FTTC Banner Image


The Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference offers an ensemble of keynote addresses, faculty innovations during concurrent sessions, technology workshops, and vendor exhibits. The conference program has evolved over the years to reflect emerging trends in technology applications in higher education and shared expertise in online teaching experiences and strategies.

Past Programs

2014 FTTC Annual Teaching With Technology Award New This Year!

This year, we are accepting nominees for a Teaching With Technology Award for an instructor who has used technology in innovative and effective ways in classroom or online teaching. You can find out more and submit a nomination below.

Nomination Information

2014 FTTC Annual Teaching with Technology Award - Criteria and Form

Awarded to the recipient who best demonstrates pedagogically sound and innovative uses for educational technology in teaching.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominee must be higher education instructor and registered attendee of the 2014 FTTC regional conference. Award will be given at lunch on Friday, November 14, 2014.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations can be made online using the link below. All nominees must demonstrate any of the following:

  • Creates and implements a useful and creative ways to incorporate technology into online or face-to-face classroom design and instruction.
  • Demonstrates an innovative approach to teaching within their content area through the use of technology (including but not limited to: english, science, math, community service, group work, etc.).
  • Provides and maintains an engaging student learning environment through active learning and technology integration.

Scope of Award

For the purpose of this award, the term “innovation” will be loosely defined by the nominees. “Technology” can be anything from computer-based learning devices, software, classroom design, to other devices that aid instruction. “Instruction / Teaching” is defined as teaching in undergraduate and graduate courses in higher education.

Deadline for nominations is October 31, 2014 by end of business day. Award selection will be made by FTTC planning subcommittee members.

Submit a Nomination ×

Sponsors, We Want You! - Due October 1

Conference sponsorship is available for both institutional partners (colleges and universities) or vendors. The forms below are fillable PDFs, but need to be downloaded and opened in Adobe Acrobat to function properly. To download, right-click the button below and click "Save Link As..." from the menu.

Call for Institutional Partners
2013 Conference Partners

Call for Vendors
2013 Conference Vendors


  • Standard Entry
  • $100
  • Choose from 32 sessions on Friday, Nov. 14, and you can register for hands-on workshops on Thursday, Nov. 13 for $25 each. Space is limited.
  • 1 Regular Entry
  • Register
  • Student
  • $25
  • Get a $75 discount by using discount code STUDENT when registering; you get the same perks as regular entry, and you get to network with pros.
  • 1 Student Entry
  • Register
  • Discounts
  • Varies
  • Conference presenters get a 50% discount on registration cost. Faculty attending from a sponsoring institution may also be eligible for a discount.
  • 1 Discounted Entry
  • Learn More



    Conference presenters are eligible for a 50 percent discount from the conference registration fee
     (e.g. final cost = $50)

    Conference presenters will be emailed their respective coupon codes. Note:  If you are a member of a sponsoring institution, please use whichever coupon code gives you the better discount. (see below) For example, if you are an UMSL community member who will be presenting, please use the UMSL coupon code to entitle you to the free registration. You may not combine coupon codes; please select the better deal for you.

    Faculty and Staff of Partner Institutions

    Special institutional rates are available to universities and colleges sponsoring the conference. The discount codes below apply only toward the Friday registration fee ($100). Note: You must register with your email from the sponsoring institution below to use the code. Only one discount may be applied.
    Retrieve discounted coupon code from the designated campus contact for each sponsoring institution:

    Gold Level Sponsoring Institutions:  Faculty/Staff attend Friday at no cost (registration is still required)

    Silver Level Sponsoring Institutions:  Faculty attend Friday at 50% off

    Bronze Level Sponsoring Institutions:  Faculty attend Friday at 25% off


    Student registrants can save $75 by using the promo code "STUDENT" when registering for the conference.

    POLICY: A university that has invested in our conference to become a sponsoring university will be sent a coupon code. Faculty from a sponsoring university can register with their university email and with their university's coupon code, and their registration will be free, including several meals. Faculty from a sponsoring university who register without including their university's coupon code, or without a valid email address from that university, will be required to pay for their registration.


