Presentation List

2017 Conference Presentations


Building Online Presence Behind A Keyboard And Mouse

6th Floor—Main

Nataliya Svyeshnikova, M.S.; Catalina Castillon, Ph.D.; Dr. Jodi Katz, Psy.D.; Karen Girton-Snyder,  Ed.D.; Stuart Wright , Ph.D.—Lamar University    

This panel discussion will provide success stories and instructional strategies to build an instructor presence in an online course that enhances student learning, collaboration, and community.

Building an Electronic Assessment System Through Open Source Software

6th Floor—622

Brett Welch, Ph.D.; Kristal Hinerman, Ph.D.; Ken Young, Ph.D.—Lamar University

The Center for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership has recently embarked on building an electronic assessment system to assist with the collection and analysis of data. Whereas TK20 has served as the repository for much of our data, this system does not ensure the "use" of the data. With SACS and CAEP accreditation visits in the near future, the organization of our assessments and reporting cycle are crucial to the continued endorsement of our program. Through the use of open source software, we will demonstrate some of the strategies we have utilized to enhance the timeliness and efficiency of our data collection process. Additionally, we will share ways in which we are increasing our use of data driven decision making. 

Blackboard Communities Best Practices

7th Floor—702

Rita Vela, Jorge Salinas—Blackboard

In this presentation, we will take a look at Blackboard Communities and best practices when implementing and managing your communities.

Fostering Relationships In An Online Environment

7th Floor—708A

Jennifer J. Didier, Ph.D. and A. Page Glave, Ph.D.—Sam Houston State University

Teaching online can make it difficult to build a relationship or connection to your students, which also makes mentoring difficult. We will provide examples of ways we have built in ‘connections’ throughout our courses to make the online environment more meaningful and allow for the students to grow professionally as they learn the course content and material. It takes more effort in an online course, but there are ways to increase the interaction among the students and between the professor and student.
This discussion will be focused on how the interaction is different with distance students suggestions, explain how to develop mentoring relationships with distance students, Identify tools for increased interaction with students, and we will send home helpful hints on how to stay connected with students. It will be appropriate for those who are just getting started online through experienced online instructors.

Smarthinking: Students Can Connect To Online Tutors Whenever They Need Help

7th Floor—717

Marjorie McEntire, Ph.D.—Smarthinking-Pearson Inc.

When students need help at midnight (or anytime), they can connect online to Smarthinking.  Expert tutors guide students through solving problems in math, writing (in all subjects), science, business, information technology, Spanish, reading, and nursing & allied health. Students can work in live whiteboard sessions and can submit papers for review, receiving feedback within 24 hours.

This session will review how students and colleges benefit by providing online tutoring, show examples of synchronous and asynchronous tutoring, review tutor qualifications and training, and examine administrative dashboard reports.


Blackboard Roadmap: What’s Coming Next

6th Floor—Main

Rita Vela, Jorge Salinas—Blackboard

 A preview of what is coming next to Blackboard Learn.

Optimizing Your Online Course For Visually Impaired Students

6th Floor—622

Jay Wilson, M.Ed., M.S.—Sam Houston State University

This presentation will offer best practices for creating online courses that are accessible to students using screen readers, including the creation of accessible PDF, Word, and PowerPoint documents.

Selected Useful Web 3.0 Tools For Teaching And Learning

7th Floor—702

Yixin Zhang, Ed.D.—McNeese State University

The presenter will discuss and share experiences of using several free online Web 3.0 tools for teaching and learning: Emaze or Prezi (web-based presentation), (mind map), wizer (interactive worksheet), Sway (digital storytelling), Screencast-o-matic (on-screen recording), and Edmodo (online networking).

Big Benefits Of Web Conferencing: Engagement And Interaction

7th Floor—708A

Daryl Ann Borel, Ed.D.; Donna Fong, Ed.D.; Cindy Cummings, Ed.D.—Lamar University

Synchronous web conferencing can be used as an environment that promotes a sense of community, interaction between peers and professors, and active engagement in learning activities. This presentation discusses best practices and instructional delivery strategies for effective web conferencing. The presentation also addresses challenges and obstacles, including those encountered with large online courses. A framework for attendees seeking to implement synchronous web conferencing will be provided.

