Registration - 8th Floor


Building Online Presence Behind A Keyboard And Mouse
Quentin Bellard, Dr. Melissa Baldo, Dr. Robert Carlisle, Mr. Garry Richards-Foster
Lamar University
8th Floor Spindletop Room

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.


A Look At The Blackboard Product Roadmap
Jorge Salinas, Solutions Engineer

8th Floor Lamar Room

Join for a session in which Blackboard reviews all the exciting new features coming to Learn in all of its deployments as well as updates coming to the Blackboard and Instructor mobile apps.


Creative Differentiation Among Students in Online Courses: Reaching Every Student Using A Flipped Learning Model
Carol Barbay, Ph.D.
Lamar State College Port Arthur
Room 702

In this presentation, we will discuss how differentiating among students allows instructors to meet the educational and academic needs of all students, not just those in special ability groups. We will puncture 5 myths and misunderstandings we may have about whether and how differentiation works and look at how making changes in our teaching methods can accomplish better results for students. We will see how incorporating components of universal design for learning can open a path to effective differentiation that supports students' learning needs.


Engagement + Affordability = Student Success
Steve Ernst
Room 708a

With Copia Class, faculty have access to a powerful platform to deliver engaging, customizable and affordable content within your school's learning management system. Select content from over 250 of your favorite publishers and OER providers. Copia also provides individualized services to help faculty create instructional experiences that meet the changing needs of educators today. We will have a discussion regarding how Copia can help faculty increase student engagement with required course materials at a very affordable price.


Introducing Google Sites and Quizlet Flashcards into an Anatomy & Physiology Lab to Improve Grades: A Four Year Study
Dr. Richard Lee Pollock
Lamar State College Port Arthur
Room 717

Presenting my 2018 published paper in peer-reviewed "International Journal of Latest Research in Engineering and Management"

Research Question: Does introducing instructor created Quizlet flashcards, YouTube videos, and Google Sites significantly improve student's anatomy and physiology I lab grades? It has been reported previously that nursing students traditionally experience difficulties with the science subjects in nursing curricula. It would be relevant to any college instructor, student, journal readers, and wider audiences to learn how to better educate these new college students in the 21st century. These college students have an array of technology to study with including online computing, cellphones, and social networking.



Affordable Student Materials
Ruth Chisum, Ray Scheel, Jacob Spradlin, Danielle Turner, Stephen Turner
Sam Houston State University
8th Floor Spindletop Room

Textbook pricing is cited as a barrier to student access and success, and the issue has garnered the attention of public policy (Vitez, 2017). Lowering this barrier helps encourage success for all students, particularly those who have historically been underserved by higher education: low income, first generation, and students of color.  

This presentation aims to address this in part by introducing open and/or reduced cost course materials. However, not all resources are created equal. The resources included in this presentation have been curated based on a specific set of criteria to ensure that they are affordable, user-friendly, stable and credible.

Using Blackboard Portfolios
Jorge Salinas, Solutions Engineer
8th Floor Lamar Room

Portfolios have a multitude of application in Higher Education, from learning activities to lifelong learning and showcases for student academic work. Join this session to learn how to create and use Blackboard’s portfolios in all these scenarios.


Infusing consistent syllabi across your school with Concourse
George Cook, Vice President of Sales and Corporate Development
Room 702

Several Texas schools have adopted Concourse, the leading platform to manage syllabi school-wide. Concourse ensures consistent delivery of syllabus information, while helping schools comply with Texas HB 2504, Section 508(b), and WCAG 2.0AA standards. Concourse seamlessly integrates with your LMS, SIS, and web portal and allows for audit functionality and complex reports to be pulled from the system as well. Faculty workload is cut by as much as 50% while Faculty maintain academic freedom to author their syllabus as they see fit.


Lamar University & Innovative Educators Come Together for Student Success
Teresa E. Simpson, Ed.D.
Kristen Seldon, Innovative Educators
Room 708a

Learn how Lamar University and Innovative Educators have come together to launch student success resources for: Online learners and additional student populations!

Open Source Solutions for data visualizations
Sammy Hwang, Ed. D
University of Houston
Room 717

In this presentation, the presenter will talk about some of the free and open source solutions to do data visualization. The purpose of this presentation is two folds: First, to introduce a new data set related to accessibility to increase the awareness. Second, to introduce some of the open source tools to process the data set to create a visualized material. The participants will get familiar with the concept of the data visualization and practical applications that can be used for free. 