Registration Instructions

Note: If using a coupon code, it will be input on the final page of the checkout.

  1. Click Register (above), then Login in the upper-right. If you've never attended the FTTC Conference, create a new account.
    Important! If you registered for the conference in a years past, you already have an account in the registration system. You will not be allowed to create another account with the same information. Please contact Ann Larsen via email or by phone at: (314) 516-6775.
    If you are using a coupon code, please use your institutional email address (ex. @umsl.edu).
  2. Add the Friday Conference to your Cart.
  3. Add any Thursday pre-conference workshops to your cart (if desired). Each is a separate item.
  4. Click Checkout on the right side of the page to input your payment information and coupon code (if applicable).
  5. You will receive confirmation message(s) with your selections. As the conference date approaches, you will receive reminder emails about your selections from FTTC Participant Concierge, Janet Roberts (Maryville U.).
? Problems registering? Contact Ann Larsen via email or by phone at: (314) 516-6775.


Keynote Speakers

George Mehaffy, Thursday Keynote Presenter

George L. Mehaffy has served for 14 years as the Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in Washington, D.C., a higher education association representing 400 public colleges and universities and their 3.8 million students. His division is responsible for developing and managing programs for member institutions in areas such as leadership development, undergraduate education, technology, international education and teacher education. He works closely with university presidents and chief academic officers on a variety of national initiatives. Each year, his division organizes a number of conferences and meetings, including two national conferences each year for AASCU chief academic officers. He has directed a number of innovative projects, including international programs with China and Liberia; a technology transformation annual conference with EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida; an articulation project with community colleges; and two major national studies of student success. In 2003, he launched the American Democracy Project, a civic engagement initiative with 240 colleges and universities, in partnership with The New York Times. Most recently, he organized a national effort to transform undergraduate education through an initiative entitled the Red Balloon Project. Before coming to AASCU, he had more than twenty years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education in Texas, New Mexico, and California. In addition, he served for 33 years in the United States Coast Guard Reserve, retiring as a Captain (0-6) in 2000.

Larry Michaelsen, Friday Keynote Presenter

Larry K. Michaelsen (Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from The University of Michigan) is David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, Professor Emeritus at the University of Central Missouri, a Carnegie Scholar, a Fulbright Senior Scholar (three awards) and, former Editor of the Journal of Management Education. He is active in faculty and staff development activities and has conducted workshops on teaching effectively with small groups in a wide variety of university and corporate settings. Dr. Michaelsen has also received numerous college, university and national awards for his outstanding teaching and for his pioneering work in two areas. One is the development of Team-Based Learning, a comprehensive small-group based instructional process that is now being used in over 150 academic disciplines and on over 400 schools in the US and in over 50 foreign countries. The other is an Integrative Business Experience (IBE) program that links student learning in three core courses to their experience in creating and operating an actual start-up business whose profits are used to fund a hands-on community service project.

Thursday, November 13

E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center
Marillac Hall, UMSL South Campus ( Map)
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Presenter Title and Description
Josie Lolli,
Apple Inc.

Boeing Room | TLC, Marillac Ste. 100
Conference Sponsor
Apple in Education
Learn how mobile technology is impacting the current learning environment of students and explore possibilities that can be leveraged for reaching all learners.
Patrick Dempsey,
Webster Groves School District
& Dylan Herx,

Sigma-Aldrich Lab | TLC, Marillac Ste. 100
Design Thinking for Education Presentation
Design Thinking, popularized by the Stanford D.School, is a step-by-step process that helps small groups of people solve big problems. In this session, participants will experience use the design thinking process from start to finish on a real-world problem from education. The session will be fully interactive, cooperative, and there will be legos! Learn the steps and then take design thinking back to your workplace and start revolutionizing your work.
Fatemeh Mardi,

Monsanto Bio-Lab Room | TLC, Marillac Ste. 100
Elevating the Discussion: Challenging Ideas in the Online Format Presentation Handout
Experience how online students present, exchange, and challenge ideas using technology. Learn to design and reinforce meaningful discussions using Google tools and Screencast-o-matic with carefully structured activities. Come with your Gmail accounts!
11:45 a.m. | Lunch
12:15 p.m. | Keynote
George Mehaffy,
Vice President, Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

Education Admin. Auditorium
Thursday Keynote
Reshaping Destiny: Challenging Assumptions and Reimagining the Future of Higher Education Presentation
Public higher education is changing rapidly under the pressure of reduced state support, higher expectations, and transformational technology. How do we navigate through that complex landscape to create of new vision of the university of the 21st century? What are the programs, policies and practices that we need to consider to foster greater student, faculty and institutional success?
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Presenter Title and Description
Elvir Mandzukic
& Joseph Roberts
Webster U.

