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Saturday, March 18
 

7:30am

Breakfast and Registration
Saturday March 18, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Presidents Hall

8:30am

Opening Remarks
Saturday March 18, 2017 8:30am - 8:45am
Presidents Hall

8:45am

Morning Keynote: Sir Ken Robinson

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.

Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.

Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.


Saturday March 18, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Presidents Hall

10:15am

Designing for productive collective-sense making: why it matters

The purpose of this session will be to discuss socio-metacognition, the knowledge of and ability to regulate group cognition, and the design of a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environment to support socio-metacognitive expertise. As part of this panel discussion, Borge will present a talk on the CREATE system, a system she developed that is being expanded by TLT for University use. Borge will draw on multiple perspectives to discuss the costs and benefits of such a system and conclude by opening up for discussion by a panel.


Speakers
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William Illingworth

System Administrator & Instructional Technologist, Lancaster Bible College
Find me on Twitter @willingworth or on LinkedIn! | Passions include EdTEch, Ed, Martial Arts, Grad Ed, and Systems Integrations
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TK Lee

Developer
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Junxiu Yu

Graduate Assistant, Penn State


Saturday March 18, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Room 106

10:15am

Digital Badges: Micro-certification in the Public Speaking Classroom

In summer and fall 2016, micro-certification (aka digital badging) was used in a CAS 100A course to address key information literacy skills students needed. Members of the Penn State community may be familiar with micro-certification in general, but be curious about how it operates in a course, and want to learn more details about how it can be used to benefit both students and instructors. The presenters will explain their program, focusing on the details of implementing it in a course to increase student learning, and will lead an interactive discussion about this competency-based tool.



Saturday March 18, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Room 104

10:15am

Post-Keynote Chat with Sir Ken Robinson
If you did not get an opportunity to ask Sir Ken Robinson a question during the Q&A portion of his morning keynote, this session will give you an opportunity for discussion with him based on his keynote presentation.

Saturday March 18, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Room 207

10:15am

Arts & Design Pedagogy: Learning and Teaching Through the Arts
Join our informal discussion on the growing community around arts and design-based approaches to teaching and learning. We will discuss faculty research projects and the methods and digital technologies that are being employed in the scholarship of arts and design pedagogy. An introduction to the newly formed Center for Arts and Design Pedagogy will lead into open discussion about opportunities for Penn State community members to participate.

Speakers
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Ann Clements

Associate Professor
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B Stephen Carpenter, II

Professor of Art Education and African American Studiess, School of Visual Arts


Saturday March 18, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Room 208

10:15am

Analyzing Trump: Showcasing Liberal Arts in the Classroom and Online
The Liberal Arts Office of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship will share with you reflections on Trump 297H. The course, created in partnership with the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, applied critical analysis during the unprecedented Trump candidacy by using multiple disciplines within the liberal arts. This pilot course used existing technology such as live streaming, archive videos, chat, the Canvas platform, and digital badging in an innovative way, allowing the DPS office to showcase the pedagogical and technical services offered to faculty. We will share marketing successes of this course including media coverage and how it created affinity with alumni.

Speakers
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Jessie Driver

Instructional Designer, Penn State, Liberal Arts
As an Instructional Designer, I work with the exceptional residential faculty in the College of the Liberal Arts to design and re-design experiences for learning in the humanities. The variety of digital assessment tools here at Penn State continues to grow, which makes my work more interesting every day. | | Looking forward to furthering the study of Humanities in a Digital Age. | | Please talk to me about your experiences (good or... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Room 206

10:15am

PSYou: Sharing Student Scholarship
Students learn new things about the world every semester, and often distill what they learn into concise summaries that would be of great interest to a general audience. Sadly, those fruits of learning are rarely seen by anyone other than their professors and, possibly, their classmates. We seek to change that by launching PSYou, a sharing site for student-created audio, video, and written content of interest to a general audience. Connected to Penn State's engaged scholarship mission and addressing the never-more-pressing need for public scholarship, PSYou offers students a forum in which to publicly address questions of public concern.

Speakers

Saturday March 18, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Room 107

10:15am

Immersive Pedagogy: How a Student Startup is Changing Education

A Penn State startup is dedicated to transforming STEM teaching and learning experiences by bringing next-generation technologies to education: augmented and virtual realities. Rain Reality is an educational technology consulting company specializing in the development of AR and VR application courseware. 3-D applications offer a different approach to pedagogy that not only increases student engagement through hands-on interactions but even improves understanding of content in abstract STEM subjects. The presentation will highlight the research behind 3-D learning and how industry is currently enhancing K-12 and higher education pedagogy through these immersive technologies.



