Rutgers Online
Learning Conference

Schedule

Day 1 - Monday, March 15th

11:00 am ET - Opening Ceremony
11:30 am ET - Keynote Speaker, Richard Casper
1:00 pm ET - Concurrent Sessions A
2:00 pm ET - Sponsor Hour
3:00 pm ET - Concurrent Sessions B

Day 2 - Tuesday, March 16th

11:00 am ET - Morning Session
12:00 pm ET - Day 2 - Keynote
1:00 pm ET - Concurrent Sessions C
2:00 pm ET - Sponsor Hour
3:00 pm ET - Concurrent Sessions D
4:00 pm ET - Network Gathering

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11:00 am | Opening Ceremony

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Welcome to the 12th annual Rutgers Online Learning Conference
We will begin the day's events with remarks by Dr. Antonius Bittmann, Associate VP, Online Programs, Dr. Richard Novak, Vice President for Continuing Studies and Distance Education, and Rutgers University President Dr. Jonathan Holloway.

11:30 am | Keynote Speaker

portrait of Richard Casper
Richard Casper
From warrior brain to artist brain - how using art and music curriculum is saving lives. Richard Casper will share how he had to Adapt after getting injured in Iraq. His humvee was struck four separate times by I.E.D.s which led to a traumatic brain injury. During his journey to heal,  he discovered art and music and It changed his life so he had to evolve. He learned to transition his warrior brain to his artist brain.  When he knew what he had just experienced needed to be shared with other veterans around the country he had to improvise. He went from an art...
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1:00 pm | Session A

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Authentic Assessments: How To Measure What Really Matters
Mark Wise

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

This interactive session will take participants through the process of how to shift your traditional assessments that requires students to transfer their learning, demonstrate their abilities to communicate, collaborate, problem solve, and conduct effective research, while attending to the core...
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Converting In-Person Courses into Live-Interactive Virtual Sessions: Tips & Tricks
Michael Steinbruck

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

This fun and comfortable session will focus on strategies and techniques for facilitating more engaging and interactive online delivery of training/course content. The presenter has experience providing support across all video-conferencing applications, but will focus on the use of Canvas as a...
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Creating Interactive Enrichment Modules to Support Gifted Students
Brittany Smith Moczygemba

Tracks: Improvise

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Engaging and supporting gifted students in the classroom became much more complicated with the sudden shift to virtual learning. Balancing quality instruction while differentiating for individual student needs involves more creativity than ever. During this interactive session, participants will...
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Virtual Classroom
Anne-Michelle Marsden

Tracks: Improvise

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Consider online activities that increase student awareness, stimulate deep learning, and/or support skill development associated with contemporary workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion. Not dependent on field of study, students can learn to participate in creating a more inclusive workplace...
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Increasing student engagement online
Frederick Dixon

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

When teaching virtual classes, a common requirement is to ensure students are actively engaged and learning. This workshop will cover how you can use BigBlueButton in virtual office hours, group collaboration, and full online class to engage students. We’ll map the capabilities of BigBlueButton...
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“Zoom Doom” or “Room to Bloom?” Leading engaging online seminars
Lyn Baier , Topher Sutton, Susan Bennett

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

The Rutgers First-year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS) team successfully coordinated 56 student-led online synchronous seminars adapted from highly interactive in-person courses. In this presentation, we will discuss how we confronted the challenges of this shift before and during the semester. Our...
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Content Curation Using Wakelet to Build Information Literacy
Shelley Buchbinder , Brian Dashew

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

Information literacy is a vital skill often lacking in students amidst an unprecedented flood of information. Research courses present an opportunity to develop information literacy; in our courses, we have supported development of these skills through scaffolding the research process. Yet the...
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Empathy at the Heart: Leadership Design for Adult SEL
Amy Mount

Tracks: Improvise

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

Design thinking is a human-centered process for problem-solving. The process starts with empathy. Empathy is more important than ever in light of our current crisis. Everyone thinks they’re an expert in the field of education because they experienced schooling, but, until March 2020, no one had ...
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The Living Donor Design Lab: Collaboration, Innovation, and Social Change
Veronica Armour , Sunita Kramer, Mary Chayko, Advaith Bongu, MD