Boeing Room | TLC, Marillac Ste. 100
The Real(time) World: Strategies and Apps to Connect Global Learners
Join us to develop a process and framework to integrate multiple tools such as WebEx, Canvas and Google docs to effectively deliver content on a chosen subject or topic.
Keeta Holmes,

Monsanto Bio-Lab Room | TLC, Marillac Ste. 100
Smashing Ideas: Tools to Remix Educational Content from the Internet Presentation Handout
Through a variety of hands-on activities and showcase of examples, explore and use ThingLink, an interactive image and video platform and discuss how teachers and students can enrich images, infographics, maps, and more with rich media. Create examples of student portfolios, interactive and mobile slideshows and image books, interactive manuals and more for traditional and online courses. Lastly, we’ll explore ThingLink channels to organize, share, and curate ThingLinks into one protected, education- and mobile-friendly environment that can live within or outside of your learning management system.
Larry Monteilh,
Fontbonne U.

Sigma Aldrich Lab Room | TLC, Marillac Ste. 100
Developing Professional ePortfolios Using Weebly and Google Sites
Learn how to develop a web site to accommodate a professional ePortfolio to support student learning and prepare students for the job market.
Julie Smith,
Webster U.

Room 103 | South Campus Computing Building
Get Smart: How to Use Smartphones and Web Apps for Creative Learning Presentation
Step down from Sage on the Stage and interact with the 21st Century Learner. Discover ways to use social media, cell phones and web 2.0 tools to engage your students in a creative way.
4:00 p.m. | Central States Blackboard Users Group Meeting | Boeing Room
Blackboard users from Missouri and surrounding states meet to discuss issues related to Blackboard Learn and other LMS concerns. Open to all conference attendees.

Friday, November 14

JC Penney Conference Center
UMSL North Campus ( Map)

The FTTC Friday sessions are listed below with descriptions for each session. For best results, the program should be viewed on a tablet or computer.

7:30-8:20 a.m. | Breakfast | Cengage Learning: Your Publishing Partner | Summit Lounge, JCP
8:30-9:20 a.m.
Presenter Title and Description
Irina Ivliyeva,

JCP 63
Breakfast of Champions: Feedback Strategies for the Graduate Teaching Assistant Presentation Handouts
The session will address GTA’s experiences with technology and show how the use of multimodal technologies (Email and Tegrity Lecture Capture on Blackboard, online surveys, etc.) in a blended classroom can provide new insights on students’ motivation, self-confidence, and team work needs in the interactive collaborative learning environment.
Josh Robinson,
& LaMar Hester,
Cengage Learning

JCP Summit
Conference Sponsor
Mindtap: The Integrated Technology to Enhance the Student Experience
The right technology can not only engage students but help them better understand concepts and increase their level of learning and improving outcomes.
Letrice Young,

JCP 92
How Social Media Can Help Students Become Better Writers
Many of our students are somewhat intimidated by the writing process. With the advent of a variety of social media platforms, today’s 21st century learners tend to have a high learning curve in grasping how to use these virtual forums. Learn practical strategies to bridge the understanding gap between grammar/writing and social media, thus showing students that learning can actually be fun.
Michael Porterfield,

JCP 202
iPad Innovation Panel Presentation
Innovative instructors discuss how each uses the iPad in the classroom to support teaching, student collaboration, and more. Panel will include:
Jennifer Reynolds-Moehrle, Associate Professor of Accounting at UMSL
Mascheal Schappe, Assistant Professor of Education: Math Education at Maryville University.
Teresa Thiel, Professor of Biology and Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at UMSL.
Annie Wagganer, Instructor of Sociology at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley
Jenny Shrensker &
Nazire Koc

