2012 CIT, Library & Educational Technology Conference: “Transforming Teaching and Learning”

CIT/EdTech Conference sponsored by: Dell, CIT, MacMillan and University College
Event Date: May 10, 2012 - 9 a.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: Healey Library, 11th Floor

Whether you’ve been working with a variety of approaches to enhance student learning, integrating specific technologies into your teaching, or trying out new ways of assessing student work, this conference is a great opportunity to learn from many of our colleagues, and to share your own experiences.


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8 a.m.

Registration (Healey Library, 11th Floor)

8:30–8:50 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Anne Agee, Vice Provost for Technology; Vivian Zamel, Center for Innovative Teaching; Winston Langley, Provost and Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs; J. Keith Motley, Chancellor

9–9:45 a.m.

Keynote: “Media and Digital Literacy via Asian American Studies Pedagogies of Wholeness” by Associate Professor of American Studies Shirley Tang and students Tri Quach, Pratna Kem, and Chu Huang.

Professor Tang will exhibit selected examples of digital stories and discuss her theory of Asian American Studies pedagogies of wholeness with student media producers from her AsAmSt 370 Asian American Media Literacy course.

10–11 a.m.

1.1 Doing History, Doing Research: A Faculty-Librarian Digital Collaboration

This panel highlights the collaboration of a faculty member and librarian who used the online database History Engine and a Library Research Guide to integrate traditional pedagogy and digital technology.  The focus of the course was to guide students through the process of “doing history” by researching, writing, and publishing historical “episodes” that make use of primary and secondary sources.  

  • Presenters: Lynnell Thomas (American Studies), Anthony Viola (Reference Librarian)
  • Room: Healey Library, 4th Floor, Center for Library Instruction

1.2 Thinking and Linking: Teaching with Hypertext

Panelists will share their rationale for teaching with hypertext and the projects they have individually developed using blogs, wikis, and webquests to enhance student engagement with course texts. After sharing their applications, the panelists will engage the audience in a discussion about potential uses and possible abuses of hypertext across content areas and disciplines.

  • Presenters: Alex Mueller, (English), Students: Melody Anderson, Brendan Holloway, Alexander McAdams
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P1

1.3 At Your Service: Accessible Service Learning Projects in Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum

Service learning is an excellent way to engage students and give back to the community.  This presentation will discuss several service learning projects conducted in courses across a Humanities and Social Sciences department: Film and Society, Photography and the Human Condition, Contemporary Social Issues, Select Topics in Psychology, and Technical Communication. Students worked with community partners such as Boston Public Grade Schools, Pine Street Inn, Room to Grow, Castle Square Tenants Organization, and the Sancta Maria House.

  • Presenters: Kristina Barger (AmeriCorp*VISTA), Jackie Cornog, Brittanie Greco, Michael Grigelevich, Jeff Van Dreason (Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology)
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P2

1.4 Blackboard: Game-Based Teaching and Cyber Math Talk

Two presenters will discuss how BlackBoard and online discussions can be used to create game-based teaching and learning and improve quantitative reasoning and understanding.

  • Presenters: Janna Kellinger (Curriculum & Instruction); Dennis DeBay (Mathematics)
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P3

1.5 Online Graduate Writing Tutoring—The role of traditional face-to-face tutoring practices in online tutoring development, growth, and sustainability

Participants in the pilot and audience members will have opportunities to contribute observations about how online tutoring development, growth, and sustainability can succeed, while essential components from traditional face-to-face tutoring—including the active and consistent learning process essential to critical reading/writing/thinking, student retention and academic success, and community-building—are maintained.

  • Presenters: Khaitan Allen, Cynthia Jahn, Michael LeBlanc, and Meesh McCarthy (Academic Support Programs) and Ilana Lehmann (Counseling and School Psychology) 
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, Conference Room

1.6 Having a Dickens of a Time With H.G. Wells

How can students come to grips with modern and postmodern adaptations of literary classics? This presentation explores the fate of War of The Worlds and A Christmas Carol in the 21st century.

  • Presenters: Stephen Slaner and Lizette Espinoza (Northern Essex Community College)
  • Room: Healey Library, 4th Floor, Media Viewing Room (MVR)

1.7 Pearson Learning Technologies: E-books, iPads and more

Pearson Education will demonstrate the Pearson iPad app for e-books, provide information about full integration of Pearson Content into Blackboard integration for Fall 2012 classes, and show how MyLabs are working at UMass Boston and other institutions across the country.