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

This session will discuss how a virtual design lab can be used for students to identify areas of potential innovation to initiate a design research project.  The presenters will walk through a recent design lab on living donors to explain the design process from topic identification, format and...
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Transitioning In-Person Flipped Classrooms to Online Flipped Classrooms
John Kerrigan

Tracks: Improvise

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

This session will explore the conversion of various mathematics and educational psychology courses from in-person flipped classes to online flipped classes during the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 semesters.  Participants will learn about easy-to-use tech tools for fostering active learning in the...
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Virtual/Remote Labs for Teaching a lab–based course on Food Technology
Paul Takhistov

Tracks: Improvise

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

The Covid-19 pandemic has raised significant challenges for teaching. A particular challenge has been the urgent request for strictly face-to-face lab courses to be taught online. Food Technology and Product Development are core courses in the Food Science curriculum. Both courses have a strong lab...
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Why Asynchronous Learning does not have to mean Asocial Learning
Rachel Dickler

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

Asynchronous learning experiences are often associated with a lack of social connection and sense of community. As part of this interactive "Evolve" session, participants will learn new strategies for constructing an asynchronous online classroom community that is engaging and provides students (...
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Implementation of MS Teams In Teaching Chemistry Classes
Ahmet Kukrek

Tracks: Improvise

Session Format:
Ignite (quick sit and learn) - 10 mins

The aim of this presentation is to share experiences from the implementation of Microsoft Teams in a small organic chemistry class. Participants will not only learn how to create a class in Teams but also managing it and the comparison of Teams with other video conferencing tools will also be...
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Implementing an Alternative Assessment: Multiple-Choice Questions Created by Students
Laura Liang

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Ignite (quick sit and learn) - 10 mins

Are you looking for methods and resources to conduct alternative assessments given remote teaching?  This session will describe how one course instructor conducted an alternative midterm assessment. This session will provide an alternative assessment example that enabled students to connect with...
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Learning from the YouTube Star
Andres Zervigon

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Ignite (quick sit and learn) - 10 mins

Online teaching can be a tricky affair when students are accustomed to the eyeball-attracting technques that YouTubers have developed for their enourmous audiences of followers. Rather than compete with Internet stars, I have found it best to learn from them. By adopting a number of the visual and...
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Prevent Cheating during Online Exams: LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor
Erin Coffin , Anna Desmond

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Ignite (quick sit and learn) - 10 mins

See how LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor help Rutgers and over 1,500 other colleges and universities deter cheating across a variety of online testing scenarios. In this brief session, you'll see an overview of how they work, why they're successful, and discover new features and integrations...
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Tweet your way to an A
Pat Winters-Lauro

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 25 minutes

Winters-Lauro shows how the use of live Tweeting with students can facilitate focus and critical thinking. In this segment, she shows how students live Tweeted the 2020 Presidential Debates with the professor as part of two different assignments. One assignment was to report the event objectively...
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Breaking Up with OPMs for Successful, Independent Revenue Growth Models
Antonius Bittman , Jessica Sheehan, Laura DiMarcantonio

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

After years of partnering with a traditional revenue-share OPM, Rutgers Online was ready to transition to a new model of online program growth. With newly developed in-house capabilities, Rutgers sought a collaborative and flexible partner to continue to drive enrollment and allow for increased...
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Creative Use of EndNote for Managing Systematic Reviews
Yingting Zhang

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

Systematic reviews are becoming increasingly popular not only in health sciences but also in other disciplines. While there are many tools for systematic reviews, most of them are not available to Rutgers users. EndNote is a citation management tool that has been available to Rutgers users for a...
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iPad, Apple Pencil, and Just-In-Time Teaching
Stephen Wilcox

Tracks: Improvise

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

The introduction of iOS 14 and the ability to use the Apple Pencil on all of Apple's iPad offering has made one of the most useful educational tools in years available to everyone.  Using demonstration and demos, learners will learn to: Quickly create visually concrete feedback videos targeted at...
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Language learning with CAMILE using Machine Learning and the Canvas
Rick Anderson , Yuri Alegria, Carmela B. Scala

