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Innovator Spotlight Online Conference

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM PDT
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In our efforts to serve you better, we are providing a digital copy of the Innovator Spotlight 2013 Conference Program (PDF).

8:00 AM - 8:25 AM
Grow Your College Through the Financial Aid Office    description As increased competition in the higher education market makes it harder for community colleges to find the highest quality students, enrollment management is fast becoming both an art and a science that is critical to each college’s enrollment goals. To maximize recruitment and retention efforts, colleges are turning to unusual places to find the data they need. Your financial aid office is loaded with information that can help your enrollment management services entice the best students to attend your institution. Learn what pieces of data your financial aid office has, how to use this data to contact prospective students, and how to use this data to retain the best students and move them toward the ultimate goal: graduation.
- Nathanial Slaton, West Kentucky Community & Technical College  
8:30 AM - 8:55 AM
Open Academic Analytics Initiative (OAAI): An Open Ecosystem for Learning Analytics    description An EDUCAUSE Next Generation Learning Challenges project, the OAAI has developed an open source academic early alert system using Sakai and Pentaho, a business intelligence tool, designed to identify students who are at risk to not complete their courses successfully and then deploy an intervention to help the student succeed. The system includes a predictive model which has been released under an open source license to facilitate use and enhancement by others. The system has been deployed to over 2,200 students across four different institutions, including two community colleges, Cerritos College and College of the Redwoods. Based on these pilots, research on critical scaling factors such as the portability of such predictive models and success of intervention strategies has been conducted.
- Josh Baron, Marist College  
Head in the Clouds    description The presentation will highlight strategies for enhancing teaching and learning through the utilization of cloud technologies. Emphasis is placed on stepping outside the boundaries of traditional instruction to embrace digital collaborative learning. Engagement of mobile devices will be highlighted.
- Rusty Waller, Texas A&M Commerce   - Rick Lumadue, Texas A&M Commerce  
9:00 AM - 9:55 AM
HOW CAN WE USE ONLINE TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE AN ONLINE ACADEMIC PROGRAM GREAT?    description First generation uses of new technology for learners who need flexibility in location or schedule tend to document their quality by being comparable to campus programs: same content, tests, and parallel teaching approaches. We are going to talk about whether there are ways in which the strengths of online technology enable programs to be, in some respects, better than campus-bound alternatives. Dr. Ehrmann will suggest six such themes, offer a few examples of each, ask participants for their own examples, and solicit additional themes and/or ways in which online technology can be used to set new high-water marks for quality.
- Steve Ehrmann  
10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Math FIRS3T    description Discover how a traditional developmental mathematics classroom can be transformed into an active learning, modified emporium environment supporting student acceleration to credit-bearing courses and STEM programs. This successful program has been in effect at Anne Arundel Community College for four years and is known as Math FIRS3T for providing Focused Individualized Resources that Support Student Success with Technology.
- Beth O'Reilly, Anne Arundel Community College   - Robyn Toman, Anne Arundel Community College  
Driving Personal and Economic Growth Through Learning Computer and Information Literacy Skills    description Whether enrolled face-to-face or online, students need basic computer literacy skills for academic success. Learning management systems, college Web portals, and web-based instruction are only a few examples requiring computer literacy. Yet, a study at Greenville Technical College found less than 30 percent of students with such skills. A follow-on study found instructors spending instructional time teaching computer literacy skills, such as how to attach files and set margins in Word, instead of planned subject matter lessons. To increase student academic success, a team of five faculty members developed an interactive assessment designed to measure computer literacy levels. Students scoring below the desired level can be identified and directed to a course designed to prepare them for the basic computer literacy required in all courses.
- Mary Locke, Greenville Technical College  
10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
From Science Lab to Browser Tab: The First Year of the NANSLO Project    description Branan and Balbon will present the results from the first year of the NGLC-funded NANSLO project, highlighting the use of the Remote Web-based Science Lab (RWSL). The presentation will include a description of the RWSL innovation, as well as the results from its use in online community college science courses. Student and instructor response to the RWSL, and the results of a comparison between lab reports from remote labs, kit labs, and traditional labs, will also be presented.