JCP 204
Making the Journey from Traditional to Online Presentation
There is an increasing demand by students for more introductory online courses and more online resources in traditional courses. This session will highlight four teaching techniques that make use of technology, engage the learner, and can be incorporated into any type of course for any subject. The featured technology includes video lectures with a Smartboard, Pencast videos, online quizzes and tests using Respondus, Blackboard, and MyMathLab, and online homework systems.
Bobbi Shatto

JCP 402
Flipping the Classroom to Promote Retention of Key Material Presentation
Retention and transfer of knowledge is key for many types of students. A medical surgical nursing course was taught utilizing a “flipped classroom” experience to help students get beyond memorizing for the test. Learn how to motivate students to do the required prep work, how to actually decide what can and can’t be “flipped” and how to best utilize the time spent in the classroom.
Glen Garrett,

JCP 403
Conference Sponsor
Clicking with Your Students: iClicker’s Approach to Engaging Students Presentation
Join the conversation to enhance the classroom experience by creating dynamic activities using the iClicker Response System. See how easy it is to implement a new strategy to assess students’ understanding, capture attention and engage students effectively using iClickers.
Stephanie Van Stee,

JCP 404
Promoting Learning and Engagement in a Shorter Term Course Presentation
Learn and discuss strategies for enhancing engagement in short-duration, online courses and creating opportunities for students to interact with their peers and the teacher through various technological tools/ platforms.
9:30-10:20 a.m.
Amy Peach,
Fontbonne U.

JCP 63
Master Students: Leveraging Your Learning Management System to Breed Excellence in Your Students Site
Learn how to design your online or blended course to significantly raise the bar for your students! This session will explore ways to get them all to master the content through a tour of 2014 Blackboard exemplary course award winner, “Philosophical Foundations of Education”.
Ted Chaffin,
Washington U.

JCP 92
Peer Leaders, Powtoon, and Project Managers: Students Leading Video Projects
Are you recognizing and encouraging student employee leadership, project management, and technology skills? This interactive session includes the exploration of the Instructional Support Services Peer Leader program, demonstrations of best practices in the creation of engaging videos using Powtoon.com, and a hands on experience creating an instructional or event video.
Tami Eggleston
McKendree U.

JCP 202
Adventures in FLIPping: Fulle, Logical, Intermittent, or Partial Explorations with the Flipped Classroom Presentation
In this high-energy, engaging presentation I will share my best practices using various flipping techniques (e.g., short videos, online quizzes, whiteboards, discussion boards, etc.) We will also discuss how the face-to-face class must change as a result of the flip.
Rhonda Gregory,
Greenville College

JCP 204
A Learning Journey: Sharing Our Portfolio Experiences in Higher Education Presentation
Interested in ePortfolios? In this session, you will hear about one institution’s incremental approach to ePortfolio adoption and implementation. Come learn from our experiences, take away some new ideas and resources, and be prepared to share your own experiences, questions, and ideas about successful ePortfolio uses.
Rebecca Hodges,

JCP 402
Quality Discussion, PBL and Authentic Online Using Blackboard's Discussion Board Presentation
After designing and offering my first online course that produced very high student satisfaction, engagement in discussion, and high-level academic achievement, I’ll share the secrets to my success: student-centered rubrics, screenshots from the course, and student comments all influenced by my philosophy of authentic assessment.
Michael Howard,

JCP 403
New Adaptive Learning Tools to Enhance STEM Students' Learning
Join the interactive panel discussion on how and why we implemented a new adaptive learning, memory-management tool in introductory-level STEM classes. Attendees will have a chance to use the software and get a feel for how it works and how it might be adapted for their own courses. We will also discuss assessment and how we resolved the early implementation challenges we encountered.
Renato Cataldo,

