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Conference Presentations

Creating Interactive Lessons with SoftChalk

Participants will collectively work through a very SHORT interactive module focused on intellectual virtue (the character traits of good thinkers and learners) to see how SoftChalk can be used to keep students engaged throughout an entire online lesson. Pros and cons of the respective platform will be reviewed. Also, those who attend will learn about a collaboration between Austin Community College and Cedar Valley College to create SoftChalk modules ANY instructor can use to foster intellectual virtue as well as critical thinking skills.

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Use of Cell Phones in The Classroom

Tired of your students texting in class while you are teaching? You can turn those devices into response tools. It becomes a good formative assessment tool using today's smart response system. This system empowers you as an instructor to engage your students more in educational and fun activities using the tablet, smartphones and laptops. In today's session, you will learn to use the Smart Student Response System, learn strategies to engage your students, develop some class exercises, questions or quizzes and gather immediate performance results.  

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Creating a Quick, Slick Video Using your iPhone and iMovie

"Ever thought it would be great to create a simple video for your course, but you don’t know where to start?”  If you have an iPhone and an Apple computer with iMovie, you can do it! Learn the technical aspects of setting up and shooting video with your iPhone. Then, see how to import your footage into iMovie so you can add titles, photos, graphics, and a few simple but stunning video effects. Finally, you will learn how to upload your finished video to any streaming or social media website.

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Transcending Technology: Engaging Students with Story

Storytelling can do more than just entertain us, it can help us remember things, and absorb information on a much deeper level. Stories give us touchstones to go back to and reference when we need to apply that information. And what’s more: storytelling is not limited to any medium, it transcends them all. Learn how you can use the power of story in your course and ways you can use storytelling to engage your students.

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WebTalks - ADA, Section 504, 508 & Assistive Technology: Avoid Common Mistakes to Ensure Compliance

IT accessibility is a compliance risk for institutions as reliance on electronic information and resources changes and grows precipitously. Create an inclusive practice of making your campus electronic materials, websites, instructional materials, multi-media, and more - usable by people with and without disabilities and give all users equal access.  Join us as we examine ADA Section 504, Section 508 and Assistive Technology from start to finish. You, ll hear from two expert presenters as they share their extensive experience and knowledge of ADA, compliance and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).

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Flipped Information Literacy Instruction

To keep up with the growing need for technological approaches to instruction, many more classes are going either partially or totally digital. By adopting a hybrid instruction approach to allow students to work online and discover their own questions before classroom instruction, students gain the best of both worlds. Self-driven study and instruction based on their own questions. This flipped classroom approach works well with information literacy by reinforcing what they gain through video tutorials and applying that knowledge to an assignment to ensure understanding. This session will cover experiences based on taking a nontraditional Information Literacy Boot Camp one step farther and flipping it.

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ABC's for Teaching Accessibly

Tips, tricks and traps discussed for improving course design and making classes universally designed for all learners.  First-hand experiences discussed, lessons learned and big changes made.  Hear from both an instructor who has a Quality Matters Certified Course, along with a member of the district Universal Design Team.

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RESPECT: A Necessity for Student Engagement

The session will look at the importance of respect between faculty and students inside and outside the classroom. We will examine the expectations both students and faculty have for each other and how respect influences student engagement and attitude. This session will examine how respect between faculty and students have evolved in recent years and how technology has influenced that respect.  As faculty, we will discuss how to achieve the respect needed to create the proper relationship between student and faculty, and discuss how to best handle situations when disrespect is prevalent.

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Putting PowerPoint on Steroids

I know, I know you have the basics of PowerPoint down to the art and science it is.  Now is the time to learn about the more advanced features you can apply to make your presentation more exciting.  Spend a session with me and demonstrate the more advanced features.  All attendees receive a quick reference card keepsake.

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Flipping Assessments: The Effectiveness of Question Creation on Student Learning

Flipping assessments-what happens when students ask the question? Requiring students to create their own multiple choice questions is an active learning strategy that promotes higher order thinking (HOT). The purpose is to assess the impact of student-created questions as an active learning strategy to develop students’ HOT skills.

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Using Collaborate Ultra for Online Presentations

This session will teach faculty how to use Blackboard's Collaborate Ultra for online group and individual student presentations, as well as the other ways Collaborate Ultra can benefit the online classroom.

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BlackBoard Content Collection

This session will teach faculty how to use Blackboard's Collaborate Ultra for online group and individual student presentations, as well as the other ways Collaborate Ultra can benefit the online classroom.

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Fact-Check Like a Pro: Tools for Thinking Critically About Information

In this "post-truth" era, it is a vital skill to be able to distinguish the 'real' from the 'alternative facts' and 'fake news.' In this session, you'll discover tools and resources for developing your and your students' ability to critically evaluate the quality and credibility of information sources. Learn a few simple but effective tricks used by professional fact checkers and why they work better than other methods traditionally taught in an academic context.

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Eastfield College Google Pilot

At the beginning of the Spring 2018 Term, Eastfield College launched a 1-year, "Google Classroom Pilot" to enhance collaboration, engagement, and instruction. We'll outline where we started, what we've done so far, and where we'd like to go moving forward.  Most of the Pilot stakeholders plan to be present to answer questions and offer best practices.

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Research Guides to the Rescue

Partner with the library to create innovative guides that will enhance your instruction, create new ways of delivering content and research help, then embed it in eCampus.  Staff can partner with the library to create guides that are easier and faster to update and create content to promote activities and learning. We will feature libguides that will highlight what you can do with the library!

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Don't Bring Your Students to the Library, Bring the Library Them!

Help your students develop critical thinking, research and evaluation skills by embedding the library right into your eCampus course. Learn how the district librarians are providing research instruction and assistance within eCampus.    

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My Route to Making Science Accessible

For the past year, the El Centro College Earth and Environmental Science department has started tweaking our materials to be more accessible for students. Come see how easy it is to take the first step.

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Like a PRO: Developing an Effective Review Process for Online Courses

How do you evaluate online courses? At El Centro College, the Program Review for Online (PRO) process is used to help instructors assess and improve online course design. During the PRO process, instructors meet one-on-one with a course designer for a review that's personalized, collaborative, and based on a checklist of research-based best practices. In this session, participants will learn how the Faculty Teaching & Learning Center developed the PRO process, encouraged stakeholder buy-in, and began efficiently and systematically evaluating online courses. Our staff will also discuss the outcomes, benefits, and challenges of the PRO process. Attendees will walk away with strategies and resources for conducting individual reviews of their own courses and/or for developing and scaling a review process at their college.

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Make a Start: Six Steps Towards an Accessible Course

This session will focus on methods how to create a course and online accessible content for students with disabilities.

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