TIES Conference Presentations 2016

Wednesday, Feb. 17 - 12:00 pm

Pre-Conference: Panel discussion: Core Matters: It Really Does!

Moderated by Dr. Viki Soady, Professor of Latin, and Department Head, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Valdosta State University


Dr. Viki Soady, Professor of Latin, and Department Head, Department of Modern and Classical Languages (Moderator)

Dr. John Dunn, Professor History, Department of History

Dr. Tolulope Salami, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry Department

Mr. Mark McNalley, Assistant Director for Residence Life

Ms. Tamelonie Thomas, Interdisciplinary Program (Business, Journalism, Spanish), Honors Program

Ms. Hannah-Gio Hansberry, Interdisciplinary Program (Spanish, Communications, ESOL)

Mr. Rickey Hooks, Interdisciplinary Program (Psychology, International Business)


12:00 pm

Student Union Theater

Wednesday, Feb. 17 - 1:00-1:45 pm

Innovations: Award Winning Faculty Panel 1

Moderated by Dr. Kathleen Lowney, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Valdosta State University

Gardner Rogers, Senior Lecturer, Department of English “Transitions for Student Success”, Valdosta State University

Dr. Anita Ondrusek, Professor in the Master of Library and Information Science “Transitions for Student Success”, Valdosta State University

This panel will discuss Transitions for Student Success. Two award-winning faculty members who teach at the undergraduate and graduate level will highlight strategies to help students transition into their new academic environment.


1:00 – 1:45 pm

SU Ballroom A

Wednesday, Feb. 17 - 2:00-3:15 pm

Building an Online Degree From Scratch

Steve Downey, Valdosta State University

Instructional Technology & Training (IT2) is a new online graduate degree offered by the Department of Curriculum, Leadership, & Technology. In this session the program’s coordinator will share (i) the motivations behind the program’s creation, (ii) its challenges and barriers, and (iii) the support systems that ultimately lead to its realization.


2:00-3:15 pm

Meeting Room 1

Closing the Loop: Curricular Design in ABAC’s Rural Studies Program

Sandra Giles, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 

Bobbie Robinson, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Darby Swell, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Jennifer Wallin-Ruschman, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

When students engage in experiential learning, it is important for them to draw connections between these experiences, their content learning in classes, and their professional goals. In this presentation, ABAC Rural Studies faculty will discuss how that program is designed to move students through a sequence of community engagement requirements. 


2:00-3:15 pm

Meeting Room 2

It takes a village (and enthusiasm)

Lynda Bernhardt, South Georgia State College 

This is a non-traditional way to engage teachers and students alike to create a better class (and student) relationship. By becoming more engaged ourselves we better understand how to help our students and can begin to learn how best to get their attention. 


  2:00-3:15 pm

   SU Ballroom A

Community Panel

Introductions by Dr. Ronald Zaccari, former Valdosta State President

Moderated by Dr. Ed Walker, Department Head of Management and Healthcare Administration, Langdale School of Business

John Kent Edwards, Jr.:  Chief Judge, State Court for Lowndes County

Steven Heddon: Creative Director, Fusion Creative Marketing

Jeana Beeland: Executive Vice-President-Human Resources, CJB Industries

Mike Spremulli: Corporate Personality Profiler; CEO, The Chrysalis Corporation


2:00-3:15 pm

Student Union Theater

Wednesday, Feb. 17 - 3:30-4:15 pm

Student Engagement with a Regional Health Initiative

Gregory Brown, Valdosta State University

South Georgia has some of the highest rates of diabetes, obesity and hypertension in the United States. Local health officials, community groups and churches came together to alleviate these problems. Mass Media students investigated, producing a series of short documentary videos showcasing the people, problems and projects involved.

A Video Tune-Up For History 3000

Emily Rogers, Valdosta State University

Cathy Oglesby, Valdosta State University

A history professor and a reference librarian developed a flipped classroom, including a video, to help students understand the differences between primary, secondary, and tertiary historical sources. This presentation describes the pedagogical goals for the course revision and presents assessments of student learning

Enhancing Student Learning Through Multimedia Technology Within an LMS, A Lesson Learn From eLearning Specialist

Japheth Koech, Columbus State University 

Presenter will discussed Multimedia, what tools are available within Learning Management System at presenter’s institution that support multimedia, how instructors leverage those tools to enhance and promote meaningful learning teaching their students, as well as discussed best practices and lesson learnt from experience supporting and training faculty and staff.


