Spotlight on Faculty – 2011

March 30th, 2011 by Justin L'Italien

Wednesday March 30, 2011
3:15 PM – 7:00 PM
HUB Hage Room (formerly the MPR)
Dinner will be provided

UPDATE (4-28-11, 3:00 pm): All of the presentations are available to view. Please enjoy!


Time Presentation Watch
3:15 pm Opening Remarks by Provost Julie Bernier
3:30 pm Craig Nevins (Social Sciences) – iPad Play Video
3:45 pm David Talbot (College of Business Administration) – TurningPoint Play Video
4:00 pm Leo Sandy (Counselor Education and School Psychology) – Mahara Play Video
4:15 pm Liesl Lindley (Health and Human Performance) – Moodle Play Video
4:30 pm Bob Nadeau (College of Business Administration) – TurningPoint Play Video
4:45 pm Christine Rine (Social Work) – Big Blue Button Play Video
5:00 pm 1st Half Panel Discussion/Questions
5:15 pm Mary Ann McGarry (Center for the Environment) – Mahara Play Video
5:30 pm Terry Downs (Art) – Moodle Play Video
5:45 pm Eric Cintron (Language and Linguistics) – Mahara Play Video
6:00 pm Terri Dautcher (College of Business Administration) – Facebook Play Video
6:15 pm Kathleen Norris (Education) – Mahara Play Video
6:30 pm Dana Ernst (Mathematics) – Mendeley Play Video
6:45 pm 2nd Half Panel Discussion/Questions

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Program Details:

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm:

Opening remarks by Provost Julie Bernier

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm:

Craig Nevins (iPad) – In the past, Craig has used DVD’s and VHS tapes to provide meaningful visuals for his students. With the emergence of online file storage, Craig now uses an iPad to display content straight from his iTunes library. Join Craig as he discusses how the iPad has enhanced his classroom experience.

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm:

David Talbot (TurningPoint) – A Student Response System (or “clickers”) is a tool that can be used in traditional lecture-based lessons to assess students’ comprehension of complex material. It provides both the instructor and the students immediate feedback so that instruction can be tailored to student needs (formative assessment). Join David as he will discuss his use of theTurningPoint system in his Real Estate Investment course.

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm:

Leo Sandy (Mahara) – Mahara (Plymouth State’s ePortfolio platform) provides users an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents and skills. Join Leo as he demonstrates his electronic “brag sheet”, created via Mahara. He will share his goals, creation process, reason he chose Mahara, and the challenges that he encountered.

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm:

Liesl Lindley (Moodle) – Liesl has created a course in Moodle that looks and acts just like a professional web site. Join her at this presentation as she discusses her outcomes, techniques, and the reaction from her students.

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm:

Bob Nadeau (TurningPoint) – Over the past few years Student Response Systems (or “clickers”) have been utilized to incorporate student interaction and real time assessment into face to face classes. Bob has been able to operate TurningPoint, Plymouth State’s student response system, with high levels of success. His unique approach focuses on collaborative group questions. When his groups compete against each other to answer a series of questions, the classroom gives way to active student learning and reinforcement. Join Bob as he discusses his experiences with using the TurningPoint system.

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm:

Christine Rine (Big Blue Button) – Big Blue Button, which was introduced via Moodle in early January, has opened up a variety of possibilities for student learning and connectedness with ease of accessibility. This synchronous virtual meeting room has been used in a variety of ways here on campus. In a very short period of time, Big Blue Button has been successful in: students receiving tutoring from the PASS office, facilitating remote guest speakers, conducting online office hours, overcoming weather challenges, and aiding in various aspects of process teaching. Join Christine as she discusses the benefits of using Big Blue Button in her face to face and online classroom.

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm:

1st Half Panel Discussion

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm:

Mary Ann McGarry (Mahara) – Mary Ann has recently been asked to write a journal article for Journal Science Scope. Unfortunately, there was a word limit that proved to be difficult to work around. Mary Ann then turned to Mahara and created a public web page that showcased all of the information she wanted to discuss. When she wrote the article, she directed the reader to her Mahara web page for more information. Come join Mary Ann as she discusses how to use Mahara for showcasing information and content.

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm:

Terry Downs (Moodle) – Using an adaptation of just-in-time teaching (Novack & Paterson 1998), Terry will discuss how he generated enhanced conversations with his Art Senior Seminar students. The night before his face-to-face class discussion, Terry visited his Moodle classroom and observed numerous student forum posts. The next day in class, he was able to use his findings to facilitate thought-provoking dialogue. Join Terry as he discusses his experience with using this strategy.

5:45 pm – 6:00 pm:

Eric Cintron (Mahara) – At the end of each semester, Eric asks his students to create a DVD full of the projects and assignments worked on throughout the course. Now that Mahara has become available, Eric has further digitized this process by allowing students to submit their work via a template that he has designed. Join him at this presentation as he discusses the decision to move away from DVDs, the pros and cons of using Mahara, and some examples of his student submissions.

6:00 pm – 6:15 pm:

Terri Dautcher (Facebook) – Wishing that your students were more engaged with content outside of the classroom? Facebook forums (closed groups) can connect students to content and encourage them to share ideas without sacrificing their privacy. This presentation will present examples of Facebook forums that have been used in both online and face-to-face classes. Terri will discuss the pros and cons of this tool and share ideas for expanding the use of Facebook to support learning communities.

6:15 pm – 6:30 pm:

Kathleen Norris (Mahara) – The Summer EdD Cohort recently decided to use Mahara and its Groups feature as their location for online collaboration. Join Kathleen as she explains the rationale for choosing Mahara as well as demonstrating its use.

6:30 pm – 6:45 pm:

Dana Ernst (Mendeley) – Mendeley is a free cross-platform application that allows scholars to manage, annotate, and share their research collections. With Mendeley you can create a bibliographic database, read, search, annotate, and highlight PDFs, synchronize database across multiple machines and share it with colleagues, quickly cite papers in Word, OpenOffice, and LaTeX and create bibliographies with one click. Join Dana as he discusses his experiences using Mendeley.

6:45 pm – 7:00 pm:

2nd Half Panel Discussion

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