Conference Archive: January 2016
• Assessment: Anything, Anywhere, Anytime
Ayyoub Ajmi, Digital Communications & Learning Initiatives Librarian UMKC School of Law/Leon E. Bloch Law Library
One of the challenges of online education is the lack of real-time feedback from students. Being able to evaluate whether the lesson goals are being met is critical to the learning process. JotForm is a web-based form builder that can be used to track and evaluate student progress throughout an entire class rather just at the end of it. Forms can be easily embedded with into existing learning materials and learning management systems. In this presentation, I will demonstrate some of JotForm features suitable for online education and assessment. I will also share with the audience how the UMKC School of Law is using JotForm to assess, engage, and communication communicate with students.
• Do Students See Social Media as a Valuable Learning Tool? Maria Stover, Professor and Manu Sharma, Washburn University
Social media present an important part of Millennials’ digital lives, and while national data about this demographic’s social media use habits abound, we have very limited systematic evidence about how young people from our geographic region use and think about social media. We will present findings from an online survey conducted among 320 Washburn students, which will shed light on: 1) how they use different traditional and non-traditional communication methods, including social media and text messaging, to interact with friends versus faculty; 2) what factors motivate their use of social media; 3) how they perceive its usefulness in supporting their learning experience; and 4) what obstacles they see in the integration of social media into the classroom. Click here for presentation materials.
• Student Blogging in Clinical Bioinformatics, Mark Hoffman, Associate Professor UMKC School of Medicine
I teach the Clinical Bioinformatics class for the UMKC Masters of Bioinformatics program. In the class I require each student to create and use a blog for the submission of many of their assignments. This helps them develop narrative and visual skills and provides them with a digital portfolio they can use in talking with employers. Click here for presentation document. Click here to access blogs.
Brush Creek Room
Online Cheating: How to Spot, Stop and Prevent it
Jeff Barbee, UMKC Conservatory/School of Education
This session will equip attendees with skills of how to spot possible cheating, stop what could be potential cheating, and how to “cheat-proof” future on-line courses. The content will include examining the methods of on-line cheating and why they happen; how the age of your students could affect what they view is and is not cheating; how students’ attitudes differ from on-line courses compared to a traditional class and how that influences potential cheating. Past examples of on-line cheating scandals that have been covered around the country will be used to inspire discussion of why they happened, and what could have prevented these situations. Attendees will also exchange strategies they have found to be successful in combating on-line cheating, and share possible ideas to implement in future courses. A list of resources that check academic integrity will also be reviewed. Click here for presentation materials.
Tools, Tips and Tricks to Engage Online Learners
Dr. Deborah Taylor, Professor of Biological Sciences, Kansas City Kansas Community College/University of Kansas
In this session I will share some suggestions for components that can be included in online courses that are proven to promote engagement and enhance learning for our online students. The suggestions are supported by current research and my dissertation findings from the examination of the relationships between different types of online course interactions and student academic success using LMS data from the first two weeks of 200 fully online, full semester community college classes.
Redesigning HealtheKnowledge.org for Mobile Users
Jennifer Dixey, Instructional Technologist, UMKC School of Nursing
HealtheKnowledge.org was redesigned just a few years ago, but at that time, mobile usage of websites was more of a novelty than a day-to-day reality. That has changed a great deal in the last couple of years – an increasing number of the site’s visitors now arrive from mobile devices, and that percentage can be expected to grow. On a small screen, interaction with the site is less than satisfactory because it is not responsive. The Collaborative at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies is undertaking a revision of the website to provide an improved experience for mobile users. This presentation will outline the changes to the site, and discuss the improved experience that mobile users can expect from HealtheKnowledge going forward. Click here for presentation materials.
The Roadmap to Online Course and Instructor Certification: How and Why is UMKC on this Journey
Devon Cancilla, Vice Provost for Online Learning, UMKC Online
UMKC has adopted the policy that online courses and instructors teaching online be certified beginning in the fall of 2018. Certification allows UMKC to meet a number of the Higher Learning Commission’s accreditation standards for offering online programs. UMKC has adopted the use of a customized Quality Matters (QM) course review standard. QM is a nationally recognized educational organization specializing in online research. UMKC instructional designers have all received training and certification from QM in basic and peer-to-peer QM reviews. Funding is available for faculty, staff or instructors wishing to obtain QM training and who are willing to serve as course reviewers. In the fall of 2018, UMKC instructors must also be certified to teach online through one of three pathways: a one week face-to-face boot camp, a three-week online certification course and an online self-paced option. Attendees will understand not only the how but the why of certification. Click here to download presentation.
