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Deborah Proctor
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities


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July 1, 2008
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July 6, 2008
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Pre-Conference Workshop:
A Crawl through Second Life: Enhancing Learner Engagement using 3D Virtual Worlds
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Jonathon Richter, Sarah Robbins
Conrad A
Communities of Practice emerging in 3D Virtual Worlds such as Second Life are creating learning experiences heretofore unavailable to teachers and learners. The SaLamander Project at The University of Oregon is a MERLOT Community with a mission to collaborate, find, index, and discuss aspects of the 3D Virtual World "Second Life" that have educational value and share in the research, development, and training opportunities associated with those factors. This workshop requires that participants feel reasonably comfortable navigating in SL.

Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop:
Noyce Scholars and MERLOT: Helping Science and Math Teachers in Training Success in High Need Schools
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Gerry Hanley, Ron Hughes, David Andrews
Nicollet
Workshop participants will learn about the California State University’s plans and implementation of the Noyce Scholars program which is a prestigious national forgivable loan incentive program that provides scholarships to highly qualified mathematics and science students to acquire their mathematics or science teaching credentials, in return for an agreement that they will teach in high needs schools. This session will demonstrate how CSU creates and supports the Noyce Scholars Teaching Commons, a network of pilot micro-communities of Noyce Scholars that are connected to the broader support services for science and math teachers in California and Noyce Scholars across the MERLOT consortium.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
ECON201: An Online "Video Game" College Course
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Jeffrey Sarbaum
Conrad B
ECON201 is a principles of microeconomics course designed entirely as an online video game. The scenario is that an alien space ship crash lands on a post-apocalyptic Earth and must survive. The student player is confronted with various problems and tasks to solve, using math, logic, and economic principles. The uniqueness of this enterprise is not the technology used but the creation and design of the game itself. The game combines (1) original problems to solve using (2) an original story with (3) original graphics, sound track, and animation. Preliminary results suggest that learning is comparable to a traditional class.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Understanding Web 2.0 Technologies: Using Wikis, Blogs, & Podcasting
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Cris Guenter
Conrad C
An overview presentation will feature wikis, blogs, and podcasts and what they offer for your teaching. This will be followed by a demonstration of how to get started in the world of wikis, blogs, and podcasts. If Internet access is available and you have access with your laptop, then you will actually be able to begin constructing your own blog and wiki. Closure will include a group discussion highlighting key considerations and aspects of Web 2.0 use in teaching. A selection of free online resources for getting started immediately will be provided for each participant.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Moodle 101
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Kurt Hochenauer
Conrad D
Moodle, the leading open source course management system, offers an inexpensive and creative alternative to other online teaching systems. It is a flexible system that can be easily adapted to support shared knowledge and collaborative philosophies about education. It can be used on an individual or institutional basis. This pre-conference workshop will go through the basics of using the Moodle system, from creating wikis and discussion forums to adding course content and registering students. The workshop will present examples from recent courses taught by university professors. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own course on Moodle as well during the workshop. Are you ready to Moodle?

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Creating Engaging Lessons and Reusable Learning Objects with SoftChalk
Track: Other
Presenters: Steven Saltzberg, Dave Evans
Ramsey
Attendees will learn how to create Re-usable Learning Objects (RLOs) using SoftChalk--the powerful web lesson editor that allows educators to easily create engaging, interactive content. The content can then be packaged for delivery in any Learning Management System, or placed on a web/file server or burned to a CD. Attendees will learn to make online content engaging, interactive and professional looking; and how student learning is re-enforced using SoftChalk Learning Activities, Quizzes, and Tools. These activities include the easy creation of crossword puzzles, image mapping, matching, sorting exercises, etc. And interactive comprehension questions such as true/false, multiple answer, multiple choice, and short answer. But most of all, learn how easy lesson content is to create.

Thursday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop:
Creating and Using Brief Online Teaching and Learning Resources
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Ray Purdom, Steve Gilbert
Conrad C
This workshop is for most of us -- faculty who don't have time to redesign courses but want to improve them; faculty developers who want new ways to engage faculty who have limited time; anyone who wants to take advantage of some of the new Web-based resources that tantalize and taunt us. Participants will be encouraged and enabled to take several small steps -- DURING this workshop. Find or produce brief, useful, Web-accessible video recordings or narrated slideshows: "eClips"; develop engaging, interactive face-to-face or online activities and other resources that supplement e-clips; produce a brief hybrid teaching/learning module or a brief hybrid workshop, a combination of the above that could be used in 15 minutes (or less) of class time or faculty development interaction.

Implementing Interactive Learning: Writing Assignments for a Variety of Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Linda Scharp, Steve Rowe
Ramsey
Participants will be provided with print and electronic templates and traditional classroom assignments. They then will be given guided practice and tools to create interactive assignments that are considerate of both learning styles and multiple intelligences. Use of MERLOT objects to enhance interactivity will also be emphasized.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Cool Tools for Learning and Online Teaching
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: John Prusch
Conrad D
This workshop is for anyone who has anything to do with teaching online and is looking for better ways to enhance their courses with tools and best teaching practices that work. Come discover and try out for yourself open-source screen capture, online audio recording, software to survey students for course evaluations and much more. You will also get a taste of MERLOT with all its learning resources and tools. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate a variety of virtual classroom tools and then give you a chance to try out some of tools for your self.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
MERLOT Librarian Workshop
Track: Track 5 – Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Presenters: Peter Nerzak, Amy Harris, Lisa Baures
Nicollet
The MERLOT Librarian Workshop is designed to provide training and guidance on using MERLOT for librarians with these responsibilities. This workshop will explore how librarians from various disciplines might more effectively utilize MERLOT and how they might more actively become involved in the MERLOT effort. Offered by the Library and Information Services Editorial Board, this workshop is a culmination and distillation of what they learned in this process, and will include a tour of MERLOT from an information literacy perspective, guided exercises, case studies, hands-on exploration, and time for discussion. You will leave with an understanding of how MERLOT can be used as a medium for promoting information literacy.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Faculty Development Workshop - More Than a Taste of MERLOT
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Laura Franklin, Idana Hamilton
Conrad B
MERLOT is a rich source for finding peer-reviewed quality learning objects – but it is much more. This workshop will involve the participants in an in-depth understanding of how the MERLOT resources can be fully leveraged both as a resource for course design and as a professional development activity. Participants will explore the MERLOT collection, investigate the MERLOT Discipline and Special Interest Communities, create a personal collection, post a review for a learning object, and actually add to the MERLOT collection! Those not already members will be able to join MERLOT during the workshop. This offers an excellent opportunity to see how MERLOT can be presented to faculty members.

Friday, 8:00 am to 9:30 am

* Featured Session *
A Trailblazer's Perspective on Online Learning, Leadership and Success
Track: Other
Presenters: Darcy Hardy
Ballroom EFG
You have no doubt witnessed the explosive growth of online learning, or as some call it - e-learning. The name continues to evolve but the idea of providing convenient access to education for students around the globe has been constant. How did we get where we are today? What has led to the success of so many e-learning organizations and the demise of so few? Who are the leaders and what did they do right? What did they do wrong and how did they learn from their mistakes? Is success based on enrollments? revenue? quality? All of the above? Which is most important, and which one can you most influence? And because working in the digital world can be stressful, we'll look at how elements such as respect, empathy, appreciation and humor can keep an organization from falling apart.

Friday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hands-on Workshop:
Using GeoGebra To Create Interactive Web Content
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Dave Matthews
Conrad B
Geogebra (www.geogebra.org) is an open-source tool for creating interactive Java applets for arithmetic, geometry, algebra and beyond. It is free, easy to learn and requires no special software. In this workshop, we will learn how to create Geogebra applets for interactive web content that can be used both in on-line courses as well as to enhance traditional delivery. Numerous examples will be provided. We will begin by creating simple and clear pictures, and proceed quickly and easily to interactive content. No previous programming experience is assumed.

Hands-on Workshop:
Beginning with the End in Mind: Using Evaluation Rubrics Tied to State Standards and the eFolio in Wikis and Google Docs
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Siri Anderson, Lorraine Boyle, Chad Schmidt, Barbara Bridges
Conrad C
This session serves as an introduction to the use of Wikis and Google Docs (with students in grades 7-16) to foster high levels of student collaboration and learning when guided by detailed rubrics aligned to state standards. Participants will learn about student use of the eFolio to assess their progress on state standards; apply evaluation rubrics to existing student work in Google Docs and various free wiki programs; and participants will be guided in the production of their own free interactive online learning materials.

Friday, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Round Table Discussion:
Getting Creative with Online Faculty Compensation and Work Load
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Thomas Fauchald
Nicollet
The Inter Faculty Organization (IFO), which represents approximately 3,300 full and part time faculty at Minnesota's seven state universities, has evolved some creative solutions to faculty compensation in regards to online instruction. Once the facilitator has presented the IFO contract's online compensation contract language, discussion will be opened as to how other institutions and systems handle work load and compensation of online courses and programs. The goal of this presentation will be to provide a written document of the session that describes practices involving compensation and work load for online instruction of session participants.

Friday, 10:00 am to 10:45 am
Panel Session:
We Built It, Now What? An Assessment of an Open Teaching and Learning Resource.
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Olga Trusova, Cheryl Richardson, Chun-Mei Zhao
Conrad D
This session will provide an overview of an assessment of open education websites developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Sites include the Gallery of Teaching & Learning (GTL) where users browse through a variety of digitally curated collections: the Knowledge Exchange Exhibition Presentation Toolkit where users generate multimedia representations of their work, and the newly launched Teaching & Learning Commons, an on-line community-oriented environment. This study addresses a universal question in the burgeoning open education resource movement: We have built an open digital educational platform, how do we know how it is used and how it can be adapted to serve the larger community more effectively?

Friday, 10:00 am to 10:30 am
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Music Theory Learning Objects for Drill and Examination
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Glen Collins
Conrad A
Distance Education and Learning Technologies at Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador developed 16 interactive learning objects covering the primary music theory, aural identification and theory rudiments. These learning objects were created for use in an online entrance exam for Memorial’s School of Music and as standalone learning objects to be used in the K-12 system. An instructor’s back end utility also was developed permitting examiners to not only see whether the student got the correct answer but showed, for example, which notes students placed on the staff. This presentation will demonstrate the learning objects and instructor’s panel discuss the technology and cover the protocols involved in conducting the online exams.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
e-Learning: Professional Development with an Urban Focus
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Jeton McClinton
Marquette
Online educational opportunities are becoming increasingly abundant as institutions invest heavily in Web-based delivery systems to promote lifelong learning opportunities and sharpen their competitive edge. This paper addresses the concept of e-learning applied to an existing Executive PhD program in Urban Leadership at a Historically Black University in southern United States. The program is designed with a specific focus on the role of leadership development with an emphasis on issues related to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). This is the first executive leadership certificate program of its kind in the nation offered in a distance learning mode.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
MERLOT Introduces Web 2.0 Communication Tools
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Sorel Reisman
Carver
MERLOT’s membership of 60,000 faculty, librarians, students & staff are the essence of our successful worldwide community of those who focus on the use of technology in teaching and learning. MERLOT's core has been the collection of materials around which member participation has been based. MERLOT is initiating a set of communication tools that will dramatically increase inter-member communication. The integration of threaded discussion, blogs, and wikis will provide MERLOT members with greater opportunities to share with one another, their online teaching and learning experiences. This presentation will introduce the new MERLOT Web 2.0 set of communication tools and solicit audience participation/input regarding their deployment in www.merlot.org.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
The Promise of ePortfolios: Connecting Academic Achievement with California Workforce Development
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Kathleen Willbanks, Ruth Cox
Ramsey
For the past few years there has been significant interest in the use of ePortfolios, lately fueled by the direct link to ePortfolios and workforce development. What are they? Who uses them? How? Why? This presentation will offer emerging definitions of ePortfolios and share real world examples of how ePortfolios are providing opportunities for students to demonstrate academic achievement and skill mastery across a range of disciplines.

Friday, 10:00 am to 10:15 am
Mini Session (15 minutes):
The Online Textbook: A Student-Faculty Collaboration
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Philip Pecorino
Duluth
Online textbooks are a student centered approach to the course textbook making them available anywhere and at anytime via computers. They contain the works of scholars and academics placed online under open access added to that of the instructor and the works of students in a single online textbook designed for students. They save money, are conveniently located, easily revised and contain materials at a level that can be adjusted to that of the learner. Sample listing of five such works now in use by the presenter at http://www.ppecorino.com/BOOKS.html

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Emerging Technologies for Learning
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Susan Engelmann, Janet Shanedling, Barbara Brandt
Lasalle
Today's students have grown up with technology. They value speed, efficiency, and instant feedback. During this session, presenters will provide highlights of the strategic framework, investments, and developments that are creating the educational technology platform to facilitate 21st century learning. The development is grounded in the strategic direction of the institution and represents how future innovations in education delivery will allow learning to transcend time and space.

