Educational Technologies and Unplugged Strategies to Promote Deep Learning

2012 Conference Program is available here. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Eberhard Conference Center
8:30am - 3:05pm
The DeVos lot fills quickly on the day of the conference, so we encourage you to park in
the Conference Guest Parking Lot on Fulton Street, underneath the U.S. 131 overpass.
A map is available here.
8:30 - 9
Continental Breakfast
9 - 9:30
Conference Welcome
Thomas Haas, President
Gayle Davis, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Christine Rener, Director, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center
9:30 - 10:30
Plenary One
Blending with purpose: integrating on-ground and online learning in a pedagogically sound manner
Karen Swan, James J. Stukel Professor of Educational Leadership
University of Illinois Springfield
10:45 - 11:35
Concurrent Sessions I (DESCRIPTIONS)
11:45 - 1
1 - 2
Plenary Two - Panel Discussion
Engaging students with and without technology
John Kilbourne, Movement Science
Amy Schelling, Education
Kurt Ellenberger, Honors
2:15 - 3:05
Concurrent Sessions II (DESCRIPTIONS)
Session handouts/materials now available on the conference ScholarWorks site.

Plenary Abstract
More and more evidence is accumulating which shows students are more engaged and learn more from courses that weave together online and on-ground learning.  The Sloan Consortium defines such blended learning as the integration of face-to-face and online learning in a planned and pedagogically sound manner.  After situating blended learning in an historical context, this presentation will explore models of blended learning with a focus on sound pedagogy.  Particular attention will be given to Tony Picciano’s Blending with Purpose and the Community of Inquiry models.  Although there is clearly no single formula for designing blended courses or programs, these theoretical  frames provide good reference points within which such design can take place.  The presentation will conclude with practical advise including design strategies and links to open educational resources that can be used to enhance courses in any format.
Plenary Speaker Biography
Karen Swan is the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor in the Teaching Leadership program at the University of Illinois Springfield and a researcher in the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) at that institution. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Keene State College, and Master and Doctor of Education degrees in Instructional Technology from Teacher College, Columbia University.

Karen's research is in the general area of media/technology and learning.  She has published over 100 articles, 2 books, and several multimedia programs on educational technology topics, and has made over 200 presentations in this area.  Currently, her research interests center on online and blended learning and data analytics. 
Karen is recognized as a leading international researcher in the effectiveness of online teaching and learning. In 2006, Dr. Swan received the Sloan Consortium for Asynchronous Learning Networks Award for Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning by an Individual and was inducted into the inaugural class of Sloan-C Fellows in 2010.  She also received the2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Panel Discussion Abstract
In this panel discussion, three GVSU professors will discuss their own approaches to engaging students in their learning. Whether using technology or not, these three individuals have been recognized by their students and peers for their teaching excellence. The presentation of specific examples from their classrooms will be accompanied by time for audience questions and discussion.
Books to be Raffled During the Conference

Continuing to Engage the Online Learner
Rita-Marie Conrad, 2012

Effective Online Teaching: Foundations and Strategies for Student Success
Tina Stavredes, 2011

Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction  
Rita-Marie Conrad, 2011

How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
Susan A. Ambrose, et al., 2010

Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth
Maryellen Weimer, 2010

Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty
Elizabeth F. Barkley, 2009

Teaching for Critical Thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students Question Their Assumptions
Stephen D. Brookfield, 2011
Teaching Intensive and Accelerated Courses: Instruction that Motivates Learning
Raymond J. Wlodkowski, 2010
Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning
José Antonio Bowen, 2012

The Mentor's Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships
Lois J. Zachary, 2011



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