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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM – Massry Center For Business

Join ITS and the University Libraries for the Ed Tech Expo to learn more about the many services available to support effective use of IT and Library services. Attend faculty presentations and connect with campus support resources at informational tables throughout the day in the Massry Center For Business. Light refreshments will be provided.  

Free Registration

For any questions contact edtech@albany.edu or 518-442-4288.

 

 

Massry Center For Business

Time

Sessions (45 minutes)

Room

Presenter

9:00

Blackboard’s Ally – What are those colored dials in your Blackboard course?

BB 151Sharon Hope
9:00

Google Slides to build connection and collaboration in online courses

BB 141Stephanie Affinito
9:00Office 365: What’s Under the Waffle? What is the Waffle?BB 137Mike Grosshandler, Latoya Taitt
10:00Blackboard Essentials: Getting Started with the LMSBB 133Maree Michaud-Sacks
10:00Metaliteracy Badges at the University LibrariesBB 129Kelsey O’Brien
10:00Maintain Grade Integrity in BlackboardBB 125Marty Manjak
10:00Utilizing Zoom in Blended and Online ClassroomsBB 119Marcie Newton
11:00Pick the Right Blackboard Tool for the JobBB 151Kim McDonnell
11:00Mobility Options with the University’s New Phone System        BB 141Katie Shaw
11:00

COIL: Online Learning Meets International Collaboration

BB 137Annette Richie, Sharon Hope, Virginia Yonkers
12:00

Adaptive Learning to Help General Chemistry Students Succeed

BB 133Colin Henck
12:00Open Educational Resources (OER) BB 129Elaine Lasda, Lenore Horowitz
12:00Web Conferencing in the ClassroomBB 125Gina Giuliano
1:00High Performance Computing at UAlbanyBB 119Nick Schiraldi, Anne Shelton
1:00The Hidden Magic: Accessibility Features in Office 365BB 151Liz Medvetz
1:00Supercharge Your Online Course Utilizing VoiceThreadBB 141Kim McDonnell, Maree Michaud-Sacks
2:00Use Ensemble to Stream Your Course VideosBB 137John Zelenak
2:00

How videos in an online course help students to be more successful

BB 133Carol Anne Germain
2:00Manage Your Grades in Blackboard      BB 129David Mamorella
2:00Using Cloud Platforms for Student Software ProjectsBB 125Jeff Yates

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Adaptive Learning to Help General Chemistry Students Succeed

The Chemistry Department has been working to increase retention in our large General Chemistry 1 course. We have developed and/or implemented several new resources for students including adaptive homework with online support for students (ALEKS) and a mandatory summer prep course with an open source textbook and video lectures.  We have created a YouTube channel to help students better understand chemistry and to date our channel has nearly 750,000 views.  Last fall we took on an ambitious project to identify at-risk students on the first day of classes by using an assessment exam.  We then moved 100 at-risk students into smaller sections of general chemistry (25 students/class), with four contact hours each week instead of three.  All of these interventions have combined to increase retention in General Chemistry 1.

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Blackboard’s Ally – What are those colored dials in your Blackboard course?

In this session, we will explore Ally, Blackboard’s new content accessibility tool. You will learn firsthand how Ally scores course content for accessibility within a course, how it automatically provides alternative accessible formats for students, and how it helps instructors make course content more universally accessible to students.

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Pick the Right Blackboard Tool for the Job!

Have you ever wondered what all those Blackboard tools do? This session will provide an introduction to Blackboard tools used to inform and communicate with students. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each tool and see what tool is best for what you are trying to achieve. Participants will become familiar with features such as discussions, announcements, blogs, journals, student preview and more!

Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Have an awareness of the variety of tool offerings within Blackboard for your Pedagogical use case.
  • The ability to determine the right tool (Strengths/Weaknesses) for what you are trying to achieve.
  • How to implement the selected tool and illustrate its use.

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Blackboard Essentials: Getting Started with the LMS

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of how to navigate and utilize the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) in your teaching.  Customizing and preparing your course for the upcoming semester will be the focus of this session.

Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Customize the course menu
  • Add content to your course
  • Organize content in your course
  • Enroll a user in your course
  • Make your course available for students
  • Copy materials from a previous course
  • Archive your course for future use/backup

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Mobility Options with the University’s New Phone System

Explore some of the features of our new phone system and how you can make and receive calls on your mobile phone without revealing your mobile phone number.

