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Blended Learning Track Abstracts

Title: Integrating Online Discussion: Designing, Fostering, and Assessing Instructional Conversations

Presenters: Deborah Horan, MSU Denver; Todd Reimer, MSU Denver; Philip Bernhardt, MSU Denver; Kathleen Luttenegger, MSU Denver

Abstract: Our panel shares strategies for designing instructional conversations that integrate online discussion, with attention to: instructional purposes; discussion structures; overcoming obstacles; and assessment techniques.

Session Time: 9:00am - 10:00am

Title: Intentional Blending: Developing a Blended Learning Course

Presenters: Barbara Barclay, MSU Denver; Elizabeth Mendez- Shannon, MSU Denver

Abstract: Blended learning is an intentional integration of traditional and online learning in order to provide educational opportunities that maximize the benefits of each mode of delivery and thus effectively facilitate student learning. Blended/hybrid designs are as diverse as course offerings. Each design is uniquely tailored to address the course content and learning objectives and integrates the strengths of synchronous (face- to- face) and asynchronous (text- based) learning environment. This presentation will provide attendees with an understanding of pedagogical strengths and weaknesses of each delivery mode to design complementary instruction to maximize learning. The presenter’s research related to students’ perception of learning in a blended course as well as recent experiences with teaching multiple blended/hybrid delivery formats will be shared.

Session Time: 10:15am - 11:15am

Title: Blended Learning: Facilitating Change in Engineering Technology

Presenters: Brenda M. Perea, Colorado Community Collage System; Peter Lindstrom, Colorado Community Collage System

Abstract: Research has shown that today's student demands different college course experience than students demanded 5 years ago. In the spirit of embracing student engagement, Metropolitan State University of Denver received a Department of Labor TAACCCT grant with the stipulation of converting F2F courses to hybrid or online. This session will present MSU Denver’s success in converting lab-based engineering courses to blended courses, while promoting sharing of course content across colleges. By the end of the session, each attendee will understand the challenges and successes in converting courses to blended format, while acknowledging the need to get instructor acceptance before committing to developing blended and online courses.

Session Time: 2:00pm - 2:25pm

Title: Just in Time Teaching - A 21st Century Teaching Technique

Presenter: Jeff Loats, MSU Denver

Abstract: This summer, CU Online piloted a new 10-week, fully online faculty training program to prepare online instructors to excel in teaching, called Online Skills Mastery (OSM, pronounced "Awesome"). Learn how OSM is transforming faculty training by fostering hands-on, time-on-task approaches to professional development while also fitting more naturally into the life of a busy faculty member. Come see examples from OSM, and hear about the successes and lessons learned along the way.

Session Time: 2:35pm - 3:00pm

Title: Flipping an Introductory Computer Programming Classroom – An Experiment in Progress

Presenter: David Kramer, MSU Denver

Abstract: Learning a computer programming language is best done by writing correct programs, not memorizing facts about the language. Metro’s Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department’s CS 1050 course, Introduction to Computer Science 1, poses teaching challenges for several reasons. A major one is the mix of student backgrounds: * Computer Science majors, some with programming experience and others who have none. * Math majors for which CS 1050 is required. * Biology, Meteorology, Physics, Chemistry and other science majors. * Occasional art, business and other Liberal Arts majors. This semester we are experimenting with flipping some of the CS 1050 sections. The main objective is to give students more opportunities to write programs and share their ideas with others. Here’s how we’re implementing the ideas: * Students read lecture notes and PowerPoints and/or view videos before a class session. * At the start of class, we answer questions students have about the lecture material or videos. * For the remaining class time, we work on the programming assignments (the homework for the course). This presentation will share experiences to date and request from the audience their own experiences with flipping a classroom so all may benefit from the knowledge.

Session Time: 3:15pm - 3:40pm

Presentation Materials: Kramer powerpoint

Title: Boosting Aptitude in Mathematics 2.0

Presenters: Duane Bird Bear, MSU Denver; Markus Pettersson, NTI

Abstract: The current models for mathematic education stress multiple small repetitious moments designed to "keep fresh" knowledge acquired in the classroom. Instead of simply putting math education on "life-support", the BAM 2.0 paradigm calls for injecting life into math education. Allowing the student to flow seamlessly from concept, to idea, and finally to applied knowledge, BAM 2.0 revolutionizes learning. Instead of hoping for the best, educators can instead plan for success. Combining the best learning models that Sweden and America can produce, BAM 2.0 takes what we, as educators, know works and wraps it around delicious learning success for the student.

Session Time: 3:50pm - 4:15pm


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