Educational Leadership Masters Students' Perceptions of Online Learning Experiences
Dr. Daryl Ann Borel, Dr. Donna Azodi, Dr. Donna Fong
Lamar University
8th Floor Spindletop Room

The Educational Leadership program is a fully online learning experience. Students enter this program with a wide diversity of experience in online learning. This study will examine students' perceptions of their learning experiences in the online context. Graduate students enrolled in EDLD 5397 Internship for Supervision course Spring 2 2018 are asked to respond to respond to an open, semi-structured, voluntary, anonymous survey as part of a journal assignment. The data will be collected and analyzed using a mixed-method design.


Bring a little "R"reality into your course
Rachel Scherer
Sam Houston State University
8th Floor Lamar Room

We all know that authentic assessment is the better assessment method to use. I will show you how to use some freeware augmented and virtual reality applications that you can have your students use create projects that demonstrate mastery of content and are engaging so that they can teach others it also.


The future Kaltura Roadmap
DaLee Kicker
Room 702

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


Smarthinking: Expert Online Tutoring at the Teachable Moment, 24/7

Marjorie McEntire
Room 708A

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, nursing & allied health, and career planning. Students can work in live whiteboard sessions and can also submit papers for review, receiving feedback within 24 hours. 

We will review how students and colleges benefit from online tutoring, show examples of synchronous and asynchronous tutoring, review tutor qualifications and training, and examine administrative dashboard reports.


Balancing Public and Private as an Online Instructor
A. Page Glave
Sam Houston State University
Room 717

As online instructors, it can be difficult to establish the same sorts of relationships with students as we do on face-to-face courses. Many online instructors have established an online presence to help connect with students, be active professionally, and participate in professional development. This provides many opportunities for engagement, but can also bring up questions about separating the personal and professional. During this presentation, I'll discuss options for our digital presence, how to balance this against a need or desire to keep aspects of our lives private, and how to help our students do the same. A basic discussion of information security and open source intelligence will be included. 


Lunch Keynote - 8th Floor


Teaching with Virtual Reality
Norma Drepaul, David Puller, Katie McGittigan
Lone Star College North Harris
8th Floor Spindletop Room

Join us for a hands-on discussion on ways to use Virtual Reality for teaching and learning.


The Wiki Project: A Summative Assessment
Donna Desforges, Ph.D.; Madelyn Kilgore, M.L.S.
SHSU Online
8th Floor Lamar Room

Beginning with open-ended prompts provided by the instructor, undergraduate students contributed to each of four Wiki projects.  At the conclusion of each Wiki's time frame, a review and discussion board opened in which students discussed what they learned, what they wanted to know more about, and responded to questions from one another regarding the collective project.  Collaborating on the project allowed students to develop collaborative and technical skills that will serve them well beyond their post-secondary educational experience. In addition to providing a summative assessment of course material, students enhanced their time-management, problem-solving, and social skills. Students evaluate the project favorably and indicate that it creates a highly meaningful educational experience.



Technology in Classrooms Large and Small: Adapting Learning Platforms to Classroom Dynamics
Stephanie Chadwick, Sherry Saunders Freyermuth
Lamar University, Department of Art
Room 702

Today's classrooms present new challenges as students increasingly look to their electronic devices and online resources during class. In this 40-minute breakout session we will discuss ways to transform students' e-engagement to create productive learning environments. We will consider ways to adopt online learning platforms such as Blackboard, TopHat, Squarecap, Lynda, and more for class activities. We will also discuss pros and cons to consider when adapting particular online platforms to various class sizes and dynamics, taking into account the costs and attendance functionality of particular programs. We hope to both share experiences and foster dialogues about balancing technology and traditional classroom teaching. 


Introduction to Next-Gen Proctoring
Patrick Ochoa
Room 708a

With the online proctoring becoming a more accepted practice across higher education. More proctoring companies are coming into the mix every day. Are you happy with your existing provider? Is there a solution that fits your programs needs better? During this presentation we explain the current state of proctoring and introduce you to Next-Gen Proctoring.


Student Voices, with the video platform, Flipgrid
Michael Horner
McNeese State University
Room 717

Flipgrid, a video platform, is a useful tool that more college instructors should consider integrating into their courses, in both online and face-to face class work. It can be used for introductions, group work, discussion, reflection, presentations, peer review, and feedback. The benefits also extend outside the course content because students get valuable practice at presenting themselves and their ideas in a more public sphere than they are used to. The student-to-student engagement that this app provides also may lead to a tighter community within each class.


