TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Laurie Novy

DI for On High! Differentiated Instruction for Online Higher Education

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This presentation will review the basics for Differentiated Instruction
and describe strategies that can be used to enhance the online
experience for college students. Research indicates that student
retention increases when students have a personal connection to the
learning environment as well as active engagement in their learning.
Know what it takes to use DI in your online courses!

TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Suzanna Long, Chris Moos, and Anne Bartel-Radic

Creating a Global Learning Experience: The Role of Multi-Institutional Partnerships in Course Design and Improvement

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Virtual teaming is increasingly important in today’s business
environment. Providing real world opportunities that explore
collaboration across organizational cultures, time zones, and practice
gives students a tremendous competitive advantage and foster
experience-based learning. This session discusses lessons learned from
a multi-institutional partnership of universities in the design and
implementation of a global supply chain management course.

TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Eli Collins-Brown and Jill Pegg

Integrating Wikis into Courses and Collaborations

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Methodist College of Nursing is integrating the use of wikis in courses
and cross-campus collaborations using the free collaboration tool from
Google called Google Docs. One of our undergraduate courses, Senior
Seminar, will be highlighted with examples of how Google Docs is being
used and why it is so effective. Instructor and student perceptions
will be shared, as will as other used of Google Docs.

TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Irina Ivliyeva

In-class Methods meet Online Tools: A Hybrid Class

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This presentation explores class participation, learning outcomes, and
the role of communication technologies in language learning and
teaching. Driven by sound pedagogical strategies, traditional in-class
activities are examined through the prism of Internet-based,
multi-user, interactive learning tools. New instructional options
(blogs, wikis, Audacity on Blackboard) illustrate how improved
technology helps to produce highly interactive collaborative learning
environments and provides effective support for learning assessment,
class management, content organization, and course design.

TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Judith Sebesta

Using Clickers in the Arts & Humanities

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This presentation will provide ideas for using clickers in classes in
the Arts and Humanities, drawing on examples from the presenter’s
experience teaching a large Introduction to Theater course. Attendees
will have the chance to try out the clickers and share ideas for their
use in similar courses.


TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Stephen Ehrmann

Using Evidence to Improve Teaching and Learning (with Technology): Asking the Right Questions

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Ehrmann.jpgToo many options, too much information, too little time and too much
risk: those are just some of the reasons why we take relatively little
advantage of new technology to do new things.  Part of the risk is that
we often teach with blindfolds more than half-covering our eyes: what
are students thinking? What do they do on the course when they’re away
from the classroom? What advice might they give that would help improve
an assignment or classroom activity, the next time the course is taught?

will explore a few new options for getting inside students’ heads, and
what questions to ask, in order to improve teaching and learning in
courses.  We’ll consider surveys, video recording, and polling systems
(including what you can do with cell phones – bring yours!)

we’ll explore the kinds of questions most likely to produce feedback an
instructor can use to improve a course, no matter how students answer
that question.  Some of those questions would work in almost any
course, while others ask about specific teaching/learning activities;
for example, suppose that you’re not happy with the number of students
participating in online discussion; what questions might you ask
students in order to figure out how to increase participation?  We’ll
pay particular attention to inquiries designed uncover ways to help all
students in the course, not just the ‘best’ student or the ‘average’

The University has access to some tools and resources
you can use for this scholarship of teaching and learning, and to share
what you’ve learned with colleagues. We’ll look at a few of those. And
we’ll conclude by discussing whether any changes are needed in the ways
the University supports faculty inquiry of this type.


Second Annual Teaching and Learning Technology Conference April 9-10, 2009

Educational Technology will be hosting its second annual Missouri S&T Teaching and Learning Technology Conference in the Havener Center on April 9-10, 2009.  All campus faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  

We believe it is important to our campus community to showcase the many ways in which faculty and staff use technology to enhance the learning experience for our students.

If you are interested in attending this conference, please visit the EdTech web site for the registration information.  Registered attendees will be eligible to win a number of door prizes (including a SMART Board!).  

Dr. Stephen Ehrmann and Dr. Bryan Carter will be the opening and closing keynote speakers, respectively.

  • Dr. Ehrmann is the director of the Flashlight Program on assessment and evaluation for the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group (
  • Dr. Carter is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Missouri and has a great deal of experience in using virtual worlds to enhance his instruction (e.g. Second Life).

