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August 15 - Saturday Morning

 

 

Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:30 am

* Featured Session *
Plenary Presentation:
Inquiry-base Software MicroWorlds: Promoting Understanding and Retention of Concepts
Track: Other
Presenters: Wade Ellis
Bayshore Ballroom
There is much recent research on learning, especially on Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning levels. This research indicates that students retain a concept only if the concept is learned to the level of problem-solving (level 4) or at least application of the concept (level 3) of the taxonomy. Reflective learning as described by David Schon of MIT and David Kolb of Case Western Reserve University seems to suggest that reflection is a key feature in reaching level 3 or 4 in the taxonomy. The presenter will discuss his interpretation of the research and demonstrate inquiry-based Micro-Worlds in mathematics and science that assist students through reflective learning of a concept to reach level 4 or 3 of Bloom’s Taxonomy and thereby enhance their ability to understand and retain that concept. For information for the TI-Nspire software click here.  Click here to view a recording of this session.

Saturday, 10:00 am to 10:30 am
* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Fire Safety Classics Award Winner
Track: No Track
Presenters: Daniel Horowitz
Carmel
In this session, the recipient of the first-ever Fire Safety Editorial Board Classics Award will describe the teaching material, “Half Hour to Disaster.” This animated case study material is extremely effective and very professionally produced. The learning material gets the point across to everyone about how to handle Hazardous Materials emergencies, in particular, propane. Visual effects dramatically demonstrate consequences of the errors in decision-making and, as such, enhance student retention by making the material extremely relevant.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
If Content is King, then Let Openness be Queen
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Judy Baker
San Martin
Open educational resources (OER) provide today’s educators with unparalleled opportunities for collaboration and innovation. The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources supports such opportunities to marry learning content with access. Participants will explore specific ways to become active in the OER educational resources movement, share knowledge, and break free of traditional and expensive textbooks. Key to successful and sustained use of open textbooks by educators are viable tools for faculty to customize, and share learning content for use in the classroom. Participants will critique the usefulness of existing guidelines and tools for open textbook identification, adoption, peer review, development, and dissemination.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Bottom Up Faculty Development
Track: Track 2: Faculty Development
Presenters: Joel Vaughan, Brenda Gunderson, Dave Childers
Santa Clara
Finding time for relevant faculty development is challenging. This presentation outlines a more experiential faculty development strategy in the form of an institutional MERLOT collaboration. The group, which consists of graduate students and faculty with various levels of experience, works together to provide quality learning objects to support the teaching efforts at our university. The collaboration also provides experiential “bottom up” faculty development in two ways: (1) faculty development begins at the bottom step, by training graduate students, the future faculty; (2) graduate students bring experience with technologies and new perspective to the collaboration.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Algebra2go: An Online Supplemental Instruction Tool Array for Developmental Math Students
Track: Track 3: Featured Community of Practice: Mathematics and Statistics
Presenters: Lawrence Perez, Patrick Quigley
San Simeon
Algebra2go is a free unrestricted website that delivers a variety of learning tools to users via the internet. Lecture notes, worksheets, and unique video presentations are at your immediate disposal, ready to be integrated into many existing developmental math learning environments. Video presentations address the affective dimension of student learning as the instructor simultaneously portrays himself as a student character. In many cases this approach appears to alleviate fear and maintain student focus. Come to this session to learn about the model’s organic development process, where it is going, and see what students who use the model have to say.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Partnering with MERLOT
Track: Track 4: Creative Collaborations
Presenters: Phil Moss
San Juan
The same principles of reuse and not reinventing the wheel that have been the foundation of MERLOT services to faculty can also be applied to services for academic administrators and leaders. In this session, Phil Moss, Director of Educational Partnerships and Planning for MERLOT, will cover the range of MERLOT services, benefits to various constituencies, and partnership opportunities. It will include discussion on how MERLOT’s user-centered technologies and professional development programs can help advance the initiatives of partner campuses and organizations, and demonstrate how they can customize and brand MERLOT services to support their own priorities and communities of practice.

Regular Session (30 minutes), sponsored by Pearson eCollege:
Delivering Courses via Blackberry: A Mobile Learning Case Study
Track: Other
Presenters: Dan Bartell
Monterey
Learn how Louisiana Community & Technical College (LCTCS) and Pearson not only enhanced LCTCS’s existing online learning program but developed a ground-breaking mobile learning program available to students via Blackberry devices. Also explore how this initiative, involving Pearson CourseConnect and eCollege, went from paper to completion in only 9 months.

