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Beyond Modalities: Supporting Students with Invisible Disabilities Online and In the Classroom

Presented by: Andrea Hojnacki and Sarah Dampier
11:30 AM

Repetitive questions, unusual communication, inconsistent work production: you may be working with a student who has an “invisible disability” such as ASD, ADHD or Anxiety. Learn the common challenges for these students, identify accessibility features that address their needs and apply accessibility best practices to planning and document development, particularly for students in the online or digital environment.

Integration of Digital Laboratory Notebooks into Biochemistry Laboratory

Presented by: Dr. Jillian Smith-Carpenter and Dr. Aaron Van Dyke
11:30 AM

During the 2015 and 2016 spring semesters, Digital Laboratory Notebooks (DLNs) were incorporated into the Biochemistry Laboratory course at Fairfield University. The web-based Evernote application was used to create notebook entries, share data, and communicate between instructor and students. Student attitudes towards the use of DLNs and comments on their experiences were captured by pre- and post-semester surveys, in an effort to develop a set of best practices for integrating DLNs into undergraduate laboratory curriculum.

Preparing Faculty to Effectively Engage Students

Presented by: Tim Stubbs, Katherine Healy, and Betsy Guala
11:30 AM

Exploring Online Learning (EOL) is a two-week online faculty development course at the University of Connecticut. It provides faculty an opportunity to experience the online course environment from the student perspective and discuss best practices in online course design, development, and student-centered teaching with their peers. This session will provide background on the design and development of EOL, walk session participants through the EOL course, and discuss the faculty benefits of participating in the course.

You Thought It Was Just About Free Textbooks: Our OER Journey

Presented by: Marissa Northam, Susan Gubelman, and Heather Rayl
11:30 AM

Learn how Indiana State University is reducing costs for students by encouraging professors to use open educational resources (OERs). The benefits and challenges for faculty who utilize OERs in their classrooms, as well as students' perceptions of these resources will be discussed. Additionally, innovative teaching practices will be modeled.

eLearning Design & Learning Analytics: Challenges and Opportunities

Presented by: Dr. Gail Matthews-DeNatale
11:30 AM

Recent advances in learning science inform course design strategies that improve learning in technology-rich and online learning settings. Digital environments yield vast amounts of data about student progress, yet it can be challenging to take advantage of this wealth of information without the background and skills to make meaning of the results. Explore opportunities to gather and interpret data on student learning in your courses.

» Session 2
The Creation and Construction of an Exemplary Course

Presented by: Exemplar Course Award Recipients
1:20 PM

Join our ECA Awardees as they discuss their processes and challenges in planning and implementing their award winning online courses.

Discussion and Feedback Forum: The Possibilities of VR/AR

Presented by: Dr. Robbie Melton
1:20 PM

Dr. Melton will expand upon her keynote address providing more research and resources related to teaching and learning. It will also give participants who experiment with the Google Cardboard a chance to share their experiences.

Self Regulated Learning: Putting the Research to Use

Presented by: Jennifer Rafferty
1:20 PM

Theories and models about self-regulated learning (SRL) are important to educators attempting to understand why some learners succeed and others have difficulty in most academic settings. Understanding self-regulation in online and blended learning is even more critical because there is much agreement in the literature that these environments require a higher degree of self-regulation. Furthermore, current research indicates that students perform better in their studies when SRL interventions are a part of the course design. In this session, participants will discover and discuss instructional design strategies that can support SRL in virtual learning environments

Successful Student Writing through Online Support

Presented by: Nancy Thompson
1:20 PM

Clear thinking results in clear writing.  Online writing support and instruction can encourage students to clarify thinking and approach as well as support students in developing sounder structure. As a result, guided online writing strategies can contribute to student success. This session demonstrates support models, including how eTutoring methods can be used in the online classroom to help focus student writers. It also shares literature and research around writing as a factor in student achievement,  and it describes reasons behind plagiarism as well as methods to address it. The session is targeted to anyone with a stake in student writing:  instructors, advisors, tutors, and writing center/lab administrators are all encouraged to attend.

ADA Compliance for Online Programs ... What do I do now?

Presented by: Cynthia Brown-LaVeist
1:20 PM

ADA is the law. Morgan Online implemented processes to move us towards ADA compliance for our online programs and courses. We'll share our lessons learned to make accessibility possible. This session will feature our organizational steps to ADA, our best practices, our faculty development process and technology tools we use to build accessible online programs.

» Session 3
Adaptive Learning Meetup

Presented by: Christopher Neidig, Frances Rowe, and Larry Rudiger
2:20 PM

In this round table discussion, we will delve into the “how to” of an adaptive learning implementation, covering topics such as defining requirements and desired features, selecting disciplines or courses for a pilot and navigating faculty concerns. This session is targeted at individuals who are working towards a decision to pilot. If you have experience with using adaptive technologies for education, please do come and share your stories

"Flipping to a Mobile-Based Course for Active Learning and Student Engagement:" Redesigning a Class to Meet Today's Learners (and to Hit All the Buzzwords Along the Way)

Presented by: Jay Rozgonyi
2:20 PM

An educational technology professor will discuss the redesign of his required class to better engage undergraduate students as well as to incorporate mobile devices, active learning, and group work - all in an effort to make his students - all aspiring teachers - feel more connected to their learning.  Professor Rozgonyi will be joined by a handful of students from the class, who will reflect upon how the course differed from others they've taken and what aspects they found to be particularly engaging.

Making Training More Agile: The Evolution of a Competency-Based Online Faculty Certification Program

Presented by: Dr. Kaitlin Walsh and Jeremy Anderson
2:20 PM

As colleges increase their online course offerings, perhaps the biggest challenge is training faculty for the transition. How do we make training relevant and meaningful within their busy schedules? This presentation will highlight the development of American International College’s competency-based online faculty training program, focusing on structure, implementation and benefits.

The State of Open (in CT)

Presented by: Martha Bedard and Kevin Corcoran
2:20 PM

This session will provide an overview of the faculty and student benefits of Open Education Resources as well as current efforts underway across Connecticut.  The presenters are co-chairs of the State’s Open Source Textbook Task Force and will discuss the current state legislation as well as federal initiatives in place to support and expand the use of OER across higher education. Attendees will leave with a sense of what they need to know to prepare for and support the adoption of OER at their institutions.

Starting on the Road to Success: An Academic Advising Course for First-Semester Exploratory Students

Presented by: Suzanne Solensky
2:20 PM

A credit-bearing advising course can give exploratory students a sense of belonging and purpose – crucial to retention. Through various exercises, they define interests, make intentional academic decisions, and prepare to meet with their faculty advisors. Learn how one university developed, assessed, and modified this highly flexible course for two cohorts of students - a course that can easily be offered in an online environment to address one of the format's biggest challenges: creating a sense of connection and a desire to stay enrolled.

Transforming Fairfield University's classrooms: From wire spaghetti to wireless projection

Presented by: Deb Whalley
2:20 PM

Over the past 2 years, Fairfield University has made a concerted effort to upgrade and simplify the technology in our classrooms while at the same time creating new active learning spaces. Combining flexible furniture, simplified technology, wireless projection, and iPads, see first-hand in one of these rooms how we're working with our faculty to help them move away from straight lecture to teaching styles that improve student collaboration in and out the classroom while preparing the faculty to teach in hybrid and online models in the future.

*Weather permitting we will walk to other buildings on campus to view the additional active learning classrooms in person.

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