CIT/Library/EdTech Conference: Innovating Teaching & Learning through Partnerships and Collaboration

CIT/Ed Tech Conference sponsored by: Dell, GovConnection, and SHI.
Event Date: May 15, 2013 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: McCormack Hall, Ryan Lounge, 3rd Floor (May 15), Healey Library 11th Floor & listed locations (May 16)

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.







Wednesday, May 15

Location: Ryan Lounge, 3rd Floor, McCormack Hall

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Gathering and Welcoming Remarks

Anne Agee, Vice Provost for Technology; Daniel Ortiz, Dean of University Libraries; Denise Patmon, Center for Innovative Teaching;. Keith Motley, Chancellor

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Introduction and Keynote

  • Introduction of Provost Fellow and Keynote: Winston Langley, Provost and Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
  • Keynote: Helping a Thousand Flowers to Bloom. Teaching with Technology at UMass Boston
    Professor Brian White (Biology) Provost Fellow for Teaching and Technology

7:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Awards for Faculty Achievement in Teaching and Technology

7:15 - 8:00 p.m.

Social Event and Networking

Thursday, May 16

8:30 a.m.

Registration (Healey Library, 11th Floor)

9:00–9:45 a.m.

Plenary: The Reluctant Early Adopter: Technology and the Teacher
Professor Stephanie Hartwell (Sociology and Graduate Studies) Recipient of 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

10:00–11:10 a.m.

1.1 E-Books Are Not All The Same

  • Room: Healey Library, 4th Floor, Center for Library Instruction (CLI)

Panelists will present opportunities available to faculty to integrate e-books licensed by the library into their teaching. We will present the advantages of using the Library e-book collections along with some of the tools for using them.

  • Presenters: Janet Stewart and Teresa Maceira (Library) and faculty

1.2 How Digital Environments Are Reshaping Writing And Learning

  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P2

Engaging Students as Writers in Digital Contexts
Drawing on what they learned from designing an interactive website for UMass Boston English and general education courses, presenters will suggest approaches to engaging students in the study and practice of writing for 21th century digital literacy contexts and ways that faculty can use the educational technology resources available to them to most effectively support their students as writers.

  • Presenters: Ellie Kutz (English/EdTech) and Christian Pulver (English, UMass Amherst)

Preparing for The Public: Wikis, Student Microblogs, and The 2012 Presidential Election
This presentation focuses on a senior seminar on Rhetoric, New Media, and the Presidential Election, looking at how students used microblogs and a course wiki to engage with media coverage of the 2012 election. It traces three challenges the students faced-- challenges of analysis, network, and globalization-- and outlines the ways in which they negotiated the difficult task of assembling, synthesizing, and reacting to news media coverage.

  • Presenter: Matt Davis (English)

1.3 Swipe to Unlock Learning: Student Engagement with iPads in The Classroom

  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P3

Through the iPad in the Classroom program, IT has deployed a mobile cart of iPads to faculty teaching many different subjects including English, Art, Music, African Studies, Anthropology and Hispanic Studies. During the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to try out the iPads and apps used in various classrooms, and discuss with faculty presenters how they integrated the iPads into their teaching,

  • Presenters: Mary Simone (IT/EdTech), Steve Ackerman (Biology), Cat Mazza (Art), Susan Mraz (Latin American and Iberian Studies), Rebecca Romanow (English), Amy Todd (Anthropology), Heather Guiney (Boston College High School)

1.4 Using ePortfolios for Assessment

  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P1

Essential Questions: Understanding by Design as a Pathway to Improve Course Design

The presenter describes how she changed her approach to course design for an undergraduate management course. By incorporating UbD and Essential Questions, she elevated the level of class discussion, designed more accurate assessment instruments and felt more confident that her course was aligned with College Learning Objectives.

  • Presenter: Elana Elstein (Management)

Using ePortfolios for Assessment of Students Learning throughout a College Program

The College of Education and Human Development has piloted ePortfolio and assessment systems for the past 3 years. This presentation will review the implementation process for TaskStream and model some portfolio and assessment functions that the College uses for program evaluation purposes.

  • Presenter: Laura Vanderberg (Assistant Dean, Assessment and Planning CEHD)

1.5 Supporting ESL Learners

  • Room: Healey Library, LL, Conference Room

A Moving Target: Letting ESL Students Speak for Themselves

In ESL reading-writing pedagogy an educator's intimacy with code-switching is crucial to his/her success. As both an approach to education and one such "code", a feminist optic provides unique opportunities for meaning-making in ESL education.