Saturday, 10:45 am to 11:15 am
* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
World Languages Classics Award Winner
Track: No Track
Presenters: Carl Blyth
Carmel
In this session, the recipient of the World Languages Editorial Board Classics Award will describe the teaching material, “Texas Language Technology Center.” The Texas Language Technology Center is a model for innovation in technology-enhanced learning materials to teach languages. Many of its projects have won prestigious awards already and several have received five-star peer reviews in MERLOT, such as Tex’s French Grammar, Le Francais interactif, Ta Falado and Spanish Proficiency Exercises.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Enhancing Online Learning and Student Engagement through Course Organization and Active Learning
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Kevin Floyd, Julie Santiago
San Carlos
Measuring student engagement and student course satisfaction has garnered much research and the prevalence of online courses has only intensified this attention. Countless studies have identified perceived course value and student engagement as reliable measures of student course satisfaction. This session will present the statistically significant results of a study recently conducted by the presenters: the effects of course organization and active learning assignments on perceived course value and student engagement. The presenters will lead participants in a discussion on how the results of this study can be used to enhance online courses and promote student course satisfaction.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
I Need More Than My LMS!
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: David Megill
San Martin
How can I expand my Learning Management Software (LMS) to include tools required by my discipline? What is required to embed discipline specific tools in an LMS like Moodle or SAKAI? A presentation of music tools embedded in Moodle will serve as an example of the process for expanding open source LMS software to properly meet the needs unique to disciplines that are not met by most LMSs.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Rhythm and Timing in Distance Education
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Dorothy Keyser
San Jose
As a musician and a teacher of music appreciation and music history, the presenter is particularly sensitive to tempo and rhythm – what she thinks of as the musical aspects of her lectures. Creating an online version of the presenter's popular Music Appreciation class made her realize how much her lectures depend on rhythm and timing. Transplanting this aspect of her teaching persona into an online environment was unexpectedly challenging. For this presentation, the presenter will explain her concerns and show one of her solutions – an animated presentation on the origins of polyphony (13 min), followed by discussion of the issue of timing and rhythm online.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Baby Steps: Introducing Instructional Technology
Track: Track 2: Faculty Development
Presenters: Irene Knokh
Santa Clara

Nurse Educators are similar to faculty in that their time is limited and they may prefer to do things a certain way. Many, however, are interested in learning new things, and, with the facilitation of the instructional technologist are able to adopt new tools and resources, including MERLOT. The presenter will describe the journey of introducing the technology to the department, and becoming a "technology mentor" to several willing volunteers.


Regular Session (30 minutes):
Math Primer Workshop, On-line Remediation for Mathematics
Track: Track 3: Featured Community of Practice: Mathematics and Statistics
Presenters: Nancy Birkenheuer
San Simeon
Through a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) focused grant, Regis University developed a Math Primer Workshop for on-line remediation of adult students who are returning to school to earn their degree and retool their skills. The Math Primer Workshop is an on-line resource that assists students in becoming proficient in their mathematical skills so that they can be successful in their required mathematical curriculum. This innovative workshop allows students to learn/review any of nine topics in a self-paced facilitated environment that allows students to learn/relearn skills in a non-threatening atmosphere. The Math Primer Workshop is an effective retention tool as well as an exciting learning experience.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Creating an Interdisciplinary Collection of Learning Objects to address Basic Skills
Track: Track 4: Creative Collaborations
Presenters: Jay Holden, Adena Rottenstein
San Juan

The Michigan Education through Learning Objects (MELO) group of faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan collaborated in a multi-disciplinary team format to compose a collection of open-source on-line learning materials. The goal of this collection composition was to provide foundational learning objects (LOs) to the many fields of study at the University in a single cross-discipline collection. The fundamental concepts focused on in the collection included writing skills, math concepts, science research methods, and technology usage. The purpose of this presentation is to share a collaborative process in collecting, selecting, and deploying this collection and highlight the methodology in which it was done.

Click here to view a recording of this session.


Regular Session (30 minutes), sponsored by Blackboard:
Blackboard Digital Content Strategy
Track: Other
Presenters: Mark Belles, Diana Childress
Monterey
Each day, thousands of institutions and millions of people use Blackboard® solutions to enrich the education experience. Blackboard partners with many content providers to make digital content available seamlessly within the Blackboard Learn® platform. We will preview our plans to expand how Blackboard users find, access, share and adopt content.

