Photo of Peace Tower Parliament Hill courtesy of the Univ. of Ottawa

Conference Chairs:

Kevin Harrigan
University of Waterloo
kevinh@uwaterloo.ca

Michael Clarke
University of Ottawa
michael.clarke@uottawa.ca

 

Past Conferences:

2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Program

Tuesday, August 8

Wednesday, August 9

Thursday, August 10

Friday, August 11

Poster Presentations

 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8

7:00 AM –

7:00 PM

Congress F/G

Registration

8:00 AM –

12:00 PM

Congress Centre Executive Suite

MERLOT Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday

9:00 AM –

5:00 PM

Capital 1/2A

uOttawa Pre-Conference Event

Reflections on the Design and Implementation of Technology Enabled Health and Medical Science Education

If you are using technology in your teaching in medical or health sciences, this day-long workshop is for you. You will have the opportunity to discuss and learn the how and why of technology-based teaching with some of the best.

This workshop will address:

  • Innovative practices and use of new and emerging technologies in teaching health sciences and medicine
  • Enabling distributed education models through appropriate technologies
  • Continuing professional development
  • Learning Object Repositories: their place in medical and health sciences education
  • Challenges faced and choices to make in the implementation of a medical or health science programs aimed at minority populations.
  • Effective distance training and continuing professional development

A key element of the workshop will be a poster / demonstration event which will feature a wine and cheese reception.

This pre-conference session will be of interest to those who work in the area of health and medical sciences, particularly:

  • Teaching faculty and education researchers
  • Trainers and pedagogical consultants
  • Instructional designers and program developers
  • Curriculum administrators and program managers

Keynote speakers will include:

David Topps, Associate Professor, Director of eLearning, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Sudbury, Ontario

Gordon Wallace, FRCPC Director of Education, The Canadian Medical Protective Association

Michael Clarke, PhD, Professor, Director, eCurriculum, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Jean A. Roy, Directeur, Bureau des affaires francophones, Faculty of medicine, Université d’Ottawa

Tuesday

9:00 AM –

12:00 PM

Pre-Conference Tour

Academic Tour to University of Ottawa

Elizabeth Campbell Brown, University of Ottawa

Patti O’Brien, University of Ottawa

Donna Scalzo, University of Ottawa

First Stop: Centre for e-Learning, University of Ottawa
After a brief tour of the Centre for e-Learning there will be a presentation which will outline the mandate and key initiatives the Centre has adopted in the development and support of online teaching and learning at the University of Ottawa.

This presentation / discussion will outline some of the issues and challenges we face: varying levels of online teaching and learning expertise among faculty members and students, the challenges and the opportunities that bilingualism presents to our development of resources, selection of appropriate methods and technologies in various projects, resources and courses we develop- and address some of the strategies we have adopted to help overcome such challenges through the development of various targeted services and resources. We will also showcase some of the online resources and award-winning courses that we have developed over the last few years.

Second Stop: Medical Education and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
This workshop will present an overview of the aspects and considerations necessary to achieve a cohesive and inclusive eLearning program in undergraduate medical education. The presentation will include the rationale behind the approach, leadership necessary, project management, instructional design, and infrastructural support. The presentation will also include a demonstration of the eCurriculum from the University of Ottawa.

By the completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the rationale for developing an inclusive and cohesive approach to eLearning
  • Describe the importance of project management in developing and implementing an eCurriculum
  • Describe the critical role of supportive leadership in developing and implementing an integrated eLearning program
  • Participants should understand the various competencies that are required for this kind of effort, including educational, web-based skills and technological

Tuesday

9:00 AM –

12:00 PM

uOttawa Campus Computer Lab

Pre-Conference Workshop

Choosing, Using and Assessing Learning Objects in the Classroom

Liesel Knaack, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

This workshop will begin with effectively choosing and using learning objects for the classroom. Participants will be engaged in activities, discussion, case studies and new ideas about optimizing the use of learning objects in a variety of classroom environments and for varied learners. Participants will also gain experience in assessing learning objects as to how well they fit within the course design and expected student learning experiences. The workshop will also address how to assess the level of learning gained through learning object use. For new and experienced users of learning objects / MERLOT resources.

By the completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • List strategies to overcome hurdles/challenges that impede effective use of learning objects in the classroom
  • Provide practical strategies and ideas for making a learning object work in a variety of classes and with a variety of learners
  • Understand how to assess/critique learning objects to determine their suitability and use in the classroom
  • Describe an assessment tool for determining the effectiveness a learning object had on learning

Tuesday

9:00 AM –

12:00 PM

Capital 7A

Pre-Conference Workshop

Turning the Faucet On: Investigating and producing podcasts for teaching and learning

Patrick Lyons, Carleton University, Educational Development Centre

Robert Burk, Carleton University, Department of Chemistry

Bengt Neathery, Integrating Solutions Inc.

Podcasting is an exciting new way of distributing, sharing and communicating both audio and visual information. In its most basic form it is the distribution of audio and or video files via the Internet for playback on mobile devices (like iPods). However podcasts can be used by educators as something far more interesting: as an enabler and mechanism for change in teaching and learning.

This interactive, hands on workshop will introduce participants to the world of podcasts (both audio and video), their production, use and implications as an enabler for teaching and learning. By the end of the workshop, participants will understand: 1) what a podcast is,

2) the steps and tools available to produce a podcast, 3) how students use podcasts, and 4) how they can be used to enhance teaching and learning.

Following an introduction and overview in the production of a podcast (both video and audio), small groups will be formed. In these small groups, participants will work with the workshop facilitators to produce audio and/or video podcasts. Group members will work through an idealized podcast production process of storyboarding, scripting, video and audio production, compression, uploading and finally RSS feed generation. In this activity, participants will work with both inexpensive and commercial tools to develop skills and knowledge to take back to their home institutions.

The groups will reconvene to showcase their podcast and share their observations. The session will conclude with a discussion and showcase centered on potential new teaching and learning applications of podcasts.

By the completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Develop a conceptual understanding of podcasts and podcasting (audio and video)
  • Develop a personal framework for how they might use podcasts to enhance student learning
  • Practice of producing a podcast (storyboarding, audio/video production, compression, uploading, RSS feed)
  • Iidentify benefits and disadvantages of podcast within the context of teaching and learning
  • Discover how they can use podcasts as a proxy for student learning habits

Tuesday

9:00 AM –

12:00 PM

uOttawa Campus Comuter Lab

Pre-Conference Workshop

Open Source and Open Access Academic Technologies in Higher Education

Jutta Treviranus, Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto
Chuck Severance, Executive Director, Sakai Foundation

This workshop will present an overview of open source and open access based technologies in higher education and will include a number of case studies as examples of the application of the technology. The workshop will introduce initiatives such as the SAKAI Collaborative and Learning Environment, Uportal web portal system, the Kuali initiative, the Open Source Portfolio Initiative, Open Journal Systems, and other learning management, open access publishing, learning object repository, digital archive, web portal and courseware tools for scholary inquiry, research, teaching and learning.

By the completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Have a basic understanding and overview of the collaborative peer-based learning and collaborative tools as they relate to academic technology
  • Place existing academic technologies in context of the larger phenomenon of open source and open access
  • Understand in a general sense the available tools and applications and how they can be used in a particular research, course or other learning situation
  • Be able to differentiate between consortia, corporations and working groups often cited in relation to open source and open access academic technologies
  • Locate resources for further learning

Tuesday

9:00 AM –

12:00 PM

Capital 4/5A

Editorial Board Training
All Editorial Board Members will meet as a group to discuss and explore two topics: Pedagogy and Ad Hoc Reviewers.

10:00 AM –

12:00 PM

Capital 8A

MERLOT Project Director's Meeting

12:00 PM –

1:00 PM

Lunch for the MERLOT Community

(Advisory Board, Project Directors, Editors, and Editorial Board Members)

1:00 PM –

3:00 PM

Capital 4/5A

MERLOT Address for the MERLOT Community

Gerry Hanley, MERLOT Executive Director

Tuesday

1:00 PM –

4:00 PM

uOttawa Campus Computer Lab

Pre-Conference Workshop

Using Games and Simulations in Higher Education

David Kaufman, Simon Fraser University
Louise Sauvé, Télé-université

This workshop will present an overview of the field of games and simulations in higher education, and will show a number of illustrative examples. The workshop presenters will address the rationale and types of games and simulations used in higher education, both on campuses and at a distance. Participants will work in small groups to discuss games and simulations that could be used to enhance students’ learning in their courses.

By the completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • describe a multidimensional taxonomy of games and simulations
  • explain a rationale for using games and simulations in higher education
  • describe various models of games and simulations
  • identify potential applications of games and simulations in their own courses
  • locate resources for further learning

Tuesday

1:00 PM –

4:00 PM

uOttawa Campus Computer Lab

 

MERLOT Partner Pre-Conference Workshop

Training MERLOT Peer Reviewers

Presented by the MERLOT Discipline Editors

The MERLOT Peer Review process for online materials is essentially the same process used by scholarly journals. MERLOT online resources are considered learning materials. Each material selected for review is triaged on the basis of Content Quality, Potential Effectiveness for Classroom Instruction, and Ease of Use. Each category can be rated from one to five stars. Training MERLOT Peer Reviewers is offered as a pre-conference workshop for conference registrants in all fourteen MERLOT disciplines. Editors for each discipline board will work together as a team to train participants in how to review online materials with the intent they join the MERLOT community as peer reviewers, submit online materials to MERLOT, develop assignments, and use online materials in classroom, hybrid, and online courses.

Tuesday

1:00 PM –

4:00 PM

Capital 7A

MERLOT Partner Pre-Conference Workshop

Librarian Development

Gordon Smith, California State University, Long Beach

Patricia Bril, California State University, Fullerton

Librarians are often a point of contact in the student learning process, whether that be in a formal instructional setting, at the reference desk, or through librarian/faculty collaboration on assignments and course materials. The MERLOT Librarian Workshop is designed to provide training and guidance on using MERLOT for librarians with these responsibilities.

NOTE: This session open to attendees from MERLOT Partner Institutions only.

3:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Congress Centre Executive Suite

MERLOT Advisory Board Meeting continued

3:00 PM –

6:00 PM

uOttawa Campus

Editorial Board Meetings

5:00PM – 6:00PM

Capital 3A

MERLOT International Conference Orientation Session

Are you new to MERLOT and/or the MERLOT International Conference? This session will give you an overview of MERLOT as an organization - its activities, goals, and objectives. We will help you maneuver the “in’s and out’s” of the conference - the hotel and conference center as well as the program and the special events going on during the conference.

