Conference Chair
Deborah Proctor
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities


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July 1, 2008
Cut-off date for group room rate at the Minneapolis Hilton

July 6, 2008
Early Registration ends






Thursday, August 7
7:00AM-7:00PM Registration Desk Open
9:00AM-5:00PM Pre-Conference Activities & and MERLOT Leadership Community Business Meetings
7:00PM-9:00PM Welcome Reception
Friday, August 8
7:00AM-6:00PM Registration Desk Open
7:30AM-8:00AM Coffee and Conversation


Dr. Darcy W. Hardy is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Executive Director of the UT TeleCampus.  The UT TeleCampus serves as a portal for students and faculty from University of Texas System institutions to access courses, programs and virtually all services necessary for success when teaching and learning online.  The TeleCampus offers over 17 fully online programs and sees approximately 11,500 enrollments annually.  

Darcy received her PhD in Instructional Technology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992.  Currently, she serves as Chair Emerita with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), where she has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1999 and is a past president.  She is a member of the Adobe Systems, Inc. Higher Education Advisory Board, and she is a past member and chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Distance Education Advisory Council.  

Recently, Darcy received the Mildred and Charles Wedemeyer Outstanding Distance Learning Practitioner Award in Madison, Wisconsin (2006).  She was inducted into the Texas Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame (2006) and received the WCET Richard Jonsen Award (2005).  Her most recent publication, Dancing on the Glass Ceiling: Women, Leadership and Technology, which she co-edited with Don Olcott, received the 2005 Charles Wedemeyer Publication Award from UCEA,.  She is currently the Interviews Editor for The American Journal of Distance Education and serves on several editorial and advisory boards.

9:30AM-10:00AM Poster Sessions and Corporate Exhibits
10:00AM-12:00PM Mini, Regular and Panel Sessions, Roundtables and Workshops, Corporate Roundtables and Presentations
12:00PM-1:30PM Lunch, Poster Sessions and Corporate Exhibits
1:30PM-6:00PM Regular Sessions and Workshops, Corporate Roundtables and Presentations
1:45PM-5:45PM Mini and Panel Sessions, Roundtables
3:30PM-4:00PM Poster Sessions and Corporate Exhibits
6:00PM-7:00PM Learning Circles
7:00PM Dine Arounds
Saturday, August 9
7:00AM-6:00PM Registration Desk Open
7:30AM-8:00AM Coffee and Conversation


Dr. Bernie Dodge is a Professor of Educational Technology at San Diego State University where he teaches courses in technology integration and educational game design. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Instructional Design from Syracuse University.

Bernie is very involved with schools and teachers. For 6 years, he co-directed the T2ARP program which prepares student teachers to work within the technology-rich restructured environments of O'Farrell Community School and Morse High School. The T2ARP program was a finalist in the 1998 Association of Teacher Educators national competition for outstanding teacher education programs.
He has helped design the staff development program for three Challenge Grants. In 2000 he was named by the editors of eSchool News as one of the top 30 educators who have had an impact on technology in the nation's schools. Later that year, Converge magazine profiled him among leaders shaping the future of education and technology.

Dr. Dodge was on the Educational Advisory Board for Cable in the Classroom from 2002-05, and is currently on the Advisory Board for the National EMINTS Center and the Teach the Teachers Consortium. He was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2003, and was the recipient of awards from MERLOT in 2004 and 2007. He developed the WebQuest model in 1995 and continues to refine and disseminate it widely through presentations and workshops around the globe.

9:30AM-10:00AM Poster Sessions and Corporate Exhibits
10:00AM-12:00PM Mini, Regular and Panel Sessions, Roundtables and Workshops, Corporate Roundtables and Presentations
12:00PM-1:30PM Lunch, Poster Sessions and Corporate Exhibits
1:30PM-6:00PM Regular Sessions and Workshops, Corporate Roundtables and Presentations
1:45PM-5:45PM Mini and Panel Sessions, Roundtables
6:00PM-7:00PM Reception
Sunday, August 10
7:00AM-12:00PM Registration Desk Open
7:30AM-8:00AM Coffee and Conversation


Dr. Robbie Kendall-Melton is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Educational Technology and the Tennessee Board of Regents' Executive Director at the Renaissance Center (TBR). Her chief responsibilities include coordinating TBR's Regents Online Degree Programs, Faculty-Staff Development in Technology, Online Teaching and Learning Initiatives, Technology Innovations, and System-wide Distance Education.

