2017 Conference Program Coming Soon!

Take a look at the 2016 Agenda at-a-glance

We have a full two-day program that will have a general structure below. The single session tracks have between 5-7 tracks/sessions from which to choose.

Monday, January 11, 2016 Tuesday, January 12, 2016

8:00am - 9:00am - Registration and breakfast

9:00am - 9:30am - Conference opening by Dr. Antonius Bittmann, 

Dr. Richard J. Novak, and Dr. Barbara Lee

9:30am - 10:30am - Keynote - Jeff Selingo

10:45am - 11:30am - Concurrent Sessions/Workshops Session A

11:45am - 12:30pm -  Concurrent Sessions/Workshops Session B

12:30pm - 12:55pm - Lunch

12:55pm - 1:00pm - Introduction by Sheri Prupis

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Keynote - Kenneth Ronkowitz 

2:10pm - 2:15pm - Introduction by Dr. Antonius Bittmann

2:15pm - 3:15pm - Keynote - Deb Adair

3:15pm - 3:35pm Coffee Break / Visit with Exhibitors

3:35pm - 4:20pm - Concurrent Sessions/Workshops Session C

8:00am - 9:00am - Registration and breakfast

9:00am - 10:00am - Keynote - Ray Schroeder 

10:15am - 11:00am - Concurrent Sessions/Workshops Session D

11:15am - 12:00pm - Concurrent Sessions/Workshops Session E

12:00pm - 12:55pm - Lunch

12:55pm - 1:00pm - Introduction by Dr. Antonius Bittmann

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Keynote - Joan Bouillon

2:15pm - 3:00pm - Concurrent Sessions/Workshops Session F

3:00pm - 3:30pm - Coffee Break / Visit with Exhibitors

3:35pm - 4:20pm - Concurrent Sessions/Workshops Session G

4:30pm - 4:45pm - Conference Closing



Please click on the date of the conference (below) to see the corresponding schedule.



