Schedule | Program of Events

SR Building - FAU Jupiter CampusFAU’s Jupiter Campus (click here for the campus map) will host the next Teaching with Technology Showcase on Friday, April 17, 2015 in the Student Resources (SR) building.

The following is the schedule of events.




Welcome & Registration

Time Room Presentation

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

SR Lobby
(1st & 2nd Floor)

Registration & Welcome
Welcome remarks by:

Note: Breakfast will be served.

First Group Sessions (50 Minutes Presentations)

Time Room Presentation
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. SR-278
(Computer lab)

Timesaving Tips For Using The Blackboard Grade Center
Constance Weber
Blackboard, Inc. | Client Success Advocate

This workshop will showcase the Blackboard Grade Center with an emphasis on student feedback tools and strategies for identifying students at risk. In this presentation, Blackboard Senior Customer Success Advocate, Connie Weber will show five quick tips for using the Blackboard Grade Center to manage grades, identify students at risk, and provide feedback in a timely manner. The presentation will cover topics such as: organizing the Grade Center, using filters/smart views, using color coding, using rubrics, audio, and/or video Feedback, and Going Mobile - Bb Grader (New!)

9:00 - 9:50 a.m. SR-258

Take Our Word for It! Designing An Online Course Is Not As Hard As You Might Think.
Panel Session - Moderator: Judy Somers
Florida Atlantic University

Three Florida Atlantic University faculty members will present a panel discussion of their online course building experiences. Faculty will share their experience of course development as the subject matter expert with the support of an Instructional Designer for structural and technological guidance. This discussion is particularly suited for faculty who are contemplating moving a course online, or those who would like to revise a course they have already taught. Key points will include strategies for maintaining teacher presence in the online classroom, use of the FAU online course template to improve course organization and ease of navigation, key strategies for online learning, and collaborating with the instructional design team during the course building process.

9:00 - 9:50 a.m. SR-209

BYOD: Technology In A Mobile World
Kirk Main
Florida Atlantic University | Office of Information Technology - Northern technology Services

In this presentation, attendees will be immersed in a world structured around Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and be engaged in different methods to explore the versatility of classroom devices, as well as discuss their impact on learning. Some faculty members embrace these new methods, and some prefer to stray away from the new trend. This presentation will allow attendees to have access to information regarding BYOD, but alse allow them to engage and inquire about BYOD in the classroom.

9:00 - 9:50 a.m. SR-283

The Internet, Embedding And The Law
Troy Christenson
Florida Atlantic University | Libraries

The presentation will showcase how to use online materials, scanned materials, media, and copyright law with regard to how is it delivered to students. Information about recent court decisions and fair use of materials for educational purposes will also be discussed.

Second Group Sessions (30 Minutes Presentations)

Time Room Presentation
10:05 - 10:35 a.m. SR-258

Best Practices Of Social Media In Online Education
Dr. Jared Bucker
Nova Southeastern University | Abraham S. Fischler School of Education

This presentation will focus on the uses of social media and the corresponding best practices necessary to employ these technologies effectively in online education. A variety of resources will be provided, including the social media platforms currently used at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University.

10:05 - 10:35 a.m. SR-209

Promoting Digital Fluency On Campus
Dr. Oge Marques
Florida Atlantic University | College of Engineering & Computer Science | Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Universities nationwide have started to acknowledge the existence of a "digital skills gap" problem and demonstrate concerns about its consequences. In this presentation, Dr. Marques postulates that FAU should promote broad and extensive initiatives to address the massive digital fluency divide between students and faculty. Interconnected problems such as the generational, technological, and inequality skills gaps will be discussed, as well as a discussion on how colleges and universities are expected to be the go-to place for mastering digital skills (and the consequences of failing to do so, in the eyes of our graduates' potential employers). Concrete suggestions and recommendations on how this issue could be addressed in the context of FAU will be presented.

10:05 - 10:35 a.m. SR-283

Engaging Students Or Do We NEED To Buy The Textbook?
Dr. Mary Lou Duffy
Florida Atlantic University | College of Education | Department of Exceptional Student Education

I know you have heard it before. They ask it and your blood begins to boil. Do we need to buy the text for this class? Or you have seen them look down at their notebooks when you begin to ask questions about the articles they were assigned to read. I had enough of that so I tried WIKIs to increase student engagement in several of my face to face and online classes. The overall process for using WIKIs with assigned readings will be explained and the outcomes for Dr. Dufy's most recent class that used WIKIs will be shared.

10:05 - 10:35 a.m. SR-268

Encouraging Linking Thought
Dr. Yasmine Shamma
Florida Atlantic University | Honors College

This short presentation will share a mode of writing essays that is not paper-based. The presenter will show how she encourages her students to engage in a hypertexting intertextuality, by utilizing simple blog platforms to create Web based projects instead of midterm papers. This leads to a heightened awareness of literature's cultural exchanges, engages in visual modes of mapping, and stimulates students towards creative and innovative responses.

Third Group Session (50 Minutes Presentations)

Time Room Presentation
10:50 - 11:40 a.m. SR-258

Can We Quantify Student Engagement And Is It Related To Student Outcomes?
Dr. Perry Samson
University of Michigan | College of Engineering (Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences) & School of Information.

Student engagement is widely thought to be a key predictor of student achievement. As digital technologies provide new opportunities to collect data on more aspects of student participation we are challenged to use these growing data suites to build models that predict student success. This presentation reports on the use of the Echo360 Active Learning Platform, which provides detailed data about student participation before, during and after class. Student participation measurements included per class information on attendance, number of notes taken, number of slides with notes attached, number of instructor question answered, number of gradable questions answered correctly, number of questions asked and minutes viewing lecture captures before or after class. These unique data were coupled with the students’ academic history from the university’s student information system, survey results and exam grades to create a database with which to explore relationships between student participation and student outcomes.