Tracks: Improvise

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

Language learning with CAMILE using Machine Learning and the Canvas LMS Presenters: Carmela Scala Rick Anderson Yuri Alegria Culturally-and-emotionally Aware Machine-learning-based Intelligent Language-acquisition with Experiential-learning (CAMILE) is a language learning approach using machine...
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Primary Sources in the Classroom
Caterina Agostini

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

Primary sources and historic documents are important materials for students in the humanities. With FromThePage (https://fromthepage.com), we read, transcribe, and annotate texts and images, establish transcriptions conventions, and edit work while allowing for deeper connections with primary...
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Meet with our sponsors
This is a designated hour we have set aside for conference attendees to meet with our sponsors and learn more about their products.  You may chat with sponsors in the "Exhibit Hall".

3:00 pm | Session B

Start at 3:00 PM

Continuous improvement in online learning: From quick to quality
Bethany Simunich

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

This session will focus on strategies and best practices for elevating the quality of remote and online courses. We'll focus on priorities during a rapid transition to online, and how you can build on those early successes to refine and revise your course for quality, engaged, online learning....
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e-Portfolios as a Tool for Reflection and Representation
Adrienne Simonds , Filiz Carus Ozen, Karen Harris

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in tremendous change to the ways in which education is delivered, particularly in the health professions. A professional portfolio is a compilation of a student's best work, and often includes elements of a professional development plan, reflective components, and...
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Paradigm Shift: Reconsidering Best Practices for Online Discussion
Brian Verdine

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Faculty expend considerable effort on discussion boards, creating weekly assignments and meticulously grading the resulting “discussion.” In reality, these assignments rarely spur anything even remotely resembling real conversations. The discussion forum, then, just becomes a way to collect an...
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Usability as an Instructional Design Strategy
Rachel Derr

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

This presentation demonstrates an instructional design usability strategy. Learning goals include:  Examining usability as an instructional design strategy  Connecting usability, consistency, findability, and visual design  Analyzing a sample course in an LMS  Developing a usability plan. A Canvas...
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Using Feedback to Enhance Learning and Engagement
Cynthia Simon

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

This session will cover Motivating engagement using peer (student) & faculty feedback in discussions, Motivating engagement through written feedback and communication from faculty to students Avoiding feedback that demotivates because of language choice, lack of cultural sensitivity,...
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Virtual Online Learning for Healthcare Students
Mary Wagner , Christine Dimaculangan, Ammie J Patel, Caitlin McCarthy, Tom Bateman, Lucio Volino

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

The goal is to show course participants how to convert a patient-centered, ambulatory care clinic-based experience to a virtual experience that meets clinical competency requirements. We plan to engage participants through an interactive presentation, followed by breakout sessions with faculty-...
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What is Quality Matters?
Jim Snyder

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

How does the quality of your online courses measure up? Are you designing them in a way that will help students succeed? What is Quality Matters all about? This interactive session is designed for faculty, staff, and administrators who are relatively new to QM. Come for a quick introduction of QM,...
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Connect, Communicate, Coach
Regina Efimchik , Danielle Heuer

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 25 minutes

In this new reality, instructors, designers who are reviewing courses, and students must take into account communication realities.  The three V’s of communication come from Visual, Vocal, and Verbal.  We assume you are content experts, but new skill sets are paramount for conveying that content...
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Using Tablets & Drawing Tools in Live Video Conferencing Platforms
Michael Steinbruck

Tracks: Improvise

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 25 minutes

This is a quick beginner demonstration and tutorial showing how tablets and drawing tools/styluses can be used with video conferencing applications. Great for making teaching and training more fun and interactive, and using hand drawn visuals to enhance learner experiences. The instructor will use...
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Developing Ungrading for a 100+ Student Courses
Courtney Sobers

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

Ungrading is a teaching approach that stems from research that says grades actively inhibit learning. In a fully ungraded course, if grades are given at all, they are decided by the student, not the instructor. Whether or not you agree with that statement, the core belief is that students learn...
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Distance Learning in bilingual and immersion elementary classrooms.
Goretti Vinuales