Other presenters include a diverse array faculty and staff from Missouri S&T and around the world:

  Dr. Matt Insall – Mathematics and Statistics, Missouri S&T
  Dr. Irina Ivliyeva – Arts, Language, and Philosophy, Missouri S&T
  Dr. Margaret Gunderson – University of Missouri-Columbia
  Dr. Suzanna Long – Engineering Management & Systems Engineering, Missouri S&T
  Dr. Laurie Novy – Kaplan University
  Dr. Jeff Thomas – Interdisciplinary Engineering, Missouri S&T
  Dr. Judith Sebesta – University of Missouri-Columbia
  Dr. Eli Collins-Brown – Methodist College of Nursing
  Dr. Anne Bartel-Radic – Universite de Savoie, France
  Mark Bookout – Director of Technology Support Services, Missouri S&T
  Lauren Oswald – Learning Space Designer, Missouri S&T
  Chris Moos – Missouri Southern State University
  Jill Pegg – Methodist College of Nursing
  James West – Missouri Baptist University

Vendors will be on hand to display their technologies and answer questions about the technologies we have employed here on campus.

Several groups on campus associated with teaching and learning technologies will have poster presentations about their projects and activities.

Strategies for Encouraging and Increasing Class Attendance

Last week, members of Educational Technology here on campus attended the Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference at UMSL, sponsored by their Center for Teaching and Learning.

One of the sessions I attended was on Strategies for Encouraging and Increasing Class Attendance. I thought this would be a good session to attend for someone who is still very new to instruction. I’ve been directly involved with technology training (e.g. Documentum Web Publisher, Voice-over IP), but I’ve never really had to deal with college students who often don’t show up for class (I am as guilty of that as anyone).

The stated objectives of the presentation were as follows:

  1. Review why attendance is important
  2. Present overview of instructional methods
  3. Discuss strategies for deep learning
  4. Share ideas with a partner

For the first part of the discussion, we actually engaged in one of the learning strategies discussed by one of the plenary speakers, Dr. Allison Morrison-Shetlar. The presenters asked us to come up with two or three reasons why we think attendance is important, write them down on a 5 x 7 note card and then share those reasons with someone else in our vicinity. This is exactly identical to the “one minute paper” Dr. Morrison-Shetlar talked about in her presentation. Once we did that, we were then asked to share our different reasons with the larger group.


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FoTT — Plenary Session: Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar

FoTT-Morrison-Shetlar-01.jpgDr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, as well as Professor of Biology at the University of Central Florida, gave the second plenary session presentation at UMSL’s Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference. Her topic of choice was Interactive Teaching Techniques With and Without Technology. She has had a long and distinguished career in both science and education. It was a very enjoyable presentation as she brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to her presentation.

Dr. Morrison-Shetlar’s presentation is available from her web site by clicking the Handouts link. However, her web site uses “lightbox” to show her slides, so it is not practical for downloading a copy of her slides. Unlike Dr. Ray Schroeder, who was the other plenary session speaker, she has embraced PowerPoint for her presentation, though she uses it fairly effectively to make her points.

Her first technique that she shared with us was simply to greet us with “Good morning”. Since our first response was too lethargic, she tried again, “GOOD MORNING!” This time we had no choice but to respond.

Her three main objectives for the presentation were:

  1. Demonstrate strategies that work in large and small classes.
  2. Discuss how to modify the strategies and create new ones that fit different situations and teaching personalities
  3. Show high and low technology adaptations of strategies for engaging students.

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Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference — UMSL

Just this past week, EdTech took a road trip to St. Louis to attend the Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference at UMSL, sponsored by their Center for Teaching and Learning (analogous to our CERTI, I believe).

This conference is very similar in nature and scope to the Teaching and Learning Technology Conference that we held on this campus this past spring. We will be holding the next TLT Conference on April 9-10, 2009.

I did not get the opportunity to attend every session I might have liked to, but I did get to see both plenary speakers and also attend a couple of interesting sessions. I will be posting on each of those sessions/speakers in future posts so stay tuned.

We (EdTech) also had the opportunity to meet with our counterparts at UMSL and also have a meeting of the BbIC, which is the intercampus collaboration of Blackboard support folks from all four campuses. Although we routinely interact with each other via email and other communication tools, it is always nice to actually sit down face-to-face and spend time with them. It is also an opportunity to get outside of our campus and see what other folks are doing on their campuses.