Saturday, 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Building and Strengthening Upper Level Research Skills with Captivate Tutorials
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Mark Vargas, Anne Buchanan
San Carlos
Saint Xavier University’s librarians designed and implemented online tutorials with assessment components for upper-level courses to address the faculty and students’ teaching and learning needs. This presentation provides an overview of the planning, development, testing, marketing, integration, and evaluation of the Captivate tutorials initiative into web based and traditionally formatted courses through the librarians’ collaboration with the various segments of the university community.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Examining Threaded Discussions in Online Graduate Courses
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Tim Molseed
San Martin
Quite often in an online graduate course threaded discussion room, many responses to original postings are superficial and tilted towards a "feel good" type of comment. While gratifying, such responses don't provide the critical insights that can be used to improve thinking, understanding or production. This session will describe the types of communication found in the threaded discussions and concentrate on the needs of the graduate education student in being able to respond to peer postings using critical thinking skills that provide the peer with further questions, insights, and/or extensions of thought.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Integrating Technology in the College of Education: A Survey of Effective Instructional Technologies and Applications
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Mei-Yan Lu, Grinell Smith, Roxana Marachi, Chia-Jung Maigo Lin
Carmel
As a generation of technologically savvy digital natives enter the college of education, the faculty faces the challenge of intellectually engaging these students. However, meeting these students’ needs for technology-based instructional approaches is constrained by financial realities. Furthermore, most CSU faculty have heavy teaching loads which preclude having the necessary time to master relevant technologies and applications to integrate into teaching to model for their students. In this study, we surveyed college of education faculty to determine what instructional technologies and applications they used most frequently and which were the most effective and relevant given the financial and time constraints.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
MERLOT 201 -- Everything Else You Need to Know to Cross the Finish Line
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Sorel Reisman
San Jose
The MERLOT team is constantly improving the MERLOT websute by adding new features and services, and updating old ones, all in an effort to enrich MERLOT members' online use of www.merlot.org. This presentation will describe many of the improvements made to the website in 2008 and 2009, and solicit suggestions for even more.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
The Future of Nursing Education in the Web 2.0 Environment
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Jeanne Sewell, Flor Bondal
Santa Clara
The primary purpose of the presentation is to present results from an exploratory research conducted with six colleges and universities on the use of Web 2.0 tools in nursing education. The audience participants will have the opportunity to engage in the use of Web 2.0 tools and to discuss the challenges and opportunities for use in the educational setting. The research questions guiding this study were as follows: (1) What are the current uses of Web 2.0 tools by nursing students and nursing faculty? (2) What is the value of Web 2.0 tools to the scholarship of teaching and learning?

* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Theorist Project Tour
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Cathy Anderson
Donner
The Theorist Project is an example of a group "build" done by students. The Theorist Project is not only a resource area for the Counseling and Learning Theorist, but it is an active classroom environment. This is an ongoing project, since certain areas are undergoing development. If you return frequently you can see the changes and updates that go on as researchers and students alike bring this project to life. The focal point of the Theorist Project is the Iceberg which illustrates Freud’s Ego, Superego and Id.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
An Integrated Project-based Course in Mathematics and Engineering Technology
Track: Track 3: Featured Community of Practice: Mathematics and Statistics
Presenters: Shinemin Lin
San Simeon
Engineering Technology faculty regularly encounter undergraduates taking courses in their professional field of study who lack adequate preparation in mathematics. Additionally, students facing difficulty in applying mathematical concepts outside math classes. In response to these issues, the presenter developed a problem-solving based mathematics course. The goals for creating this course were to: 1) increase retention rates of minority students enrolled in engineering and technology programs, 2) introduce engineering problem-solving methodologies in mathematics courses, and 3) promote team work among students. This paper describes the course structure, course activities, E-Team projects and initial evaluation of the effectiveness of this course.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Math Forum's Virtual Fieldwork Sequence: Creating a Hybrid Space for Pre-service Teachers
Track: Track 4: Creative Collaborations
Presenters: Wesley Shumar
San Juan
The Virtual Fieldwork Sequence project at the Math Forum leverages the power of online resources creating a hybrid social space that brings the Math Forum culture into the university classroom. The Math Forum’s “mathematical culture” is the practice of doing math as a social activity. Inherent in that practice are conversations and interactions that lead to mathematical thinking and increased understanding of mathematical ideas on the part of participants. The presentation will look our analysis of the emerging social space at the intersection of university math educators, pre-service teachers and the Math Forum community of practice.

Regular Session (30 minutes), sponsored by Wiley:
Engaging Online Learning Environments: WileyPLUS and Student Success
Track: Other
Presenters: Thomas Speyer, Brian Collins
Monterey
As student learning shifts increasingly from being textbook centered to occurring online, many instructors struggle to create a learning environment that is both engaging and in-depth. WileyPLUS is an online learning environment that tightly integrates traditional textbook content with robust multimedia resources, rich interactivities, full assessment capabilities, and a dynamic grade book. The result is an integrated learning experience which 88% of students say helps them understand the material better, and 81% of instructors say gives them more quality time to teach.