2016 Conference Workshops

Session D (10:15am - 11:00am)
01/12/2016 - 10:15am | Breakout 3 - Garden State C (lobby level)
In "High Touch Hybrid Courses"-- Professors Mary Gatta and Kristina Baines (CUNY- Guttman Community College) will share their experiences teaching "high touch hybrid courses" in the social sciences. High Touch Hybrid courses incorporate experiential learning pedagogy into sociology and anthropology courses. These courses go beyond traditional hybrid online discussions to encourage students to engage with learning materials in the natural environment via experiential methods and share their... read more
Mary Gatta, Kristina Baines
01/12/2016 - 10:15am | Breakout 5 - Brunswick Ballroom D (lower level)
In this research-based, interactive session, representatives of a small university whose very mission is based on the dignity of each individual person share tools and techniques for how to make online learning fully human, particularly with regard to instructor presence. Techniques to be discussed include use of multimedia, instructor onboarding, getting the class off to a good start, when to use synchronous online sessions and live in-person sessions, and the need for instructors to set clear... read more
Eric Hagan, Samantha Levis
01/12/2016 - 10:15am | Breakout 4 - Brunswick Ballroom C (lower level)
Montclair State University (MSU) has been moving quickly in developing online degree programs and individual online courses. In order to ensure high-quality online education, a social interaction-embedded content development model and template have been developed which enable faculty and Instructional Designers to work collaboratively. This presentation will highlight how this has been applied to courses taught in the Educational Leadership online program. Dr. Frances Stromsland and... read more
Frances Stromsland, Carolyn Demefack
01/12/2016 - 10:15am | Breakout 2 - Garden State AB (lobby level)
The presenters, "A faculty member and an instructional design/technology specialist," collaborated to design and develop a new hybrid course, Digital Technology and Disruptive Change, in the Digital Communication, Information, and Media minor (DCIM) in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. They will discuss their innovations in the course design process including incorporating Quality Matters (QM) standards, diverse instructional strategies, engaging activities and... read more
Mary Chayko, Ph.D., Denise Kreiger
01/12/2016 - 10:15am | Breakout 1 - Regency Ballroom (lobby level)
Competency Based Education, CBE, is one of the hottest topics in higher education today. At its best, it holds the promise of improving access, outcomes and affordability, especially for adult students. At its worst, it is another fad that does not deliver. In this session, Dr. Novak will unpack what is real and what is hype, enlisting data and findings from a national research study conducted by the Education Advisory Board. He will help delineate the distinctions between CBE and other related... read more
Dr. Richard Novak
Session E (11:15am - 12:00pm)
01/12/2016 - 11:15am | Breakout 4 - Brunswick Ballroom C (lower level)
Translating an onsite lecture for use in an online environment may pose significant challenges both pedagogically and technically. This presentation will discuss pedagogical strategies for translating onsite learning materials to an online environment, including the use of alignment to identify important material, as well as the importance of parsing material into brief, digestible morsels. Then, techniques for producing high-quality multimedia pieces will be demonstrated, including low and no... read more
Justin Smith, Jarrod Cecere
01/12/2016 - 11:15am | Breakout 5 - Brunswick Ballroom D (lower level)
Becoming an increasingly popular mode of learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can benefit the development and promotion of university courses, introducing core learning objectives to broader online audiences weeks, sometimes months before the actual courses begin. This presentation will demonstrate several principal techniques, tools and methods for enhancing distance learning at the university through condensed MOOCs, as developed and initiated over the course of a single term. Some... read more
Andrew Klobucar
01/12/2016 - 11:15am | Breakout 2 - Garden State AB (lobby level)
Online instruction can be challenging, especially when students are learning skills to prepare them for a healthcare profession. The purpose of this interactive presentation is to demonstrate online teaching techniques for student engagement and interaction in physical assessment using patient care scenarios, and nutritional sciences using lecture and labs.  Discussion will include how to achieve an experiential hands-on environment when teaching within a virtual platform. Demonstrations of... read more
Jennifer Tomesko, Jennifer Bridenbaugh
01/12/2016 - 11:15am | Breakout 3 - Garden State C (lobby level)
How does formative assessment contribute to student success in online learning? In our presentation, we’ll briefly describe the main tenets of the Community of Inquiry model and emphasize how formative assessment can enhance teaching, social, and cognitive presence in an online course, contributing to greater student success. In doing so, we will review basics about assessment, including the differences between summative and formative assessment and how to provide useful feedback to students.... read more
Dana Pilla, Christie DeCarolis
Session F (2:15pm - 3:00pm)
01/12/2016 - 2:15pm | Breakout 4 - Brunswick Ballroom C (lower level)
