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 | Morning Session

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Building Relationships in a Virtual World
Jon Lacivita

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Creating a sense of community & belonging has become more important than ever in today’s virtual world be it in a classroom or with your peers. In this session we will share 10 techniques that help overcome the challenges of virtual communication and how to drive engagement and build real...
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De-escalating Student Frustrations: The CLEAR Framework from InsideTrack
Anna Kern , Carrie Lockhert, M.Ed.

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

In the wake of COVID-19, institutions and millions of students made an emergency and unplanned transition to online instruction. InsideTrack is committed to supporting campuses as they continue to navigate an uncertain and unprecedented academic year.  InsideTrack developed a resource site that...
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How to Protect Exam Integrity in a Global Pandemic
Conner Koper

Tracks: Adapt

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

Over 1,200 higher ed, K-12, corporate, and federal institutions have trusted Proctorio’s Learning Integrity Platform to provide secure and scalable Identity Verification, Proctoring, Content Protection, and Plagiarism Detection. Proctorio is an industry leader, maintaining a 99.991% uptime, is the...
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Pedagogical technology to boost inclusiveness in large online classes: University of Minnesota use case
Vlad Ster , Corey Nelson

Tracks: Adapt

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

Successful teaching/learning often comes from cultivating a sustainable learning environment that encourages frequent feedback, and collaboration. It is crucial, yet challenging to maintain the presence of these components within an online environment. Instructors often find themselves facing...
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Student Social Emotional Learning in Our Current World
Daniel Budzinski

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Social Emotional Learning of our current K-12 student population in the United Sates is on the top of every school districts list of needs. In this session Daniel Budzinski from Purpose Prep will discuss how SEL in a digital environment can be an effective tool to help students move ahead, and deal...
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Discussion Topic Breakouts (Limited Space Session)
The Discussion Topic Breakouts are an opportunity for those with similar positions to discuss challenges and solutions they encounter in their line of work.  We will have breakout rooms available for Instructional Designers & Technologists, Instructors, Administrators, and those in the K12 sector. Space is limited, please join early.

12:00 pm | Day 2 - Keynote

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Student Panel
This will be a student panel discussion moderated by Stacey Blackwell, Senior Director of the Rutgers University Learning Centers. The focus of the panel discussion will be on the students' experience with online learning. We will address both the general student experience and the experiences of those students who have served as peer leaders in support their peers academically.

1:00 pm | Session C

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"PIVOT!" Tele-simulation in Healthcare Education
Les Barta , Dr. Liza Andrews, Dr. Colleen Donovan

Tracks: Improvise

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

This session will take participants through a short scenario to experience how Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences’ schools have adapted to social distancing restrictions while continuing to hold healthcare simulations. These simulations are produced via teleconferencing and allows our...
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Accessibility and ReadSpeaker: A Voice for All Learners!
Kathy Wood , Ginger Dewey

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

One click of the Listen button can open the world to ALL learners. Are you utilizing the power of accessibility tools to ENGAGE all of your students? Join us to see how you can incorporate accessibility tools that reach all students and not just the ones with disabilities. Text to Speech is proven...
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Accomodating Two Audiences - An Experiment in Converged Learning
Tara George

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

This session presents a case study in converged learning in which the instructor, inspired by television show production, experiments with new methods to accommodate students in the classroom and participating on zoom. Partipants in this session will: - hear how this class was taught, aided by...
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Adapting an In-Person Teacher Training and Field Experience to Online
Lauren Gonzalez , Maryanne Campbell, Derek Shendell

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 25 minutes

NJ Safe Schools Program (NJSS) will present how, in collaboration with NJ Department of Education, a three-day in-person course for educational professionals was adapted into an online course. Content includes an asynchronous Canvas course with individually completed field experience assignments (...
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Adapting Training to Change Employee Mindsets During a Global Pandemic
Harnel Richmond , Andrea Lacy Wilson, Wanda Colon