  • Presenter: Jacob Burke (English)

Non-Native English Learners—Beyond Grammar

Non-Native English Learners often come to the tutoring center to seek help with grammar. They want to “write like English speakers” and make sure “the grammar is okay.” By asking these students to focus primarily on concepts, Non-Native English Learners start to see their writing in a new, exciting way, and grammar insecurities diminish.

  • Presenters: Katie Raddatz, Jill Tessier, Peter Picetti & Ian Drinkwater (Academic Support Programs

11:20 –12:20 p.m.

2.1 Using eResources in Blackboard Learn

  • Room: Healey Library, 4th Floor, Center for Library Instruction

This session will address the gains in student learning realized through various publisher integrations in the Blackboard Learn 9.1 learning system. Presenters who teach in different disciplines will showcase and evaluate their use of eTextbook material, interactive modules, and other electronic content available.

E-Resources from Sage for Teaching Research Methods

  • Presenter: Russell Schutt (Sociology)

McGraw Hill and Blackboard

  • Presenter: Michael Carr (Economics)

Simnet: A Self-Paced Lab Simulation Environment

  • Presenter: Mark Lewis (EdTech and Management Science and Information Systems)

2.2 A 60-Minute MOOC: Making Sense of Collaborative Learning in Open, Digital Education

  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P1

In-person participants join with an international Google+ community to explore ways to make sense of the possibilities and limitations of learning and collaboration within communities that emerge around c-MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), where "c" stands for "connectivist" (in contrast to transmission of established knowledge in x-MOOCs). The panel members, who have participated in recent c-MOOCs, coach and pace the exploration and posting of results, which, it is hoped, will form the basis of further research and discussion on this rapidly evolving and much-hyped area.

  • Presenters: Peter Taylor, Jeremy Szteiter, Felicia Sullivan (Critical and Creative Thinking)

2.3 Using Voicethread And IPads to Increase Student Interaction and Develop Foreign Language Skills

  • Room: Healey Library, Lower Level, P3

The presenters will share ways in which they’ve used Voicethread to support students’ learning.  The first presenter will talk about how she has been integrating Voicethread with the iPad to support her students’ interaction and collaboration as well as their presentations.  The second presenter will share how she has used Voicethread to build four foreign language skills into one activity for her Spanish 230 Intermediate Spanish Composition and Conversation class as students work with Juan Rulfo photographs.

  • Presenters: Susan Mraz and Susana Domingo (Latin American and Iberian Studies)

2.4 “How Am I Doing in This Class?” Effective Practices for Student and Instructor Self-Assessment

  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P2

Using recent scholarship and practical pedagogy, this presentation offers user-friendly and effective ways to help students conduct academic self-assessment in process-based activities that move beyond grade-based quizzes and tests. It also offers tips for the instructor to measure your own progress, through in-semester student feedback, to find out if the class “gets” what you are teaching.

  • Presenters: Kristina Wright and Erin O’Brien (Academic Support),

2.5 Freshman English Instructors Meeting

  • Room: Healey Library, 11th Floor

This session, for UMass Boston Freshman English instructors only, allows these instructors to share teaching strategies and program matters.

  • Coordinator: Stephen Sutherland (English)

12:30 –1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Round Table Gatherings by Topics of Interest

  • Room: Healey Library, 11th Flr
  • Includes Publishers/Vendors Tables

1:40 –2:40 p.m.

3.1 Confronting The Common Core: Teaching “Informational Texts”

  • Room: Healey Library, 4th Floor, Center for Library Instruction

This session addresses the implications of the Common Core State Standards Initiative's emphasis on “informational texts” for the high school to college transition. Students who have just completed their student teaching in Boston area high schools and their professor will share their thoughts about the ramifications of this curricular transformation.

  • Presenters: Alex Mueller (English) and students Jorge Garcia, Brenda Gonzalez, and Tamzin Partridge

3.2 Using Web 2.0 And Social Media Tools Outside And Inside of Blackboard

  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P1

Blogging The Course: Wordpress as A Tool to Teach Online and On Campus.

For several years, the presenter has been experimenting with the use of Web 2.0 free or very cheap web-based software to teach courses online, hybrids, and on campus. The blog as a hub for teaching a course has been powerful in addressing some of the shortcomings of LMS platforms like Blackboard. During this presentation, he will share some of these experiences and demonstrate how he has utilized the various features of Wordpress and other Web 2.0 tools in helping to engage, promote, and develop a collaborative learning environment. Besides teaching, he sees these tools as a bridge between the open courseware ideas and the ability to integrate other aspects of our work as faculty including service and scholarship.