A new Rutgers copyright website with enhanced guidelines for Rutgers faculty and instructors was introduced in the fall of 2015. This session will provide an overview of the new guidelines. They address the copyright basics, contract law for digital resources, copyright policies and practices at Rutgers, the copyright landscape in higher education, open access teaching content; educational use of copyrighted works in all formats; distributing works through course management systems; posting... read more
Janice Pilch
01/12/2016 - 2:15pm | Breakout 1 - Regency Ballroom (lobby level)
A common concern among faculty in professional programs is how clinical skills can be effectively taught in an online environment. This presentation will focus on how technology has been used in a clinical social work program to help students develop skills through the use of simulated role plays, group work and case presentation. A virtual world was developed for use in social work courses, allowing students the opportunity to take on therapist and client roles to practice skills, simulating... read more
Rachel Schwartz, Edward Alessi, and Rick Anderson
01/12/2016 - 2:15pm | Breakout 3 - Garden State C (lobby level)
This session will present UMUC’s approach to developing a CBE model. In this model, project-based assessments contain OERs necessary for students to be successful. The assessments and resources are carefully designed and specifically aligned to take advantage of the data analytics. The system collects analytics on students, instructors and course design elements. In addition to alerting instructors and students to their progress and performance, the analytics inform decisions on faculty... read more
Anna Van Wie, R. Brogan Hetrick
01/12/2016 - 2:15pm | Breakout 5 - Brunswick Ballroom D (lower level)
Colleges and Universities throughout the nation have access to a network and online educational content resource by way of their local Research and Education Network (REN) which typically provides high performance network connectivity and access to a broad array of research and instructional resources which are available to advance the teaching, research and administrative missions of their members. NJEDge.Net is one among the thirty-five research and education networks that comprise the Quilt... read more
Dr. Edward Chapel, Sheri Prupis, Dr. Patricia Kahn
01/12/2016 - 2:15pm | Breakout 2 - Garden State AB (lobby level)
The presentation discusses the rationale, design, and structure as well as the impact of the computer-assisted online-based collaborative component of an interdisciplinary-oriented language/culture course. The component targets both the construction of knowledge as well as assessment and evaluation. Its core is a series of collaborative projects, for which students choose topics and prepare sets of online tools intended as teaching materials, thus acting as educational facilitators, developing... read more
Alexander Pichugin
Session G (3:35pm - 4:20pm)
01/12/2016 - 3:35pm | Breakout 2 - Garden State AB (lobby level)
Montclair State University instructional designers and librarians engaged in a conversation to reboot information literacy instruction and capture it in an online environment. The means to provide information literacy and research instruction must be nimble and adaptable in order to keep up with this ever evolving information age. Using the learning management system, they designed a series of open educational resources (modules in Canvas) to help students broaden their understanding of... read more
Catherine Baird, Joe Russo
01/12/2016 - 3:35pm | Breakout 4 - Brunswick Ballroom C (lower level)
This presentation is a hands-on demonstration of ClassLive, the synchronous online platform embedded in Pearson’s eCollege Learning Management System, with special attention to strategies that can engage students and instructors in collaborative work. Participants will use their laptops to access ClassLive and various tools, such as the ability to post powerpoints and the use of video-clips to stimulate discussion and problem-solving. Tools such as polling and the use of breakout rooms will be... read more
Amy Strickler, Ericka Deglau
01/12/2016 - 3:35pm | Breakout 3 - Garden State C (lobby level)
This presentation discusses instructional design approaches used by the Academy of Peer Services (APS), Rutgers University Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, to develop online continuing education environments that support learners living with psychiatric illness.  Implications for online instructional designers are discussed. The Academy of Peer Services (APS) aims to promote the increased skill level of peer providers in New York State and to improve the overall quality of peer... read more
Karen Richards, Amy Spagnolo, Annette Backs
01/12/2016 - 3:35pm | Breakout 1 - Regency Ballroom (lobby level)
The Introduction to Information Technology and Informatics course is the gateway course for the undergraduate Information Technology and Informatics (ITI) major in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. It has traditionally followed a teacher-centered, lecture-based format. The course is offered each semester in a large lecture hall with enrollment up to 450 students. The presenters, Sharon Stoerger (the course instructor/program director of the ITI program) and... read more
Sharon Stoerger, Ph.D., Denise Kreiger
01/12/2016 - 3:35pm | Breakout 5 - Brunswick Ballroom D (lower level)
