2018 Schedule

  • Time & Location
    Session
  • 9:30 - 10 AM, In front of room 400
    Check-In
  • 10 - 10:10 AM, Room 400
    Welcome & Intros - Elke Leeds
  • 10:10 - 10:30 AM, Room 400
    Intro Speaker - Jim Cope
    Presentation
  • 10:30 - 11:20 AM, Room 400
    Student Panel
  • 11:30 AM - 12 PM, Various Rooms
    Session Block 1 (see below for information on individual sessions)
  • 12 - 1:15 PM, Room 400
    Lunch
    12 - 12:30 PM: Get food/get settled
    12:30 - 1:15PM: Invited Lunch Speaker Anissa Vega
  • 1:25 - 1:55 PM, Various Rooms
    Session Block 2 (see below for information on individual sessions)
  • 2:05 - 2:35 PM, Various Rooms
    Session Block 3 (see below for information on individual sessions)
  • 2:45 - 3:15 PM, Various Rooms
    Session Block 4 (see below for information on individual sessions)
  • 3:25 - 3:45 PM, Room 400
    Student success at KSU: Where are we going and how will we get there? - Charity Bryan & Brichaya Shah
    Presentation
  • 3:45 - 4 PM, Room 400
    Prizes and Closing - Megan Gibbs

Session Block Details

    • Unsession Format - Room 400

      Come play with tools, technologies and software KSU has licenses for in the Test Kitchen. Attendees have the opportunity to ask questions and get hands-on experience before deciding if there is something they want to implement in their course.

    • Unsession Format - Room 400

      Come meet your college instructional designer and learn what they can do for you with regards to online learning!

    • Technology Session Format - Room 462

      The KSU Library System offers students access to over 200,000 e-resources and more than 300 electronic database subscriptions, but what does that mean for you? Adding library resources to your online course is a great way to supplement or even eliminate costly textbooks for your students. In the past, the disconnect between D2L and the library databases made this process clunky and inefficient. Now with the addition of EBSCO Curriculum Builder’s Reading List tool for D2L, distance faculty can search for and add library resources to their courses directly from D2L, making access to the material easy for them and seamless for their students. In addition, Reading Lists are reusable and shareable between courses and faculty, saving you and your colleagues time.

      In this presentation, participants will learn how to locate, select, and add appropriate library resources to their course using the EBSCO Curriculum Builder Reading List tool. Participants will also learn how to organize, annotate, and share their Reading List with others. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop and will have the opportunity to create a sample Reading List for one of their courses during the session.

      Presenter: Ashley Hoffman, KSU Library

    • Innovation Session Format - Room 460

      This presentation engages participants in a critical dialogue on the importance of integrating formative assessments throughout online learning, as well as the implications for learner and instructor. Instructors can check for understanding in several ways, including the use of oral language, collaborative assignments, questioning, writing, projects, performances, and tests (Fisher & Frey, 2007). Participants will see a variety of innovative examples that they can easily integrate into their online courses that build on learners’ prior knowledge and experiences. Discussions should yield bridges and barriers, along with future considerations to enhance online learning and how they can use this data to design instruction that will meet their student’s needs.

      Presenters: Melissa Driver and Kate Zimmer, Inclusive Education

      Presentation

    • Technology Session Format - Room 182

      The world is not two-dimensional, are your online courses? Discover ways to incorporate audio in your online class to add depth to distance learning. Learn what research reveals about putting audio to work for yourself and for your students.  During this session you will have the opportunity to try some of the tools available to ‘talk the talk’ in your online courses and to brainstorm with like-minded individuals on ways to add audio to your own assignments.

      Note: Participants are encouraged to BYOPC (Bring Your Own PC)

      Presenters: Debbie Geist, First-Year and Transition Studies, and Christina Holm, Sturgis Library

      Presentation

    • Innovation Session Format - Room 174

      The value-added grading system was developed to incentivize students to submit their best work by encouraging them to go beyond the base requirements of assignments and be creative in ways that they can add additional value to their work. This system is based on holistic rubric methods and has been successful in my courses and for others in numerous years at KSU.