Saturday March 18, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Room 109

10:15am

The Social Knowledge Timeline
Humanities scholarship is becoming increasingly collaborative, participatory, and public facing. As humanists take up digital tools to conduct and share research, larger teams are needed to conduct ever more complex computational tasks. When blending these heterogeneous teams—which may include faculty, librarians, staff, undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alt-ac contributors—humanists have an ethical responsibility to offer a fair and transparent accounting of research activities. After all, tracing research contributions is necessary for pragmatic issues like authorship, promotion and tenure, and reports to funders. By framing a range of digital humanities practices and methods, Mauro suggests that validating digital scholarship in and out of the academy is dependent on our ability to describe, quantify, and visualize our activities. With a robust method for accounting for these new techniques in digital projects, the humanities is positioned to shape an ethical collaborative and experimental methodology across the academy. In doing so, Mauro will describe how the Social Knowledge Timeline, a new tool currently under development at Penn State, offers a means to capture complex narratives that constitute the organic and nuanced unfolding of humanities research.

Speakers
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Aaron Mauro

Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and English, Penn State Behrend


Saturday March 18, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Room 105

10:15am

Redesigning the Online MBA: The Essential Partnership between Program Administration, Faculty, and Learning Design
Due to continuous competition in the field, it was necessary to recreate our Penn State online MBA (OMBA) program. Led by the Smeal College of Business in partnership with the World Campus, our challenge was to redesign the OMBA by capturing what we had learned in our current model and creating a forum that insisted on an open synergy of ideas among program administration, faculty, and learning design. This dynamic partnership encouraged the generation of ideas linking technology with content expertise, expert leadership, and instructional systems design. This session will highlight our cooperative process in implementing the ICE Model (Integration, Collaboration, Engagement) for design of our 13 core courses, including strategies related to processes, technology, and measurement.

Speakers
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Janet Duck

Assistant Professor, Management, Penn State University
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Brian Hyatt

Instructional Designer, World Campus Learning Design
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Shubha G. Kashyap

Director of Academic Affairs, Penn State University - World Campus
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Glen Kreiner

Associate Professor of Management, Penn State
I am the Smeal Faculty Chair for the Online MBA Program. We have recently redesigned our Online MBA, making it more flexible and attractive to students. We are using a wide variety of technologies and collaborative processes both in and out of the virtual classroom.


Saturday March 18, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Room 108

11:00am

Making for the Masses: An Inter-domain General Education course combining Art and Engineering
This panel will review the development and delivery of an undergraduate, general education course bringing together Art and Engineering faculty that deals with creativity, design, and making. Part of a TLT Fellows project, "Making for the Masses" is a course designed to qualify for the new inter-domain classification through General Education, allowing students to apply either general arts (GA) or natural sciences (NS) credits to their transcript upon completing the course.


Saturday March 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 207

11:00am

Rethinking Residential Instruction through Blended Learning Transformation
To support faculty interested in taking the opportunity to redesign their course for delivery in a blended modality, TLT offers the Blended Learning Transformation (BlendLT) faculty engagement program. During the session, faculty who have participated in this program will share their experiences including why and how they blended and how their involvement in the BlendLT program influenced teaching and learning in their classes. In addition, participants will learn more about BlendLT and how to get involved in future cohorts.

Speakers
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Beth Egan

Senior Instructor
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Matt Meyer

Manager of ID in ETS, Penn State University
Manager, Instructional Design and Development


Saturday March 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 106

11:00am

The Future of Learning Spaces at Penn State

What if classrooms were replaced with experiences? In other words, shift focus away from designing physical spaces and move towards designing the mindset at work within the space. What seems like semantics is essential to envisioning the future of spaces that enable creative coursework, entrepreneurship, and research endeavors across all fields of study. Let’s explore practical examples of learning spaces at Penn State that challenge conventional thinking of where students learn.



Speakers
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Kyle Bowen

Director of ETS, TLT


Saturday March 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 105

11:00am

Unizin in Action
As interest and engagement with Unizin services continue to expand, we look toward the future role that Unizin has in helping to transform learning at Penn State. This session will explore how collaboration with peer institutions has driven innovation in open educational resources, learning environments, and analytics.