A short history of the 'Assessment Movement' will introduce the topic of the changing nature of learning outcome assessment.  Differing types of assessment, e.g., institutional, program and course and differing types of assessment methods, i.e., direct, indirect and authentic, will be defined.  An overview of the economic factors driving assessment into new directions, such as the rise of Pell Grants and student loans at the Federal level, comprehensive data bases on individual student... read more
Gary A. Gigliotti
Session A (10:45am - 11:30am)
01/11/2016 - 10:45am | Breakout 1 - Regency Ballroom (lobby level)
This presentation is going to provide an overview of accessibility and all of the areas that course instructors, instructional designers, and course administrators should know. Participants should walk away with a checklist of items they should be looking at when reviewing their course or building a new one, in addition to resources available and simple skills to help them fix most accessibility issues in their course materials.
Jason Khurdan
01/11/2016 - 10:45am | Breakout 4 - Brunswick Ballroom C (lower level)
The increased demand for online and hybrid education encourages an evaluation of the differences in academic engagement among students that take such courses compared to those that take traditional courses.  The research questions to be addressed include 1) Are students that take more classes online or hybrid less academically engaged than those who take courses in person? 2) What is the level of academic engagement among students from nontraditional backgrounds who take more courses online or... read more
Robert Heffernan , Victoria Porterfield
01/11/2016 - 10:45am | Breakout 5 - Brunswick Ballroom D (lower level)
Online learning is spreading rapidly across the higher education landscape, including here at Rutgers University. The Office of Instructional & Research Technology’s Instructional Design Team has worked with RU faculty to create dozens of online and hybrid courses. This presentation will explore the challenges of transitioning from the face to face lecture and engaging students in an online context, as well as peek inside the course development process. This panel discussion will feature... read more
Charles Collick, Debra Scoggins Ballentine, Paul Israel, and Matt Sills
01/11/2016 - 10:45am | Breakout 3 - Garden State C (lobby level)
To showcase the hybrid course design used to develop a business practice firm capstone course that provides students an opportunity to launch an enterprise, transact with students in other simulated companies that belong to the Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) network. Students use a suite of cloud-based tools to assist with business development, financial monitoring, content creation, marketing and social networking. The hybrid format gives students real, transferable, hands-on business... read more
Alexandra Salas
01/11/2016 - 10:45am | Breakout 2 - Garden State AB (lobby level)
Opportunities to regularly engage with the instructor and with each other are key to successful student engagement in an online course. This presentation will provide an overview of the variety of ways instructional designers and professors have made use of ScarletApps, Rutgers’ implementation of Google Apps for Education, to develop and strengthen a course’s learner community. These tools, available to all faculty and students at the university, help increase instructor presence and offer... read more
Matt Kelly, Jaime Trullinger
01/11/2016 - 10:45am | Breakout 7 - Brunswick Ballroom A (lower level)
Grab the attention of today's learner with brief, high impact videos of your own creation, or that of your students.  Instructors can easily incorporate video instruction into every lesson by using video authoring tools freely available on the web.  Assignments can be created around the use of video to engage students and even have them "teach back" to their peers.  Using YouTube to distribute video ensures that videos support universal desgn for learning.  The potential educational uses for... read more
Melanie Morris, Anne Marie Anderson
Session B (11:45am - 12:30pm)
01/11/2016 - 11:45am | Breakout 3 - Garden State C (lobby level)
Textbooks, scholarly articles, streaming media, cartoons, and images are all items that can create cost to students or copyright concerns for faculty. Learn how to link to library resources, adopt open access textbooks, and find openly available cartoons and images to enhance your class.
Jill Nathanson, Mei Ling Lo
01/11/2016 - 11:45am | Breakout 6 - Brunswick Ballroom B (lower level)
This presentation will explore the value of instructional design services in higher education and, more specifically, those available at the Center for Online & Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT). We will provide an overview of current faculty development opportunities including short training sessions, a four-course online teaching certificate program, one-to-one course design support, QOCR (Quality Online Course Review) process, and the role of Quality Matters in what... read more
Sharla Sava, Ph.D., Priscilla Hockin Brown, M.S., Arthur Schneider M.Ed., Emily Ravenwood, M.A., John Obenchain, M.B.A.
01/11/2016 - 11:45am | Breakout 2 - Garden State AB (lobby level)
This presentation will indicate the results of a study on student use of captions which were added to lecture recordings in a large lecture hall course. Students frequently indicated using captions as part of their studying and learning process and perceived them as valuable to their level of achievement in the course. We will present on why we decided to add captions, the process used for captioning, our study methodology and results. Learning Objective(s): 1.    Describe how students use... read more