Enhancing Online Sessions with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Jorge Salinas, Solutions Engineer
8th Floor Spindletop Room

In this session we explore the different functionalities that Collaborate Ultra has to offer to enhance online collaborative sessions, from break out groups, to polling and how to schedule sessions.


Feedback to Feedforward
Tilisa Thibodeaux, Ed.D; Dwayne Harapnuik, Ph.D.; Glen Harrison, Ed.D; Shelly Allen, Ed.D.
Lamar University
8th Floor Lamar Room

This presentation will discuss the related literature on feedback, feedup, and feedforward and its potential impact on learners. We will examine how several programs in the College of Education have worked to use feedback to bridge the gap in understanding through screencast feedforward techniques that require students to engage in purposeful, personalized, and professional growth.


Course Program of Study and the use of Degree Works for Financial Aid awarding
Margo Hymer, Lakrystal Joubert
Lamar University
Room 702

The U.S. Department of Education requires that student must be enrolled in a qualifying program course of study in order to be eligible for federal funding. This federal requirement is in place to ensure that federal funds are only used to obtain a degree or certificate.  This will enable student borrowers to complete their course work of study with minimal debt. This regulation will go into effect at Lamar University in Fall 2018 and will be monitored through our DegreeWorks and Banner Financial Aid systems.


Ensuring Academic Integrity with Online Proctoring

Carissa Knapp & Nimisha Adamson
Room 708a

As students navigate through a plethora of available resources, plagiarism and academic dishonesty continue to be major problems in academia. In an effort to curb or redefine academic dishonesty, some instructors tailor their online exams so that outside resources are permitted, thus weakening the integrity and lowering the educational standards of their exams. Attendees can expect to learn the best practices and tools when using an online proctoring solution


Introducing ClassFlow in classroom teaching
Yixin Zhang
McNeese State University
Room 717

This session will introduce ClassFlow in classroom teaching, making students engaged and making class teaching more interactive. Even though ClassFlow is basically designed for the classroom with an interactive electronic whiteboard, the teacher still can use Lesson Builder within ClassFlow to create lesson plans without an electronic board. The presenter will also discuss some of useful features of ClassFlow, such as incorporating teaching activities, adding classes, instant polls, and sharing lesson plans in ClassFlow.


Online Course Development: From Proposal to Payment

Quentin Bellard, Brandi Livingston, Zachary Dubuisson, Ibrahima Poda

Lamar University

8th Floor Spindletop Room

This session will cover all aspects surrounding the online course development process from the beginning when the proper form is filled out to the end when payment is sent and everything in between. 



Making ePortfolios a High Impact Practice by Giving Learners Choice, Ownership and Voice Through Authentic Learning Opportunities

Tilisa Thibodeaux, Dwayne Harapnuik, Cindy Cummings

Lamar University

8th Floor Lamar Room

Research into addressing The Edinburgh Challenge: If ePortfolios are so great, why aren't more people using them? has revealed how the COVA learning approach can be used to increase ePortfolio use and persistence. It has also revealed that we can implement all of the key elements of high impact practices if we create a significant learning environments (CSLE) that gives learners choice, ownership, and voice through authentic learning opportunities.


Easy! Alternatives for Storage of Your Documents Online

Paul T.M. Hemenway, Ph.D., James Clinton Rawls

Lamar University/Lamar Institute of Technology

Room 702

Today, there's no shortage of materials to use in our classes, or access for research, or that we may wish to review ... but later. Too often, we lose track of those documents, forget where we pidgeonholed them, or they mysteriously disappear from the web!
We now have several new technologies to help us store almost all electronic files or documents. This session will introduce you to three different easy-to-access locations to save your materials:

  1. your own YouTube channel,
  2. specific email repositories, and
  3. Google Docs.

LU's Dr. Paul and LIT's Clinton Rawls hope after this session, lost files will become a thing of your past!


Open Educational Resources: How To Quickly Find What You Need

Margaret Cook

Intellus Learning

Room 708A

This presentation will cover the need to consider open educational resources and to review new technology that lowers the time it takes to find open educational resources.  It will also cover how to ensure the OER you find is ADA compliant and how to see if your students are using the content you assigned.


Flipped Classroom Instructional Model with Graduate Deaf students

Millicent M. Musyoka, Ph.D.

Lamar University

Room 717

The flipped classroom instructional model has gained popularity in higher education. Previous research has not focused on students who are deaf. This research explored the experiences of deaf graduate students on the use of flipped classroom instructional model.

The presentation will focus on the students ' perceptions and experiences.