Friday, 10:30 am to 10:45 am
Mini Session (15 minutes):
MediaMill: Storing and Delivering Digital Media to Meet a Wide Range of Educational Needs
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Jen Mein, Jude Higdon
Lasalle
The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Office of Information Technology at the University of Minnesota (U of M) has developed an archiving and distribution system for images and audio and video media. The environment, called MediaMill, allows users to store and archive uncompressed media and then create any number of derivatives optimized for a host of outputs, including (but not limited to) slideshows, dvd, flash video, streaming video, and podcasts (including the associated RSS). MediaMill has come into wide adoption at the U of M: by central OIT units, by departments within CLA, by individual instructors, and by students.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Reclaiming The Third Dimension: From Telecourse to Blended Course
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Joseph Hughes
Duluth
This paper will treat the presenter’s redesign of a Classical Mythology “telecourse” taped live (and unscripted) in 1996 and originally broadcast over local cable TV. For pedagogical reasons and institutional objectives, the telecourse is being restructured as part of a “blended” learning experience. The presenter’s main challenge is retaining the “performance art” aspect of the original 1996 cable TV lectures, while utilizing successfully adopted technologies, such as dedicated Web and Wiki servers. Another challenge will be working in scripted “review” segments developed along the lines of the presenter’s 2007 “interactive DVD course” on ancient and modern superpowers.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
What Works in Asynchronous Online Discussions
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Dorothy Fuller
Hennepin
This session is designed to stimulate discussion around the problems and solutions for structuring and managing successful online academic discussions. Session will focus on problems, solutions and current best practices from educational research related to effective management of online academic discussions.

Friday, 10:45 am to 11:15 am
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Using MERLOT to Create New Courses and Remake Old Ones
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: William Paquette
Marquette
With the increase in learning objects in the MERLOT collection, it is now possible to develop new courses and remake traditional ones. Two examples presented for consideration are "Unraveling Mysteries in History" designed to be interdisciplinary with Biology and History to use DNA to resolve historical paternity and death riddles. "The Civil War" is a six-week course using MERLOT materials to examine slavery, the antebellum South, the War, and it consequences including Reconstruction in a renewed course redesign.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
The OnCoRe Blueprint: The Art and Science of Repository Creation
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Elizabeth Johnson
Conrad A
Digital repositories store resources that can be used in traditional, online, or hybrid courses with equally positive results on teaching and learning. Creating a statewide repository to store learning resources maximizes benefits by allowing states to contain or reduce development costs and decrease duplication of effort. Participants in this session will gain an understanding of challenges facing repositories today, and discover what the future may hold for the sharing of educational resources. Attendees will also learn about the OnCoRe Blueprint Project, a FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education) funded venture outlining the fundamentals of repository creation.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
No More Traditional Classes: A Campus-wide Transition Into Future Learning
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Dan Lim, Donald Williams
Carver
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences (FHCHS) is implementing a strategic plan of delivering the traditional brand of health science degree programs using the various forms of innovative learning modality. The innovative active learning modality will include both low threshold technologies and highly interactive online learning technologies. After establishing a technology cultural change among faculty with low threshold technologies, a phase integration of campus-wide enhanced podcasts and vodcasts, video conferencing, games, simulations, and virtual worlds will be implemented. A key element in the implementation is maintaining a high degree of synchronous interaction between instructor and student as well as among students

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Best Practices in Developing Part-Time Faculty Who Teach at a Distance: A Competency-Based Model
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Mary Rose Grant
Ramsey
The increasing use of part-time faculty teaching online prompts the need to develop quality web-based teaching skills. To meet part-time faculty needs, development activities must be comprehensive and convenient. A competency-based model of faculty development is presented, which provides opportunities to enhance teaching effectiveness and improve student learning. This model integrates seven competencies with teaching and organizational requirements that cut across benchmarked best practices. Participants will discuss implications of online development for part-time faculty and strategize adaptability and institutional implementation of the model. Presentation materials include, access to powerpoint slides, URL to the online faculty teaching course, and other handouts.

Friday, 11:00 am to 11:45 am
Panel Session:
Second Life and MERLOT: Combining Tools for Greater Impact
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Sarah Robbins
Conrad D
Technologists, researchers, and instructors are moving beyond an initial discovery Second Life’s interesting features and moving on to a more rigorous, pedagogically insightful application. This presentation will introduce the Second Life platform, not as a stand-alone tool, but as one symptom of a larger change in education. Emphasis will be drawn to the methods with which Second Life can be used in conjunction with other tools such as Learning Management Systems, Content Management Systems, and Learning Object Repositories. After this contextual introduction, participants will learn about Salamander, a combination of Second Life and Merlot.

Friday, 11:00 am to 11:15 am
Mini Session (15 minutes):
The Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act: A Safe Harbor
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Elaine Barringer
Duluth
This session addresses conditions that nonprofit educational institutions must meet in order to benefit from the liability shelter provision in the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act. Results showing the number of California nonprofit schools opting to comply with the Act will be presented;advantages and disadvantages of the liability shelter will be discussed, and a self-check informational handout will be provided.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Online Career Development: Informational Interviews
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Kate Southwick, Helen Tang
Lasalle
The Center for Strategic Information Technology (IT) and Security created an online learning module for Informational Interviews. One of the Center's key initiatives is to provide and enhance IT Career Awareness and Readiness for students. The online Informational Interviews are designed to assist high school and college students in learning more about: 1) different types of careers in Information Technology and 2) the what, why and how of an informational interview The presenter will demonstrate the learning module and give an overview of the project from creation to completion.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Online Assessment Tools - Do They Provide a Valid Assessment of Learning for Students with a Disability?
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Lisa Fiedor, Saroj Primlani
Hennepin
Curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy, when linked with good assessment strategies, provide excellent measures of teaching and learning effectiveness. Technology enables the use of universal design principles addressing different learning styles, rates, and methods of expression. Important accessible design concepts of assessment tools and instruments will be discussed.

Friday, 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Brief Hybrid Workshops (BHWs) and Brief Hybrid Teaching/Learning Modules (BHTLMs)
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Ray Purdom, Steve Gilbert
Conrad A
In this session we will examine "Big Visions" that shape education, the obstacles that prevent their achievement, and small practical steps to achieve them, including: Brief Hybrid Workshops (BHWs) and Brief Hybrid Teaching/Learning Modules (BHTLMs)–combinations of five minute videos with online or face-to-face synchronous activities and other resources. We will provide you with examples and resources for planning, producing, assessing, and improving their own BHWs and BHTLMs.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Creating a Culturally Based Health Curriculum: The Academy and Tribal Government Partnership
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Lisa Lefler, Regis Gilman
Marquette
Few colleges and universities outside of the tribal college system, have successfully integrated “Western” approaches to education with Indigenous knowledge and direction. The rural communities surrounding Western Carolina University are culturally rich and diverse. A long-time neighbor of the university, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has proven to be a forward-thinking and resilient community with changing needs and growing services for their people. This session will chronicle the development of an on-line graduate certificate program, a partnership that is lead and guided by the needs and expertise of a tribal people, the EBCI, which may prove to be a model for other university partnerships with Sovereign Nations.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Know What They Know
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Stephen Nodine
Carver
Recognizing how well students have grasped a subject is an elusive goal. Pre-class online surveys provide instructors with a view of students’ understanding or preconceptions leading into class, allowing for just-in-time fine-tuning of classroom presentations and activities. Classroom response systems or “clickers” offer a means to instantly reinforce learning or alert the instructor and students that more instruction is needed. Used together, these tools enhance and solidify learning and confirm to instructors and students alike when mastery has been achieved. Both systems will be used during the presentation to model this process and engage the participants.

Friday, 11:30 am to 11:45 am
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Handout Heaven: Peer Reviewed, Student Tested Data Analysis Exercises for Social Science Research Courses
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Anne Cross, Susan Hilal
Duluth
Conference attendees will learn about Handout Heaven, a web site that collects, reviews, and disseminates ready-to-go (but customizable) handouts containing peer reviewed, student-tested data analysis exercises for social science research courses. This project is funded in part by the National Science Foundation and takes inspiration from the American Sociological Association's Integrating Data Analysis Project.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Web 2.0 in Higher Education
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Radwan Ali
Lasalle
This presentation shares the findings of a study on the use of Web 2.0 technologies in higher education. The objective of the study was to explore whether secondary educational institutions are using Web 2.0 components or similar technologies in their teachings, learning, and administrative infrastructure. The ultimate goal of the research was to share the findings and provide recommendations for best practices to benefit students, faculty, and administrations in higher education. The study used a survey to gather data and used qualitative method to analyze the data and generate results to support the findings. This presentation also shares recommendations based on these findings.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Structured Student Self-Assessment of Asynchronous Discussions
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Dorothy Fuller
Hennepin
This session presents a structured student self-assessment system that requires students to identify their best examples of discussion contributions and to evaluate their own participation based on that evidence. The session will also summarize student reactions to and evaluation of the self-assessment system. Participants will be asked to join in a roundtable discussion about what works and what doesn’t in developing effective asynchronous class discussions.

Friday, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hands-on Workshop:
What is a Canned Course? Faculty Perceptions of Content Created by Others
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Deborah Proctor, Ruth Rominger
Conrad B
Attend a visually facilitated discussion of faculty viewpoints on courses created by others. The question is this: "If the best faculty in your discipline were brought together with the best instructional designers and media developers, and if they then created the best online course in your area, would you use it?” (Threlkheld, 2006). This session is designed to engage its audience and will use an exciting non-lecture format called visual facilitation. Attendees will be invited to participate in a scholarly discourse of issues surrounding use of content created by others. This session lends itself best an extended timeframe. See http://www.visualpractitioner.org/

Hands-on Workshop:
Podcasting for Educators
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Donna Eyestone
Conrad C
Have you heard about podcasting, but aren’t sure what it means, or how you can use it? You’ll see a demonstration of how podcasting works, and examples of their use in various learning situations, including the “iTunes U” environment. Then, pop open your laptop and get recording! You'll get an overview of how to inexpensively, and easily create a podcast yourself - on your own Mac or PC. You can download Audacity (free) before the session at http://audacity.sourceforge.net

Friday, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Round Table Discussion:
A Blended Approach to Collaborative Faculty Development
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Ron Bridges
Nicollet
While college professors typically lack formal training in pedagogy, they have extensive experience with learning processes. Collaborative inquiries into teaching practice honor the experience and expertise of faculty while fostering critical reflection that leads to substantive change. However, such activities are time intensive and faculty members have varied schedules that often limit participation. On-line and blended approaches to collaborative reflection may alleviate some of these time constraints. A recent faculty development project used a blended approach with bi-weekly face-to-face meetings interspersed with on-line reflections. This presentation describes the experience of the group overall and my personal experience as the facilitator.

Friday, 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Report on a Longitudinal Study – 2004-2008: Synchronous & Asynchronous Course Elements: Their Impact on Faculty Workload
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Michael Scheuermann
Carver
Two years ago, a predecessor paper discussed the possibilities that course management systems bring while faculty workload tends to increase. This updated report on this longitudinal study demonstrates, with corresponding data, that some strategies can help in balancing quality and workload. Asynchronous tools are the features of choice, but, incorporating synchronous elements might bring about unanticipated responses, outcomes, and opportunities. This updated report-out will highlight several myths on synchronous course elements, share them, discuss them, and, ultimately, dispel them.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Using Technology for Fast-Track Training
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Trina Gabriel, Alice Jagnandan
Ramsey
When N.C. funded a new virtual early college program, UNCG (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) was given just weeks to train the course facilitators who would proctor courses in high schools across the state. Though face-to-face training was the norm, the University quickly fielded a self-paced, interactive website to get the job done. UNCG’s training site has proved not only to be a popular way for facilitators to learn about the role they play in helping students to succeed in online early college classes, but also has served as living online resource and collaboration tool throughout the school year.

Friday, 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm
Panel Session:
Design and Deployment of Sustainable E-Learning Solutions Adapted to an African Context
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Moustapha Diack, Solmon Negash, Moses Atezah, Bakary Diallo
Marquette
Creating the environment for national e-Learning development in Africa entails the sharing of resources, experiences, and best practices, as well as the demonstration of practical examples of successful technology solutions. This panel will discuss issues for effective e-learning development and delivery with particular focus on pre-conditions for "good practices," pedagogical integration of ICT, learning environments, and learning design, as well as training and professional development of educators, and the development and sharing of open education knowledge, resources, and technologies. The audience will be encouraged to join in this discussion. The sessions will be videotaped for further disseminations.

* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Demos with Positive Impact – Mathematics Classic Award Winner
Track: Other
Presenters: David Hill, Lila Roberts
Conrad D
This site is a collection of classroom demonstrations each of which comes with stated objective, prerequisites, instructor notes and platform info, plus the level of the demo and credits. The focus on typical problems and how to help students overcome them contributes to the effectiveness of the material. Many demos provide an enhancement for activities that already happen in classes.

Friday, 1:45 pm to 2:00 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Technology and Budget Limitations? MERLOT to the Rescue in an Online Diversity Course!
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Jacquelyn Palmer
Duluth
Copyright limitations, unaffordable duplication fees, and the lack of video streaming technology prevented us from using videos for a course in Cultural Diversity in Health Care when moved from a face-to-face to an online environment. We turned to MERLOT and other sources for free materials. The resulting course far exceeded our expectations in providing a media-rich learning opportunity that exploited the value of the online environment. We will demonstrate some of the MERLOT materials we used, including those appropriate for units on cultural diversity; within subjects such as organizational behavior and management. Participants will receive handouts listing the resources.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
The Blog to Terebithia: Inspiring Confidence and Success in Struggling Middle-School Readers
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Jan Schmittauer
Lasalle
This presentation describes a successful partnership between seventh-grade language arts students in a rural Ohio school district and an online class in developmental reading for education majors designed to help the seventh-graders prepare for the reading portion of the standardized tests. Each middle-school student chose a text and was paired with an education student who created a blog to discuss the book in depth twice a week. The education students also created individualized study programs for their students with suggested reading strategies and skills. The presenter designed a web site detailing this project that participants can adapt.

Friday, 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Free Software for Learning Object Development
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Neil Griffin
Conrad A
Creating engaging online content doesn’t have to be expensive. You and your students can create web pages, animations, interactive tutorials, PDF documents, audio, video, and much more without spending a dime. Come and learn about the many open source and freeware tools that are available. Free software allows educators to begin creating learning objects without having to deal with the high costs and restrictive licenses of commercial software or the hassles of the purchasing process. Participants will receive a CD containing software covered in the presentation.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Professionnal Development in Technology Literacy: An Online Model
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Edwige Simon, Sue Burke
Ramsey
The Anderson Language Technology Center (ALTEC) at the University of Colorado (Boulder) offers a non-credit certification in language technology. The certificate offers training in the theories and practices of technology use in the foreign language classroom. Although interest for the certificate has grown significantly since the revamping of the curriculum in 2005, scheduling remains a real challenge. In order to remedy this problem, ALTEC started developing online CALL workshops. These modules are entirely self-paced and can be completed at any time during the academic year. This presentation will introduce five of these online workshops, including the instructional design challenges encountered, and the preliminary findings from the evaluation plan.

Friday, 2:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Using Blogs to Enhance Course Writing Activities
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Nima Salehi
Lasalle
Projects created for three different college courses which have integrated the use of blogs to enhance writing projects such as book reviews and reflective journals will be outlined. Details on how projects were modified to meet the learning goals of each course and what directions were given to students for compositions and for using the blog templates will be provided. After summarizing project results, participants will be provided with template handouts and be given the opportunity to share their own ideas on how they might implement similar activities to meet the needs of their own online course instruction goals.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Standards Based e-Folios in Teacher Education
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Lorraine Boyle, Paul Wasko, Susan Kachel, Kristin Grohs
Hennepin
In collaboration with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Bemidji State University’s hybrid distributed online learning model developed a statewide standards based, electronic portfolio using eFolio Minnesota to document students’ competencies in teacher education. Constructivist approaches drive teaching and learning. Students create artifacts, apply theory to practice, and demonstrate competence in ten standards and 100 indicators. Joining community partners, students incorporate service-learning, clinical experiences, mentorship, and reflective practice. eFolio Minnesota is North America’s first statewide electronic portfolio infrastructure. This effort, sponsored by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, is one of the largest and most successful efforts.

Friday, 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
Panel Session:
Project Technology--A World of Reality
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Jim Jorstad, Bob Hoar
Marquette
Project Technology is a carefully crafted “take off” of the popular reality TV program, Project Runway. Faculty from different disciplines were visually documented over the course of a semester to see how they utilize technology in their teaching and learning, in their classrooms and offices. The audience will learn about the key issues faculty face in their teaching, how they react to technology challenges, and what issues emerged as the story unfolded. Project Technology shows the potential divide between faculty teaching and IT support, and how technology infrastructure can affect student success. This session is highly interactive and engaging!  Click here for Part 2

* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
3DMolSym – Chemistry Classic Award Winner
Track: Other
Presenters: Michael Sigalas, Nickolas Charistos
Conrad D
3DMolSym is a molecular visualization educational program designed to visualize the symmetry elements of molecules and to animate the corresponding symmetry operations in an interactive 3D environment. It is aimed to help chemistry students conceive the symmetry properties of the molecular structure. 3DMolSym includes a searchable database with symmetry and geometry data of 48 organic and inorganic molecules, corresponding to all point groups of chemical interest.

Friday, 2:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
The Next Generation of MERLOT Learning Activities: Pedagogy in Action
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: James Rutledge, Scott Cooper, Sean Fox
Duluth
Do you have a favorite activity to increase student learning? MERLOT has partnered with NSDL’s Pedagogic Service Project at SERC (Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College) to provide faculty with downloadable materials that can be used under a Creative Commons license. Faculty are invited to contribute to MERLOT Pedagogic Collections in Mathematics, Biology, Physics and World Languages; other discipline collections are on the horizon. The Pedagogic Service Project is currently offering a limited number of monetary rewards of $200 per learning activity in order to help build the collections. A question-and-answer session will follow a brief presentation; handouts will be provided.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Buy-in for Student and Faculty Success: Multiple Paths, Common Goals
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Carol Lacey, Megumi Yamasaki
Lasalle
A collaborative team developed a hybrid approach to “Your Academic Journey,” a course required for first year students with a Desire2Learn site, supported by a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) Center for Teaching and Learning grant. While special attention was directed to bolster success for urban high school “Power of You” students, all students, digital immigrants or natives, can use these resources to meet learning objectives. The shared master site provides assessment of common learning outcomes with application of competencies and rubrics tools.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
“Orientation to Graduation” – Using TK20-CampusTools HigherEd to Document Student Growth
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Nicole Kendall
Hennepin
This presentation showcases how Tennessee State University uses the TK20 data management system to document professional growth among its teacher education candidates. Professional standards are outlined by national accreditation bodies such as NCATE, SACS, and AACTE to insure that institutions can document their successes. Data collection processes may be in place; however, they are often fragments of the total environment. Therefore, a more cohesive system is needed to clearly portray program outcomes and professional growth of teacher education candidates—from orientation to graduation.

Friday, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Orchestrating a Multi-Media Learning Experience by Integrating Radio Resources with the Internet
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Valerie Geaither
Conrad A
Using radio documentaries is one way to further enrich students’ learning experience in web-enhanced courses. Attendees at this session will experience how an instructor uses an American Radio Works (AMW) documentary, Finding Home: 50 Years of International Adoptions, in a web-enhanced section of a family diversity class. The documentary nicely contextualizes trans-cultural and trans-racial adoptions and vividly exposes students to the actual faces and voices of five different adoptees. The session will conclude with discussion about availability of audio resources and ways they can be integrated into online classes.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Course Redesign: Creating Interactive Scenario and Case-Based Online Courses
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Kathleen Sheridan, Leslie Curda
Ramsey
This presentation describes how scenario and case-based instructional approaches were integrated into multiple courses in a teacher education department. All courses include animated graphics to engage students in the scenario, instructional modules with embedded learning objects, discussion sessions requiring reflection and self-assessment, online activities enabling students to engage in interactive exercises to facilitate learning, and active dialog that encourages the exchange of ideas. Student and faculty feedback have revealed that the course redesign made the content more meaningful and relevant and contributed to achieving all course goals. Attendees will be provided with slides and screenshots of multiple courses created and provided guest access for further exploration.

Friday, 3:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Adapting Core Courses for ELL Students
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Renee Jesness
Duluth
English Language Learner (ELL) students begin learning by tapping into what they know. For five years Minneapolis Public Schools (MPL) Online offered a standards-based online health class and art history class. ELL students have had a difficult time with these courses. This session discusses and demonstrates how core MPL online courses were adapted for ELL audiences to increase student understanding and achievement.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Creating a Hybrid Course from Scratch or an Introduction to the Online Course Development Process
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Patricia Schaber
Lasalle
A meta-analysis of online instruction suggests that course planning and design are more important than the type of learning technology used. Moving from the classroom to online instruction is not a matter of uploading course content into course management software. The integrated course design approach of L. Dee Fink (2003) will guide this visual demonstration of the course development process for Professional Identity: Behaviors and Attitudes. Multiple technology-enhanced learning tools will be included in the demonstration, along with a discussion of their strengths, pitfalls, and learning challenges. Study results comparing the classroom version to hybrid format will be presented.

Friday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hands-on Workshop:
An Artful Process for Using, Developing, and Revising Learning Objects
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Barbara Cox, Diane Aldis, Renee Jesness, Becca Barniskis, Lisa Thompson
Conrad B
Artful Online, a partnership between the Perpich Center for Arts Education and Minneapolis Public Schools Online Professional Development, offers blended online access to a unique collection of arts education resources that support teaching, learning, and facilitating with a variety of components; including research-based tools and strategies, and real world video and audio clips equally effective as professional development and for student learning experiences in k12 classrooms. What does it take to build these resources? How are they used? Refined? Come participate as a learner and co-developer of a new learning object based on actual work completed at the conference.

Hands-on Workshop:
Why Wikis Wrule: Collaborative Co-inquiry with Wikis:
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Tom Reinartz
Conrad C
Wikis are an inexpensive yet powerful way to provide active, collaborative knowledge-building and content representation. This session will explore examples of wiki use, including dictionaries or glossaries; brainstorming; collaborative projects, events or articles; and digital archives or portfolios. Examples of the many different wiki tools will also be shared.

Friday, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hands-on Workshop:
A Conversation Among Repository Stakeholders and Administrators
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Susan Henderson, Cathy Alfano
Nicollet
What are your biggest challenges in initiating and implementing a statewide or institutional digital repository? What are your biggest successes? What resources are available to support your endeavors? Come and share your questions and lessons learned with fellow colleagues.

Friday, 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm
Panel Session:
Knowing the Ropes Aboard the Associate EditorSHIP
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Susan Moncada, Michelle Kunz, Theresa Flaherty
Marquette
Sail with MERLOT skippers on their first annual cruise – a 40 minute adventure through the world of associate editorship. Our cruise directors guide guests on a journey of successful recruitment, retention, and reward strategies to muster volunteer participation. In addition to the wonderful cruise amenities, a treasure trove of resources will be shared to help guests become effective MERLOT editors.

* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Outbreak at Watersedge – Health Sciences Classic Award Winner
Track: Other
Presenters: Debra Olson
Conrad D
This learning material deals with an outbreak in a community, which is particularly salient information with the threat of bird flu outbreaks on the horizon. It is an excellent introduction so the student knows there is more to it than just “health department health care”. The entire site is a great source of information for students learning public health concepts or wishing to understand the process of illness investigation within the public health arena. Teachers will find that this site will be supplemental to the text book as it contains essential content.

Friday, 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Preparing for Academic Life
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Robin Marion
Ramsey
As part of the CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive (CDIP) Program, a lottery funded faculty recruitment tool, a Community Commons has been developed and housed on MERLOT. This Commons is designed to facilitate development of promising new faculty who are recipients of CDIP, also called CDIP Scholars. The site addresses the three aspects of faculty academic life: teaching, research, and service. Key elements of each of these three are explored through links to resources, contributions by outstanding CSU faculty, and suggested activities. As a culmination of this development, guidelines for putting together a professional portfolio are included. This session is a demonstration of the Commons for feedback from the audience.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Creating a Quality Online Teacher Education MA Program
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Andreas Schramm, Ann Mabbott
Carver
With increasing globalization and advanced communication technology, there is a demand for professionally oriented MA programs to be accessible world-wide. Learn how one university translated a successful on-campus MA-ESL degree into an online format. We will discuss the challenges of maintaining course quality and access to academic resources needed in an MA program. We will also discuss how communication between a professor and students, and communication among students is facilitated; maintaining our student-centered, interactive teaching approach. Finally, we will discuss how faculty work with distant students to write their MA theses.

Friday, 4:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Teaching General Chemistry with Free Software
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Cesar Lopez
Duluth
Teaching General Chemistry is not an easy task. We, as instructors, have to make students understand what they consider a difficult matter. Fortunately, the web can help us in making difficult things easier. One of the complicated items is Atomic Theory with its orbitals and quantum numbers. To solve this problem, the Chemistry Department of Davidson College has provided a powerful tool called VSEPR that enables us to explain the shape of each orbital. Although VSEPR is not particularly difficult, the students can get easily disappointed when trying to use it. The presentation will focus on overcoming the challenges of teaching General Chemistry. Contribution of Professor Alcañiz is acknowledged.