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COIL: Online Learning Meets International Collaboration

Join instructional designers, international educators, and faculty for an Intro to COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning), SUNY’s world-famous approach to virtual exchange.  COIL is internationalization at home and a High Impact Practice that encourages curiosity, team-building, problem-solving, project-based learning, concept recall, and network building.  UAlbany is the leading COIL-ing SUNY, with an active Community of Practice, partnered with faculty in Brazil, China, Mexico, and Venezuela.  Teaching and learning are transformed by connecting classrooms across borders.  Paired faculty hardwire their COIL-enhanced courses for discipline-relevant learning outcomes, global career readiness, and cultural humility.  Come learn how to get started with COIL.                                                                                                                

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Use Ensemble to stream your course videos

Providing access to course video content for your students is different than providing Word or PowerPoint files for them to download. Because of the large file size for course video it's best to use a streaming service so students can watch your course video without the need to download them. Come learn about UAlbany’s service for streaming your course video content.  In this session faculty will learn how to set up an Ensemble account, add and publish video, and embed video in Blackboard for easy student viewing.

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Google Slides to build connection and collaboration in online courses

Creating asynchronous online learning communities that parallel the communities formed in on-campus courses can be challenging and complex. By using interactive tools, such as Google Slides, faculty can create innovative opportunities for students to learn about each other and create connections among students. This session offers faculty an innovative way to transform the learning community in an online course by encouraging students to connect with each other at the start of the semester through interactive introductions through Google Slides.

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High Performance Computing at UAlbany

The University provides computing and storage resources for faculty, at no charge. In this session we will describe the resources that are available and how they can be leveraged in your research to advance your field of expertise. 

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How videos in an online course help students to be more successful

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Maintain Grade Integrity in Blackboard 

This session will:
--Encourage faculty to create a safety copy of their Blackboard grades as a standard business continuity practice. This would protect against grade tampering or data loss or loss of access.
--Inform faculty how to use native tools in Blackboard to create these safety copies.

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Manage Your Grades in Blackboard

The Grade Center in Blackboard is more than just a way to record student grades.  Come learn how this dynamic and interactive tool allows you to collect student submissions, record data, calculate grades automatically, and monitor student progress.

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Metaliteracy Badges at the University Libraries

Interested in supporting your students' research and critical thinking competencies? Curious about digital badges? Stop by to learn about the Metaliteracy Badging System, a suite of online instructional activities being offered through the Libraries that can be incorporated into your syllabus. This resource provides students with the opportunity to earn a digital credential as a Master Evaluator, Digital Citizen, Producer & Collaborator, or Empowered Learner.

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Open Educational Resources (OER)

For the past several years, New York State has provided incentives for SUNY campuses to encourage adoption of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in campus course offerings. By lowering the cost of course-related materials and providing first-day access to content, incorporation of OERs can improve student retention and student engagement. UAlbany has offered initiatives for OER adopters, but our goal is to implement a sustainable model going forward. In this session, we will give an overview of OER initiatives and activities on campus thus far and identify the resources on campus that can be leveraged to: "retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute" OERs in class offerings here at UAlbany.

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Office 365: What’s Under the Waffle?  What is the Waffle?

The waffle is your app launcher for the Microsoft products available to faculty, staff and students at UAlbany.  Come and explore a few of the features these applications bring to you and learn how you can collaborate with your colleagues, your students and staff.  This session will also include where you can store your files so they are easily accessible for sharing and collaboration.

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The Hidden Magic: Accessibility Features in Office 365

Engage every learner by making your content accessible using features in Office 365.  Microsoft now has accessibility options built into their core products that are amazing and truly "magical!"  In this session we'll explore how to use the tools to provide learning materials that are accessible. You will also see how the free tools, such as Microsoft Translator and Immersive Reader, can easily be added for you or your students to use. The tools are there now - so let's learn how to use them!

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Using Cloud Platforms for Student Software Projects

This session will talk about the various cloud platforms available, tools on the platforms, uses in the classroom with a specific example of use in software engineering, machine learning platform for my Fall 2019 Informatics class, and free tier for students (Azure and AWS).

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Utilizing Zoom in Blended and Online Classrooms

Want to help your students with database searches and see them demonstrate their research skills on the projector screen? Present interactive PowerPoint slides that students can write on? Put students into breakout rooms to work on team projects? These are just a few neat features faculty can take advantage of using Zoom. Come learn about Zoom, an online communications software for video conferencing, meetings, mobile collaboration, and so much more. In this session, you will learn how to utilize Zoom in blended and online classrooms to engage students with course content, foster collaborative learning, build confidence, and promote student success.

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Supercharge Your Online Course Utilizing VoiceThread

Would you like to foster richer interactions and deeper learning while having fun in your online course? VoiceThread is an asynchronous multi-media tool that has the ability to Supercharge your online course. We will explore how incorporating unique features of VoiceThread combined with pedagogical use cases and best practices can enhance and support a sense of community in your online course.

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Web Conferencing in the Classroom  

Team projects can be difficult in the classroom, especially when the room is too small and the furniture is not conducive to it. The challenges of teamwork, mobility issues, an interest in using ever more technology and a desire to push students out of their “comfort zones” sparked using Zoom web conferencing, VoiceThread, Ensemble and Blackboard to transform all my classes into blended delivery. In this session, I’ll share the mostly positive lessons learned.    

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