History_2016 Conference Sessions

50-Minute Presentations

Lighting Rounds

Keynote

Special Presentations


WEDNESDAY
One-to-One in Higher Ed: Is It Possible?
Dan Case, Assoc. Director of Academic Technology
Sean Courtney, Instructional Technology Specialist
Carroll College
Motivated in part by the huge push for one-to-one in K-12 education, and by the a massive push to attract more students to Carroll College, our president spent time at Apple headquarters and came back proposing a one-to-one iPad initiative for Carroll. The following nine months were filled with debates, questions, financial projections, and decisions. In our presentation we’ll discuss where we ended up and why.

 

 

Tracking Academic Progress with One Login: PNWU’s Experience with Progress IQ
Lei Ye, Ph.D., Instructional Designer
Tracy Nguyen, Ph.D., Director of Assessment
Mary Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
College of Osteopathic Medicine/Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU-COM)
This presentation will introduce a tool that provides a dashboard view to track all student information (admission data, test scores, grades, evaluation feedback, advisory comments, etc.). The customizable tool presents PNWU students, faculty, and administrators with a whole picture of student progress. It also provides for real-time student monitoring to identify “at-risk” students. In addition, It improves the communication efficiency among administrative offices to streamline the workflow. The session will demonstrate the tool through multiple user perspectives as well as share the project implementation experience.

 

 

Classroom Technology Services…Building Success at UNLV
Scott Menter, CTS, Manager, Classroom Technology Services
Frank Aliamo, CTS, A/V Systems Specialist
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
As a new member of NW/MET, we wish to share ideas and examples of how we have built a successful department in the past six years. In this time we have become not just more efficient but also better recognized on campus as the place to go for AV. Our presentation will feature examples of our installations, along with a discussion of how standardizing equipment, designs, and programming has made us more efficient. We will also share our recipe for building a cohesive unit through necessary leadership skills, key relationships, and revisions to processes. During this open presentation, we invite questions and comments from the audience.

 

 

Making Technology Invisible: Active Pedagogy for the Modern World
Ryan D. Hazen, M.Ed., Instructional Technologist
Carroll College
In the modern classroom, technology is ubiquitous, changing the learning landscape and demanding a learning style that is active and learner-centered. After a brief overview of the specifications of the Carroll College Sandbox (a custom technology-enabled active learning classroom), this session will describe the instructional design process for multiple classes taught in the room and the research that supports these strategies. In short, learning activities should be so engaging that the technology becomes invisible and lectures become uncommon. Some means to this end include: – Higher-order thinking through active engagement – LMS as springboard for rigorous classroom work – LMS as a repository for post-activity reflection – Open-air peer-review for research and writing. After viewing lessons designed for the Sandbox, attendees will analyze these strategies and develop personal takeaways from the session by participating in a technology-enabled, active-learning session.

 

Using Digital Storytelling for Public Health Advocacy: Collaborative Teaching and Learning Efforts to Enliven Nursing Education
Salem Levesque
Instructional Technologist

Butch de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN
Associate Professor – Nursing and Health Studies

University of Washington Bothell
Completing a community health practicum course is a hallmark of the UWB undergraduate Nursing program. A principal course objective is for student nurses to examine population-level health issues beyond hospital and clinical settings, as well as to understand their social responsibility as health professionals to participate in public health advocacy. One section of this course was devoted to learning about how upstream social determinants and societal inequities contribute to disparate health status among marginalized groups. Through a collaboration between Nursing faculty and Learning Technologies staff, student groups learned how to storyboard, capture and edit video, and produce a public-health advocacy digital media project to be used by community-based action organizations to convey the environmental-justice story of these communities. This service-learning assignment was transformative for students in its unconventional integration of a digital arts component to enliven traditional Nursing course content. Additionally, the course offered students a chance to develop a skill useful for other aspects of their professional and personal lives. This will be an  interactive presentation.

 

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Managing your Blackboard Knowledge from Analytic to Zoinks
Jennifer Weddel, Instructional Technologist
Boise State University
In this presentation, Boise State’s Learning Technology Solutions will discuss its epic journey to map Blackboard Knowledge. Learning Technology Solutions has started the work of looking holistically at the knowledge surrounding Blackboard and its usage. Many universities face the abundance of knowledge but struggle with a way to organize, centralize, and deliver that knowledge to the right people at the right time, by harnessing analytics about content and focusing on searchable, findable and timely content. They will describe their use of different tools and partnerships with other campus support agencies to help pave the way for the continued improvement of knowledge management. They will also share their “zoinks” moments when things didn’t go as planned.