Friday, 4:30 pm to 4:45 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Teach Advanced EFL Reading and Writing about Contemporary Chinese Literature of Taiwan via Web-Based Designs
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Tzuhsiu Chiu
Hennepin
Owing to the Internet technology which rapidly becomes accessible, friendly, and efficient in the 21st century with other new techs (such as multifunctional cell-phones or handy-size e-book browsers), the need to develop e-textbooks or web-based course designs of literature for advanced ESL/EFL students emerges imminently. This presentation will demonstrate some distinct features of my experimental web-based course design for advanced ESL/EFL students. The quality criteria of the content based on the evaluation guidelines for digital learning material production published by the e-Learning Quality Certification Center in Taiwan will be referred and some potential drawbacks will also be discussed.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Tom Creed--Compassionate Pioneer
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Ray Purdom, Steve Gilbert
Lasalle
Compassionate Pioneers are those who not only reach beyond their own limits and lead the way in developing or trying new options, but who also encourage and help their colleagues to take the same path. Tom Creed was such a Compassionate Pioneer in promoting the wise use of technology in teaching. Tom Creed (1946-1999) was a psychology professor at College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Minnesota. He published numerous thought provoking articles and facilitated workshops nationwide. We will celebrate Tom's many ground breaking contributions, including, "Extending the Classroom Walls Electronically" and "Techno CATs". http://employees.csbsju.edu/tcreed/Default.htm

Friday, 4:45 pm to 5:15 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Creating a MERLOT Teaching Commons for Virtual Worlds
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Jonathon Richter, Sorel Reisman
Conrad A
The Center for Learning In Virtual Environments (CLIVE) is a new MERLOT Community dedicated to assisting educators to compare, contrast, and ascertain the relative value of 3D Virtual Learning Materials. Collaborating with Sun Microsystems, The Media Grid's Immersive Education, and educators across the metaverse, CLIVE Community Coordinator Dr. Jonathon Richter of The Center for Advanced Technology in Education of The University of Oregon will introduce CLIVE and discuss ways in which the whole MERLOT community can benefit by getting involved.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Decision-Making Authority and the Creation of Course Materials: Roles and Methods
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Andrea Nixon
Ramsey
Academic freedom is a tradition that recognizes the independent role of faculty members in teaching and is deeply rooted in academic culture. Contemporary course development efforts may include experts in information resources and technologies, learning theories as well as faculty members associated with the course subject. Joint development efforts may give rise to competing or complementary sources of authority. This session presents three case studies conducted at a research university that exemplify three distinct models of decision-making authority in the development and evaluation of curricular materials for online instruction. Session attendees will discuss findings in light of their institutional practices.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
MERLOT - A Tool for Graduate Teacher Education Students: Creating, Collaborating, Sharing and Scholarship
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Lisa Pirinelli-Dubuc
Carver
Looking for ways to get your students actively involved with MERLOT? This presentation will showcase learning objects created by presenter's Educational Computing graduate students. This is a course long project by which the students are introduced to the MERLOT Teacher Education Portal, locate current MERLOT materials, create collections, add assignments, and the final project is the creation of a learning object contributed to MERLOT. The peer review from the editorial board will become a part of the student’s professional teaching portfolio. Presenters will discuss the project design and ways to get your student involved and engaged with MERLOT.

Friday, 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
Panel Session:
“If You Build it, They Still Might Not Come” – Overcoming Faculty Resistance to IT Integration
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Tom Brinthaupt, Maria Clayton, Barbara Draude
Marquette
MERLOT is at the forefront of the creation, evaluation, and use of digital learning objects. Despite major progress, the need to identify and overcome instructor barriers and resistance to the use of these new tools is greater than ever. In this session, we will first define the major barriers to faculty adoption and use of IT. Then, we will discuss some of the best ways of overcoming these barriers, from both faculty and administrator perspectives. We will demonstrate that in order to ensure more effective implementation of new technologies, institutions must proactively clarify and address these faculty issues.

* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Connecting Concepts - Biology Classic Award Winner
Track: Other
Presenters: Robert Jeanne, Jan Cheetham
Conrad D
Connecting Concepts is a series of interactive web-based lessons designed to give introductory undergraduate biology students opportunities to connect biology concepts. Each lesson is a series of screens that breaks the topic down into simple steps and then illustrates the connections between the steps to present the completed concept or process. The Biology Editorial Board selected this site as outstanding for a number of reasons, including the fact that it is versatile and can be used as a supplement to the lecture to allow students to review the topic at their own pace and as often as desired.

Friday, 5:00 pm to 5:15 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
International Learning Technology Advisory Council Addressing Higher Education Issues Through Interoperability Standards
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: John Falchi
Lasalle
The rising cost of student textbooks constitutes a financial burden for most students. How to predict, assess and report student learning outcomes, and how to address the increased rate of attrition associated with online learning will both be addressed at this session. The IMS Global Learning Consortium (GLC) believes these higher education challenges impact quality, access and affordability and are shared internationally. Attend this presentation to learn more about the IMS GLC international Learning Technology Advisory Council (LTAC) and provide input to the LTAC projects aimed at addressing these key higher education challenges through application of interoperability standards and adoption practices.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Research Documentation Made Easy
Track: Track 5 – Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Presenters: Lynn Aaron
Hennepin
It’s important for students engaged in research to cite the sources of the information they include. Developing citations, however, can be discouraging for them. A citation tool has been included in Microsoft Word 2007 that significantly facilitates the process. Use of the tool will be demonstrated and a tutorial will be available.

Friday, 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Reusing and Repurposing Learning Objects: Issues of Granularity in the Texas Course Redesign Learning Object Repository
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: William Moen
Conrad A
Although reusing and repurposing is an expressed goal for digital learning objects, research by the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge (University of North Texas) has identified key issues and challenges related to levels of granularity and resulting impact on learning object reuse and repurposing. The research, part of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Course Redesign Project, uses derived learning objects from the Project’s redesigned courses. The objects, stored in a proof-of-concept learning object repository, vary in levels of granularity. This test environment provides an opportunity to gather empirical evidence on the efficacy of particular levels for reuse and repurposing.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
The WikiFly Effect - Using Web 2.0 to Give Your Students Wings
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Drew Buddie
Ramsey
Using student-generated practical examples Drew will give a step-by-step summary as to how his students made use of Web 2.0 tools to create some outstanding resources.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Home-Brew Video Studio Equipment
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: James Falkofske
Carver
Do you need a video studio? Don't have much money? Learn how to build video studio equipment from hardware-store supplies. Topics covered include teleprompters, lighting, chromakey (greenscreen), background stands, and camera dollies. Learn how to produce more professional results on a tight budget.

Friday, 5:30 pm to 5:45 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Opening Access to Scientific Documentation
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Moustapha Diack
Lasalle
This Learning Circle will introduce the tenets of the Green Open Access (GOA) movement that promotes the use of open access scientific and scholarly journals to promote their increased usage and impact. GOA supports the goals of providing universities with the means of freeing online access to their own annual peer-reviewed research output through institutional self-archiving, and providing support for new alternative journals that offer open online access to their full text contents. The session will brainstorm the challenges, opportunities, and barriers to opening access to scientific documentation.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Interactive Library Instruction for Distance Education
Track: Track 5 – Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Presenters: Elaine Settergren
Hennepin
Providing interactive and engaging library instruction that addresses different learning styles for distance education students is a challenge because there is no face-to-face feedback or specified classroom time. The online librarian at the Minnesota School of Business offers practical solutions that can be accomplished with a small staff. Webinar style of instruction allows students to come together as they would in a classroom. A recording is produced for those who are unable to attend or want to review. In addition to live instruction, other interactive and printable tutorials and reference services meet the needs of distance education students.

Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:30 am

* Featured Session *
Plenary Presentation:
What Would Dewey Do?
Presenters: Bernie Dodge
Ballroom EFG
Imagine if John Dewey lived in a time of free learning objects and unlimited access to all of human knowledge? What kinds of lessons would he dream up? One thing is for certain: he would remind us to focus on the creation of challenging, meaningful tasks for learners. Information leads to learning only when we're compelled to DO something with it. This session will survey the kinds of active doing that Dewey would do in today's networked environment.

Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hands-on Workshop:
Open Source "Interactive Audio Objects": Creating Effective Multimedia Learning Objects, Without Programming
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Mike Beutner
Conrad C
In this intermediate hands-on session, you'll be able to create "interactive audio object" learning applications using open source files, templates, and tools. No programming or complex scripting is required. All examples, media files, and handouts are provided. The pace of the session will be nice, easy, and informal. The focus is on practicality. Here are examples hosted on a university website that promotes literacy by using "Ace", a mascot: 1. http://ulm.edu/aceadventures/01/story02/index.html Written by a student, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students like this. 2. http://ulm.edu/aceadventures/01/story01/index.html Very young learners spend long periods of time with this application.

Hands-on Workshop:
Copyright for Teachers and Librarians in the Digital Age
Track: Track 5 – Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Presenters: Mark Davis, John Worthington
Conrad B
Copyright law requires that teachers, librarians, and administrators follow strict guidelines when using copyrighted material in their classrooms. Mandates are even more constraining for online and distance learning. This session contains a short analysis of what uses are acceptable under Title 17 USC §107, §108, §110, and the TEACH Act.

Saturday, 10:00 am to 10:45 am
* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
E-Commerce Business Ethics Case Study - Business Classic Award Winner
Presenters: Terry Morris
Conrad D
This ethics case is outstanding as it is very interactive and catches the attention of students. The complete case study consists of four scenarios -- each with a Flash movie, employee biographies, and questions. Additional resources include a page of e-commerce links and an e-commerce newsfeed. The series reinforces concepts progressively, building on prior concepts, and demonstrating relationships between them

Saturday, 10:00 am to 10:30 am
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Web 2.0: What Is It and Why Use It?
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Kellie Doty
Carver
Web 2.0 has transformed the web from a read only format to a read-write format. This new social learning structure has revolutionized collaborative learning and the expected exchange between educators and learners. In this overview, attendees will learn what Web 2.0 is and how it differs from Web 1.0. Additionally, they will be introduced to numerous means of incorporating web-based, social-learning activities into their classroom. The second half of the workshop will be spent exploring websites, brainstorming ways to use the technologies, and sharing ideas via a workshop wiki for a hands-on experience with collective intelligence.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
The Design of Reusable Multimedia Resources to Deepen Information Literacy
Track: Track 5 – Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Presenters: Kim Duckett, Hyun-Duck Chung
Conrad A
North Carolina State University librarians are designing a suite of e-learning modules on topics that deepen student understanding of how information is created and the scholarly communication process. These short, animated streaming modules cover topics such as the role of peer review in research, the social construction of information in Wikipedia, the literature review process, and how economics shape access to information. They are designed to be used in various instructional contexts and across institutions. Come learn about this initiative through an exploration of the instructional design, faculty collaboration, and production processes involved in creating the ‘Peer Review in 5 Minutes’ module.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Using MERLOT to Improve Student Outcomes in Science and Math
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Lucia Vanderpool
Marquette
The Enrollment Management Task Force at Baptist College of Health Sciences found that lack of student success in science and math courses was a frequent reason why students withdrew from their programs or were academically dismissed. In 2006, the college was awarded a 5-year, Title III grant of $1,024,155 from the Department of Education. This grant was implemented in the fall of 2007 with the establishment of the Course Specific Instructional Center (CSIC), a student learning center designed to improve student outcomes. This presentation will discuss how MERLOT is being utilized in the CSIC to improve student outcomes in science and math. A review of student comments related to their experiences with MERLOT as a virtual tutor as well as a research tool will also be discussed.

Saturday, 10:00 am to 10:15 am
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Mobile Phones and Text Messaging: An Active Learning Strategy for Engaging Students
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Alan Groveman
Lasalle
SMS, or short messaging service, is the communication channel of choice for millions of college age students. IM, and email, that often require a computer, have been replaced with SMS and mobile phones. This workshop will describe an academic implementation of SMS, its pedagogical rationale, specific instructional uses and research support.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
A Federal Government Document in Every Classroom OR Name a Subject & I'll Give You a Document!
Track: Track 5 – Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Presenters: Victoria Lynn Packard
Hennepin
The educators of today must be able to serve students in myriad ways and formats. In the past, teachers had students in the classroom and taught from a text. Today, students can be in the next town, another state, or on a ship at war. These students want materials current, fast, and on their computers. The presenters will discuss ways in which Instructional Librarians and Instructional designers in technical support services can work with course faculty to bring multiple strings of learning to the classroom and to distributed learning students in any location.

