Conference Presentations

Thursday 2:45 - 4:30pm Double Session


Second Life 101: Creating an Avatar, Exploring and Teaching in Second Life
Michelle Ocasio, Valdosta State University
Karen Acosta, Valdosta State University

In this hands-on workshop for educators and administrators brand new to Second Life, participants will learn what Second Life is, how the co-presenters (and guest speakers) use Second Life in their classrooms, and learn about the problems and solutions associated with teaching in Second Life. For the hands-on portion, participants will create their own avatar; learn the basics of walking, flying, changing clothes, maneuvering the camera and teleporting. There will be a walking tour of virtual Valdosta State University as well as other locations created by professors from all over the country
Hands-On

2:45 - 4:30pm

Pine Hall 107

Thursday 2:45pm - 3:30pm

Using D2L Tools to Improve Student Success
Karen Watson, Fort Valley State University

This presentation will show how various tools within D2L, such as IA's, restrictions, checklists and rubrics can be used to help improve student success in fully online courses.

Presentation

2:45 - 3:30pm

Ballroom A


Using 3D Printing to Support the University Curriculum
Michael Holt, Valdosta State University

3D printing is an exciting emerging technology that provides students a chance to visualize difficult concepts in certain subjects and gets them to engage with the curriculum in ways that would not have been possible otherwise.  This presentation will cover what 3D printing is, why it is useful for enhancing the curriculum, how it has been used at other universities, and the plans we have for implementing it at Valdosta State University. The need to place such technologies in centralized locations like the library in order to facilitate more access to the technologies will also be discussed.

Presentation

2:45 - 3:30pm

Meeting Room 1


Basic Building Blocks of PowerPoint: Text
Herb Feister, Valdosta State University

One of the most important elements in any PowerPoint design is the "text" that it contains. To design presentations that are professional, compelling, and clear requires intelligent and strategic use of text. So how do you know how to make decisions about text? In this presentation, you will learn how to make decisions about text so that you can make outstanding presentations.

Presentation

2:45 - 3:30pm

Meeting Room 2

A Flippin' Great Idea! Flipping the Core Curriculum
Sara Selby, South Georgia State College
Anthony Hendrix, South Georgia State College
Duane Benson, South Georgia State College
Bernard Majdi, South Georgia State College
Tiffany Briceno, South Georgia State College
Ellen Dyal, South Georgia State College
Randy Yonz, South Georgia State College

As part of a Complete College Georgia Incubator Grant project, faculty members at South Georgia State College have explored the use of techniques to flip courses within the core curriculum with the intention of increasing student engagement and fostering deep learning. However, we are not content to limit our flipping to the classroom; we wish to flip the entire core curriculum! Participants will discuss precisely what we mean by flipping the curriculum, how we hope to accomplish the flip, and what we expect to result from the flip.

Panel

2:45 - 4:30pm

Meeting Room 2

Creating Dynamic and Accessible Documents
Kimberly Tanner, Valdosta State University

It is often thought that designing documents to be accessible results in documents that are plain and boring. This is simply not the case. This training will demonstrate how to use MS Office 2010 features to design dynamic documents that will be accessible to all when presented in an online format. These tips will make your documents more user-friendly and may even save you time.

Hands-On

2:45 - 3:30pm

Odum Lab 2634

Thursday 3:45pm - 4:30pm


The Pedagogical Trials and Tribulations of 3rd Party Vendor Software
Kathe Lowney, Valdosta State University

Many publishing companies now have software available for use by faculty, with readings, study drill questions, etc. I have used MySocLab, one such software, for the past several semesters with my large section Introduction to Sociology classes. And well -- I have learned lots about students' views of this type of assignment, experienced lots of frustrations, but also seen some pedagogical successes. There have been some “nightmarish moments,” but some good ones too. I’ll share what I have learned and then we’ll have an open discussion about the pedagogical pro’s and con’s of such software. 