7:00 PM –

9:00 PM

Westin Confederation

(4th Floor)

MERLOT International Conference (MIC)

Welcome Reception
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9

7:00 AM –

5:30 PM

Congress F/G

Registration Open

7:00 AM –

8:00 AM

Westin

MERLOT Community Breakfast

7:30 AM –

8:00 AM

Congress Foyer

Coffee and Conversation

Wednesday

8:00 AM –

9:30 AM

Congress A/E

GENERAL SESSION

Working with and Learning From Pedagogical Expertise (Presentation video) and PowerPoint Presentation

Diana Laurillard, Chair of Learning with Digital Technologies, London Knowledge Lab

Faculty who want to re-use shared digital resources for innovative learning and teaching are often working in an

environment with limited pedagogical support. They need practical assistance in understanding how best to use such resources in activities for their learners, given the intended outcomes defined in terms of the curriculum skills, knowledge, and expected progression; the student body defined in terms of learners’ needs, prior experience, expectations, skills and competences; and the learning environment, defined in terms of human, physical and digital resources, tools and services. MERLOT Peer Reviews have been a key source of pedagogical knowledge to support re-use of shared digital resources, and the MERLOT community is now exploring how best to enhance the space of pedagogical expertise for instructors to complement resources for learners.

In this presentation, we will explore the ‘learning design’ approach, and the tools and objects it is generating, as one way to capture and share such knowledge. This approach derives from a computationally robust and rational analysis of instructional design: it is logically valid, but may not be psychologically valid in terms of how instructors will want to apply shared pedagogical knowledge. This session will look at ways of bridging the gap between a technical learning design specification and the reality of the teaching context.

Wednesday

9:30 AM –

10:00 AM

Congress F/G

Refreshment Break in the Connections Room

We encourage you to make Connections! The Connections Room will be open throughout the conference so that you can visit with Poster Session Conveners, corporate representatives, and theEditorial Boards.

Wednesday

9:30 AM –

10:00 AM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth - Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

Come and Join MERLOT

Phillip Leal, MERLOT Web Developer

Michal Kasza, MERLOT Software Developer

Have you been putting off becoming a member of MERLOT? Now's the perfect time, we'll help you through the process.

Wednesday

10:00 AM –

12:30 PM

uOttawa Computer Lab

Workshop

Pachyderm: A Rich Media Authoring Application

Kathleen Willbanks, California State University Office of the Chancellor

Jason Skinner, California State University Office of the Chancellor

Pachyderm is an exciting open source, web-based authoring application for creating template Flash-based multimedia presentations. Get hands-on with this new tool, and discuss the pedagogical benefits of using Pachyderm.

Wednesday

10:00 AM –

11:00 AM

Capital 1A

Concurrent Session

Rapid Learning Object Development: Reusability of Templates & Code
Liesel Knaack,
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Robin Kay, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Bill Muirhead, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Brad Carson, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Erin Banit, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

This session will describe a new development model for creating learning objects reusing code from an existing learning object, as well as another model variation using a PowerPoint and a Flash template. This rapid prototyping method of learning object development provided content experts and designers with lessons learned and future directions.

Learning Objects or Learning Frameworks: Reusing the Design of a Multimedia Anthropology Resource
Pia Marks, University of Waterloo

Steve Bond, London School of Economics

Considering the high costs associated with developing learning objects, the ongoing problem of reuse reported by repositories such as CLOE needs to be addressed.  This presentation proposes a “framework” design approach as a way to address the problem and describes how such an approach was implemented in a project undertaken jointly by the London School of Economics in the UK and the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Wednesday

10:00 AM –

11:00 AM

Capital 2A

Concurrent Session

The Language of Teaching Well with Learning Objects
Carla Meskill, SUNY Albany

Natasha Anthony, Hudson Valley Community College
Providing access to learning objects is one thing: how we as educators then converse with our learners about them – how we teach using them –  is quite another. This presentation discusses the many ways instructional conversations around learning objects can be powerful and powerfully different from how we teach with traditional media.

724: Enabling the Scholarship of Teaching through eLearning

Michael Clarke, University of Ottawa
Tim Willett, University of Ottawa

Although Ernest Boyer’s call for redefining academic scholarship has been with us now for 15 years, there has been considerable debate over how to practically implement its tenets in a university setting.  This presentation will describe how the implementation of a campus-wide eLearning program represents a real opportunity to realize Boyer’s call.

Wednesday

10:00 AM –
11:00 AM

Capital 4A

Panel Session

Providing Connections Through ePortfolios
Katherine Lithgow,
University of Waterloo

Jane Holbrook, University of Waterloo

Bob Sproule, University of Waterloo
Tracy Penny Light,
University of Waterloo
At the University of Waterloo ePortfolios have been used to help students make connections between their learning experiences in different contexts (academic, workplace, and community) and to document their development of competencies considered critical to UW graduates.  In this panel, we will discuss how we have integrated ePortfolios into courses and programs to document learning in different contexts.  This integration has not only helped students develop a more holistic approach to learning and a deeper level of understanding, but has also facilitated discussion among instructors around course and curriculum design.

Wednesday

10:00 AM –
11:00 AM

Capital 5A

Concurrent Sessions

A Light-Weighted Visualization Tool for Facilitating Students' Learning of Sorting Algorithms

Sen Zhang, SUNY Oneonta

Hanfu Mi, SUNY Oneonta

In this work, we report a light-weighted visualization toolbox which helps students visualize various sorting algorithms. The toolbox also allows students to interact with the sorting algorithms by feeding new data, responding to prompts step by step, and even tracing the execution of the algorithms in running time.

Technology and The Art of Communiqué

Kurt Hochenauer, University of Central Oklahoma

Online students should be challenged to master several Content Management Systems (CMS) and software and Internet applications.  This mastery models the virtual real-world, giving students practice in communicating through CMS, web pages, blogs, videos and screen videos, and podcasts.

Wednesday

10:00 AM –
11:00 AM

Capital 6A

Concurrent Session

Award Winner Presentation - Chemistry

Animated Chemistry Tutorials and Models

Patrick Wegner and Andrew Montana, California State University Fullerton
This site provides users with comprehensive and interactive tutorials (containing shockwave animations) on molecule representation and modeling including Lewis Dot representation of organic and inorganic compounds, atomic orbital and hybridization, VSEPR and molecular orbital theory. The animations cover fundamental concepts and are done in a way that the students can use them to learn at their level of understanding in general, organic, and/or physical chemistry. The site is extremely versatile in that it can be used as a reinforcement for lecture and laboratory for a variety of classes. It also offers unique pedagogy support in that it is possible for instructors to use a course management system to organize, assign, and grade the tutorials and assignments.

Wednesday

10:00 AM –
11:00 AM

Capital 7A

Concurrent Sessions

Valuing E-Portfolios:  Formative and Summative Assessment

Jane Moore, National-Louis University
David Wicks, Seattle Pacific University

E-Portfolios have become the norm in teacher education programs.  How can we make them meaningful, integrated and valuable to both students and faculty members? Initial response to a requirement for electronic portfolios can be overwhelming.  Both students and faculty members often need to be convinced of the value of this time-consuming and reflective process.  This session gives a practical framework for developing a successful electronic portfolio practice.

Creating Nursing Learning Objects in a Team Environment

Glen Collins, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Lisa St Croix, Memorial University of Newfoundland

In this session we will share our experiences with creating learning objects for applied psychomotor nursing skills in a multi-disciplinary team environment.  The triumphs, challenges, solutions, and lessons learned will be discussed.

Wednesday

10:00 AM –
11:00 AM

Capital 8/9A

Sponsor Session

Overview and Demonstration of Brand New Teaching and Learning Tools

Stephan Meyer, Desire2Learn

Learn about Desire2Learn’s suite of learning technology/software designed to enhance the online learning environment. The focus will be on Learning Environment, new competencies and more. Discover how this technology helps faculty engage students, and improves the process of online delivery. Other topic areas include rubrics and blogging. www.desire2learn.com

Wednesday

10:00 AM –
11:00 AM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth - Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

Workforce Development

Cathy Swift, MERLOT Editorial Board Coordinator

MERLOT Partners are developing a digital collection to support workforce development program and the MERLOT community portals in workforce development to provide faculty, staff, and professionals guidelines and recommendations for the effective use and sharing of online resources in teaching their programs.  Learn about MERLOT's strategy and how you can participate in this initiative.

11:00 AM –

11:30 AM

Congress F/G

Refreshment Break in the Connections Room

Wednesday

11:00 AM –

11:30 AM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth - Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

The Wonderful Wizard of MERLOT

Andy Worthington, MERLOT Software Engineer

Alyssa Lalanne, MERLOT Software Engineer

Looking at the new wizards in MERLOT.

Wednesday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 1A

Concurrent Sessions

Moving eTools Online

Peter Tittenberger, University of Manitoba

This presentation will showcase eTools Online, an innovative online tutorial developed to meet the challenge of providing first year students with the skills, attitudes, and habits needed to succeed in university. Through a real-time demonstration of eTools Online and discussions of the rationale behind the development and the instructional design of the program and its 25 embedded learning objects, the presenter will provide the audience with opportunities to explore issues in the design and collaborative development of effective online course components for first year students

Using Technology and Learning Objects to Significantly Improve Student Outcomes
Jim Formosa
, Nashville State Technical Community College

This presentation reviews several tools that are (a) relatively inexpensive or free and that (b) can be used to easily implement best practices in instructional design with an emphasis on cognitive psychology.  During the presentation actual learning objects created with the various tools are described and demonstrated.

Wednesday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 2A

Concurrent Sessions

Is MERLOT Really That Good?

Martin Zahn, Thomas Nelson Community College
Alan Wolf
, University of Wisconsin-Madison

To be effective, MERLOT should be more accurate and efficient in finding high quality materials than using other browsers on the Internet. We obtained the fifty most used search terms for the MERLOT Biology collection between January 2003 and July 2005. We compared the result of using each search term in both Google and MERLOT. MERLOT consistently provides educationally useable sites.

E-learning as a Scholarly Activity
Connie Jones,
Middle Tennessee State University

James Calder, Middle Tennessee State University

This session will identify the process of creating a scholarly paper and the processes of developing an online course.  Ernest Boyer’s theme proposing abandoning the old paradigm of research versus teaching will be used to illustrate the comparison. These qualitative standards put forth by Glassick et. al. will be used to consider the scholarly activity of both. Revealing that online education is indeed worthy of faculty recognition.

