Hosted by Instructional Technology Services and the Division of Undergraduate Studies
Promoting Student Success and Academic Achievement
Session Descriptions | Program

Opening Address and Keynote

Q: How Nothing Matters Much Unless Quality Matters a Lot Paul Gaston, Trustee's Professor, Kent State University PowerPoint Session Recording
A look at what quality means in higher education at the institutional and classroom levels. At the institutional level, the Degree Qualifications Profile offers a platform for discussing what degrees should mean, regardless of field. At the classroom level, quality at its most straightforward means teaching as the liberally educated to the liberally educated.

Personalized and Universal Learning

Learning Contracts, Val Pang and Andrea Saltzman, Education PowerPoint Session Recording
Do your students believe they earned an A grade just for attending class? Do you want to put the responsibility for grades on students?
We will discuss how to create a grading system where students decide on the assignments they will complete and therefore the grade they earn
Adaptive Pedagogies
Strategies for adapting your pedagogy to meet students’ individual needs and thus enable their success.
Adaptive Quizzing: Using Quizzes to Help Your Students Learn, Mark Laumakis, Psychology, PowerPoint Session Recording
Adaptive quizzing customizes quiz questions for each student, depending on what that student knows and doesn’t know, instead of presenting the same standard set of questions to each student, irrespective of his or her strengths and weaknesses. The presentation will also include suggestions for best practices and next steps for faculty interested in incorporating adaptive quizzing into their own courses.
The Syllabus Quiz, Stephen Schellenberg, Geology; Kelly Lane, Exercise and Nutrition
The presenters will discuss how and why they use a syllabus quiz in their online courses.
The Blackboard Test Test, Elisa Sobo, Anthropology
Learn how to use 'adaptive release' in Blackboard to set up tests so that students cannot launch them until after taking a brief 'test test' to ensure their computers are ready.
Using Learning Analytics to Support Student Success: Where it's at and where we're going,
Kathy Fernandes, Director of Learning Design and Technologies, Academic Technology Services, CSU Office of the Chancellor
There is a buzz about "Learner Analytics" and using data to improve student success. However, we are in the early stages of this trend. How can faculty use available reporting to more easily identify at-risk students and choose the most effective interventions? This session will give an overview of the current functionality in Blackboard Learn, show snapshots of tools that are now available but not yet fully tested, and discuss where the potential "sweet spot" may be in leveraging those tools to balance faculty time and effective action for the greatest success of their students.
Equal Access--Universal Design Instruction, Jon Rizzo, Instructional Materials Design Specialist, Instructional Technology Services UDI Website
According to Sheryl Burgstahler, UDI guru, “UDI means that, rather than designing for the average student, you design instruction for students who potentially have broad ranges with respect to ability, disability, age, reading level, learning style, native language, race, ethnicity, and other characteristics.”
In this interactive session, I'll give examples of UDI, including goals, processes, and practices.
Faculty and Staff Engaged in Student Success, Bill Eadie, Senate Chair/Journalism and New Media Studies Session RecordingEngagement seems to be the key to student success, though what engages students can vary from individual to individual. Many students enjoy working on projects that aren’t just exercises but which potentially have an impact on the solution to real problems. Similarly, an engaged faculty and staff potentially makes for a more productive and happier workplace, building community and contributing to student success, as the entire campus works to make successes of us all.
This workshop will examine how the three goals of the new strategic plan: (student success, research and creative activity, and communication and community) can work together to engage everyone on campus. Participants will brainstorm how to engage faculty and staff in bringing about the strategic plan’s goals and will generate ideas for building engagement across campus toward bringing each goal to a successful conclusion.

Measuring Student Achievement & Translating Programmatic Analysis into Action

Assessing GE in the College of Arts and Letters, Beth Pollard, History, Suzanne Bordelon, Rhetoric and Writing, Eniko Csomay, Associate Dean
This presentation shares the strategies deployed by CAL in Spring 2013 to develop a program for assessing the effectiveness of CAL GE courses. Workshop coordinators will describe the CAL GE assessment process from its inception to the creation and piloting of rubrics to measure student learning outcomes for GE goals (particularly Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Communication).