Saturday, 10:30 am to 10:45 am
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Using Technology to Create Teaching Aids
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Pedro Mayoral, Secundino Isabeles
Duluth
Learning by doing is the best way the presenter can share the experience in using simple software such as windows movie maker, power point, exel, flash and other software to create from a simple flaschcard to a nice video, short movie or a friendly exel book to register a students centred learning assessment process.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
The Evolving Social Learning Platform
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Stuart Sim
Lasalle
Web 2.0 has lead to the proliferation of user friendly tools and services that can be 'mashed up' to deliver engaging experiences on the web to support education. The problem is that most of these sites pull students from the campus Information Technology systems into richer social network environments where 'deeper learning' is happening away from the campus support systems. The answer is to adopt a blend of Web 2.0 integration strategies with a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based back end to take advantage of rich tools and environments while capturing and nurturing the learning context inside the campus information systems.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Andragogy for the Digital Age
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Sara Simmons
Hennepin
How do the long-established principles of andragogy (adult learning) apply to learners in the digital age? What are the implications for educators engaged in technology-enabled teaching and learning? Help yourself to stay up-to-date in the rapidly advancing field of educational practice and theory. Join this lively, interactive discussion of how adult learners today are similar and different from the learners of yesterday and how those understandings can help to strengthen your practice and your use of the latest in educational technologies.

Saturday, 10:45 am to 11:15 am
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Engaging a Generation of E-Learners via Detailed Error Feedback on Mathematical Responses to Open-Ended Questions
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Nava Livne, Oren Livne, Chuck Wight
Ramsey
Presenters will introduce RUReady (http://ruready.net), a college readiness e-learning system for engaging students in mathematical learning. It isbased on a parser that analyses responses to open-ended mathematical questions andgenerates automated detailed error feedback to ‘debug’ students’ errorsRUReady develops students’ deep understanding of why their answers are wrong. Detailed error feedback increased students’ scores by 10 percent and engagement by 22 percent, especially in questions that required creativity. Using error feedback, on-demand reports are planned to enhance teacher individualized instruction.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
VR3 - Virtual Reality: Vehicle for Recruitment & Retention
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Elizabeth Hodge, Sharon Collins
Carver
As educational institutions embrace new technological tools as a vehicle to facilitate learning, teachers will be able to sustain their role in the classroom and advance learning through interactive instructional design. With this in mind, educators must evaluate the various forms of technology tools and their use in virtual worlds. Teaching and learning in virtual worlds provides 3D graphics, voice and interactive learning methodology. The use of virtual worlds such as Second Life for educational purposes are on the rise today and East Carolina University is embracing the new education paradigm.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Ideas for Improving Online Course Design
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Michael Ciocco, Peter Phillips
Marquette
Do you struggle to find ways to successfully present your plans and materials in an online course? Do you have to beg your students to participate in your course? If so, then come to this session for the eLearning course developer. Learn to improve the effectiveness of your online course design. See your course from the student perspective and optimize your lectures, discussions, and assignments better serve your target learners. Understand how to structure your course to maximize the impact of your content. Learn how to employ technology that meets your students on their level. Resource handouts are provided.

Saturday, 11:00 am to 11:45 am
* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History – History Classic Award Winner
Presenters: Peter Gosage
Conrad D
There are nine mysteries in this learning material, each divided into appropriate categories that include: Introduction, Background, Leading Personalities, The Event, Interpretations, and Archives. Each category is broken down into subcategories appropriate to the mystery. Each mystery includes photographs, maps, and primary source documents. Each mystery has different writers but each site is thoroughly researched and is beautifully done

Saturday, 11:00 am to 11:15 am
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Independent Interactive Inquiry-Based (I3) Learning Modules
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Lisa Green, Scott McDaniel
Duluth
The I3 project, supported by the NSF, had two primary goals: 1) develop discovery-based interactive audio-visual instructional modules to improve learning of post-calculus probability and statistics concepts, and 2) evaluate the effectiveness of this approach. The first objective was achieved by using open-source online materials and combining audio-visual instruction with interactive inquiry-based lessons. Module topics include the binomial distribution, confidence intervals, randomization, statistical significance, and sampling variability. The second goal, evaluation, will be achieved by a comprehensive plan to assess student learning and student attitudes toward probability and statistics. We will present results collected from several classes taught at MTSU.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Marketing Branch Libraries to Students Through Web Videos
Track: Track 5 – Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Presenters: Caroline Gilson, Brooke Cox
Lasalle
As branch librarians, we constantly look for ways to increase student and faculty awareness of the resources and services our branch libraries offer, because most students turn to the main library for their information needs. We created seven promotional videos in summer 2007 advertising branch libraries at DePauw University. Designed to reach students in their Web 2.0 environment, the commercials are posted on YouTube, the library website, individual librarian’s Facebook profiles and play on the campus cable station. This session will focus on the conception and production process, the outcomes of our project, and the challenges and lessons learned.

Saturday, 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Laboratory-based Online Science Courses: Planning, Development, Implementation and Outcomes
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Lakshmaiah Sreerama, Mohammad Mahroof-Tahir
Conrad A
Very few online lab-based chemistry courses are offered because of the laboratory content. We have developed and delivered several lab-based chemistry courses online. These courses utilize the unique idea of Saturday labs during which students perform multiple but related experiments. The courses incorporated interactive content and online dry labs specifically developed for these courses as well as engage students actively with their peers. The presentation will cover topics including how to begin a lab-based online course, planning, funding, prepare content, incorporate activities and interactive discussions. This session will be helpful for the participants thinking to teach a science course online.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Give Your Online Teaching a JOLT
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Edward Perry, Michelle Pilati
Ramsey
The MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) is an online peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the scholarly use of online resources in higher education and provides a publishing opportunity for research related to online learning and teaching. This quarterly online journal offers a quick turnaround for authors seeking recognition for their scholarship related to online education. The co-editors of the journal will discuss the objectives of the journal, its manuscript submission process, its peer review criteria and process, and plans currently underway for giving the journal a stronger international appeal.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Utilizing Web2.0 and LMS Tools To Engage Students Online
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Michelle Farley
Carver
Motivating and engaging students in the online environment poses difficulty for many faculty members. While making the transition from a face to face classroom to online, it is difficult to generate and incorporate activities that support not only the course objectives but learning outcomes. Creating such items that have relevance to the student allow them to take ownership in their learning experience. Motivation and engagement in the online environment will be discussed, showcasing examples utilizing Web 2.0 and LMS tools, and their relevance to the ARCS (Attention, Relevance, Confidence, Satisfaction)Model of learner motivation.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
The 12/10 Conspiracy: Guiding Faculty and Staff Exploration of Web 2.0 as Learning Tools
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Fritz Nordengren
Marquette
The 12/10 Conspiracy program at Des Moines University employs improvised conspiracy theory and digital storytelling as a way of introducing faculty and staff to web 2.0 tools and how they can be used in research, instruction delivery, and learning environments.

Saturday, 11:30 am to 11:45 am
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Achieving Ease of Use for Online Course Development in Course Management System (CMS)
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Pil-Won On
Duluth
Course Management System (CMS), aka Learning Management System (LMS), enables online instruction to be delivered in more applicable way. However, developing online courses in CMS is not as applicable as is its use. In order to support the online course development in CMS, the idea of course templates has been examined. The online course templates provide a built-in structure from which developers can start their online development. Customizable content pages present flexible ways of modifying templates in their own and worry-free webpage building. With the preview of three types of online course templates (supplement, hybrid, and fully online), tips and techniques concerning the practice of the course template idea will be shared with the audience.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Annotating Video With Text Online
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Brad Hosack
Lasalle
Instructors are increasingly using web-delivered video to capture performances in courses. To facilitate assessment of recorded performances, Academic Technology Services at the University of Minnesota developed VideoANT, a video annotation tool that offers the ability to annotate detailed information to specific points along the timeline of an online movie clip.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Modified Kumon Mathematics
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Shinemin Lin
Hennepin
“…the textbook which you have gives you information in great details. However, even if you understand the contents of the material, it is difficult to gain the knowledge and be able to use them without the repetition. To understand the things in depth, we have to try them again and again and experience the application of the problems.” Kumon Schools are based on above drilling principle and are very popular in Pacific Rim countries. It takes lots of manpower to provide immediate feedbacks to students. Since 2005 I have integrated online teaching and Kumon Schools programs in my College Algebra and Precalculus classes at Savannah State University. I encountered many problems. The results are not as I expected. The presentation will cover my research based on three years data.

Saturday, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hands-on Workshop:
Can You Use a Mouse? Point and Click Your Way to a Professional Looking Learning Object
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Sheri Steinke, Robert Bilyk
Conrad B
Bring your own laptop and you can evaluate LodeStar learning software to create a learning object. We all know that developing the learning object content should be the most difficult part of creating a learning object. Bring your laptop and content and leave with a crossword puzzle, a presentation, flash cards, or a timeline. Learn how one Midwest Community College piloted a software product called Lodestar™ to create useful learning objects. Even the students were able to use the software and create their own learning object time lines. Do you think you don't have time to create flash cards for your students? What about a puzzle to test vocabulary? Bring your content ideas and come to this session. You’ll be amazed how easy and quickly you can create learning objects.

Saturday, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Round Table Discussion:
From Unreflective Thinker to Master Thinker: How Do We Help Our Students Make the Change?
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Kathy Autrey, Susan Nealy
Nicollet
What is the difference between a “good thinker” and a “poor thinker"? In this learning circle, we will explore elements of critical thinking, levels of critical thinking and techniques for promoting critical thinking in the classroom. A key issue in the process of encouraging critical thinking is identifying the current level of thinking. The Paul & Elder model of critical thinking provides a hierarchy of thinking. Movement within the hierarchy requires a change in the way a person thinks and that can be uncomfortable. So, how do we help our students move from the point of being an unreflective thinker to becoming an advanced thinker? What hinders their ability to move up the hierarchy and how can we help them to overcome the obstacles?

Saturday, 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Law of Large Numbers: The Theory, Applications and Technology-based Education
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Nicolas Christou, Ivo Dinov, Robert Gould
Conrad A
This project involves innovative methods for exposing students in probability and statistics courses to the theory, practice and usability of the Law of Large Numbers (LLN). The approach is based on integrating modern pedagogical instruments with the computational libraries developed by the Statistics Online Computational Resource (www.SOCR.ucla.edu). To achieve this merger we designed a new interactive Java applet and a corresponding demonstration activity that illustrate the concept and the applications of the LLN. The SOCR LLN applet and activity are freely available online (Applet http://socr.ucla.edu/htmls/SOCR_Experiments.html, Coin Toss LLN Experiment, and Activity wiki.stat.ucla.edu/socr/index.php/SOCR_EduMaterials_Activities_LawOfLargeNumbers)

Regular Session (30 minutes):
ZSR Library Presents: Blogs & Wikis @ Wake Forest University
Track: Track 5 – Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Presenters: Susan Smith, Lauren Pressley, Kevin Gilbertson
Carver
Blogs and wikis are valuable communication and educational tools. These technology-enabled instruction tools can supplement or replace the traditional LMS. To provide the faculty with 21st Century educational tools, Z. Smith Reynolds Library offers locally hosted blogs and wikis for classroom use. This service supports the university’s academic mission, as well as allows the library to fulfill its mission of collecting, indexing, and preserving local content. To create a successful program, library staff integrate instructional design and technology training for faculty. This presentation will provide a program overview, explanation of the instruction, and the specifics of the open-source technology implementation

MERLOT 101: Everything You Need to Know to Hit the Ground Running
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Barbra Sperling
Ramsey
This session will offer an overview of MERLOT for both new and old members. You will learn how the MERLOT website is organized and see MERLOT features and services demonstrated. You can become a member during the session or contribute a material. Other features that will make using MERLOT easy for you will be shown. There may be things about MERLOT you didn’t even know existed or were just afraid to ask … now is your chance! This is a great opportunity, regardless of your experience with the MERLOT, to come and learn new things or be reacquainted with old features.

Saturday, 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm
* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Rutger's Multimedia Chinese Teaching System - World Languages Classic Award
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Holly Tyson, Ching-I Tu
Conrad D
This is a well-designed site with learning material for all levels of students. The topics range from those related to survival skills to contemporary Chinese literature. Culture is introduced, especially at the beginning and elementary levels. Grammar and sentence structures are explained in detail with examples. One especially useful feature of the site is its capability of displaying texts in both traditional and simplified characters, and even in pinyin and English for the beginning level.

Panel Session:
Peer Reviewing for MERLOT - How You Can Get Involved
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Cathy Swift, Scott Cooper, Danny Davis, Ingrid Ulstad
Marquette
Peer Reviewers are essential contributors to MERLOT, their profession and to the service of teaching and technology in their disciplines. Learn how to become a peer reviewer of learning resources in MERLOT. Join the MERLOT Volunteers of the Year as they discuss the benefits of being a peer reviewer, how it affected their teaching, their students' learning and the roles as leaders in technology and teaching.