Wednesday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 3A

Concurrent Sessions

A Shift of Focus from e-Learning to e-Teaching

Koichi Nakajima, Tezukayama University

Masumi Hori, Tezukayama University

Although e-Learning is aimed at improving learner performance and self-motivation, it is more important at first to provide an e-Teaching environment where a teacher can use it without fear and pain. In this session, we like to share our experiences and know-how about a teacher relationship management to supplement e-Learning.

Hitchhikers Guide to Course Development
Joanne Gonzalez-Major,
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Amanda Albright, Immaculata University

Many institutes of higher education are facing an increased need to train faculty to design, develop, and execute online courses.  Providing online resources like the Hitchhikers Guide to Course Development is one way institutions can provide the training necessary to transform classroom instructors to online course practitioners.

Wednesday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 4A

Concurrent Sessions

The Influence of Generation M on Learning Object Development
Denise Stockley,
Queen’s University, Charlotte
Joy Mighty, Queen’s University, Charlotte

Within the literature, seven characteristics of Millennials or Generation M (born post 1982) have been identified, including that they are: (1) special, (2) achieving, (3) sheltered, (4) confident, (5) team-oriented, (6) conventional, and (7) pressured. This generation has unique learning preferences and as such, learning objects are an ideal medium for this population.  We will discuss the characteristics of Generation M, their ideal learning environment, and recommendations for learning object development in this session.

Engagement and Efficiencies Using a Learning Management System (LMS) in Large Courses

Bob Sproule, University of Waterloo

Cheryl Steele, ANGEL Learning, Inc.

Taking a student-centred approach to learning is an effective pedagogy in any course.  In order to utilize such an approach in large, multi-section courses, you need a LMS that is easy-to-use, yet functionally powerful.  ANGEL easily facilitated the creation of over 250 teams in an introductory capstone course in Management.  Multiple discussion boards were set-up for each of these teams, providing an opportunity to engage every student in on-line discussions.  With the ANGEL system, teaching assistants can efficiently provide feedback while evaluating the quality of participation of each student.

Wednesday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 5A

Concurrent Sessions

(D)evaluating Pedagogic Interactivity: The Case of ELSE
Jennifer Jenson,
York University

Nicholas Taylor, York University

Dawn Mercer, Seneca College

This presentation describes the development of a robust tutorial website, “Ethical and Legal Studies in Education” (ELSE), which is meant to instruct its users in the legal aspects of teaching and learning in the province of Ontario, Canada. We discuss key design decisions meant to enact in ELSE a degree of “pedagogic interactivity” and document how our design decisions have made possible a different level of engagement than is most typically seen in websites like it.

Wednesday

11:30AM – 12:30PM
Capital 6A
Concurrent Sessions

Award Winner Presentation - Teaching and Technology

FAST (Free Assessment Summary Tool)

Bruce Ravelli and Zvjezdan Patz, Mount Royal College

FAST is an anonymous online survey tool that automatically summarizes students’ impressions of a course and/or instructor and supplies the data directly to the instructor. The assessment tool allows a faculty member to create easily an online survey to provide feedback from students on a teaching activity, a section of a course, a clinical experience, a laboratory experiment, etc. The user can create his own questions, or choose from a pool of 374 questions.  The assessment or survey tool is web-based, password-protected, anonymous, and instantaneously updated. The FAST initiative provides professional, technical and academic advice to faculty who wish to become more informed about the teaching and learning process through the application of faculty-administered, anonymous online student feedback.


Wednesday

11:30AM – 12:30PM
Capital 7A
Concurrent Sessions

Podcasting: A New Approach to Teaching Anatomy

Alireza Jalali, University of Ottawa

Rong Sun, University of Ottawa

Akef Obeidat, University of Ottawa

Maxwell Hincke, University of Ottawa

John Leddy, University of Ottawa

The use of Podcasting as an innovative, cost-effective and user-friendly educational resource has been adopted to supplement anatomy lectures in the French language stream of our 1st year medical curriculum at the University of Ottawa. Statistical analysis of usage and a student survey will be conducted.

Bringing Life to a Dead Subject: Innovation in Teaching the Anatomical Sciences to Medical Students

Akef Obeidat, University of Ottawa

Shannon Goodwin, University of Ottawa

Maxwell Hincke, University of Ottawa

Aliereza Jalali, University of Ottawa

The aim of our projects was to complement the Gross Anatomy laboratories with learning resources developed from digital photographs of high quality anatomic dissections, a digital collection of x rays, and other online material that has been enriched with excellent images, animations and interactive tools “virtual lab specimens.

Wednesday

11:30AM – 12:30PM

Capital 8/9A

Sponsor Session

Sponsor Presentation - eInstuction

Darren Ward, VP Business Development

Universities are adopting student response systems, or clickers, at a very fast rate. Clickers are used to foster class discussion, gauge student comprehension, take attendance, and administer quizzes. Best practices using clickers are being promoted throughout higher education as these devices have taken hold. eInstruction is the global leader in student response pads, and this session will focus on uses of clickers in formative and summative assessment, peer review sessions, and data analysis scenarios.

Wednesday

11:30AM – 12:30PM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth - Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

MERLOT 101 - The New MERLOT Website

Alyssa Lalanne, MERLOT Software Engineer

Barbra Bied Sperling, MERLOT Webmaster/Technical Support

Members of the MERLOT development team will provide an introduction to the new MERLOT Website that will include a description of new functionality including the collection of materials, what are peer reviewed materials in MERLOT and browsing and searching the collection.  An overview of how to contribute materials, comments and assignments will be explained.

12:30 PM –

1:30 PM

Congress A/E

Awards Luncheon

1:30 PM –

2:30 PM

Congress F/G

Dessert and Activities in the Connections Room
Poster presentations, corporate display and demonstrations, displays by MERLOT’s Editorial Boards and disciplines, and more will be on hand for participants to explore while enjoying a little something sweet.

Wednesday

1:30 PM –

2:30 PM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth - Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

MERLOT Technologies for Teaching and Learning

Cathy Swift and members of Editorial Boards

MERLOT Editors will explain new MERLOT innovations for searching the site and finding and collecting new materials.  It is recommended that attendees have some general knowledge of MERLOT, although "newbies" are welcome.

Wednesday

2:30 PM –

5:00 PM

uOttawa Computer Lab

Workshop

Developing and Using Learning Objects - The Wisc-Online Story
Kay Chitwood,
Fox Valley Technical College

David Bunnow, Fox Valley Technical College

The Wisc-Online Resource Center is a repository of over 2,000 learning objects which is accessed and used by teachers and students around the world. Attend a workshop to learn more on how to search, find, and use these learning objects in the teaching and learning environment.  Learn the process faculty authors go through in order to create engaging, interactive learning objects that are disseminated worldwide.

Wednesday

2:30 PM –

5:00 PM

uOttawa Computer Lab

Workshop

Adapting MERLOT Materials to Meet your Pedagogical Needs Using SERC

Scott Cooper, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Cathryn Manduca, Carleton College

William Bruihler, Carleton College

SERC is partnering with MERLOT to help faculty find materials and integrate them into their courses using proven pedagogical techniques. In this workshop we will create examples that show how MERLOT resources can be used with a specific teaching method in your discipline.

Wednesday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 1A

Concurrent Sessions

Designing and Implementing Virtual Courseware to Promote Inquiry-based Learning
Mel Limson,
California State University, Los Angeles
Robert Desharnais, California State University, Los Angeles

Dave Mayo, California State University, Los Angeles

Mate fruit flies, measure geologic time, or experiment with evolution online! The interactive simulations at ScienceCourseware.org engage students with new opportunities for inquiry-based learning. Instructors are provided with on-line tools for student assessment. See how Virtual Courseware material is designed, created, utilized, and evaluated as online teaching and learning objects.

Visualizing Science Using Learning Objects Created with Mathematica
Andy Anderson,
Amherst College

Many scientific concepts involve complex relationships in space and time. Classroom representations are typically sketchy and difficult to reproduce by students, and even textbook illustrations can be inadequate, especially where temporal change is pivotal. Mathematica is a useful tool to create basic 2D and 3D images and animations that aid student visualization and understanding. A number of such learning objects will be demonstrated. The pros and cons of using Mathematica will also be discussed.

Wednesday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 2A

Panel Session

Global Learning Objects Exchange (GLOBE): Will it make a difference for education?
Erik Duval
, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium & ARIADNE Foundation
Gilbert Paquette, Télé-Université, Canada & LORnet
Tsuneo Yamada, National Institute of Multimedia Education, Japan

Garry Putland, Education Network Australia

Gerry Hanley, California State University, USA and MERLOT

In this panel presentation and discussion, we will present the goals, current status and plans for the future for GLOBE, our global alliance that aims to share online learning resources for educators and students around the world. The panelists will work this participants in defining the benefits faculty, students, and institituions  that might be derived by such a global alliance and the challenges to delivering these benefits.

Wednesday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 3A

Concurrent Sessions

South Dakota K-20 MERLOT Triads: One Object - Three Different Applications
Sandy Schamber,
South Dakota Board of Regents

Lesta Turchen, South Dakota board of Regents

Randy Sprung, South Dakota Board of Regents

The SD K-20 MERLOT Triads include public, private, and tribal university content and methods faculty in collaboration with K-12 teachers.  Each triad within a discipline selects one MERLOT learning object, implements it in three different classrooms, and gathers student evaluations.  The triad presentations explain and compare the classroom applications.

Raising the Bar: How Online Student Expectations Are Changing

Deborah Snyder, Capella University

The first online students were very forgiving and appreciative of the convenience that Internet access afforded them toward obtaining their education.  Today, it is quite different. Students are much more demanding but are institutions and instructors prepared to meet this demand? This session will discuss the issue of rising expectations among online students and instructors for ideal technology, ease of communication, and for some, a replication of the traditional classroom experience.

Wednesday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 4A

Concurrent Sessions

Online Communities for Programs:  Fad or Necessity?
Deborah Bartlette,
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
Barb Edwards, Other

Attendees will see an online community from conception to genesis to beta evaluation to full launch, including a discussion of what we would do differently next time. A toolkit will be provided to participants which may serve as a starting point for building their own program community.

Building Community Through “Communities of Practice” and “Learning Communities”

Jeffrey Samuels, Goucher College

Chadia Abras, Goucher College

Robert Coyle, Goucher College

At Goucher College, communities supported by educational technologies include Learning Communities and Communities of Practice.  Each will be defined, and the technology and multimedia resources that facilitate their implementation will be demonstrated. Stated goals and efforts at building community will be delineated.  Rubrics and methodology will be presented as well.

Wednesday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 5A

Concurrent Sessions

Case Study: Using Videogames to Teach Complex Concepts
Robert Brown,  University of North Carolina Greensboro

Videogames are highly effective for teaching complex concepts and keeping students engaged.  Our presentation will profile a 3D online game for college credit now under development at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Called ECON201, the game teaches the principles of microeconomics while incorporating interdisciplinary content, decision making tools, and built-in assessment to evaluate learning. Some session participants will have the chance to try the game first-hand.