Dr. Melton has held several executive leadership positions during her twenty-eight year career in education including the Associate Dean of Education at The University of Tennessee at Martin, Director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Special Education at Winthrop University, Coordinator of the Center for Excellence in Special Education and Vocational Education at Tennessee State University, Director of Special Education for the City of Hamtramck, Michigan, and Assistant Director of Special Education for Detroit Public Schools.

She has received numerous teaching and technology awards including the 1998 Outstanding Teaching and Advisor, 1996 Outstanding Teaching Alumni Award from The University of Tennessee, 1994 Tennessee Professor of the Year presented by the Carnegie Foundation of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education, 1990 Outstanding Professor and University Services at Winthrop College, the Zenith Master of Innovations Award, and the South Central Bell Award for Outstanding Teaching Using Emerging Technologies.

9:00AM-9:30AM Refreshment Break
9:30AM-12:00AM Concurrent Sessions, Corporate Roundtables and Presentations

Pre-Conference Workshops - Thursday, August 7

A Crawl through Second Life: Enhancing Learner Engagement using 3D Vitual Worlds
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Presented by: Jonathon Richter, University of Oregon, and Sarah "Intellagirl Tully" Robbins, Ball State University

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 is a full day. Participants are required to bring their own wireless-capable laptop with Second Life pre-loaded and should feel reasonably comfortable navigating in Second Life.

ECON201: An Online "Video Game" College Course
9:00AM - 12:00PM

Presented by: Jeffrey Sarbaum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

ECO201 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.

Understanding Web 2.0 Technologies: Using Wikis, Blogs, & Podcasting
9:00AM - 12:00PM

Presented by: Cris Guenter, California State University, Chico

An overview presentation with examples of wikis, blogs, and podcasts and what they offer for teaching will be featured. This will be followed by a demonstration of how to get started in the world of wikis, blogs, and podcasts. Participants that bring their own wireless-capable laptops will actually be able to begin constructing their 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 to each participant.

Moodle 101
9:00AM - 12:00PM

Presented by: Kurt Hochenauer, University of Central Oklahoma

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 half-day 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?

Creating Engaging Lessons and Reusable Learning Objects with SoftChalk
9:00AM - 12:00PM

Presented by: David Evans and Steve Saltzberg, SoftChalk
Sponsored by: SoftChalk

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 that can be packaged for delivery in any Learning Management System, or placed on a web/file server or burned to a CD. 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, and others. 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.

Noyce Scholars & MERLOT: Helping Science & Math Teachers in Training Success in High Need Schools
9:00AM - 12:00PM

Presented by:
Gerry Hanley, Executive Director, MERLOT
Ron Hughes, California State University, Bakersfield
David Andrews, California State University, Fresno

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. We will demonstrate how we create and support 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.

MERLOT Librarian Workshop - This session offered at no charge
1:00PM - 4:00PM

Presented by: Peter Nerzak, Director, Library Services, Pellissippi State Technical Community College
Amy Harris, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Lisa Baures, Minnesota State University, Mankato

The MERLOT Librarian Workshop is designed to provide training and guidance on using MERLOT for librarians with these responsibilities. This workshop explores 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.

Faculty Development Workshop: More Than a Taste of MERLOT - This session offered at no charge
1:00PM - 4:00PM

Presented by: Laura Franklin, Northern Virginia Community College, and Idana Hamilton, Southwest Virginia Community College

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.

NOTE: Participants are required to bring their own wireless-capable laptop computer for this workshop.

Creating and Using Brief Online Teaching and Learning Resources
1:00PM - 4:00PM

Presented by: Ray Purdom, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Steve Gilbert, TLT Group

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.

DURING this half-day workshop, participants will be encouraged and enabled to:

  • 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 eClips
  • 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

Cool Tools for Learning and Online Teaching
1:00PM - 4:00PM

Presented by: John Prusch, Excelsior College

This workshop is for anyone who has anything to do with teaching on line and is looking for better ways to enhance their courses with tools and best teaching practices that work. Come discover and try out open-source screen capture, online audio recording, software to survey students for course evaluations and much more. Participants 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 instructors a chance to try out some of tools for themselves.

How to Write Assignments that Work for a Variety of Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
1:00PM - 4:00PM

Presented by: Linda Scharp and Steve Rowe, McGraw-Hill Learning Solutions
Sponsored by: McGraw-Hill

Given print and electronic templates and traditional classroom assignments, participants 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.