Session Abstracts

Technology for L.I.F.E
(Learning, Innovation, & the Future of Education)

Located below is the confirmed sessions corresponding to the Technology and Learning Conference.  Please continue to check back for the full session listings with their location and times.


10:00- 10:50 AM

Youth and Technology: What technology are young people using today?
Erick Robinson, Manager of Tephone Services, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Montgomery County Community College

ATC 101
Track: Trending IT Topics
Type: Panel Discussion

Description
Join this discussion with local high school students about what is popular in their world today.  Catch up on the latest trends in mobile technology, social communications, entertainment, learning, etc.  Here about the latest apps and social media from students themselves.  Discuss potential implications of these technologies in the classroom.

Empowering faculty to redesign courses through a blended learning cohort
Jackie Sabol, Instructional Designer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Penn State
Jessie Driver, Instructional Designer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Penn State

ATC 201
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
The Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology Blended Learning Transformation (BlendLT) program offers faculty the opportunity to redesign a course into a blended format through a cohort-based faculty development approach, instructional design consultations, and assessment support. During the program, faculty learn a course development framework by working through an 8 week sequence of instructional design topics to implement blended learning. A team of staff in the roles of facilitators, technologists, researchers and designers, can support a larger and more diverse faculty cohort that is empowered to redesign a course in a more engaging and interactive blended format.

Sway- How to Create Fast Mobile Instruction
Lindsey Troyanoski, Microsoft in Education Ambassador- Philadelphia Region, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Microsoft- Fluent Grp. (Partner Company)

ATC 202
Bring your own device

Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
Learn about using Sway to create or have students easily create and share polished, interactive, web-based presentations of their work.  Sway makes sure presentations look great on any screen/device and you can easily add content from integrated apps such as PowerPoint, OneDrive, social networks, YouTube, your devices and the web. Sway's built-in design engine takes the hassle out of formatting pieces of your content by integrating them into a cohesive layout.  Once I review the design interface, participants can sign into Sway from O365, use a personal account at Sway.com, or download the app to their device.

Go Team! : A Team Based Approach to Fully Online Course Development
Tom Capuano, Instructional Designer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Monroe Community College

ATC 212
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
Monroe Community College (MCC) of Rochester, NY has adopted, adapted, and implemented a team based approach to fully online course development based on the OSCQR course design model. The OSCQR (Open SUNY COTE Quality Review) process is composed of both the course design model as well as a course design rubric. MCC has executed these initiatives on their campus through the use of a custom design process and an online course template. This presentation will focus on the implementation as well as the initial feedback from faculty and students.

K-12 Instructional Technology: How experiences with instructional technology in high school may influence students’ experiences
Kasey Golding, Instructional Designer-Technologist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Montgomery County Community College,  Ben DeSantis, Online Prfessional Learning Project Specialist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Matthew Reiman, Instructional Technology Specialist, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ATC 214
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
Hear from regional K12 IT and Curriculum Directors about current technology use in regional high schools.  Learn what students are experiencing within the classroom as well as what technology is available to them from home, via mobile devices, and outside of the classroom.  Participate in group discussions on how these experiences may influence expectations and success in college-level classrooms.

Students Working in Interdisciplinary Groups: A Case Study of an Interdisciplinary Social Pedagogy Practice at an Urban Community College
Michele Cuomo, Dean of Arts and Humanities, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Montgomery County Community College

ATC 216
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
The findings of a case study focused on faculty who responded to the new culture of learning enabled by technology and collective social media practices.  The activity, a successful social pedagogy practice developed over several years and is ongoing.  Three themes emerged from in-depth interviews with faculty participants : Institutional Support Evolution, Faculty in a Community of Practice and Students Experiencing Social Pedagogy.  The uncovering of these themes generated two theories: an ecosystem for teaching and learning and a threshold to an academic identity for a college student.

