Description: As educators, we are often asked to adapt as new technologies come out and new challenges emerge. It can feel overwhelming to continually change and keep up. This presentation discusses our attitudes toward change and how we can embrace the new while still keeping our course content and objectives intact.
Facilitators/Institution: Laura Dumin (University of Central Oklahoma)
Description: This workshop will provide you with an overview of what H5P is and how it incorporates the Community of inquiry Framework into online learning. Examples of various types of Interactive learning objects that can be created and added to your online course. In addition, a short demonstration of how H5P can be reused and is a wonderful OER tool.
Facilitators/Institution: Lora Pezzell, Nicholas Poss, and Kristen Gregory (University of Central Oklahoma)
Description: Attendees will learn the best practices that resulted from creating strategic partnerships between organizations and Northeastern State University. Topics include action learning, administrative processes, and differences between traditional students and workforce students.
Facilitators/Institution: Tena Wooldridge and Amanda Evert (Northeastern State University)
Small Changes, Big Impacts: Combining Universal Design for Learning with Technology to Reach Every Learner
Description: Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines (CAST, 2018) as a framework for discussion, this panel will share strategies and best practices for the differentiation of student learning through technology and intentional course design.
Facilitators/Institution: Kyle Vareberg, Sophia Burch, Renee Cambiano, and Kari Henry Hulett (Northeastern State University)
Description: In a structured, faculty-designed immersive field experience, graduate nurse education students were embedded in an RN to BSN online course. After the experience, the graduate students felt better prepared as nurse educators, and the undergraduate students received timely, individualized feedback with more hands on deck in the online classroom.
Facilitators/Institution: April Nelson (Northeastern State University)
Description: This presentation includes an overview of our experience with designing, promoting, and scaling Student Success Workshops and micro-credentials at the University of Central Oklahoma College of Business. Participants are invited into our journey of building opportunities for students to engage, learn, and discover who they are as individuals and future professionals through workshops so they can develop life and career-critical competencies.
Facilitators/Institution: Niccole Miller (University of Central Oklahoma)
Building Opportunity for Learning Through Critical Reflection: Implementing a Rubric that Supports Career-Critical Competencies
Description: Utilizing Brookfield’s Four Lenses Model of Critical Reflection (2017), this session focuses on the benefits of critical reflection for developing career-critical competencies and share an authentic assessment tool for evaluating these reflections in the online environment.
Facilitators/Institution: Kari Henry-Hulett, Renee Cambiano, and Kathy Sebold (Northeastern State University)
Description: Creating and grading online discussion boards can be a daunting task. Many students just go through the motions and are not actively engaged with their fellow classmates. This session provides attendees with creative ways to make online discussion boards more engaging for students, and more fun for you to grade!
Facilitators/Institution: Kathleen Boothe (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)
Description: Remote work is becoming more common in businesses, nonprofits, and government offices. Yet, little has been written about how to most effectively implement virtual mentorship programs designed to increase employee morale. In this session, discover tips and tricks to maximize your virtual mentorship efforts using relationship management tactics.
Facilitators/Institution: Amanda Evert and Tena Wooldridge (Northeastern State University)
Balancing Convenience with Rigor: Finding Support Structures that Promote Learning in Online Courses
Description: Research data is presented from three of the faculty’s online courses in which preservice teachers were asked to identify online teaching strategies, assignments, and procedures they found particularly useful in helping them learn course material – and which were not.
Facilitators/Institution: Anita Ede (Northeastern State University)
All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Helping Online, Non-traditional Students Navigate the Information Age
Description: In collaboration with instructors, course-specific library services and tools can be designed for distance students. With more focused information literacy instruction, an embedded librarian is able to empower students to sharpen research skills for more successful results, allowing the instructor to focus on the course subject rather than library skills.
Facilitators/Institution: Jayanna Greenwood (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)
Description: This round table brings together all types of practitioners to talk about tangible ways we incorporate accessibility into every role, responsibility, and process. This discussion is a space to learn alongside one another as we share accessibility best practices and resources. Bring your experiences, questions, and curiosity!
Facilitators: Cristina Colquhoun and Dr. Kathy Essmiller (Oklahoma State University)
Description: Southeastern’s Center for Instructional Development and Technology has a student led social media team that strives to find ways to reach our online community and help them feel connected to our institution. In this panel, you meet students and staff who serve on this team and hear about the initiatives they have taken.
Facilitators: Christala Smith and Max Hamblin (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)
Description: This session is an overview of what humanized online learning is and how it can help students succeed in college and university courses. Tips are provided for instructional designers and faculty to use in their courses to help make their online offerings have more relevant content that in turn helps to improve student motivation.
Facilitators: Lora Pezzell (University of Central Oklahoma)
Description: Get started with podcasts! It is a free, simple way to reach people without having to worry about finding time for meetings between classes.
Facilitators: Ally Sharp (Langston University)
Description: How do you know if a student is truly ready for an online learning format? Come join a panel of industry experts to learn what higher education institutions are doing in Oklahoma to help ensure students’ success by assessing learners’ readiness
Facilitators: Jeni Maple and Christala Smith (Southeastern Oklahoma State University), and Amanda Keesee (University of Central Oklahoma)
Description: Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of creating a sense of community in classroom environments, but this is difficult to do when teaching online. This session will demonstrate successful methods of using simple technologies and teaching practices to create a community of connected, engaged learners in online classes.