Saturday, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hands-on Workshop:
Let Them Bring Their Laptops! Incorporating Learning Objects into Lecture
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Perry Samson
San Simeon
Looking for ways to incorporate active use of learning objects during lecture? LectureTools (http://www.lecturetools.org ) is a free Web 2.0 application that combines note taking with a student response and feedback system that is being tested at the University of Michigan. The workshop will introduce the participants to LectureTools with the goal of establishing a practice course and delivering a short lecture to other participants using MERLOT (or other) learning objects. The presenter will also discuss lessons learned about how the introduction of laptops in classes has changed class mechanics, dynamics and student attentiveness, engagement and learning

Hands-on Workshop:
Videorecord, Publish Brief Interviews: Conference Poster Sessions, Campus Events, Beyond - MERLOT Developers
Track: Track 4: Creative Collaborations
Presenters: Steve Gilbert
San Juan
Participants learn to 1. Use simple, widely-available low-cost tools, resources, and techniques to videorecord interviews and publish the results on the Web. 2. Extend access to Poster Session information beyond conference limits of time and place. 3. Adapt this approach for their own campuses and for interviewing and promoting the work of MERLOT members - esp. award winners, compassionate pioneers and others who upload resource descriptions. Byproduct: Interviewers engage directly and intensely with colleagues who might otherwise be missed completely. Sample Web-Published Video-Recordings of Conference Interviews and Poster Sessions: 28th International Lilly Conference on College Teaching http://www.tltgroup.org/Posters/LillyIntl2008.htm

Hands-on Workshop:
You Have Your Second Life Avatar. What's Next?
Track: Other
Presenters: Cris Guenter, Ann P. Steckel
San Martin
Session objectives are: 1) demonstrate what SL avatars can do in an educational arena, 2) present examples of Second Life use in higher education, 3) refine the Second Life skills of the participants, and 4) provide investigative and immersive experiences in SL educational environments. Specific experiences include the use of SL note cards, selected field trips and a multimedia demonstration in SL. A selection of free online Second Life education resources will be provided for each participant.

Saturday, 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm
Panel Session:
So You Want to Review for MERLOT...
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Cathy Swift, Jeanne Sewell, Bob Sproule
Santa Clara
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:
Did You Hear the One About? Important Considerations for Instructors in Applying Humor in Online Courses
Track: Track 2: Faculty Development
Presenters: Heather Zeng, Cathy Taylor, Mike Eskey
San Jose

Humor has gained recognition as another tool to help individuals cope and experience therapeutic value ; however, the use of humor in online courses by instructors is often contemplated rarely applied. Presenters with extensive experience teaching online will engage participants in interactive questions and guided handouts. The pros and cons of humor online will be the focus. Recognizing that the continuum of what is humorous is highly variable is key with essential considerations to language, context, and culture. Appropriate teacher humor and the potential legal and ethical issues will be explored. Incorporating humor into the traditional classroom will also discussed.

Click here to view a recording of this session.


Panel Session:
Artful Collaboration: Crossing Cultural and Technological Borders
Track: Track 4: Creative Collaborations
Presenters: Becca Barniskis, Barbara Cox, Lisa Thompson, Shirley Penland, Lori Brink
San Carlos
Explore what it takes to collaborate successfully across multiple technological platforms and cultural borders with educators, artists, and learners around the world. In this session, participants will learn about the successes and challenges of this (virtual) international collaboration in arts integration between a poet in Minnesota and a classroom of 6th grade art students in South Korea. We’ll present the project and facilitate a live discussion among the panel members and their partners in S. Korea (including the artist, classroom teacher, administrators, coaches, and technical support staff) and session attendees. Come learn and share your own experience in international collaboration.

Saturday, 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Institutional Stewardship Award Winner
Track: No Track
Presenters: Deborah Proctor
Carmel
This session will feature a presentation by Deborah Proctor, MERLOT Project Director and eCurriculum Director for Academic Innovations/Minnesota and winner of the 2009 Institutional Stewardship Award. MIC08 in St. Paul, Minnesota, was a fine example of the dedication Deborah exhibits in coordinating not only the MERLOT conference, but also the recruitment of talented faculty to serve on editorial boards and peer reviewers for MERLOT. Under her stewardship Deborah has recruited workforce and faculty leaders from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to MERLOT Editorial Boards and MERLOT Community Portals. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities faculty and staff were instrumental in developing MERLOT Workforce Development portals in Fire Safety and Technical Allied Health.

Regular Session (30 minute Virtual session):
Get E-Creative: Teacher - Watch what kids are doing and be part of the movement
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Cristina Costa, Ramona Dietrich

In the last decade we have witnessed impressive technological advancements, which have increasingly been impacting on the way people communicate, work, and conduct life in general. Teaching and learning are no exceptions. Education needs to look at alternatives to make the connection with real life experiences if it wants to continue preparing individuals for the near future in a meaningful way. Above all it has to explore new e-fficient teaching strategies and create e-ffective learning situations based on real life contexts. Bridging the connection between the wider world and the local classroom will also help give education a fresh face. Note: Virtua presentation brought to you courtesy of the South Dakota Board of Regents.