Presentation

3:45 - 4:30pm

Ballroom A

 

A Culminating Project: Let us show you the WikiWay
Amanda Hawkins, Columbus State University
Elizabeth Frander, Columbus State University

Explore the use of a wiki to be used as a repository for a culminating project. This simple teaching tool will promote pedagogical thought and allow the content in the curriculum to be transformed by the learner. Wiki’s can be used in many ways, but for this culminating project students can share their work with the faculty and class by uploading videos, power points, and various projects throughout their program. The projects will be aligned with program outcomes, making this highly interactive and meaningful to the student. Cultivate and improve your classroom working in real time with a WIKI. 

Presentation

3:45 - 4:30pm

Meeting Room 1


Real World Tips for Using D2L
Ellen Wiley, Valdosta State University
Daesang Kim, Valdosta State University
Lars Leader, Valdosta State University

If you want to stay connected to your students and provide just-in-time feedback, we have some tips for you. If you are unsure how to add documents saved in different file formats in D2L or embed YouTube videos, this session is for you! If you have students submit assignments to the dropbox, Turnitin can be used to check for plagiarism and improper citation, as well as identifying revisions from an earlier draft. The GradeMark tool within Turnitin makes providing feedback easier. We have the real world tips that will help you succeed online.

Panel

3:45 - 4:30pm

SU Theater


Zotero's Free Bibliographic Management Tool for the Researcher
Changwood Yang, Valdosta State University
Xiaoai Ren, Valdosta State University

This workshop will introduce participants to a web-based bibliographic management tool - Zotero and demonstrate how to collect, organize, cite, and share references using Zotero. Zotero allows users to create in-text citations and bibliographies in various formats, and insert them in Word or Open Office automatically. Users can use Zotero to manage their collections of PDF files, images, audio/video files, snapshots of webpages by assigning tags or adding notes. As a web-based tool, Zotero also allows users to capture a webpage or download files from Internet directly.This workshop will cover from installation to  advanced features of Zotero. 

Hands-On

3:45 - 4:30pm

Odum Lab 2634

Friday 9:00 - 9:45am

Lessons Learned when developing the BlazeVIEW D2L course: New to Online: The Fundamentals 
Kathy Sundin, Center for eLearning, Valdosta State University

During this session, the presenter will discuss the lessons learned in the development and implementation process of building this BlazeVIEW D2L course. The course provides faculty, new to online instruction, a foundation for transitioning to online teaching and learning. As well, current online faculty (fully or hybrid) will benefit from some of the techniques and tips identified in the course.

Presentation

9:00 - 9:45am 

Ballroom A


 Online Discussions are "IN"...Interesting, Innovative, and Interactive
Elaine Bryan, Georgia Perimeter College
Nicole Lynch, Georgia Perimeter College

Discussion forums in online learning stimulate critical thinking, improve communication skills, foster a sense of community, and encourage collaborative problem solving.  This presentation will highlight various rules of engagement for implementing successful discussion forums as well as focus on the benefits of using discussions as learning aids.  Presenters will demonstrate best practices leveraging technology tools in the creation of online discussion environments that not only educate, but inspire student learning. Innovative teaching methods will be addressed including: crafting effective discussion questions to achieve learning outcomes; improving the quality of discussion participation; and encouraging rich student-teacher and student-student interaction.

Presentation

9:00 - 9:45am

Meeting Room 1

 

Failure to Thrive: Exploring an Unsuccessful ePortfolio System Diffusion Process in a small Southeastern State College
Sarah Hepler, Georgia Highlands College

Although numerous studies detail successful technology implementation projects in higher education, very few researchers explore technology failures. One popular technology - ePortfolio systems - has been heavily researched in the past decade, yet no published studies exist about unsuccessful ePortfolio programs. This article fills this gap by describing a failed ePortfolio adoption process in a small Southeastern state college. The findings indicate that a variety of diffusion factors strongly correlate with unsuccessful ePortfolio implementation including: 1) Stakeholder Attitude and Support, 2) Innovation Characteristics, 3) Organizational Culture, and 4) Innovation Accountability. 

