May 22nd - May 25th

Monday

Keynote:  The Effects of Technology in the Classroom

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  9:00am

Join us as we open ATW 2017 with a welcome message from the Senior Vice President and

Chief Information Officer of Information Resources & Technology, Dr. Mira Lalovic-Hand. The Director and Assistant Director of Technology Services, Neil Toporski and Marc Fleischner will present. While technology has proven to have many positive effects in the classroom, it can also be detrimental to teaching and learning. Attend this session to discover ways in which technology can impact your classroom environment and how it can work for you.

Rowan's Mediaspace

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  10:00am

Learn about our secure, YouTube-like service where faculty, students, and staff can upload, view, and categorize videos. Faculty can embed quizzes into videos, students can submit video for class projects, and departments can upload internal training videos. Users can create channels, which can include existing videos, YouTube videos, or videos they record.

Captioning & ADA Considerations for Teaching with Technology

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  11:00am

In this session we will provide an overview of types of classroom and Online accommodations for students with disabilities who may benefit from assistive technology. In addition, an overview of Universal Design and best practices in meeting the classroom and Online accommodation needs of students with hearing impairments and visual impairments.

Google Drive

Location: Memorial Hall - Training Room B

Time:  11:00am

Learn how to utilize Google Drive and Google Docs on your computer, phone and tablet to upload, store and share documents.

 

Course Design Basics

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  1:00pm

A well designed course takes into account the course goals/outcomes, activities, and the organization of course materials The techniques used in this workshop apply to the development of a Blackboard space, as well the supporting materials that are used within a course.

Qualtrics

Location:  Memorial Hall - Training Room B

Time:  1:00pm

Qualtrics is the official Rowan University survey tool.  You will be able to use Qualtrics to create, edit and distribute surveys, as well as analyze the collected data.  You will also be able to share surveys will collaborators and export data into csv and spss formats.

Poll Everywhere

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  2:00pm

PollEverywhere is a web-based Audience Response System (ASR) with uses in and out of the classroom by receiving real–time feedback via text message, twitter, or the web.  Using PollEverywhere as an Audience Response System is a great way to promote student engagement, give quizzes or take attendance. It can also be used by departments to collectively develop ideas or to poll large audiences. No matter where you use it, deliver interaction, engagement, and participation with PollEverywhere.

Google Applications

Location:  Memorial Hall - Training Room B

Time:  3:00pm

Learn how to utilize Google Drive and Google Docs on your computer, phone and tablet to upload, store and share documents.

Tips and Trends in the Classroom and Technology

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  3:00pm

Dr. McGlynn will share what he has learned from student feedback, as well as how he has used this information to change his course to improve the student experience. This session will also include highlights from Drexel University’s 2017 e-Learning Conference.

Tuesday

Blackboard Q & A

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  9:00am

Before the day full of information packed sessions, have breakfast with and meet the Blackboard (Glassboro) staff, learn about changes being made to simplify the process of acquiring classes in Blackboard, and ask any questions you may have about Blackboard at Rowan.

Using Groups Effectively

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  10:00am

In this session, we will examine learning strategies that incorporate the use of groups and consider some effective practices in facilitating effective group work. We will consider what research has determined are effective group activities and discuss pedagogical, learner, and contextual factors that strengthen group participation. We will also demonstrate how group work can be facilitated effectively using Blackboard.

Developing Effective Online Discussions

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time: 11:00am

In this session, we will examine what research has to say about online discussions and discuss effective practices for enabling rich online discussions. We will consider what students should gain from online discussions, how to facilitate peer interaction and learning through discussions, and how to assess discussions. We will also discuss how discussions can be used to develop a culture of engagement.

Flipped Classroom

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  1:00pm

In this session, we will examine the components of a flipped classroom, why educators use it, what recent research says about it, and consider its advantages and disadvantages. We will also examine multiple Blackboard tools that support the flipped classroom model and consider ways to apply this model.

Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know Blackboard Could Do

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  2:00pm

In this workshop, we’ll look at features and processes that faculty users may be under-utilizing or may not be aware of. These may be new features which have been recently developed and released or processes which will simplify their current work flow and make their online instruction more effective.

 Methods for Engaging Your Students with Media

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  3:00pm

Effectively incorporating media elements into the Blackboard Learn can enhance students’ learning experience and appeal to various learning styles. In this 50-minute interactive session, we will demonstrate how to embed video and media tools in your online class to foster student engagement. Participants will leave with a handful of tools and approaches they can begin applying immediately such as using video for announcements, discussions, and demonstrations and using free, customizable Web 2.0 tools.

