Tuesday, June 23, 2015

2015 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference

The 2015 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference will be held on Friday, July 24 here at Virginia Western. This is a no-cost, one-day conference and professional development opportunity open to all faculty (full-time and adjunct) and staff from Virginia Western Community College, New River Community College, and Central Virginia Community College.

Dr. Peter Doolittle, Executive Director; Assistant Provost of Teaching and Learning; Professor of Educational Psychology,  Virginia Tech will be our keynote speaker. His topic is: Learning First: Working Memory and Learning Effectiveness in a Technology-Rich Environment

A series of breakout sessions on the following topics will will follow the keynote:
  • Identifying strategies for creating an instructional design model for flipping the classroom and for applying these concepts and techniques to designing and developing curriculum and instruction that will improve students’ deep learning.
  • Evaluating the definition of Open Educational Resources (OER) and identifying why we should use OER, how to implement OER, and the pedagogical opportunities made available by these additional resources (with a focus on adopting existing OER resources/courses; what the VCCS is planning; and supporting efforts on our campuses)
  • The new platform and new features of the upcoming upgrade of Blackboard learning management system and  Blackboard Collaborate;
  • Demonstrations by innovative faculty from CVCC, NRCC, and VWCC of best practices they have developed and lessons they have learned from designing and developing effective online/hybrid courses.
  • Identifying and implementing instructional technologies and design principles for building effective learning communities that support the learning success of adult learners (especially plus 50 students).
Time: Friday, July 24, 2015 from 8am to 4:15pm
Location: HP Multipurpose Room 208/210
Registration is now open at: http://tinyurl.com/ovsr4cx

VWCC faculty who complete the full-day mini-conference will receive a certificate equivalent to the completion of two-weeks of TOTAL workshop credits. These credits will contribute to satisfying the “Professional Development Objectives for Faculty Teaching Hybrid and Online Courses” as outlined in the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9). For faculty who anticipate teaching only on-campus courses, these credits will also be considered “appropriate training in teaching with technology” that will contribute to meeting the  professional development objectives in the teaching domain of the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

This conference is co-sponsored by the VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Mini-Grant and the VWCC Plus 50 Initiative, and partners with Central Virginia Community College and New River Community College.

Tentative Conference Agenda:

2015 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference
Friday July 24, 2015
8:00 – 8:50
Registration and Breakfast (Provided): HP208/210
8:50 – 9:00
Welcome Remarks – Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer, Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs, Virginia Western Community College
9:00 – 10:30
Learning First: Working Memory and Learning Effectiveness in a Technology-Rich Environment
Keynote – Dr. Peter Doolittle, Executive Director; Assistant Provost of Teaching and Learning; Professor of Educational Psychology,  Virginia Tech

Concurrent Session One
Concurrent Session Two
Concurrent Session Three
Business Science Building 245
10:45  – 12:00
Blackboard Exemplary Course Program and Demo
Carey Smouse, Blackboard
Cheryl Brindle, Lord Fairfax Community College
A Step-by-Step Guide to Flipping the Classroom
Peter Doolittle, Virginia Tech
Strategic perspective of reaching out to multiple generations
Sam Rasoul, Envigor
Noon  – 1:00
Lunch (Provided) – HP208/210
1:00  – 2:15
Open Educational Resources at Virginia Community College System (VCCS)
Richard Sebastian, VCCS
Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate: New Platform and New Features
Carey Smouse & Tristan Plummer, Blackboard
Educational Signposts: Reaching Out to Adult Learner
Jenny Bolte, Goodwill Industries

2:30  – 3:45
Open Educational Resources - The Friends and Family Plan
Dale Dulaney, Virginia Western Community College; Heidi Morehead, New River Community College; Anita Walz, Virginia Tech
Faculty Showcases: Integrating Instructional Technology in Curriculum Design
Ashley Gess, Virginia Western Community College; Tammy Parks, New River Community College; Juville Dario-Becker, Central Virginia Community College
Create, Compensate, and Collaborate
Sharon Layman, Goodwill Industries
4:00  – 4:15
Closing Remarks – HP208/210

Presenter Bios:

Jenny Bolte
serves as the Senior Director of Program Development for Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.  In her role at Goodwill, Jenny is responsible for creating programming for age groups ranging from younger youth to senior citizens.  Her former experience as an Adjunct English Instructor, Adult Education Teacher, and then director for programs that helped people transition into the community college helped Jenny learn practical ways to accommodate the varying needs of the multiple generations. Jenny has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in English from Radford University.
Cheryl Brindle is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Fauquier campus of Lord Fairfax Community College. She teaches classes ranging from developmental math to Applied Calculus and Statistics. This is her 4th year as a full-time faculty member. Prior to that, she taught high school for 3 years and has over 25 years of experience as an adjunct instructor. Her husband was in the Army for 22 years, so she had the opportunity to teach at a variety of colleges from Germany to Hawaii. She is a recipient of the 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design.

