Rutgers Online Learning Conference

March 12, 2018

Take a look at the 2017 Agenda at-a-glance

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

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Monday - March 13, 2017

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

9:00am - 9:30am - Conference Opening by Dr. Antonius Bittmann and Dr. Richard Novak

9:30am - 10:30am - Keynote Speaker - Mike Cowen

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 of Keynote

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Keynote Speaker - Michele Norin

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

3:15pm - 4:00pm - Concurrent Sessions/Workshops Session D

4:15pm - 5:00pm - Concurrent Sessions/Workshops Session E

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Game Prizes and Light Reception

Session A
| Room 154
The hybrid (or blended) class model moves direct instruction out of the classroom by assigning course-content videos for homework. Rutgers University introduced its first hybrid mathematics course in the Spring 2015 semester. This study compared the hybrid section and one traditional format section taught by the same professor. To examine what effect the hybrid format had on in-person classroom interactions, the face-to-face meetings of the hybrid and the traditional section were analyzed using... read more
Alice Seneres
| Room 168
This workshop will provide an overview of the conception, method, and results from a social networking integration pilot initiative conducted at Rutgers University Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Professions during the Spring 2016 semester. Seven students were recruited to participate in the pilot, which had them performing various online learning tasks on Facebook instead of in the traditional Learning Management System. The tasks focused on finding articles related... read more
Derek Malenczak, Amy Spagnolo, Fae Cushing
| Room 166
In this session, we will cover digital collaboration tools that you can use in your class, whether face-to-face, blended, or fully online. This session will cover tools that get your students in the same online space, by either collaborating in real-time or not.  Applications for student group work will also be covered.
Priscilla Hockin Brown, Ismael Lara
| Ballroom
This panel presents some of the work that has been done by the Universal Design Committee over the past two years. Comprised of faculty and staff from across all campus locations, the Universal Design Committee has been charged to establish guidelines, practical guidance, and recommendations on how to make online course materials more accessible to learners of all abilities. The panel will explain why raising greater awareness of accessibility concerns is important, and how the Universal Design... read more
Antonius Bittmann, Carlie Andrews, Will Pagan, Steve Garwood, Christine Hickey, Emily Ravenwood
| Room 158
This presentation introduces the Virtual Museum of Public Service (VMPS) as a teaching resource, demonstrating its use in the delivery of public administration core courses. The presentation includes students’ assessments of the advantages and disadvantages of multimedia technologies in the on line classroom, and lessons learned about using these methodologies. The VMPS is unique as a museum on public administration and reaffirms the belief that citizens-as-public servants are a priceless and... read more
Lois Warner
Session B
| Room 168
Flipped classroom in higher education involves students actively learning content at home by working through video tutorials, then coming to class and collaboratively working in groups on more rigorous activities. This presentation will begin with a synthesis of qualitative research studies performed in flipped classrooms in a variety of higher education contexts. By examining key themes that emerge from the literature, participants will help generate a list of “best practices” in the flipped... read more
John Kerrigan
| Room 166
Think your course has what it takes to earn a Quality Matters certification?  This session will show you how to use the Quality Matters rubric, as well as common-sense suggestions, to help improve your course.  We will also discuss the RU Custom Review.  Available to all faculty members, this is a service that not only reviews your course, but also provides recommendations for improvement.  Finally, we will highlight some courses have been improved via the aforementioned review process.
Ismael Lara, John Obenchain
| Room 158
We converted a 4 week conventional elective course: Radiology Clerkship into a hybrid course utilizing an online learning management system (LMS): the Pearson Learning Studio eCollege. Overall, students had positive feedback for the course, especially regarding its flexibility and ability for self-directed learning. Nonetheless, with the hybrid course in its infancy, there was also feedback for ways to improve organization, course structure, and lecture content to better suit online learning.... read more
Judith Amorosa
| Room 154
