2014 Technology Day Events

This year’s event, The Scholarship of Teaching, will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014. The event kicks off at 10am with breakout sessions, followed by our keynote speaker, Dr. Curt Bonk, at 11am. The afternoon continues with additional breakout sessions by members of the UIS academic community, concluding with a panel discussion at 2pm.

Drop in anytime during the day’s events. Technology Day is a FREE event and no registration is required. In addition to showcasing the uses of technology in education, the activities will provide opportunities for networking and for exchanging knowledge and expertise related to technology and education. Lunch will be provided to attendees of the keynote presentation at 11am.

Additional details regarding the event, are available by contacting Kara McElwrath, Assistant Director of Client Services, University of Illinois Springfield, at 217.206.8237 or

SCHEDULE – Thursday, September 25, 2014

10:00am – 10:30am | Sessions

10:30am – 11:00am | Sessions

11:00am – Noon: Keynote Presentation in Brookens Auditorium

Curt Bonk We are excited to bring Dr. Curt Bonk  from Indiana University to campus. His topic is “Adding TEC-VARIETY: Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online”

Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and President of CourseShare. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has authored several widely used technology books, including The World Is OpenEmpowering Online LearningThe Handbook of Blended LearningElectronic Collaborators, and, most recently, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY which is free as an eBook (

Curt is the 2014 Charles A Wedemeyer Award recipient.

Recording of Keynote Presentation

Keynote Presentation Slides

cup Noon – 1:00pm: Lunch and networking in PAC C/D

1:00pm – 1:30pm | Sessions

1:30pm – 2:00pm | Sessions

2:00pm – 3:00pm | Panel Discussion | PAC C/D

Hosted by Keynote Speaker Dr. Curt Bonk, Ray Schroeder, and Dr. Karen Swan

What are a few interesting, unusual, or important things that have emerged in the past year in terms of technology tools, resources, and activities in higher education?

Session Abstracts

Use of Media and Video in an Online ECCE Course
Bob Jones, Statistician Specialist and Adjunct Instructor

Discussion of the various types of presentations using Blackboard in an online ECCE Course. Presentation will center around the need for a wide range of resources that relate to the topic, are both historical and current, keep students interested by providing a break from reading the materials and reviewing PowerPoints, and even make them laugh.

Creating Narrated Whiteboard Lectures Using ShowMe
Dr. Marcel Yoder, Associate Professor, Psychology

Attendees will be shown the basics of creating narrated whiteboard lectures using the app, Show Me! In the session, attendees will learn how to paste images into the lecture, as well as write and draw with the pen feature.

Student Integrity in the Online Class
Michele Gribbins, Online Learning & Faculty Development Specialist, COLRS and Carrie Levin, Assistant Director, COLRS

How do you ensure that your students are being academically honest?   We will discuss various methods and tools that can be used to prevent and detect cheating and encourage academic integrity.  Best practices on how to create assignments and structure assessments to reduce cheating will be shared.  Various tools, including anti-plagiarism tools and online video proctoring for exams, will be demonstrated.

Using iPads to Engage Students in Organic Chemistry
Dr. Layne Morsch, Associate Professor, Chemistry

Layne will discuss how he uses a variety of iPad apps in his organic chemistry lecture and lab courses. In lecture, they have been using ChemDraw for iPad for more than a year to enagage students with problem solving during class. The integrated Flick-to-Share feature allows him to share a problem with the entire class at once and they can then respond to the professor with their answers. During Summer 2014, they began using iSpartan and Chemical Detectives in the lab to help students gain a better understanding of spectroscopy which was previously mostly taught with static paper handouts. These tools will continue to be used during the Fall semester with improved instructions. During the Fall 2014 courses, student teams will be asked to create a brief video vignettes using Explain Everything. These will then be posted to Blackboard for other students to review. These tools/exercises have been selected to attempt to improve learning of the course material while increasing student ability to use current technologies within their field of study.

Using SmartBoards to Improve Teaching and Engaging Students
Dr. Josiah Alamu, Assistant Professor, Public Health

Several scholars believe that students comprehend lecture materials more when they spend time as active participants in the learning activities and that such classroom engagement increases students’ complete attention spans. Increased interaction of students with the instructor and the materials presented in class is one strategy to foster active and collaborative learning experiences. However, it is becoming increasingly challenging for an instructor to engage students continuously for three hours without losing their attention span. The use of SmartBoard allows for an efficient students’ engagement strategy and this provides a positive and productive learning environment.