JCP 404
Conference Sponsor
Flip Teaching: Jump the First Hurdle with Blazing Speed
“Flip Teaching is achieving dramatic results throughout the U.S. for increased comprehension and test scores while simultaneously getting through material faster. This allows time for higher level, critical thinking, problem based learning including accounting for differentiation and learning styles. Teachers often struggle with the first hurdle of transitioning to Flip Teaching: recording their video lessons. In this session, you’ll discover how to record a video lesson, understand, and learn how to incorporate, key elements that make the difference between average video lessons and great ones. Get excited to start “”Just-In-Time Flipping”” so you can start recording next week’s video lessons, tonight. No kidding. Many teachers do this after our session.
10:20-10:40 a.m. | Mid-Morning Break: Meet with vendors while enjoying a refreshment break. | JCP Lobby
10:40-11:30 a.m.
Bryn Lutes,
Washington U.

JCP 402
There's No Dongle for That: Classroom Technologies to Encourage Collaborative Learning in STEM
Which dongle do you need to connect technology, group work, and general chemistry? This discussion and presentation will focus on how the Chemistry department at Washington University in St. Louis, with assistance from The Teaching Center, has incorporated tablet PCs and Blackboard in a general chemistry subsection to enhance students’ abilities to solve problems collaboratively, to improve students’ attitudes toward group work, and to encourage students to participate in collaborative-learning activities.
Keeta Holmes
& Panel

JCP 92
Strategies for Student-Centered Online Course Design: Showcase and Panel Discussion
Consider steps and strategies toward designing a student-centered course and leave with syllabi messages to prepare students for these experiences, ideas for assessments that guide students to disciplinary thinking, example rubrics designed to be learner-centered tools, options for peer review activities, and collaborative exercises. Panelists:
Deborah Balser, Director of Public Policy Administration and Associate Professor of Management
Laura Westhoff, Associate Professor of History and Education
Peggy Cohen and Panel,

JCP 202
Effective Teaching: Tips from Award Winning Faculty Handout
Teaching award winners from co-sponsoring campuses offer insights and practical examples to illustrate low and high tech ways to hold students’ attention and focus on learning. Faculty will be from McKendree University, St. Louis Community College, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Webster University.
Patrick Dempsey,
Webster Groves School District

JCP 204
Chrome Demo Slam-Off
This high energy session calls for audience participation! Participants will collaborate via a Google Doc to share and demo their favorite Google Chrome extensions and Omni Bar tricks! They will begin in groups and then branch off to share out with the larger group. Everyone takes-home a document full of new extensions and tricks, hopefully inspired to explore and try out!
Julie Tonsig-Meyer,
McKendree U.
JCP 402
Web Apportunities for Building Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills
During this presentation, participants will explore the wide world of Web 2.0 applications for use in a technologically enriched classroom. Practical examples and student work samples will be shared to illustrate how the use of Web 2.0 tools can help students develop creativity and critical thinking skills.
Michael Lewis,
Saint Louis U.
& Jennifer Becker,

JCP 403
Conference Sponsor
Flipping the Classroom in Chemistry: Second Time Through the Process Presentation
Discuss the instructional redesign of Principles of Chemistry II, including how the online technology products Tegrity and LearnSmart were employed to facilitate the flipped classroom approach. Compare student outcomes (feedback and grades) before and after the redesign from lecture to the flipped model. We’ll end with a description of the time investment differences in the first and second years of teaching a course using the flipped classroom format.
Estelita Young,

JCP 404
Conference Sponsor
Canvas, An LMS and Beyond
The Canvas learning management system is known for enabling rapid, campuswide LMS adoption. Because it gets adopted faster and deeper than other LMSs, it gets used in more ways by more users. Learn how Canvas’ reliability, customizability, and easy-to-use features support 21st century learning initiatives.
11:30 a.m. | Lunch and Prize Drawing | JCP Summit (Must Be Present to Win)
12:45-2:00 p.m. | Keynote

