Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

EDneXt

Schedule

EDneXt took place on Monday, August 14, 2017, from 11:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Below shows the schedule of EDneXt presentations.

Session Presenter Time Location
Lunch   11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Butler Reception Room
Welcome Remarks Suzanne Lee, Ph.D. and Chris Zakrzewski, Ed.D. 12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Butler Reception Room

Keynote Session

Think outside of the box of old pedagogy:
Let's make teaching and learning more engaging and rewarding

Ali Jafari, Ph.D. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Butler Reception Room
Break   1:30 - 1:45 p.m.  

Social Media in a Large Physics Class: A Faculty Perspective

Andrew Gavrin, Ph.D. 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Butler Reception Room
The Future

Chris Zakrzewski, Ed.D.

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Butler Reception Room
Break   3:15 - 3:30 p.m.  
Concurrent Session 1 - Affordable Textbooks and Alternatives David Stern 3:30 - 4 p.m. TBD
Concurrent Session 1 - Canvas 10 Tips Chris Zakrzewski, Ed.D. 3:30 - 4 p.m. TBD
Concurrent Session 1 - Enhancing Online Student Engagement: 3 Simple Steps Margaret Reneau, Ph.D. 3:30 - 4 p.m. TBD
Concurrent Session 1 - #Classroom: Networking within Your Course Peter Hilton, Ph.D and Norman Boyer, Ph.D. 3:30 - 4 p.m. TBD
Break   4 - 4:15 p.m.  

Concurrent Session 2 - Scholarly Communication Issues for Faculty Consideration

David Stern 4:15 - 4:45 p.m. TBD
Concurrent Session 2 - Canvas 10 Tips Chris Zakrzewski, Ed.D. 4:15 - 4:45 p.m. TBD
Concurrent Session 2 - Enhancing Online Student Engagement: 3 Simple Step Margaret Reneau, Ph.D. 4:15 - 4:45 p.m. TBD
Concurrent Session 2 - #Classroom: Networking within Your Course Peter Hilton, Ph.D and Norman Boyer, Ph.D. 4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

TBD

Abstracts

Keynote Session - Think outside of the box of old pedagogy: Let's make teaching and learning more engaging and rewarding

Presenter - Ali Jafari, Ph.D.

Abstract - This talk discusses the new pedagogical opportunities that have recently become feasible to course instructors due to the availability of new educational technology tools such as the CourseNetworking, or the CN. More specifically, how we as teachers can leverage new technology to make our courses more engaging, rewarding and enjoyable.

How can we introduce gamification in the learning activities? How can new macro certification innovation such as badges incentivize students in learning activities? What can the administration do to incentivize instructors in using information technology in classroom activities? And last but not least, what we can do to make our graduates ready to present themselves and their learning outcomes to prospective employers and competitive job market using new tools such as electronic portfolio.


Session - Social Media in a Large Physics Class: A Faculty Perspective

Presenter - Andrew Gavrin, Ph.D.

Abstract - I have used CourseNetworking (CN), an academically focused social media platform, in my introductory physics class for three semesters. In this talk, I will share my motivations for using CN, my experiences with it, my students' perceptions, and early-stage research on student engagement using CN as a source of data. Overall, my experience has been highly positive. CN clearly encourages many students to engage with one another outside the classroom. Students find the CN interface easy to use, and far more appealing than the discussion tools included in our course management system. CN is also a rich source of data, which we are beginning to tap to gain a deeper understanding of students' engagement with the course


Session - The Future

Presenter - Chris Zakrzewski, Ed.D.

Abstract - Today it is impossible to uncouple education and technology. This talk will explore our successes over the past six years and where we should go in the future.


Session - Affordable Textbooks and Alternatives

Presenter - David Stern

Abstract - Students desire exciting, interactive, state-of-the-art pedagogy. We have the technology to make learning fun and effective. Traditional textbooks need to be revised and/or replaced as part of the new learning environment. We will discuss the enhancements being made by commercial publishers in terms of new price models, and multimedia and testing modules --- as well as developing Open Educational Resources now available as possible free replacements. Embedding these objects into CANVAS can make for a far more attractive and effective learning experience. Join us for a conversation about these developments.


Session - Canvas 10 Tips

Presenter - Chris Zakrzewski, Ed.D.

Abstract - This session focuses on 10 Canvas features to help you utilize the learning management system to its fullest capabilities. Discussed are tips such as customizing student assignment due dates, using the Canvas Calendar and more.


Session - Enhancing Online Student Engagement: 3 Simple Step

Presenter - Margaret Reneau, Ph.D.

Abstract - Engaging students in online discussions takes practice just like facilitating productive face to face classroom discussions. Even though online discussions take place asynchronously, ideas can be encouraged, reinforced and even created, when faculty use evidence-based online facilitation techniques. Faculty may also use student led group discussions, which come with their own challenges. Engaging students in online discussions means utilizing several types of discussion responses. Some online students will respond early in the week, while those in a hurry, or challenged by the course content, will respond later in the week. Faculty can base their discussion responses both on the timing and quality of online student discussion posts. By individualizing student online discussion responses, engagement, and learning are strengthened.


Session - #Classroom: Networking within Your Course

Facilitator - Peter Hilton, Ph.D, Norman Boyer, Ph.D.

Abstract - Coming soon!


Session - Scholarly Communication Issues for Faculty Consideration

Presenters - David Stern

Abstract - This first half of this session will focus on the following:

1. Copyright, classroom rights, and embargoes when publishing

2. Placing teaching and research material in the Institutional Repository (Google indexing)

3. Textbooks and/or free alternatives (OER material, locally created, or embedded library materials)

4. Plagiarism education and detection (Turn It In)

5. Ethics in the classroom and labs (Errata and intentional misbehavior)

6. Fake News and training students to utilize critical thinking

We will focus the second half on: the Open Educational Resources (OER) experience for students and faculty. Professor Dayo Akinlade will talk with colleagues about her experience with OER material as an alternative to commercial textbooks. Dayo will also discuss her impressions -- from both the faculty and student perspectives.