In Search Of The Rings Of Reading (An Online Resource To Enhance Reading Comprehension)

7th Floor—717

Chandra Brooks, M Ed., RSC—Lamar State College Port Arthur

The presentation objective is to highlight basic reading comprehension strategies using modeling instruction. The intent is to display and discuss segments of an on-campus film that was developed by Laura Johnson Stafford, PhD, Professor of Speech & Theater, Academic & Drama Advisor, and QEP Seahawks SOAR Co-Director of Implementation. In the process, attendees will enjoy viewing a delightful yet engaging journey through the process of reading acquisition.


Are You Doing A Good Job Teaching Online? How Do You Know?

6th Floor—Main

Kaye Shelton, Ph.D.—Lamar University

This presentation will highlight the use of the Online Learning Consortium's Quality Course Teaching and Instructional Practice Scorecard, a 97 item rubric for faculty to use to self-evaluate and improve teaching online practice.

Effectiveness Of A Single Simulated Case Study Event On Allied Health Students

6th Floor—622

Toysha Mayer, D.H.Sc., MBA, HT (ASCP); Liza DiFilippo, MBA BS CT (ASCP) - MD Anderson School of Health Professions

In the classroom, instructors believe that a student’s experiences can cultivate the level of critical thinking ability.  Through a single interdisciplinary case study event senior professional students in eight major allied health disciplines were measured.  This involuntary event was designed to use a digital module, developed by faculty, utilizing critical thinking abilities to aid in diagnosing and treating a fictitious case, based on a real patient. 

Accessibility For Learning And Ally

7th Floor—702

Rita Vela and Jorge Salinas—Blackboard

Attend this session to learn about Blackboard accessibility features and what we are doing to continue to improve and deliver on these features including a new tool Ally. Ally will help institutions looking to better understand and improve the accessibility of their content.

Humanize Online Learning With VoiceThread

7th Floor—708A

George Haines—VoiceThread

Creating engaging online courses is not easy. In many discussion-board based courses, students feel isolated and disconnected from their instructors and classmates. VoiceThread bridges the gaps in social presence typically found in online courses. In this workshop, educators will learn how to establish a social presence and connect with their students using VoiceThread to improve course satisfaction and student learning.

Engage And Retain Your Students With Adaptive Courseware

7th Floor—717

Nic Rebne—CogBooks

Demonstrate how educators, instructional designers and course builders can leverage the power of adaptive learning to engage, retain and improve the outcomes of students.


Blackboard Collaborate Best Practices And Demo

6th Floor—Main

Rita Vela and Jorge Salinas—Blackboard

With the new Collaborate, Blackboard provides a fully redesigned, high quality, browser based web conferencing solution that makes distance teaching and learning simple, crystal clear and worry-free. Attend this session to take a deeper look into this tool, use cases and a demo!

Avoiding Perils And Pitfalls Of Flipped Learning Technology Selection

6th Floor—622

Carol Barbay, Ph.D.—Lamar State College Port Arthur

During this presentation, we will explore potential problem areas associated with selecting technology to use in your flipped and blended learning classes. We will also be reviewing suggestions for resolving and minimizing the effects of these problems. Examples of potential problem areas include: costs associated with flipped learning technology, user friendliness, requirements for maintenance and training as well as student privacy and safety. We will review aspects of flipped learning in which the importance of interactivity and engagement can result in setting technology aside in favor of person to person involvement. You will take away with you a checklist of questions the answers to which will reveal whether and how much technology will be appropriate for your best flipped and blended courses.

Are You Worried About Your Students Cheating?

7th Floor—702

Ruth Chisum—Sam Houston State University

Since the establishment of formalized education, students have innovated ways to circumvent systems designed to protect academic integrity. This session will explore three time-tested ways to deter academic dishonesty in hybrid and online courses.

Audio and Radio Production For Educators

7th Floor—708A

Stephen Gareau, Ph.D.—SUNY Buffalo State

This presentation will examine how audio and radio production methods and tools (including hardware and software) can be implemented into graduate teacher education. 

Enabling A Zoom Rooms Turnkey Videoconferencing Classroom Solution Under $2,500

7th Floor—717

Richard Ford—VTEL

This presentation will show you how to enable a Zoom Rooms turnkey videoconferencing classroom solution for under $2,500.


Kaltura: Powering Video In Higher Ed

6th Floor—Main

Jeremy Siwek—Kaltura

A look at how to best utilize Kaltura video within your LMS, Kaltura MediaSpace and gallery management. See how Kaltura can help you with lecture capture and what is on the Kaltura roadmap. 