Speakers
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Jennifer Sparrow

Senior Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology
Jennifer Sparrow is the Senior Director for Teaching and Learning with Technology where she leads a dynamic team of more than 95 learning innovators. Teaching and Learning with Technology collaborates across the entire institution to transform teaching and learning in positive and enduring ways. The work is grounded in the values of: accessibility for all learners, reliability and credibility of the work, and strong partnerships with faculty... Read More →


Saturday March 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 109

11:00am

Best Practices and Lessons Learned in the Adoption, Adaption, and Authoring of OER and Low Cost Materials at Penn State
Affordability and accessibility are important issues facing higher education today. In this session, three faculty members will discuss how they moved from high-cost course materials to free and low-cost materials. Processes, tips, and tricks for others wishing to do the same, and the results and feedback they received from students will be shared. The session will conclude with a look at resources available at Penn State and via Unizin and other institutions that are part of the Big 10 Academic Alliance.

Speakers
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Julie Lang

OER Coordinator, TLT
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Lynn Nagle

Instructor of Psychology & Education, Penn State Altoona
Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Positive Psychology, engaged teaching techniques & shaping successful students.
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Anita Serrano

Instructor in Spanish, PSU Lehigh Valley
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Oranee Tawatnuntachai

Associate Professor of Finance


Saturday March 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 107

11:00am

Leading AI Initiatives at Penn State
Across Penn State, faculty, staff, and students are actively engaged in exploring and applying artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and practices to a variety of domains. This session will feature leading Penn State researchers and developers in showcasing their efforts to capitalize on the promise and potential of AI in a variety of contexts.

Speakers
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Lawrence C. Ragan

Director, The Center for Online Innovation in Learning
I am a researcher and practitioner of educational technology, innovation and creativity. I am a lifelong educator and educatee!


Saturday March 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 208

11:00am

Leveraging immersive environments: Virtual reality and 360° video

This session will highlight two different, but related, TLT Fellows projects. In the first part of the session, attendees will learn about the TLT Fellows project centered around utilizing 360° video and virtual reality technology to enhance learning opportunities for students in a local, regional, and global context. Discussion will include why 360° video was identified as a technology worthy of investigation, how reusable learning objects have been created, and what the future holds for students to both consume and create educational content in this new medium. The second part of the session describes the initial production of an immersive reality experience oriented toward issues of sustainability. Specifically, this presentation describes perspectives on immersive reality guided by two overarching concepts: affordances and ecologies. In terms of affordances, this presentation first details three diverse approaches to virtual reality by questioning the role of immersive simulations in offering 1) non-human perspectives (chicken); 2) embodied interaction with data (distance of food travel); and 3) empathetic experiences through embodied storytelling (local farming).

Attendees will learn how faculty are leveraging emerging 360° video and virtual reality technologies to engage students with new and innovative learning experiences. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to explore 360° video examples and learn how they can get involved.

Speakers

Saturday March 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 206

11:00am

World Campus Track Keynote Speaker Dr. Kathleen Ives
The 2017 Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is pleased to announce that Kathleen Ives, D.M., chief executive officer and executive director of the Online Learning Consortium, will be the featured speaker for the Symposium’s World Campus track. Ives’ talk will cover why online learning and education is important for research universities.

Dr. Ives has worked in online technology for over 20 years. Along with her current leadership role with the Online Learning Consortium, she serves as faculty for the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (sponsored by Penn State and OLC) and on the Leadership Advisory Board for the Center for Learning Innovations & Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS).

Formerly, Dr. Ives oversaw all forms of alternative instruction at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA (distance learning, accelerated programming). She serves as adjunct faculty for University of Phoenix, Denver-based American Sentinel University, and Bay State College in Boston.

Dr. Ives began her career at CBS and helped to develop the service that evolved into Prodigy. She then spent fourteen years designing and implementing consumer online information services, first at AT&T and then at Verizon where she spearheaded the development of the nation’s first online Yellow Pages product, now called superpages.com. Dr. Ives has degrees in communication, communication management, and organizational leadership from the University of California at Davis, the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication, and the University of Phoenix-Online, respectively.