Cyber Pathways Across Maryland (CPAM) Personal Adaptive Learning Solutions (PALS) – An Innovative Student Engagement OER Resource
Russell Burchill, CPAM Project Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Anne Arundel Community College

ATC 224 – Computer Lab
Track: Trending IT Topics, Analytics & Retention, & Teaching & Learning
Type: Hands on Lab Workshop

Description
As instructors, we feel we do well to know our students and adjust coursework balancing between objectives and student mastery.  Learning Management Systems (LMS) include often-underused learner analytic tools.  Using LTI, PALS connects to the LMS offering a unique set of learner analytics relying on students’ metacognition while providing the instructor an opportunity to find educational gaps to inform instruction. 
Participants will interact with PALS content, self-assess, and conclude reviewing the Instructor/Student Dashboard. 
Pals is hosted on Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initiative (OLI) platform, is aligned to CompTIA A+ testing objectives, and is licensed under CC by 4.0.

11:00-11:50 AM

Trust the InfoSec Process
Bill Rosenbaum, Director of Information Technology Security, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Montgomery County Community College

ATC 101
Track: Trending IT Topics, Security & Infrastructure
Type: Hands-on

Description
Your information security (infosec) skills have been tanking for years, while hackers have secretly taken advantage.  Now, you are ready to reap the benefits of attending infosec sessions at the annual teaching and learning conference.  Join this session for a game experience where you battle the competition, while honing your knowledge and skills.

Things to Consider: Transitioning to a New LMS
Valerie Green, Sr. Instructional Designer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Arcadia University
Tori Waskiewicz, Sr. Instructional Designer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Arcadia University,

ATC 201
Track: Trending IT Topics, IT Infrastructure and Cloud Computing, & Teaching & Learning
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
Transitioning to a new LMS??? Unsure of where to begin? Come find out what we did and how well it worked. Arcadia University recently transitioned from Blackboard to Canvas. In this session we will present details from our successful implementation, including our detailed communication plan (electronic and print), Faculty, Staff and Student outreach/transparency, needs assessment and targeting, and even tips for a kick off party.

Design for your users, not for yourself
Angela Cavaliere, Web Administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Montgomery County Community College

ATC 202
Track: Trending IT Topics
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
It's simple for us to say, "This is where this link should go!" Instead, we should be asking, "where would our users expect them to be?" I can teach you a few inexpensive ways to perform your own user testing.  Learn how MCCC started performing user testing during their most recent redesign. I can give you some quick tips on how to efficiently test your IA and overall web experience.  I will also teach you how to interpret qualitative data, and how this data helped MCCC get buy in from faculty and staff at the college.

The Virtual Tutoring Center: DeVryTutors Across A Region
Jonathan Agresta, Chair of Student Success, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., DeVry University
Collin Takita, Math Tutor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., DeVry University,
Lamar Crawford, English Tutor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., DeVry University

ATC 212
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
Faced with the challenge of coordinating tutoring support across four states, with limited personnel and physical locations, DeVry University Professor Jonathan Agresta created a virtual tutoring network entitled DeVryTutors.  This network connects students with faculty and tutors who are both geographically and demographically diverse.  Making use of Google’s suite of products and virtual conference technologies, as well as traditional telephone and email connectivity, every student in the Mid-Atlantic region of DeVry University can now synchronously connect with a specialist in their field, without a third-party tutoring vendor.  Early results show that both engagement and student satisfaction are high, faculty and colleague buy-in has been achieved, and national university recognition has occurred. 
In this presentation, you will hear how Professor Agresta created and implemented DeVryTutors, and learn from two professional tutors who use the technology on a daily basis to connect with students. 