Presentation

9:00 - 9:45am 

Meeting Room 2


Birds of a Feather Discussion: Mobile Technology in Education
David Pulliam, Valdosta State University
Elizabeth Omiteru,Valdosta State University
Larry Hilgert, Valdosta State University
Beatriz Potter, Valdosta State University 

IPads and other light weight mobile technologies have been in use in education now for several years in many different ways from actual use in the classroom to being able to get your notes during meetings. This session is your chance to learn more about the innovations being used by various institutions as well as gain ideas about how your institution can better leverage technology. This session is meant to be an open discussion on the use of the iPad and other mobile technologies within the areas of instructional design, emerging applications, accessibility, networking, and student engagement. This session will feature a guided question and answer style of presentation, group discussion, and interaction. A panel of subject matter experts will be on hand during the session to help answer your questions and will also have some discussion topics that will be shared. The ultimate direction of this session will depend on audience participation and questions asked and information shared, but will remain focused on the listed topic areas.

Presentation

9:00 - 9:45am 

SU Theatre


Using GoReact, An Interactive Digital Evaluation Tool
Nanci A. Scheetz, Valdosta State University
Christia Williams, Valdosta State University

Formative and summative  assessments are critical to the learning process.  This presentation will focus on how GoReact  is being utilized to provide feedback to students in various instructional settings.  Uses include providing time stamped feedback for performance, self, and peer assessments, as well as for analyzing scenarios.  This "user friendly" tool allows instructors to evaluate the transferability of skill set from instructor to student.

Presentation

9:00 - 9:45am 

Odum 2634


Beyond the Web: Teaching in Virtual Worlds
Steve Downey, Valdosta State University
Andrew Wadsworth, University of Illinois

Visually compelling and socially engaging, virtual worlds have been one of the fastest growing sectors in the gaming and computer industry over the past 10 years.  In this workshop, participants will explore a diverse collection of simulations and learning spaces available in virtual world environments.  We will also address the instructional implications and current research being done on virtual worlds here at VSU.  REQUIREMENT:  Participants must have a Second Life account to fully participate in this workshop.  If you don't have an account, you can get a free one at secondlife.com

Hands-On

9:00 - 9:45am

Odum 3270

 Friday 10:00 - 10:45am

FollowMe: Engaging Students in the Social Media Age
Malynda Dorsey, Valdosta State University

New technology and access to a variety of opportunities to communicate online has impacted the way young people communicate like no other generation. The open-source development of mobile apps and ease of creating online communities has become a growing trend that is showing no signs of slowing down. According to the Pew Research Center, as of May 2013, 72% of online adult users use social media. Eighty-nine percent of online users between the age of 18-29 use social media. These trends are only growing. However, where does that leave our techniques of engaging students in the classroom? In university classrooms today, you will find students taking notes on their laptops, following their lecture with an e-book on their tablets and occasionally taking out their cell phones. What some believe are mere distractions, educators should embrace as a new frontier. This presentation will include: a) Understanding social media, b) Proven methods of social media on campus and in the classroom, and c) Strategies for using social media.

Presentation

10:00 - 10:45am

Ballroom A


Custom Applications for Organizing Student Engagement
Arthur Rinberger, Valdosta State University

How do you make sure that all of the students in your department are on-track for graduation? Do you know when someone last contacted the ones that aren't on-track? If they are struggling, have they been attending tutoring somewhere? Which internships has a student participated in?   In this session, see how Valdosta State University has used in-house developed custom applications to increase departments ability to track how they have engaged with students, what internships the students have participated in, and services the students have used in the pursuit of their degree, giving them more time to facilitate greater engagement.

Presentation

10:00 - 10:45am

Meeting Room 1

 

USG eMajor Initiative: Limitless Success
Meg Moore, Valdosta State University
Jarrod Murray, Valdosta State University
Karen Lingrel, University of West Georgia
Dr. Andy Meyer, Dalton State College

This presentation will cover what the USG eMajor initiative is, what it means to faculty, and its limitless growth opportunities of eMajor including: the benefits to students enrolling in eMajor and the benefits that are associated for institutions.  We will cover the administrative support that is involved when an institution becomes involved in eMajor.  The eMajor financial model will also be addressed in conjunction with how an institution can become an affiliate. The presenters will consist of the eMajor Administrative unit from Valdosta State University and University of West Georgia, and eMajor's recent affiliate, Dalton State College. 

