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Saturday, March 26
 

7:30am

Registration (Blue Registration Desk) and Continental Breakfast

A complimentary continental breakfast consisting of bagels, pastries, and beverages is included for registered attendees.


Saturday March 26, 2011 7:30am - 8:30am
President's Hall 1 through 4

8:30am

Welcome
Introductory remarks

Saturday March 26, 2011 8:30am - 8:45am
President's Hall 1 through 4

8:45am

Keynote Presentation

Cognitive Surplus, Collaboration, and Social Learning


Saturday March 26, 2011 8:45am - 9:45am
President's Hall 1 through 4

10:00am

Round Table Discussion: Online Learning Communities

Join a group of your peers for an informal round table discussion about Online Learning Communities: Do they hold the potential to meet a wide variety of student needs?  Bring your experience, questions, and ideas on this topic to share with others.  


Saturday March 26, 2011 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 202

10:00am

Engagement and Community in the College of the Liberal Arts

The College of the Liberal Arts (http://laus.la.psu.edu/) is home to 30 academic units, 27 institutes and centers, and more than 6,000 students, faculty, and staff. Building a culture of engagement and community in this diverse collection of audiences and interests is a daunting challenge. In this session, the presenters will showcase the strategies and tactics that have been employed within the college that incorporate digital and social media to advance the educational mission of the college, cultivate communities of learning, and reach out to current students, prospective students, and alumni.


Saturday March 26, 2011 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 207

10:00am

Engagement and Persuasion: From Courtroom to Classroom

Technology has become an indispensible tool of trial lawyers to educate and persuade jurors at trial. This session will demonstrate how law students use trial technology to present their cases to jurors drawn from the external community. The session then will address how faculty in all disciplines may use these trial technologies to engage their students.


Saturday March 26, 2011 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 205

10:00am

Perspectives from Publishers: Future Trends and Challenges

John Harwood will moderate a panel of representatives from Barnes and Noble, Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill, and Pearson. The panel will discuss the innovative work that their companies have been doing related to trends and technologies that are shaping the educational environment at Penn State. Examples include electronic textbooks, e-readers and mobile devices, course management system integration, online supplemental materials, student response systems, and more. Later in the afternoon, the publishers will provide an opportunity to see some of these technologies first-hand in a demonstration room.


Saturday March 26, 2011 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 204

10:00am

Say It Loud, Say It Clear: Using VoiceThread to Promote Social Presence, Engagement and Reflection in an Online Geospatial Technology Class
VoiceThread (http://voicethread.com) is a web-based software designed to organize group conversations around multimedia slide shows that can hold images, documents, and videos. Users leave comments via voice, text, or video. Presenters will share how VoiceThread played a key role in Geography 897G: Trends in Geospatial Technology (https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog897g/). Attendees will learn about the VoiceThread interface and be able to try the technology first-hand by participating in a VoiceThread conversation.

Saturday March 26, 2011 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 203

10:00am

The New Clickers: A Panel about the Spring 2011 Clicker Pilot

Clickers are small remotes that students use to interact with their instructor's lectures. Come see the two systems being tested this spring, and hear from the instructors who are using them to add interactivity to their classes.


Saturday March 26, 2011 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 206

10:00am

The Pedagogy of Convenience Using Cloud Computing
Applying user-centered design principles to course design means minimizing obstacles, reducing stress, increasing focus on content, and raising enjoyment, all of which should lead to better learning and more creativity. The last ten years have seen a rapid evolution of online tools for sharing and collaboration. What happens when we use these commercial third-party tools to facilitate learning? For over two years, Devon has been using Google Apps to manage the online content and collaborative activities in his engineering design courses. Student survey data will be discussed.

Saturday March 26, 2011 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 208

11:00am

Round Table Discussion: Collaborative Learning Spaces

Join a group of your peers for an informal round table discussion about Collaborative Learning Spaces (like the new Knowledge Commons).  Bring your experience, questions, and ideas on this topic to share with others.  


Saturday March 26, 2011 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 202

11:00am

From Large Lecture to a World in Conversation
Large enrollment courses have gotten a bad rap. People think of lectures, bored students, and multiple choice tests. As we have been teaching SOC 119, we have tried to challenge those ideas. We show thought provoking videos, survey students, and enable student discussions. However, we have relied disproportionately upon multiple choice tests. During summer, we developed a series of online activities that would replace multiple choice tests. We will discuss the design of these activities and discuss how they have changed the nature of the course conversations.

Saturday March 26, 2011 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 208

11:00am

NOOK Study: eTextbooks in the Penn State Classroom

David McCarthy will provide results from etextbook research conducted last fall in several Penn State classrooms. The sessions will focus on learning and educational trends in the evolving world of elearning materials. Steve Falke will provide the perspective of working faculty and students as they used digital materials and the role of the bookstore in that transition.