 
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Adapting Hands On College Algebra Labs for Online Learners
Track: Track 3: Featured Community of Practice: Mathematics and Statistics
Presenters: Kathy Autrey, Leigh Ann Myers
About half of the lab activities developed by Northwestern for use in college algebra use data collection devices along with the graphing calculators (TI 83/84). Attendees will participate in some of the lab activities. The next step is to adapt the labs for online courses. The speakers will present some of their adaptations at the session so that attendees can see how the labs work in the online environment. There are a number of technical issues to be addressed; the presenters will discuss the major issues and elicit ideas from those at the session.

Saturday, 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm
* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Innovative Use of MERLOT
Track: No Track
Presenters: Nancy Konigsberg Kerner, Brenda Gunderson, Chase Masters
Carmel

This session will feature the University of Michigan MERLOT Team and their work with graduate students that won the 2009 Innovative Use of MERLOT Award. The project “Enhancing Undergraduate Education through the Deployment of Quality Learning Objects” was designed to overcome barriers that inhibit the incorporation of quality Internet learning resources into undergraduate education. It resulted in the Deployment of MERLOT Learning and Teaching Resources into four UM introductory courses involving 5000 students at the conclusion of the first year. The project took a unique approach to overcome barriers by involving graduate students from across different disciplines as the key collaborators to create technology-enhanced courses and curricula. Click here to view a recording of this session.


Regular Session (30 minutes):
Concept Learning Inventories: An Efficient Tool for Assessing Student Learning
Track: Track 5: Evaluation and Assessment of Success
Presenters: Jeffery Bell, Bruce Mason
Monterey
A key challenge with any new teaching method or technology is measuring the impact on student learning. Concept inventories are multiple choice tests where the different "distractor' choices for each question are based on common student misconceptions, thus determining whether the student really understands the concept, while maintaining the ease of data collection that make multiple-choice tests so attractive. Participants will see examples of concept inventories, help create a question, analyze the results, and discuss how concept inventories are used to measure learning. Examples of the use of concept tests for measuring the impact of learning technologies will be given.

Saturday, 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Panel Session:
Exploring, Evaluating, and Applying Web-Based Collaborative Writing Tools
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Jan Schmittauer, Patty Griffith
Santa Clara
Select Ohio University Chillicothe faculty formed a learning community to assess collaborative writing technologies such as Zoho Writer, Writeboard, Google Docs, Voice Thread, and Freecorder. Presenters will describe the strengths and weaknesses of the tools and demonstrate their usefulness for engaging students in interactive writing projects with enhanced peer feedback. Participants will view online demonstrations of the assessed tools and discover interactive assignments that faculty in various disciplines created using the new technologies in order to enhance peer response and foster a strong sense of community and engagement in classes that use writing. Additionally, participants will learn how these tools can be integrated and applied successfully in an online writing lab.

Panel Session:
Promoting MERLOT in Faculty Development Initiatives: Dreams and Nightmares Revisited
Track: Track 2: Faculty Development
Presenters: John Prusch, Idana Hamilton, Robin Marion
San Jose
What do you need to know in promoting MERLOT effectively to faculty members? Members of MERLOT's Faculty Development Editorial Board will share their experiences of what worked and what didn't work in their efforts to bring MERLOT to faculty users during the past year. They will demonstrate how MERLOT might be particularly useful for new instructors. A resource list of existing, exemplary, online materials to introduce MERLOT will be demonstrated. Participants will be invited to share what worked and didn’t work for them. Join us for a lively discussion!

Panel Session:
Improving Students E-Learning: Multi-campus Collaborations for Digital Learning Objects
Track: Track 4: Creative Collaborations
Presenters: Stephanie Brasley, Allison Carr, Sheila Cunningham, Rebecca Feind, Keven Jeffery, Danielle Skaggs
San Carlos
Information literacy - the ability to identify, locate, and evaluate information - is a key learning area for California State University (CSU) students. The CSU ICT/Information Literacy Digital Learning Objects (DLO) Initiative was begun to offer a repository of DLOs that could be used in a variety of information literacy teaching and learning activities. In this budget climate, collaborative efforts are key to gaining efficiencies while advancing student learning and engagement. The panel will discuss the DLO evaluation , needs assessment, and marketing processes for this Initiative. Participants will leave with ideas they can apply to their institutions.