Building an Online Storyboard Activity: The Case of Teaching Lego-mation

Nicholas Taylor, York University

Jennifer Jenson, York University

Dawn Mercer, Seneca College

For small-scale e-Learning projects, early, sustained collaboration with teachers and students can be a rich source of innovation. This case story illustrates the role such collaborations played in developing an online storyboarding tool innovative in its extensive customizability and its mobilization of digital and visual, as well as textual “literacies.”

Wednesday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 6A

Concurrent Sessions

Award Winner Presentation - Biology

Evolution

Anne Zeiser, Jason J. Hunke & Karen Cariani, WGBH – Boston

"Evolution” is the companion site to the eight-part PBS documentary on Evolution. The site contains multimedia previews of each of the shows in the series as well as interactive tutorials/exercises related to the theme of each show. The eight themes are Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, Great Transformations, Extinction!, The Evolutionary Arms Race, Why Sex, The Mind’s Big Bang, and What About God? In addition, the site contains an “Evolution Library” containing many different types of web-based materials that support the exploration of this topic.  Three different paths can be followed: one on the scientific process, one on evolutionary theory and one on human evolution.  This site was also reviewed by the Teacher Education Editorial Board and received the highest ratings possible.

UW-ACE Instructional Repository:  A System for Supporting Evidence Based Instructional Design

Liwana Bringelson, University of Waterloo

David Bean, University of Waterloo

Dawn Buzza, University of Waterloo

Pia Marks, University of Waterloo

Alan Kirker, University of Waterloo

Megan Jack, University of Waterloo

Jan Willwerth, University of Waterloo

The UW-ACE Instructional Repository has been designed to integrate the sharing and reuse of learning activity within a campus-wide course management system. Documentation is stored with each activity, which can include relevant tips sheets, as well as research articles on the use of the activity. This system provides accessible resources to encourage faculty members to consider the scholarship of teaching and learning as they integrate reusable activities into their online material.

Wednesday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 7A

Concurrent Sessions

Reviving the Narrative to Explore a Patient’s Suffering

Tim Willett, University of Ottawa

Pippa Hall, University of Ottawa

Michael Clarke, University of Ottawa

While developing an interprofessional learning module on suffering and palliative care, our group sought to use the age-old technique of the narrative to allow students to thoroughly explore a virtual patient’s life history and current medical, emotional social, and spiritual issues.  To achieve this, we developed a novel online interface in which students can “meet” the patient and explore his story in a non-linear fashion.

QBanq: a National Repository of Peer-Reviewed Medical Examination Questions

Michael Clarke, University of Ottawa

Anthony Levinson, McMaster University

David Topps, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Linda Peterson, University of Ottawa

Lawrence Spero, University of Toronto

Brad Genereaux, Winchester Memorial District Hospital

Patti O’Brien, University of Ottawa

This presentation will describe the history, development, structure and function of qBanq - a customizable web repository of examination questions for medical education.  The qBanq project is a collaborative initiative of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and supported by the Medical Council of Canada.  We will present the architecture of the application, including the integrated workflow management features.  The application will be released as open source once full testing has been completed.

Wednesday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 8/9A

Sponsor Session

UNICON, Inc. and LiveText, Inc.

LiveText and Unicon Present Strategies for Tenure, Accreditation and Collaboration 

Robert Budnik, Co-Founder, LiveText, Inc.
Mike Zackrison , VP of Product Management, Unicon, Inc.

Robert Budnik, Co-Founder of LiveText, Inc. will present how to demonstrate learning objects in an integrated tenure portfolio using LiveText's easy-to-use web tools. And Jim Layne, Unicon Vice President of Marketing, will deliver an update on the community-source Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment and provide a strategy for getting started.

Wednesday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth - Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

Becoming a Corporate MERLOT Partner

Regan Caruthers, Director of Business Development

Sorel Reisman, MERLOT Managing Director

When private sector organizations' goals overlap MERLOT's mission, customized MERLOT Corporate Partnerships can produce results that benefit both the partner and the academic community.

3:30 PM –

4:00 PM

Congress F/G

Refreshment Break in the Connections Room

3:30 PM –

4:00 PM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth - Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

Know Thy Self

Philip Leal, MERLOT Web Developer

Michal Kasza, MERLOT Software Developer

How to use the new profile builder and how to make it work for you.

Wednesday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 1A

Concurrent Sessions

Developing a Pedagogical Model for Evaluating Learning Objects
Robin Kay,
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Liesel Knaack, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

This session will present pedagogically guided model for evaluating learning objects.  Formative and summative evaluations of five learning objects used by 221 students were analyzed.  The model proved to be reliable, valid, and useful in providing detailed information for educators, designers, and researchers about the impact of learning objects.

Quality Assurance Strategies for High Quality Learning Objects
Karin
Lundgren , Teluq-uqam

Suzanne Lapointe, Teluq-uqam
Gilbert Paquette,Teluq-uqam

The amount of available learning object repositories are exponentially increasing monthly, bringing with it questions about how to choose which resources to include, while maintaining a high degree of quality in terms of pedagogical, technical and ergonomic soundness to increase reuse. This presentation provides an overview of innovative strategies and implementation examples.

Wednesday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 2A

Concurrent Sessions

What Faculty Seek in Digital Libraries and What Stops Them?
Glenda Morgan,
California State University Office of the Chancellor

Alan Wolf, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This session provides attendees with the results of a national study to understand what faculty need from digital libraries to better meet their work-practice. Presenters will share data collected from focus groups of faculty in science, math and engineering. And, they will discuss the needs and barriers the faculty identified. These data have guided the creation of a survey to generate an overall picture of collection use, and preliminary observations will be presented.

Information and Communication Technology and Teacher Education Programs in Nigeria

Prince Ololube Nwachukwu, University of Helsinki

The relationship between the development of ICT use in teacher education programs and its penetration into the program in Faculties of Education and Schools of Education is dependent upon governmental policies. The author presents a relatively all-embracing review of this survey research conducted on the impact and uses of ICT and the issues that underlie the integration of ICTs in teacher education programs in Nigeria.

Wednesday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 3A

Concurrent Sessions

Internet2 Performing Arts Forum

Michael Rothkopf, North Carolina School of the Arts

Internet2 is a high speed, next generation Internet, allowing high quality real-time audio-visual interaction between people at any location in the world. Reserved for collaboration and research, the high bandwidth makes possible live, interactive, musical collaboration, coaching and teaching. This session will report on the current efforts at the North Carolina School of the Arts to create a performing arts forum. The session will focus on successful collaborations possible with this technology, the new content that arises from these collaboration as well as an update on the technology available.

MERLOT 101 Online: A Faculty Development Course
Laura Franklin,
Northern Virginia Community College

Cathy Simpson, Northern Virginia Community College

Many faculty do not become proficient and persistent users of MERLOT mainly because they have not had the time to devote to a careful look at all of MERLOT's features. In this course, participants join MERLOT and engage in online discussions about MERLOT search, federated search, portals,and personal collections after using all of the above. The presenters will demonstrate the components of the course and discuss its participant satisfaction. The evidence of persistence in MERLOT will also be demonstrated.

Wednesday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 5A

Concurrent Sessions

Facilitating Japanese Language Learning Through Collaboratively Developed Innovative Online Activities

Kazue Masuyama, California State University, Sacramento

Andrea Shea, California State University, Sacramento

This presentation showcases a variety of interactive online activities such as online portfolios and learning games developed and implemented collaboratively by an instructor and a technology specialist in Japanese language courses for the last three years. The effectiveness of these online activities on learning is examined by interviews and surveys.

Using Learning Objects to Design Self-Paced Online Language Courses

Delphine Renié, Institut Canadian du Service

In response to a growing demand from employees of our department (Foreign Affairs and International Trade - Canada), we have decided to design a series of beginner-level self-paced online language courses. We will describe here the approach we took to design the courses in the most effective way, using the knowledge available from communities of users such as those created by learning object repositories (MERLOT) and open-source environments (Moodle). We will present a work in progress and give concrete examples illustrating our design principles.

Wednesday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 6A

Concurrent Session

Award Winner Presentation - Engineering

MecMovies

Timothy Philpott, University of Missouri-Rolla

This learning tool, with impressive graphics and animations, provides extensive examples, some theory, and engaging activities, such as games to assist instructors and learners in “Mechanics of Materials,” a basic course in civil and mechanical engineering.  Its major strengths are the impressive visualizations and animations included in the examples. Students can improve their skills by engaging in interactive exercises and games. Whether it is used in the classroom or on a student's personal computer, this "courseware" package introduces difficult concepts with excellent graphics and thorough explanations. MecMovies also received the 2004 Premier Award from NEEDS, the National Engineering Education Delivery System, an honor bestowed upon only one or two software packages each year.

Wednesday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 7A

Concurrent Sessions

Community Health, Community Learning

Sarah Castricum, Boston College

The session will introduce a website developed collaboratively for community health courses at the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, and the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston.  The site, housed in WebCT, has revolutionized pedagogy and information sharing in both settings.

e-Charts: A Simulated Patient Record

Dawn Mercer, Seneca College

Julie Jeffries, Seneca College

Hyacinth Jackson, Seneca College

Caius Grozav, Seneca College

This session will describe a simulated patient record system, initially designed as an easily customizable ‘learning object’ to support clinical case study scenarios in nursing education. Both teachers and students are provided with a familiar interface that emulates clinical charts. We will show how this is being integrated into SimMan (Leardal) lab simulations and discuss potential applications in other Health disciplines. The session will end with a brief discussion of the Flash interface and data-base back end.

Wednesday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 8/9A

Sponsor Session

Sponsor Presentation - Thomson Learning Labs

Student Response Systems in High Enrollment Classes

Patricia Sabosik,VP and General Manager

In this session you will have the opportunity to hear the research findings from the Thomson Learning “clicker” project.