Panel Session:
ePortfolios Revisited
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Jane Moore, Cris Guenter, David Wicks
Conrad C
Several years ago three members of the Teacher Education editorial board presented at the MIC regarding the development of ePortfolios at our three institutions. Now three years later, we'll revisit ePortfolios and how they've evolved at California State Chico, Seattle Pacific, and National-Louis Universities for both faculty members and students. Additionally, we'll look at the maturation of the portfolio process over time, portfolio tools, portfolio rubrics, faculty and student buy-in, and assessment through the portfolio tool. The presentation will help audience members in any stage of developing ePortfolios to see possibilities and pitfalls in the process.

Saturday, 1:45 pm to 2:00 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Use of Flash Macromedia to Develop Web-Based Tutorial for Inorganic Qualitative Analysis
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Prem Sattsangi
Duluth
By using FLASH macromedia software, the presenters have developed a simple web-based tutorial, which utilizes a road-map strategy to guide the student from the unknown sample to the identified compound, cation, or anion. The very first test with Universal indicator reduces 25 unknowns consisting of 12 samples, 6 cations, and 7 anions into more easily handled able small groups of 3-5 each. These are then identified by 2 or 3 chemical tests. Flash makes it easy to visualize the tests as they appear in the laboratory. Presenters plan to demonstrate how easy it is to use Flash macromedia and create such tutorials.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Long Distance Learning In and Through the Arts: A Case Story from Austin, Minnesota
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Diane Aldis, Barbara Cox, Lisa Thompson, Renee Jesness, Becca Barniskis
Lasalle
Seventh graders at Ellis Middle School in Austin study global cultures through the arts in a semester-long Art Ex (Art Experience) course. Together with staff at the Perpich Center for Arts Education and Minneapolis Public Schools Online Professional Development, teachers and students interact with specific dance learning objects and various reflective tools located on Artful Online. Video conferencing reinforces their work together as students learn dances through interactive sessions with World Dance Artists, and practice critical thinking skills. Participate in a facilitated reflective review of this blended model for distance learning in multicultural education, through dance and guided reflective practice.

Saturday, 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Teaching e-Commerce and Entrepreneurship in Immersive Environments: A Tale of One Experience
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Lesya Hassall, Brian Mennecke
Carver
This presentation will focus on the lessons learned from teaching an MBA course on entrepreneurship, ecommerce and technology in the virtual world of Second Life. Two data sets, student reflections on course activities and PlusDelta surveys, were collected and analyzed. The research results indicate that: 1) students in this course experienced a steep learning curve; 2) students were both cognizant of a rich potential of Second Life and critical of its implications for learning; 3) immersive nature of Second Life contributed to an array of pedagogical issues in this course.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Reclaiming Campus Digital Treasures Using the Digital Information Virtual Archive (DIVA)
Track: Track 5 – Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Presenters: Andrew Roderick, Daniel Koepke
Ramsey
Campuses possess hidden or unknown treasures trapped in the analog world and unavailable to their corresponding teaching communities. These treasures come in the form of museum or discipline-specific material collections, substantial faculty personal collections, or local community group collections. At San Francisco State University (SFSU), the Data and Instruction Virtual Archive (DIVA) Initiative has established a successful approach to identifying these hidden treasures, coordinating their digitization, describing them with standards-based metadata, and allowing them to be shared across the campus and broader public. This session will outline the strategies and methods employed at SFSU and demonstrate how the DIVA software enables this effort.

Saturday, 2:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Voice Recognition as an Assistive Technology
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Dennis Choiniere
Duluth
Many people encounter obstacles to getting their thoughts down on paper. Some have physical conditions that prohibit writing or typing. Others encounter mental processes that make it difficult to move their thougths from their mind into some usable written form. This session will show how a foreign student with dysgraphia was able to use Voice Recognition software to succeed in ways that were not open to him before.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
The Hybrid Format, Freshman Students, and No Tests; Relieving Anxiety While Facilitating Significant Learning
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Patricia Williams
Lasalle
The Taxonomy of Significant Learning developed by L. Dee Fink (2003) is more than an instructor’s guide; incorporating it into actual class work in a hybrid course helps students recognize that significant learning and personal satisfaction go hand-in-hand. Reduce anxiety by eliminating tests, and a recipe for student and instructor success results. In the perennial “re-design” of an entry-level humanities course, previously purged of tests, we gave our students Fink’s taxonomy to use as a writing guide. The results of this combination, where students learn how to learn without anxiety, are illustrated in a PowerPoint presentation, with examples of student work.

Saturday, 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
Panel Session:
MERLOT Africa Network (MAN) Project: Status Report After One Year of Its Launching
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Moustapha Diack, Gerry Hanley, Solmon Negash
Marquette
The panel will present a status report on the first year anniversary of the MERLOT Africa Network (MAN). MAN, officially launched during the 7th International Conference, Jazzing IT up with MERLOT, in New Orleans, Louisiana, has grown to become a recognized international organization reaching out to Africa. The first part of the session will discuss specific milestones and achievements as well as opportunities for international collaborations between the US institutions affiliated with MERLOT and the African counterparts. The second part of the discussion will focus on brainstorming ways to engage the MERLOT Community in the MAN. The audience will be encouraged to join in this discussion.

* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Pageflakes – Teacher Edition – Teacher Education Classic Award Winner
Track: Other
Presenters: Dan Cohen, Allison Berding
Conrad D
Pageflakes allows educators to make quick and efficient use of Web 2.0 technologies--interactive web pages, blogs, forums, discussion areas, etc. Educators can customize the focus of the content and intended learning. Learning material and information for instructor, class, or course use can be displayed, posted, shared, and discussed 24/7. This tool models a smart use of technology to convey information and engage students in a meaningful way.

Saturday, 2:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Multimedia Tutorials for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Course
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Supawan Supanakorn and Ratchaneekorn Thamvichai
Duluth
This presentation will discuss the process of design and development of an online training module to train engineering students to use engineering software, called Quartus II. The design and development mainly focus on an alternative method using multimedia applications, besides text-based instruction on a webpage. The instructional design process is based on the ADDIE instructional design model. The instructional modules are developed using Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Captivate, and Macromedia Flash. All instructional modules are then implemented into a course management system called Desire2Learn (D2L) for all students to access. The formative evaluation is then performed using survey questions.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Building a Free Courseware Community Around an Online Software Testing Curriculum
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Cem Kaner, Rebecca Fiedler, Scott Barber
Lasalle
We are adapting a rich collection of Creative Commons academic course materials (video lectures, slides, assessment materials) in a course on Black Box Software Testing (BBST) for a professional audience (Association for Software Testing [AST]). AST’s model breaks BBST into learning units, each presented as a 4 week, online course. Students spend 8-12 hours per week on lectures, readings, quizzes, individual and group assignments, an essay exam, and extensive peer review. AST offers these courses to its members for free. The typical class has 16 students from 3 or 4 continents. This presentation overviews the BBST materials and the AST adaptation, then describes the model under which we recruit, train, and keep AST instructors involved as volunteers teaching and maintaining the course.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Strategies and Resources for Faculty Development and Support in Creating Accessible Web-based Course Materials
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Lisa Fiedor
Hennepin
Technology enables educators to use the Web to provide online course materials to their students. However, if a student is unable to access or interact with the materials, read the instructions, or perform any of the required activities then the technology may cause a limitation of student learning. Faculty often don't realize these functional limitations, and having strategies for faculty development and support in creating course materials that are accessible to all students is incredibly important. This session will discuss a three-pronged strategy for educating and supporting faculty in creating accessible Web-based course materials.

Saturday, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Meeting the Challenges of Developing Accessible Web Content
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Kevin Floyd, Julie Santiago
Conrad A
With the popularity of online education and the delivery of electronic materials via the Web increasing each year, students with physical disabilities find themselves in a position to acquire an education that may have previously been out of reach. Website design techniques, however, continue to focus on visual appeal and a heavy reliance on deprecated development techniques. This presentation will examine some of the common website design techniques that have been approved by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for the development of web pages that meet current accessibility guidelines.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Using Web 2.0 Tools in Design Communication to Engage Students in Social Activism
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Natacha Poggio
Carver
In the “Issues in Design” course at the University of Hartford, students are encouraged to think globally, connect, create and share —using web technology to help them transcend boundaries— and create a better society through design communication. In this presentation, I will show how web 2.0 collaborative tools (Facebook, blogs, wikis) have been used to inspire students into creating their own voice and engage them in social change and activism, by disseminating their work on the internet.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Implementing Formative Assessment in a CMS
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Jim Formosa
Ramsey
Learn how to implement formative assessment in higher education using a course management system. Formative assessment has been shown to be able to significantly improve outcomes. This is particularly true for unprepared and under prepared students. Anecdotal evidence will be presented to support the presenter's contention.

Saturday, 3:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Authoring High Quality Digital Multiple-Choice Assessments in Online Courses
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Susan Moncada, Thomas Moncada
Duluth
All online course management systems provide mechanisms for assessing student learning. Through CMS assessment functions faculty can import multiple-choice items from test banks or create their own question pools. Yet, item design quality impacts how well learning is being measured. This presentation helps faculty develop and recognize well-constructed multiple-choice questions. A checklist of test construction criteria for stem and response options will be provided along with illustrations of poorly designed items reworked into well-designed questions. Finally, item statistical analysis will be discussed as well as how to compensate for the lack of it in the online environment.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Calculus Without Pen and Paper
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Danny Davis
Hennepin
Over the past several years, the presenter has been experimenting with the Computer Algebra System (CAS) LiveMath in teaching his Calculus III and Calculus IV courses. He is intrigued with the possibility that students might learn as well or better when a CAS replaces the traditional pen and paper as the primary medium for problem solving in these courses. In this presentation, he will engage his current students in a comparison of these two different approaches. To ensure that time is effectively used, the session will begin with a ten-minute video. The last five minutes is for questions and discussion.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
M.T.A.T. Multi-Tracking Audio Transcriptions
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Anthony Titus
Lasalle
The multi-tracking audio transcription for the blind or M.T.A.T. for short, is an audio translation of conventional music notation for guitar or any instrument. This transcription technique devised by Anthony Titus approaches the musical and technical information using several recording tracks simultaneously editing the music and verbal commands for easy recognition. M.T.A.T. is a notation devised to facilitate study by leaving the hands free allowing for the flow of tactile memory to be realized during the learning process.

Saturday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Hands-on Workshop:
MERLOT-An Innovative Approach To Teaching Distance Education
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Gary Sorenson
Conrad C
MERLOT's goal is to make you a better teacher, learner, and business professional. Even if you have not used MERLOT very much, you will learn about the academic discipline communities and learning materials, as well as how you can use MERLOT in your individual classroom or online course. If you are unable to bring a laptop, we will provide one to share with another participant. In only a short time, you will see all the features MERLOT has to offer. If you are an experienced user, you will learn how you can train other faculty on MERLOT as well as how to become a Peer Reviewer.

Saturday, 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm
Panel Session:
Accelerating Course Development Through Collaboration
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Phil Moss, Debra Runshe, Lisa Pirinelli-Dubuc
Marquette
Developing and maintaining effective hybrid or online courses often require faculty and academic technology staff to find ways to collaborate within or across departments, campuses, and systems. In this session, campus leaders will describe their use of the MERLOT Teaching Commons and other online resources in developing online courses and course materials.

* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Institutional Stewardship Awards - University of Michigan Team and Jim Rutledge
Presenters: Victor Wong, Nancy Konigsberg Kerner, James Rutledge
Conrad D
Before the establishment of the MERLOT@UM Cross-disciplinary Community of Practice the MERLOT efforts on campus were restricted to the labors of one or two “lone rangers” with limited institution-wide impact. The genesis of the MERLOT project arose from the above and some broader issues brewing on campus. Jim Rutledge pioneered the adaptation of the new MERLOT Personal Collection service for departmental use by college faculty, both full-time and adjunct. He created six sets of college-wide Department Collections for St. Petersburg College (SPC).

