Forums are traditional one-hour breakout sessions that form the core of conference offerings. Most feature a successful practice, program, or key issue related to information technology, or a demonstration of a technological approach or software solution. Forums are intended for an audience of approximately 50-75 people, and a maximum of three speakers per Forum is recommended. 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 Forum Session Descriptions
Dealing With Change: Creating Teams That Work Well Through All Phases of Your Project
This session is designed to assist administrative and other teams that work together on major projects and problem-solving efforts. Presenters describe a five-phase model for creative problem solving and project creation and implication. The model begins with the brainstorming process and works through all phases of the project including assessment and refining of the project. Participants identify individual strengths and weaknesses related to this model and discover ways to enhance their own performance and that of their team.
Quantitative Literacy in the Life Sciences: Mathematics, Computation, and Modeling for an Evolving Discipline
This session explores the increasing interdependence of the life sciences with mathematics, statistics, and computation. Presenters will outline the rich history of discovery and collaboration at the intersection of math and biology and the emerging areas of systems biology and bioinformatics; exhibit the incorporation of chance and stochastics in biological processes and related curriculum; use discrete, continuous, and multivariate models to describe biological events and pose questions; and investigate biological rhythms and their place in the mathematics curriculum beyond trigonometry. Online video, animation, visualization, simulation, and assessment guide participants to readily available resources and modules and encourage inquiry for particular processes and models.
LEARNING CENTER COURSES
Learning Center Courses, facilitated by recognized leaders, provide in-depth coverage of current information technology topics. Learning Center Courses are fee-based, three- or six-hour sessions that deliver a body of practical knowledge and applications. Learning Center Courses augment the conference program by providing in-depth exposure to specific topics. Selection of faculty for these courses is very competitive and is based on course content and thoroughness of the proposed course design. Lecture-only presentations are not accepted.
Sample Learning Center Course Descriptions
Enhance the Classroom Experience With Podcasting
Podcasting is a new and increasingly popular technology that allows students individual access to course content such as recorded lectures, graphics, and videos. As the technology has increased in popularity, it has also become easier to implement. Students use podcasts to revisit lectures, access supplemental material, or make up missed content. The potential uses of podcasting are limitless. This innovative and exciting presentation informs and inspires participants to pursue the potential of this new medium. Emphasis is on creating an action plan that enables participants to move from vision to reality. Participants are introduced to a variety of ways podcasting is being used in education. In addition, participants are shown easy-to-learn techniques to create new connections with students using accessible podcasting technology. Multimedia, including video and graphics, are used in the presentation to portray actual uses of podcasting technologies. Finally, participants engage in brainstorming ideas for applying podcasting to their own courses. This session will benefit faculty and other educational leaders interested in using cutting-edge technology.
The Institutional Portfolio Model to Assess General Education Learning Outcomes
This course provides a comprehensive overview of performance-based general education assessment model. Detailed statements of expected student outcomes, assessment methods, and institutional standards are discussed. Participants work in small assessment teams to evaluate samples of actual student work using the model’s holistic scoring rubrics.
Roundtable sessions afford a personal and interactive setting for exploration of key issues related to each conference track. Roundtables are particularly well suited for exploratory topics and topics that require small group interchange. Roundtable presenters are expected to facilitate substantive discussions or small group activities and to distribute handouts. Roundtables are aimed at audiences of 10-12, are limited to two presenters, and cannot accommodate equipment other than a laptop computer provided by the presenter(s). Please note: Laptop computers will need to be battery operated, as Roundtables do not have access to power outlets. Roundtables also do not have access to an internet connection.
Sample Roundtable Discussion Descriptions
Collaboration and the Road to Student Success: Blending Instruction and Student Support Services
The Student Success Center, a collaborative effort between Student Development and Title V, acts as a bridge between student services and instruction at San Jacinto College. This session focuses on the partnerships that have been formed with faculty, staff, and administrators to aid in student success. Presenters discuss the importance of partnerships and share methods for blending instruction and student support services. The session ends with a group activity and discussion of which presented initiatives work best for participant campuses.
NGA Study Results: How Virginia Community Colleges Address the Academic Weaknesses of Recent High School Graduates
Discuss an academic weaknesses study that identified the current number of recent Virginia public high school graduates in developmental coursework, determined the primary subject areas in which these students were enrolled, examined the methods used by the colleges to determine the need for developmental education, and formulated strategies to address weaknesses before high school graduation. Shared are the results of the study, as well as the progress on implementation of the study recommendations.
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. Presenters must arrange for their own display materials. During their assigned time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference participants by making brief remarks, sharing information, and answering questions about the presentation topic. Conference participants are free to move from one presentation to another during the Poster Session. Presenters are encouraged to have ample handout materials available for participants. The conference will provide a table and two chairs for each accepted Poster Session presentation. Please note: No electrical support or internet connections are available in the poster session area.
Sample Poster Session Descriptions
Customer Service in Higher Education: Is This an Oxymoron?
Do you see lines of students impatiently waiting to talk to the next available counselor or office associate on your campus? Find out how the Telephone Information Center at Columbus State Community College implemented a higher quality of service for its students. This poster session showcases how the combination of high touch and low tech in a college call center environment can increase customer service for your students and community members.
Rules for the Road: The Learning Organization as a Model for Lifelong Learning
Learning in most institutions centers on a model that emphasizes the individual. The presenter discusses the principles of the learning organization that Peter Senge writes about in The Fifth Discipline: building shared vision, mental mastery, team learning, personal mastery, and systems thinking. In addition to definitions and examples of the principles, participants learn how students can make them work as they develop ways to keep learning in their professional lives as members of organizations.