Completing the Doctorate in Education (and avoiding A.B.D.)
Raymond Bandlow, Ph.D, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Gwynedd Mercy University

ATC 216
Track: Teaching & Learning, Analytics & Retention
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
Why do half of those who finish coursework for the Ed.D. fail to earn the degree? Are deplorable graduation rates the result of ill-prepared doctoral students? Or are they related to ill-structured programs? Research suggests barriers to success are more structural than intellectual. We challenge assumptions underlying traditional programs. We suggest that the timing of dissertation research in the traditional program is not conducive to completion. We propose highly personalized, structured mentoring and transforming dissertation research from an end-of-program destination to a program-embedded journey. And we propose a new path to doctoral degree completion through Prior Learning Assessment.

Give your Classroom a Boost with OneNote Class Notebooks
Lindsey Troyanoski, Microsoft in Education Ambassador- Philadelphia Region, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Microsoft- Fluent Grp. (Partner Company)

ATC 224 – Computer Lab
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Make & Take

Description
We will be introduced to the Class Notebook and its components. This O365 tool allows educators to organize instructional resources in order to deliver powerful lessons and create personalized, secure learning environments for students. No more three ring binders, no more stacks of papers to grade. In addition to reviewing the steps to create OneNote Classroom Notebooks in O365, OneNote’s newest features will be reviewed. To close, additional online resources will be shared that educators can utilize to further their knowledge on these wonderful Microsoft tools. Participants will need to bring their own devices. Make sure OneNote 2016 is downloaded to your computer as well as the Class Notebook Add-in found here: onenote.com/classnotebook

     

 

1:10-2:00 PM

Utilizing Technology to Target Students in Self-Service
Robert Vogel, Enterprise Application Analyst, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Montgomery County Community College

ATC 101
Track: Tending IT Topics
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
Join this session to learn how Montgomery County Community College utlized technology to reach started student populations.  Different students have different needs when it comes to registering for courses.  We used real world technologies to target students to streamline their registration process. (automations, targeted outreach, etc.).

Building Engagement and Relevancy with NBC Learn
Jane Rho, Distribution Manager, , NBC Learn

ATC 201
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Vendor Session

Description
NBC Learn Higher Ed (highered.nbclearn.com) is a collection of more than 21,000 videos, documents, and images that can be incorporated into classroom lectures and online teaching materials. The stories on NBC Learn Higher Ed are 2-6 minutes in length and designed so that faculty can give students access to digital content that is engaging, inspiring, and relevant to their daily lives. Participants in this session will learn to search, download, and embed videos and hear best practices from professors currently using the resource.

More than a Plan: SOP in Action
Natalie O'Neil, Instructional Design Specialist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Rutgers University, School of Nursing
Asanté Barr, Assistant Director, Instructional Design and Education Support,

ATC 202
Track:
Teaching and Learning
Type: Panel Discussion

Description
In this session, presenters will demonstrate ways to effectively create and implement an action plan to redesign and re-brand an IT/Instructional Design department. Presenters will share best practices, provide samples that can be easily turn-keyed, and share successes and failures. This presentation is intended to bring humor to an often stressful task, and to provide audience members with material that is both relatable and usable to create successful enhancements within their own departments.

Building Community In Your Course
Christopher J. Nesi, Educator & Digital Content Creator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Rutgers University

ATC 212
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Round Table Discussion

Description
Lost in most college courses is the development of positive, long-lasting relationships and a sense of community.
Let's discuss how to build more community in our classes and share strategies and tech tools for giving our students the most well rounded experience possible.

Why is Technology Critical? Because Learning IS a Behavior
Brian S. McGowan, PhD, FACEhp, Chief Learning Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ArcheMedX, Inc

ATC 214
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
While education and learning have principally been seen as critical drivers of behavior change, recent research suggests that the process of learning is dependent on critical actions (behaviors) learners must take to learn. As a result, technology is not simply a nice-to-have support of educational design; instead technology is a necessary, foundational architecture of learning experiences. This session will explore the learning actions research and review evidence for how technology accelerates learning.