Steve Garwood, Nick Linardopoulos
01/11/2016 - 11:45am | Breakout 7 - Brunswick Ballroom A (lower level)
This interactive presentation will focus on the process; from needs analysis through design, development, and delivery; of creating a platform from which to launch an effective, efficient, and sustainable faculty development program. Faculty satisfaction and performance data from the course, as well as enrollee comments will be discussed along with how the course fits into the faculty development program and articulating next steps in the creation of a cohesive and holistic learning environment... read more
Paul Desmarais, Tara King
01/11/2016 - 11:45am | Breakout 4 - Brunswick Ballroom C (lower level)
This interactive presentation will focus on two tools that produce universally designed learning objects in online courses (Thinglink & EdPuzzle). Thinglink provides content tagging for still images whle EdPuzzle allows the user to manipulate videos with voice overs, notes, and assessments.  Both tools are free. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to use these tools in their online courses.    
Beth Ritter-Guth
01/11/2016 - 11:45am | Breakout 5 - Brunswick Ballroom D (lower level)
As the percentage of non-traditional students continues to rise, the need for institutions to assess their resources becomes critical to driving student outcomes. This session will identify how non-traditional students are using university resources in different ways and the barriers they face throughout the student life-cycle. The session will discuss best-practices by institutions to ensure that their online students have the full university experience without ever having to set foot on... read more
Matt Druhe, Deborah Youssef
Session C (3:35pm - 4:20pm)
01/11/2016 - 3:35pm | Breakout 4 - Brunswick Ballroom C (lower level)
Demonstration & discussion of an online, collaborative curriculum design system. A Google spreadsheet crowdsources faculty and administrators to build an integrated calendar map, driven by curriculum, faculty, and timeline. The calendar is accessible through a website or LMS, and addable to any mobile device, making it available to students and faculty alike, at different levels of detail for different groups. Any academic program that aims to incorporate vertical/horizontal integration in... read more
Alex Tentler, Karen Harris
01/11/2016 - 3:35pm | Breakout 3 - Garden State C (lobby level)
We’re all acquainted with Benjamin Franklin’s sentiment: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes". Academics recognize an additional inevitability in our world of online teaching: assignment grading.  It is a task to which we can all relate, as for each of us, it is as certain as death and taxes. When teaching online and depending on course design and class size, grading can consume a large amount of our time and attention.  One option to managing grading time... read more
Anne-Michelle Marsden
01/11/2016 - 3:35pm | Breakout 2 - Garden State AB (lobby level)
Incorporating formative assessment strategies into your teaching practice regularly can help serve two purposes: providing you, the instructor, with a snapshot of what your students are learning; and, giving students the type of feedback necessary to help them move towards mastery of the content.  This presentation aims to provide instructors of all subject areas with new ways to engage students using formative assessment.  Increasingly, technology can serve as a tool to help instructors... read more
John Kerrigan, Cecilia Arias
01/11/2016 - 3:35pm | Breakout 5 - Brunswick Ballroom D (lower level)
Quality Matters (QM) is an internationally accepted program designed to promote and immprove the quality of online education and student learning.  This presentation will describe the way Bergen Community College has adopted the rubric to do internal review of their online and blended courses.  The presenter will share the benefits of adopting the QM rubric at their institution, how the review process has been customized to provide professional development and extend online student services.  ... read more
Amarjit Kaur
01/11/2016 - 3:35pm | Breakout 1 - Regency Ballroom (lobby level)
This panel discusses various aspects of designing and operating fully online degree programs. The process of transitioning degree programs into a fully online environment presents a mix of complex challenges and rewarding opportunities. These can be met successfully with the help of an external partner, as illustrated by four different Rutgers case studies: the RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing of the School of Nursing-Camden; the Master of Education in Adult and Continuing Education of the... read more
Professor Claudia Beckmann, Professor Alisa Belzer, Professor Rachel Schwartz, Joseph C. Schiavo, Sanam Raza, and Antonius Bittmann
01/11/2016 - 3:35pm | Breakout 7 - Brunswick Ballroom A (lower level)
Increasing student retention is a particular challenge for institutions whose student body is comprised of a high proportion of students from underserved populations. At Delaware State University, an Historically-Black institution with an undergraduate enrollment that is approximately 80% African-American, several ongoing initiatives have been directed towards increasing the academic success of STEM majors at the early stages of their academic careers. In two initiatives; one targeting students... read more
Andrew Lloyd, Melissa Harrington

Event Date

RUOnline 2017
13 March 2017
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Somerset, NJ 08873

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