My Digital Experience: A Show and Tell Conference
2023 My Digital Experience: A Show And Tell Conference
A primary goal of this conference is to give faculty and the Digital Learning Innovation (DLI) Instructional Designers a chance to “show (off) and tell” others about innovative online or hybrid course design, implementation, management, assessment, and/or problem-solving.
The 2023 My Digital Experience: A Show and Tell Conference took place on March 2nd and 3rd in a hybrid format. This year, we were happy to host presentations by MicroSoft and Apple as well.
Links to the videos and descriptions of the presentations are below. Please note that due to their restrictions, we are not able to share the Apple presentation.
Learning at Real World Scale with Open-Source Development: How can we prepare students for working on industry-scale projects (without having to maintain those systems themselves)? Nick Murphy
In this session we’ll discuss how to leverage online open-source development to create these large-scale experiences and better prepare our students for their future careers.
Movie Time in the Classroom: Discussing and Improving Recorded Video Lectures in Online Courses David Johnson
This presentation will discuss the use of recorded video lectures in asynchronous online courses. There are two goals. First, I will discuss how “homemade” lectures can be (should be?) better than lectures found on YouTube. This is becoming problematic given the excellent lectures widely available on YouTube and other sites. Second, I will demonstrate how the use of voice actors (with various English dialects) reading personalized lectures can engage students, particularly in my linguistics course. And I will show how the use of graded embedded quizzes (with feedback in video format) adds accountability to each lecture.
MicroSoft Representative Presentation: Integrating Microsoft tools and our LMS to empower student learning experiences
As we know, new teaching and learning environments require tools to meet these new expectations. Learning Management Systems and Microsoft 365 have complementary strengths and when used together they provide a complete learning and engagement management system tailor-made for all learning environments: in-person, hybrid, and remote. Join us to learn how Microsoft and your LMS integrate to empower student learning experiences.
Students-as-Partners: A process of engagement, shared reciprocal learning and work Diana Gregory
While developing the MAAD degree in the College of the Arts, art/design faculty explored strategies to increase student engagement through a scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) framework where, as Felten (2013) recommended, students are included as co-research partners to evaluate learning and teaching. I highlight the attitudes and intentions supporting the emergence of Healey, Flint, and Harrington’s (2016) conceptual model for students-as-partners showcasing the foundational cognitive, emotional processes of students and staff within a sticky art and design curriculum (Orr and Shreeve, 2018) where trust, risk, responsibility, empowerment, and reciprocity impacted the implementation of the new online degree.
Supporting Student Learning to Help them "Escape" Alison Hedrick
As faculty, we have the responsibility of enhancing the student learning experience in an effort to help students escape (or graduate!). At the beginning of the semester, we do not want our students to feel like they were thrown into an escape room, trying to solve the puzzle of how the course is organized. However, escape room activities can be incorporated into your online and face-to-face classrooms to encourage effective communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaborative work. In this session, we will discuss ways you can organize your course and create game-based learning experiences, both of which will support student success.
Developing assignments to strengthen the literacy skills in the online format Shelia Schreiner
To ensure that students can successfully tackle literature in and outside of their discipline, it is important for them to strengthen their literacy skills. The classic way to do this is assigning a term paper. This is time consuming for both the student and faculty. This also tends to be a high stakes assignment. In this session, I will share some of my online assignments both synchronous and asynchronous that strengthen students’ literacy skills in upper-level Biology courses. I will share some of my tips on how to make grading these assignments less time consume especially for large class sizes.
Apple Learning Representative Presentation
Using the mini iPad to impact student success through effective teaching and course management.
Organizing your online class for student success and enhanced engagement Denise Knapp
Attendees in this session will learn how SoftChalk can help students better understand instructor expectations and improve the visual appeal and flow of teaching materials. Denise Knapp will demonstrate how SoftChalk can be used to create weekly checklists, provide student self-assessments, and integrate instructor created and outside resources all into one weekly module. Attendees will also be introduced to instructor videos that go beyond PowerPoint to replicate in class reviews. Lastly, Mrs. Knapp will provide examples of custom widgets for the D2L course homepage that connect the students to the instructor and real-world applications of the course content.
Archives- Past Show and Tell Conferences
The inaugural My Digital Experience: A Show and Tell Conference was held virtually at KSU over four weeks from early February to the first week of March 2022. At this unique conference, teams of KSU faculty and DLI instructional designers teamed up to “show (off) and tell” others about their digital experiences with innovative online or hybrid course design, implementation, management, assessment, and/or problem-solving. Conference attendees and visitors to this website have access to great ideas and resources for online and hybrid teaching, and for making face-to-face courses even more effective.
The Show and Tell Conference was unique for several reasons:
- Presenters were teams of KSU faculty and Digital Learning Innovations (DLI) instructional designers, who have complimentary knowledge and digital experiences.
- It was held virtually on Teams, with presentations scheduled once a week for four weeks in the spring semester.
- This CIA-hosted website provides access to recordings of the presentations and discussions,
as well as useful resources.
