Teaching and Learning Symposium Information Sessions

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Since 2010, the Finger Lakes Faculty Development Network (FLFDN) has partnered with the Educational Technology Day at Ithaca College to provide our group and faculty members we serve an opportunity to share their work with others during the Teaching and Learning Symposium. This year Ed Tech Day celebrates 30 years and we are proud to showcase the following 20-25 minute FLFDN information sessions.

How IoT and Raspberry Pi Technology Can Enhance Middle School Students Interest in High-Tech Majors

Presenters: James Mallory and Ed Lucas from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Description: The innovation of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, an inexpensive, ubiquitous, Linux based platform has changed how we do business in the educational technology field. The Information and Computing Studies Department has used Raspberry Pi devices and IoT technology to significantly enhance students’ learning. The AAS degree students were assigned to replace the Lego Mindstorm NXT controllers with their smart cars using a Raspberry Pi controlled module which they designed. By using the Raspian Pi Operating System, a user-friendly program called Scratch and some off-the-shelf interfacing the students were able to design and implement a successful smart car. The author’s research, development and testing will show their results with using Raspian OS, Raspberry Pi and two Mindstorms interfaces for the Raspberry Pi. 

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Leveraging Active Learning in Project Presentations

Presenter: Lara Cardoso Goulart from the Rochester Institute of Technology

Description: Project presentations hold several learning opportunities that are often unnoticed. Apart from the presenter, the other students passively participate. How might we make presentation sessions an engaging learning opportunity for all the players involved? In this seminar, you will learn how to effectively apply active techniques in your classrooms to get the most out of project presentations. You will also learn how a mid-term or final review session can be a great opportunity to teach your students about feedback, empathy, critical thinking, and soft skills. You will also be exposed to toolkits and digital platforms to use in classrooms to make feedback sessions more engaging and collaborative. Lara Goulart has originally developed and tested these techniques with design students at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her multidisciplinary and cross-cultural background has inspired her to create innovative and fun teaching methods. They are based on her experience in design, startup, and education, in Brazil, Italy, China, and in the US, but these techniques are flexible and easily adaptable to any other context.

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Representation in Online Learning Through Character Animations

Presenters: Sarah Grunberg, John Jacobson, Daniel Warwick from Cornell University

Description: The ways in which we represent diverse identities in our online courses has a profound impact on the authenticity of the learning experience as well as the type of message our courses and programs send about the organization’s values and culture. This presentation will discuss the importance of developing a consciousness around representation and inclusivity in online learning platforms. It will specifically focus on the ways in which eCornell continues to diversify its characters, which are used in animations for courses and certificate programs. While the focus of the presentation will be on gender inclusivity, there will also be a short discussion on the other ways eCornell strives to support and represent our diverse student body through the animations and graphics we create and ultimately choose to use for our courses.

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Using H5P to Add Interactivity

Presenters: Annyce Schafft and Martha Gold from eCornell

Description: H5P is an open source, WYSIWYG platform created to help educators add interactivity to online courses. Since joining H5P last summer, eCornell has created over 500 new interactive assets. If your organization is considering H5P, or even if you have never heard of it, you may be interested to see how eCornell has been using H5P.com to add interactivity. This presentation will introduce you to H5p: what is it, what it has to offer, and some of the advantages and challenges we have found. You’ll have a guided tour of how our corporate account is set up and you’ll see how we create, organize, and share interactive elements using H5P.  The focus of this session is from the instructional design perspective rather than the technology perspective: what you can make using the tool, rather than the ins & outs of technical support and integration.

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ePortfolios: A Catalyst for Student and Faculty Development

Presenter: Maria Marconi from University of Rochester School of Nursing

Description: ePortfolio’s have been identified as the 11th high impact academic practice (AAC&U, 2016) due to well-established institutional and curricular assessment benefits, as well as outcomes of enhanced student learning. Given the need for our healthcare workforce to demonstrate” high tech-high touch” competencies (National Academy of Medicine, 2019), this session explores the use of ePortfolios in medical, nursing and health professions education as a means to integrate technology into curricula. Foundational to ePortfolio pedagogy is active learner engagement with student responsibility for displaying their learning to showcase workforce preparedness. To support this goal of technology integration, using ePortfolios as digital products requires the creative use of technology such as infographics and other multimedia tools. This requires both faculty and student skill development. Since students are encouraged to use visual representations such as time-series data, mind maps, tree maps, and videos, this content must be integrated into their curriculum. While many in this digital generation have expertise with digital learning tools, that may not be true for older students, underrepresented minorities or first generation students. It is a challenge for educators to incorporate this broad range of technologies throughout their curriculum. This interactive presentation will explore authentic learning experiences for both faculty and students to ensure an integrated use of technology across the curriculum to support ePortfolio and workplace use.

