Spring Forum on Teaching and Technology
Friday, February 5, 2016
Location: TBD

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Schedule

Schedule for Spring Forum 2016 still TBD. Schedule below is from Spring 2015.

Registration Opens
8:45 
JCP 202

Starbucks Coffee, refreshments, and snacks will be served.

Welcome
9:30
JCP 202

Welcome
J. Andy Goodman, Ph.D.
CTL Director & Associate Provost for Professional Development

Keynote
9:45-10:45
JCP 202

Strategies that Support Meaningful and Fluid Interactions in Blackboard
Scott Smith
Director of Customer Success for the North American Higher Education Market
Blackboard, Inc. 

Each year faculty include more information in learning management systems (LMS) like Blackboard to improve the student experience. Students want anytime, anywhere access to this content and want to extend learning through innovative instructional strategies such as comprehension checks, discussions, case studies, gamification, social learning, etc. To help attract and retain students, Blackboard has new features that simplify ways that students and faculty interact within the LMS including time-saving features that make grading mobile-friendly.  We will demonstrate innovations from peer institutions and showcase Blackboard’s new Bb Grader app, currently under security review at UMSL, that promises to streamline grading and returning papers with individualized feedback.       

Breakout Session 1
11:00-noon
JCP 202

Blackboard's Authentic Assessment Toolbox
Scott Smith
Director of Customer Success for the North American Higher Education Market
Blackboard, Inc. 

During this presentation we will identify options for authentic assessment, both formative and summative, in Blackboard Learn to assess students’ ability to apply what they’re learning to real-world challenges. Participants will walk away with a practical understanding of the tools and resources available to support authentic assessment within their own courses.​

Breakout Session 2
11:00-noon
JCP 203

"This is Accounting?!": Designing Games to Engage
Jennifer Reynolds-Moehrle, Ph.D.  
Associate Professor of Accounting
College of Business Administration

Students often come into a class with preconceived ideas about the material. For example, many students taking a required Accounting course in graduate school have purposefully avoided it for all their previous education! These students are most engaged when the material is presented in a way that does not match their expectations. Games are a great way to "disguise" the learning. This session will focus on several game strategies that are easy to implement, using resources available to all faculty members.

Breakout Session 3
11:00-noon
JCP 204

Choosing Tools for Peer Feedback: How Can Wikis, Word or Box Strengthen Student Learning?
Kimberly Baldus, Ph.D. 
Teaching Professor
Pierre Laclede Honors College

Incorporating peer review into physical and virtual classrooms has many benefits for students and instructors, but deciding on the best tools and approaches raises questions for instructors that this discussion hopes to help answer.  The session will consider ways to structure approaches to peer review that best support the assignments and learning goals of the class while helping students understand how to participate in the process.  Some technological tools that can enhance the benefits of peer feedback will be explored, including the use of Wikis on MyGateway and Word.  A new digital tool, Box, will also be discussed as an approach which may strengthen collaboration among peer feedback groups and help students create group documents that can be easily accessed outside the classroom.

Lunch
12:15
JCP Summit

Lunch With Presenters
Eat lunch with the morning and afternoon session presenters to further learn or discuss their topics. Other tables will also be available for general conversation or networking.  

 

Breakout Session 4
1:15-2:15
JCP 202

Blackboard’s Authentic Assessment Toolbox (same as the morning session)
Scott Smith
Director of Customer Success for the North American Higher Education Market
Blackboard, Inc. 

During this presentation we will identify options for authentic assessment, both formative and summative, in Blackboard Learn to assess students’ ability to apply what they’re learning to real-world challenges.  Participants will walk away with a practical understanding of the tools and resources available to support authentic assessment within their own courses.

Breakout Session 5
1:15-2:15
JCP 203

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Student-Created Videos
Johnna Murray CPA, CFE
Accounting Lecturer
College of Business Administration

There are lots of ways to use videos in the classroom, but not all of them allow an easily integrated way for all students to participate and show off their creativity and mastery of knowledge. This presentation is a demonstration of my solutions for getting students involved in the process of creating and sharing videos for the classroom.

Breakout Session 6
1:15-2:15
JCP 204

Lessons Learned from a Service-Learning Course
Jerol Enoch, Ph.D. cand.
Coordinator, International Training Programs
Part-time Instructor, College of Education

In this session, I will share my experiences with setting up and running a hybrid service-learning course in conjunction with a university in Russia. I will demonstrate my takeaway from one educational model that I have adapted for my course and how it helped shape my decisions about tools and experiences. Consider ways to engage students in the educational process by giving them choices without compromising the learning outcomes.