Wearable Technology: Google Glass
Dr. Traci Van Prooyen, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education and Kara McElwrath, Assistant Director of Client Services and Adjunct Instructor, Information Technology Services

Wearable technology has been identified as a major innovation for higher education in the upcoming years. Dr. Van Prooyen and Kara will demonstrate Google Glass and discuss what we have learned about its uses and challenges in and out of the classroom.

Mitigating Academic Risk Through Predictive Modeling, Benchmarking, and Intervention Tracking: The PAR Project
Dr. Karen Swan, Professor, Educational Leadership and Bill Bloemer, Professor Emeritus

The Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework is a non-profit, multi-institutional data mining project. The PAR program has aggregated student data from over 20 post-secondary institutions for the past five years, including over 1,700,000 anonymized student records and 8,100,000 institutionally de-identified course level records. More importantly, contributing institutions have collaborated to produce common definitions of progression and retention and the factors influencing them, allowing for the development of predictive models at both the institutional level and across institutions. Besides predictive modeling, the PAR project has developed two additional tools: 1) a bencmarking tool which provides users with a dashboard through which they can explore specific outcomes for particular populations across time which can be used to compare local outcomes semester to semester or to compare one’s own institution to similar or the entire group of PAR institutions; 2) the Student Success Matrix (SSMX) which provides an automated structure that helps institutions inventory and conceptualize student success internventions along two dimensions: predictors of progression and the timing of the intervention. UIS was one of the six founding members of the PAR, and it continues to be an active member of the collaborative. Indeed, UIS PAR representtives Bill Bloemer and Karen Swan are leading the groups involved inthe development of the benchmarking and the SMMX tools respectively. Using data from UIS, they will disciss the PAR initiative and demonstrate how predictive modeling, benchmarking, and the SSMX tool can be used to inform and track student success initiatives.

Using Rubrics to Engage Students
Kathy Massey, Visiting Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

Rubrics clarify performance levels for the student and the instructor. They build a scaffold for improvement and provide feedback. The benefits of using rubrics are available in Blackboard. Learn how to move forward using rubrics.

The Dreaded Group Project: Why Group Projects are Worth the Hassle
Dr. Beverly Bunch, Professor, Public Administration and Kara McElwrath, Assistant Director of Client Services and Adjunct Instructor, Information Technology Services

Group projects can be such a hassle – both for students and faculty. But group projects can be a huge benefit! Join us as we talk about the benefits of group projects as well as strategies for successfully managing them, both in an online and on campus environment – including how to prepare your students, how to evaluate projects, how to deal with the ‘missing’ student, etc.

Building a Brick-and-Mortar Classroom in Cyberspace through Lync
Dr. Sara Cordell, Associate Professor, English and Modern Languages

An online student once remarked that the weekly Lync sessions in my class helped to ease his craving for the immediacy and personal contact of brick-and-mortar classrooms. They certainly do that for me! Perhaps you, too, have yearned for a way to give your online class the “feel” of an on-ground classroom. This session will highlight ways that love Lync sessions provide the time for clarifying and understanding complex assignments, concepts, texts, and methodologies, offer students opportunities for presenting and fielding questions on difficult materials, build a sense of community between and among students and between students and teacher, and enhance asymmetrical online discussions.

The Library Technology Smorgasbord
Dorothy Ryan, Clinical Assistant Professor, Sarah Sagmoen, Director of Learning Commons and User Services, and Nancy Weichert, Visiting Assistant Professor

This session will provide a brief and rapid presentation of the smorgasbord of library technology you can utilize in your courses and for personal professional development. Time will be left for questions.

Q&A Drop-In with COLRS and ITS
Dr. Vickie Cook, Director, COLRS, Carrie Levin, Assistant Director, COLRS, Michele Gribbins, Online Learning & Faculty Development Specialist, COLRS, Kara McElwrath, Assistant Director of Client Services, ITS

This informal session is an opportunity to stop by and ask questions, discuss issues/concerns/new initiatives, schedule appointments – or just hang out with us for some great conversations!

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