Harnessing Anchored Instruction In Blended Language Courses With VoiceThread

6th Floor—622

Dr. Jeff Kissinger, Rui Cao, Ph.D.; Jeremy Hillpot—Rollins College, Schreiner University

The Texas Learning Consortium in 2016 paired up with Jeff Kissinger to develop and facilitate an online faculty professional development experience to more effectively provide liberal arts students in the TLC with blended language courses in Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, German, French, and Portuguese.  Using VoiceThread and anchored instruction yielded some promising results.  

Blackboard Analytics For Learn Overview

7th Floor—702

Rita Vela and Jorge Salinas—Blackboard

In this session we will talk about Blackboard Analytics for Learn and how it empowers faculty with the power of information. Get to know your students' course performance and what is making them successful in your course.

The Impact Of Technology on Children’s Attachment And Social Skills

7th Floor—708A

Ruth  Guo, Ph.D.—SUNY Buffalo State

With the rapid increase in the development of digital technologies, there has been a dramatic increase among very young children in the use of these technologies, such as smartphones, tablets, and other forms of technology. The use of these technologies can have a large impact on child development and well-being. This study focused on determining the impact technology has on the development of children’s attachment and social skills. The study found that there is no evidence that the use of technology is educationally beneficial for children during infancy and early childhood. Rather, the results suggest that it is healthy for the social development of children to refrain from screen exposure before age of two. There are better ways to learn and develop social skills, such as through various human interaction and physical manipulation activities, which will be discussed during the presentation.

Group Summative Assessment Alternative To High Stakes Assessment: Digital Media Group Project

7th Floor—717

Donna Desforges, Ph.D.; Madelyn Kilgore, M.L.S.—Sam Houston State University

Upon completion of this Digital Media Group Project, undergraduate students develop a baseline skill set beneficial to them beyond their post-secondary educational experience. They expand their time-management, problem-solving and social skills. Students evaluate the assessment favorably and rate the project as one of the most meaningful of their college years.

The strengths of this summative assessment far outweigh the weaknesses. Attend this session to learn what we’ve learned and discover plans for moving forward.  


A Roundtable Discussion Of Training And Collaboration Experiences With Synchronous And Asynchronous Tools

6th Floor—Main

Ken Young, Ph.D.; Krystal Hinerman, Ph.D.; Johnny O'Connor, Ph.D.; Brett Welch, Ph.D. - Lamar University

In this roundtable presentation, four faculty members currently teaching in an fully online program discuss their experiences with synchronous and asynchronous tools for tasks such as new faculty orientation; mentoring for junior faculty and students; collaborating on research projects; and service to their program. As the discussants reflect on what worked and what didn’t work in their experiences of and with technology usage for accomplishing these tasks, attendees will be invited to contribute to the discussion with their experiences.  

Keys To Building Relationships With The Online Learner

6th Floor—622

Shelly Allen, Ed.D.; Glen Harrison, Ed.D.; student guest—Lamar University

This presentation will go over some key ways to support online students from the start of the program.  We will discuss how to build relationships with online students.  How to create support systems and structures to meet the needs of all learning styles within the online learning environment. Use of social media to enhance learning, provide support, encourage students and build relationships. Use of quality feedback to help move students forward  and prepare them for their next career move.

Online Course Development:  From Proposal to Payment

7th Floor—702

Karen Girton-Snyder, Ed.D.; Ibrahima Poda, Ed.D.; Quentin Bellard, M.Ed.; Tim Smith, B.S.; Zack Dubuisson, M.F.A.—Lamar University

Are you interested in developing and teaching an online course? Join the Instructional Design team for this workshop designed to walk you through the process of course development and how to complete the process successfully.

Best Practices Of Proctoring With ProctorU

7th Floor—708A

Lynn Colgin—ProctorU

 In this presentation we will discuss best practices of online proctoring and the services offered by ProctorU.

The COVA Learning Approach: A Learner Centered Experience

7th Floor—717

Tilisa Thibodeaux, Ed.D.; Cynthia Cummings, Ed.D; Dwayne Harapnuik, Ph.D.—Lamar University

Significant digital learning environments that enable students authentic learning opportunities while implementing elements of choice, voice, and ownership of the learning process has been found to result in deeper and meaningful learning. Discover how one program uses a fresh learning approach and technology innovations to support the teaching and learning process in the Digital Learning and Leading Master's Program in the Department of Educational Leadership at Lamar University.