3:30-4:15 pm

Student Union Theater

Class Size and Interaction in Online College Courses: From the Students’ Perspective 

Dr. Bruce Foster, Central Georgia Technical College

Despite the fact that online enrollment has increased for institutions across the United States, many questions arose as to the learning outcomes of students enrolled in online courses as well as what may constitute an ideal for online class sizes. Optimal class size is a practical problem for educational institutions.


3:30-4:15 pm

Meeting Room 1

A Curricular Model for a Competency-based Education Program Initiative at VSU

Anthony Scheffler, Valdosta State University

Lynn Minor, Valdosta State University

An overview of a competency-based education (CBE) curricular model developed at VSU with support from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Georgia Department of Education will be presented in the context of a STEM focused CBE initiative in the VSU College of Education and Human Services.


3:30-4:15 pm

Meeting Room 2

Yak Attack: Dealing with anonymous social media apps on your campus - cancelled

Keith Warburg, Valdosta State University

Anonymous apps have received a bad rap over the last few years as platforms like Yik Yak and Snapchat now give students the opportunity to shed their digital footprint. This presentation will explore the dark – but mostly bright – nature of these apps and help educators understand their place on campus.


3:30-4:15 pm

Ballroom A

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 9:00-9:45 am

Enhancing Collaboration in the Learning Experience with Wikis 

Kyle Culpepper, Valdosta State University

Alex Malos, Valdosta State University

Information Technology Helpdesk in collaboration with Curriculum, Leadership and Technology would like to share their experiences developing a knowledge management system that has helped improve communication, learning community building, and search capability for technical solutions.


9:00 – 9:45 am

Student Union Theater

Audience Response Systems: A Comparison of Rewarded Responses versus Nonincentivized Responses Using Clickers as a More Defined Method of Feedback 

Norman Earls Jr., Georgia Military College

Larry Hilgert, Valdosta State University

This dissertation presentation looks at how audience response systems, clickers, effect learning in the higher education classroom. 


9:00 – 9:45 am

Ballroom A

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 9:00-10:45 am

Subliminal teaching: An interactive workshop for classroom activities 

Dr. Henry Jordan, DeVry University

Kiiva Copeland, Valdosta State University

In this hands on workshop participants will experience how children’s toys can be used to explore business, management and educational concepts. Your session leaders will share their experiences on how the use of objects are used to introduce basic concepts through a fun and interactive approach to teaching and learning. 


9:00 – 10:45 am

Meeting Room 1

Pikt-Pow-Wordle-Share: Innovative Technology Engaging the Web. 2.0 Generation 

Deb Marciano, Valdosta State University

Shaunita Strozier, Valdosta State University

Tired of PowerPoint? Need new ways to engage the Web 2.0 generation? Ready to explore innovative ways to present information? Then this workshop is for VSYou! Two ECSE professors will demonstrate three technologies to enhance teaching, presentations, and engagement. If you can make a PowerPoint, you can learn these! 


9:00 – 10:45 am

Odum 2633

Everything You Wanted to Know About Captioning (Almost) 

Laura Byers, Valdosta State University

Captioning is a vital component of accessibility, but you may have questions. What is captioning? When and why do we caption? How can I find materials that are already captioned? How do I caption my videos? How can I get materials captioned? This workshop will try to answer these questions and others you may have. 


9:00 – 10:45 am

Odum 3270

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 10:00 - 10:45 am

Organic Chemistry as a Hybrid Course: Creating a Student Centered Learning Environment to Maximize Student Success 

Jenny Baxter Vu, Valdosta State University

A Blended Learning Environment (BLE) for my Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3401) course has been created to maximize student success. This environment makes use of YouTube videos created for the course and tailored to our students and allows lecture time to be devoted to problem-solving and peer-teaching activities.

Assessment and Improvement of Introductory Genetics for Science Majors at VSU

Brian Ring, Valdosta State University

From 2014-2015 an IDEAS grant at VSU supported the pedagogical improvement of BIOL 3200 (Introductory Genetics). Three aims were analyzed as indicators of student success: 1) pre-requisite performance, 2) pre-knowledge clicker exam at the start of the semester, and 3) BIOL 3200 performance prior to upper curriculum. 

Improve Student Learning Throgugh Hardware Experiments and Technology Surveys

Chunlei Liu, Valdosta State University

The recent uprising of computer hardware companies provides a good opportunity to attract student interest in computer science. This presentation introduces course changes implemented in a pedagogical innovation project supported by the IDEA Center, highlights some technologies and products the students studied, and evaluates how these innovations affect their learning.


10:00 am–10:45 pm

Student Union Theater

Innovations: Award Winning Faculty Panel 2

Moderated by Dr. Christine James - Professor of Philosophy and Undergraduate Scholarship Coordinator, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Maren Clegg Hyer, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of English; IDEA Center Scholar.  "Project-based Learning: A Case Study in Medieval Drama."