Presentation

10:00 - 10:45am 

SU Theatre


The Art and Science of Quality Online Course Development
Julie Troyer, Valdosta State University

The demand for online courses increases every year as universities seek to increase distance education and meet the needs of students to have easily accessible classes. Online classes are convenient and easy for students to fit into busy schedules; however, it is important to focus on excellence in online course development. The development and creation of a high quality online course is both an art and a science, thus this presentation will  cover both scientific and artistic pedagogical techniques for developing online courses of superior quality.

Presentation

10:00 - 10:45am

Meeting Room 2


Using Oracle BI's Dashboard Design to Create Analytical Reports for Student Enrollment
Amelia Reams, Valdosta State University

This presentation will show how Valdosta State University’s IT department has used Oracle’s Business Intelligence (BI) to compile data quickly and efficiently. It will cover how VSU uses BI’s dashboard design to generate charts and graphs for reporting on student enrollment to create the eLearning Factbook. The purpose of the eLearning Factbook is to provide comprehensive information and easy access to the most frequent data needs for VSU’s administrators of online programs. During this presentation, we will walk through the creation and design of an analysis and dashboard page. We will also demo the eLearning Factbook.

Presentation

10:00 - 10:45am

Odum Lab 2634

Friday 10:00 - 11:45am Double Session


Flipping the Classroom with Animation
Neil Rigole, Middle Georgia State College
LaQuita Denson, Middle Georgia State College

The flipped classroom model allows for the traditional part of instruction to be delivered online, while the face-2-face component concentrates on what would have been considered homework.  This hands-on lab experience will explore how to create engaging animations using the PowToon animation software to be used for the online portion of a flipped class as well as investigating student use. Powtoon, a cloud-based and free presentation tool, allows faculty to create engaging learning experiences while also allowing students the ability to move beyond PowerPoint and into the realm of animation for more engaging presentations.
Hands-On

10:00 - 11:45am

Odum Lab 3270

Friday 11-11:45

Guidelines for College Media and Captioning and/or Audio Description
Sheryl Ballenger, AMAC Accessibility Solutions

Instructors and students often enjoy a mix of videos and other activities in learning environments. When it comes to making media accessible in education, there is not an all or nothing option. Rather, the best approach is one in which we provide access in a systematic way.  Guidelines for how to make everyone happy and learn a few things in the process.  

Presentation

11:00 - 11:45am

Ballroom A

 

An Instructor's Guide to Fostering Fairness in the Assessment Process
Ransom Gladwin, Valdosta State University
Edris Brannen, Valdosta State University

Cheating is a well-documented issue in the online environment. Ultimately, cheating undermines the value of your course and program, but instructors have struggled with how best to combat it. This presentation showcases strategies to minimize cheating, specifically in D2L courses. Both presenters will show evidence from their own courses, such as quiz randomization, rapid-paced exams, multiple types of e-proctoring, and alternative assessment design. The goal of this presentation is to share experiences and methods to improve the fairness of the assessment environment for all online students.

Presentation

11:00 - 11:45am

Meeting Room 1

 
Using Technology to take a "Byte" Out of Rising College Costs
Molly Smith, South Georgia State College
Lisa Howell, South Georgia State College
Frank Holiwski, South Georgia State College
Cori Crews, South Georgia State College
Becky Griffin, South Georgia State College
Dean Thornton, South Georgia State College

South Georgia State College was awarded a Complete College Georgia Incubator Grant to provide faculty members in at least one course in each core curriculum area with the technology and training to design their own course materials for digital delivery with the intention of phasing out the need for students to purchase costly textbooks each semester. Participants will speak to their experiences with the use of iPads, mobile apps, iTunes U course delivery, and iBooks Author software to achieve the goals of the grant project.