Saturday, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
* Featured Session *
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Institutional Stewardship Award Winner
Track: No Track
Presenters: Ronald Purser
Carmel
Ron Purser will present the Business in the CSU Portal as the winner of the 2009 Institutional Stewardship Award. The CSU Business Teaching Commons was formed in 2006, beginning as a small community of members – CSU faculty, staff, administrators that shared a common interest in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning business disciplines with online resources, and linking them to MERLOT. In February 2008, Ron Purser and Rassoul Yazdipour gained the commitment from the CSU Business Deans to convene an annual conference for CSU Business faculty for enhancing professional development – the CSU Business Conference on Online Teaching and Learning. The conference was attended by over 60 CSU Business faculty from nearly 12 campuses within the CSU system.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Assessing the Learning Effectiveness of AVU (African Virtual University)
Track: Track 5: Evaluation and Assessment of Success
Presenters: Solmon Negash, Elizabeth Ayalew
Monterey
After a decade of service, what is the AVU's level of learning effectiveness? In order to understand learning effectiveness, there is an interest in studying the AVU in terms of performance, self-efficacy, and satisfaction. A well-established virtual learning environment (VLE) model by Picolli et al (2001) served as the theoretical framework. This study pulls from the extant literature to understand human dimensions (student and instructor) and design dimensions (learning model, technology, learner control, content, and interaction). A survey questionnaire was developed to test the model. It also establishes the ground work to conduct a full study on AVU’s learning effectiveness.

Saturday, 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Let’s Get Together!
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Stephen Nodine
San Jose
One challenge of distance education is the lack of opportunities to meet synchronously. Text chats and one-way lectures lack the dynamics and flexibility for effective two-way exchanges. Adobe Connect (formerly Breeze Live) can successfully bring students and instructors “face to face” for virtual lectures and discussions. Clemson University faculty and technology consultants have extended Adobe Connect to enhance teaching and support. These include: • On-line class meetings, study sessions, and office hours • Group project collaborations • Live discussions in resolving support issues • Screen-sharing to support and train faculty remotely • Recording and critiquing support staff’s contacts with faculty

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Meet the Cell Phone Generation: Using 21st Century Communication Technology to Reach and Teach 21st Century Students
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Markus Geissler
San Carlos
Like it or not, most students in higher education constantly use cell phones and MP3 players… and most teachers have yet to efficiently utilize the emerging functionalities of these and other information and communication technologies. Dr. Geissler’s presentation will challenge you to explore real alternatives for meeting your students where they are… even when they are not in your classroom.

* Featured Session *
Sci-Lands Tour
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Cathy Anderson
Donner
The Sci-Lands is a mini-continent and user community in the virtual world platform Second Life devoted exclusively to science and technology. There are over 20 science and technology- related organizations in the Sci-Lands, including government agencies, universities and museums. SciLands members have regular meetings in Second Life where they can share ideas, help each other, and plan future projects. Members also share resources such as meeting spaces on their lands. Careful planning, organizations, and technical features ensure that Sci-Lands continues to grow

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Digital Solutions to Student-Centered Internationalization for Faculty Developers: An Australian Case Study
Track: Track 2: Faculty Development
Presenters: Shelley Kinash
Santa Clara
Rising enrollment of international students assures revenue-generation for countries such as Australia. This success entrenches the economic grand narrative of higher education. While the students are actively recruited, conversely within the classroom, international students are problematised. In other words, the drawbridge is grandly lowered for the international students to enter with their tuition, but once inside, the red carpet is not rolled-out to support the pedagogical challenges they commonly experience. This active internationalisation session will engage faculty developers with scholarly literature, real scenarios, and hands-on activity with digital tools that they can take back to their home universities.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Teaching Seasonal Forecasting as a Project to Statistics Students
Track: Track 3: Featured Community of Practice: Mathematics and Statistics
Presenters: W. Jorge Sitkewich
San Simeon
Seasonal Forecasting is a practical method used to predict demand in any business. The method can be taught to students of AP Statistics (K-12) and to students of intermediate College Statistics courses as collaborative group projects. The use of Microsoft Excel, TI84 Calculator, and SAS (JMP) tools will be demonstrated by working on an example of a Seasonal Forecasting Project for students of Statistics. A Project on Seasonal Forecasting involves the following key areas of Statistics: Data Collection and Visual Data representation, Descriptive Statistics of the data sets, Regression Analysis, Inference, and Summarizing and Issuing a Recommendation in the context of the Problem. A CD with the Presentation Material, the Lesson Plan, and the data set is available upon request by e-mail.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
A Collaborative Approach to Online Course Design
Track: Track 4: Creative Collaborations
Presenters: Edwige Simon, Maggie McCullar, Petra Landfester, Yoshie Arima, Skyler Artes, Helen Chen
San Juan
In the spring 2009, the ATLAS institute (Alliance for Technology, Learning And Society) and ALTEC (Anderson Language Technology Center) at the University of Colorado, Boulder offered a graduate course on Online Course Design for the Foreign Languages. The graduate students who participated discussed academic readings, and the design and development of a three-week online undergraduate refresher course for their language of expertise (Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Spanish). In July 2009, the review course was offered to CU undergraduate student. This presentation presents their findings on the challenges and opportunities of online course design for foreign language faculty.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Standards Aligned Curriculum Drive Authentic Tasks Measured through Assessment Processes Presented in e-Folios
Track: Track 5: Evaluation and Assessment of Success
Presenters: Lorraine Boyle
Monterey
The Standards of Effective Practice drive teaching and learning through curriculum alignment, performance assessment, and reflection. Specific processes and examples of twenty-first century curriculum mapping and performance assessment tools guide students in creating reflective portfolios complete with artifacts aligned to standards and indicators. Hybrid-online students contemplate reflective e-Folios to demonstrate proficiency by connecting the dots between learning, artifacts and standards. The e-Folio illustrates what pre-service teachers know and can do. The e-Folio is a living collection of work that moves forward with them into professional practice as a life-long, life-wide resource.