Mark Groszos, Associate Professor of Geosciences, Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences “Field Experience as a Tool to Increase Student Engagement in Entry-Level Classes” “Concept-Sketches as a Method of Improving Course Content Retention”


10:00 – 10:45 am

Ballroom A

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 11:00-11:45 am

Bringing Art and Physics together: Creating an interdisciplinary laboratory environment

Dereth Drake, Valdosta State University

Kalina Winska, Valdosta State University

In this presentation, we will discuss the two approaches used in the laboratory by faculty and students: artistic and scientific. We will describe how this experience of bringing together science and art leads to unexpected problems and possible solutions, which may be applicable to other types of interdisciplinary partnerships.

Reaching Out to Kinesthetic Learners in the Visual Arts 

Glenda Swan, Valdosta State University

Art history is traditionally very visual, even though many studio artists are kinesthetic learners. This presentation discusses techniques I have employed within my courses to make more kinetic connections to the visual course material. However, the approaches presented have the potential to be adapted for a variety of different disciplines.

Online Science Courses: Do they work? 

Derek Strickland, eScience Labs

A study comparing the learning experience of online science courses to traditional campus labs and a discussion on how to bring a blended learning experience into online science courses.


11:00 – 11:45 am

Student Union Theater

Lessons Learned for Live Video-Conferencing Class Meetings: Value Added Online Learning

Reynaldo Martinez, Valdosta State University

Using an online video-conferencing tool, such as WIMBA or Collaborate, provides students with a sense of belonging to and strengthens their engagement in an online class. Learn about: 1) preparation strategies to facilitate a live video-conference class; 2) learning facilitation activities during a live video-conference class; and 3) how to gauge success. 


11:00 – 11:45 am

Meeting Room 1

Flipping Chemistry 

Elizabeth Gurnack, Georgia Southwestern State University 

This session will focus on an analysis of the differences in using a flipped course between upper division and introductory chemistry courses. I will also discuss how well flipping the courses helped me achieve my goals for the course, including student success and improved attitude towards chemistry and biochemistry. 


11:00 – 11:45 am

Meeting Room 2

Designing Instruction for Critical Thinking: A Case of a Graduate Course on Evaluation of Training 

Aubteen Darabi, Florida State University

Logan Arrington, Florida State University

This paper presents a how-to discussion of applying Ennis’s (1989) Critical Thinking Infusion approach to a graduate course in evaluation of training programs for cultivating critical thinking in students. The authors will share how they used complex thinking scaffolds as cognitive enablers to accomplish their goals. 


11:00 – 11:45 am

Ballroom A

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 12:00 noon - 1:15 pm

Luncheon - Keynote Speaker

Dr. David Schejbal

12:00 – 1:15 pm

Ballroom B/C

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 1:30-2:15 pm

Mindcraft: Using Emerging Technologies to Promote Active Learning 

Bernard Majdi, South Georgia State College

Molly Smith, South Georgia State College

Sara Selby, South Georgia State College

With new technologies emerging every day, instructors have at their fingertips a world of opportunities for promoting active learning. This presentation will demonstrate the use of a variety of Web 2.0 tools across academic disciplines. Participants will leave with access to a wide collection of instructional resources. 


1:30 – 2:15 pm

Meeting Room 1

Quick Response Codes: Creating Engaging Classroom Environments

Sonya Sanderson, Valdosta State University

Peggy Moch, Valdosta State University

Sandra Masci, Valdosta State University

This workshop is for anyone who wants to use some of the latest technology driven apps available on smart devices. Participants will learn how to download the free QR code reader to their smart devices and how to create and use QR codes for engaging and interactive lessons.


1:30 – 2:15 pm

Meeting Room 2

Interrupting the Lecture: Using Writing to Keep Students Awake

Joel Harper, Valdosta State University

This presentation discusses ways that in-class writing can keep students engaged during lectures. This discussion will examine several different writing methods used throughout the semester to break up the traditional lecture and create more student discussion. 

Writing for Relevance: Using Written Assignments in a Large, Education Course to Provide Teachable Moments

Meagan Arrastia, Valdosta State University

This presentation examines an education course of 58 students as they tackle the concepts of behaviorism. Pre- and post-test items matched on concepts are compared after assigning a take-home writing assignment to apply the concepts to students’ future teaching profession.

Using Creative Visual Exercises With Non-Art Majors

Meghan Bissonette, Valdosta State University

Non-majors sometimes struggle in core courses because they have no inherent interest or understanding of the material. This presentation demonstrates ways to ease nonart majors into disciplinary perspectives through the use of creative visual exercises.

