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The Teaching Professor Technology Conference

Conference Workshops

The Teaching Professor Technology Conference features 77 concurrent sessions led by invited and selected presenters. The sessions are either 45 minutes or 75 minutes in length.

Invited Presenters are selected from last year’s top-ranked conference sessions. We also invite experts who possess recognized knowledge about a particular instructional area. Selected Presenters are chosen by the Conference Advisory Board through a blind review of proposals submitted in response to our Call for Proposals.

Conference Program

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Invited Presenters

Discover, Communicate, and Assess: Strategies for a Diverse Learning Population

Invited presenter: Kimberly Hardy, Florida State College at Jacksonville
Length: 45 minutes

There are a number of factors that should be considered when it comes to success in the online classroom, particularly with the diversity of today’s learners. Adult learners in particular face many challenges, and they typically approach learning in a different context than their younger counterparts. I will offer strategies for working with a diverse student population in the online classroom and provide a broader perspective of the issues surrounding these students’ needs in an evolving educational landscape.

Learning goals:

  • Describe simple and quick strategies to discover who your students are and how to assess their varying levels of experience and learning backgrounds.
  • Identify tips on how to accommodate the diversity of learners within the classroom to create an effective learning environment.
  • Discuss a variety of communication and assessment tools that you can apply to your online classes to best meet the needs of traditional and nontraditional learners.

Technology as a Catalyst for Student Involvement and Engagement in Large Lecture Courses

Invited presenter: Ricky Cox, Murray State University
Length: 45 minutes

Student involvement and engagement in a large lecture course can be challenging and frustrating. I will present a case study about the use of technology-based teaching methods in a large lecture class and how they fit into the Substitution-Augmentation-Modification-Redefinition (SAMR) model. We’ll discuss the learning management system, instructional videos, flipped instruction, smartphones, virtual office hours, and pen-based technology. You’ll rate each component of the case study according to the SAMR model.

Learning goals:

  • Describe the various components of the Substitution-Augmentation-Modification-Redefinition (SAMR) model.
  • Assess the educational value of various technology-based instructional methods.
  • Compare and contrast current methods of teaching large classes and the ones discussed in this session.

10 Ways to Improve Blended Course Design

Invited presenter: Ike Shibley, Penn State Berks
Length: 75 minutes

The best blended courses capitalize on the synergistic combination of online and face-to-face (F2F) pedagogy. The flexibility of a blended course allows teachers to imaginatively redesign almost any course to best fit the needs of the learners. This seminar will involve participants in reflection about how blending could improve learning. By examining 10 issues related to blended design, participants should have a clearer idea how to increase learning through blending.

Learning goals:

  • Select learning activities that are best accomplished in class and those best accomplished online.
  • Create a class guide to help organize the course.
  • Reconceptualize learning according to Bloom’s taxonomy.

Using the iPad in Your Classroom

Invited presenter: Dave Yearwood, University of North Dakota
Length: 75 minutes

The iPad is a 21st-century technological marvel limited only by the user’s creativity. The exploration of iPads in this session will begin with a review of the basics and go through some advanced functions, including how the iPad can become an effective educational tool to engage and provide rich content to students anytime, anyplace. Workshop participants will also examine and evaluate various productivity and educational apps for suitability in both face-to-face and online environments.

Learning goals:

  • Explore some of the many features of the iPad, from system settings, making folders, and working with cameras to gestures and importing and exporting content.
  • Identify how to use the iPad to create tutorials, as a wireless extension of a faculty station.
  • Recognize how to use the iPad as a tool to engage and interact with students in your classroom.

Level Up: Multiplayer Faculty Professional Development

Invited presenters: Ollie Dreon and Greg Szczyrbak, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Length: 45 minutes

Can elements of gamification increase engagement in faculty professional development? In this session, participants will explore and discuss quest based learning activities as a motivational and performance factor in professional development for faculty. We will also examine faculty feedback from a game-based professional development workshop series and identify potential hurdles for incorporating game-based strategies at different institutions.

Learning goals:

  • Examine elements of quest-based learning.
  • Discuss the opportunities and challenges of using quest based learning for professional development.
  • Experiment with gamification activities.

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