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Ex-Out Project: Building a System of Open Access Digital Materials for Creative Online Activism

Presenters: Hye-Jin Nae and Miguel Cardona from Rochester Institute of Technology

Description: The dangers of misinformation, hate speech, and extremist propaganda online is a threat that many communities are ill-equipped to handle. Through a government-sponsored research project, our team of design students and faculty have built a system to help community groups create awareness to stop the spread of hate and violence online. The system we created is entitled “Ex-Out,” and it consists of a mobile app handbook, that educates users about creating effective social media content and a website that houses a media kit of visual assets we open-sourced for reuse by others. Through the use of freely available collaborative tools such as Dropbox Paper, Slack, Github, and Figma, our students worked together both in-person and virtually to create the assets, website, and mobile app designs. These real-time tools offer educators and students new ways to manage online communications, project planning, critique, and rapidly prototype and test outcomes. The Ex-Out project creates a space that delivers educational materials and encourages others to bring positive change through the experience of learning, making, and sharing. Our presentation aims to share our pedagogical approach, the use of emerging collaborative tools, and the practice of creating digital products in and out of the classroom.

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Promoting International Education Through Open Educational Resources (OERs) in Embedded Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Courses

Presenters:  Jie Zhang and Ann M. Giralico Pearlman from SUNY Brockport

Description: The presenters offer “Introduction to Special Education” and “Advertising and Consumer Culture” with the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) to provide the most up-to-date and high quality free materials to students. As a result, the textbook cost has been reduced from about $100 per student to zero. It is estimated that an accumulated saving has reached over $45,000 for two courses since 2016. The second presenter leads a campus-wide team to explore Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), and offers “Advertising and Consumer Culture” with the University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. The first presenter offered “Introduction to Special Education” as a COIL course with Malmö University, Sweden and then with São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil. The use of OER allows the instructors and students at the partner universities to share materials and to conduct joined assessments through the existing communication tools at no cost. The presenters will share the journey as they collaborate with international partners, develop globalized curricula, plan and use OER materials, team teach, and produce meaningful student learning outcomes in the COIL courses to expand open and accessible international education.

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The Role of Digital Citizenship in Data Security

Presenter: Melanie Chandler from Watkins Glen School District / GST Boces

Description: Representatives from GST BOCES will present and discuss the how digital citizenship training helps to keep our digital footprint in check and reduces our privacy risk. Attendees will learn about defining digital citizenship, understanding how digital citizenship is important to data security, and identify ways to encourage digital citizenship training in your organization.

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Collaboratively Designing an App and Assessing Its Impact in an Introductory Class

Presenters: Collen Countryman and John Barr from Ithaca College

Description: We have created a mobile app, “Dynamic Electric Field Interactive,” aimed at improving introductory physics students’ understanding of electric fields, a fundamental underpinning of a study in electricity and magnetism. The app, developed and distributed using the React Native platform, dynamically calculates and sketches electric fields due to multiple charges in multiple different modalities, including electric field vectors and electric field lines. In order to assess the app’s impact, we have designed a study that compares students’ learning and attitudinal shifts that occur while using the app to the shifts that occur using other learning tools, such as a traditional tutorial worksheet and a laptop simulation. We have also incorporated several means of receiving student feedback on the app. This quantitative and qualitative data will inform future iterations of the app, with the aim of facilitating student learning and improving their attitudes regarding the course material. We will discuss the collaborative nature of this project involving members of the Computer Science and Physics and Astronomy Departments, as well as the study design and preliminary results.

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Creating Inclusive Environments Through Instructional Technology Innovation

Presenter:  Zachary Lind and Sarah Gregory from Ithaca City School District

Description: This session will explore the approaches and decision-making process necessary to best leverage assistive technology tools to increase inclusive environments across a K-12 school district. This will include an overview of the philosophical mindset used in choosing assistive technology tools as well as a review of the tools we use the most. The session will provide anecdotal evidence and data to support approaches that Ithaca City School District has adopted. Time will also be dedicated to discuss the tension between being student centered while trying to also be cost/time efficient. We will also explore the strategies used to build teacher capacity around technology integration using these assistive technology tools.

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Special Events in 2020

Teaching & Learning Symposium presenters and FLFDN members who register for Ed Tech Day 2020 in advance will be invited to attend a Lunch & Learn session presented by JP Morgan.

Questions about the Teaching and Learning Symposium

Contact Jenna Linskens via email at jlinskens@ithaca.edu  

The Finger Lakes Faculty Development Network is an organization linking people involved in faculty development at campuses in central and western New York. Regular meetings rotate among member campuses or through web conferencing. Anyone interested in being involved in FLFDN may refer to the Membership page on the Finger Lakes Faculty Development Network website