Pushing Back Against Procrastination

Donna Sewell, Valdosta State University

This presentation shares a strategy for disrupting last-minute papers by requiring early and often submission of drafts. Students' final drafts can improve even without comments from instructors simply by forcing students to start the process sooner


1:30 – 2:15 pm

Ballroom A

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 1:30-3:15 pm

Simulations in speech-language pathology services

Renee (Ruth) Hannibal, Valdosta State University

Vince Clark, Valdosta State University

Integra Rehabilitation

This seminar will introduce several different simulations that are presented in both the undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Valdosta State University. The audience will have the opportunity to participate and become immersed in several of the simulations. 


1:30 – 3:15

Student Union Theater

Finding and Using Open Educational Resources in the Classroom

Deb Van Petten, Valdosta State University

Jeff Gallant, Valdosta State University

Open Education Resources (OER) are freely-available, customizable, and shareable resources that save students money, engage students in the classroom, and equalize access to required materials. Join us for our workshop, and you will learn about OER, open licensing, search techniques, and evaluation techniques to effectively use OER in your courses.


1:30 – 3:15

Odum 2633

Using Technology to Increase Teacher Presence and Interactivity in Online Courses 

Victoria Russell, Valdosta State University

Michelle Ocasio, Valdosta State University

Grazyna Walczak, Valdosta State University

Karen Acosta, Valdosta State University

This MCL eGroup workshop introduces four technology applications that can help instructors increase teacher presence and/or interactivity in their online classes. The tools that will be shared include: (1) Camtasia, (2) ShareStream, (3) Screencast-O-Matic, and (4) TalkAbroad. After each application is presented, attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on practice.


1:30 – 3:15 pm

Odum 3270

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 2:30-3:15 pm

Capitalism in the Classroom; Changing the Classroom and the World One Idea and Student at a Time 

Tom Manning, Valdosta State University

Sydney Plummer, Valdosta State University

Tess Baker, Valdosta State University

Student projects that have focused on the development of new products, patent applications, national and international collaborations, journal articles, etc. and how they can be intertwined with a course will be outlined. In addition to a faculty member, two students will discuss their experiences with projects of this nature. 


2:30 – 3:15 pm

Meeting Room 1

Press Start: Building a Gamified Curriculum

Sarah Dwyer, Valdosta State University

Exploring basic elements of gamification in the classroom, including discussions of genre and curriculum design, and a guide to getting started with the design of your first game. 

"Guidelines for Effective Gamification in Higher Education"

Aysegul Gok, Georgia State University

The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition states educational games and gamification provide considerable power in education. However, little research has been done evaluating gamified learning management systems in online higher education. This study aims to investigate how a gamified online asynchronous course is effective on students’ motivation and learning. 

How to integrate ERP into MIS course

Taewon Hwang, Valdosta State University

In this proposal, the author would like to share his experiences regarding how to incorporate Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software packages into his Management Information System (MIS) course. The author will introduce two packages: Microsoft Dynamics and SAP ERP. 


2:30 – 3:15 pm

Meeting Room 2

Teacher Self Disclosure in the Classroom

Molly Stoltz, Valdosta State University

This paper reports on research conducted to determine if teacher self-disclosure in the class room helps students learn.


2:30 – 3:15 pm

Ballroom A

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 3:30-4:15 pm



3:30 – 4:15 pm

Conference Commons/Vendor Area

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Internships Panel

Moderated by Dr. Gerald Williams - Director of Career Opportunities

Dr. Mark Smith: Professor of English, Department Head, English Department; Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Kendra Hollern, L.L.M.: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Political Science Department

Carla Jordan: Assistant Director – Employer Relations and Experiential Learning Team, Career Opportunities

Dr. Rudy Keith Prine: Professor of Criminal Justice, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Department

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Student Union Theater

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 4:30-5:15 pm

Language for Americans 

Natsumi Hayashi, Valdosta State University

Sara Barrera, Valdosta State University

Language for Americans is a presentation which explains the importance in further engaging our universities in the global arena and why language should be at the fore-front of this international engagement. In addition, we will discuss the importance of both foreign languages and ESOL classes in the university. As well, how multiple digital materials such as video, SNS or application softwares can be integrated to provide a more enriching language learning experience for our modern students. Lastly, what can we do as language teachers in better simulating a true language learning experience in the classroom to help our students retain their language skills even after their education. 


