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Wednesday August 4
Tuesday August 3

 

6:30AM-8:30PM
Banquet Level II Foyer

Registration Desk Open

7:00AM-7:45AM
Fountain Terrace

MERLOT Business Meeting Breakfast

8:00AM-11:00AM
Pacific Ballroom 1

MERLOT Business Meeting

8:30AM-12:00PM
Emerald II
Pre-Conference Workshop
(Pre- registration required)

Guidelines for Authors of Learning Objects
Rachel S. Smith, 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-Conference Workshop
(Pre- registration required)

How 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 course.

11:00AM-12:00PM
Pacific Ballroom II

MERLOT Business Meeting General Session

12:00PM-1:00PM
Catalina Ballroom

MERLOT Business Meeting Luncheon

1:00PM-4:30PM
Emerald II
Pre-Conference Workshop
(Pre- registration required)

Evaluating 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-Conference Workshop
(Pre- registration required)

Digital 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

MERLOT Stewardship Workshop – Pre-Registration Required
Open to Project Directors and their selected teams.

 

1:00PM-4:30PM
TBA

MERLOT Editorial Board Meetings

4:45PM-5:45PM
Balboa Bay I

Session Facilitator’s Meeting

6:00PM-7:00PM
Pacific Ballroom II

Overview of the MERLOT Vineyard: A Tour for Attendees New to MERLOT and the MERLOT International Conference

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.

6:00PM-7:00PM
Balboa Bay II

Faculty Development and MERLOT Library Initiative Workshops Orientation (Pre-Registration Required)

7:00PM-9:00PM
Catalina Ballroom

 

Sponsored by

Welcome Reception

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 vintage!

Wednesday August 4

7:00AM-6:00PM
Banquet Level II Foyer

Registration Desk Open

8:00AM-9:30AM
Catalina Ballroom

(Note: the printed program will list this session in the Pacific Ballroom)

Plenary Session
Towards a More Even Distribution of the Future: Insights from ARIADNE
Erik Duval

Executive Director, ARIADNE


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.

9:30AM-10:00AM
Pacific Ballroom III/IV

 

Refreshment Break in the Connections Room

10:00AM-11:00AM
Balboa Bay
Concurrent Session

BUILDING COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE

Developing Communities of Practice Through Content, Coaching, and Peer Interaction

Mary Anne Mather, Education Alliance at Brown University
Martin Huntley, Education Alliance at Brown University

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.

CoLab - An Open Source Solution to Collaboration across Distances
Jordan Carswell, Houston Community College-Northwest
Doris Rousey, Houston Community College-Northwest

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.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Laguna Beach III
Roundtable

Citation Indexes For Online, Interdisciplinary Learning
Anita Coleman, University of Arizona

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, interdisciplinary learning.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Emerald I
Concurrent Session

USING MERLOT IN THE DISCIPLINES I

Web-based Problem-Solving Exercises for the Life Sciences

Scott Cooper, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Judith Kandel, California State University Fullerton

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.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Pacific Ballroom I
Panel Session

Pedagogical 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.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Pacific Ballroom II
Concurrent Session

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT AND THE SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING

Helping College Teachers Explore and Publish in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Mark McCallon, Abilene Christian University

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.

Encourage and Support University Teachers for Using ICT in Education
Sonja Priscan, Craoatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet)
Daliborka Pasic, Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet)

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.)

10:00AM-11:00AM
Laguna Beach I & II
Concurrent Session

 


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 learning experiences.

10:00AM-12:30PM
Emerald II
Workshop

"Preparing to Teach Online" - Transitioning Excellence from the Physical Classroom to the Online Environment

                                    CANCELLED

10:00AM-12:30PM
Emerald III
Workshop

Hands-On Virtual Courseware for Inquiry-Based Science Education
Robert Desharnais, California State University Los Angeles
Dave Mayo, California State University Los Angeles

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.

11:00AM-11:30AM
Pacific Ballroom III/IV

Refreshment Break in the Connections Room

11:30AM-12:30PM
Balboa Bay
Concurrent Session

MANAGING 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.

11:30AM-12:30PM
Laguna Beach III
Roundtable

Will 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 tenure/promotion committees.