      Presenter: Justin Cochran, Coles College of Business

      Presentation

     

    • Unsession Format - Room 400

      Come play with tools, technologies and software KSU has licenses for in the Test Kitchen. Attendees have the opportunity to ask questions and get hands-on experience before deciding if there is something they want to implement in their course.

    • Technology Format - Room 462

      Whether you are creating a new course online, or updating a current one, the visual and aesthetic appeal of your learning environment matters. Unfortunately, however, visuals, graphics and overall design may be overlooked when compared to other curricular and administrative demands. In fact, the idea of creating unique visuals for your course may seem like a daunting and impossible task. If only you could find a simple, affordable way to create appealing visuals while still managing your time!

      Adobe Spark is just the solution you need. What would you like to create? This is the singular question posed as you click the home page for Adobe Spark. “Adobe Spark makes it fast and easy to create graphics, web pages, and video stories anywhere (www.adobe.com).”

      If you are interested in improving the visual appeal of your course without spending excessive time doing so, this session is for you! Creating a post, page or video is easier than you think with the help of Adobe Spark.

      Presenter: Meredith Ginn, School of Communication and Media

      Presentation

    • Innovation Format - Room 460

      This session is fosters interaction and dialogue among participants. Participants will share strategies that create both a personalized and professional learning environment and increase communication and interaction between faculty and student. Participants will see options for communicating expectations and supporting learning through the syllabus, optional online sessions, and technology platforms. A sample module will illustrate the benefits of creating a consistent format for organizing learning activities and assessments. Strategies for personalizing the learning environment by establishing credentials and branding, by creating time for student introductions, and by using Critical Friends will be presented.

      Presenter: Joanne Lee, Educational Leadership

    • Innovation Session Format - Room 182

      The large enrollment online course initiative at Kennesaw State University was a university-wide effort to offer more seats in the general education courses. This initiative was intended to benefit students by making it easier for them to get their gen ed requirements and progress toward graduation more quickly, thereby lowering the amount of time they spend in college, and ultimately lowering the student debt load. This presentation will share details and research behind the motivation and rationale, the university-wide efforts, and the specific efforts attempted in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

      Presenter: Tammy Powell, CHSS Office of Distance Education

    • ID Research Session Format - Room 174

      This track includes presentations about a variety of topics related to online learning supported by research in the field. KSU Instructional Designers will answer the questions, "What does the research say?" and "Why is this considered effective practice?"

      Presenter: Zhigang Li, Distance Learning Center

     

    • Unsession Format - Room 400

      Meet with trainers from UITS (the "doctors") to answer specific course questions regarding technology.

    • Unsession Format - Room 400

      Presenters deliver a 2-minute dynamic pitch of an interesting idea, strategy, or tool that they have employed in their course. After all speakers deliver their pitches, there will be time for attendees to meet and greet with the speakers to continue the conversation and learn more about the ideas that interest them. These sessions will not have any technology associated with them (no projectors will be available) and include a 2-minute pitch plus question time for presenters and participants.

      Announcer: Josie Baudier, CETL

      Presenters: 

      • Cristen Dutcher, School of Accountancy
      • Kat Gray, English
      • David Glassmeyer, Secondary and Middle Grades Education
    • Technology Session Format - Room 462

      Some of the most marketable skills Sociology majors are expected to develop during program completion is the ability to conduct data analysis and interpret findings using a statistical analysis software package such as SPSS. While students in our face-to-face Sociology program have traditionally learned these hands-on skills when completing the Research Methods course in the lab, under direct instructor guidance and supervision, the online environment has initially posed certain limitations for our web learners in the equivalent Online Sociology program. This presentation offers an example of how Sociology instructors who teach Research Methods can bridge this gap by introducing SPSS data analysis in their online courses through KSU’s Virtual Owl capabilities and by recording instructions in Panopto or similar software. This allows online learners to replicate the lab experience at home and to achieve similar levels of data analysis competence when compared to students in the traditional program. I also discuss main challenges encountered during this part of the course, both from a student and instructor perspective.