Beyond Accommodation: Incorporating Universal Design for Learning in Online Courses
Alexis Petri, Director of Interdisciplinary Training, UMKC Institute for Human Development
This presentation will provide 10 strategies for course design that help online instructors teach to a broad array of students. Incorporating universal design for learning in online courses is effective and includes a variety of learners. Click here for presentation materials.
Brush Creek Room
Culturally Relevant Communities: Creating and Maintaining Online Classroom Communities in Diverse Settings
Dea Marx, Coordinator of Field Experiences and Leah Panther, Assistant Teaching Professor, UMKC School of Education
In an online environment, a common student concern is the sacrifice of relationships between students and with the instructor. But this can be a misconception-in fact, in an increasingly diverse college campus, the online environment can be home to collaboration, discussion, and community. This course will go over how to build community, activities that increase relationships and collaboration, and decrease isolation. Special attention will be given to strategies that are culturally relevant and draw from students’ lived experiences. Click here for presentation document. Click here for worksheet.
Three UMKC Pilot Programs to Know about in 2016: Examity, Panopto, and Analytics
Best Practices for Working with Instructional Designers
Kendra Barker, Instructional Designer, UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
One of the keys to the successful development of a new online course is the collaborative relationship between a faculty member (i.e. Subject Matter Expert) and an Instructional Designer. A strong team effort is needed in order to meet the learner’s expectations, avoid frustration, and fulfill the objectives of the course in a timely manner. This session will provide tips for faculty members to help support and foster a successful collaboration with Instructional Designers. This includes defining the roles of a Subject Matter Expert and an Instructional Designer, an explanation of why an Instructional Designer is needed for course development, the general process for developing online courses, best practices when working remotely, and how to communicate effectively. A case study will be included to demonstrate how a faculty member and Instructional Designer working as a team can produce a highly effective and engaging course. Click here for presentation materials.
Dim Screens: Fighting Burnout in Online Instruction
Leah Panther, Assistant Teaching Professor and Dea Marx, Coordinator of Field Experiences, UMKC School of Education
Let’s get honest: teaching online is difficult. It takes more time, more planning, and there’s less face to face interaction to keep you motivated and engaged. And that’s just on the instructor’s side! So this presentation will grapple with difficult questions surrounding burn out in online instruction and give a review of evidence based practices to fight that burn out and increase instructor resiliency. Our goal? Increase efficiency and enjoyment of the burgeoning new field of online education. Click here for presentation document. Click here for case study. Click here for burnout inventory.
Using Fair Use to Facilitate Learning
Nara Newcomer, Head, Music/Media Library, Paul Callister, Director, Leon E. Bloch Law Library and Professor of Law, and Cindy Thompson, Director Public Services UMKC Miller Nichols Library
Whether you teach online or face to face, students expect course materials to be available via course management systems such as Blackboard. Is it OK to post pdf scans? What about linking to YouTube videos? How can you ensure your uses are legal and provide students stable access to needed course materials? This session will focus on applying fair use provisions in U.S. copyright law to classroom teaching. Attendees will learn when and how to apply the fair use principles, and be introduced to other possibilities for making materials available to students. Click here for presentation materials.
Brush Creek Room
Don’t Stop There: Evolving Distance Education
Anthony Petroy, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Global Learning and Meg Brady, Director, Educational Technology, Missouri Science and Technology
Distance Education has undergone many changes in the past few years as both technology and enrollment have grown at a rapid rate. Missouri S&T Global Learning will share how they use state of the art technology to deliver distance courses around the world and how that process is evolving to include instructional design services and adherence to industry standards for quality. Components of a full distance program will be explored, including a unique graduate degree onboarding process and concierge student services that have students coming back after graduation for ongoing professional development. Click here for presentation materials.
• How the Pro Surface 3 Simplifies Teaching
Stephanie Van Rhein, Instructor, UMKC Math Department
The presentation will go over the usability of the pro surface 3 in the face-to-face classroom environment; as well as reaching, connecting and supporting students outside the classroom. Tips to include the hardware and software to make the most non-technical instructor look tech savvy.
• The Virtual Workshop: Building Community
Karen Craigo, Adjunct Instructor, UMKC
In both face-to-face and online classes, online platforms can provide a different angle on writing. Thoughtful written responses help to reduce the power of personality and shine a more considered light on student writing. You will leave this session armed with some innovative exercises for encouraging a thoughtful and fruitful discussion of writing projects on any learning management system.
