Session Descriptions

Faculty Learning Stories | Online/Hybrid Course Design | Curriculum Architecture | Tools You Can Use | E-posters and Open Office Hours

Faculty Learning Stories - Faculty Fellows share their lessons learned

Time
Room
Providing Online Support for Student Writing, Sara Unsworth, Psychology
With class sizes increasing, it is becoming increasingly difficult to support research and writing activities. The extra workload associated with grading, checking assignments, and providing support outside of the classroom can become overwhelming. Through my experience in the Course Design Institute, I have learned about several tools that will be useful for increasing research and writing activities while maintaining a manageable workload. I have incorporated the use of online tools to support writing activities in a large undergraduate course, including Blackboard, Google Docs, and Wimba Classroom. In this session I will describe what worked and what didn’t work, and I will provide a brief demonstration of the techniques that have been most useful. PowerPoint

9:05

AH2108
Student Friendly Syllabus Design, Khaleel Mohammed, Religious Studies
The abundance of information that goes into a syllabus can often make it a mind-numbing document to read. I would like to let you see what I have learned during my training at the FIT center and how I have redesigned my syllabus to eye-friendly and save you the time of having to answer numerous student queries.

Syllabus 1(online course) and syllabus 2
10:25
AH2108
Moving Courses Online: Lessons Learned, Roberta Osuyos, Social Work & Jane Thorngren, Geography
Roberta and Jane compare and contrast their approaches to putting our respective courses online.

11:05
AH2108
Oceans (320) of Opportunity: Rebooting a GE Explorations course, Steven Schellenberg, Geology
The popular OCEAN320 The Oceans course was rebooted from the ground up to (1) promote SDSU's new GE capacities and goals and (2) capitalize upon the strengths of online learning. Every quanta of new course content was reversed-engineered from learning outcomes designed to help students appreciate the scientific context and societal complexity of major oceanographic issues, such as ocean warming and acidification, overfishing and aquaculture, and petroleum exploitation and risk. The course is structured into scaffolding learning modules, each comprised of an integrated sequence of live Wimba sessions and an array of student-centered activities based on readings, videos, and web-based simulations. This effort has been an extremely rewarding (and exhausting) educational endeavor, and has forced me to re-evaluate my role as an educator in a increasingly stressed world where information is no longer scarce but often overwhelming. PowerPoint Learning Guide Syllabus
12:20
AH2108
Faculty stories from the Fast Track Course Design, Mark Laumakis and Andrea Saltzman, ITS

Converse with a panel of current Fast-Track Course Design Institute faculty members who will share their experiences preparing fully online summer courses.

13:00
AH2108
Learning Modules and Why We Love Them, Elisa Sobo, Anthropology
I was asked to talk about how I applied what I learned from Smith's 'Conquering the Content' in my online courses. I therefore will discuss how and why I use 'learning modules' as a form of 'chunking' to facilitate online teaching/learning. I will review the uniform organization scheme used in my courses, and I will explain its basis with reference to Smith. I also will discuss various options for delivering content, conducting assessments, and keeping students on track. My presentation will be informal and audience participation will be encouraged.

13:40
AH2108

Online/Hybrid Course Design - Show and tell sessions on course-design topics



Raising the Stakes with Wikipedia: Assignments and In-Class Use, Beth Pollard, History
This session discusses the nature and evolution of Wikipedia and offers ideas for students' constructive use of this resource (both an assignment and in-class use). Pollard will share her Wikipedia assignment design, assessment rubric, and brainstorm other possibilities (and how to maximize them) and pitfalls (and how to avoid them) related to student use of Wikipedia. http://www.thehistoryteacher.org/wiki.html
This links to a special edition of The History Teacher, with a compilation of recent articles (including my "Raising the Stakes") on the use of Wikipedia in the classroom.

9:05
AH2107
Oh, The Places You Will Go! Valerie Pang, Teacher Education and Andrea Saltzman, College of Education
This workshop will describe helpful hints as to how to structure your hybrid class. Samples PSAs (Public Service announcements) and Wikis will be shared from a 400 level class that is a requirement for students who prepare for admissions into teacher credential programs. Handout

9:45
AH2107
The Impact of Instructor Immediacy Behaviors in Online Learning Environments: Research Findings and Practical Implications
Maria Schutt, Sabine Reljic & Lorah Bodie, Educational Technology
This session will report on the major findings of three large-scale studies examining the impact of instructor immediacy behaviors in recorded online videoconferencing sessions, the Wimba online classroom, and Second Life. The presenters will describe the communicative behaviors that enhance instructor immediacy and closeness with the students and offer practical recommendations for application in different online learning environments. Lorah's PowerPoint
10:25
AH2107
Enhancing Reflection in Community Based Service Learning: Blogs and Podcasts, Patricia Geist-Martin, Jill Gannon and Jon Rizzo
Reflection is a vital component of community based service learning (CBSL), but it is difficult to initiate and evaluate. Integrating Blogs and Podcasts as reflection assignments allows students to tie their reflections to course content, make their reflections available for public dialogue, and stimulate critical thinking about their civic responsibilities.

