Virtual Conference Library

Virtual Conference Library



Are You Teaching What You Think You Are Teaching (Watch)

Rick Holbeck, Director of Online Full-Time Faculty at Grand Canyon University

Emily Bergquist, Instructor & Manager of Online, Full-time Faculty for the College of Education at Grand Canyon University

Research involving assessment within a traditional classroom has been well documented; however, adaptation of formative assessment to the online classroom hasn't been thoroughly explored. “Classroom Assessment is an approach designed to help teachers find out what students are learning in the classroom and how well they are learning it” (Angelo & Cross, 1993). During this session, we will share modifications of Angelo and Cross’s Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) and present a theoretical model to their application within asynchronous online environments.

PASSHE Virtual Conference Session
Friday, February 20, 2015
54 Minutes 35 Seconds

Designing Authentic Assignments to Engage Students (Watch)

Anita Fernandez, Ph.D, Instructor of General Biology, Genetics, & Development Biology at Fairfield University

Joan Clark, Reference and Instruction Librarian at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy

This session offers strategies to empower participants to design authentic research assignments that engage students and encourage the development of critical thinking and information literacy skills. The presenters will share and discuss their collaboration at Fairfield University to design an authentic assignment on the topic of the regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for an honors seminar course that would incorporate information literacy skills

PASSHE Virtual Conference Session
Friday, February 20, 2015
55 Minutes 47 Seconds


Developing Mobile Friendly Content (watch)

Nell Eckersley, Director, New York City Regional Adult Learning Network, Literacy Assistance Center

Do your students have smart phones and tablets? Are you using mobile devices in your classes? In this session learn about free tools you can use to develop mobile friendly content which can be accessed inside and outside the classroom. The presenter will look at developing web sites, QR Codes, polls, and quizzes, which can turn smart phones into content delivery machines.

PASSHE Virtual Conference Session
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
56 Minutes 56 Seconds

Digital Engagement for Student Success (watch)

Rosemary Hayes, Director of External Relations at Starfish Retention Solutions

Student success is arguably the most important issue facing today’s higher education institutions. At any given institution, many different initiatives can be underway to address to the needs of specific types of students, or the specific problems of students. In decentralized community college environments, fragmented efforts occur more frequently in the absence of a plan to coordinate and communicate about ways to address retention issues. 

Communication about retention initiatives often fails to cross organizational and functional boundaries . Vital data generated by advising, tutoring, early-alert, and departmental programs, Student Information systems, and learning management systems stays trapped within organizational and data silos. The implementation of programmatic and technological interventions outside a cohesive digital engagement strategy leads to fragmentation of effort, resulting in: 

• Limited traction on student outcomes 
• Incomplete pictures of student success 
• Inefficient use of valuable resources 
• Lost opportunities for communication and collaboration among instructional and student support personnel. 

The next big idea, Digital Engagement, can address these issues. It involves using data and online tools to inform and motivate the entire campus community in order to underscore its student success efforts and drive change in completion outcomes. Through this coordination the efforts of advisors, faculty, student support staff, and administrators become additive. The focus on engagement — on supporting student efforts to achieve academic and learning objectives — can become the shared objective of academic affairs and student affairs. 

Technology can be used to support the engagement of the entire campus in student success. The key is to use technology in ways that make information accessible; decision making and communication about students more comprehensive; and interactions among the faculty, staff, and administration easier. This means finding a way for technology to bridge the organizational and structural divides of institutional units, programs, and data.

PASSHE Virtual Conference Session
Thursday, February 19, 2015
58 Minutes 3 Seconds


Does Your Presence Matter to Students? Teaching Presence in Online Education (watch)

Kristi Preisman, Associate Professor at Peru State College

Based on data collected from student grades, student-instructor communication, discussion board posting and course evaluations, the researcher/instructor set out to determine if creating a greater sense of teaching presence was a worthwhile investment of the researcher's time and energy.

PASSHE Virtual Conference Session
Monday, March 09, 2015
54 Minutes 4 Seconds


Faculty Development for Engaging Online Discussion Participation (watch) 

Laurie Bedford, PhD, Faculty Specialist, Center of Faculty Excellence at Walden University

In this session, participants will experience a professional development opportunity that can be replicated with faculty to build skills in discussion facilitation. A framework will be introduced as a means to make sense of the overwhelming number of discussion responses posted by students, create relationships among perspectives presented, and ensure that student learning is maximized. This framework will engage participants through several steps in a deliberate process that includes synthesizing student comments with course content, analyzing students’ critical thinking skills, and providing evidence and linkage to extend the conversation. The result is a comprehensive, paragraph-style response to student conversation in the discussion board that expands conversation, incorporates appropriate questioning suggests alternative perspectives and/or provides supplemental materials to students.

PASSHE Virtual Conference Session
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
44 Minutes 46 Seconds

Flip Classes & Lectures - We Know Why - But How? (watch)

Dennis Charsky, Associate Professor and Program Director, Department of Strategic Communication, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College

Whether you are flipping your class or teaching online, this session will provide you with ideas and strategies, grounded in theory and literature, to help you develop online lectures that support learning. Three aspects of online lectures will be presented; designing the lecture, structuring the lecture, and supporting the lecture.

PASSHE Virtual Conference Session
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
58 Minutes 33 Seconds

Gamification: It's Easier Than You Think (watch)

Shaun Iles, Professor of Sociology and Sustainability, Mohawk College’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies

This presentation will focus on educational gaming, clarifying the difference between gamified and game based learning and provide information on possible ways to gamifiy courses with little effort on back end development.

PASSHE Virtual Conference Session
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
50 Minutes 7 Seconds