 

 

Creating an Inclusive and Empowering Makerspace
Amy Vecchione, Head of Web & Emerging Technologies/Associate Professor
Deana Brown, Librarian/Assistant Professor
Boise State University
Makerspaces and informal learning centers are crucial to developing an understanding about emerging technologies. As managers of these spaces we can attract a diverse group into the space, but remaining inclusive is difficult. At this presentation Professors Vecchione and Brown will divulge strategies for success in creating makerspaces, adapting to user needs, empowering the users of the space, and showcasing collaborations. Attendees will engage in active learning and develop their own thoughts on leading the way for makerspaces at their institutions.

 

Mobile Learning: Building Dynamic and Sustainable Programming
Lana Grover, Instructional Design Consultant & Mobile Learning Specialist
Boise State University
In the modern classroom, technology is ubiquitous, changing theFaculty support and development is an important factor in the successful adoption and implementation of emerging technologies. At Boise State University, thoughtfully designed mobile learning programs are transforming faculty development and serving as a catalyst for pedagogical change. In this session, examples from a multi-day professional development institute and a faculty learning community will serve as a model for examining the expanding relationship between pedagogy, technology, and program sustainability.

 

 

What is Remote Proctoring and Why do People Keep Talking About it?
Maria Shimel, Online Testing Center Supervisor / Testing Center Operations Manager
David Ficks, Testing Center Business Manager
Boise State University
Remote Proctoring is a growing trend for educational assessment and distance learners. This technological solution allows for non-traditional students to fit higher education into their schedules, from the full-time employee taking night classes and testing on their own schedule to the stay-at-home parent taking an exam at the kitchen table after putting the kids to bed. It also opens up the option of global education, where participating in higher education is no longer limited to geography as long as you have a strong internet connection and the drive to learn. Whether through online or face-to-face classes, remote proctoring is the future of educational assessment. This presentation will cover Boise State University’s first steps at exploring this emerging technological solution to identify opportunities, challenges, and hopes for the future.

 

 


THURSDAY
AV Design in Non-Traditional Learning Spaces: ISU Treasure Valley Anatomy & Physiology Labs
Brian Atkinson, Instructional Technologist
Idaho State University, Meridian

This presentation will focus on the audio/visual technology design of the Treasure Valley Anatomy & Physiology Laboratories located on the Idaho State University – Meridian campus. Covering a 2-year period, the discussion will address the technology systems as well as the facilities-design process, with a focus on internal and external user collaboration. In addition, the installation process, technology usability, and future technology spaces will be presented.

 

A Vision for Your Team: Doing What People Said Could Not Be Done

Mark Fitzgerald
Boise State University
This session offers a discussion of crafting a vision for your IT team and of tools for identifying obstacles and how to overcome them. As an IT manager, do you encounter numerous barriers to running an effective team, including barriers arising from budget, time, space, competition for resources, manpower, and faculty expectations? These barriers need not stop you from accomplishing your vision of what could be. During the presentation we will carry on a conversation about available resources, tools for brainstorming solutions, initiative proposals (business plans) and how knowing the rules changes the game.

A New Approach to Mapping Technology Integration and Pedagogy
Lana Grover, Instructional Design Consultant & Mobile Learning Specialist
Devshikha Bose, PH.D., Instructional Design Consultant
Leslie Madsen-Brooks, PH.D., IDEA shop Director & Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Susan Shadle, PH.D., Director of Center for Teaching and Learning
Boise State University
Teaching and learning using technology has been found to be successful in many cases. However, instructors often find it challenging to meaningfully integrate technology into their course design. In this presentation faculty will be introduced to the Scale of Technological Expertise and Pedagogy (STEP) model, a new mapping convention designed to help instructors consider effective methods for integrating technology so that the introduction of the technology aligns with and supports pedagogical goals. During the presentation, faculty will participate in the active exploration of model case studies and have the opportunity to visualize and create their own customized STEP model map.

 

 

Lessons Learned in Developing the WWU Digital Media Center
Robert B. Clark
Interim Manager, Digital Media Center

Western Washington University
Over three years ago, Western Washington University decided to design and build a multi-camera TV studio. Through early discussions with faculty, students, and staff, we discovered that we also needed a place to learn elements of media literacy, a place for media producers to congregate and share ideas, a place to receive help in solving production problems, and a place for like-minded people to gather, connect, and collaborate. Thus was born the Digital Media Center. Our presentation will discuss the road to the Digital Media Center and the lessons learned along the way, in addition to forecasting the future of the Digital Media Center at Western.

 

 


Discussion Panel – Electronic Accessibility: Issues, Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions
Amy Vecchione
Associate Professor and Head of Web and Emerging Technologies, Albertsons Library
Boise State University

Wendy Turner
Director, Disability Resource Center
Boise State University

Betty Miller
Manager of Online Faculty and Technology
Nursing Department
Boise State University

Christine Bauer
Assistant Director, eCampus Center
Boise State University

Randy Stamm
eLearning Coordinator
Health Science Center
Idaho State University-Meridian
Marlene Zentz
Instructional Designer & Accessibility Specialist
University of Montana

Aaron Page
Accessibility Specialist

University of Montana
In this informal roundtable discussion, instructional designers, administrators, faculty, and accessibility specialists from three regional institutions explore the issues associated with accessibility on their campuses and how those issues have given rise to opportunities, challenges, and solutions.