11:30AM-12:30PM
Laguna Beach I & II
Concurrent Session

ePORTFOLIOS IN THE CLASSROOM

Developing ePortfolios to Enhance Learning for Accounting and Financial Management Students

Grant Russell, University of Waterloo
Tracy Penny Light, University of Waterloo

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.

e-Portfolios in Education – It Just Makes e-Sense!
Cheryl Chapman, Coastline Community College

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 scoring rubrics.

11:30AM-12:30PM
Emerald I
Panel Session

Teacher 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.

11:30AM-12:30PM
Pacific Ballroom I
Panel Session

Using MERLOT to Engage Students in the Teaching/Learning Process
James Rutledge, St. Petersburg College
Kurt Cogswell, South Dakota State University
John St. Clair, Tennessee Board of Regents
Sergey Belyi, Troy State University
Bernd Schroeder, Louisiana Tech University
Patricia Taylor, Thomas Nelson Community College

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.

11:30AM-12:30PM
Pacific Ballroom II
Concurrent Session

FACULTY SUPPORT MECHANISMS

Supporting Teaching Technologies: Up Close with One Student Support Model

Tanys Nelson, University of Missouri-Columbia

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.

12:30PM-1:30AM
Catalina Ballroom

Lunch

Bird of a Feather tables have been designated – please find a topic of interest and join a lively conversation!

1:30PM-2:30PM
Pacific Ballroom III/IV

Dessert and Activities in the Connections Room
Poster Session abstracts can be found at the end of this program.

 

Sponsored by

2:30PM-3:30PM
Balboa Bay
Concurrent Session

USING MERLOT IN THE DISCIPLINES II

Using Online Learning Materials in Engineering Curricula

Ed Perry, University of Memphis
Joseph Tront, Virginia Tech
Patrick Mensah, Southern University and A&M College
Rassa Rassai, Northern Virginia Community College
Valerie Young, Ohio University

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.

2:30PM-3:30PM
Laguna Beach III
Roundtable

Herding 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.

2:30PM-3:30PM
Emerald I
Concurrent Session

CREATING LEARNING MATERIALS FOR WORLD LANGUAGES

On-line Oral Diagnostic Assessment for Foreign Languages

Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, San Diego State University
Kirsten Barber, San Diego State University

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.

Chinese Language and Culture Learning Module
Kylie Hsu, California State University Los Angeles

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.

2:30PM-3:30PM
Pacific Ballroom I
Panel Session

Academic Efficiencies: Using MERLOT to Engage Faculty in the Discussion
Phil Moss, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Richard Boyd, Rogers State University
Kurt Cogswell, South Dakota State University
Amy Smith, Northeastern State University

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.

2:30PM-3:30PM
Pacific Ballroom II
Concurrent Session

INSTRUCTION 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.

Bringing Together Teaching Materials and Pedagogic Methods in a Disciplinary Context
R. Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary

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.

2:30PM-5:00PM
Emerald II
Workshop

The Many Adventures of Learning Objects on PDAs
Eric Wilson, Coastline Community College

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!

2:30PM-5:00PM
Emerald III
Workshop

Creating Electronic Portfolios to Advance Your MERLOT Work
Toru Iiyoshi, Carnegie Foundation
Paras Dagli, Carnegie Foundation
Gary Otake, Carnegie Foundation
Flora McMartin, MERLOT
Tracy Penny-Light, University of Waterloo

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.

3:30PM-4:00PM
Pacific Ballroom III/IV

Refreshment Break in the Connections Room

4:00PM-5:00PM
Balboa Bay
Concurrent Session

COLLABORATION 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.

4:00PM-5:00PM
Laguna Beach III
Roundtable

Teaching 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.

4:00PM-5:00PM
Emerald I
Concurrent Session

USING GAMES AND RUBRICS TO ENHANCE LEARNING

Programming Concepts Using Simple Games

Tracey Jensen, Macon State College

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.

4:00PM-5:00PM
Pacific Ballroom I
Panel Session

Supercharging Statewide Training: Beyond the Infrastructure / Content Divide
John Whitmer, Evergreen Valley College
Debby Jones, Palomar College
Blaine Morrow, Palomar College

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.