Using MathML to improve the quality and provide interactivity to online math equations and formulas.
Track: Other
Presenters: Daniel Bell
Carmel
MathML is a XML application that display's complex math equations and formulas correctly without using images. When displayed in the browser equations created with MathML can be searched, accessed by screen reader's and lets users interact with online equations. The presentation will present Franklin's experience using MathML including technology barriers and how attendees can incorporate MathML into their online courses.

Saturday, 4:45 pm to 5:15 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
An Open Invitation: Creating Universal Access with YouTube Videos
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Dale Ireland
Carmel
Using technology to foster universal access in online classrooms allows students access to the curriculum, to one another and to the instructor. YouTube videos offer unique opportunities, while also posing distinct challenges because the videos are rarely created with universal access in mind. This session explores how to use such videos, ensuring that they are universally accessible, so that students have greater access to one another, the curriculum and the instructor.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Integrating Online and In-Person Learning Approaches in Effective Curriculum Design
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: John Leih
Monterey
In times of budget duress, online learning approaches can come to be viewed as a less expensive substitute for costly in-person learning. Research at SJSU’s Language Development Center, a first-year academic writing program, indicates that online approaches can indeed improve learner motivation and outcomes. However, isolated from in-person coaching and accountability, online approaches fail to deliver on their potential. This presentation reports on an assessment of student motivation and outcomes based on the online tool, Calibrated Peer Review. Participants will come away from the workshop with fresh insights for integrating online and in-person learning into their own classrooms and programs.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
The Role of Social Networking in Education
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Steve Hargadon
San Carlos
Social networking is not just MySpace and Facebook, although these popular services give a good idea of how compelling social networking environments can be for today's students. The presenter will look at social networking for teacher professional development, for classroom use, and as part of a growing trend toward Web 2.0 technologies that can create engaged learning environments. Steve will discuss what social networking software does very well and what it doesn't, what lessons can be learned from existing educational social networks, and then what successful strategies can be used for implementing social networks within educational environments.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
CDIP Community Commons: Exploration of Academic Life in the CSU
Track: Track 2: Faculty Development
Presenters: Robin Marion
Santa Clara
The commons arose from a need to communicate what to expect from academic life in the CSU, including teaching, research and service responsibilities. It is a place where new and potential faculty can come to have their questions answered, no matter how large or small they may be. It is intended as a clearinghouse, guidepost or meeting place rather than a destination in and of itself. While it is designed to inform future faculty to the California State University system, much of the site is also applicable to new faculty at other institutions.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
How Sure Are You That Your Students' Clickers are Making the Right Connection?
Track: Track 2: Faculty Development
Presenters: Dave Yearwood
San Jose
Response systems—clickers—have the potential to increase levels of interactivity in the classroom but to what extent is this interactivity purposeful? While clickers allow students to connect with hardware and software, connecting with faculty may only be possible if educators understand how to gain, hold, and stimulate students’ interest via the types of questions posed—factual, conceptual, one best answer, opinion, discussion, etc. The presenters will share information about clicker use in a pilot study presently underway and also issues and/or challenges that educators will have to address in their desire to effectively integrate clickers into their practice.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Connecting Campuses with Tablet Technology
Track: Track 3: Featured Community of Practice: Mathematics and Statistics
Presenters: Julie Von Bergen
San Simeon
How do students at two different colleges use technology to connect in real-time? We will explain a collaborative interaction and projects between calculus classes at two community colleges. Funded by an HP Technology for Teaching Leadership grant, students from the two classes connected to present realistic calculus projects using Tablet technology. CCC Confer, Skype, a shared wiki website, Mathematica software and Classroom Presenter are employed to create a collaborative environment where students interact and teach one another. We will discuss the development and structure of the collaboration, specific uses of shared technology, successful aspects, and share student feedback.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Job Relevance: Education that Prepares Students for the Workforce
Track: Track 4: Creative Collaborations
Presenters: Teri Donat
San Juan
Online students are often returning to school for job skills or career certificates. Are you giving these students what they need? Do you know the industry expectations? This workshop will help participants explore ways they can identify industry needs and see how their class fits into career pathways. Advantages of incorporating real world applications into their courses and how it helps students prepare for the workplace. The presenter will share her experience working on career pathway programs by industry sectors for Las Positas College and as Project Director of a Job Development Incentive Grant.