Saturday, 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Integrating Multimedia Resources Into Course and Classroom
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Michael Miller
Conrad A
Use of multimedia in courses commonly involves physical procurement of tapes or DVDs and in-class or library reserve exhibition. Availability and portability of materials are often problematical, as is display efficiency. Adoption of a web-based approach, however, expands the potential for employment, while freeing instructors and students from typical constraints. This presentation outlines the creation and operation of a course wherein media content can be accessed and streamed via on-line sources. Particular consideration is directed to free or low-cost materials, copyright and fair-use, the context in which hypertext links are nested, employing video/audio clips in class presentations, and problems with multimedia technology and content.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
iTunes U: Lessons Learned After Two Years on the Trail
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: David Wicks
Hennepin
iTunes U, a mission critical application for the Seattle Pacific University community allows professors to provide AV content to their students outside of the classroom. Current students can pause, rewind, and re-listen to their instructors. Prospective students can taste campus life before enrolling. Alumni and friends can relive forty years of events. Attendees of this session will learn the path SPU followed to create one of the largest iTunes U sites. They will learn how this site is being promoting. Those unfamiliar with iTunes U will learn how they can become both users and providers of content. Attendees will learn about challenges like intellectual property and accessibility. Finally, the presenter will demonstrate how to create a podcast by recording the session.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Talking with Technology: Asynchronous, Synchronous Communication and Beyond Using Free Software
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Takako Shigehisa
Carver
This presentation discusses examples of activities for students to encourage oral communication among themselves using free software. The examples include asynchronous and synchronous communication in Japanese language class, but are applicable to any class that would benefit from student presentations and discussions. The presenter will introduce the following free software: Audacity, Photostory3, Skype, Powergramo and Chinswing.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Utilizing Innovative Technologies in Online Graduate Nursing Education
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Sally Fauchald
Ramsey
This presentation describes a nursing course which utilizes web-based discussions, blogs, and an academic-version electronic health record (AEHR) as learning tools. Discussions will address the virtual interdisciplinary collaboration among health sciences faculty via the web-based AEHR. The participants are to contribute their ideas through discussions during an interactive question and answer segment. Participants will learn how web-based discussions are used to enhance clinical learning and how blogs are used as a means to document clinical activities and to synthesize these activities with course content. Participants will describe how an AEHR can be used to enhance skills and learning. A demonstration of the AEHR is to be provided.

Saturday, 4:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Mini Session (15 minutes):
Distance Learning Technologies for Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of The African Virtual University in Kenya
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Victor Mbarika, DerKirra Wilkerson, Lakisha Simmons
Duluth
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lags behind the rest of the world in education. Less than 25 percent of qualified high school graduates in this region will make it to the university level, mainly because most countries within the region have less than three universities. Such a frightening predicament calls for academic research strategies to address the education dilemma in SSA countries such as Kenya. TeleEducation through its efficient multidimensional strategies has made some commendable advances in approaching this dilemma. In this study we investigate the case of a wide spread TeleEducation initiative in Kenya, The African Virtual University.

Mini Session (15 minutes):
Integration of Technology in Higher Education
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: David Georgina, Clint Hosford
Lasalle
The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine how faculty technology literacy and technology training impact their pedagogy. This required an examination of how faculty technology literacy skills related to pedagogical practice (integrating technology into their pedagogy). Respondents consisted of faculty in US colleges of education among the fifteen peer institutions of the University of North Dakota. The results of the study showed significant correlations between technology literacy and pedagogical practice integration. Participants will be able to examine results pertaining to preferred types of faculty training, concerns of the respondents about integrating technologies, and recommendations on training.

Saturday, 4:45 pm to 5:15 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Using Game-Based Technologies for Teaching Ethics
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Thomas McDaniel, Stephen Fiore, Nancy Stanlick
Conrad A
In this presentation, we will discuss a three year project designed to teach ethics in a game-based environment using a 3d multi-player role playing game designed with the Torque game engine. The project was funded by University of Central Florida’s Information Fluency Office and is intended to help undergraduate students make better decisions when gathering, evaluating, and using digital information sources. The design process and techniques for structuring a learning experience for both the game designers and the game players will be examined. Inexpensive technologies that can be used to design learning games for other types of learning contexts will be discussed.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Student Technology Capabilities & Learner Characteristics: Survey Development and Validation
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Melissa Miszkiewicz, Barbara Dray
Hennepin
Presenters will discuss the methods and preliminary results of a three-step process for assessing a survey’s validity. The survey of interest was designed to expand on McVay (2000, 2001) and Bernard, Brauer, Abrami and Surkes (2004), and Mattice and Dixon (1999), and to examine learner characteristics and technology capabilities of online students. The survey will be partly reviewed in the context of this study, and the preliminary outcomes presented.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Facebook and Podcasting: Convergence for Freshmen
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Peter Juvinall
Carver
Facebook provides a unique opportunity for educators in that it enables a convergence of communication technology. This presentation will cover the benefits of using Facebook as a classroom management solution, the lessons learned from a freshman-level class, and a proper approach to using it in a classroom environment in conjunction with podcasting and traditional means of classroom communication.

Round Table Discussion:
Faculty Grading Dilemma: An Online Workshop
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Ray Purdom, Wade Maki
Ramsey
This session will present an interactive, online workshop designed to place participants in the role of an instructor assigning final grades. During the grade assignment process, several students drop into the instructor's office to express concerns about their grades and make the case for “higher final grades.” Workshop participants will decide how to respond to each student and will experience that certain responses may trigger further complaints. The goal of this workshop is to show how an interactive online exercise can assist in preparing new faculty for the challenges of teaching before they find themselves the subjects of a grade dispute.

Saturday, 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
Panel Session:
Teacher Education Favorites: Tried and Proved
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Jane Moore, David Wicks, Cris Guenter, Diane Judd, Ron Hughes, Dorothy Fuller
Marquette
The MERLOT Teacher Education Editorial Board is sharing MERLOT sites that members of the Teacher Education board have reviewed AND USE. These can be used across disciplines--they're not just for teaching teachers, but can be used beyond. They can make your teaching efficient and engaging. Bring your laptops so that you can bookmark these great sites! We'll share how we use these materials in our own teaching and learning and hope you'll do the same.

* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Innovative Use of MERLOT Award - Virginia Community College System Team and Moustapha Diack
Presenters: Martin Zahn, Laura Franklin, William Paquette, Idana Hamilton, Cathy Simpson, Moustapha Diack
Conrad D
Through the faculty development course, MERLOT 101 Online, the VCCS team has provided professional development to hundreds of VCCS faculty across the Commonwealth for several years. One of the team members serves as Lead faculty while other members of the team serve as Guest Experts. Moustapha Diack has done exemplar work in extending MERLOT resources to African higher education partners through the MERLOT Africa Network (MAN).

Saturday, 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Designing and Developing Learning Objects: Tales from the Trenches
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Jeannette McDonald, Margaret Volkmann, Calier Worrell
Conrad A
We’ve recently completed a project in which we developed 50 robust learning objects. Over time our process has been modified to optimize and facilitate faculty involvement while assuring a quality, engaging product that presents content-rich concepts and incorporates meaningful, higher level interaction. We’ll share our policies, procedures, tools, strategies, and lessons learned, as well as results of the project evaluation of our products and process. We invite anyone involved in creating, developing, and publishing learning objects to share our experiences and hopefully share yours. Bring your stories, ideas, and questions. We’re each other’s most valuable resource. Let’s learn from each other.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Discovery in India: The Incorporation of International Dialogue in a Theories of Personality Class
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Karen Marsh
Ramsey
"Discovery in India" was a project initiated through a small grant to internationalize undergraduate education. An online dialogue between Indian students and undergraduate psychology students studying theories of personality was created so that students could compare and contrast how the subject of personality could be related to sociocultural viewpoints. Following their experience, the students produced a video with their findings. The process of this project provides a template for use in other classes.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
The Constructive Alignment of Educational Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: William Kennedy
Hennepin
Contemporary neuroscience provides a wealth of insights that can help educators willing to use technology to deliver instruction that will have deeper and longer lasting impact on student learning than traditional models. This session will demonstrate how educators can employ a blend of technologies that align with the findings of contemporary neuroscience to produce deep, transformative, and lasting learning experiences.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Is YouTube a Model for "Future Skills Learning"? Discussion of the Value of Video-based Learning
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Mike Beutner
Carver
In this 30-minute session, the audience will be asked to learn an unfamiliar skill involving the use of a rope with the aid of an online video tutorial. The audience will be engaged in the process of learning from a brief online video tutorial with 3-strand rope samples passed out by the presenter. Each member of the audience will discover whether or not he/she can make a challenging "eye splice". Following the group exercise, the audience shares its reactions. Discussion related to the value of the "YouTube" model and its possible impact on education follows.

Sunday, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
* Featured Session *
Plenary Presentation:
eLearning Strategic MERLOT
Presenters: Robbie Melton
Ballroom EFG
Forget being traditional! This presentation will provide proven strategies on how to incorporate MERLOT in an eLearning Strategic Plan for system wide professional development implementation, as a course development tool, and for teaching and learning. In addition, this presentation will highlight "out-of-the-box" creative initiatives on infusing MERLOT with faculty training, mentoring, student support services, and as a tutorial tool for students.

Sunday, 9:30 am to 10:15 am
Panel Session:
Improving Distributed Education through Research: Three Studies of Pedagogy
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Sharon Collins, Ginny Sconiers, Matt Long, Kim Wilson
Carver
Demand for quality, effective online teaching environments is growing. Faculty and students alike expressed challenges in areas of developing a sense of community, participating in manageable, meaningful threaded discussions, and using the appropriate technology to meet the new online learning challenges. ECU undertook three research studies to identify best practices and appropriate strategies to share with the campus community. The areas selected for the studies were: Social Presence in Distance Learning, Threaded Discussion, and Student Technology Usage. Through these research studies, Academic Outreach proposed synchronous and asynchronous educational technologies and strategies to faculty and students in distributed/blended learning environments.

Panel Session:
A Discussion on Disconnects Between Library Culture and Millennial Generation User Values
Track: Track 5 – Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Presenters: Robert McDonald, Chuck Thomas, Tyler Walters
Marquette
As many have previously stated, libraries are just now seeing the issues attached to providing services to the millennial generation user (library users born ca.1979-1994). This panel will look not only at culture and technology disconnects that need to be assuaged by library service providers but will also look at ways in which libraries are currently working to address such issues as outreach, design, and support of Millennial cultural values.

Sunday, 9:30 am to 10:00 am
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Blended Learning: Benefits, Challenges and Methods
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Alan Groveman, Mary Slavin, Marilyn Kulik
Duluth
Blended Learning (BL) is an integration of face-to-face and distance education predicated on empirically based and pedagogically sound principles. It is not simply shifting a portion of a course to an online environment. Rather, it involves careful planning to insure that in-class and independent activities support and compliment course objectives. This workshop will provide participants with a specific roadmap to successfully implement a BL course. The rationale for BL, challenges incurred when developing BL and methods of blending will be presented in the workshop.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Building Mental Models with Visuals in E-Learning
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Shalin Hai-Jew
Conrad B
Mental models (learners' internal conceptualizations of a paradigm, situation, equipment or phenomena) enhance learners’ judgment and decision-making in a specific knowledge domain. Various types of e-learning build mental models: simulations, immersive learning spaces, role playing in case studies, knowledge systems, and more traditional e-learning. Visuals play a critical role in the portrayal and conveying of mental models. This session will highlight how mental models are created via visuals—in 2D, 3D and 4D. These visuals will include mental maps, diagrams, screen captures, screencasts, fractals, photo-realistic images, video snippets, avatars, live data-feed images, digital labs, interactive maps, and machinima. There was also an activity handout for this presentation.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Teaching Lebanese Students Online
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Xenia Coulter
Lasalle
This session describes an American college program for Lebanese undergraduates that began as blended learning but now, for reasons of safety, relies solely upon online contacts. Although technology allows these students the opportunity to earn an American degree, it also exacerbates problems of language, communication, academic honesty, and critical thinking. The audience is invited to discuss broad educational issues highlighted by such programs, such as sole reliance upon the written word, conflicts between models of information delivery and more progressive approaches, and differences between our delivery systems and those available in disrupted or underdeveloped countries.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Teachers Apply Educational Psychology to Urban School Challenge: A Case Study in Online Peer and Expert-Novice Mentoring
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Marjorie Leon, Mary Frances Schneider
Hennepin
In-service teacher trainees applied cognitive and social-emotional principles to design and implement school-based interventions addressing pedagogical, motivational, and classroom management challenges in urban high schools. Piagetian peer mentoring through asynchronous trainee on-line discussions and collaborative projects, and Vygotskian expert-novice mentoring via instructor summaries and commentaries of on-line discussions and feedback on individual and collaborative on-line projects occurred. Potentiality of on-line peer and expert-to-novice mentoring for stimulating dialectic dialogue between trainees and trainees and the instructor, and as a tool for making curricular decisions and revisions in on-line and face-to-face versions of the course will be discussed.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Web-based Information Literacy Modules for Summarizing and Evaluating Quantitative Studies
Track: Track 5 – Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Presenters: Jose Montelongo
Conrad C
This session presents methods for developing web-based modules that help students summarize and evaluate quantitative studies. Each module includes two types of exercises. One strand of exercises helps students summarize an article. The second set of exercises helps students think critically about research questions, reviews of the literature, data analysis, and conclusions. The information literacy modules have these learning outcomes: A. Students learn the sections of experimental investigations: abstract, literature review, methodology, data analysis, and conclusions. B. Students think critically about research questions, validity, generalizability of results, etc. C. Students suggest their own empirical investigations. D. Students summarize entire articles.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Creating Learning Communities Through the Use of Online 3D Immersive Environments
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Nita Matzen, Louise Ochoa, Geraldine Purpur
Conrad D
Use of 3D virtual reality systems offer increased and varied opportunities for communication, interaction, and learning among students, faculty, and librarians. Appalachian State University is using a 3D, immersive, web-based world, called AETZone, as the delivery tool for courses, library support, meetings, and other student experiences. We have found that 3D virtual settings promote a strong sense of presence and co-presence, and encourage serendipitous interactions that help create a fulfilling, meaningful, and rewarding learning community. Come participate in an interactive question/discussion format, including a visit to the AETZone, as we explore the potential of 3D environments for creating learning communities.