4:30 – 5:15 pm

Meeting Room 1

Certification Benefits: Benefits, Types, and Resources 

Karen Pickles, Valdosta State University

Sheila Hall, Valdosta State University

In today’s economy, seeking a job or increasing job security is a top priority for many individuals. One way to increase job security and marketability is by earning a professional industry certification. Come learn about several well-known software and technical industry certifications and how to prepare for these exams. 


4:30 – 5:15 pm

Meeting Room 2

Innovations: Award Winning Faculty Panel 3

Moderated by Dr. Mike Savoie, Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Mass Media, Department of Communication Arts

Kathleen Lowney, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, IDEA Center "Post-exam Retrospective Assignments and Their Role in Raising Student Test Scores"

Jay Rickman, Professor of History, Department of History "A Math-Challenged Historian Helps Freshmen Make a Rational Decision"

Wayne Plumly, Dean of the Langdale College of Business Administration "Experiential Learning: An Alternative to Classroom Learning"

Faculty Excellence Panel

4:30 – 5:15 pm

Ballroom A

Grading & Feedback: Let’s Turn Them Faster and Stronger 

Li-Mei Chen, Valdosta State University

Have you ever felt buried under a high stack of student work waiting for you to grade? Are you frustrated with students’ repetitive errors even though they have been marked and commented upon? If so, come to this workshop for tips and strategies to turn your grading effective and efficient. *Please note: This session will not be hands-on.


4:30-5:15 pm

Odum 2633

Thursday, Feb. 18 - 5:30 - 8:00 pm - Innovations Showcase

Behavior Intervention Plan 

Devin Jones, Valdosta State University

This poster presents a behavior intervention plan on a student who struggles with following directions using a Reversal ABAB Design.

Using an Adult Development Computer Simulation to Impact Young Adult’s Perceptions of Aging and Life-Course Changes 

Steven Kohn, Valdosta State University

James Taw - History Department

A pilot study using a computer aging simulation designed to help teach abstract models in gerontology and the psychology of aging to young adult students heightened these students ability to interactively appreciate and understand the complexity of the aging process.

VSU's New Faculty Portal
Keisha Roberts, Valdosta State University

Barrie Fitzgerald, Valdosta State University

The Division of Information Technology has worked with members of Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, and e-Learning to develop a portal that allows faculty, advisors, housing, and student success personnel to communicate, monitor progress, and record performance in an effort to assist students in their progress and provide them with the tools necessary to be successful. The portal tracks student performance and success from their enrollment to graduation.

Mobile Print implementation with Pharos and Xerox

Jeremy Scott, Valdosta State University

Wes Duke, Valdosta State University

See how mobile and “Follow-Me” printing work together to make students’ lives easier and more flexible. Watch a demonstration showing how this complete solution provides simplified printing and cost savings for the University.

Wireless Classroom Collaboration

Sterlin Sanders, Valdosta State University

Thanks to the innovation of the Kramer VIA Connect Pro, this technology combines multiple solutions into one and enables users to wirelessly project material from multiple hardware or software devices. Regardless of whether a device is a PC, Mac, iPad, Windows Tablet, iPhone, or Android device, the VIA Connect Pro can wirelessly project an image onto an output device. This technology allows students to collaborate in the classroom to complete projects and have an amazing learning experience.

Managing a campus network with Cisco Prime Infrastructure

Kanan Simpson, Valdosta State University

Ghufran Ahmed, Valdosta State University

Check out how Valdosta State University uses Cisco Prime Infrastructure to manage its wired and wireless networks. We are able to use one management tool to monitor the health of our networks to help improve the student experience.

IPTV for Resident Students

Ike Barton, Valdosta State University

IPTV provides over-the-air, on-demand, previously aired TV and movies, and delivers the most popular broadcast and satellite content as well as live sports and events across the university’s campus network to mobile devices and traditional computer laptops and desktops.

V-State Mobile App

Amelia Reams, Valdosta State University

Come check out the new and improved V-State Mobile app. You won't believe what this app can do. With all the new changes, there is truly something for everyone. This is a MUST DOWNLOAD!

Internet Cyber Attacks!

Shawn Merdinger, Valdosta State University

Check out a real-time display of cyber attacks taking place on the Internet. Have your information and computer security questions answered by experts from the Valdosta State University Information Security Office.

Changing Criterion Behavior Intervention Plan

Faith Summers, Valdosta State University

Shaunit Strozier, Valdosta State University

This Behavior Intervention Plan was used to improve two behaviors for a particular student using a Changing Criterion Intervention. The student received an incentive if the criteria was met for all four sessions during the week. Through receiving his interventions, this student gradually improved his behavior.

