reilly Media, Inc. O'Reilly Media, Inc. is the premier information source for leading-edge
computer technologies. The company's books, conferences, and web sites bring to
light the knowledge of technology innovators. And now O’Reilly offers SafariU,
a new web-based publishing platform that allows educators to create, publish,
and share teaching material for Computer Science and Information Technology
courses. Visit http://academic.oreilly.com.
PLATO Learning, Inc. Distance
Learning is a major instructional focus for PLATO. PLATO curriculum in
Math, Reading and Writing provide an extensive toolset to support the range of
implementation models. PLATO’s assessment tools, both internal and
alignments to college intake assessments, are designed to target the skills
that learners need to improve to meet the requirements of college level studies.
Learning provides a portfolio of innovative products and services focused on
the integration of learning solutions and the management of learning resources
at Universities & Colleges. Sentient DISCOVER is an innovative learning
resource management system which provides seamless integration between learning
management systems, integrated library systems, OpenURL Resolvers, content
repositories such as the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), online journal
databases and Learning Object Repositories, such as MERLOT. SoftChalk LLC SoftChalk LLC of Richmond, VA will be demonstrating the SoftChalk
LessonBuilder, an innovative stand-alone content creator for Web pages, which
allows instructors to easily create highly interactive learning objects.
It features in-line comprehension testing, pop-up annotator, learning
games/activities, SCORM compatibility, and easy integration into popular
learning management systems.
Turnitin is a web-based system that instantly identifies papers
containing unoriginal material and acts as a powerful deterrent to stop student
plagiarism. Turnitin also offers a suite of web-based tools for instructors,
including Peer Review for student collaboration, GradeMark for paper markup,
and GradeBook for managing grades and assignments.
Inc. is the leading independent provider of enterprise
portal, collaborative, learning, and integration technology for higher
education institutions.Academus™ is
Unicon’s enterprise information portal solution that delivers a foundation of
software and services to integrate the online campus.Academus builds on open source technology enabling institutions
to affordably connect their campus with ease.
sets the standard for e-learning systems in higher education. Based in
Lynnfield, Mass., WebCT provides a highly flexible e-learning environment that
empowers institutions across the educational spectrum with the ability to
achieve their unique objectives. Thousands of colleges and universities around
the world - from community colleges to large university consortia - are using
WebCT to expand the boundaries of teaching and learning. For more information,
please visit webct.com.
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