11:05
AH2107
Expanding Minds with Library Resources and Services Pam Jackson and Keven Jeffery, Library and Information Access
This session will showcase library resources that support and enhance your curriculum. Librarians will highlight instructional resources, online and multimedia content, and help for students beyond the classroom, all of which can be embedded into your courses on Blackboard. They’ll also explore some of the exciting new gadgets, widgets, social media, and mobile options offered by the library to make research fit into the lives of our active students, staff, and faculty. PowerPoint

12:20
AH2107
Formative evaluation of student learning and course design made simple: Fevatools Jim Julius, ITS
Fevatools is a web-based toolkit to jump-start your efforts to conduct formative evaluation of student learning and course design. Come learn more about how SDSU faculty are using freely available, web-based tools to gather data that informs iterative refinement of their course designs.
PowerPoint
13:00
AH2107

Curriculum Architecture - Course design through the lens of curricular and programmatic design



Developing a Distributive Education Program with an External Partner, Catherine Todero, Lembi Saarman, Nursing & Scott McCormick, Orbis Education
We will discuss the needs, issues and challenges of developing our new accelerated nursing program with our partner - Orbis Education. Dr. Todero will present the view of SDSU administration, Scott McCormick will discuss from the partner's view and Dr. Saarman will talk about faculty perceptions and involvement.
Catherine's PowerPoint | Lembi and Scott's PowerPoint
9:05
AH2103
Intro to principles of Universal Design for Learning, Rechelle Mojica, Interwork Institute
Is it conceivable that a course can be designed to reach students with varied learning styles and strengths? This session will explore the practical and concrete applications of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to curriculum and program design. It will also highlight the Scholar Program’s approach to professional development, mentoring, and evaluation in supporting higher education campuses to apply UDL and other strategies. The Scholar Program is part of the Disability & Diversity Project at SDSU – Interwork Institute, which conducts professional development and technical assistance activities for faculty, stafadministrators. The overall focus of the Project is facilitate the capacity of colleges and universities to meet the needs of its diverse student population, including students with disabilities. At the conclusion of the session, participants will have the opportunity to complete a Scholar application to be considered for the 2010-2011 academic year.

PowerPoint
10:25
AH2103
Course Designs for Entrepreneurial Minds: Working with the College of Extended Studies, Cathie Atkins, College of Sciences, Jan Wahl, Maria Schutt and Christina Sierra, College of Extended Studies
Do you have a creative or innovative idea for a course or set of courses for a specific population of students whose needs may not be met through the regular SDSU curriculum? If so, this session is for you! This workshop will provide a brief overview of the College of Extended Studies, offer examples of some current projects and introduce you to the course design specialists who can help you make your course innovation a reality. There will be ample time for Q & A. The presenters for this session are Jan Wahl, Associate Dean of the College of Extended Studies, Cathie Atkins, Associate Dean of the College of Sciences, Maria Schutt, Instructional Designer for the College of Extended Studies and Christina Sierra, Instructional Designer for the College of Extended Studies.

12:20
AH2103

Tools You Can Use - Demonstrations of technology-in-practice



The SDSU Bookstore’s Cost Saving Options for Students, Todd Summer, SDSU Bookstore
From used books to free and rental ebooks, explore the various options students have at the SDSU Bookstore and learn how you may be able to incorporate lower cost items into a curriculum.
PowerPoint
9:05
AH1112
Power Tools and Assessment with Blackboard, Jon Rizzo, ITS
This session will consist of demonstrations and discussion of advanced teaching and assessment techniques within the Blackboard Learning Management System.

Advanced Content
http://its.sdsu.edu/blackboard/instructor/guide_page.html
Blackboard Assessment Matrix
http://its.sdsu.edu/blackboard/instructor/building/assessmentmatrix.htm
Library Resources for Blackboard
http://infoguides.sdsu.edu/sub.php?id=235