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Participants will learn best practices when adapting live workshops /training sessions to remote learning. They will leave with a better understanding of how to design and develop engaging virtual workshops for large audiences. The University Finance Project Management Training team adapted...
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Developmental Advising at the Honors College
Robert Wilder , Lisa Sanon-Jules

Tracks: Improvise

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

This presentation seeks to provide attendees with different techniques that Rutgers Honors College incorporates in its advising initiatives while working remotely. Partnerships and forged relationships with other academic schools contribute to each advising technique and assists with achieving the...
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Embedded learning assistants support active engagement in remote courses
Corey Ptak , Sari Katzen

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

This session details how the Learning Assistant (LA) Program adapted the role of LAs to meet the needs of faculty in the remote environment and promote engagement, communication, and motivation within virtual classrooms. The program includes an intensive online training component to prepare the...
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GRID Game Showcase
Sagarika Rana

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Join GRID for an in depth look at the process of making educational games for various Rutgers units. GRID will discuss their process for taking each project from pre-production, execution, to close out. They will also focus on how they make decisions to align with the learning objectives the ...
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IGNITE 3 - Bringing the Libraries’ Work Study Home
Tara Maharjan

Tracks: Improvise

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

As the University planned for the Fall 2020 semester to be virtual, the Rutgers University Libraries planned a remote work study program.  But for students who usually shelve books and staff service desks, this remote work study was going to need to be different. For this presentation, I will...
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IGNITE 3 - Challenges and Lessons Learned Implementing Online Biology Labs
Monica Torres

Tracks: Adapt

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

This session presents the challenges and lessons learned during the transition from traditional to online delivery of a large-enrollment, introductory biology lab course. A combination of videos, interactive simulations and demonstrations were used for students to engage in activities as...
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IGNITE 3 - Online resources to fight fake news
Pat Winters-Lauro

Tracks: Improvise

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

Fake news and disinformation touches every discipline, and it is our responsibility to inform students of its dangers and teach them to become news literate. This presentation shows websites and online activities to use in a variety of liberal arts courses for just 10 minutes, a class period or an...
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IGNITE 3 - Smatter Away, My Gonzo Instructional Designer!
Kenneth Basco

Tracks: Evolve

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

From level designers as course designers, to using Twitter to write your lectures, to taking communication advice from household objects, you don't need a learning science degree, or a software license to create learning experiences. How do we become more authentic? How do we welcome unconventional...
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Lessons Learned: Online Instruction for Professional Adult Learners during COVID-19
Olivia Dupont , Rosaura Garcia

Tracks: Adapt

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

The Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute (GTBI) will share lessons learned in transitioning in-person courses to online formats and facilitating online trainings for effective learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation will highlight unique challenges, advantages, and best practices...
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New strategies for teaching online large size STEM courses
Annalisa Scacchioli

Tracks: Evolve

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

In recent years, enhancing teaching and learning for Undergraduate STEM has become strategic for several research universities in the US. However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity to move courses online have added tremendous challenges in teaching and learning for all the instructors...
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SIPPERS (Self Instructor Peer Performance Evaluation Ranking System)
Sheila Tabanli

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 25 minutes

Freshmen started the college in a new norm, lacking the much-needed social interactions in a campus setting. In this presentation, we will discuss the instructional strategies designed and implemented in a Freshman Calculus class to build an online learning community. These strategies include:...
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Using Adaptive Release to Train NJ COVID-19 Contact Tracers
Colleen McKay Wharton , Marian Rose Catherine Passannante, Ph.D.