- Daniel Branan, Colorado Community College System   - Albert Balbon  
Collaborate! Collaborate!    description One recipe for success in pursuing innovative approaches to continuing education is embracing opportunities to collaborate. This presentation will explore a variety of approaches to collaboration and identify how you can lay the groundwork for collaborative relationships that will allow you to pounce when opportunity strikes.
- Joy Finch, Greenville Technical College  
11:00 AM - 11:25 AM
Creative Writing Exercises in the General Chemistry Curriculum    description Introductory chemistry courses are often cited as boring and overly mathematical by students. At Craven Community College an effort has been undertaken to design alternative types of assignments to better reach students with different learning styles. The incorporation of creative writing exercises into introductory chemistry courses and their effects on student performance will be described.
- Donald Carpenetti, Craven Community College  
Do the Math: Increasing Learning and Closing Achievement Gaps    description Do the Math is a nationally recognized program, winning the prestigious Bellwether Award and having been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Based on NCAT's Emporium Model, the program emphasizes getting students to do the work while providing them with individual assistance. Studies have shown the positive impact the program has had on student learning and success, including closing gender, race, and income achievement gaps. Squires, math department head and director of U Do the Math at Chattanooga State Community College, will discuss the features of the program, the impact it has had at two colleges, and how the program is now being introduced in high schools to expand dual enrollment opportunities.
- John Squires, Chattanooga State Community College  
11:30 AM - 11:55 AM
Blended Programs: Choice and Access    description Thanks to online learning technologies, students are now able to select the courses that best meet their needs to achieve their educational requirements, regardless of the course modality. At any given time, a student can be online, on campus, or both, simultaneously. The distinction between distance students and face-to-face students is disappearing as traditional students increasingly need nontraditional flexibility. They are simply students who choose their preferred learning styles to meet their needs at the moment. This growing phenomenon is ushering in a postmodality era wherein the categories of traditional, nontraditional, distant, and local are becoming irrelevant.
- Thomas Cavanagh, University of Central Florida  
Breakthrough Models: Altius Education Creates an Innovative Transfer College Technology-Driven Approach to Quality, Affordable College Education    description Chronically low graduation and retention rates indicate that our education system is not adequately preparing students to be successful in college or keeping them engaged in learning. Next Generation Learning Challenges Breakthrough Models grantee, Altius Education, seeks to remedy this by leveraging innovative transfer pathways, a robust student support model, and groundbreaking learning technology to provide an affordable, personalized, and effective pathway to a quality university education. Altius partners to run Ivy Bridge College, which provides highly-supported online associate programs and streamlined transfer to 150+ partner institutions. We look forward to sharing best practices and lessons learned to benefit universities seeking to strengthen their online programs.
- April Worley, Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University  
12:00 PM - 12:25 PM
Odigia: A Next Generation Learning Platform    description This presentation will document and describe the successful pilot of Odigia's next generation learning platform. Odigia is a competency-based learning environment that empowers students to progress at their own pace down the learning path most natural for them. In combination with multiple formative assessment methods to enable learners to prove competency, Odigia’s approach provides an engaging and personalized learning experience for students. Odigia is cloud based, highly scalable, and easy to implement, incorporating simple yet powerful tools based on the science of learning. Accessible through a modern browser on any internet-enabled device, this platform empowers teachers to let students take control of their learning experience.
- Joshua Moe, Odigia  
Motivation and Success    description The presentation describes a program designed to increase student motivation. The program, based on research in motivation, self-regulation, mindset, and intrinsic motivation, has proven to be effective as measured by retention rate, student success, and student satisfaction. The session will include practical classroom applications and a set of guidelines to design ways to help students become motivated to learn.