Wednesday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth -  Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

Q&A with YOUR Devlopment Team

The MERLOT Development Team

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10

7:00 AM –

6:00 PM

Congress E/G

Registration Open

7:00 AM –

8:00 AM

Westin

MERLOT Community Breakfast

7:30 AM –

8:00 AM

Congress Foyer

Coffee and Conversation

Thursday

8:00 AM –

9:00 AM

Congress A/E

GENERAL SESSION

Visual Routes to Knowledge and Action

Melvyn A. Goodale, Canada Research Professor in Visual Neuroscience, University of Western Ontario

Why do we need vision?  As it turns out, there are two answers to this question.  On the one hand, we need

vision to give us detailed knowledge of the world beyond ourselves – knowledge that allows us to recognize things from minute to minute and day to day.  On the other hand, we also need vision to guide our actions in that world at the very moment they occur.  These are two quite different job descriptions, and nature seems to have given us two different visual systems to carry them out.  One system, vision-for-perception, allows us to recognize objects and events, and to build up a ‘database’ about the world.  This is the system we are more familiar with, the one that gives us our conscious visual experience – and allows us to incorporate new vision-based knowledge, and make decisions based on visual information.  The other, much less studied and understood system, vision-for-action, provides the visual control we need to move about and interact with objects in the world.  This system does not have to be conscious, but does have to be quick and accurate.  Converging lines of evidence suggest that these dual functions of vision – perception and action – are mediated by separate visual pathways in the human cerebral cortex.  Nevertheless, there is a complex but seamless interaction between the two systems in the production of adaptive behaviour; both streams are engaged when we interact with our visual world and learn new visually-guided skills. 

9:00 AM –

10:00 AM

Congress F/G

Refreshment Break in Connections Room

9:00 AM –

10:00 AM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth -  Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

MERLOT 101 - The New MERLOT Website

Alyssa Lalanne, MERLOT Software Engineer

Barbra Bied Sperling, MERLOT Webmaster/Technical Support

MERLOT Webmaster will provide an introduction to the new MERLOT Website that will include a description of new functionality including the collection of materials, what are peer reviewed materials in MERLOT and browsing and searching the collection.  An overview of how to contribute materials, comments and assignments will be explained.

Thursday

10:00 AM –

12:30 PM

uOttawa Computer Lab

Workshop

VIROLAB: a Flash simulated laboratory based on XML scenario

Pierre J. Lehmann, University of Geneva

Daniel Scherly, University of Geneva

Frederic Geoffroy, University of Geneva

VIROLAB is a simulated laboratory especially designed for the learning of virology concepts. The interactive Flash GUI enables guided discovery based learning. The XML structured data facilitate the administration of learning scenario and the upgrading of simulation.

Thursday

10:00 AM –

11:00 AM

Capital 1A

Concurrent Sessions

Designing Learning Objects: School – University Partnerships in Development

Liesel Knaack,  University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Robin Kay, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Brad Carson,  University of Ontario Institute of Technology

This session will highlight a new development model for creating learning objects with university students (developers) and secondary school teachers (subject experts) in a Bachelor of Education program. The learning objects, created over 6 months, will be demonstrated along with sharing the new model of development.

Learning Objects in 9 Weeks! – Instructional Design Course Model

Robert Lee, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Liesel Knaack, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

University students (teacher candidates) plan, design, and develop many learning objects in 9 weeks through a course on instructional design. From learner analysis activities, flowcharting, and storyboarding components to the production and application Flash programming, 38 learning objects were created by science and math students.

Thursday

10:00 AM –

11:00 AM

Capital 2A

Panel Session

Perspectives on the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

Edward Perry, University of Memphis

Tracy Penny Light, University of Waterloo

Michelle Pilati, Rio Hondo College

Maureen Hannay, Troy University

A panel will discuss the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching from the perspectives of an editor, a peer reviewer, and an author. The session is intended for potential authors who wish to gain a better understanding of the purpose and operation of the journal.

Thursday

10:00 AM –

11:00 AM

Capital 3A

Concurrent Sessions

EnACT: Ensuring Access through Collaboration and Technology

Brett Christie, Sonoma State University

EnACT supports students with disabilities in attaining their postsecondary educational goals. Recognizing that faculty plays a pivotal role in student success, EnACT provides faculty with the skills, support and training necessary to ensure that students with disabilities are provided a high quality education. The California State University system has a strong commitment to accessibility, recently implementing an Accessible Technology Initiative and Director.  Come hear and discuss our system-wide efforts in this critical area.

MERLOT How-to Session: Primer on How to Effectively Use MERLOT

James Rutledge, St. Petersburg College

Learn how to join MERLOT, create a personal profile, use the advanced search tools to locate learning materials and more, create personal collections of materials, contribute materials and assignments to MERLOT, join and make use of the Virtual Speakers Bureau, explore the community portals and become a peer reviewer.

Thursday

10:00 AM –

11:00 AM

Capital 4A

Concurrent Sessions

Creating Learning Designs for Reuse: Outcomes of the IDLD Project

Olga Marino, University of Quebec, Montreal

Gilbert Paquette, University of Quebec, Montreal

Karin Lundgren-Cayrol, University of Quebec, Montreal

Michel Léonard, University of Quebec, Montreal

Ileana De La Teja, University of Quebec, Montreal

The release of the IMS-LD specification in 2002 opened the door to a new family of reusable learning resources, the learning scenarios. In this session we present one main outcome of the IDLD project: a well tooled implementation process for describing, metatagging, storing and retrieving IMS-LD compliant units of learning.

Comparison of European and MERLOT Reviews of Physics Multimedia Learning Materials

Bruce Mason, University of Oklahoma

MERLOT Physics Editorial Board

A European Physical Society working group and the MERLOT/Physics Editorial Board are collaborating on the review of physics multimedia learning materials. Although the groups use independent rubrics and reviews, we find a great deal of agreement in the recognition of the highest quality learning objects. We will explore the review processes, the highest quality resources, and the implications of the comparisons between the results of the two groups.

Thursday

10:00 AM –

11:00 AM

Capital 5A

Concurrent Sessions

MusicPath – Connecting Remote Pianos Over Networks

Karen Wilder, Acadia University

The MusicPath software, developed at Acadia University, enables pianos to be connected over networks. A pianist in one location can cause the keys and pedals of up to eight additional pianos to move milliseconds later. This demonstration will showcase Jazz pianists playing long distance duets. Audience participation is invited.

Thursday

10:00 AM –

11:00 AM

Capital 6A

Concurrent Sessions

Giving Patients a PEPTalk: Designing a Patient Educational Prescription Process

Robert Luke, University of Toronto

Lynda Atack, Centennial College

Interprofessional healthcare teams are delivering patient centered care in the form of personalized Patient Educational Prescriptions.  Evaluating information tailoring processes, cultural sensitivity and the effectiveness of education materials prescribed to patients is the main goal of the PEPTalk project. We are developing online patient education materials and an “educational prescription” process that uses a clinical learning object repository and an accessible web services interface to deliver clinically relevant and reliable patient education for chronic diseases. 

SAMI-Persévérance : une piste à suivre pour favoriser la persévérance aux études postsecondaires

Louise Sauvé, TÉLUQ, l’université à distance de l’UQAM

Alan Wright, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Campus de Lévis

Godelieve Debeurme, Université de Sherbrooke

Venez découvrir l’architecture novatrice et les composantes d’un Système d’Aide Multimédia Interactif à la Persévérance (S@MI-Persévérance) qui offre un cheminement personnalisé de soutien et d’aide aux étudiants qui risquent d’abandonner leurs études postsecondaires tout en fournissant aux enseignants un répertoire virtuel d’outils d’aide et de soutien à la persévérance

Thursday

10:00 AM –

11:00 AM

Capital 7A

Concurrent Session

Building Locally - Linking Globally: Critical Role of Institutional Context and Community

Gerry Hanley, Executive Director of MERLOT

Both disciplinary and institutional contexts for planning, developing, and delivering services that enable faculty to improve their use of online resources is critical for success.  Using Adobe Contribute, MERLOT (www.merlot.org) has developed easy to use tools for faculty to create customized and self-managed, “teaching commons”. that blends both disciplinary and institutional contexts.  These teaching commons enable faculty leaders and community members to easily publish and share on the web authoritative guidance for teaching and learning success within their discipline. Attendees will actively participate in demonstrating and planning on how to develop their own teaching commons and communities.

Thursday

10:00 AM –

11:00 AM

Capital 8/9A

Sponsor Session

Sponsor Presentation - Blackboard, Inc.

From Building Blocks and PowerLinks to Blackboard Beyond:  Blackboard Beyond is an exciting new initiative launched by Blackboard in February 2006.  A critical part of e-Learning 2.0, Blackboard Beyond will include exciting new opportunities for instructors and institutions to personalize the e-Learning environment with specialized software and rich, interactive digital resources that address the needs of specific disciplines and a variety of pedagogies.  This presentation will offer an early look at some of the critical initiatives underway and an open discussion on how MERLOT and Blackboard Beyond can interact in strategic and exciting ways.

Thursday

10:00 AM –

11:00 AM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth -  Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

Peer Review

Cathy Swift and Members of the Editorial Boards

What it is? MERLOT Editors will describe the peer review process and include information for those wishing to become involved in reviewing MERLOT materials.

11:00 AM –

11:30 AM

Congress F/G

Refreshment Break in Connections Room

Thursday

11:00 AM –

11:30 AM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth -  Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

Putting One foot in Front of the Other

Phillip Leal, MERLOT Web Developer

Andy Worthington, MERLOT Software Engineer

Transitioning from Collections to Portfolios

Thursday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 1A

Concurrent Sessions

Implementation of Medical e-Curriculum: Use of the Structured Content Development Model
Anthony Levinson,
McMaster University

Sarah Garside, McMaster University

Reuben Tozman, EdCetra Training, Inc.

Doug Wallace, Agile.net, Inc.

Using the Structured Content Development Model, based on a flexible XML Learning Content Management Platform, McMaster's MD Program has built a flexible system for authoring learning objects that are SCORM 2004 compliant and capable of being published to various media (print, web, mobile devices).

Thursday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 2A

Concurrent Sessions

Assessing Student Learning to Improve Teaching
Jeff Bell,
California State University/Chico
Jim Bidlack, University of Central Oklahoma

Assessing whether instructional changes, such as the use of online learning modules found on MERLOT, actually improve student learning is very difficult. This session will describe one useful approach to assessment, the use of specific student learning objectives. Examples using traditional exams and course performance systems will be presented.

Learning Engagement through Fun and Games: A Research Perspective
Dawn Mercer,
Seneca College

Dima Svetov

Rita Kasab

Jennifer Jensen, York University

Nicholas Taylor, York University

Margot Wassenaar-Faber, Seneca College

This presentation will report on the research conducted on two computer-based educational games in the Life/Health sciences: a discovery game targeted for Grades 4 to 6 and a game to reinforce learning chemical nomenclature for introductory chemistry. Research evaluated student learning as well as retention of required curriculum concepts.