      Presenter: Christina Stephens, Sociology and Criminal Justice

      Presentation

    • Innovation Session Format - Room 460

      Linguistics courses can be technical and yet very engaging. Since I began teaching online, I have become acutely aware of how often students do not finish (or even begin) online lectures, particularly when the topic is something technical. Yet, technical background is essential to being able to discuss engaging topics like dialects, slang, and idioms. In an attempt to keep students engaged, I have begun hiring professional voice actors to read part of my lectures. For example, when discussing Cajun or British dialects, I hire voice actors who are native speakers of these dialects to discuss technical aspects, while simultaneously demonstrating the dialect itself. I also include humor in the lectures by hiring non-standard dialect speakers to discuss linguistic issues. For example, I hired a “valley girl” speaker to discuss idiomatic uses of language, such as using "like" as a quotative (e.g. “He was like, ‘I can’t believe you’re breaking up with me.’”) Participants will listen to short lecture samples and discuss the efficacy of this strategy of using voice actors. Discussion will be oral and by using polls through Poll Everywhere. The central question will be this: Are some voices/dialects better for online lectures?

      Presenter: David Johnson, English

    • Invited Session - Room 182

      Affordable Learning Georgia, an initiative of the University System of Georgia, has been assisting teams of faculty with replacing expensive commercial textbooks with open educational resources (OER), library materials, and other affordable educational materials since 2014. In this presentation, Jeff Gallant, Program Manager of Affordable Learning Georgia, will give an overview of OER, the Textbook Transformation Grants program, and advice on how to get started.

      Presenter: Jeff Gallant, Affordable Learning Georgia

    • ID Research Session Format - Room 174

      This track includes presentations about a variety of topics related to online learning supported by research in the field. KSU Instructional Designers will answer the questions, "What does the research say?" and "Why is this considered effective practice?"

      Presenter: Robert Swift, Distance Learning Center

     

    • Unsession Format - Room 400

      Meet with trainers from UITS (the "doctors") to answer specific course questions regarding technology.

    • Technology Session Format - Room 462

      To get the most of this session, please bring your own device to follow along. 

      Using Turnitin to grade papers online through D2L can save considerable time, but the process is clumsy, awkward, and difficult to explain to students. I plan to demonstrate how I use the Feedback Studio, Feedback Summary, and Quickmarks. Although I now use the D2L rubrics rather than the Turnitin rubrics, I have used and will demonstrate the Turnitin Rubric. With the help of ITS, I hope to be able to post a sample paper that everyone can access and comment on so that participants will have experience with the settings by the end of the session.
      One of the disadvantages of grading through Turnitin is that few instructors use it, according to students in my classes, so students are unfamiliar with accessing its various features. I have created PowerPoint presentations with screen shots to show my students how to access the detailed comments. I also require students to begin successive assignments with a list of the 3-5 most important errors they made on the previous assignment. This ensures that students access the detailed comments, and their posting this information saves me the time it would take to look at previous assignments. I will make the PowerPoints available to participants.

      Presenter: Deanna Womack, School of Communication and Media

      Presentation

    • Innovation Session Format - Room 460

      Participants in this session examine Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset theory from her book The New Pshychology of Success (2006). Participants will be challenged to make connections for potential improvements in growth mindset and their current online course design plan. We will discuss how we see both growth and fixed mindsets manifest in student actions, language, and interactions in the online environment. Participants will work independently and collaborative to strategize ways to cultivate a growth mindset in their students. Reflection on reframing failures will conclude the session.

      Presenter: Josie Baudier, CETL

    • Technology Session Format - Room 182

      Presenters: Julie Moore and Anissa Vega, ITEC

      Presentation

    • ID Research Session Format - Room 174

      This session focuses on academic accessibility and what it means for online faculty. We will touch on the basics of the DLC’s Faculty Four of Accessible Development and will provide some tools to help faculty to create accessible course materials.

      Presenter: Megan Gibbs, DLC Accessibility

      Presentation

     

 

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