- Jose Guntin, Miami Dade College  
12:30 PM - 12:55 PM
Total Reconstruction: Direct2Degree Advancement by Mastery    description Higher education institutions are being asked to graduate more students at a faster rate with less debt. Using a self-paced, competency-based advancement-by-mastery model with incentivizing tuition models, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will cut the cost of a college degree by reducing the time it takes a student to earn that degree. The Direct2Degree (D2D) model will enable Kentucky students to earn an associate in arts or science degree (AA/AS) in general studies in less than 22 months and reduce the costs required to earn the degree currently. To achieve these goals, the D2D program will: reorient the flow of courses from the parallel model to a sequential model; deploy a new tuition model that incentivizes and rewards progress; and implement alternative financial aid models that support the reconfigured delivery and tuition structure.
- Sandy Cook, Kentucky Community & Technical College System   - James Selbe, Kentucky Community & Technical College System   - William Ryan, Kentucky Community & Technical College System  
90/30 Medical Laboratory Science Program    description Learn about a unique partnership between Phoenix College and Arizona State University for the matriculation towards a BAS degree in Medical Laboratory Science.
- Jeff Wolz, Phoenix College/Arizona State University Alliance  
1:00 PM - 1:25 PM
PTA and RN Students as Partners Through Interprofessional Simulation and Reflection    description Simulated interprofessional patient care allows students from multiple health care disciplines to scaffold competencies in technical and behavioral skills, deepen understanding of scope of practice, develop and reflect on effective communication and teamwork, and share an understanding of the health care team. Concurrently, faculty is engaged in innovative professional development through peer-to-peer interactions in effective teaching and learning for shared outcomes across programmatic disciplines. The presentation describes an interprofessional health care education activity between Physical Therapist Assistant and Nursing students as a framework for interprofessional learning and student learning assessment in the community college.
- Christina Howard, Lane Community College  
How to Cultivate a Thriving Assessment Culture    description How do you gain and maintain momentum so that outcomes assessment does not wither on the vine? This session will focus on broad themes that help grow and nurture a healthy outcomes assessment culture focused on improving student learning. Themes discussed will include leadership, institutional support, collaboration, and accountability. Many examples of resources and ideas that have been successfully implemented at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, will be included.
- Lori Slavin, Johnson County Community College  
1:30 PM - 1:55 PM
Implementing Reading and Learning Across the Curriculum Through Tutor Training    description Miramar College has had a reading across the curriculum component in its course outlines for many years. However, with more basic skills students being served with less resources, faculty find it difficult to provide the assistance that students need for textbook reading and related writing assignments. At the Personal Learning Assistance Center (The PLACe), the faculty coordinator, English faculty liaison, and a faculty reading and learning specialist have recently piloted a new strand to the tutor training curriculum to better prepare our tutors and supplemental instruction coaches to help students from all disciplines with reading across the curriculum activities. Sponsored by a $500 grant from the San Diego Miramar College Foundation, the response has been very positive!
- Daphne Figueroa, San Diego Miramar College  
2:00 PM - 2:25 PM
All Roads Lead to Student Success at Rio Salado College: A NGLC Breakthrough Model    description Five strategies for increasing degree completion, developed through NGLC grant funding, will be presented. Pell-eligible degree seeking students will be directed through a completion portal. A student success helpdesk will be available to monitor student progress and provide proactive support. Student engagement and progress will be reported through RSC’s predictive analytics system, RioPACE. Information from RioPACE, as well as other triggers, will be tracked in a guided intervention and response system, providing a dashboard for advisors, instructors, and helpdesk personnel and prompting personalized interventions. Personalized, specific feedback in individual courses will be provided through a guided evaluation assessment response system to help increase student learning outcomes.
- Jennifer Freed, Rio Salado College  
Collaborating to Improve Campus Conditions for LGBTQ Students, Faculty, and Staff    description Over the past decade, Delta College has moved from a campus with no organized support systems for its LGBTQ community members and allies to now incorporating four active groups: Prism Alliance - a faculty and staff group; Unison - a student club; Safe Space - a voluntary employee staffed resource for LGBTQ students; and the LGBTQ Awareness/History Month Committee. The presenters of this session, co-directors of Delta College Safe Space, will discuss the importance of the connections between these groups as well as the need for persistent outreach to and inclusion of the college community to ensure sustainability, survival through backlash and setbacks, and continued growth.
- Denise Hill, Delta College  
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