  • Room: Healey Library, 3rd Floor, Blue Lab

11:10 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

2.1 Promoting Online Collaboration

Three presenters from a range of disciplines will consider the role of discussion boards and other online tools in student collaboration and writing and learning via case studies, blended classrooms 

  • Presenters: Venitra Hollingsworth (University of Memphis);  Thomas Stubblefield (Art History- UMass Dartmouth); Bob Schoenberg (College of Education & Human Development, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • Room: Healey Library, 4th Floor, Center for Library Instruction

2.2 Camtasia for Pre-teaching and eBook Intros

Two presenters discuss their use of Camtasia Relay, a classroom capture system, to help students learn textbook content and to increase the amount and quality of time the Instructor has for students.

  • Presenters: James Dobreff (Classics); Tara Ashok (Anthropology/Biology)
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P1

2.3 Language Learning with Wikis and VoiceThread

Three presenters will discuss a range of technologies, including wikispaces, Voice Thread, and online literary journals and blogs among others, that engage students in language learning and collaboration.

  • Presenters: Yu Wu (Modern Languages); Vetri Nathan (Modern Languages)
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P2

 2.4 The Benefits of Long Term Student Tutoring

This panel enumerates the long-term benefits of one-on-one tutoring as separate from less consistent drop-in methods.

  • Presenters: Autumn Bullard, Melody Anderson, Ian Drinkwater & Whitney Nelson
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P3

2.5 Tools for Reflection and Community-building, Face2Face and Online

Three presenters will share strategies for exploring a shared topic through Freewriting, bringing energy and connection to learning online, and helping a community of learners to take responsibility for defining the experience that they'll have in a course or workshop.

  • Presenters: Peter Taylor (Critical and Creative Thinking), Felicia Sullivan (Curriculum & Instruction, Critical and Creative Thinking) & Jeremy Szteiter (Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, Conference Room

2.6 Making the Syllabus New (Again): Creative Approaches to Course Design

This panel asks and suggests possible answers to an essential question: how do we translate innovative course ideas into course structure? Focusing on the syllabus as a site of pedagogical experimentation, this panel provides examples of courses that reimagine student engagement by rethinking how course content is sequenced, categorized, and juxtaposed.

  • Presenters: Cheryl Nixon, Sari Edelstein, Nancy Finn, LaMont Egle, & Ginny Karlis (English)
  • Room: Healey Library, 3rd Floor, Media Viewing Room (MVR)

2.7 Composition Faculty Meeting

  • Room: Healey Library, 11th Floor

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Lunch and Awards and Publishers' Tables

  • Room: Healey Library, 11th Flr

1:40 p.m.–2:40 p.m.

3.1 Modeling and Teaching Argument Through Sources and Class Discussion

Although we often expect students to make arguments that go beyond summary or simple statements of fact, it is difficult to teach students to actively think about where their ideas intersect and depart from the ideas of others so that they can build a nuanced argument. This panel will not only describe various ways of modeling and teaching argument, but also question what the word “argument” might mean in a university classroom.

  • Presenters: Stephen Sutherland (English) Victoria Kingsley (English), John Hess (English), Brian Meredith (English)
  • Room: Healey Library, 4th Floor, Center for Library Instruction

3.2 Online Resources and E-Learning Research

Two presenters will discuss research data on online resources available for faculty. The first will provide an analysis of data from 40,000 UMassOnline delivered courses over three years and the second introduces the newly formed Center for Innovation and Excellence in eLearning will tease out research interests and needs, explore support for research, and review the Center's data gathered from eLearning stake holders from across the UMass system.

  • Presenter: Patrick Masson (UMass Online) Alan Girelli (IT EdTech & Learning Commons)
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P1

3.3 Blackboard 9: Pre-Piloting the Next Learning Management System

UMass Boston Instructional Designer's and faculty will demonstrate a way to “pre-pilot” the new learning management system using Blackboard's CourseSites.

  • Presenter: Gene Shwalb (IT EdTech & Learning Commons); Irene Yukhananov (IT EdTech & Learning Commons)
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P2

3.4 Writing and Reading with Social Media

Two presenters share strategies and experiences with social reading networks and technologies and pedagogies for creating a transparent classroom, an environment where all student work and teacher feedback is made accessible to all students at all times. 