Sunday, 10:15 am to 10:45 am
Regular Session (30 minutes):
A Process for Selecting Learning Objects to Use in a Course
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Keren Meister-Emerich
Conrad B
Selection of appropriate learning object(s) for use in a course can be difficult. MERLOT peer review ranking and comments can give an indicator of the quality of the learning objects, but may not identify if one is appropriate for use in a course. This session will detail a process used to analyze and evaluate learning objects both from text publishers and the MERLOT site for use in an introductory statistics course. The process could apply to other courses. Use of the Personal Collection to organize and annotate resources will be included.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Design, Creation, & Implementation of a Synthetic Immersive Environment for Language Learning: Croquelandia
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Julie Sykes, Peter Moore, Elizabeth Wendland
Duluth
This presentation brings together a team of system architects and language education technology researchers to present the first collaborative creation, implementation, and evaluation project of a Synthetic Immersive Environment (SIE) for language learning in the university context—Croquelandia. This project is unique not only because of the products produced, but also due to the long-term partnership of the technical and research team dedicated to creating an easily adaptable space that can be used in other educational contexts. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of future implications for pedagogy and research including applications of SIEs in other learning contexts (e.g., rhetoric, the sciences, and simulation and training).

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Noyce Scholars and MERLOT: Helping Science and Math Teachers in Training Success in High Need Schools
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Gerry Hanley, Ron Hughes, David Andrews
Lasalle
This session will demonstrate how CSU creates and supports the Noyce Scholars Teaching Commons, a network of pilot micro-communities of Noyce Scholars that are connected to the broader support services for science and math teachers in California and Noyce Scholars across the MERLOT consortium. The micro-community networks will be enabled through MERLOT’s Institutional Teaching Commons (ITC) program which the CSU has already established in science education and other areas. Participants who are members of institutions who are themselves MERLOT partners will learn how they can create their own institutionally branded Noyce Scholars Teaching Commons.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Online Conference Saves the Day--and Changes Faculty Development Programs!
Track: Track 6 – Engaging and Emerging Faculty Development Processes
Presenters: Martin Springborg, Zala Fashant, Yvonne Shafer
Hennepin
An on-ground conference for 1,250 faculty members is snowed out! Our center put together an online alternative, allowing presenters and participants to gain some of what they could have in the on-ground offering, and to "test out" the experience of attending an online conference. Not only was it a success, but as a result we now regularly offer online workshops!

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Students: Are You READI?
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Mike Mendez, Paul Coyan, Jennifer Robey, Brenda Lyseng
Conrad D
Which trait do you think is the best indicator of student success in online courses? Computer literacy? Reading speed and comprehension? Typing proficiency? Personal learning attributes? READI is a web-based customizable assessment tool for determining students’ level of readiness for taking online courses. Students are asked questions and required to perform tasks. After completion students receive a report including customized feedback and targeted resources itemizing their strengths and weaknesses in preparation for online learning. Century College has piloted this tool and will share its preliminary findings. Brainstorm with us about how you can implement the tool at your institution.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Wikis and the Pressure of Public Writing
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Dorothy Fuller
Conrad C
Most academic writing is drafted, edited, and polished in private and published only when it is polished. What happens when private writers are thrust in public view for the sake of collaboration? This case study presents a group of graduate teacher education students who opted to experiment in a wiki to develop a collaborative research report, their initial reticence and their ultimate success.

Sunday, 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Panel Session:
Accelerating Course Development Through Collaboration
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Linda Scharp, Linda Haynes, Gerry Hanley
Carver
Developing and maintaining effective hybrid or online courses requires faculty and academic technology staff to collaborate within or across departments, campuses, and systems. In this session, campus leaders describe a collaborative partnership among a university (University of WGeorgia), professional education organization (MERLOT), and an academic publisher (McGraw-Hill) to develop online course materials. We explore a hybrid master’s level course in applied instructional design. Most instruction occurred online, however, students completed a semester long project that involved selecting an online course, researching the MERLOT repository, vetting learning objects and creating and presenting a critical thinking objective and activity for that object.

Panel Session:
The Screen is Flat - Reinventing Libraries for Information Literacy
Track: Track 5 – Reinventing Libraries in the Digital Age
Presenters: Fritz Nordengren, Ann York, Rebecca Hines
Marquette
The Screen is Flat panel discussion will converge the viewpoints of a librarian, a graduate school professor, and a multimedia information designer to create a team strategy for transforming physical and virtual library environments to the computer screen. The panelists will engage participants in visualizing libraries in the Web 2.0 world and beyond, outline three critical skill sets for information literacy, and illustrate how personal learning environments will be shaped by collaborations in and out of the classroom. Attendees will leave with tactics, references on best practices, and a network of colleagues to continue dialogue as they implement change.

Sunday, 11:00 am to 11:30 am
Regular Session (30 minutes):
An Interactive Learning Site on Design Fundamentals
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Barbara Martinson
Conrad C
Our presentation describes an interactive textbook that serves foundation design courses. Its aim is to create an innovative and engaging digital learning environment for students in design. The main focus of technical innovation in this project is the idea that it is revolutionary to digitally deliver course content concerned with traditional hands-on materials. During the MERLOT session, participants will be involved in a discussion of how on-line learning modules can inform hands-on practice of design. Participants will view one or two of the modules and will be asked to develop a sketch based on the module.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Create Flash-Based Tutorials—Two Tools for Your Toolbox!
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Stephen Anderson
Conrad B
The creation and distribution of a multimedia product via the web or on a CD can seem daunting to the inexperienced user. It is often assumed that the developer must have weeks/months of training and experience and that one must utilize expensive and complicated software to produce and distribute such a product. This session will present two useful software tools, Camtasia and Lecturescribe, which enables the user to create flash-based video tutorials with very little money and substantially less time than one might have thought possible. Attendees will create a flash-based tutorial and publish it to the web during this session.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Powering Up: Embedding Podcasting and Vodcasting Into Your Online Course
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Scott Horton, Marlene Zentz
Duluth
Podcasting and vodcasting technologies have opened new doors for our online faculty who are now teaching more effectively and experiencing higher levels of student satisfaction. This presentation will show examples of podcast recordings (using freeware and a cell phone or computer microphone) and vodcast video streams (that also incorporate electronic whiteboards into the overall vodcast system). You will be provided with a guide for getting started and recommendations based on “lessons learned.” This session is interactive with an emphasis on fun, so bring your questions and discover how to make your online class truly stand out from the crowd.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Designing for Effective Online Collaborative Learning
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Robert Jorczak, Constance Pepin
Hennepin
Two trends have become increasingly evident in formal education: increased distance education via networked computers and increased use of peer-to-peer (collaborative) learning. What do experience and research say about how to combine these trends to improve education? This session explores factors that affect the design and delivery of online courses that include collaborative learning activities, especially guided small group discussions. Session presenters will review research findings about online collaboration (including their own research) and will provide specific instructional design and delivery recommendations derived from such research. Audience collaboration will provide participants with an opportunity to contribute to this discussion.

Panel Session:
Online Internship: A Teaching and Learning Opportunity for Pre-Service Teachers in the K-12 Online Environment
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Pat Sterle, Chery Takkunen, Greg Rien, James Pavlek
Conrad D
Learn about an innovative pilot project designed to place pre-service teachers in internships with experienced K-12 online teachers. Project components include a 4-week seminar covering online pedagogy and practice and an internship / student teaching experience where pre-service teachers and their assigned K-12 mentors work together to support online learning in a K-12 environment. Session participants will be able to view the online seminar course, ask questions of key project staff and pilot participants, and have access to a collection of resources developed by the pilot project.

Sunday, 11:30 am to 12:15 pm
Panel Session:
Rethinking the Policies and Promoting Awareness for Deploying E-Learning in Africa
Track: Track 2 - Committed and Connected International Communities of Learning through Technology
Presenters: Moustapha Diack, Bakary Diallo, Leopold Reif, Victor Mbarika, Robert Spielvogel
Carver
The level of interest in using e-learning technology and information and communication technologies to address critical development challenges is high. The rapid development in ICT-supported education of recent years has opened interesting opportunities for building sustainable knowledge societies in Africa. This panel will discuss requirements, problems, and solutions related to ICT policies, implementation of learning network systems, cost of educational infrastructures, and awareness-raising efforts as integrated approach to the overall plans and initiatives for deploying a successful model of e-learning. The audience will be encouraged to join in this discussion. The sessions will be videotaped for further disseminations.

Panel Session:
A Successful Team-Based Strategy for Developing Hybrid Courses
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Janet Shanedling, Catherine Furry, Geri Huibregtse, Peggy Martin, Paul Ceelen
Conrad A
The development of a hybrid curriculum requires a teamwork approach and a systematic design/development strategy. Faculty star in the role of content experts, supported by a team comprising an instructional designer, media developers, and project manager. A panel will discuss the roles we have played in developing successful hybrid courses at the University of Minnesota. The panel will lead a discussion about challenges of implementing this strategy in other organizations. By participating in this session, audience members will be able to identify team members who can support faculty members in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of hybrid instruction.

Sunday, 11:45 am to 12:15 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Animation and Interactivity in Online Education
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Galen Foresman, Chris Metivier, Scott Cooper
Duluth
Online pedagogical techniques are often still fledgling at best. The over emphasis on flexibility of time in teaching online has had a tendency to eclipse other practical benefits to teaching techniques. One such teaching technique uses Flash Animations (cartoons) as an engaging way to introduce, discuss, and interact with course material. Our presentation demonstrates our current use of these animations, as well as discusses possible future opportunities for animation in online education.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Creating an RLO (Reusable Learning Objects) Strategy for the Inter-Agency Pharmacy Technician Blended Learning Project
Track: Track 1 - Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources
Presenters: Carole Bagley, Dawn Carroll
Conrad C
The Pharmacy Technician blended learning inter-agency program is a multi-year collaboration between the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Veterans Administration. Reuse is a key focus for the design team and the assets, lessons, courses and clusters are being designed with reusability in mind. Will the objects be stored as Word documents, .xlm, or .swf files? Will the reusability occur at the asset, lesson or course level? Questions about reuse are being raised as the objects are created and metatagged. This presentation will describe the current RLO expectations, types of objects to be reused, metadata guidelines, and search methods.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Reduced Seat-Time with On-Line Learning: A Winning Combination!
Track: Track 3 - Researching New Learning Paradigms and New Teaching Models
Presenters: Nancy Miller
Hennepin
Reduced Seat-Time with Online-Learning combines both online and personal contact as important learning strategies. The benefits of using online learning in conjunction with a traditional classroom setting include: helping students overcome the anxiety of first-time use of online software; ease of contact with the instructor and peers; and access to course materials in a 24/7 format. The combination of reduced seat-time coupled with online coursework exemplifies learner-centered instruction.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Web2.0, the Social Media, and Academia: Using Personal Learning Environments to Expand Teaching and Learning
Track: Track 4 - New Paths: Expanding Teaching and learning Opportunities with Web 2.0
Presenters: Joan Vinall-Cox
Lasalle
For both students and teachers, creating efficient Personal Learning Environments using Web 2.0 applications continues to grow in importance, as does knowing how to use free or inexpensive applications to support academic purposes. In this presentation I will demonstrate Web 2.0 applications that support researching, writing and formatting academic papers, briefly describe the structure of a successful course where students use web applications and social media to be able to complete course assignments, and point the audience towards methods for keeping up-to-date about what is available for teaching and learning using Web 2.0. The audience is encouraged to participate using their laptops.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Guide to Sanity: Secrets of the Crazed Online Instructor
Track: Track 7 - Community of Practice: Harvesting the Promise of Technology with Teacher Education
Presenters: Judy Gust
Conrad D
Participants will enjoy the energetic, humorous secrets of an experienced online instructor and program director that are relevant to all online educators. Participants will be engaged in hands-on techniques to protect their own health and sanity while using “secret,” innovative, and time-saving virtual interactivity to maximize engaging online learners. This session will focus on how to integrate the many innovative tools and options for creative effectiveness of individual courses and degree programs by providing several forums for student learning and faculty-to-student collaboration including virtual student clubs and resource rooms; transporting them and you into a whole new dimension of online learning, by putting the “personality" behind the words.