Presenter: Gonzalo Bacigalupe (Counseling and School Psychology)

New Social Media Tools in Blackboard Learn

As Blackboard continues to develop its capabilities, it is increasingly incorporating an array of tools that instructors formerly had to go outside of Blackboard to use. The presenter will show the new social media tools that will soon be available in Blackboard Learn and consider the advantages but also possible disadvantages to using all of these tools within one platform.

  • Presenter: Gene Shwalb (IT EdTech)

3.3 Participation, Peer Review, And iPads: Engaging Students in The Reading And Writing Classroom

  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P3

Presenters will show how they integrated this new technology into their classroom practices to realize the pedagogical goals of engaging students in critical reading, writing, and research, including peer review, and collaborative composing.

  • Presenters: Victoria Kingsley (English); Rebecca Romanow (English)

3.4 Using Camtasia Classroom Capture for Effective Teaching

  • Room: Healey Library, P2

Two presenters who have used Camtasia lecture recording software in a variety of classroom settings, including both hybrid and online courses, will share ways in which the software, with its audio and video capabilities, has been especially effective for teaching.

  • Presenters: David Pruett (Performing Arts); Diego Mansilla (Latin American and Iberian Studies)

3.5 The Power Of Influence

  • Room: Healey Library, LL, Conference Room

As creative and academic writers, panel members use published work to influence their writing to greater heights. In the RWSSC, we introduce the same idea through tutoring, encouraging students to participate in the larger academic conversation.

  • Presenters: Peter Picetti, Jill Tessier, Ian Drinkwater, Kurt Klopmeier, Krysten Hill, and Katie Raddatz (Academic Support)

2:50 -3:50 p.m.

4.1 Open Access and Customization

  • Room: Healey Library, 4th Floor, Center for Library Instruction

Presenters will share the Open Access for Africa project, which is a clearinghouse for free scholarly articles and databases in medicine. You will learn how to customize your own open access material for your class or department.

  • Presenters: Tina Mullins (Library), Eileen Stuart-Shor (Nursing), Jacob Kariuki (Student/Nursing)

4.2 Teacher/Tutor Collaboration in the ESL Classroom: Expanding Roles/Exploring Possibilities

  • Room: Healey Library, LL, P1

In this panel, a teacher and a tutor who have worked as a team for five semesters in the ESL Program will discuss the ways in which increasing tutor participation in the classroom - by increasing in-class interaction and collaboration with both teacher and students-enhances student learning.

  • Presenters: Michael LeBlanc (Academic Support Programs/ESL Program), Katie Almeida (Applied Linguistics/EdTech)

4.3 Using Ipads to Engage Students

  • Room: H-LL, P-3

The first presenter will share a middle school teacher's observations of a school year-long study on how the immediacy of technology through the use of personal iPads can be used to extend the classroom community outside the confines of a school room. Presentation will share best practices of using technology to foster community-mainly focusing on the educational social media site Edmodo, input from student interviews on the way iPads have changed their interactions with teachers and students, and examples of student writing and sharing online with their classroom community. The second presenter will explore apps and strategies for classroom presentation, interaction, and collaboration.

  • Presenters: Heather Guiney (Boston College High School), Susan Mraz (Latin American and Iberian Studies)

4.4 Reinforcing Learning with Camtasia Recordings

  • Room: Healey Library, Lower Level, P2

Presenters will share the ways in which Camtasia recordings help to reinforce what students learn from classroom lectures for students in biology and for undergraduate English major participants in the English Colloquium series.

  • Presenters: Steven Ackerman (Biology), and Jennifer Barone and Shannon Seaver (Career Services and Internships office)

4.5 Friend Or Foe: How We Choose The Readings Our Students Read in Freshman Composition

  • Room: Healey Library, LL, Conference Room

The Freshman English website emphasizes that our courses "teach reading and writing as interconnected activities and promises students "you will learn to write as a reader and read as a writer in ways that prepare you for college level assignments."  So we have gathered five Freshman Composition instructors to open a discussion on how we choose the readings we choose to have our students read.

  • Presenters: John Hess (English), Victoria Kingsley (English), Itai Halevi (English), Brittany Wadbrook (English), Megan Turilli (English) & Wendy Schoerner (English)

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