9:45
AH1112
Making an IMPACCT: Online Assessment of Communication Skills, Brian Spitzberg, Communication
The Interactive Media Package for the Assessment of Communication and Critical Thinking (IMPACCT) is an online assessment of student communication skills and competencies. Students assess their skills at Time 1 and at Time 2, and enter the email addresses of two acquainted Peers who rate the student on the same communication skills. The system provides a:
* Self-assessment, in which students can see their own self-ratings;
  • Normative assessment, in which the students can see their self-assessment compared to all those who have taken the assessment;
  • Peer assessment, in which students see their self-rating compared to the (averaged) ratings of two peers who know the students’ communication abilities in actual interaction contexts;
  • Change assessment, in which students see their change over time in self-assessed communication abilities;
  • Program assessment, in which a department can ascertain how its students are doing normatively, and see whether these students perceive significant improvements after instruction.
10:25
AH1112
Questioning Tools and Techniques for Online and In-person Courses, Mark Laumakis, Psychology
This session will present an overview of tools and techniques that can be used to engage students in both online and face-to-face courses with questions. Chickering and Gamson's (1987) seven principles of good practice in undergraduate education will guide the discussion of how to construct good polling questions in live (synchronous) online class sessions in the Wimba Classroom and good clicker questions in face-to-face class sessions.

11:05
AH1112
Tools and Strategies to Support Academic Writing: MyWritingLab and Enhanced InSite, Nola Butler-Byrd, Counseling and School Psychology and Andrea Saltzman, College of Education
Academic writing is a challenge for many students in our courses for many reasons, including: English is their second, third (or more) language, they have avoided courses that require writing because of their anxiety, they have a disability, the "texting" culture has inhibited their writing skills, or other issues. This session will provide an overview of a course redesign that began at the 2009 “One Day in May” workshop. This pilot project used collaborative peer review of writing strategies, Cengage Learning’s Enhanced InSite software and Pearson Education’s MyWritingLab remediation software to develop a culture of writing and improve academic writing skills, while completing graduate-level comprehensive examinations

12:20
AH1112
Using Flip Cameras for Supervision and Collaboration, Sharon Gibson, Teacher Education
This session will describe the use of Flip video cameras for supervision of students' clinical practice and student-to-student collaboration within the practice-oriented courses for Reading Specialist credential and MA in Reading/Language Arts program.

13:00
AH1112
The iPad: Sign of the times, but which way does it point? Jim Julius, ITS & Jesse Dixon, Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Some see the iPad as one more way for people to find endless distractions and entertainments, a nail in the coffin for those who seek to "amuse themselves to death." Others believe the iPad is the best exemplar to date of the possibilities for extending human abilities to learn, connect, and create via powerful portable computing devices. Either way, the iPad and its ilk deserve attention from educators considering the future of teaching and learning. This session will open a conversation about the possibilities, in the hopes of helping participants to move beyond their preconceptions and biases.

13:40
AH1112

E-posters and Open Office Hours - Poster presentations and One on One Consultations



E-poster: Using Discussion Boards to Increase Student Engagement Nadine Bezuk, Teacher Education
In this session I will share ways I use Discussion Boards to increase student engagement, to motivate students to read assigned material, and to pre-assess students’ understanding of the upcoming class topic. I will share several types of Discussion Board prompts that I’ve used, including “getting to know each other”, general summary of reading assignments, focused discussion of reading assignments, and group discussions. Participants will be asked to share their experiences with using Discussion Boards.

PowerPoint Handout
9:05
FIT
E-Poster: Blackboard and the ICARE Instructional Design Model Lisa Wortman, Division of Undergraduate Studies
In Fall 2009, University Seminar piloted a hybrid course that featured 15 unique online modules, each organized in the ICARE model. Housed in Blackboard, these modules are designed using basic HTML and hyperlinking to produce a linear page which incorporates a variety of multimedia and assessment items. Learn about the ICARE model, see the final product, and get advice on how to program snazzy Blackboard pages that will engage the learner.

9:45
FIT
Open Office Hours with Jon Rizzo
Blackboard, Accessibility, Instructional Design

10:25
FIT
Open Office Hours with Maria Schutt, Sabine Reljic & Lorah Bodie
The Impact of Instructor Immediacy Behaviors in Online Learning Environments: Research Findings and Practical Implications

11:05
FIT
Open Office Hours with Suzanne Aurilio
Online 3D Spaces and Learning at SDSU

12:20

FIT

E-poster: What's Shaking Under the Dome? New and Notable Library Services, Anne Turhollow, Library and Information Access
Come check out some of the new, exciting, or lesser know services and resources from the library. This session will give a quick overview of new services such as the bX recommender service, a tool that enhances research by generating scholarly article recommendations; research guides tailored for your classes that can be embedded into Blackboard; LibX, a toolbar for the Firefox web browser that makes accessing library subscription resources easier; and a number of mobile resources to keep you connected to library research on the go! PowerPoint
13:00

FIT

Open Office Hours with Carolyn Baber & Pam Jackson
Research Assignment Design

13:40

FIT

Faculty Learning Stories | Online/Hybrid Course Design | Curriculum Architecture | Tools You Can Use | E-posters and Open Office Hours