Presentation

11:00 - 11:45am

Meeting Room 2
 
Using Videoconferencing Technologies to Serve Students at Multi-Campus Institutions
Sarah Hepler, Georgia Highlands College
Diane Langston, Georgia Highlands College
Connie Watjen, Georgia Highlands College
Libby Gore, Georgia Highlands College
Kim Wheeler, Georgia Highlands College

Real-time videoconferencing technologies have become a popular option in online classes to increase motivation, build engagement, and construct a more humanized distance education experience. However, these same technologies can be used effectively in the face to face setting to help solve a variety of practical issues from low enrollment to deferred graduation. Georgia Highlands College is using Blackboard Collaborate in innovative ways to meet the needs of students spread across 5 countries.  

Panel

11:00 - 11:45am

SU Theater

 
Education in the Clouds
Vesta Whisler, Valdosta State University

How can students and teachers optimize the software and collaboration tools that are available through such cloud computing suites as Office 365 and Google Docs? This workshop will help clarify what cloud computing is and how it might be used to engage your students.

Hands-On

11:00 - 11:45am

Odum 2634

Friday 1:45 - 2:30pm

 

Flipping a Classroom while Making it Accessible to All
Giso Abadi, Valdosta State University
Kimberly Tanner, Valdosta State University

The concept of flipping the classroom is gaining popularity on college campuses. This model of course design allows ample time to apply material during face-to-face class time that has already been taught using an asynchronous, online format. Come learn about one Chemistry Instructor's experience transforming an in-class laboratory lecture into the online environment using tools including iSpring Pro 7 software. Presenters will share their collaborative efforts to create course materials that are accessible to all students using principles of Universal Design. If you are considering flipping your class or you need to help others who will be, join us.

Presentation

1:45 - 2:30pm

Ballroom A


Managing Group Dynamics in an online synchronous environment: Wimba Live Classroom
E-Ling Hsiao, Valdosta State University

The purpose of this presentation is to 1) introduce the use of group dynamics approach for managing online synchronous discussions/presentations and 2) discuss specific strategies used in the Wimba Live Classroom to facilitate group dynamics. If possible, please bring in your own laptop to the session.

Presentation

1:45 - 2:30pm

Meeting Room 1


Screencast-o-Matic, as a Teaching Strategy
Bobby Jean Musgrove, South Georgia State College

Screencast-O-Matic is a free screen and webcam recorder available at http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/.  The recorded video can be shared on the website, YouTube, Dropbox, or a video file. This technology allows for dissemination of difficult concepts. The instructor can create mini-lectures. According to Boden and Murphy (2012), computer assisted instruction can be an effective teaching strategy which can supplement face to face courses. The combination of sound and images within a screencast enhances online learners' experiences compared to the more traditional text format and can be a powerful method of communicating content in an online setting (Sugar, Brown, Luterbach, 2010, p. 3).The significant implication of utilizing screencast as a teaching strategy is  the variety of instructional strategies that can be implemented to meet learning styles of students.

Presentation

1:45 - 2:30pm

Meeting Room 2


Host Seat of the Muses: Students Teaching Students via Interactive Media
Talley Mulligan, Valdosta State University
William Faux III, Valdosta State University
David Nelson, Valdosta State University

This panel will discuss the instructional design considerations for enhancing student engagement and active learning in project-based learning experiences involving a range of traditional and emergent media. Referencing a course exposing students to the process of creating a multi-faceted community-oriented project for an interactive children's museum focused on media literacy, the talk will consider the ins and outs of the approach.

Presentation

1:45 - 2:30pm

SU Theater


Stop Teaching Software: Incorporating Atomic Learning Tutorials
Pat Miller, Valdosta State University

The question lurks there, nibbling away at precious class time: You have a great idea for getting a new (or even old) concept across, but students will need to use software they’ve not quite mastered or never used. How much time can you spare to teach software? What if you could find someone to do it for you? Welcome to Atomic Learning tutorials that allow your students to learn what they need to know and you to track what they’ve done so that you know they are ready to learn concepts rather than software in class. Come learn how it works.

Presentation

1:45 - 2:30pm

Odum 3270