• Use of Technology in a Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program
Marian Jamison, Associate Dean and Professor and Shirley Dinkel, Director of DNP, and Linda Merillat, Washburn University
The Washburn University School of Nursing faculty have collaborated with School of Business faculty in the development and implementation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Business courses are integrated into the DNP curriculum to prepare nurse practitioners for the business of advanced nursing practice. The DNP Program is offered predominantly online and faculty are using the Desire2Learn Learning Management System. This presentation will highlight how faculty are using this and other technology to form a truly integrated curriculum that promotes student engagement and learning. Faculty, for example, are videoconferencing to deliver presentations from faculty, students, and guest speakers; to videotape objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), and to interact with students during advising sessions. Faculty also are using videoconferencing to conduct focus sessions to assess perceptions of students, School of Nursing faculty, and School of Business faculty regarding the collaboration following three years of implementation.
Meaningful Interactions in Online Foreign Languages (and in other online classes)
Kelley Melvin, Lecturer, UMKC
This presentation will describe various interactive tools used in the Online Spanish classes at UMKC, including Peer-evaluated assignments, VoiceThread, Blackboard Collaborate video conferencing, Kaltura webcam recording, among others. The presenter will explain how she has used meaningful instructor presence and regular interaction to boost student outcomes. We will see how easy and rewarding it can be to create clear rubrics and explore the possibility of writing as a process in multi-step assignments. Click here for presentation materials.
Clickers: Your Potential Classroom Assistant
Jing Zou, Instructional Technologist, UMKC Instructional Technology Services
Are you teaching a large sized class where taking attendance is a pain? Have you had difficulties engaging the students during a long lecture? Did you hope that they were using their smart phones for class activities instead of checking Facebook? A Classroom Response System (CRS), aka clickers, might be able to help. UMKC is currently supporting two clicker applications, TuringPoint (by external vendor) and UMKC Polls (by UMKC Information Access). This session will provide an overview and comparison between these two CRSs.
Student 360: Using Blackboard Analytics to Achieve a Panoramic Picture of Learning Behaviors
Molly Mead and Lara Mabry, UMKC Online
Blackboard Analytics for Learn has the potential to greatly improve access to data related to teaching and learning practices, which can ultimately result in better monitoring and evaluation of student learning behaviors. Attendees will learn how to use these analytics reports to review patterns of student engagement and activity useful for making decisions about course design improvements, learner workload management, and student retention strategies. Click here for presentation.
Brush Creek Room
Fostering Active Learning in an Online Environment
Tim Hickman, Associate Teaching Professor, and Mary Gerkovich, Associate Professor, UMKC School of Medicine
The session will provide an introduction to active learning and student engagement in an online environment. Based on a literature review, evidence-based approaches to promote active learning and student engagement in online course will be described. Presenters will provide examples of activities that they have been successful in online courses in Biostatistics, Research Methodology, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Social Determinants of Health. Barriers and enablers to using these strategies will be discussed. Specific strategies will include flipped classroom approaches, simultaneous face-to-face and online sections, discussion boards to engage student-to-student transfer of learning, testing in an online environment, and formative feedback on student assignments. Questions and discussion will be encouraged. Click here for presentation file.
The Road to SARA: The Art of Herding Cats
Kit Smith, Assistant Dean of Nursing and Brandie Elliott, State Authorization Coordinator
As we travel down the state authorization superhighway toward SARA, many questions arise. What is state authorization? Where are we? Who is SARA? Why should we care? Are we there yet? These questions and more will be tackled during this two-part session. The first leg of the trip will explore the importance of state authorization and how it has paved the way for UMKC to join SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements). The second leg of the trip will focus on the stretches of smooth highway, as well as roadblocks we’ve encountered on our journey to SARA and how we will bypass those detours en route to our destination.
UCM’s AppMazing Race: It’s Not Your Grandma’s Professional Development!
Chalice Jeffries, Transformational Learning Initiative Coordinator, UCM and Luisa Abellan-Pagnani, Assistant Professor, UCM
The best professional development (PD) is meaningful, relevant, and accommodates different learning styles. This presentation will share a model of PD based on the SAMR model that is engaging, collaborative, online and fun. Teams of professors were offered challenges in an AppMazing Race format where they had two weeks to accomplish a multi-step task and submit it on a shared blog. This activity offered opportunities to learn new tools, create projects, and apply what AppMazing race participants learned in the classroom. We will share examples of the tasks, the final products in the blog, and discuss implications of what we learned throughout this activity. Survey results will show the impact of this race on participants’ transference of skills to their instruction. Click here for presentation.