Saturday March 26, 2011 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 204

11:00am

Shaping Penn State's Learning Environment: Course/Learning Management System Review
Note: This session will be repeated at 2:15. In August 2009, the eLearning Strategic Committee was charged with developing a strategy for sustaining a common e-learning environment across the University. To accomplish this, the committee formed pedagogical and technical subcommittees to explore the capabilities of several e-learning environments. The committee recommended that ITS pilot three learning management systems (LMS): Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Moodle. The team is working with instructors, students, designers, technologists, and support staff to explore the capabilities of each. This presentation will provide an overview of the committee, accomplishments, pilots, assessment strategy, and the way forward.

Saturday March 26, 2011 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 206

11:00am

The Unlearning of Science Education: The Story of SC200

An understanding of science is critical to an informed understanding of everything that happens around us. Yet many students will receive degrees without enough baseline scientific experience to make informed evaluations of the "scientific” claims that bombard us daily. SC200 was created to inspire a passion for science in students who had given up on the field. By using tools such as Blogs at Penn State and Poll Everywhere, we have allowed the students to teach themselves the value of science in their lives in meaningful ways.


Saturday March 26, 2011 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 205

11:00am

World Campus Panel on Learning Design Projects and Initiatives
The panel will discuss two key initiatives at World Campus and a faculty perspective on technology transfer. The first initiative is accessibility and how we are handling accessibility needs in course designs and for students. The second is the LMS reviews and thoughts on Moodle and Desire2Learn for use with distance education courses. In the third portion of the panel, Heberling will discuss how teaching online has enhanced his face-to-face course through technology integration and how he has been able to integrate a wider audience into his resident instruction course.

Saturday March 26, 2011 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 207

11:00am

World Language Teacher Education and Ubiquitous Computing
While there have been many attempts to use technology to teach languages, there are few instances of actively using technology to teach students of language education. Following on the College of Education requirements for technology in its K-12 education programs, we initiated a pilot study to understand the implication of using ubiquitous access to modern digital tools to prepare World Language teacher educators. We made use of the video and blogging platform to focus our efforts. These technologies were used to leverage students' prior conceptions of teaching, reflect on microteaching with K-12 students, and support their study abroad immersion activities.

Saturday March 26, 2011 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 203

12:00pm

Lunch
A complimentary lunch buffet is provided to all registered attendees.

Saturday March 26, 2011 12:00pm - 1:00pm
President's Hall 1 through 4

1:15pm

Explore Beyond Classroom Experience
Students often say they do not like group projects. Many projects do not involve real-world experiences and follow the traditional educational system that teaches them to compete with their peers. This presentation looks at case studies of a small group of students in my IT/MIS classes working on projects that explore the potential of service learning to accomplish academic and civic learning as well as promote students' appreciation for teamwork and collaboration with the community. Students can develop mature communication and have a sense of common purpose.

Saturday March 26, 2011 1:15pm - Wednesday March 2, 2011 2:00pm
Room 203

1:15pm

Round Table Discussion: Electronic Textbooks

Join a group of your peers for an informal round table discussion about Electronic Textbooks.  Bring your experience, questions, and ideas on this topic to share with others.  


Saturday March 26, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Room 202

1:15pm

Active Learning Strategies that Demonstrate Greater Potential for Learning

The presenters will reflect on how storytelling allows students to (1) connect new knowledge to prior knowledge; (2) be self-creative with new knowledge, (3) practice meaningfully with feedback and critically reflect on learning. Students in the Civic and Community Engagement minor produced and promoted storytelling. They helped raise awareness of the necessity of preserving stories and blending artifacts from historical events, specifically the Holocaust. They created a video presentation that featured personal interviews. This will be an interactive session and attendees will receive course rubrics, storyboard examples, and assignment handouts.


Saturday March 26, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Room 207

1:15pm

Enhancing Geographic and Digital Literacy with a Student-Generated Course Portfolio and 'Amazing Race' in Google Earth
A TLT Faculty Fellowship team designed a new approach for student learning in a 400-level earth science seminar course. The course, emphasizing a "green” approach with no papers handed out or collected, relies on students recording audio files and geolocating photos, edited audio, and video files in Google Earth. To assess student geographic knowledge before and after the course, the "Penn State's Amazing Race” game was created in Google Earth to see how long it would take students to find locations. Each student created a course portfolio in Google Earth.

Saturday March 26, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Room 208

1:15pm

Shaping Penn State's Learning Environment: A Faculty Member's Perspective of the LMS Pilots

In August 2009, Penn State formed the eLearning Strategic Committee, charged with developing a strategy for sustaining a common e-learning environment across the University. This included the evaluation of alternatives to ANGEL. Over 2010-11, the LMS pilot team worked with instructors, students, designers, technologists, and support staff to explore the capabilities of Desire2Learn, Moodle, and Blackboard at Penn State. This panel will discuss the experiences of faculty participating in the pilot. Panelists will share thoughts on each LMS including pedagogical capabilities and limitations, content and grading options, and communication options.


Saturday March 26, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Room 206

1:15pm

Student Use of Mobile Devices
For three semesters, an online book has been used in management classes. The results of surveys reporting student use of the online version and paper version will be presented. In addition, two students who conducted research on their fellow students' attitude toward using mobile devices for accessing course materials will share their results. These devices include Droid smartphones, iPads, Kindles, and the eDGe e-reader. This will provide a framework for discussion of student use of mobile devices to access course material, and what these mean to the future of education.