10:50 - 11:40 a.m. SR-209

Faculty/Student Panel Discussion
Panel Session - Moderators: Willie Freeman & Kristina Kohuth
Florida Atlantic University

A panel of FAU faculty and students will discuss and share their ideas and/or suggestions for improving technology use in the classrooms. The panel will share their experiences, offer suggestions, and interact with the audience about the current state, and what should be the future state, of technology as part of the student learning experience.

10:50 - 11:40 a.m. SR-283

Give Students A Good Reason To Be On Their Smartphones
Dr. Rebecca Koszalinski & Dr. Lisa Kirk-Wiese
Florida Atlantic University | College of Nursing

Baccalaureate prepared nurses must be technologically proficient, as found in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008). The necessity of students to be technologically adept is echoed by Tubaishat (2014) in which it is pointed out that, "Nursing students are an intrinsic part of healthcare and Information Technology use in the healthcare environment" (p. 119). However, the nursing literature suggests that students "lack the basic skills necessary to use technology" (Tubaishat, 2014, p. 119). In addition, faculty members can also be unsure of how to use technology. Integration of technology into student educational experiences may assist students in being receptive to learning further technological advancements in healthcare.

Integration of technology includes the use of Student Response Systems (SRS). Student Response Systems (SRS) are described as an innovative instructional technology which "promotes efficient realization and retention of knowledge through active participation and immediate feedback from small or large groups of students" (Zurmehly & Leadingham, 2008, p. 265). Immediate feedback can be gained in both formative and summative evaluations. When used in a formative evaluation, the faculty member is able to make corrections which will reduce student errors and may further engage the students in learning activities.

The goal of this presentation is demonstration of the use of a newer type of technology in the classroom known as “TopHat”. ¬ Students are encouraged to use their smartphones to review power points and answer immediate response questions so that they remain engaged in class content. The use of smartphones with a downloaded educational platform (in this case, TopHat) are also generally less expensive than handheld interactive devices available on the market. Student engagement, immediate feedback, instant attendance, and lower costs are good reasons for students to be on their smartphones in class.

10:50 - 11:40 a.m. SR-268

Kick It Up A Notch: Win-Win For Students, Instructors, And University Digital Badges In Higher Education
Judy Somers
Florida Atlantic University | Center for eLearning

Share your “with-it-ness” with your students; provide them a way to demonstrate their wide range of knowledge, skills, and achievements that goes beyond both grades and degree. The University Blackboard Learning Management System has added a digital badging program to provide incentive and motivation for faculty to include in their online courses as well as face-to-face. Badges offer short term goals as students complete various projects, based on faculty determination. Adding badging to courses helps keep students motivated and engaged. There are also benefits for the University; badging makes it possible to demonstrate student development across courses and over time. An effective badging program gives the opportunity to recognize knowledge, skills and achievements that don’t show up on a transcript and could even become a credentialing asset. The Center for eLearning has added a badging incentive to the faculty certification program to enable faculty to experience first-hand the motivation and sense of accomplishment that comes with earning badges. The digital badges in the workshop lead to a final certification badge. This session will share the center’s rationale and results with badging and how faculty includes this strategy to keep students actively involved with the courses.

Fourth Group Sessions (30 Minutes Presentations)

Time Room Presentation
11:55 - 12:25 p.m. SR-258

High Performance Computing (HPC): Understanding And Using The Cluster
Eric Borenstein
Florida Atlantic University | Office of Information Technology - High Performance Computing

Florida Atlantic Universtiy has a High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster named KoKo, which allows members of the FAU community to use distributed computing solutions for difficult computational problems. This presentation will show how to gain access to the HPC, discuss the best practices for its use, and tell you how to take advantage of research support for the HPC cluster.

11:55 - 12:25 p.m. SR-209

Using A LibGuide To Enhance Student Research For Critical Assignments
Dr. Ilene Allgood
Florida Atlantic University | College of Education | Department of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry

The presenter will share the LibGuide tool that she developed, in conjunction with the library staff, that provides her students with direct access to resources that they can use to do their research paper (Critical Assignments - CA) on genocide. This presentation demonstrates collaboration between the library and faculty to offer students an easy electronic way to use the FAU library to access specific research materials and resources in order to conduct research projects and write their CA. The presenter will share the LibGuide tool that was developed in conjunction with the library staff that provides students with direct access to resources that they can use to do their research paper (CA) on genocide.

11:55 - 12:25 p.m. SR-283

Innovative Tools For Enhancing Student Engagement
Amanda Chiplock & Allison DeLuca
Florida Atlantic University | College of Medicine | Medical and Health Sciences Collections & User Services

Drawing on the recent award-winning research of Gert Biesta on a pedagogical strategy based on the philosophical work of Jacques Rancière and Joseph Jacotot, this talk describes experiences in online courses in operations management implementing this strategy. Students are given substantial latitude and responsibility (with high expectations) for introducing, engaging, and critiquing materials. The talk will conclude with reflections on the value of ontological concerns in the classroom and a discussion of connections to fostering of undergraduate research.

11:55 - 12:25 p.m. SR-268

Integrating Technology In The Music Classroom To Increase Student Achievement
Dwyron Gillard
Florida Atlantic University | College of Education | Doctoral Student

The presenter will examine how technology can be integrated into music education in ways that share the assessment design present in other subjects such as English, Math, and Reading, in order to show that technology serves as a tool to increase student achievement in the 21st century.

Closing Session

Time Room Presentation
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Cafeteria

Lunch & Raffle


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