Saturday March 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 108

11:45am

Lunch
Saturday March 18, 2017 11:45am - 12:30pm
Presidents Hall

12:30pm

Fireside Chat with Penn State President Dr. Eric J. Barron and student interviewer Michelle Wolf
Dr. Barron answers questions pre-submitted by the Penn State community on the University's Strategic Plan for Education during this "Fireside Chat." The discussion will be moderated by Penn State student Michelle Wolf, a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

Saturday March 18, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Presidents Hall

1:00pm

Open Innovation Challenge
Saturday March 18, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Presidents Hall

2:00pm

Minecraft: Digital Realms as Catalysts for Autonomous Learning
Minecraft gained worldwide acclaim due in large part to its sandbox design that valued the autonomy of its users. By investigating the archived fan art, writings, and screencasts of children who grew up playing this game, we can gain insight into how third space virtual realms can spark deep, authentic learning. The phenomenon of this pixelated game has had a ubiquitous place in many homes around the world where 8- to 12-year-olds reside. The online access to screencast tutorials about Minecraft has aggregated some of the largest crowdsourced learning environments and deserves thoughtful investigation into its relevancy for education.

Speakers

Saturday March 18, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 107

2:00pm

Teaching and learning about technology: An exploration for first-year students

In this session, the presenters will describe and review the use of Sherry Turkle's book Reclaiming Conversation as a basis for a freshman-only, cohort-building course in Intercultural Community Building (HDFS 287Y). The objective of the course is to build cultural awareness and competence and this session will describe how the instructors did so through promoting students' mindful exploration of the impact of technology use on themselves, relationships, education, and society. Student impacts and reflections will offer insight into the baseline technology use, the pedagogical strategies used to address course content, and the overall impact of this embedded exploration.


Speakers
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Jennifer Zosh

Assistant Professor of HDFS, Penn State University, Brandywine


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 104

2:00pm

Teaching Professional Communication Skills Using Virtual Roleplay Skills

Join us for a demonstration and discussion on how virtual role-play can be implemented in professional programs to teach communication skills to students. Our team will demonstrate and allow participants to interact with virtual role-play technology we developed, show research we have collected to date, and discuss strengths and limitations of how virtual role-play can be integrated into courses and programs that rely on effective communication.


Speakers
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TK Lee

Developer
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Deborah Schussler

Associate Professor
JY

Junxiu Yu

Graduate Assistant, Penn State


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 106

2:00pm

Live Streaming from a Classroom: Notes from the Field
We will discuss the process by which we came to live stream SOC 119 Race and Ethnic Relations from 100 Thomas Building. We will discuss the setup, the team, the platforms, the time commitment, the cost and, most importantly, how and why this has value for students, the University, and the community at large.

Speakers
JM

Justin Miller

Project manager, Media Commons at Penn State
Media Commons Project Manager, University Park
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Sam Richards

Director of Development, World in Conversation


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 208

2:00pm

Mobile Apps To Support Learning & Research: Challenges & Solutions
Everybody seems to have an idea for an app, but not everyone realizes what it takes to turn those ideas into reality. You might not even know where to begin. Besides the normal development challenges for any medium-to-large-sized project, one must consider factors specific to mobile devices, such as cost, development expertise, different human interaction standards, and even getting the apps on devices. This nontechnical presentation showcases two different iPhone apps in an effort to demonstrate some of these challenges and how to overcome them. Bring your app idea and get an idea of how you might make it happen!

Speakers
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James Mundie

Mobile Applications Developer, PSU College of Health & Human Development
I develop native mobile apps to support both teaching & learning and research. Talk to me about your app idea!


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 206

2:00pm

Using review videos: features that make them effective
Students' mastery of prerequisite knowledge is crucial to their success in higher-level courses. To help students prepare for a 400 level mechanical engineering course, a series of knowledge review videos were created and assigned to students. Students were assessed and surveyed after each review video assignment. This presentation intends to share with participants what worked, what didn't, what adjustments were made, and how the review videos helped prepare students for a higher-level class.

Speakers
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Qi Dunsworth

Director, Center for Teaching Initiatives, Penn State Behrend


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 109

2:00pm

Future of Online Learning and the Role of World Campus
The Framework for the Future of Online Learning and the Role of the World Campus Task Force was charged to review the trends and issues that would impact the University's ability to advance and expand quality online education across Penn State. This presentation will report on the ongoing work of the task force and will provide the opportunity for discussion of the vision and the framework's ability to support a coordinated approach to online learning and pedagogy.