Larry Michaelsen,
David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma
Professor of Management at University of Central Missouri
Getting Beyond Covering Content: A Key to Student Motivation and Success
Teachers often face a dilemma based on two realities—most students are: 1. Far more motivated (and successful) when they see how course content applies to their “real world.” 2. Bored by lectures but, unable to apply course content unless they know what the content is.This workshop will begin with a demonstration of a Readiness Assurance Process that is an effective approach for dealing with this dilemma by creating conditions that motivate the vast majority of students to complete pre-class reading assignments. This enables teachers spend most of the class time focusing on content applications without reducing the number of concepts that are covered. Following the demonstration, we will explore additional issues and concerns about using learning groups including:
  • Building groups into self-managed learning teams with norms that promote high levels of individual preparation, content engagement and class attendance.
  • Coping with the mechanics (e.g. physical layout, materials and exams, classroom procedures, grading, etc.).
2:15-3:05 p.m.
Larry Michaelsen,

JCP 202
Keynote Workshop 2:15-4:05 p.m.
Designing Group Work that Really Works Online and in the Classroom

Group assignments can and, all too often, do more harm than good. The most common sign of trouble is when students (especially the better ones) feel like they have to choose between doing more than their fair share of the work or risk getting a bad grade. When that happens, the real cause usually isn’t the students—it’s almost always what the teacher is asking them to do. In addition, even if they turn in a high quality product, many students will leave the experience with negative attitudes about group work that are likely to limit their ability to adapt to today’s team-oriented workplace environments.

In this session, you will engage in a series of activities that demonstrate why most problems with learning groups are caused by poorly designed assignments. In addition, you will learn about four keys that will enable you to design group assignments that: 1) are effective for developing students’ application and critical-thinking skills, 2) promote positive student attitudes about group work, 3) can be graded easily and fairly and, 4) can be used with any level of students and in classes of up to several hundred students.
Susan Yoder-Kreger,

JCP 63
Teaching Foreign Language Courses Online Without Sacrificing Students' Oral Proficiency Presentation
In a classroom situation, oral proficiency is developed through carefully guided instruction, creating a sense of community, and encouraging real-world language practice. This presentation will explore how to promote that same type of interpersonal collaboration in an asynchronous second-language course delivered online.
Richard Long,
David Taylor
& Rebecca Burns,

JCP 92
Technology in Composition: A Panel Discussion Presentation
This panel will showcase three faculty who are effectively using technology in writing courses. The topics will be:
Composing with Mobile Apps: An Alternative to the Written Essay by Richard Long
Using Tech that Works for You by David Taylor
Navigating the Classroom with Google Drive by Rebecca Burns
Laura Million,

JCP 204
Know Your Student's Expectations in an Online Course
Faculty convey their expectations to their students about netiquette, academic honesty, policies, but students rarely are given the opportunity to communicate their exceptions to the faculty. SIUE conducted a survey in order to gauge student expectations of online and hybrid courses. Faculty, course designers, and instructional designers will benefit from looking at new ways to anticipate and address student expectations.
Jayme Swanke
& Tiffany Smith,

JCP 402
How to Flip Your Class and Measure Success
Flipping the classroom presents a big challenge for faculty members especially regarding how to deliver lectures electronically and how to create active learning opportunities for students during classroom time. The collaborative relationship between the professor and the instructional designer helps facilitate “flipping”. Enjoy a presentation packed with information about flipping” plans, technological tool demonstrations used to “flip”, and exciting information on plans to measure “flipping.”
Nina Zimmerman
Maryville U.

JCP 403
Application of a Mind-Mapping Tool: A Spicy and Creative Alternative Presentation
An interactive presentation about the application of a creative, mind-mapping tool. Spicy Nodes is a free, online application which may be used by students and instructors to illustrate hierarchical concepts such as the response to a case study assignment. We’ll show you how!
Donna Church
Webster U

JCP 404
Pardon My Bias: Using Search Strategies to Teach Critical Thinking
Do you know how and where your student’s find their information? Where and how they search as well as previous search strategies can influence what they find. As more people use online research, critical thinking skills are essential to improve analysis and engagement essential to strong written work and deeper learning.
3:15-4:05 p.m.
Rob Hallis,

JCP 63
Flipped Workshop on Enhancing Concepts Through Using Critical Thinking Skills in Library Instruction
Build course content through integrating library assignments with critical thinking skills in a flipped environment. Students can gain a deeper understanding of content through analyzing how professionals in the field use information. Delivering library assignments in a flipped environment moves beyond finding the book and toward revealing how professionals use information to solve problems in specific disciplines.
Jillian Baldwin-Kim
& Lisa Fischer