Thursday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 3A

Concurrent Sessions

Measurement Faculty Learning in Online Education

Olga Alegre, University of LaLaguna
Luis Villar, University of Sevilla

This study reports on a six-week online curriculum and teaching capacity learning and telementoring program at the Canary Universities. Firstly, we give our view of online teacher development, curriculum and teaching capacities model, and telementoring. Simultaneously, we illustrate our empirical project with a case: UTPD, a University training program. Finally, we discuss the results, which lead us to their improvement, showing the difficulties between learning and practice of capacities within an online training course.

Finding and Using Faculty Development Resources

Ray Purdom, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Andrea Eastman-Mullins, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Online collections host a wealth of faculty development resources, but how can you find what you need the most? We will compare organizational schemes and terminology used by faculty development collections from a variety of sources. We will suggest strategies for finding appropriate resources including how RSS feeds and Federated Searches can effectively deliver materials to faculty.

Thursday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 4A

Concurrent Sessions

Pedagogic Service Project: Enriching the MERLOT Collection
Cathryn Manduca,
Carleton College

Scott Cooper, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

William Bruihler, Carleton College

A major challenge for instructors wishing to use on-line resources is integrating them into a course in a pedagogically sound manner.  The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College has proven model for integrating research on learning with the effective use of digital library resources.

More than Just a Repository: Delivering Context-rich and Value-added Information Literacy Instruction

Mark Meng, St. Johns University

This paper presents a prototype information literacy repository and discusses some perspectives and challenges for developing such a repository that is not only for accumulating learning objects but can also be used as an effective learning tool to facilitate context-rich and value-added instruction for learners as well as educators.

Thursday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 5A

Concurrent Sessions

Using Live Online Communication to Overcome Barriers to Learning
Marco Pollanen
, Trent University

We will present a case study describing the effectiveness of anonymous online office hours. We will also introduce a new free Web-based technology, called enVision, which aids in the live communication of technical content such as formulas and graphs which are difficult to communicate with text-based chat technologies.

Integrating an Executive in Residence Into an Online MBA Course in Global Business

Jane Ross, University of Maryland University College

Maurice Hladik,  University of Maryland University College

Andrew Creed, University of Maryland University College

Wilf Backhaus, University of Maryland University College

Monica Bolesta, University of Maryland University College

James Stewart, University of Maryland University College

Ashis Gupta, University of Calgary - Learning Commons

How can sustainable business skills in the global environment be imparted to online students? These questions arose within our UMUC MBA teaching team and underpin the research we present. With extensive diplomatic and international trade-related experience, our Executive in Residence brings practical background from a world-leading organization in business/environmental sustainability. With potential for application elsewhere, our case study illustrates the strategies and events that have made the EinR initiative successful in our online MBA.

Thursday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 6A

Concurrent Sessions

Televised and Online Technologies Provide Solutions to Healthcare Laboratory Personnel Shortages

Rose Leigh Vines, California State University/Sacramento

Jane Bruner, California State University/Stanislaus

Decreasing availability of state-required clinical hematology courses has been a major obstacle for students seeking entrance into postgraduate Clinical Laboratory Scientist training programs in California. This session demonstrates how intercampus collaboration and the combined use of synchronous and asynchronous video streaming, videoconferencing, and WebCT learning resources successfully address course accessibility.

The Design of Effective Online Instructional Tools: Key Steps to take from the Identification of a Learning Gap to the Development of the Final Product

Jackie Carnegie, University of Ottawa

We will use a sample web site to illustrate the steps involved in developing an online learning tool to allow health science and medical students to practice applying physiological concepts in different contexts.  Planning steps include:  identification of a learning gap, formulation of a position paper, task analysis, and the writing of outcome-associated learning objectives.  The final product uses audio- and visual-based pathways to guide self-directed learning and provide opportunities for practice application with feedback.

Thursday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 7A

Concurrent Sessions

Contagion: Playing Out Pandemic in an Educational Video Game

Jennifer Jensen, York University

Suzanne de Castell, Simon Fraser University

Nicholas Taylor, York University

“Contagion” is a web-based educational game in which players can learn self-care practices and play through ethical considerations in a virtual world on the brink of pandemic. As design-based research, Contagion is a way of theorizing and “playing out” alternative understandings of content in educational (particularly health-based) games. URL: http://contagion.edu.yorku.ca

Ontario Gender and Health Collaborative Curriculum Project

Rupa Patel, Queen’s University, Kingston

Shayna Watson, Sympatico

Nahid Azad, University of Ottawa

The Gender and Health Collaborative Curriculum Project includes faculty and students from the six medical schools of Ontario, Canada as well as members of the Undergraduate Education and the Gender Issues Committees of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM) working together to produce a resource focused on the role of gender in medical education. The project aims to improve women's and men's health care through the development of a collaborative, web-enabled medical curriculum that integrates gender and health.

Thursday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Capital 8/9A

Sponsor Session

Sponsor Presentation - Adobe Systems, Inc.

John Schuman, Solutions Engineer

This session gives MERLOT members an opportunity to hear how Adobe is revolutionizing the ways that learners engage with ideas, information and each other. Whether giving faculty the ability to produce flexible content for learning, helping academic services professionals extend the value of investments in learning management, or giving students a virtual collaboration environment, Adobe provides solutions to help institutions engaging learning experiences.

Thursday

11:30 PM –

12:30 PM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth - Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

MERLOT and K-20

Gerry Hanley, MERLOT Executive Director

MERLOT Partners have their own initiatives to support the effective use of technology to improve K-12 education in their states.  Learn about the variety of programs being implemented by MERLOT Partners and how MERLOT is providing quality and valued services for teacher education programs and K-12 teachers across the US.

12:30 PM –

1:30 PM

Congress A/E

Lunch

Thursday

1:30 PM –

2:30 PM

Capital E/G

Dessert and Activities in the Connections Room
Poster presentations, corporate display and demonstrations, displays by MERLOT’s Editorial Boards and disciplines, and more will be on hand for participants to explore while enjoying a little something sweet.

Thursday

1:30 PM –

2:30 PM

Capital F/G

MERLOT Booth - Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

MERLOT Technologies for Teaching and Learning

Cathy Swift and members of Editorial Boards

MERLOT Editors will explain new MERLOT innovations for searching the site and finding and collecting new materials.  It is recommended that attendees have some general knowledge of MERLOT, although "newbies" are welcome.

Thursday

2:30 PM –

5:00 PM

uOttawa Computer Lab

Workshop

MERLOT Partner Workshop

Peer Review and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - Faculty Development

Tom Carey and Tracy Penny Light, University of Waterloo

MERLOT Peer Reviews, Author Snapshots and User Comments have been of great value to instructors seeking to re-use online learning objects in their teaching. In this workshop, participants will learn how to add more value to these resources through the scholarship of teaching and learning. This will include integrating results from existing scholarship into contributions to MERLOT, as well as building on that knowledge to highlight the scholarly work involved in MERLOT contributions.

Workshop participants will develop capability to achieve the following:

  • Incorporate links to research in Peer Reviews and Author Snapshots
  • Enhance User Comments with instructional context; and
  • Extend Peer Reviews and other MERLOT contributions to become publishable works of scholarship, e.g. as papers in JOLT

We will also discuss current MERLOT pilot studies and innovation projects intended to support scholarly collaborations on teaching and learning.

NOTE: This session open to attendees from MERLOT Partner Institutions only and requires advanced registration.

Thursday

2:30 PM –

5:00 PM

uOttawa Computer Lab

Workshop

Low-Cost, Low-Tech Multimedia for Online Delivery

James Falkofske, Metropolitan State University

Add audio, video, and multi-media content to your online course sites by using software tools that are already built into your PC.  Discover pedagogically sound methods for incorporating media into your learning process, learn strategies to make your content accessible, and learn simple planning techniques that will make production easier and faster.  Participants at this session will receive a CD-ROM with practice content and copies of presentation materials as handouts "for the session."

Thursday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 1A

Panel Session

Effective Chat Sessions: Should One Size Fit All?

Donald E. Williams, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences

Nancy Haugen, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences

Genese Gibson, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences

An investigation of how to develop effective chat sessions within the various disciplines of an undergraduate degree program. The workshop will explore how Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences has adapted the synchronous chat to courses ranging from the basic sciences to nursing and radiography courses to the humanities.

Thursday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 2A

Concurrent Sessions

ICT Literacy: Assessing Readiness for eLearning
Gordon Smith
, California State University/Office of the Chancellor

A newly developed assessment of information and communication technology (ICT) literacy skills can serve an important role in determining student readiness for an e-learning environment.  The problem-based, scenario-based, and web-based assessment tool incorporates basic computer technology skills along with cognitive skills in the selection, evaluation and use of information resources.  This session will describe the ICT Literacy Assessment and early results of its administration, and will explore its application in the e-learning environment. 

The Learning Impact of a Learning Object
Ernest Biktimirov,
Brock University

This session will present a new learning object and an empirical test that was conducted to assess the learning benefits of this learning object in an introductory finance course. The results show that using the learning object improves the performance of low-GPA students.

Thursday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 3A

Concurrent Sessions

Online Discussion Forums: Development, Moderation, and Evaluation

David Peter, Indiana State University

Davison Mupinga, Indiana State University

James Maxwell, Indiana State University

Synchronous and asynchronous online discussions enhance communication among students and elicit many cognitive indicators. The electronic discussions provide opportunities instructors cannot provide in class. But, despite the advantages, many online instructors are either reluctant to use or misuse the instructional technologies. This presentation discusses effective ways of developing, moderating, and evaluating online discussions.

Illuminating the Hybrid Course Development Seminar with MERLOT Learning Objects

Patrice Fleck, Northern Virginia Community College

Cathy Simpson, Northern Virginia Community College

This session will share how our NVCC team developed a hybrid seminar that instructed 40 faculty across 15 disciplines to develop hybrid courses.  One of the key resources was  the  MERLOT  collection from which we used  a learning object  to teach the concept of  learning objects and  the MERLOT peer review model to design a peer review process for hybrid courses.

Thursday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 4A

Concurrent Sessions

Managing Intellectual Property for Distance Learning
Liz Johnson, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

The University System of Georgia selects intellectual property for inclusion in online courses using a formal protocol and assessment process.  This presentation will describe how that process was developed and implemented and the benefits that it produced.

Lesson Study in Introductory Biology Courses
Scott Cooper, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Roger Haro, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

William Cerbin, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Lesson Study is a Japanese teaching method in which several instructors work together developing a lesson, observe one of the instructors use the lesson in the classroom, and then discuss student learning.  We have been using this method for several years to develop lessons for large introductory biology courses.