4:00PM-5:00PM
Pacific Ballroom II
Concurrent Session

MODELS 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 multiple-choice test.

Content Sharing - An European Perspective on Learning Object Repositories
Mario Aehnelt, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Rostock

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.

4:00PM-5:00PM
Laguna Beach I & II
Concurrent Session

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.

5:00PM-6:00PM

Faculty Development Workshop
(Pre-Registration Required)

5:00PM-6:00PM

MERLOT Library Initiative Workshop
(Pre-Registration Required)

5:00PM-6:00PM
Pacific Ballroom III/IV

Learning 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.

Thursday August 5

7:00AM-6:00PM
Banquet Level II Foyer

Registration Desk Open

7:00AM-8:00AM
Fountain Terrace

Learning Objects Fair Review Breakfast

Grab a quick breakfast and participate in an in-depth review of the projects you ‘sampled’ on Wednesday evening.

7:00AM-8:00AM
Laguna Beach I & II

MELROT Business Breakfast

8:00AM-9:00AM
Catalina Ballroom

Plenary Session
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 Magazine.

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.”

9:00AM-10:00AM
Pacific Ballroom III/IV

Poster Sessions and Refreshment Break in the Connections Room

 

Refreshments sponsored by

10:00AM-11:00AM
Balboa Bay
Concurrent Session

CAMPUS AND SYSTEM BASED COURSE AND CONTENT REPOSITORIES

MIT OpenCourseWare: A New Model for Open Sharing

Stephen Carson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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 Evaluation.

All this Content and No Place to Put It
Timothy Tirrell, Virginia Community College System
Diane Chubb, Georgia College & State University

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.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Emerald I
Concurrent Session

ONLINE INSTRUCTION FOR FACULTY

Teaching Online Faculty: Developing a Program to Effectively Prepare Faculty to Teach Online

Karen Hardin, Cameron University

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.

D2LLO-A Success Story of Collaboration in a Distributed Environment
Lorna Wong, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Kathy Konicek, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Patricia Fellows, University of Wisconsin-Colleges
Nicholle Stone, University of Wisconsin-Stout

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.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Pacific Ballroom I
Panel Session

A 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 training programs.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Pacific Ballroom II
Concurrent Session

INFORMATION LITERACY AND INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES

Subject-Driven Information Literacy: The Emerging Digital Model in Business-Related Competencies


Frank Vuotto
, 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.


Topic Reference Modules: Flexible and Practical Learning Objects
John Moore, Simon Fraser University

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.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Laguna Beach I & II
Concurrent Session

Developing 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.

 

This session presents a proposal for such a framework along with a prototype implementation that was developed and tested as a trial in conjunction with MERLOT.

10:00AM-12:30PM
Emerald II
Workshop

Designing for Student Engagement: Creating Learning Activities with Interactive Multimedia
Tracy Penny Light, University of Waterloo

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.

10:00AM-12:30PM
Emerald III
Workshop

Building 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!

11:00AM-11:30AM
Pacific Ballroom III/IV

Refreshment Break in the Connections Room

11:30AM-12:30PM
Balboa Bay
Concurrent Session

ONLINE STUDENT SERVICES

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.

Solving, Tracking and Answering Student Questions/Problems in Real-Time
Robert Vawter, Rappahannock Community College

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.

11:30AM-12:30PM
Laguna Beach I&II
Concurrent Session

How Learning Objects Improve Understanding in a Physical Oceanography Course
Louis Keiner,
Coastal Carolina University
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 learning strategies.

 

Enhancing Learning in Large Classes Using Out-of-the-Classroom Technology

Jeff Hanlon, Queen’s University

Jonathan Rose, Queen’s University

Michelle Villeneuve, Queen’s University

Andy Ledger, Queen’s University

 

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 learning.  These applications, including online surveys, and interactive games and puzzles, also allow instructors to address student needs in a timely and direct way.

 

11:30AM-12:30PM
Laguna Beach III
Roundtable

Preparing 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.

11:30AM-12:30PM
Emerald I
Panel Session

Building High Performance Virtual Teams: Lessons from MERLOT's Business Editorial Board
Ron Purser, San Francisco State University
Cathy Swift, Georgia Southern University
Maureen Hannay, Troy State University
Bruce Brown, Virginia Western Community College
Theresa Flaherty, Murray State College
Susan Moncada, Indiana University Bloomington

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 discussed.