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

In May 2020, Rutgers School of Public Health was charged with developing a training program to prepare three thousand individuals to become case investigators and contact tracers during the COVID-19 pandemic. How could we assure that a comprehensive, online training would result in a capable and...
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Creating Dynamic Learning Environments with Zoom
Dana Kemery , Joanne Serembus

Tracks: Evolve

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

This session will provide participants with the skills for launching their course using Zoom and aiming it in the right direction. Innovative methods for keeping learners engaged from the first class to the final assessment will be highlighted. Ideas for activities that will excite students will be...
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How Microsoft Teams Promotes Virtual Collaboration
Christine Blanos , Clarence Bernardo

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 25 minutes

The Canvas LMS is now using Microsoft Teams as a tool for you to meet with your students, so why not learn how to use Microsoft Teams to create a collaborative environment with your colleagues too. In this session, you will experience how our learning and development team at the Rutgers School of...
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Leveraging course design to improve academic quality and student engagement
Dasantila Sherifi

Tracks: Evolve

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

Course design is related to course content, curriculum, teaching aspects, course development aspects, compliance with licensing and accreditation bodies, and student outcomes. Multiple aspects, such as desired outcomes, student engagement, connection to the rest of the curriculum, flexibility for...
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Making Transition Online in Virtual Collaboration with Departments of Labor
Maryanne Campbell , Lauren Gonzalez, Derek G. Shendell

Tracks: Improvise

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

This presentation will discuss strategies used to transition a NJ Safe School Program professional development training for supervisory teachers to receive certification to coordinate student work-based learning experiences, which had historically been in-person with the U.S. and NJ Departments of...
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Using CANVAS to Stay Connected: Supporting Students Virtually
Dyron Corley , Randi Ferguson

Tracks: Adapt

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

Due to the pandemic, Rutgers University-Camden moved to online learning, greatly impacting how support programs deliver its services to participants. In this session, we will discuss how two such programs focused on the needs of first-generation, low-income students, the Educational Opportunity...
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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 D

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Academic Support Through Badging and Asynchronous Instruction
Lucille Leung , Stacey Blackwell

Tracks: Improvise

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Academic coaching helps students overcome barriers to success and become more likely to persist by almost 5 percentage points (Bettinger & Baker, 2011). While the Learning Centers typically offer one-on-one academic coaching or group workshops in a live setting (in-person and online), we used...
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Canvas Insider’s Tips & Tricks to Enhance Instructor & Learner Experience
Priscilla Hockin Brown , Karen Harrris

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Learn simple Canvas techniques to manage your online course efficiently. Help guide your students through the semester with streamlined course set-up and at-a-glance management to ensure you are using your time effectively. New and experienced Canvas users will find value in leveraging native...
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Designing Pathways for Student Success
Kevin Mobbs

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there," is loosely attributed to Lewis Carroll and based upon an exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland. This innate wisdom poignantly suggests a framework for online course navigation which guides students to...
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Engageli: The Future of Learning = Engagement, Connection and Data
Dan Avida

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Engageli is a digital learning platform purpose-built by educators and students for educators and students. Engageli’s technology is specifically designed to empower universities in synchronous/asynchronous online and hybrid education. With Engageli, Universities can reimagine the learning...
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Escape Certification Cave with xAPI
Jeffrey Riley

Tracks: Evolve

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

Explain the use of the xAPI Builder in creating statements for the gamification project. Identify the steps and the order of events involved in a project like this. Discuss how the project was built, use of techniques, and problem solving to complete the project. Analyze the process of building a...
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Lessons Learned: Shifting a Public Speaking Curriculum to Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Delivery
Joseph Yankus , Tatiana Rodriguez

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Like most classes at Rutgers University, the undergraduate Public Speaking course shifted to fully remote delivery in Spring 2020. But how was a course which students expected to take face-to-face successfully delivered online while satisfying student expectations? Join Tatiana Rodriguez & Joe...
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Mastery Based Grading
Michael Weingart

Tracks: Evolve

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

This session will present the mastery based grading (MBG) system now used in two Rutgers mathematics courses.  It will explain how this system integrates learning goals directly into the assessment process, and gives  students opportunities to correct mistakes and improve their scores, all while...
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Onboarding the Online Student
Stephen Wilcox

Tracks: Improvise

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

In an online course, students are often overwhelmed with the volume of course onboarding documentation provided.  In this talk, instructors will learn to: make the most of learner "receptivity," often highest at the beginning of a semester. create a concise message, focusing on student/faculty...
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Project-based Learning in Today’s Online Environment
Alexander Pichugin

