Sloan-C 2014 Virtual Attendance

This year was the beginning of my face-to-face teaching of the wonderful Zumba® classes which have now become some of the best times here at Yavapai College. Because of this new adventure, I was unable to travel to Sloan-C to attend. This was a sad observation as I love the ability to chat and network with attendees. This was also a first for not presenting. Both have been hard to acclimate myself to.

Because of this new found journey, I requested to attend "Virtually". Having volunteered at a session which was attended virtually, I was hesitant about the experience. The experience was not bad for myself in this session, I had a live view. The virtually attendees missed a few remarks, facial expressions and other "things' that you just cannot get when in attendance "live".

Before I begin with the summary, I just need to mention that it is best to attend these where there are no distractions. This is something I will work on with the next virtual attendance. This was not the case for my first virtual experience as I sat in my office...available to all...I think you can understand what happens when one is visible.

20 Tech Tools for Teachers: Student Tested, Teacher Approved!

Presented by: Michele Gill (PLS 3rd Learning)

I was happy to start with this one. One of my all time favorite things to do at work is test new technology and see what is out there and how it can apply to higher education. This one did not fail to bring new items to the inventory. A lot of the applications are synchronous. This was a plus. For our online world, we could use more "same time" communication. At the time of the presentation, most were FREE. A few request money for a better quantity of "stuff" to use. I could go into great detail on each of these and state which can be embedded, or which is feature heavy. Instead, how about you take a look for yourself. I am sure you'll find one or two that are worthy of use

As you will see, the list is very long and detailed. This was a great way to start the Virtual Experience.
I really liked the idea of WeVideo and Vyclone
Find your favorite.

The Human Factor in MOOCing: Add Dynamic Human Elements to Create a Successful MOOC Experience

Presented by: Monica Surrency (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - ERAU); Helen Anderson (ERAU); Shannon Field (ERAU)

This one was a tad too administrative for me. My hopes were to attend a different session at this time slot; however, it was cancelled so I dropped in to support fellow Prescott Peeps.

These three presented how they were (are) going about creating MOOCs. The challenges and triumphs faced along the way. It covered many of teh same challenges we all face in Higher Education when Academic Freedom is the rule of thumb. The one note I made to myself was Storify was used in many aspects of this presentation. I think you may find it worth a look ;-D

Gamification and Faculty Development; Practice From a Pilot Program

Presented by: Nakia Pope (Texas Wesleyan University); Lisa Hammond (Texas Wesleyan University);

Adeline Meira (Texas Wesleyan University)

This session provided insight on how the University went about creating a theme of Badges to Gamify the low attendance issue with Faculty Development. I was stunned! Low Faculty participation with their professional growth training?! No! This cannot be!

Anyway, the university had an issue of no faculty showing for specific and non specific training. These pro grow sessions were offered every semester from basic use with the Learning Management Platform to using technology within courses. Usually no one attended or the same one or two faculty members would be present. The team of designers set out to find a new and exciting way to get more faculty involved. They started offering Badges for attendance in the workshops/trainings.

When a faculty member participated within a specific training, a badge was awarded. The badges appeared on a website next to faculty names. They were also given stickers to add to a pre-designed "sticker board". These badges were designed in house and ranged from course design, course content, all the way to computer applications. One could even win a badge for having their course observed. There was no end. If the team thought it, it was designed.

There was a time limit to the badges. If a software was updated, the instructor had a certain time-frame to update the training or the badge disappeared. The team also kept a running tally and offered an award for the Top Leader on the leader board. They stated that many faculty were against the childish notion of gaming, yet, they were the first to get badges. Just goes to show you the power of being a competitor.

With that said, I received my own badge for attending the session virtually!


Reclaim Learning: A Domain of One's Own
Presented by Jim Groom (University of Mary Washington)

Jim Groom was his usual self in this presentation. He spoke of Open Resources "to aggravate information" and "make students admins of their own destinations." He mentioned the beginning of time and GEOCITIES as well as the DS106 class. If you wish to know more about Jim Groom and his presentations, chat with Todd Conaway...or visit:

Ready, Set, Record: Being Present and Engaging Students Online Using YouTube

Presented by Jason Rhode (Northern Illinois Universality)

In this session the presenter explained the paradigm shift of the faculty from pedagogical teaching to social teaching as well as moving from managerial to technical. This particular person chose to use videos to enhance the course he taught. By utilizing the Video Anywhere within the content manager (Blackboard), he added himself to the course (so to speak).
Videos were added with Weekly Announcements, Weekly Assignments, and one initial welcome video with how to use the course. Sounds like something I would enjoy doing...Oh Wait! I do this now!

One of the virtual participants mentioned Screenr to record with...

Jason did provide a tip on those pesky media which fail to appear in Blackboard when embedded. He said to try adding that "s" in the http information. I'll keep you up to speed with this when I provide the test on one of my classes...

Opening the Gate: A Fast and Easy Way to Create, Collaborate, and Share Your Courses

Presented by Brenda Perea (Colorado Community College Systems), Loretta Driskel (Colorado Mountain College)

Interesting talk of Open Educational Resources to be made available. These presenters has departments very similar to that of CTEC. In fact, they have some OPEN LINEMAN resources for all to use. If they choose to present again, I will attend for more information.

Dr Strangespace or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Active Learning Classroom

Presented by D. Christopher Brooks (Educause)

This was a presentation on design of classrooms. It was very insightful as to how (and why) some of the components were added to the class. The room shad round tables with computers and white boards to the sides of tables. An instructor could walk the room and if one table asked a question, he/she could use the space right there to address whole room. The room being presented at the session had pillars in a few areas which houses cabling and wiring. These were finished with mirrors to project a continual space.

I did make a notation on a book Anecdotes and Conclusions by Baepler. Brooks, and Walker...

Adaptive Multimedia's Proven Impact on Student Retention

Presented by Hank Bowman (Adapt Courseware)

This was a vendor session so the product was a Top Priority here. The actual software was not bad. It seemed to have a good Return on Investment (ROI) with a cost neutral appeal. The design is very simple and easy to use. This is something the committee to review new LMSs may wish to review...This one actually integrates into the other systems.

Emerging Social Trends: Decisions, Decisions

Presented by Tanya Joosten ( University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)

This was an excellent presentation. Very well thought out and designed. The presenter went about explaining how to meet the needs of students both inside and outside of the classroom. This was achieved by utilizing components already in existence.

I did take note of a few things Tanya utilized. Of course, the big "YEA!" moment for me was the use of Second Life Virtual Lab 2. I have always said there is more to Second Life than just a social atmosphere. There are excellent places in this virtual environment to explain many genres of Higher Education. These are my words...not hers...

The next place she mentions was This is a unique way to organize and present material, as well as aggregate information. It's all about "sharing ideas". These can be shared to social media with a click.

Pheed was another app Tanya mentioned in her presentation. I believe the Google play describes this Pheed well.

Experiential Learning for Online Instructors: Teaching a "Teaching Online Courses" Course of Course!
Presented by Matthew A. Williams (Kent State University)

This was basically the same as we in TeLS offer to Faculty with the Teaching with Technology courses. Matthew uses a highlighted list of Best Practices from Quality Matters, as well as the Sloan-C Rubric. This course is actually for students who are moving into education to teach with technology.