JCP 92
English as a Virtual Language: Non-Native Speakers in Technologically-Mediated Classrooms Presentation
This session will analyze barriers to international student participation and propose options and interventions at the curricular and student levels that promote student success by developing core competencies in and rhetorical awareness of virtual classroom environments.
Larry Michaelsen
U. of Central Missouri

JCP 202
Keynote Workshop
Designing Group Work That Really Works Online and in the Classroom
Continued Keynote Workshop.
Charlotte Petty

JCP 204
Online Teaching Time-Savers That Also Keep Students Engaged Presentation
Students need to feel that you are present in an online course. They need to hear from you often, as a group and individually. Learn quick tips to save you time as an online instructor that require group discussions but also keep students engaged.
Rhonda Gregory,
Greenville College

JCP 402
Cooking 101: Choosing the Right Ingredients to Maximize Student Learning Presentation | WikiSpace
Bring your appetite! This presentation will bring together some irresistible ingredients to concoct a flavorful dish for every online learner. 1) Learn about best practices in online course design in order to effectively deliver content to all learners, 2) Be challenged to identify their own learning preferences and understand how that bias impacts their own courses, and 3) Strategically choose new technologies to engage with in order to create multiple learning style friendly courses.
Richelle Rennegarbe,
McKendree U.

JCP 403
Orient Me: Transitioning to the Online Learning Environment Presentation
This session will allow an opportunity to explore the use of an online and face-to-face orientation to assist students in their transition to an online nursing environment. The online orientation will be shared with the audience, as well as the face-to-face model for assisting students in online learning.
Kristine Helbling,
Washington U.

JCP 404
Using Zotero to Mentor Writing Instructors and Teach Research Skills Handout 1 Handout 2
Teaching first-year students rhetoric, writing, and analysis in a single semester is a daunting task, and when research is also on the syllabus, it may feel impossible.This session shows how Zotero, a free online citation management program, can be used to increase and improve research instruction without sacrificing class time, foster relationships between librarians and writing instructors, enable mentoring opportunities, build a teaching community, and encourage the use of under-used academic resources.
4:15 p.m. | Closing Remarks & Door Prizes in Summit Lounge (Must Be Present to Win!)


Note! Due to campus construction, it is highly recommended that you carpool or take public transportation if attending from the St. Louis area.

Thursday Events

UMSL South Campus

E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center

Parking available in Lots VV, WW, and XX.

View FTTC Conference Map - Thursday in a larger map

Directions Campus Map
Open Google Maps

Friday Events

UMSL North Campus

JC Penney Conference Center

Parking available in West Garage only.

View FTTC Map - Friday in a larger map

Directions Campus Map
Open Google Maps


Conference attendees can get a special rate at two area hotels, the Drury Inn-Airport and the Moonrise Hotel, both within a ten-minute drive or Metrolink ride of the UMSL campus. The special rate is available from Nov. 12-14 at both hotels.

Drury Inn and Suites - Airport

10490 Natural Bridge Rd St Louis, MO 63134
(314) 423-7700

drury picture


Rate: $93/night (valid through 10/24/14)

  • Free Hot Quikstart Breakfast
  • Free 5:30 Kickback (food and beverages)
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Free Long Distance Calling
  • Free Shuttle to UMSL available on conference days at designated times (TBD)

Moonrise Hotel

6177 Delmar Boulevard, St Louis, MO 63112
(314) 721-1111

moonrise picture


Rate: $119/night (valid through 10/20/14)

  • Complimentary Internet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Center
  • Full-Service Business Center
  • Travel by St. Louis Metrolink between hotel and UMSL campus


Connect with the Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference on Facebook, Twitter, and our recommended conference networking app, Bonfyre, using the links below.


On behalf of the FTTC planning committee, we would like to thank you considering our conference. If you have any suggestions on how to make the conference better or improve it for years to come, please use button below to tell us. We look forward to seeing you in November!