Thursday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 5A

Panel Session

The Academic Wiki: Collaborative Websites in Course Development and in the Classroom
Karen O’Quin,
Buffalo State College
Kevin Hayes, Buffalo State College

Howard Reid, Buffalo State College

Lydia Fish, Buffalo State College

The panel session will introduce the uses of wikis, collaborative web sites, in an academic setting. We will review the use of wikis from three perspectives: classroom, course development, and administrative. In addition, the steps that are needed to set up and use a wiki will be reviewed.

Thursday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 6A

Concurrent Sessions

Harness the Power of New Technology

Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College

This is your chance to harness the power of new technology for your distance classroom! Everything is about to change including a new operating system called Vista and the new Office 2007 that no longer has menus or toolbars. Get a demonstration of how both of these new programs will change how you teach your distance learning content. See Merlot in the new IE 7 Browser with new features. We will also discuss how students with the older versions turn in assignments in this new environment.

MERLOT and Epsilen Collaboration in Developing next Generation of Smart Repository Environment

Ali Jafari, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Sorel Reisman, MERLOT

Imagine the next generation of the course management system dynamically put a MERLOT icon next to each learning assignment that creates customized reading materials and learning objects based on a student learning needs.  Indiana University on behalf of the IUPUI CyberLab and MERLOT have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). As part of this collaboration, new technology, smart search engine, and advanced applications will be developed and integrated into the Epsilen Environment (www.epsilen.com).  This presentation will elaborate on the scope of this collaboration and demonstrates how MERLOT resources can be dynamically integrated into the course management system offering smart object search capabilities.

Thursday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 7A

Concurrent Sessions

Designing Meaningful Health Education Materials: Rewards and Challenges

Lois Goldsworthy, University of Waterloo

Frances Morton, University of Waterloo

A unique educational resource, the Dementia Education Series, was developed at the University of Waterloo for launch in 2006. This presentation will focus, from a development perspective, on both the rewards and challenges of designing multimedia educational materials for the general audience, in collaboration with a diverse group of individuals.

The Transition of an Undergraduate medical course from didactic to a blended e-learning model

Lindsay Davidson, Queen's University/Kingston

The case of a first-year, system-based undergraduate medical course in musculoskeletal medicine will be presented highlighting the process and experience gained as the course has evolved from a traditional didactic instructional model to a combination web-based and face-to-face team based learning model.  The session will include both practical lessons learned and a summary of student experience and feedback over the course of a three year period.

Thursday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Capital 8/9A

Sponsor Session

Sponsor Presentation - Cisco Systems

Video Interoperability and MERLOT

Dave Dusthimer, Industry Solution Manager, Publishers

This presentation will focus the concept of interoperability. We have worked with the Open Knowledge Initiative to develop plugs in called OSIDS that enable a greater degree of search and consumption tool choice. At the Alt-i-Lab Conference in Indianapolis in June of 2006 a live demonstration of video interoperability was delivered. For the MERLOT Conference we will show and discuss how to reach the same degree of interoperability with MERLOT. The presentations will feature digital video assets of differing file types that reside in at least two different repositories. Deliverables for the demonstrator include implementations of the O.K.I. service oriented architecture’s interfaces (OSIDs) that offer a consistent programmatic way to find and access video content systems with varying data formats and protocols.  One implementation will focus on content delivery using a Cisco Content Delivery Network solution that ensures that media rich content reaches the user quickly and efficiently, without disturbing the quality of service on the network.

Thursday

2:30 PM –

3:30 PM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth - Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

Becoming An Academic or Consortium MERLOT Partner

Gerry Hanley, MERLOT Executive Director

MERLOT's Executive Director will discuss the categories, procedures, and benefits of academic institutions and consortia becoming MERLOT Partners.

3:30 PM –

4:00 PM

Congress F/G

Refreshment Break in Connections Room

Thursday

3:30 PM –

4:00 PM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Booth - Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

Go for the Gold

Phillip Leal, MERLOT Web Developer

Alyssa Lalanne, MERLOT Software Engineer

An in-depth look at how MERLOT recognizes you for your participation.

Thursday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 1A

Concurrent Sessions

Educational Mini Clips: A Powerful Tool for Higher Education Students
Robin Kay,
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Educational Mini Clips (EMCs) are 2-7 minute, online videos with VCR like controls that model, in real time, how to do a certain type of problem. This session will present the benefits of EMCs in higher education including accessibility, interactivity, quality of explanation, ease of creation and scope.

Time is the Essence: Managing Learning Objects for Today’s Teaching
Peter Edmund Higgs,
TAFE Tasmania Australia

In this session attendees will be provided with a paper and presentation that outlines The Australian VLORN model.  Following this there will be a live demonstration of how TAFE Tasmania has implemented its Learning Content Management System “The Learning Edge" to author Learning Objects within a learning sequence while managing Intellectual Property and Copyright with an elementary DRM system.  The DRM system is capable of ensuring due acknowledgements travel with the LO as well as managing the "Fair Use" section of the Act."

Thursday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 2A

Concurrent Sessions

A 10-year Living Literature Review: The process of designing and teaching quality courses at a distance and finding the answers to hard questions.
Joanne Daly, Stony Brook University

This presentation describes a ten-year case study creating a living literature review of designing, implementing, evaluating, and revising distance learning courses and the collection of information needed to assure the quality of these courses. My research addressed criteria which lead to the creation of quality asynchronous web-based learning environments, while simultaneously meeting the goals of my institution. Beyond the traditional literature review, the living-literature review uses multiple sources in addition to scholarly publications.

Development, Implementation, and Learning Impact of Web-Based Tutorials in Physics

Joseph Sanderson, University of Waterloo

Jane Holbrook, University of Waterloo
We will describe the development of our web-based tutorial generator. A set of tutorials have been developed for first year physics concepts and a learning impact study has been carried out to evaluate the impact of the tutorials on student performance. The results of this study will be discussed.

Thursday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 3A

Concurrent Sessions

The Effective Use of Screen-Capture Applications in Digital Teaching
Anne Wall,
Austin Peay State University

Appropriate illustrations and images are often the key to comprehension for many students, particularly visual learners. This session describes how faculty can use screen-capture applications to create unique graphic images for teaching and how students can use them as a means of demonstrating what they have learned.

Best practices in teaching and learning using Learning Management Systems
Glenda Morgan,
California State University Office of the Chancellor

In this session we describe a project at the California State University where we collected and disseminated faculty best practices in using learning management systems. We will discuss how we developed the rubrics used in the project, how we identified and collated the best practices by discipline and how we are sharing these within the CSU and beyond.

Thursday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 4A

Panel Session

Serving More with Less
Phil Moss
, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Hilarie Nickerson, University of North Carolina

Susan Powers, Indiana State University

Various national reports have indicated state support for higher education is slipping - reflected in fewer dollars per student.  How are states and campuses dealing with the double whammy of increasing number of students enrolled at a time when budgets are flat or declining?  This panel will review how collaborative efforts using technology like MERLOT are being used to help address the issue.

Thursday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 5A

Panel Session

Virtual Learning Center: Cyber Support for the New Frontier
Monetha Reaves,
Tennessee State University

Jane Asamani, Tennessee  State University
Johnanna Grimes,
Tennessee  State University

Mohsen A. Shirani, Tennessee State University
Barbara Kannard,
Tennessee  State University

The panelists participating in this session will share information on the development and implementation of the Virtual Learning Center, which uses the WebCT platform to deliver multi-disciplinary academic cyber support in English, math, and reading comprehension at all levels.  The VLC is available to all students twenty-four hours, seven days per week and is being adopted system-wide by the Tennessee Board of Regents universities and community colleges.  Attendees will see how the developers have created instructional modules supplemented by learning objects and websites, along with activities and quizzes for assessment.

Thursday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 6A

Concurrent Sessions

When the Inmates Run the Asylum: Graduate Students Training Faculty

John Dempsey, University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama Online Learning Laboratory (OLL) is dedicated to assisting faculty to develop and improve their online instructional environments and pedagogical approaches. Most of its day-to-day activities have been conducted by an ever-changing cadre of graduate students. This session will present different aspects of how and why the OLL works and ways this faculty development model could be transferred to other universities.

Missing the Point: The PowerPoint Pedagogy Problem

Brock Allen, San Diego State University

James Frazee, San Diego State University

Jim Julius, San Diego State University

Suzanne Aurillo,

The most widely distributed multimedia authoring system in the world, PowerPoint remains for most instructors a tool for disclosing lists to passive audiences. This case study describes efforts to challenge faculty to transform PowerPoint’s unusual and neglected mix of multimedia capabilities into a more powerful pedagogical platform. Intended for: Faculty developers; multimedia specialists willing to question their assumptions about PowerPoint; any administrator or instructor who wants to examine advanced pedagogical applications of an undervalued tool.

Thursday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 7A

Concurrent Sessions

Award Winner Presentation - Physics

PhET – Physics Education Technology

Carl Wieman, Noah Finkelstein, Kathy Perkins, and Ron Le Master, University of Colorado

http://phet.colorado.edu

This site provides excellent illustrations of the physical models that are so important for an expert view of physics and physical systems.  The simulations provide a number of different ways to study and learn, including through movement of virtual objects, graphs, and manipulating numbers and equations. More importantly, the learning styles that the simulations encourage are those most often lacking in physics classes, which are often over burdened by paper and pencil manipulation of equations and numbers. The entire development process of these simulations is grounded in research on the ways in which students learn physics. Once created, extensive work is done to understand the impact and results of these simulations have on student learning. One of the most fascinating studies involves the virtual circuit simulator. The research work on this simulation indicates that students who use just the simulation have a better conceptual understanding of currents, voltages, and circuits. The site was initiated using funds from Carl Wieman’s Nobel Prize.

Thursday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Capital 8/9A

Sponsor Session

Sponsor Presentation - Pearson Education

Don't miss the opportunity to hear about Pearson Learning Solutions (PLS).

Thursday

4:00 PM –

5:00 PM

Congess F/G

MERLOT  Booth - Vintage Presentation in the Connections Room

Discipline/Institutional Use of Portals

Tom Carey, Associate Vice President, Learning Resources & Innovation Professor, Management Sciences, University of Waterloo

Cathy Swift, MERLOT Editorial Board Coordinator

MERLOT staff will demonstrate the new discipline-specific portals as well as introduce the Teaching Commons which can help institutions advance faculty development on their campuses.

5:00 PM –

6:00 PM

Congress F/G

MERLOT Wine Tasting Reception (not yet confirmed)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11

7:00 AM –

12:00 PM

Congress Foyer

Registration Open

8:00 AM –

9:00 AM

Congress A/E

GENERAL SESSION

Teaching by Example Through ‘Working With and Learning From the World’s Best’

Tom Carey, Associate Vice President, Learning Resources & Innovation Professor, Management Sciences, University of Waterloo

Throughout this MERLOT International Conference, we have been exploring how  our use of online resources and collaborative expertise can enable both student learning in our subject areas and faculty community in our disciplines. Our last general session proposes that we extend this value chain with one more link: sharing our learning design processes with our students, to intentionally invoke a Teaching by Example approach.