Assistive Technology Resource Guide

Kelsey Rice, Valdosta State University

Shuanita Strozier, Valdosta State University

This poster features forms of assistive technology that can be implemented in the lives of those with disabilities. These forms of technology fall into ten varied categories of use in the school and home setting, such as in reading, writing, and math, as well as hearing, daily living, and leisure. 

Behavior Intervention

Anna Claire Waltzer, Valdosta State University

This poster illustrates a behavior intervention that addresses a student who continued to blurt during whole group instruction. 

Changing Behaviors

Hillary Crosby,Valdosta State University

The purpose of this poster presentation is to show how an intervention was used in order to change multiple behaviors in the classroom setting. 

An exploration of the Effects of Picture Sorting and Labeling on the Literacy Skills of Struggling Readers

Shakela Primrose, Valdosta State University

Shaunita Strozier, Valdosta State University

This presentation provides the audience with an intervention tool that can be useful in supporting struggling readers and spellers. Picture sorting is a great way to help students pinpoint and differentiate between different sounds within words while labeling allows them to connect the sounds to their corresponding letters. 

A User Friendly Guide to Differentiation

Rebeca Bonilla, Valdosta State University

A User Friendly Guide to Differentiation is a compilation of more than 30 differentiation strategies organized in three main categories: differentiating by ability/readiness level, differentiating by interest, and differentiating by learning style/multiple intelligences. The purpose is to bring effective differentiation strategies together in one place in an organized and easy to use format.

Alternating Treatment Behavior Intervention

Brandi Tompkins, Valdosta State University

Shaunita Strozier, Valdosta State University

This poster illustrates information about different interventions that were overall successful; however, the dinosaur stickers proved to be the best intervention that helped this student achieve his goal of responding to questions with a maximum number of two prompts. This presentation includes data from the baseline, intervention strategies, and the best intervention.

Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities

Terri Harris, Valdosta State University

Shaunita Strozier, Valdosta State University

Assistive technology that will aid in the ability to help students to be productive in their learning environments. 

Innovations Presentations & Demo

5:30 – 8:00 pm

Ballroom B/C

Friday, Feb. 19 - 9:00-9:45 am

Pedagogical Interventions to Promote Learners' Perceptions of Connectedness in an Online Class

Victoria Russell, Valdosta State University

The presenter will discuss two pedagogical interventions that were implemented to foster students’ perceptions of connectedness in an online Spanish course. High attrition rates in online courses may be due to learners’ perceptions of disconnectedness and isolation. Preliminary results of the project will be shared and discussed with attendees. 

K-8 Mathematics Teacher Self Efficacy and EDTPA

Peggy Moch, Valdosta State University

K-8 pre-service teachers and those preparing pre-service teachers will benefit from a discussion of pedagogical reform used to align edTPA standards and increase K-8 student performance on edTPA portfolios in the content area of mathematics.


9:00 – 9:45 am

Student Union Theater

Teaching with Movies

Lucia Lu, Valdosta State University

Lajuria Spells, Valdosta State University

Delisha Larkins, Valdosta State University

Jamesia Folston, Valdosta State University

Dajah Allen, Valdosta State University

Chelsea Lucas, Valdosta State University

Lisa Burns, Valdosta State University

Ashley Mixon, Valdosta State University

Lyric Jones, Valdosta State University

Lindsey Cologie, Valdosta State University

Joa Singletary, Valdosta State University

Brittany Godfrey, Valdosta State University

Paige Lindsley, Valdosta State University

Autumn Hughes, Valdosta State University

Alexis Kincaid, Valdosta State University

This professor and group of teacher candidates conceptualized pragmatics, semiotics and aesthetics into literacy education by inviting students of diversity to watch, talk, write, and act in movies. Research reveals that movies foster students’ cultural awareness and expedite English as a second language acquisition for social function toward academic success.


9:00 – 9:45 am

Meeting Room 2

Traditional Lecture-Based World Literature Courses: Procrustean Bed or Fertile Ground for Innovation?

Barbara Warren, Valdosta State University

Marilyn Dyke, Valdosta State University

Becky Gaskins, Valdosta State University

Three VSU lecturers share their experiences with transitioning World Literature courses to the millennial classroom while maintaining traditional standards and teaching guidelines.


9:00 – 9:45 am

Ballroom A

Friday, Feb. 19 - 9:00 - 10:45 am

Reach Everyone Teach Everyone through Universal Design for Learning

Dr. Thomas J. Tobin, Coordinator of Learning Technologies in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Northeastern Illinois University

Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act banned discrimination on the basis of disability by recipients of federal funds. Way back in 1979, Nicholas Hirtz proposed “a concrete and practical effort aimed directly at faculty function with handicapped students.” So, why are universities still being sued today for not providing access to learning (Lewin, 2015)?