  • Presenters: Kat Gonso (Northeastern University); Christian deTorres & Apostolos Koutropoulos (IT EdTech & Learning Commons)
  • Room: Healey Library, 3rd Floor, White Lab

3.5 Transformative Encounters: Institutional Context, Faculty Collaboration, and Effective Teaching

Drawing from chapters in the recently published (2011) anthology Transforming Classroom Culture: Inclusive Pedagogical Practices, edited by Arlene Dallalfar, Esther Kingston-Mann, and Tim Sieber, each presenter will address their successes in fostering student learning and the importance of institutional support in using the learning process as a catalyst for transformation in both the individual student as well as educational community they are a part of. The presentations focus on elucidating the CIT model of faculty peer-led development, its impact on teaching practice, and its influence on other New England colleges and universities partnered with UMass Boston as part of the New England Center for Inclusive Teaching.

  • Presenters: Tim Sieber (Anthropology) Denise Patmon (Curriculum & Instruction), Marjorie Jones (Education - Lesley University),  Arlene Dallalfar (Division of Interdisciplinary Inquiry - Lesley University)
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, Conference Room

3.6 Tech Support?: Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Technological Classroom

In this experimental, interactive presentation, I will attempt to unpack with the audience some of the hidden (or not-so-hidden) costs of the rampant technoligization of the classroom.

  • Presenter: Rachel Rubin (American Studies)
  • Room: Healey Library, 3rd Floor, Media Viewing Room (MVR)

3.7 Follett eBooks 

Follett will offer an introduction to CafeScribe®, its digital textbook offering that provides students with the ability to read, highlight, take and share notes, and search and sort content, with the feature Snap Summary, a one-click way to summarize all notes and highlights to create a custom study guide.

  • Room: Healey Library, 11th Floor, Room A

2:50 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

4.1 The Role of Creative Writing and Life Writing in Academic Writing

Two presenters discuss the ways that creative writing has helped them reach students and dismantle the steps of the writing process as well as opportunities for engaging students in thoughtful analysis of texts within the framework of the controversies surrounding life writing and creative nonfiction.

  • Presenters: Carole Center (English); Katie Raddatz, Kurt Klopmeier, Krysten Hill, Mitch Manning, Andra Hibbert, & Peter Picetti (MFA, UMass Boston)
  • Room: Healey Library, 4th Floor, Center for Library Instruction

4.2 Students as Co-Authors and Publishers: Group Authorship in the Cloud

Cloud based applications like Google Docs, blogs and  Wikispaces make it easy and worthwhile for groups of students to collaboratively research, develop, write and and publish their work on the web. This panel will showcase two collaborative writing projects designed to increase literacy skills that have been unfolding in UMass Boston classrooms using digital toosl available to all UMass Boston faculty.

  • Presenters: Eileen McMahon (Communications), Erin O'Brien (Academic Support Services), &  Neenah Estrella-Luna (Sociology)
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P1

4.3 Exploring the Sociocultural Forces that Inform the Relationship between Art and the Law

Knowing that certain contemporary works of art are judged "good" and "enlightened" in one social and historical context, but "obscene" and "sacrilegious" in another, what is a student to think? By examining two contemporary works of art in different sociocultural settings, and by outlining a series of key assignments, we will discuss how students learn to identify the sociocultural forces that shape the debates about controversial art and freedom of expression in the U.S. 

  • Presenter: Angelika Festa (Massachusetts College of Art and Design)
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P2

4.4 Masters, Collaborators, or Master-Collaborators: Reflecting on Cognitive Apprenticeship and Collaborative Approaches to University Teaching

Join us for an interactive presentation about approaches to university teaching that we (presenters and participants) will use as a framework to reflect on our individual teaching practices as professors, administrators, and other educators. Our conversation will be guided by Collins, Brown, & Newman’s (1989) notions about cognitive apprenticeship and Lunsford’s (1991) article about collaboration in the writing center.

  • Presenters: Rebecca Katz & Meesh McCarthy (Academic Support Programs)
  • Room: Healey Library, 3rd Floor, White Lab

4.5 Differentiated Instruction and Rubrics

The first presenter will present a case study on how to differentiate instruction for a required management course and a second presenter will discuss rubrics as a communication enhancer for papers and projects.

  • Presenters: Elana Elstein (Management & Marketing);  Joseph Ryan & Ke'Anna Skipwith (Northeastern University)
  • Room: Healey Library, LL, Conference Room

4.6 Building on Student Identities to Develop a Social Justice Lens

Developing a Social Justice Lens is critical for students in many disciplines. This interactive workshop will share techniques for building on student’s identities to shape and foster this lens.

  • Presenters: Suzanne Buglione, Jennifer Safford-Farquharson
  • Room: Healey Library, 3rd Floor, Media Viewing Room (MVR)

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.

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