Dale Dulaney
has been an educator for 15 years, nine of those in libraries including The Library of Virginia and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Currently, he is the Reference and Instruction Librarian at Virginia Western Community College. Dale’s interest in Open Education Resources began while collaborating with a few faculty to find alternatives to their textbooks. Those collaborations led him to delve more deeply into the underlying principles of OER and resources available to multiple disciplines. He believes that the benefits of OER are a perfect fit for the community college.

Dr. Juville Dario-Becker is a Professor of Biology at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC). She is among the early adopters of technology as a tool for delivering concepts and information to traditional classroom students and virtual learners at CVCC. She has been actively involved in developing, adopting and promoting the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) to alleviate the monetary burden on students through free teaching and learning resources. She is also a proponent of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) for personal and professional development and she uses some of the MOOC materials in her own classes with expressed permission from the professors who own the copyright.

Dr. Peter Doolittle is Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER), and Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. His academic background includes 25 years teaching undergraduate and graduate students in public and private universities; using traditional, blended, and online formats; across several subject areas, including advanced educational psychology, cognition and instruction, constructivism and education, and college teaching.

Dr. Ashley Gess has been a scientist and educator for 18 years. She is an assistant professor at Virginia Western Community College. Passionate about her students and about the education process, Ashley constantly working to improve her curricula through the use of technology and cross-curricular applications.  Currently, along with teaching Anatomy and Physiology and General Biology, she is a doctoral candidate in the Integrative STEM Education program at Virginia Tech and her research focus is integrative, design-based STEM education and science self-efficacy.

Sharon Layman is a Workforce Development Instructor for Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.  In addition to teaching a varied adult population, she is responsible for competency-based curriculum and instructional development for Goodwill’s Workforce programs.  Previously, Sharon taught participants in New River Community College’s Middle College and Adult Education programs. Sharon has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Liberty University, pending student teaching completion.

Dr. Heidi Morehead currently works for New River Community College as a Professor of Sociology. She has fulfilled a variety of roles within the academic community. For three years, she served as the Editorial Assistant for the academic journal, Administration & Society. She has worked at Virginia Tech as a researcher at The Institute for Policy & Governance and The Institute of Community Health. Additionally, she has taught Sociology at Radford University and New River Community College as an adjunct professor. She has extensive knowledge and experiences with Open Education Resources and has implement OER content in her curriculum and instruction.

Tammy Parks is an associate professor of art at New River Community College.  She was one of the first instructors to design an on-line course for an Advanced Learners program designed to encourage an interactive learning environment of inquiry, discovery, collaboration, and heightened student engagement.  She also developed a study abroad program where students experience the art and architecture of countries directly and create research-based projects from their travels.  She is currently designing a new visual design curriculum and is in the final stages of finishing her dissertation.

Tristan Plummer is the new hire for Blackboard’s East Coast Customer Success Team. He gained practical and applied experience with Blackboard Inc.’s products by working as a Bb System Admin for Lord Fairfax Community College and Shenandoah University. He prides himself on being friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful so make sure to ask him Bb related questions!

Dr. Richard Sebastian is the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies for Virginia’s Community Colleges. Dr. Sebastian leads system-wide initiatives to identify and promote educational technologies that improve student outcomes and foster deeper engagement in learning. He is currently focused on expanding the use of open educational resources, promoting effective online and blended learning, and increasing the digital literacy skills of VCCS faculty and staff.

Carey Smouse  as a Blackboard Customer Success Advocate, Carey partners with VCCS and other higher education institutions, faculty, and staff to promote the successful adoption of educational technology. Prior to her role at Blackboard, Carey spent over 5 years as an Instructional Designer at a client institution working with faculty to design, develop, implement, and evaluate online and hybrid courses and programs. Carey’s other professional experience includes corporate learning and development, service excellence, and human resources positions in the healthcare, insurance, and banking industries.

Anita Walz
is the Open Education Resources and Online Learning Environments Librarian at Virginia Tech. She employs a data-informed and collaborative focused approach to her work with OER, hoping to raise awareness in the Virginia Tech and statewide Higher Education communities, encourage critical analysis, situation-appropriate solutions, and creative application of open licensing to benefit faculty instruction and student learning and affordability. Anita worked as a librarian for thirteen years in a variety of special, government, academic, and school libraries.

If you have any questions about conference registration, please contact Carrie Halpin at CHalpin@virginiawestern.edu