Experiential Learning Inside and Outside of the Classroom: Utilization of Mock Trial and Accounting Case Competitions as High Impact Strategies to Achieve Student Engagement

Ted M. Rosen, Associate Professor, Business Department, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Queensborough Community College
Elaine Thompson, Lecturer, Speech Communication and Theatre Arts Department, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Queensborough Community College,
Kelly Ford, Associate Professor, Business Department, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Queensborough Community College
Leslie Francis, Assistant Professor, Business Department, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Queensborough Community College

ATC 216
Track:
Teaching & Learning
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
Thesis:  Academic competitions are high impact strategies that teach and engage students both inside and outside the classroom.  We will discuss our experience as faculty advisors and coaches of the “QCC” Mock Trial Team and in an accounting case competition as well as utilizing mock trials of fairy tales to teach and to engage students both inside and outside of the classroom.  Through participation in these competitions, students gain experience in public speaking, extemporaneous speaking, critical thinking, analytical reasoning and thinking on their feet.  Students acquire self-confidence and collaborative working skills.  In some cases, participation in these competitions may be the reason some students remain in, or return to, school.

Pro-tips for Graduate Students: Online Resource Access and Research Tools
Jenifer Baldwin, Dean of Libraries and Academic Support, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Montgomery County Community College

ATC 224 – Computer Lab
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Hands on Lab Workshop

Description
Intended for higher education employees who are themselves pursuing graduate studies, this hands-on workshop will provide practical tips for

  • getting the most out of the resource access and research tools available from your graduate institution and your employing institution
  • identifying and effectively using library research databases and discovery platforms
  • organizing as-you-go with citation, page-clipping, and note-taking tools, and database features
     

 

2:10-3:00 PM

Designing Your Graduate Research: Common Design Problems, Technology, & Those Pesky IRBs
David Kowalski, Executive Director of Institutional Research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Montgomery County Community College

ATC 201
Track:
Analytics and Retention, Teaching & Learning
Type:
Round Table Discussion

Description
This session will explore current issues relevant to the graduate research design and approval processes. Intersections between these processes and technology will be highlighted. Common mistakes and best practices will be shared, and group discussion for former, current, and future graduate students will be facilitated.

How the Course Design Choices you Make Give New Life to your Course
Kasey Golding, Instructional Designer – Technologist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Montgomery County Community College

ATC 202
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
We are faced with making choices everyday and we now live in a world where the choices are endless.  From the number of different ice cream flavors to the thousands of technologies that we use and are still yet to be discovered.
You may have grown up in a different generation than the person sitting next to you and I’m sure you are aware that you grew up in a different generation than some of the students in your class. This greatly impacts our familiarity and comfort level with certain things, especially with technology.
The choices we make when building a course, creating an assessment, providing feedback to students, or simply responding to an email can impact how your students learn.
In this session you will learn how to make choices based on your students needs and become more confident in the instructional and course design decisions you make.

How to create audio comments and upload to Blackboard Gradebook
Greg Pasquarello, Sr. Adjunct Instructor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Montgomery County Community College

ATC 212
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
I propose a demonstration of how to efficiently create audio comments (.mp4 files) using Windows "Voice Recorder" and how to attach that file to accompany a grade on Blackboard.
It's easy, efficient and personal communication ideal for feedback on Papers but perhaps other assignments as well.

Yes, You can do Group Work Online!
Georgette Howell, Associate Professor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Montgomery County Community College

ATC 214
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Forum/Lecture Discussion

Description
Join this session to learn how a health science instructor does Groups and Wikis to allow students to work in groups online for her SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) project.

Let’s get Social! Using Social Tools in Teaching and Learning!
Katie Ishler, Instructional Technology Specialist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Montgomery County Community College

ATC 224 – Computer Lab
Track: Teaching & Learning
Type: Hands on Lab Workshop - 50 minutes

Description
Adding a social component to teaching and learning can help engage your students in the material. There are various tools that can help bring a social atmosphere to your online class. Join us as we explore various tools including Yellowdig, Flipgrid, and more!

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