11:30AM-12:30PM
Pacific Ballroom I
Panel Session

The MERLOT Federated Search and the MERLOT RSS Feed
Ray C. Purdom, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Andrea Eastman-Mullins, University of North Carolina
Martin Koning Bastiaan, MERLOT

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.

11:30AM-12:30PM
Pacific Ballroom II
Concurrent Session

FROM TEXTBOOKS TO THE VIRTUAL SPEAKER BUREAU: EXPANDING THE NOTION OF ONLINE RESOURCES

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.

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. 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.

12:30PM-2:30PM
Catalina Ballroom

 

Sponsored by:

MERLOT Awards Luncheon

Join us 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 community.

2:30PM-3:30PM
Balboa Bay
Concurrent Session

ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS

CAP Goes to School II: Exploring the Engelbart Hypothesis

Douglas Engelbart, The Bootstrap Institute
Mary Cooksey, Indiana University East
Valerie Landau, University of California-Monterey Bay


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.

Facilitating and Sustaining Diverse Online Learning Communities
Sarita Nair, Education Development Center, Inc.
Katherine Hanson, Education Development Center, Inc.
Wesley Shumar, Drexel University

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.

2:30PM-3:30PM
Laguna Beach III
Roundtable

Using Online Resources to Support Higher Level Learning
Pearl Chen, California State University Los Angeles
Adelaide Doyle-Nichols, California State University Los Angeles

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.

2:30PM-3:30PM
Emerald I

2004 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.

Crisis 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 at five 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.

2:30PM-3:30PM
Pacific Ballroom I
Panel Session

Evaluating 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.

2:30PM-3:30PM
Pacific Ballroom II
Concurrent Session

IMPROVING 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 Indianapolis

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 to college.

2:30PM-3:30PM
Laguna Beach I & II

Concurrent Session

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.

2:30PM-5:00PM
Emerald II
Workshop

Using 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 (LTPDAs).

2:30PM-5:00PM
Newport Beach II
Workshop

Become a MERLOT Partner: What Does it Take?  What Do You Get?

Gerry Hanley, MERLOT

 

 

3:30PM-4:00PM
Pacific Ballroom III/IV

Refreshment Break in the Connections Room

4:00PM-5:00PM
Balboa Bay
Concurrent Session

California Virtual Campus 2004 Online Course Website Awards
Joe Georges, California Virtual Campus
Pat Arlington, California Virtual Campus

Cheryl Chapman, Coastline Community College

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.

4:00PM-5:00PM
Laguna Beach III
Roundtable

Evaluating 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 sustainability.

4:00PM-5:00PM
Emerald I
Concurrent Session

NEW WAYS TO CREATE AND DISSEMINATE COURSES

Light Bridge: Video-Oriented Instructional Lesson Authoring (VOILA)

Brett Christie, Sonoma State University
Lou Zweier, California State University Office of the Chancellor

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!

4:00PM-5:00PM
Pacific Ballroom I
Panel Session

Sharing 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.

4:00PM-5:00PM
Pacific Ballroom II
Concurrent Session

USING 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.

Professional Development Through Community-Building: Supporting New Special Education Teachers
Virginia Kennedy, California State University Northridge

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.

4:00PM-5:00PM
Laguna Beach I & II
Concurrent Session


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.

 

5:00PM-6:00PM

Faculty Development Workshop
(Pre-Registration Required)

5:00PM-6:00PM

MERLOT Library Initiative Workshop
(Pre-Registration Required)

5:00PM-6:00PM
Pacific Ballroom III/IV

Wine Tasting and Activities in Connections Room
Poster Session abstracts can be found at the end of this program.

6:15PM-9:30PM

Bolsa Chica State Beach

MIC04 Beach Party!

(Pre-Registration Required.)

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Friday August 6

8:00AM-5:00PM
Banquet Level II Foyer

Registration Desk Open

8:30AM-9:30AM
Balboa Bay
Concurrent Session

GROW(ing) DIGITAL LIBRARIES

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 virtual labs.