The key point about Teaching by Example has been stated insighfully by meta-teacher Parker Palmer, in his classic book The Courage to Teach:

“How we teach is part of what we teach…

The methods we use to help students learn are part of what they learn.”

When we make visible to our students how we work with and learn from the world’s best, we model for them the values, strategies and capabilities we want them to develop and sustain in work and in life. In this presentation we will look into the future of current learning object repositories and learning management systems, to see how we could use interactions with shared online resources and community teaching expertise to shape an online Teaching Commons – and how we can make that process visible in our teaching, to demonstrate for our students the key attributes of the collaborative communities needed to lead social and economic innovation in a global knowledge society.

9:00 AM –

9:30 AM

Refreshment Break

Friday

9:30 AM –

10:30 AM

Capital 1A

Concurrent Sessions

Developing and Enhancing Existing Learning Objects Using Camtasia

Elizabeth (Beth) Smith, University of Louisiana, Monroe

Trevor Melder, University of Louisiana, Monroe

Camtasia Studio allows the user to create multi-platform video and audio recordings of anything that can be displayed or demonstrated on a computer screen, including PowerPoint lectures, demonstrations of Java applets, and software tutorials. Let us show you the multitude of possibilities for enhancing existing learning objects and developing your own using this simple-to-use tool.

Creating Narrated Power Point Presentations

Mary Knappen, Genesee Community College

Using Smart Board Technology, step-by-step solutions are saved as JPEG files to create a Power Point presentation. Narration is added to the Power Point file; Impatica shrinks the file size; it can easily be uploaded into any course management system for students who may then see and hear problems explained.

Friday

9:30 AM –

10:30 AM

Capital 2A

Concurrent Sessions

MERLOT Personal Collections: A Just in Time Solution

Laura Franklin, Northern Virginia Community College

In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, two MERLOT partner community colleges began sharing online learning materials through the creation of MERLOT Personal Collections. The MERLOT Editorial Boards joined in to add their own discipline collections. The resulting collections, which are the focus of this presentation, made it much easier for students to work online.

Re-visiting Learning Design and the Framework for Learning Objects

Tracy Penny Light, University of Waterloo

Leslie Richards, University of Waterloo

Kultalee Pasarj, Thai Ministry of Science and Technology

The University of Waterloo's model for initiating a process for instructors to plan and design for learning is being implemented in Thailand.  We promote effective use of technology and learning objects to actively engage and develop responsible learners.  We will discuss the model and how it is facilitating international collaboration.

Friday

9:30 AM –

10:30 AM

Capital 3A

Concurrent Sessions

Creating the U.S. History Survey as an Online Course
William Paquette
, Tidewater Community College

Many historians have been intimidated by technology and its myriad uses for academic instruction.  Graduate school programs continue to focus on content.  Some offer instruction in pedagogy, but few offer technology along with pedagogy and content. To ease historians into the process of developing an online course and what an online course can include, this case study will offer 16 modules for the first semester of the United States History survey and a detailed step-by-step process to encourage and enable historians to build an online course.

Switch or Stay? A Learning Object for the Monty Hall Dilemma

David DiBattista, Brock University

Mike Laurence, Brock University

The Monty Hall Dilemma (MHD) is a remarkably difficult, counterintuitive probability problem with a game-show format. The MHD learning object lets users actively participate in games that help them better understand the probabilities underlying the problem’s solution. The development, content, structure, and effectiveness of the MHD learning object are discussed.

Friday

9:30 AM –

10:30 AM

Capital 4A

Concurrent Sessions

Successful Collaboration: Beyond Passive Information Assimilation Towards Shared Knowledge Construction

David WicksSeattle Pacific University

Diane JuddValdosta Sate University

Faculty are experimenting with the use of Wikis and other social computing tools to motivate students beyond passive information assimilation towards collaborative knowledge construction.  This session is for blended and online instructors looking for effective ways to improve student collaboration on group and individual projects.  The session will cover the use of social computing tools in course design, information literacy, and assessment. Presenters will include critiques of tools and tips for implementation.

The Big Picture: Adding the Value-Added to Learning Objects

John Ruttner, California State University/San Bernardino

While many interesting courses and learning objects have been developed, they tend to originate with the passions/needs of individuals i.e. they are labors of love, rather than examples of a broad-based program and curriculum design. This presentation argues that the use of learning objects and content “articles” is much more effective if it is part of an over-all program design. This approach also promotes collaborative effort and fosters synergy.

Friday

9:30 AM –

10:30 AM

Capital 5A

Concurrent Session

Award Winner Presentation - Statistics

Introduction to Sampling Distributions of the Mean

Dale Berger, Claremont Graduate University

http://wise.cgu.edu/sdmmod/index.asp

This tutorial allows introductory statistics students see the relationship between sample size and the variability of the sampling distribution of the mean.  This site not only provides applets that simulate the sampling distributions of the sample mean, but it also includes detailed exercise sheets.  These allow students to not only work with an online simulation but to report their findings in detail to the instructor and serve as a basis for discussion.  The applet shows sample means of various sample sizes and from various populations in a graphical format, along with a graph of the (theoretical) sampling distribution. Of particular interest is the fact that the author is a Psychologist, not a Statistician.

10:30 AM –

11:00 AM

Refreshment Break

Friday

11:00 AM –

12:00 PM

Capital 1A

Concurrent Sessions

Faculty Created Learning Objects: E-Learning Factory Offers a Solution

LaVerne Ludden, Indiana Wesleyan University

Jeremy Dunning, Indiana University Bloomington

Dan Wright

Jim Weaver

Learning objects offer the potential to significantly improve the educational effectiveness of online and classroom based instruction. The biggest obstacle has been the time, computer programming expertise, and cost to create learning objects. A tool has emerged to enable faculty to create these tools as readily as they develop PowerPoint presentations. This session will introduce participants to a tool that easily creates XML based learning objects.

Collaboration through Learning Management System for Multiple Learning Object Creation

Peter Goldsworthy, University of Waterloo

Twenty-two CLOE Partners collaborated in producing a significant number of learning objects (45) over a compressed timeline with Inukshuk funding using a Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS aided file transfer, communications, community, but most of all it improved our ability for project management. Discussion will include the pros and cons.

Friday

11:00 AM –

12:00 PM

Capital 2A

Concurrent Sessions

Telework: Using WebCT as a Virtual Workplace

Irene Mueller, Western Carolina University

Mary Teslow, Western Carolina University

Ann Hallyburton, Western Carolina University

The electronic work environment is becoming more common in organizations.  Simulating this work setting can be a challenge for educators.  The authors collaborated to create a virtual professional working experience that students completed off-campus at home.  They will describe this innovative use of distance education technology, which provides a contextual method for creating online student-learning experiences that help prepare students for current and future success in their careers.

Collaborating at a Distance to Create Online Learning Modules

Megan Matthews, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Lorna Wong, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Hear how four campuses collaborated to create learning objects that improve consistency in curriculum between programs and create a course useable by each campus; yet they can be used independent of a full course offering.  They use technology functional both inside a course delivery system and as an independent website.   

Friday

11:00 AM –

12:00 PM

Capital 3A

Concurrent Sessions

Leverage through Collaboration: Using MERLOT to Promote Adult Learning 

Phil Moss, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Tens of thousands of Oklahomans have completed more than two years of college, but have not finished a degree.  The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have initiated a project to help citizens complete a bachelor’s degree through an innovative statewide approach involving public universities.  Collaborative curriculum development, learning materials, faculty development, and technology will be important components in this effort to help working adults complete a degree.  MERLOT will be a key tool in advancing the project.

Internet-based Support Material for Continuum and Fluid Mechanics Courses

Marek Stastna, University of Waterloo

Francis Poulin, University of Waterloo

Uliana Melnychenko, University of Waterloo

We have developed a web structure to help us present the more visual aspects of fluid and continuum mechanics and include some of this material at the level of course assignments.  As our courses are traditionally blackboard and chalk affairs, adding the web-based material has proven both challenging and exciting.  We will discuss some early successes of our approach and point to some challenges for the future.

Friday

11:00 AM –

12:00 PM

Capital 4A

Concurrent Sessions

Aggregating ePorfolio Discourse in Virtual Communities of Practice

Gayle Burns, California State University/Los Angeles

Kathleen Willbanks, California State University/Office of the Chancellor

For the past few years there has been significant interest across the CSU system in ePortfolios. The Chancellor’s Office is committed to helping build a system-wide Community of Practice on ePortfolios.  The charge includes aggregating ePortfolio practices in the CSU, sharing these processes throughout the system, and developing recommended guidelines for selection, implementation, and support of ePortfolios. The challenge to have meaningful discussions in an effective and cost-efficient manner is critical to the success of the Community. A CSU ePortfolio Liaisons group met face-to-face in early Spring, and the process has moved to an online forum. The presenters will share how this mode of communication has affected the project and its participants.

A Hybrid Course in English Writing and Literature

John North, University of Waterloo

An irritant in most universities is the weakness of students’ written expression. The primary corrective -- service courses provided by departments of English -- is a matter of strained debate. Rules-based remedial classes in the mechanics of language are of limited effectiveness, boring to teacher and students alike. This paper describes a two-part hybrid course developed to satisfy both camps in the remedial composition debate. Literary instruction is 'viva voce', composition instruction is automated and superior to 'viva voce'.

Friday

11:00 AM –

12:00 PM

Capital 5A

Concurrent Sessions

Award Winner Presentation - Music

Teoría.com

José Rodríguez Alvira, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico

This site is a broad collection of music theory and analysis using Flash learning objects. The learning objects on the site are divided into three categories: Tutorials, Exercises and Reference. The Tutorials include Reading Music, Intervals, Scales, Chords and Harmonic Functions. The Exercises include Rhythmic Dictation, Clef Reading, Intervals, Scales, Key Signatures, Chords, Harmonic Functions and Jazz. Reference includes Reading Music, Intervals, Scales, Chords and Articles (the Articles sub-category includes several analysis objects.)  The information is broken up into short sections that are easy to retain. The animations are clear and often do not need the accompanying text to understand. The site has great potential for reusability as individual parts of the site could be inserted in a number of ways into an instructor’s teaching sequence.

12:00 PM –

3:00 PM

Westin Hotel Governor General Room

MIC06 and MIC07 Conference Committees Meeting

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