Wednesday

Integration of Portable, Accessible, and Scalable Classroom Virtual Reality Solutions: Utilizing the Oculus Rift and Gaming Platforms to Teach Game Design and Information Visualization

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  9:00am

Virtual Reality as an educational tool in the classroom has historically been unwieldy and inaccessible due to complex installation, implementation, and training. Expensive Virtual Reality Theaters, CAVE’s, and complex programmatic peripherals and software installations create barriers to entry for most non-computer science and engineering based faculty and students. Consequently, these barriers have challenged the gaming industry until recently when new technological innovations have allowed for increased accessibility to the masses with the invention of affordable and scalable tools for home and personal entertainment. Harnessing current gaming technology tools, specifically ones that integrate Virtual Reality (the Oculus Rift Headset, the PlayStation 4 with VR kit, Leap Motion wireless and touch-less mouse) can augment students’ educational experience, interactions, and engagement.

Using Google Applications for Peer
Workshopping and Documentation

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  10:00am

In this session, you will learn about the greater depths of peer analysis and reflection that can attained by performing peer workshopping using a variety of Google applications. Students can not only continue to reflect and increase the dynamics of their responses and feedback for peer essays, but instructors can also easily manage and track the effort and success of each student in every peer workshopping group. Truly, these applications are “made” for the writing classroom, but can be easily adapted for any class in which group work and social interaction is imperative as part of the course structure.

Panel Discussion: How do you stay connected with your class?

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time: 11:00am

There are many different ways to connect with your students inside and outside of the classroom. Join us for a panel of Rowan faculty members to discuss what has been successful in their respective practices.

Examples of Faculty Use of Blackboard

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  1:00pm

Discover the possibilities of Blackboard.  This session will highlight some of the interesting ways Rowan faculty use Blackboard to engage students with course content, with their peers, and with the instructor.   Some examples include changing your course entry point, using groups, peer evaluation, learning modules, self-paced testing, and class discussions.

“Flip” Lectures: Beyond Voice Over Presentations

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  2:00pm

In this session, we will discuss the elements of a successful “Flip” lecture, when and how to integrate multimedia into pre-recorded course material, and what resources are available to you at Rowan to create engaging, asynchronous lectures.

Integrating Professional Skills and Digital Storytelling into Engineering Education

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time: 3:00pm

This presentation will focus on a project that teaches engineering students the professional and entrepreneurial knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to communicate interesting, compelling, and educational podcast content. Currently, the project operates out of the College of Engineering’s Junior-Senior Clinic series, and the podcasts are directed at producing engineering-focused content related to fundamental engineering concepts, the intersection of engineering and other disciplines, engineering practice, supplemental material for existing Rowan courses, and general technology topics. Because faculty are consistently searching for and experimenting with tools and techniques that teach students essential professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes (i.e., communication, collaboration, creativity, entrepreneurial-thinking, leadership, ethics), digital storytelling through podcasting represents an innovative technique to meet this important need.

Thursday

Google Applications

Location:  Memorial Hall - Training Room B

Time:  9:00am

Learn how to utilize Google Drive and Google Docs on your computer, phone and tablet to upload, store and share documents.

Qualtrics

Location:  Memorial Hall -  Training Room B

Time:  10:00am

Qualtrics is the official Rowan University survey tool.  You will be able to use Qualtrics to create, edit and distribute surveys, as well as analyze the collected data. You will also be able to share surveys will collaborators and export data into csv and spss formats.

Using Google Slides for Group Presentations

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  10:00am

In this session, you will learn that with Google Slides, group presentations are no longer difficult to manage with unwieldy schedules of our students. “Meeting” and working together can now be done virtually anywhere and at all hours, at the convenience of our students. Also, the difficulty of assessing the “balance” of contributions made by each member is now made quite easy to gauge – what a dream! The ease of working together, sharing documents, communicating, and creating a polished, quality group project is truly amazing with Google Slides.

Google Drive

Location:  Memorial Hall -  Training Room B

Time: 11:00am

Learn how to utilize Google Drive and Google Docs on your computer, phone and tablet to upload, store and share documents.

Digital Storytelling

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time:  1:00pm

Digital Storytelling is the creative process of using multimedia to deliver powerful stories.  These stories can come in many forms using graphics, images, videos, colors, sound and more to tell a story.  This hands-on session focuses on the development and selection of these elements. Also, it provides users with a helpful process to build a storyline in works such as documentaries, movies, photography, photo slideshows, blog posts, music, podcasts, etc.

Understanding Virtual and Augmented
Reality Classroom Options

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time: 2:00pm

Virtual reality and augmented reality are technologies that can be used in your class today. Virtual reality allows a viewer to have better spatial awareness in videos and images by allowing the viewer to see up to 360 degrees in any direction. In addition, virtual reality can be implemented in 3D. This adds the ability to see depth in media as well as the ability to see in any direction. This session will dive into the numerous applications of how these tools can be used in the classroom.

The Rowan Online Course Quality Review

Location:  Memorial Hall - ATTIC

Time: 3:00pm

Rowan Online has recently introduced an in house Online Course Quality Review process.  This process differs from standard online course design assessment instruments by focusing on communication and engagement with students, as well as differentiated instruction. This presentation will provide an overview of the Rowan Online Course Quality Review process and assessment instrument. Participants will gain a richer understanding of the goals of the review process and how it can help course developers improve their online course design.