To help make educational materials and practices inclusive for all learners, this interactive session radically reflects on how to motivate and inspire faculty members to adopt Universal Design for Learning: broaden the focus away from learners with disabilities and toward a larger ease-of-use/general diversity framework.

Content & Context

The theoretical basis of this session is Universal Design for Learning, especially as newly revised for higher education (CAST, 2014). The session goal is to inspire faculty members to implement UDL in program assessment, policy development, technology selection, course design, and teaching practices. This is best accomplished through achievements that can be attained in the next 20 minutes, 20 days, and 20 months (Tobin, 2014). Recent research suggest that institutions who coach those who train faculty members see better adoption rates and deeper penetration of UDL principles across all courses (CAST, 2014; DO-IT, 2015).

Participant Outcomes: By attending this workshop, participants will be able to

  • add Universal Design for Learning /Instruction (UDL) elements to existing courses,
  • design/retrofit course components using UDL principles,
  • motivate faculty colleagues to adopt UDL as part of the campus culture, and
  • expand their institution’s use of UDL elements beyond the legally-required minimum.

This session provides critical reflection and effective practice for a wide range of faculty disciplines by reflecting on the historical need to accommodate learners with disabilities (Hirtz, 1979; North & Scholl, 1979) and re-framing the reasons for making course materials more accessible. Rather than creating accessible content to serve just the small population of learners with disabilities (Tobin, 2014), professional development staff and faculty members can provide accessible materials for all learners.

This session posits diversity in its most inclusive form: instead of providing accommodation services to learners with disabilities—which is most often a last-minute, ad-hoc, reactive process—adopting UDL as part of an institution’s culture of course design and teaching practices allows all learners to benefit, regardless of regardless of their place on the ability spectrum.


DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology). (2015). Applications of universal design in postsecondary education. Center for Universal Design in Education. University of Washington.  http://www.washington.edu/doit/programs/center-universal-design-education/applications-universal-design-postsecondary-education.

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9:00 – 10:45 am

Meeting Room 1

Second Life: Applications at VSU and Beginner's Workshop

Michelle Ocasio, Valdosta State University

Karen Acosta, Valdosta State University

Beatriz Potter, Valdosta State University

Fleming Bell, Valdosta State University

For the beginning user, this Second Life workshop aims to demonstrate some of the practical and educational uses of virtual worlds in distance learning and face-to-face interaction. Four speakers will explain how they use Second Life in the classroom: engaging spontaneous and fun conversations in foreign language clubs, coordinating student presentations for online courses, and oral assessments for online foreign language courses. A hands-on workshop to create an avatar and explore some interesting locations (including Valdosta State University Island) is included. 


9:00 – 10:45 am

Meeting Room 2

Friday, Feb. 19 - 10:00-10:45 am

Preventing didactic incivility to eliminate horizontal violence in nursing: a psychological approach

Yaira Kurtzman, MD Anderson Cancer Center 

David Sexton Jr, MD Anderson Cancer Center 

Examining the phenomena of horizontal violence in nursing, specifically in education, through a psychological lens to help explain why the cycle of violence has yet to be broken. Industrial/Organizational psychological principles and theory can be utilized to empower educators resulting in more confident, capable, and resilient nurses. 

Improving Diversity and Equity in Nursing 

Heidi Gonzalez, Valdosta State University

The purpose of my presentation will be to share VSU’s School of Nursing’s new core performance standards (Appendix A) and the background information related to best practices, diversity, and improving health equity in nursing related to persons with disabilities. 

Student organizations and community engagement for distance students: Innovations required 

Diane Holliman, Valdosta State University

Hanae Kanno, Valdosta State University

Student organizations and community engagement are components of learning context and implicit curriculum of MSW programs. Barriers for participation for evening and hybrid students are presented as well as an innovative model to infuse and evaluate student governance and community engagement in classes with these busy and geographically diverse students. 


10:00 – 10:45 am

Student Union Theater


Breaking the Awkward Silence: The Power of Classroom Discussion 

Laura Hanna, Valdosta State University

How can teachers help students engage in classroom discussions? Getting students to speak up during class time can be challenging. This presentation will address the reasons for student silence and how to break that silence with some easily implementable techniques that allow teachers to help fuel meaningful discussions.