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 207

2:00pm

Immersive Reality in STEM Education

This presentation will showcase current developments in immersive technologies at Penn State focusing on sensory integration and place learning (field trips). Unlike physical environments, there are several sensory inputs such as sight (immersion), sound, taste, touch, and smell that remain elusive to replicate in cyber-learning environments. There exists a knowledge gap in terms of the magnitude of these sensory inputs that are needed to enable cyber-learning environments to be comparable to the learning outcomes achievable in physical environments. Advancements in technologies such as immersive virtual reality hardware (e.g., Oculus Rift) and haptics (e.g., haptic gloves) have enabled the recreation of certain human sensory inputs (i.e., immersion and tactile), once limited to physical environments, to be achievable in cyber-learning environments. Towards the goal of achieving individually customized human skill/knowledge acquisition in cyber-learning environments, part one of this presentation will explore what combination of human sensory inputs are critical/unnecessary for certain learning/training tasks. Part two will focus on recent developments in accessing remote locations in past, present, and future through immersive technologies, will discuss workflow options for environmental sciences, and will introduce both lab-based and mobile solutions for inducing a paradigm shift in place communication. Field trips are an essential part in many disciplines taught in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education inside and outside the United States such as geography, geosciences, and architecture. Field trips foster embodied experiences of places where students can be situated into an informal learning environment. However, field trips are underutilized due to numerous constraints (cost, accessibility, safety), a situation that current mass development in immersive technologies promises to eliminate. We will demonstrate a range of field trip solutions we recently developed from exploring Iceland’s Thrinukagigur volcano to informal settlements in Rio, Brazil. Our most recent focus has turned to evaluation of the value immersive technologies add to student experiences beyond the usual wow effect.




Saturday March 18, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 105

2:00pm

Diversity in Online Education
This past fall, President Barron called for a commitment for diversity and inclusion. What does diversity "look" like in the online environment? What are the unique benefits and challenges to teaching and reaching students who are to a great extent disembodied and/or invisible? In this presentation we will discuss the various demographic data of our students, in terms of age, race, gender, and ability/accessibility needs. We ask faculty and designers to reflect on what implicit assumptions are embedded in our teaching and course design. We will address some of the unique "diverse" challenges of our students and spend part of the discussion working in small groups to design more informed teaching and design practices.

Speakers

Saturday March 18, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 108

2:45pm

Understanding Student Preferences to Help Inform Online Course Design
What do students prefer when using Canvas? How can learning about student preference help improve course design for students? This session address those questions by providing data on student survey efforts and results.

Speakers
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Amy Garbrick

Director, IST Learning Design, Learning Design, College of IST, PSU
Director IST Learning Design and Adjunct Instructor
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Jana Hitchcock

Instructional Designer
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Vicki Williams

Mgr. Assessment, Penn State
Mgr, Assessment & Evaluation


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 207

2:45pm

Accessibility Essentials You Can Use Today

All students deserve full access!

Penn State's Dutton e-Education Institute embraces accessibility, and we have become efficient and effective in developing and maintaining accessible online content. This session will motivate and equip you to do the same.

You will walk away armed with our top accessibility tips and the knowledge, tools, and resources you will need to immediately begin to improve the accessibility of your web pages.

Join us as we share information and demonstrate how a screen reader interacts with online course content.

Creating accessible online content doesn't need to be overwhelming or daunting; you just need to know where to start.


Speakers
JB

Jennifer Babb

Assistant Instructional Designer


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 206

2:45pm

Gaming the System: How Gamification Exists All Around Us and How We Can Use It Effectively

What if you have been part of a game all along? What if we can leverage the mechanics of this game to get the outcome we all desire: learning? What if we can formulate a strategy to tackle any future technological challenges the game throws at us?

In this session, we will discuss:

• Examples of gamification that exist in our day-to-day experiences

• How to "gamify" with the tools you already have

• How to evaluate and refine gamification iteratively with an eye on adapting your gamification strategy to make use of future tools



Speakers
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Dave Sandor

IPS, World Campus Learning Design


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 109

2:45pm

Software tools for competency based education (CBE) and mastery learning

Combining competency-based education and mastery learning is the ideal way to personalize learning and increase retention. This type of educational approach molds itself to the individual student; using a feedback loop model, students do not move forward unless and until they are ready to, leading to near-optimal learning efficiency. In addition, this model increases retention of students in early courses from less than ideal backgrounds. This talk will describe some of the software tools currently available from various sources, some under development, and some that are just over the horizon.