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

This session is designed for elementary world language teachers and teachers working in dual language and immersion classrooms online. In this session, participants will: - Gain practical insights on how to create successful online lessons for K-5 learners in dual language and immersion contexts...
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Enhance Learning with Seesaw in K-12 Classrooms
Lois Alston , Alexander Isaacs

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

In this 25 minute session you will get an overview on what Seesaw is all about.  Seesaw is an online, easy to use tool that was created as a platform for increasing meaningful student engagement. This platform unlocks creative thinking for all students in any subject. Students explore a variety of...
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How Teaching Presence, as oxygen, breathes life into asynchronous pedagogy.
Mansoor Bhatty

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

Correct understanding of the depth of Teaching Presence concept which is generally confused and used synonymously with 'teacher presence" Thematic analysis of asynchronous pedagogical issues, as see through the lens of online teachers, based on my 3 years qualitative doctoral research. The...
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2 Tips for Empowering Online Student Learning at the Outset
Christine Kephart

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Ignite (quick sit and learn) - 10 mins

We cannot assume incoming and returning students, undergrad or grad, know how to navigate online learning tools such as Zoom when they first encounter them (Darby, 2019) or the range of technologies faculty employ for student learning (Kebritchi et al., 2017), or that they have learned such tools...
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Kubernetes: Building out platforms to host applications used in Canvas
Yuri Alegria

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Ignite (quick sit and learn) - 10 mins

In this presentation I will cover how the process of building a platform in Kubernetes allows to host applications that can be embedded in Canvas courses. I will provide few examples of applications developed by Game Research and Immersive Design, how they were deployed in our servers and how then...
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Setting Up Microsoft Teams
Christine Blanos

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Ignite (quick sit and learn) - 10 mins

Learn how to set up Microsoft Teams for instructional design collaboration with this quick and easy tutorial. You will be able to model the system in place at the Rutgers School of Social Work’s Institute for Families to create a team, add members and channels, and incorporate applications that can...
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Supporting the Academic Enterprise: Planning for Faculty and Learner Success
Dana Kemery

Tracks: Improvise

Session Format:
Ignite (quick sit and learn) - 10 mins

For learners to succeed, faculty must succeed. In this session, participants will learn how we created a plan for faculty success during the rapid shift to remote learning. Data from a faculty, student, and staff survey will be shared and discussed.
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Kaltura/Play-Posit: Breath Life into Pre-Recorded Slideshows/Lectures
Michael Steinbruck

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

This will be a quick look by a novice user on how you can move from PowerPoint to Kaltura to Play-Posit in Canvas to easily infuse interactive elements into your recordings and greatly enhance student engagement and reinforce learning.
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Learning Journals - Embedding Knowledge
Raymond Dool

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

I have been using Weekly Learning Journal Reflection postings in all my online classes since 2017. I also marry these Weekly Learning Journal postings with a Final Course Reflection assignment. The Weekly Learning Journal postings are a concise capture of what resonated with each student from that...
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New to Online Teaching? Spending Time to Save Time
Victoria Raish

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

The pandemic has made everyone involved with teaching and learning think about how they are teaching (and learning) in the online environment. With everything going on in the world from the pandemic to social disruption to normal life stressors, it can seem overwhelming to move a course to the...
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Rubric Repair: 5 Changes that Get Results
Mark Wise

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

Many of us know about rubrics and either choose not to use them or feel that they may not be that helpful in that they are too vague to be meaningful or too prescriptive to allow for orginality.  But how do we make sure we measure what matters most and not what is just easiest to assess?  In this...
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Send in the Publisher! Using Publisher-created Materials in Online Courses
Mary Eklund

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

The use and integration of publisher-created materials in online courses, generally available as part of an ebook adopted by a professor, is a common practice in higher education today. While some may object that the development of an online course should proceed with the subject matter expert...
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Unified course design for active learning in a multidisciplinary program
Paul Takhistov , William Egan

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Presentation (sit & learn) - 25 minutes

   Learning management systems plays a critical role in students' engagement in active learning. In this presentation, we describe a unified design approach for Canvas-based courses used in the Master of Business and Science program. The Program offers more than 25 concentrations in Life Sciences,...
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