Feb 11- Session 1: Using Formative Assessments to Increase Student Engagement and Understanding Dr Ali Keyvanfar (Asst. Prof. of Construction Management) and Ms. Milya Maxfield (DLI Instructional Designer)
Student understanding can be difficult to gage, and the familiar "Does anyone have any questions?" query often goes unanswered in both traditional classrooms and online discussion boards; however, ensuring students have a good grasp of basic course concepts can facilitate more meaningful and engaging class activities and discussions. In addition to increasing student engagement, conducting formative assessments to measure understanding throughout the course can also allow you to clarify, explain, or elaborate on that content for students in real time when it is most meaningful to them.
Interested in learning more about using formative assessment for student engagement and understanding? Join us for a presentation, demonstration, and conversation about how online forms can be leveraged to create a loop of communication audits and encourage a deeper and more practical understanding of course material no matter what modality you are teaching in.
Feb 11- Session 2: Demonstrating Aligned and Accessible Courses Dr. Robert Keyser (Assoc. Prof. of Industrial Engineering) and Ms.Garima Banerjee (Senior DLI Instructional Designer)
What does it mean for an online course to be aligned to course objectives and accessible to all learners? How can you increase instructor presence in your online course? Join us to see a course that showcases modules that includes various types of files and formats that are accessible, aligned to course objectives, and that demonstrate instructor presence.
Feb 18- Session 1: Creating Engaging and Inclusive Online Classrooms Dr. Rajnish Singh (Assoc. Prof. of Chemistry), Ms. Ashley Moore (Senior DLI Instructional Designer), and Ms. Kathryn Morgan (Senior DLI Instructional Designer)
Teaching freshman chemistry online is a daunting task. Challenges of student engagement in a face-to-face class are heightened several-fold in an online environment. Rajnish Singh, faculty in Chemistry & Biochemistry, together with Senior Instructional Designers, Kathryn Morgan and Ashely Moore will present “lessons learned” in teaching online chemistry and the tools required to create an engaging, inclusive classroom environment.
Feb 18- Session 2: Immersive and Interactive Online Laboratories Dr. Nancy Pullen (Prof. of Geography & Geospatial Sciences) , Dr. Mark Patterson (Prof. of Geography & Geospatial Sciences), Ms. Sarah Cooper (DLI Instructional Designer), and Mr. Jason Rodenbeck (Assistant Director Academic Web Accessibility, DLI Instructional Designer)
How can students comprehend the physical world without leaving their computers? How can students complete online (laboratory) exercises that are both immersive and interactive? Watch us as we demonstrate how students can learn via online interactive story maps that literally put the world at their fingertips.
Other Resources from this Session
Feb 25- Session 1: Structuring Synchronous Sessions: Making the Most of your Time (but not overdoing it) Dr. David Glassmeyer (Assoc. Prof. of Math) and Mr. Stephen Rahn (DLI Instructional Designer)
This interactive presentation will include research-based strategies for structuring effective and engaging synchronous classes. Whether meeting for 30 minutes or two hours, we intersperse what literature says with our experience running synchronous sessions and provide time to share your ideas as well.
Feb 25- Session 2: Forming Effective Collaborations: Reaching Students Through the Use of Microsoft Teams Dr. Cameron Greensmith (Assoc. Prof. of Human Services) and Mr. Stephen Rahn (DLI Instructional Designer)
This show-and-tell presentation explores the ways instructors can utilize Microsoft Teams to provide feedback, collaborate, and meaningfully engage students. We suggest that no matter the course modality, Microsoft Teams can be used as an effective tool to communicate and collaborate with students. This presentation will provide instructors with the knowledge to engage in innovative and in-depth uses of Microsoft Teams that have the potential to strengthen existing courses and meet students where they are at.
Other Resources from this Session - PowerPoint
March 4- Session 1: Taking up the Slack: Using Slack for Authentic Course and Community Engagement in an Online Learning Environment Dr. Miyoshi Juergensen (Asst. Prof. of Educational Leadership) and Mr. Robert Swift (DLI Instructional Designer)
Slack is a productivity platform designed to streamline communications for folks sharing community and/or work. The presenters will showcase how Slack is being used in online coursework to create authentic opportunities for course communication and collaboration (e.g., in lieu of D2L for announcements, discussion board posts, and seeking clarification for course activities/expectations) and to support students with dissertation development individually and collectively. The presentation will be interactive, providing sandbox time for participants to explore the Slack features being used for our online learning environments; and, be framed by research-based approaches for effective instructional design.
March 4- Session 2: Developing Accessible Course Content with D2L HTML Template and Text-to-Speech Services Dr. Zhigang Li (Asst. Prof. of Information Technology) and Ms. Nancy Somjit (Senior DLI Instructional Designer)
D2L provides a set of HTML templates that very few people are aware of. These templates not only offer static templates for regular text content but also provide interactive components. More importantly, these templates are accessible! Step away from being confined to PowerPoint slides and design learning materials in the HTML format natively. The majority of the text-to-speech software produces robotic VoiceOver that does not sound natural. Experience how recent advancement in AI and machine learning now make it possible to have a computer-generated voice-over that sounds natural.