Teaching with Technology Showcase

2015 Teaching with Technology Showcase

Making Waves: Innovation for Student Success

2015 Teaching with Technology Showcase

FAU’s Jupiter Campus (click here for the campus map) hosted the 7th Teaching with Technology Showcase on Friday, April 17, 2015 in the Student Resources (SR) building. More than 100 attendees (primarily FAU faculty) participated in sessions. Below information provides some materials from the presentations, as well as detailed information about the event schedule.

Event Multimedia & Materials

The following are the materials from some of this year's presentations:

Event Photos

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's event. If you want to see photos of the day, click here.

Committee & Event Planners

The Spring 2015 Teaching with Technology Showcase event was coordinated by the following committee:

Sponsors of the Event

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors whom, with their generous support, will make the Spring 2015 event possible.

Schedule | Program of Events

Welcome & Registration

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. SR Lobby
(1st & 2nd Floor)

Registration & Welcome
Welcome remarks by:

Note: Breakfast will be served.


Floor Map 1

First Group Sessions (50 Minutes Presentations)

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. Blackboard’s Senior Customer Success Advocate will present 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 discuss topics such as organizing the Grade Center and using filters/smart views, color coding, 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: Dr. Nancy Shehadeh, College of Business; Dr. Charles Roberts, College of Science; Mary Sheffield-Gentry, College of Arts & Letters | 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 experts with the support of an instructional designer for structural and technological guidance. This session is particularly suited for faculty who are contemplating moving a course online or 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, 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

Attendees will be immersed in a world structured around Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), engaging in different methods to explore the versatility of classroom devices and discussing their impact on learning. Some faculty members embrace these new methods, others shy away from new trends. This presentation will provide access to information regarding BYOD and also allow attendees 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 explain how to use copyright law and other resources to deliver online materials, scanned materials, and media 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)


10:05 - 10:35 a.m.


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. Resources examined will include the social media platforms currently used by the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University.

10:05 - 10:35 a.m.


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

Universities nationwide have started to acknowledge the existence of a “digital skills gap” problem and voice concern about the consequences. This presentation suggests 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 how colleges and universities are expected to be the go-to places 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

You have heard it before. “Do we need to buy the text for this class?” Your blood begins to boil. Or you watch your students look down at their notebooks when you begin to ask questions about the articles they were assigned to read. This frustrated faculty member who used wikis with assigned readings to improve student engagement will share her process and results.

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

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

This brief presentation investigates a non-paper-based essay-writing mode. 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. Engaging in visual mapping modes leads students to a heightened awareness of literature’s cultural exchanges and stimulates creative and innovative responses.

Floor Map 3 Third Group Sessions (50 Minutes Presentations)


10:50 - 11:40 a.m.


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.

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 to provide detailed data about student participation. Student participation measurements included per class information on attendance, number of notes taken, number of slides with notes attached, number of instructor questions answered, and number of gradable questions answered correctly. 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 to explore relationships between student participation and student outcomes.

10:50 - 11:40 a.m.


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

A panel of FAU faculty and students will share their experiences, offer suggestions, and interact with the audience about the current state of technology in the classroom, its role in the student learning experience, and how it can be improved.

10:50 - 11:40 a.m.


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

Nursing students are an intrinsic part of healthcare and information technology use in the healthcare environment, but the nursing literature suggests that students lack the basic skills necessary to use technology. Integration of technology into student educational experiences may help students be receptive to learning further technological advancements in healthcare. This presentation will demonstrate the use of TopHat technology in the classroom. Students are encouraged to use their smartphones to review PowerPoints and answer immediate response questions so that they remain engaged in class content. The use of smartphones with a downloaded educational platform encourages student engagement, immediate feedback, instant attendance, and lower costs: all 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 by providing 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 motivate and engage students in online and face-to-face courses. There are also benefits for the University; badging helps demonstrate student development across courses and over time. An effective badging program is an 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 firsthand the motivation and sense of accomplishment that comes with earning badges. This session will share the CeL’s rationale and results with badging.

Floor Map 3 Fourth Group Sessions (30 Minutes Presentations)


11:55 - 12:25 p.m.


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

Florida Atlantic University’s High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster, KoKo, allows members of the FAU community to use distributed computing solutions for difficult computational problems. This presentation will show how to gain access to 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.


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

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 critical assignments (CAs). The presenter will share the LibGuide tool, developed in conjunction with the library staff, which provided students with direct access to resources to do their CAs 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

Two FAU medical librarians embedded in the College of Medicine curriculum for first-year medical students utilized the freely available FlipQuiz to engage students and review research techniques in an evidence-based medicine course. They will demonstrate the effective use of FlipQuiz as an innovative, educational tool to engage students and enhance learning. They will discuss different types of questions to use and other similar, freely available online tools to increase student engagement.

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

This session 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.


Floor Map 3

Raffle | 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Dinning Hall

Join us for the opportunity to win several items donated by our sponsors.

Note: No purchase necessary. Winners need to be present to win. The 2015 Teaching with Technology Showcase event committee members are not eligible to win. Any taxes to be withheld or paid as a result of winning any of the prizes are the responsibility of the winners. Prizes are provided by different sponsors of the event.