• Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis

JW Marriott Indianapolis, Indiana
Hosted By Ivy Tech Community College
October 2-5, 2011

- The 2011 STEMtech Conference . . . Where the Rubber Meets the Road!
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Session Format Descriptions

Session formats for which proposals to present can be submitted include:

Concurrent Sessions
Roundtable Discussions
Poster Sessions

All proposals to present at STEMtech should feature a successful practice, program, or key issue with a strong focus on (a) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in general education and workforce training or (b) the use of technology across the institution.

Roundtable discussions and poster sessions should be selected if you prefer a setting where there is time to answer questions, discuss implications, and compare findings with other participants. Concurrent sessions tend to favor formal presentations in which the audience listens to what the presenter has to say, even though the presenter may entertain audience questions.

Since more proposals are received than there is space available to hold sessions, proposals that are accepted are expected to be compelling and appealing to a large number of participants. Given meeting space restrictions, proposals for roundtable discussions and poster sessions are more likely to be accepted than proposals for concurrent sessions, provided they include a title and description that make it clear the session will take advantage of the highly-interactive opportunities these formats provide.


Concurrent Sessions are traditional one-hour concurrent sessions that form the core of conference offerings. Concurrent Sessions are set theater style with a head table and chairs at the front of the room and are intended for an audience of approximately 50-100 people. A maximum of three speakers per Concurrent Session is recommended. Room assignments are made at the discretion of the conference organizers. Special room setup requests cannot be accommodated due to the limited time between sessions. Presenters are expected to use active learning techniques to engage audiences, to distribute materials, and to respond to follow-up requests for more information. Lecture-only presentations are strongly discouraged.

Sample Concurrent Session Titles and Descriptions

Designing Sustainability Courses and Curriculum
St. Louis Community College offers a preparation course for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional exam and a course that addresses green building technologies and LEED certification for buildings. Plans include creating more courses in environmental design and developing an interdisciplinary Green Technologies Certificate of Specialization.

A Model for Collaboration: CERET's Renewable Energy Technologies Certificate
The Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technologies' (CERET) certificates in renewable energy provide students with the knowledge needed for careers in energy management and renewable energy technology. Included are online and onsite courses featuring seasoned renewable energy instructors. Colleges can use this model to develop their own programs.

Developing Shared Online Materials to Teach the Research Paper
Addressing the need for shared online materials that maximize the effectiveness of classroom instruction, English and library faculty developed eight interactive PowerPoint modules following one student's approach to writing research papers. Participants learn about the collaborative development process, see a demonstration of the Research Paper Project, and review assessment data.

Partnering for Success: Can Higher Education Manage IT Any Longer?
With the pressure to provide secure and reliable technology environments, many institutions are turning to outsourcing. The Community College of Southern Nevada (CCSN) hired SunGard Collegis to manage its technology infrastructure and assist with creating online programs. Learn how this partnership has progressed and what the future looks like for CCSN.

Increasing the STEM Pipeline: Building Seamless Pathways to STEM Careers
Learn how to fund and build a system designed to increase the number and success of students aspiring to STEM careers. Discussed are strategies designed to recruit and motivate students, engage them in STEM programs, transition them from one educational institution to another, and support them along their journey.

Developmental Mathematics in a Web 2.0 World
Mathematics remains a daunting challenge to college success for traditional and adult students. How might new media, technologies, and alternative learning modalities expand upon effective practices for reaching these students? How might free web-based resources help support these efforts? Join us as we brainstorm new possibilities for the future.

Nursing + Technology = Electronic Medical Record
The presenter shares how one community college merged nursing documentation and IT skills into an oncampus electronic documentation system useful in preparing students for a healthcare environment requiring an increasing knowledge and use of IT. Highlighted is how the electronic documentation system created for the nursing program is used.

Changing Trends in Student Services: An Online Approach
The information age, globalization, and changing demographics have caused a shift in the focus of Student Support Services. To address this rapidly changing environment, systems and processes were developed to dramatically change the delivery of services to students. Learn about developing and assessing comprehensive, flexible, and convenient online student services.

OpenCape: Bringing Internet Backbone to Underserved Regions
OpenCape began as an effort to create more and cheaper options to meet present and future wireless broadband needs. Traditional vendors were too few or too expensive. The network addresses day-to-day operations and emergencies and offers public and commercial service. This presentation will interest participants from rural and underserved regions.