 

 


Lighting Rounds
Using Digital Storytelling for Public Health Advocacy: Collaborative Teaching and Learning Efforts to Enliven Nursing Education
Salem Levesque
Instructional Technologist

Butch de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN
Associate Professor – Nursing and Health Studies

University of Washington Bothell
Completing a community health practicum course is a hallmark of the UWB undergraduate Nursing program. A principal course objective is for student nurses to examine population-level health issues beyond hospital and clinical settings, as well as to understand their social responsibility as health professionals to participate in public health advocacy. One section of this course was devoted to learning about how upstream social determinants and societal inequities contribute to disparate health status among marginalized groups. Through a collaboration between Nursing faculty and Learning Technologies staff, student groups learned how to storyboard, capture and edit video, and produce a public-health advocacy digital media project to be used by community-based action organizations to convey the environmental-justice story of these communities. This service-learning assignment was transformative for students in its unconventional integration of a digital arts component to enliven traditional Nursing course content. Additionally, the course offered students a chance to develop a skill useful for other aspects of their professional and personal lives.

 

 

Urban Farming and Environmental Education
Ryan D. Hazen, M.Ed.
Instructional Technologist
Carroll College
This presentation is about the interplay between the environment and our learning experiences. Based on personal experiences with 3- and 6-year-old children immersed in an urban homestead, this presentation explores the depth with which our learning experiences are rooted in our environment and social context. After exploring the children’s’ growth through daily interaction with a small-scale working farm, this presentation will discuss the implications for teachers and learners from this experience. This presentation takes the form of a Pecha Kucha, so it will last exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

 

 

APT: A Fitness App for the Mind
Leif Nelson
Director of Learning Technology Solutions

Boise State University
The Academic Personal Trainer app uses data points to deliver timely notifications that help students succeed academically. This concept application is currently in development, but it is based upon seminal research on retention, effective pedagogy, and student success. Today’s students are immersed in technology and personalized applications, so why not leverage their immersion for educational success?

 

 

10  Apps in 10 Minutes
Dan Case
Assoc. Director of Academic Technology

Sean Courtney
Instructional Technology Specialist
Carroll College
Pecha Kucha-style presentation

 

 

Tracking Academic Progress with One Login: PNWU’s Experience with Progress IQ
Lei Ye, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer

Tracy Nguyen, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment

Mary Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

College of Osteopathic Medicine/Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU-COM)
This presentation will introduce a tool that provides a dashboard view to track all student information (admission data, test scores, grades, evaluation feedback, advisory comments, etc.). The customerizable tool presents PNWU students, faculty, and administrators with a whole picture of student progress. It also provides for real-time student monitoring to identify “at-risk” students. In addition, It improves the communication efficiency among administrative offices to streamline the workflow. The session will demonstrate the tool through multiple user perspectives as well as share the project implementation experience.

 

 


Spotlight Presentation – Engaging Students with Accessible Course Design
Marlene Zentz
Instructional Designer & Accessibility Specialist
University of Montana

Aaron Page
Accessibility Specialist

University of Montana
Attend this presentation and discover key research-based best practices for designing accessible course content. Learn how these practices can be applied within any learning management system or content creation process. Live demonstrations of several learning technologies, including Canvas, Moodle, and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, will clearly illustrate the challenges assistive technology users encounter when online content is created without accessibility and universal design in mind. Accessibility resources will be available and time will be provided for questions.

 

 

3 Reasons You Should Be Investing In Middleware Now

Daniel Gold
Associate Director of Learning Technology Solutions

Boise State University

The landscape of learning technology across campuses today is increasingly dynamic and interconnected. In trying to meet the needs of faculty and instructional designers, IT teams find ourselves working longer and harder to keep pace. From integration to analytics, managing this ever-changing ecosystem of tools and orchestrating the symphony of processes that drive them can be an enormous challenge. In this presentation you will hear how the Office of Information Technology at Boise State has begun using a homegrown middleware application to shift to a proactive and distributed approach to managing our environment.

 

Tell Me What You Really Think: Building on Faculty Attitudes toward Technology

Leslie Madsen-Brooks, PH.D.
Director, Instructional Design & Educational Assessment

Boise State University

Surveys and research have long sought to capture faculty attitudes toward diverse technologies. From these studies and our own experiences, we learn some faculty are perennially skeptical, the majority will adopt well-supported enterprise technologies, and a few will be eager early adopters of emerging tech. However, what can instructional technologists and instructional designers do once we understand these faculty attitudes? This highly interactive session will consider how faculty attitudes “on the ground” at our institutions can and should influence how we approach the intersection of technology and faculty development.