Are you planning to move your fully online or hybrid courses from one LMS to another? What’s involved to make a smoother migration?  This session presents an overview of the Canvas migration project that the Center for Online and Hybrid and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT) has been undertaking to migrate courses from Pearson Learning Studio/eCollege to Canvas. The various aspects of the migration process will be discussed from collecting migration requests, batch- migrating course content,... read more
Marie Li with Priscilla Hockin Brown
| Room 162
The Database Activity in Moodle is the most versatile tool, allowing users to explore every creative set up they can think of, if willing to take up the challenge! This presentation will demonstrate 5 innovative academic uses by faculty and students at Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences: Private Submission Dropbox: The Physician Assistants Program has their students completing their Clinical Rotations using the Database as a submission drop box for their Rotation Journals, which are... read more
Sarah Ashley
| Room 160
Digital storytelling offers creative avenues for student learning through the use of technology tools that go beyond traditional “paper” or “exam” assignments. The presenters will discuss a new digital storytelling project that they designed – Hashtag Activism Project - for students to construct historical documentary-type digital stories about their hashtag activism movements by integrating multimedia (text, images, articles, video, etc.) using Storify, a free social-media driven storytelling... read more
Denise Kreiger, M.Ed., Sharon Stoerger, Ph. D.
Session C
| Room 168
There is a growing interest in exploring programs and methods useful to support faculty as they bring technology into the classroom and increase their online instructional savvy. Many faculty development efforts center on formal programs of instruction supplemented by guides, tutorials, and help desk assistance.  In this case study, we describe the intensive and organic development of a 1:1 faculty onboarding sponsorship that accelerated faculty online learning and independence. This... read more
Edwina Haring, Emily Ravenwood
| Room 166
The objective of this presentation is to offer an overall understanding of the demands and processes of common educational media production, like Lecture Captures, aiming to help educators and instructional support staff interested in (or tasked with) producing video or media content become better prepared and more aware of the resources, practices, and tools available. Focusing on simple lecture captures we will discuss the practical application and technical processes of creating and... read more
Josh Gould
| Ballroom
The panel will discuss various perspectives of transitioning to Canvas. The panel members include an assistant dean for instructional support, instructor, instructional designers, and help desk manager who will be sharing their experiences and tips on using and teaching in Canvas. Participants will be encouraged to join in the discussion by sharing their own perspectives and get their questions answered.    
Steve Garwood, David S. Levine, Marie Li, Kyle Whitmus, Joseph Yankus
| Room 154
One of several recent developments benefiting online learning at Rutgers has been the "Realignment of Instructional Technology Resources," announced by Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, in January 2017.  Designed to increase efficiency both of IT functions and tactical support operations for online learning, the Realignment consolidates three staff units with a strong track record of assisting online and hybrid faculty university-wide: the Center for Online & Hybrid ... read more
Antonius Bittmann
| Room 158
This presentation will provide an overview of results from a survey conducted by Rutgers University (RU) Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions. Surveys were administered to all RU students enrolled in online classes during the Spring 2015 semester. Students reported experiences regarding their online courses, as well as diagnoses of physical and mental health conditions. Analyses of survey results from 1,665 students focus on the differences between college... read more
Derek Malenczak, Ann Murphy
Session D
| Room 158
This presentation will focus on how one online program engages with faculty to not only provide training and resources, but to develop a sense of community among faculty, instructors, instructional designers and program administrators. As online programs grow, it is essential that faculty are provided with training and resources to engage them in their online teaching responsibilities, ultimately leading to greater contributions in the classroom. This presentation will discuss several key... read more
Lindsay Gaughan, Rachel Schwartz
| Ballroom
Migrating from one LMS to another can be a division or department’s worst nightmare, or it can be a golden opportunity to dramatically improve the standards of your course offerings. RAO took the latter tack and used the migration as the means to bring the courses into conformity through universal design, address ADA compliance issues, eliminate ‘legacy’ technical issues, and replace ancillary software by using the features of the new LMS. The undertaking also gave us the opportunity to build... read more