Poster Sessions

Poster Session presentations take the form of an exhibit and are delivered primarily through the use of graphs, diagrams, pictures, data, and narrative text on bulletin boards. During their assigned one-hour time periods, presenters share information and answer questions about the displayed topic. Conference participants are free to move from one display to another. Presenters are encouraged to have ample handout materials available. Poster Sessions are equipped with a six-foot draped table, two chairs, and a four-foot by eight-foot self-standing bulletin board. Bulletin boards are covered with fabric and require the use of long pins or Velcro to attach display materials. Presenters must arrange for their own display materials. Please note that neither electricity nor an internet connection is available in the Poster Session area. Poster Sessions cannot accommodate equipment other than a presenter-provided battery-operated laptop computer.

Sample Poster Session Titles and Descriptions

Ready, Set, Click!
Clickers are designed to elicit student participation in classrooms. This Poster Session, through the use of charts and graphs, demonstrates how clicker questions in a for-credit information literacy course are used to enhance class activities. In addition, the benefits and drawbacks of the personal response systems are displayed and discussed.

Use of a Scanning Electron Microscope in Teaching Physical Geology
Illustrated is how images from a scanning electron microscope were used to demonstrate the link between the macroscopic and microscopic in geology. Images of students learning to use the instrument and student testimonials are displayed. This Poster Session will interest instructors teaching undergraduate geology and earth science.

Integrating a Data Warehouse and Web Development Strategy
Imagine intranet and internet access to a data warehouse running parallel with legacy databases. Two approaches demonstrate how data are easily and securely displayed using a web browser. One solution focused on an intranet and the second solution developed for a consortium of community colleges uses a customized web portal.

Show What You Know: Portfolios as Tools for Assessment
This Poster Session features why portfolios are a perfect classroom assessment tool. Using Architecture and Interior Design as a model, displayed is the successful evolution of requiring portfolio assessment for graduates transferring or seeking employment. Come discover how you can transform portfolios into an effective basic skills assessment tool.

From STEM to Stern: Developing Long-Term Employer-Education Partnerships
This Poster Session highlights a NSF project partnership between two community colleges in Washington and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University. Employer data collected from executives, hiring managers, and technical leads and strategies for placing community college graduates in the new world of work are displayed.


Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable Discussions afford a personal and interactive one-hour setting for exploring key issues related to each of the conference tracks. Roundtable Discussion leaders are expected to facilitate substantive discussions or small group activities. Although designed for less than 12 participants, Roundtable Discussion participation can exceed 20 or more individuals. Numerous Roundtable Discussions take place simultaneously in the same ballroom. Facilitators are encouraged to have ample handout materials available. Please note that neither electricity nor an internet connection is available for Roundtable Discussions. Roundtable Discussions cannot accommodate equipment other than a presenter-provided battery-operated laptop computer. Flipcharts for Roundtable Discussions will be available if requested prior to the conference.

Sample Roundtable Discussion Titles and Descriptions

Catching the BioWave: Aligning Your Curriculum to Changing Economic Conditions
Discuss how an Industrial Systems Technology Program quickly responded to changing economic conditions to provide a growing biotechnology industry with highly skilled workers. Participants explore how to incorporate cutting-edge technology into an existing program to assist displaced workers from manufacturing and agriculture sectors.

Development of a Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Curriculum
Participants discuss developing a consortium-built nanotechnology curriculum that initially focuses on basic science, then progresses to nanotechnology training relevant to biotechnology, agriculture, energy, medicine, and electronics. The curriculum, developed by K-12, two-year, and university educators, involves classroom work, lab exercises and internships at nanotechnology companies and facilities.

From Spaghetti to Simplicity: An Enterprise Network Transformation
Discuss the transformation of an enterprise network from a tangled web of spaghetti connections to a highly available, high-speed gigabit mesh network. Participants explore the design, procurement, implementation, and operational phases of transforming a network that supports over 60,000 students and 6,000 faculty members and staff.

Student Digital Clinical Documentation: 88 Percent Reduction in Paper Files
Health career educators whose students participate in clinical rotations consider the following questions: Can the paper in a student’s clinical file really be reduced by 88 percent? How can a PDA or smart phone help track students’ clinical education? How do we get started?

A Cost and Benefit Analysis of E-Books
Educators just beginning to consider what an e-book can do for them and their students explore the features and benefits of this technology that brings interactivity, flexibility, and up-to-date data to traditional print textbooks. Participants discuss how this technology saves dollars and energy in support of a green environment.

Partnering With High Schools to Fill the STEM Pipeline
Explore how one college and its high school partners launched the Running Start Academy to provide high school students with an advanced STEM education on the college’s campus to address the shortage of qualified workers STEM fields without drawing funds away from public schools.


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