10:00 – 10:45 am

Meeting Room 2

Instituting ePortfolios: Potential and Predicaments           

Gardner Rogers, Valdosta State University

Dr. Mike Savoie, Valdosta State University

Dr. Kelly Davidson Devall, Valdosta State University

We’ll discuss fledgling efforts to require students in the Honors College and Project CORE to create student portfolios, as well as Clemson University’s fully-developed portfolio program, in order to ask how student portfolios can function as a means of generating learning as well as a way to demonstrate learning. 


10:00 – 10:45 am

Ballroom A

Effective Use of Clickers in the Classroom and Best Practices

Rebecca Leidy, Turning Technologies

Come learn more about Turning Technologies clickers and how to integrate them effectively into your classroom teaching practices.


10:00 – 10:45 am

Odum 3270

Friday, Feb. 19 - 11:00-11:45 am

The improvement of well-being 

Jiri Stelzer, Valdosta State University

Michal Ruzicka, Valdosta State University

Iva Klimesova, Valdosta State University

Feeling good and function well are the two most important concepts of general well-being. The evidence indicates that the things we do and the way we think can have great impact on our well-being. A new evidence based rationale will be introduce to increase individual well-being. 

Student-Lead Data Collection at a Health and Fitness Symposium 

Pamela Anderson, Georgia Gwinnett College

Lauren Tapp, Georgia Gwinnett College

Across the past five years, Exercise Science faculty have embedded research principles within a number of major classes. The culmination each semester has been a student-lead health and fitness symposium. This presentation will discuss the importance, as well as the pitfalls of doing course embedded research with students. 

Google Trends & Google Correlate in the Classroom: Identifying ways in which big data can be used to supplement course instruction 

Jeremy Tost, Valdosta State University

Google Trends/Correlate are Google-based tools that allow individuals to identify search patterns across time and place (Google Trends) as well as relationships between search terms (Google Correlate). The presentation will highlight the utility of Google Trends/Correlate for teaching and learning use in the classroom. 


11:00 – 11:45 am

Student Union Theater

Pre-service teacher’s conceptual understanding of arithmetic in base ten and bases other than ten 

Iwan Elstak, Valdosta State University

Benjamin Wescoatt, Valdosta State University

How do students learn numeration with bases other than ten? We studied pre-service teacher’s learning of alternative bases with place value using qualitative interview methods. We found that students ‘understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division operations with other bases develop unevenly and slowly. The transfer to base –ten is also slow. 


11:00 – 11:45 am

Meeting Room 1

Using Rubrics Effectively as a Means of Assessment and Feedback 

Daniel Baracskay, Valdosta State University

The use of rubrics, particularly in online courses, has largely become an expectation in higher education. Rubric tables allow for an objective means of evaluating student assignments, while providing feedback that students can utilize to improve their performance. This presentation will examine the value of linking rubrics to course objectives. 

Utilizing an Educational Contract 

Phillip Dybicz, Valdosta State University

The educational contract is well suited for courses in which mastery of certain concepts is essential and/or a revision process is built into student assignments. Based upon a pass/fail grading schema (pass equals mastery), grades of A-F are determined by the number and quality of assignments in which students are able to achieve mastery. 

Online Notebooks in the Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 

Linda De la Garza, Valdosta State University

Hardbound laboratory notebooks have been traditionally used in the chemistry laboratory. They are important record keeping documents which nowadays are being replaced by online systems. A commercially available online notebook system was adopted for the Quantitative Analysis Course in the Chemistry Department. The students and faculty experiences with this new record keeping and laboratory reports submissions online system will be presented. 


11:00 – 11:45 am

Meeting Room 2

Increasing College Access for Georgia's Latina High School Students: Study Findings on What Works 

Treva Gear, Valdosta State University

Regina Suriel, Valdosta State University

In the state of Georgia, Latinas/os make up 13% of the K-12 student population, but are disproportionately represented in the state’s institutions of higher education. Despite the rapid growth of the Latina/o population in the state, their college preparation and access to college is often overlooked. This presentation will address barriers and best practices that have been identified by current Latina undergraduate students who graduated from high schools in Georgia. Preliminary findings from a mixed methods study conducted at 14 colleges/universities within the University System of Georgia will be shared. This presentation is intended for secondary and postsecondary educators, school counselors, parents, students, and community members. 


11:00 – 11:45 am

Ballroom A

Turning Technologies Office Hours with a Regional Product Specialist

Rebecca Leidy, Turning Technologies

Come in to talk with Turning Technologies Regional Product Specialist, Rebecca Leidy, about your use of clickers in the classroom and get feedback, tips, and guidance from an expert.


11:00 – 11:45 am

Odum 3270

Friday, Feb. 19 - 12:00 noon - 1:15 pm

Luncheon with Alumni Panel followed by conference closing and door prizes