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August 13 - Thursday Morning
 

Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop:
The Networking of Micro-Communities to Advance Math and Science Instructional Excellence in High Need Schools
Track: Track 4: Creative Collaborations
Presenters: Ron Hughes, David Andrews
Carmel
Noyce Workshop participants will learn about the California State University's implementation of the Noyce Scholars Program: a prestigious national forgivable loan incentive program that provides scholarships to highly qualified mathematics and science majors or credential students, in return for an agreement that they will teach in high needs schools. This session will demonstrate how CSU has created and supported 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. Noyce Scholar Leaders will be present to share their experiences and MERLOT products.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Google Docs, Wikis, Blogs and Other Cool Tools
Track: Other
Presenters: Jeffery Bell
San Jose
Google Docs, wikis, blogs and other Web 2.0 tools have the potential to improve student interaction and interest in both traditional and online courses. This session will show you how to use Google Docs, wikis and blogs and how to incorporate these tools into your course. Other useful Web 2.0 tools will also be introduced.

Faculty Development
Track: Other
Presenters: Ray Purdom
Santa Clara
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!

Thursday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop:
Calling All Librarians
Track: Other
Presenters: Peter Nerzak
Santa Clara
The MERLOT Librarian Workshop is designed to provide training and guidance on using MERLOT. 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.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Connecting Teachers, Students, & K-12 Curriculum in a Digital World; NASA Resources and MERLOT Professional Development
Track: Other
Presenters: Ron Hughes, Troy Tenhet
Carmel
Participants will learn how to use NASA Digital Resources with MERLOT to provide quality professional development. Examples of teacher designed Learning Objects, MERLOT Communities, and strategies for keeping participants connected and interested throughout the academic year will be shared. MERLOT has played an important role in providing a means for teachers across a wide geographic area to stay connected and engaged. The Institute's successes and challenges will be discussed. The model for this collaboration can easily be replicated in many K-12 and university professional development settings.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Interactive & Online/F2F: Brief Hybrids & MERLOT Meet Top Teaching and Learning with Technology Challenges
Track: Other
Presenters: Steve Gilbert
San Carlos
This workshop enables academic support professionals (e.g. Librarians, Instructional Designers, Instructional Technologists, Faculty Development Professionals, Teaching/Learning Center Directors) and faculty to develop their own "Brief Hybrids" and to facilitate colleagues' development of BHs using low-risk/low-cost Web-accessible resources and tools.

Pre-Conference Workshop:
iTunes U in Education
Track: Other
Presenters: Miguel Young
San Jose
Hundreds of colleges and universities are using iTunes U to make their educational content available to both a world-wide audience and to students on their campus. In this workshop, you will learn about iTunes U, how to prepare and present your content, and best practices for site management.

Remote Presentations
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Practical Steps for Creating Community in Asynchronous Online Instruction
Presenters: Nima Salehi, Instructional Designer, Metropolitan State University
This presentation outlines how instructors at a large urban university have successfully created community in their asynchronous online instruction.  It details how to accomplish this through careful design of welcome messages, discussions, collaborative assignments and student presentations. The presenter will summarize current research on creating community and why this is a key element of distance learning and then indicate what basic guidelines and best practices can be followed so that instructors can enhance community in their asynchronous online courses

Demonstration and Assessment of a Modular Courseware Format Using a VB.NET Programming Course as an Example
Presenters: Dr. Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems, California State University, Dominguez Hills
The presenter has dropped textbooks in favor of a modular, Web-based courseware format that he uses in all of his classes. He uses such modules in face-to-face classes, but they could be used for self-study, as a textbook supplement or in a synchronous or asynchronous online class. He describes the module format and show how I use it in two classes:  Introductory programming using VB.NET (http://bpastudio.csudh.edu/fac/lpress/vbmodules/) and Internet applications
(http://bpastudio.csudh.edu/fac/lpress/471/networkapplications.htm). The modules have been assessed in the programming course, and student outcomes using them are essentially the same as with a textbook, but the modules are cheap, dynamic and searchable.

IT Literacy 3.0 – Six Types of Writing for the Internet and Notes and Exercises for Teaching Them
Presenters: Dr. Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Shifts in the platform for developing and delivering applications require new definitions of IT literacy. Internet era students need new skills and IT concepts while they are in school and as citizens and professionals after graduation.  This presentation will begin with a discussion of five types of Internet writing:  responsive, conversational writing, short form writing, and writing composite, co-authored, and massively co-authored documents.  (See http://computerliteracy3.blogspot.com/search/label/writing for more on these types).  This will be followed by a presentation of notes on each type of writing and corresponding assignments using email, threaded discussion blogs, blog comments, wikis and database-driven services.

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