Tracks: Adapt

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

Today’s online teaching requires a redesign of many proven traditional teaching techniques. There is an opinion that project-based learning is not well suited for online teaching and that group projects should now be avoided. This session represents the opposite view: project work can and should be...
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Redesigning face-to-face graduate courses to be delivered online
Ramazan Gungor

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Drawing from years of teaching fully online graduate courses (since 2006) in Turkey and the US, I have worked with faculty of School of Graduate Studies at Rutgers (from across the academic fields) to help them redesign their face-to-face graduate courses to be delivered online through a Sakai site...
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The Power of We Begins With You
Leo Bottary

Tracks: Adapt

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

Peer•no•va•tion (pir-nə-ˈvā-shən) combines the words peer (people like me) and innovation (creativity realized). It’s teamwork of the highest order.   Leo Bottary follows up on his two earlier books about leveraging the power of peers in business and in life. With its roots in CEO and executive...
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Utilizing Mini-aeroponic Plant Systems as a remote hands-on Educational Experience
William Sciarappa , Xenia Morin

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 50 minutes

With the Covid issue requiring remote instruction, the use of a mini-aeroponic system mailed to students made an effective evolution as a distance learning tool. Students received a multi-sensory experience growing vegetables, flowers and herbs that provided a major impact on their interest, ...
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Virtual Cameras: Open-source Greenscreens for Zoom classes
Don Daedalus

Tracks: Adapt

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

Zoom classes offer some advantages to in-class instruction. The ease of integrating new technologies approaches the goal of ubiquitous learning. Greenscreens are not a new technology, but their use in zoom classes may be more novel. Using OBS, an open-source livestream software, this presentation...
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Building Library Leganto Reading List in Canvas Courses
Yini Zhu

Tracks: Evolve

Session Format:
Workshop (interactive) - 25 minutes

The Leganto Reading List is a tool that makes digital course content easily accessible to students. This tool integrates with LMS and gathers all course materials into one convenient location. It can accommodate a wide variety of formats: electronic articles, ebooks, streaming media, digitized...
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Building Student Confidence & Competency While Teaching Media Production Online
Neal Bennett

Tracks: Adapt

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

Students in a media production course expect three things: hands-on learning with technology, coaching from their instructor, and creative energy from their classmates. Instructors striving to provide this kind of hands-on, collaborative, and resource-heavy instruction face big challenges even in...
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Course maps: Planning your course from "soup to nuts"
Chris Link, PhD

Tracks: Adapt

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

Properly used course maps allow instructors to organize and plan every detail of a coherent path, from course objectives to final assessments, of a student’s learning journey. Through a quick presentation followed by Q&A, participants will learn how course maps can be used to align course...
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Course Templates: Consistency and Flexibility (Import to Canvas Commons and Share It)
Linda Lopez

Tracks: Adapt

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

In this session we will discuss how the creation of course templates creates a uniformity and structure to our courses and streamlines the process of building of courses for instructors and allows students to access course content in a consistent manner. We will touch upon how using Canvas Commons...
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Rapidly Enabling Online OSHA10+ General Industry for NJ Educational Professionals
Derek Shendell , Maryanne Campbell, Lauren N. Gonzalez

Tracks: Evolve

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

This presentation describes details of an effective partnership by NJ Safe Schools Program (NJSS) at Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH) with an interagency Alliance for Young Worker Safety and Health and Rutgers SPH Center for Public Health Workforce Development. We had two months (3-5/2020) to...
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Strategies for Facilitating Successful Asynchronous Discussions
Christine Webster-Hansen

Tracks: Evolve

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

In asynchronous online courses, instructors face the challenge of engaging their students across remote distances. In their attempt to facilitate online discussions that duplicate the quality of traditional classrooms interactions, they can feel defeated when students treat discussions as...
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4:00 pm | Network Gathering

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Connect with Attendees
The final hour of the conference is dedicated to providing an opportunity for attendees to network with each other.  We will begin the session with closing remarks and the announcement of our prize winners.