8:30AM-9:30AM
Laguna Beach III
Concurrent Session

The Digital Poetry Project
Joseph Ugoretz, Borough of Manhattan Community College—The City University of New York

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 understanding.

8:30AM-9:30AM
Emerald I
Concurrent Session

ONLINE 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 process.

8:30AM-11:00AM
Emerald II
Workshop

Quality Matters: A FIPSE Project for Peer Course Review
Dr. Joan McMahon, Towson University
Mary Wells, Prince George's Community College, Maryland
Chris Sax, University of Maryland University College

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.

8:30AM-9:30AM
Emerald III
Concurrent Session

SITUATED 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 more.

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.

8:30AM-9:30AM
Pacific Ballroom I
Panel Session

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.

8:30AM-9:30AM
Pacific Ballroom II
Concurrent Session

Access 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.

9:30AM-10:00AM

Refreshment Break

10:00AM-11:00AM
Balboa Bay
Concurrent Session

DESIGNING COST EFFECTIVE AND ACCESSIBLE LEARNING MODULES

Closing the Circuit: Accessibility from the Ground Up

Curtis Edmonds, Georgia Institute of Technology

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.

Creating Asynchronous Modules
Timothy Tirrell, Virginia Community College System
Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College

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 expertise.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Laguna Beach III
Concurrent Session

Changing Classroom Time and Space with Technology to Enhance Undergraduate Learning
Tracy Penny Light, University of Waterloo
Jane Nicholas, University of Waterloo

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.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Emerald I
Concurrent Session

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT ONLINE

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 Initiatives

Claude Whitmyer
, FutureU

The presenter 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.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Emerald III
Concurrent Session

USING 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.

Multimedia Resources in the Applied Health Sciences: Using MERLOT
Jason Bennett, Chapman University
W. Scott Barker, California State University Chico
Andrew P. Winterstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Pacific Ballroom I
Panel Session

Towards the Next Generation of MERLOT: Advancing Collective Pedagogical Knowledge Building
Toru Iiyoshi, Carnegie Foundation
Gerard Hanley, MERLOT
Flora McMartin, MERLOT

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.

10:00AM-11:00AM
Pacific Ballroom II
Concurrent Session

DESIGNING 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 discussed.

SCORM-Wrapped ITS Objects: A Case Study of AutoTutor
Xiangen Hu, The University of Memphis
Eric Mathews, The University of Memphis
Art Graesser, The University of Memphis

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.

11:00AM-11:30AM

Refreshment Break

11:30AM-12:30PM
Catalina Ballroom

Plenary Session
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 Graphic Arts.

12:30PM-1:30PM
Fountain Terrace

Faculty Development and Library Initiative Workshops Lunch
(Pre-Registration Required)

1:30PM-4:30PM
Emerald II

Faculty Development Workshop
(Pre-Registration Required)

1:30PM-4:30PM
Emerald III

MERLOT Library Initiative Workshop
(Pre-Registration Required)


List of Poster Session Abstracts


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 education.

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 system-wide collaboration.

Cost-effective Professional Development for Staff--Even With Budget Crunches
Abbe Altman, California State University Office of the Chancellor
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 Center
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 University
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 integration.

Biotechnology from a Global Perspective, Recognizing Ethnic Learning Diversity
Shaheen Lakhan and Gin Gee, University of California, San Diego
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 exercises.

An Interactive Learning Object Using a Field-Dependant Approach for the Synthesis of Alum
John Spotts and Prem Sattsangi, The Pennsylvania State University
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, Canada
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 field.

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 visit.

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.

NEW!  Bringing 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 fingertips!

Learning Objects Fair Abstracts

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 on  the use of antibiotics to treat selected infections. The goals of the project include helping nurses to understand the implications of missing  prescribed doses, giving medication late, and giving improper amounts  of 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 Los Angeles
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 and ideas.

A Layered Pyramid Model for Electronic Academic Publishing

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 problem.

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 learning strategies.


Tabletop Exhibitor Abstracts

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 Colleges (www.foundationccc.org).

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 collaboration.

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.

NEW!  Sentient Learning
Sentient 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

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.

UNICON, Inc.
Unicon, 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.

WebCT, Inc.
WebCT 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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