Ruqqayya Maudoodi, Richard Metzger
| Room 166
Making the Most of Rubrics: How to optimize your rubrics for faster grading and better instruction Do you want to speed up your grading while also helping students learn? Rubrics can be a powerful tool for both assessment and instruction. In this workshop, we’ll show you the steps to develop the most effective rubrics, and the best ways to put them to work in your courses. We will also show you the best features and capabilities of the Rubrics tool in Canvas, including how you can harness... read more
Dena Leshner, Marie Li
| Room 154
One of the challenges faculty face, in improving the accessibility of their online courses, is to understand and locate accessibility problems in the first place. To assist in this, a programming team at the University of Central Florida developed an accessibility issue reporting and repair tool for Canvas: UDOIT. This session will explain some of the common accessibility issues in online courses and demonstrate how to use UDOIT to quickly find and repair such issues in a Canvas course.... read more
Emily Ravenwood
| Room 160
Don’t teach your online course alone! Invite a librarian to help with research assignments. Librarians can help you enrich your students' information literacy skills and introduce them to the wealth of librarians' expertise and library materials including books, articles, data and videos. We will show you what librarians can do for your online class and how subject guides are seamlessly integrated in your course in Canvas. We will demonstrate how librarians can create information literacy... read more
Mei Ling Lo, Jill Nathanson
| Room 168
Open Education Resources have been explored from various angles. On one side, there are plenty of advantages for students. The main one is the cost reduction. Z-degrees attract the student population as the cost of degree completion decreases tremendously. On another side, the cost of OER production is high, if an institution decides to develop one. What does it take to develop an OER? Why faculty would want to get involved? What support can faculty get from an institution? Who are the... read more
Melanie Shaw, Olena Zhadko
Session E
| Ballroom
This presentation will provide an overview of the collaboration between an instructor from the Graduate School of Education and the Education Librarian (Rutgers University) for an online graduate course with the goal of increasing student engagement. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing Moore’s three variables that affect transactional distance in the online environment. Additionally, the session will cover the results of the piloting of this joint effort. The course activities, structure, and... read more
Leslin Charles, William DeFabiis
| Room 154
Participants in this interactive presentation will see examples of research-based tools and methods for successfully incorporating asynchronous video elements in fully online undergraduate and graduate courses. Participants will be encouraged to share their perspectives, tools, and tips.The presenters will show examples of effective use of asynchronous video to engage students, build community, and create strong instructor presence. Topics addressed will include: when to use asynchronous (pre-... read more
Eric Hagan, Christopher Hewatt
| Room 158
Monmouth University features an array of Information Technology courses for most majors [IT 100], Math and Science majors [IT 102], and Business majors [150]. These courses feature problem based assessments across a variety of platforms. Pearson MyITLab assesses students on simulations and projects. Students are also assessed by the instructor by completing various assessment tools and submitting them to the Learning Management System, called eCampus. Additionally, MyITLab and TurnItIn [on... read more
Matt Marino
| Room 166
Do you find that your students just “don’t get it”?  Learn what small steps you can take to make your course more accessible and engaging for EVERYONE.  You will walk away from this session with concrete examples and techniques that you can implement today.
Mary Labrada, Jen Obando
| Room 168
The online classroom can seem very impersonal and uninviting to an online student, especially one new to virtual learning. However, with a few simple tools, the teacher can create an environment of trust and camaraderie among their students that closely replicates the same relationship in the face-to-face classroom. In this presentation, I will equip the attendees with several online open-source tools and embedded Canvas programs that will foster this relationship as well as create order and... read more
Lindsay Leach-Sparks

Event Date

RUOnlineCon 2018
12 March 2018
200 Atrium Drive

Somerset, NJ 08873

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Teaching and Learning with Technology - TLT supports Rutgers academic units University-wide in creating and delivering hybrid and fully online courses, and is heavily involved in both for-credit as well as non-credit online and hybrid education. Find out more.

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