Saturday, 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Regular Session (30 minutes):
Learning Complex Skills Through LMS-based Simulations
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Dorothy Fuller
San Carlos

Simulations can be an important method for developing leadership skills. Yet, many modern course management systems are not well structured for creating simulations. This session presents a case study of one class engaged in a semester-long simulation focused on developing leadership skills for educators through a standard learning management system. The presentation provides details on learning goals, design and set-up of the simulation, ongoing activities, student roles, teacher roles, and necessary resources.

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Regular Session (30 minutes):
Learning To Teach: A Web-based Approach to Increasing Science Teacher Content Knowledge in the Context of Teaching
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Grinell Smith
Monterey
This session will (1) frame the problems that result in and follow from an under-prepared K-8 science teacher workforce and (2) share a promising web-based method of increasing teacher content knowledge that reduces barriers to success such as limited time, misaligned instructional focus, and inaccessible materials by coupling two tasks: helping teachers learn science in informal settings in the context of how to teach it. Session attendees will explore a collection of web-based materials to experience the effectiveness of the approach in supporting the learning and teaching of complex topics and consider data and evidence that informs next steps.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
New Evidence from the Trenches: Laptops are Good!
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Perry Samson
San Martin
LectureTools (http://www.lecturetools.org/) allows students to 1) type notes synchronized with lecture slides; 2) self-assess their understanding; 3) pose questions to the instructors; 4) view answers to questions; 5) draw on lecture slides ( on Mac or Windows); 6) respond to instructor ‘clicker’ type questions; 7) view podcasts, if any; and 8) print the lecture slides and notes for off-line review. Students report a higher likelihood of distraction with their laptop available, but, despite that, most students feel they are both more attentive and engaged because of LectureTools and they feel they are learning more.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Using Learning Objects in Foreign Language Teaching: Some Fresh Ideas.
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Claudia Martins, Carla Barsotti
San Simeon
Some foreign language (FL) teachers are not familiar with ICT jargon, so it is important to make them aware of the terminology used in the area as well as the possible uses of the tools available on the Internet. In this session we will briefly define learning objects and show how FL teachers can create their own learning objects and use them in their classroom. Learning objects can provide language practice through movies, images, puzzles, etc, which will promote discussion, collaboration, research and information management leading to a learning sequence. The use of learning objects allows teachers to make the learning process highly “customizable”, flexible and fun.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners & Online Learning: Does One Size Fit All?
Track: Track 1: Innovations in Online Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Glenn Cockerline, Dave Yearwood
San Jose
Our senses are our only interface between the environment and our brain. How we acquire information is as important as how we process information, and the shift from the classroom to online learning significantly alters how students acquire information. The authors examined students’ perceptual modality preferences (as determined by a VARK inventory) with regard to student use of online learning. Findings included a negative correlation between those with auditory preferences and their use of WebCT. Conversely, there was a positive correlation between students’ kinesthetic preferences and their use of WebCT; however, the implication of this correlation is not necessarily positive.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
The Process of Integrating Learning Resources into a Large Introductory Course
Track: Track 2: Faculty Development
Presenters: Nancy Konigsberg Kerner, Tanya Breault
Santa Clara
This presentation will describe the process used to integrate MERLOT learning resources into a large (about 1500 students) introductory course for undergraduates. The course is a unique lab-centered course that consists of lecture, lab, and discussion components. Students work in collaborative teams during lab and discussion. The Periodic Table serves as the course-unifying concept. Research data indicated that students entering the course had little or insufficient prior exposure to the Periodic Table, scientific reasoning, data analysis, and scientific terminology. Internet resources were integrated into the course to address such problems and enhance conceptual understanding.

Regular Session (30 minutes):
MERLOT CHILE community Project
Track: Track 4: Creative Collaborations
Presenters: Maria Capponi
San Juan
MERLOT CHILE community project consists in creating a new community for MERLOT for the Spanish speaking population. The web page www.merlotchile.org will have learning materials available for anyone who visits the site. These learning materials of all different areas of education will be in Spanish. The Center for Innovation on Education of Technological University of Chile - INACAP is leading this project. For INACAP it’s relevant to develop this web page because it will connect people from Chile and Latin America on educational advances in technology. It´s also beneficial for MERLOT since it will incorporate a new community.

Remote Presentations
View These Remote Presentations Online

Practical Steps for Creating Community in Asynchronous Online Instruction
By Nima Salehi, Instructional Designer, Metropolitan State University

Demonstration and Assessment of a Modular Courseware Format Using a VB.NET Programming Course as an Example
By Dr. Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems, California State University, Dominguez Hills

IT Literacy 3.0 – Six Types of Writing for the Internet and Notes and Exercises for Teaching Them
By Dr. Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems, California State University, Dominguez Hills

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