Saturday March 26, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Room 204

1:15pm

You Can't Go Back Now: Social Media and Democracy in a Large Lecture Format
Technology has become as much a part of the student classroom experience as the seats. The attention of students is a finite resource, for which instructors compete. It is easy for students to withdraw into their technologies. But what if those technologies could be harnessed to reengage students? By leveraging the power of technologies such as Twitter, COMM 110 has transformed from a one-to-many lecture into a rich forum for discussion. This session will discuss the process of reimagining the course, from inception and implementation to analysis and assessment.

Saturday March 26, 2011 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Room 205

1:15pm

Publishers' Demonstration Room: Electronic Textbooks, Online Materials, Mobile Devices, and More

Visit the demonstration areas set up by Barnes & Noble, Cengage, McGraw-Hill, and Person.  See what their companies are developing in the areas of electronic textbooks, e-readers and mobile devices, course management system integration, online supplemental materials, student response systems, and more.


Saturday March 26, 2011 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 218

2:15pm

Round Table Discussion: Mobile Learning

Join a group of your peers for an informal round table discussion about Mobile Learning.  Bring your experience, questions, and ideas on this topic to share with others.  


Saturday March 26, 2011 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Room 202

2:15pm

Affordances and Constraints of a Hybrid Course Structure in a Service Learning Course: Extending Learning and Engagement

Baker-Doyle uses video clips, online texts, and course documents to describe the development and outcomes of a hybrid-structured service learning course. The design of the hybrid structure and its impacts on the students' engagement in service learning activities and peer collaborations are examined. Implications for hybrid course design, mechanisms for online collaborations, and community engagement practices are discussed. Baker-Doyle frames her presentation with a literature review on social network theory and research in education.


Saturday March 26, 2011 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Room 205

2:15pm

Community Engagement through Digital Storytelling in IST
For the past two years, students enrolled in IST 301: Information and Organizations have been partnering with a local nonprofit (Schuylkill VISION) to produce a series of digital stories about Schuylkill County. These team-based digital storytelling projects have allowed students to learn about and experience the events, activities, and history of their surrounding communities, while at the same time affording them "real-world” project experiences. This session will describe the opportunities and challenges presented by these community engagement projects, including a presentation of some of the products created by these students.

Saturday March 26, 2011 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Room 203

2:15pm

Online Club Impacting Student Sense of Community
Participants will gain knowledge of the world's first completely online psychology club, the World Campus Psychology Club (WCPC) and how it has impacted online students' educational experiences. Sense of community and the impact of engagement will be discussed. Survey data will be presented demonstrating impact on social and academic outcomes. Participants will gain insight into how the WCPC is impacting the educational experiences of online learners via reducing alienation through participation in a virtual community. WCPC officers will present their personal experiences. Tools that aid club communication will be demonstrated.

Saturday March 26, 2011 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Room 204

2:15pm

Shaping Penn State's Learning Environment: Course/Learning Management System Review
Note: This session is a repeat of the 11:00 a.m. session. In August 2009, the eLearning Strategic Committee was charged with developing a strategy for sustaining a common e-learning environment across the University. To accomplish this, the committee formed pedagogical and technical subcommittees to explore the capabilities of several e-learning environments. The committee recommended that ITS pilot three learning management systems (LMS): Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Moodle. The team is working with instructors, students, designers, technologists, and support staff to explore the capabilities of each. This presentation will provide an overview of the committee, accomplishments, pilots, assessment strategy, and the way forward.

Saturday March 26, 2011 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Room 206

2:15pm

Teaching and Learning with iPads
We will present results of a research project on iPad use in the technical writing classroom. Our study investigates both teaching and learning. It also involves others who invested crucial resources in the project: Bedford/St. Martin's provided an iPad version of the textbook; ETS purchased 40 iPads and supplied an instructional designer to help with development of the course infrastructure. We will report pedagogical results and experiences with a larger network of collaborative relationships. We will include an activity that asks participants to redesign a conventional assignment for the iPad.

Saturday March 26, 2011 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Room 208

2:15pm

Publishers' Demonstration Room: Electronic Textbooks, Online Materials, Mobile Devices, and More

Visit the demonstration areas set up by Barnes & Noble, Cengage, McGraw-Hill, and Person.  See what their companies are developing in the areas of electronic textbooks, e-readers and mobile devices, course management system integration, online supplemental materials, student response systems, and more.


Saturday March 26, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 218

3:15pm

Student and Faculty Expectations of Technology and Education

Student desires and disappointments with educational technology are often different from what faculty and staff might suppose them to be. A similar disconnect can occur between faculty and staff regarding their views on the adoption of educational technologies. How can we surface those differences in a meaningful way, one that is more constructive than @AngelSucks? During this session, the panel will offer responses to questions sourced through a Twitter backchannel conversation. The goal will be to surface and hopefully bridge divides between faculty, student, and staff opinions regarding educational technology.


Saturday March 26, 2011 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Room 207