Add to Your Assessment Toolkit with Rubrics and Robust Multiple Choice Tests, Marcie Bober-Michel, Educational Technology Session Recording
Rubrics are a great way to assess performance -- whether it's a process "raters" observe or a product that students submit. They're great for formative feedback or actual grading. Rubrics may be analytic (where each criterion is separately assessed--usually the route to take) or holistic (where all the criteria are simultaneously applied -- enabling an overall judgment). Rubrics can faculty communicate expectations about makes a "performance" of higher or lower quality; students know what to do and are incentivized to do well!
Multiple choice tests, are solid assessment tools as well -- but we all know that it's a real challenge to write questions that go beyond factual recall and basic comprehension. Let's take multiple choice tests to new heights by integrating items that assess complex concepts, reasoning, multi-step problem solving, and more -- all without increasing the grading workload.

Aligning Course and Program Goals
(30 min) Part 1. Assessing GE Goals and Capacities with Concept Inventories: One Path Forward PowerPoint
Stephen Schellenberg, Geology, Janet Bowers, Mathematics and Statistics, Cathie Atkins, College of Sciences, Associate Dean; Kathy Williams, Division of Undergraduate Studies/Biology.
Discussion of recent efforts to assess general science and mathematics literacy of students in GE courses using concept inventories. As we consider the appropriateness of these and other instruments for our assessment purposes, faculty are becoming more aware of the intentions of our GE program and the value of sharing exemplary course-level approaches that promote program-level goals. This 30 min session will serve as an introduction to the subsequent work session on aligning course-level and program-level outcomes and documenting SDSU program plans using WEAVEonline tools.
(90 min) Part 2. Work Session for Program Assessment Teams
Kathy Williams, Division of Undergraduate Studies/Biology; Student Learning Outcomes Committee Members.
Work session on aligning course-level and program-level outcomes and documenting SDSU program plans using the WEAVEonline tools, guided by SLO Committee members. “Help desks” available to answer questions. Bring laptops, a sample of syllabi, your program outcomes, and WEAVEonline passwords

Instructional Design Kiosk
FIT Center
Turnitin - Katie Hughes, ITS/Rhetoric and Writing
More effective grading online, plagiarism prevention and peer review are some of the benefits of Turnitin.
Blackboard's Performance Dashboard, Jon Rizzo, ITS
The Performance Dashboard provides a window into all types of user activity in a course or organization. All users enrolled in the course are listed, with pertinent information about that user’s progress and activity in the course.
FIT Center
Wikis Nicole Smith and David Kahan, Exercise and Nutrition David's materials
Use wikis to engage students in peer review, to develop expertise in creating multimedia content that has real world applications.
Blogs - Cara Owens, Rhetoric and Writing
Engage students in creating a visual and textual representation of their personal statement.
FIT Center
Personalize Library Resources, Pam Jackson, Information Literacy Librarian
Discover ways to personalize library services and resources for your classes. Librarians can help create course-specific research guides, library instruction, and class assignments that include library resources that are tailored specifically for your course. We will also be available to show you how to include individual library resources in Blackboard and field any questions about library services and resources that will better enable our students to succeed.
Audience Response Systems (Iclicker, Poll Everywhere), Mark Laumakis, Psychology, Jen Imazeki, Economics
This kiosk session will highlight various audience response system technologies available to faculty members in their courses at SDSU. Options include i>clicker, the SDSU standardized "clicker," as well as Poll Everywhere, a web-based response system which has been piloted at SDSU for the past two years. Stop by and learn more about how audience response systems can foster student engagement and active learning in your course.
FIT Center
Respondus Lockdown Browser, Linda Woods, ITS
A custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When students use the LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications.
ITS Learning Stories, Marc Pastor, Instructional Technology Services
ITS is in the early stages of building a Learning Stories website that will showcase, in words, pictures and video, stories of the innovative instructional practices and experiences of SDSU faculty. Stop by the FIT Center to see a preview of the website, as well as several of the stories.

Partner Kiosks
10:00 - 1:30 in FIT Center & 3:00-4:30 in Faculty Staff Club

Cengage: MindTap

McGraw Hill: Connect,

McMillian: Adaptive Quizzing

Pearson: MyFoundationsLab MyStudentSuccessLab Writer
3:00-4:30Faculty Staff ClubWine, Cheese and Chocolate Unconference
Hosted by Cengage, McGraw Hill, McMillian, and Pearson publishers