Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Sponsored by Neumann University Information Technology and Resources (ITR) and the E-Learning Committee.

Program and Speakers’ Materials

Concurrent Poster Sessions

Keynote Speaker

Barbara Oakley, Ph.D, PE
Lessons from a Basement Studio:
How to Make Riveting Online Courses

Faculty Presentations

Session and Presenter Information

Poster Sessions

The Education E-Portfolio

Cynthia Ferraro, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., Educ. & H.S.; [email protected]

Student teachers prepare scores of artifacts during their course and practical work and save them in large loose-leaf binders. The binders are awkward to manage and difficult to share. The Blackboard Portfolio provides an electronic alternative that brings the student-teaching program into the 21st century.

Using Social Media to Support the 21st Century Student

Regina Wright, M.S.N., R.N., Asst. Prof., Nurs. & H.S. and Amanda Kammes
[email protected]

The poster presentation will inform participants on a strategy to use social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook to enhance student self-efficacy, improve student satisfaction and outcomes. The goal is to stimulate exchanges when time for “live” study groups is limited.

Show and Tell – Smart Board Support and More

Media Services staff; [email protected]

Media Services provides multimedia & instructional technology support to the Neumann community; including classroom technology support, event & meeting audiovisual support, equipment sign-out, videoconferencing, multimedia creation/streaming, and presentation consulting.

The Online Learning Handbook

Sr. Janet Thiel, OSF, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
[email protected]

The Neumann University E-Learning Committee has prepared a handbook to assist instructors in their development and use of online course materials, whether for face-to-face, hybrid or fully online courses.


Using Technology to Increase Student Engagement

Marian Gigliotti, M.S., CAPS
[email protected]

Have you found yourself repeatedly requesting that students put away their smartphones or tablets while in class? Rather than fighting the use of technology, here are two tools to make technology an instructor’s friend while enhancing student engagement. Mangold (2007) indicated that millennials developed their learning styles by using video games that provided instant feedback on results. Roberts, Newman, and Schwartzstein (2012) suggested that using technologies in the classroom enhances student learning. Technology can serve as a springboard for discussion helps students think through the concepts, relate their own experiences, and create an open active learning environment (Roehling, Kooi, Dykema, Quisenberry, & Vandlen, 2011).

Two tools that help to facilitate discussion are Socrative and PollEverywhere. Both tools can be used to assess student learning AND provide a platform for discussion. Results are reported visually in real-time; responses are anonymous. In addition, Socrative has a game component that provides some friendly competition while assessing student learning. In this session, participants will be introduced to both tools. Examples will be provided to demonstrate how to use the tools for assessment, discussions, and games. Participants will use the tools in class, and as such need to bring smartphones, tablets, or laptops to the session. In small groups, participants will discuss the benefits of using technology in the classroom and identify action steps to begin to incorporate technology into the classroom.


Mangold, K. (2007). Educating a new generation: Teaching baby boomer faculty about
millennial students. Nurse Educator, 32(1), 21-23.

Roberts, D. H., Newman, L. R., & Schwartzstein, R. M. (2012). Twelve tips for facilitating
Millennials’ learning. Medical Teacher, 34(4), 274-278.

Roehling, P. V., Kooi, T. V., Dykema, S., Quisenberry, B., & Vandlen, C. (2011). Engaging the
millennial generation in class discussions. College Teaching, 59(1), 1-6.

Advising is Teaching: Using AdvisorTrac to Engage Students

Director, Academic Advising; [email protected]

AdvisorTrac is a web based software program that has been used effectively by the Academic Advising Center and The Academic Resources Center (ARC) for over five years. The software will allow faculty advisors to record advising notes in an electronic file which is FERPA protected, while allowing students to schedule appointments on-line from the comfort of their home or dorm. This very intuitive software will eliminate hand written session notes, and the need for posted advising sign-up sheets in the hallway. The automated reporting function will allow faculty to review which students they worked with each week/month/semester and which students may need to schedule a session. Automated emails remind both the student and the advisor of a scheduled meeting.

Lessons from a Basement Studio: How to Make Riveting Online Courses

Barbara Oakley, Ph.D, PE, Professor of Engineering Industrial & Systems Engineering, Oakland University, University of California, San Diego; www.barbaraoakley.com

Dr. Oakley will talk about her internationally popular MOOC, Learning How to Learn, both about her experience in creating it and also about the principles she teaches in the course.

Oakley recently published A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) (Penguin, July 31, 2014). Prior to her academic career, Oakley rose from private to captain in the U.S. Army, during which time she was recognized as a Distinguished Military Scholar. She met her husband, Philip, when she was working at the South Pole Station in Antarctica. She also worked as a Russian translator on Soviet trawlers on the Bering Sea. Oakley was designated as an NSF New Century Scholar—she is also a recipient of the Oakland University Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and the National Science Foundation’s Frontiers in Engineering New Faculty Fellow Award. Oakley is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Put Yourself in the Picture with Green Screen Video

Scott Beadenkopf, M.Ed.; [email protected]

Patrick Fahy; [email protected]

Advice to faculty: Shoot video!

This presentation will offer tips for creating quick and easy academic video. We will also provide more advanced tips for putting yourself in the picture by using Camtasia Studio’s ability to make a color transparent. Green is often used (hence, “green screen”), but any color can work.

ENG 101-102 Turnitin and the Blackboard Portfolio

Janelle Ketrick-Gillespie, Ed.D., Assoc. Prof., Arts & Sci.; [email protected]

Scott Beadenkopf, M.Ed., Director, Academic Technology; [email protected]

Janelle will talk about her decision to use Turnitin as the primary tool for collecting and grading student writing and the benefits and challenges that ensued. Scott will put this in the context of the progression of technologies used for sampling student writing for outcomes assessment.

Effective Use of Turnitin: Embedding (and un-embedding) Comments in Student Writing

Matthew Buonincontro, M.A., Arts & Sci.; [email protected]

This presentation reviews features of Turnitin’s GradeMark and discusses strategies for embedding instructor comments in student writing. Recent approaches are shared, as are examples from current courses. In addition, the presentation discusses the other side of this discursive exchange: the reception and application of instructor comments by student writers. Again, recent approaches and illustrations from current courses are presented. The overall aim is to foster reflection and conversation about this complex instructional task, as well as about the technology that can best facilitate it.