Speakers

Saturday March 18, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 106

2:45pm

Bridging the gaps between shared courses: Reflections on the TLT REACH initiative
Have you ever tried to be in two places at once? Faculty in Biology and Rehabilitation and Human Services have addressed this challenge in teaching a shared, blended course as part of their participation in the TLT REACH (Re-imagine, Engage, Align, CHange) program. Learn about the various emerging technologies, blended course pedagogies, and engagement of students in the classroom including initial results of a research study focused on student engagement. We will conclude with a discussion and brainstorming session around additional strategies to engage students at multiple geographic locations in a shared videoconferencing-based course.

Speakers
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Julie Lang

OER Coordinator, TLT
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Amy Roche

Instructional Designer, Penn State


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 107

2:45pm

Swivl and Flip with H5P

The Swivl robot camera system follows a professor's movements around the classroom, allowing the lecture to be captured closely on video. These videos can then be enriched with interactive content using the H5P web content authoring tools. For example, quizzes and other knowledge checks can be integrated into the videos, as well as links to relevant resources, should the results of these checks indicate a need for additional assistance. The videos then can be used to partially flip future offerings of the class.


Speakers

Saturday March 18, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 105

2:45pm

The Potential of AI to Transform Education: Watson

This session will explore the power of AI to impact and transform the teaching and learning experience. Emphasis will be placed on the potential of IBM Watson to advance online learning capabilities. Examples of Watson-based solutions will be highlighted and insights will be shared from the inaugural $100,000 Nittany Watson Challenge. Opportunities for future participation in AI projects at Penn State will also be discussed.

 


Speakers
avatar for Daren Coudriet

Daren Coudriet

Director of EdTech Network, Pennsylvania State University
Daren Coudriet is the Director of the Penn State EdTech Network. The Penn State EdTech Network is focused on harnessing technology to advance Penn State's teaching and learning capabilities through active collaborations and partnerships. By fostering innovation between technology companies, the University, and the commonwealth community we aim to improve the student experience, create entrepreneurial opportunities, and stimulate economic growth.
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Rich Prewitt

Distinguished Engineer, IBM
Rich Prewitt is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Test Engineer for IBM Systems responsible for driving improvements in testing across the IBM Corporation as it advances towards greater technology integration and solution oriented product offerings. Rich is a 1984 graduate of Penn State in Computer Science and now serves as the On-Campus IBMer at Penn State. His focus is on building stronger relationships between academia and industry.


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 208

2:45pm

xAPI for Actionable Learner Data Collection
As learning occurs more and more beyond the traditional LMS digital spaces, stakeholders wonder, "How do I know what students are really doing online?" With xAPI and some planning, it is possible to track learner engagement with online content like articles, videos, quizzes, Storyline objects, etc. in ways that generate actionable data for learners, faculty, instructional designers, and program managers. xAPI provides a way for us to construct a story detailing learner interactions, allowing e-learning professionals insight into how students are using content and how their use impacts their performance in a course.

Speakers
avatar for David Fusco

David Fusco

Professor, Penn State University
Accomplished and motivated executive technology leader and CIO with over 25 years of organizational breadth as a creative and innovative change agent that transforms organizations in surpassing their strategic goals. A seasoned veteran in team building, professional development, and successful departmental growth, while maintaining multi-million budgetary fiscal efficiency. Significant teaching experience with undergraduate and graduate... Read More →
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Bryan Ollendyke

ELMS:LN Lead Developer, Penn State
I love talking about Philosophy and its influence on technology and how we can shape society through proper alignment of all three. Educational technology design is the thing I do, my passion is building a better, more open, more transparent, cheaper, faster, better planet through elimination of waste. Information Altruism, the giving away of ideas and information is what changes the world.
avatar for Katrina Wehr

Katrina Wehr

Instructional Designer, Penn State


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 104

2:45pm

Training Faculty to Conduct Research With Online Students
This session discusses the design of a faculty development course that will help faculty work with online students in research experiences. Because faculty participants vary in level of research expertise, a personalized approach is taken where faculty design a personalized plan that fits the needs of their learning context/student audience.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Bigatel

Paula Bigatel

instructional designer, Penn State World Campus
I am very interested in online pedagogy and particularly encouraging student engagement through quality design and delivery of courses.
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Brian Redmond

Senior Lecturer


Saturday March 18, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 108

3:30pm

3:40pm