2015 NWACC RoundTable
Finding the Balance: Pedagogy and Technology
4-6 November 2015
Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center
550 SW Oak St | Portland, Oregon 97204
Wednesday, November 4
5:30 Check-in begins – Meet and Greet in the Alberta Room, 2nd floor of the hotel
6:00 Welcome – Alberta Room
6:15 Dinner Social – The Original Mezzanine, C Level (3rd floor) of the hotel
Thursday, November 5
All sessions and meals will be in the Park Ballroom on the C Level of the hotel
8:30 Welcome & Introductions: Hae Okimoto
9:30 Getting on the Same Page: Amy Greene, Trina Marmarelli, Erica Andree
David Wicks, EdD
Associate Professor & Chair of MEd. in Digital Education Leadership
Seattle Pacific University
University IT staff are committed to helping faculty integrate technology into their instruction. EDUCAUSE’s 2015 Top IT Issues lists “optimizing the use of technology in teaching and learning in collaboration with academic leadership, including understanding the appropriate level of technology to use” (Grajek, 2015, p. 12) as the second most important issue facing IT departments. However, faculty may be resistant to change that focuses on optimization and appropriateness rather than research-based pedagogy. They may wonder why IT only wants to work with “academic leadership” instead of the entire faculty. Pedagogical innovations fall short when groups with similar goals fail to communicate and work together as a team. How can we as NWACC IT staff and faculty avoid common pitfalls and flourish as a cohesive team? Maybe we just need to “find our swing.” In 1936 a relatively unknown rowing coach from the University of Washington, an English boatbuilder, and a team of nine boys who lacked traditional rowing pedigrees surprised the world and delighted their country by “finding their swing” and winning a gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown shares a historical account of this amazing feat that includes many life lessons, some which may help us better understand techniques and training regimens that will help us “find our swing.”
12:30 Plenary: Putting Our Teaching Deck into Production – Elizabeth Young
The NWACC Instructional Technology Roundtable collaboration has created the first two segments of our Ed Tech Deck. A series of cards to inform faculty on the application of tools and strategies for integrating technology into their teaching. Can we create a joint Faculty Development Day where faculty learn from each other and from us in using our EdTech Deck to improve what happens in the classroom?
1:30 Breakout Sessions:
Breakout A: Faculty Development – Mandatory vs voluntary – Lynn Greenough & Matt Lewis
A perennial issue is how to get faculty aware, familiar, and comfortable using technology in their courses. Share what your institution is doing to get more contact between you and your faculty.
Breakout B: Deck Next Steps – Getting it into faculty hands – Elizabeth Young & Hae Okimoto
What can a faculty development day look like?
2:45 Plenary Session: Threadz: Discussion Visualization – Matt Lewis
Built as a Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) integration for the learning management system Canvas, Threadz is a discussion visualization tool that adds graphs and statistics to online discussions. Online discussions provide valuable information about the dynamics of a course and its constituents. Much of this information is found within the content of the posts, but other elements are hidden within the social network connection and interactions between students and between students and instructors. Threadz is a tool that extracts this hidden information and puts it on display.
3:30 Plenary Session: Three-Minute Presentations – hosted by Trina Marmarelli
This is your chance to share your work with the whole group! Sign up to present an innovative practice on your campus, a great new tool, or anything else you think the group should know about. The three-minute time limit will be strictly enforced.
4:15 Afternoon Informal Networking – Happy Hour in The Original Mezzanine
The day has been packed, so this is a breather to follow-up with people – to learn, share and recharge.
5:00 End Day Two (Dinner Crowd Sourcing)
Attendees will self-select and break into groups of 5-7 based on discussion topics and/or food preferences, such as: Thai, Steak, Ethiopian, Seafood, etc. Using iPhones, iPads, Androids and the like, and applications such as Open Table, Yelp, and Urbanspoon, make dinner plans per group. Open Table users can make a reservation on the spot, or groups can call and make a reservation by phone. Bring your portable devices loaded with restaurant-finding applications.
Friday, November 6
All sessions and meals will be in the Park Ballroom
8:45 Breakout Sessions:
Breakout A: Staying Current: Knowing When to Innovate? – Lauren Nicandri & Amy Greene
As technology users and supporters, we are familiar with needing to be current on the latest trends and technologies in the field, but when and how do we innovate in the classroom? Come discuss ideas and approaches to innovation with educational technology and share/learn from others about innovative practices being implemented on our campuses.
Breakout B: Reimagining Classrooms as Active Learning Spaces – Lynn Greenough & David Schlater
There are many options for transforming classrooms: movable furniture, projection systems, interactive tablets, content that can be created and edited collaboratively, and more. What have you tried? Heard about? Dreamed of? Bring your questions, strategies and solutions to the table.
9:55 Breakout Session:
Breakout A: Achieving Educational Goals with New Tools and Technology – Erica Andree
Breakout B: Show and Tell: Share your Institution’s Recent Technology Initiatives – Trina Marmarelli & Matt Lewis
The “show and tell” format provides the opportunity to both share your successes and learn about what other institutions are doing. Large or small, what is going on at your campus?
The NWACC Instructional Technology Roundtable is a unique professional development opportunity with each participant able to contribute to the knowledge of the whole, while engaging in conversations for direct personal and professional development. This session will not only evaluate the process used by the Roundtable, but discuss our community learning needs and how we can continue to engage throughout the year. Both large group and table discussions to evaluate viable options and topics for ongoing professional development will be utilized.