Facilitators: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University).
Description: Converting an interactive activity from a F2F to an online environment can be a rewarding experience. Using a case from a Victimology course, this presentation explains how the instructor and web developers adapt a domestic violence activity to a simulated experience.
Facilitators: Dr. Jaime L. Burns (University of Central Oklahoma)
Description: Every semester I ask myself, how do I bring an in-person teaching experience to the online environment? While I get better at it every semester, in this session I focus on the use of videos for humanizing the online experience to communicate about assignments, discussions, expectations, and feedback.
Facilitators: Dr. Niccole L. Miller (University of Central Oklahoma).
Zooming in to Better Online Education: Best Practices for Increasing Student Participation in Zoom Classrooms
Description: Laura Garrett discusses the most successful methods to enrich Zoom and outlines the pitfalls. These methods allow participation in engaging ways, sometimes more than in a live classroom. Personal engagement creates greater feelings of community and lessens feelings of isolation. More responsive exchanges between students and instructors can prevent miscommunication. There can be advantages for students who have difficulty with many challenges.
Facilitators: Laura Garrett (Tulsa Community College)
Description: Two most important learning outcomes in STEM courses are critical thinking and problem solving. I talk about course design technique and applied methodology for active learning in online STEM courses. I share ideas to humanize an online STEM course to provide students with engaging classroom experiences.
Facilitators: Susmita Hazra (Cameron University)
2021 OKLIS: Influence of Monitor Screen Size on Immersion/Presence in a Virtual Learning Environment
Description: Virtual reality and virtual worlds (VWs) are powerful technologies currently helping to define the digital world. These technologies are characterized by user control, immersion, and sense of presence or “being there.” They have been examined from a variety of theoretical perspectives, technical and user variables, and psychological approaches. The purpose of this study was to extend VW research relating the roles of user age, gender, and technical characteristics such as screen size, directly to the VW-critical features of immersion and perceived presence. This study used a photo-real, on-screen, first-person VW in which users “enter” and “walk through” a VW via mouse navigation, viewing it through their own eyes rather than through an avatar. It used a quasi-experimental design with 35 adult subjects who were tested for perceived immersion and presence in a VW showing a 360-degree city panorama using different screen size treatments. Data were analyzed using mixed methods (e.g., interview comments and responses to questionnaires) to examine relationships among age, gender, immersion, presence, and screen size in the VW. Findings supported conclusions relating to the relevance of age and gender as user variables in VWs and the role of technology characteristics in VWs’ effective use. The study also opened a potential new line of inquiry by raising previously unaddressed questions about the importance of the psychological trait vs. state nature and measurement of immersion and presence in VWs. Implications and recommendations for instructional design and delivery and further research are offered.
Facilitators: Dr. Jon Martens (Analytics Journey, LLC), Dr. Robert Dionne (University of Oklahoma (ret.)), Dr. Ina Agnew (Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology), Dr. Chuck Baukal (John Zink Institute), Dr. Lynna Ausburn (Oklahoma State University), Dr. Floyd Ausburn (Oklahoma State University)
Description: This session will cover the importance of organization, consistency, and communication in supporting online learners’ self-regulation in asynchronous courses.
Facilitators: Dr. Kalianne Neumann (Oklahoma State University)
Description: Grading feedback is only effective in the learning process if it is reviewed and used by the students. For my Composition class, I have re-designed the rubric to contain instructions for a follow up assignment, personalized to what they individually need to work on to improve their writing skills. In this session, I will show the rubric I have made and how it is used in my class. Participant discussion of how this could be improved or how a similar approach might be used for other subjects will be welcome!
Facilitators: Christala Smith (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)
Description: Are you hesitant to call on your college students in class? Are you looking for a way to include more students in your synchronous online discussions without embarrassing anyone or causing anxiety? This presentation will help you develop a method for increasing student engagement and participation in your class in a non-intrusive manner. Most college instructors are looking for ways to bring learner-centered pedagogy and high-impact practices into the classroom, especially strategies that prioritize diversity and inclusion. This session will help you to build relationships and trust with your students in a short amount of time, and more students will be actively engaging in classroom discussions. The percentage of students participating in your class will dramatically increase! If you’re looking for a way to move from a traditional lecture format to more of a discussion format, this session is for you!
Facilitators: Tracy Jackson (Tulsa Community College)
Description: Create an area in your online classroom for brain breaks so that students have the option to take a break without leaving the online classroom. Look at a module with links and suggestions so that you can get ideas to create an optional resource module to guide students through a quick breathing exercise, screen break, a stretch, or music for focusing.
Facilitators: Ally Sharp (Langston University)
Description: E-Learning and the science of instruction: proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning.
Facilitators: Lora Pezzell (University of Central Oklahoma)
Description: In 2020, the K20 Center’s 24th annual Innovative Learning Institute (ILI) was held virtually for the first time. ILI is traditionally focused on sharing best practices and cutting edge technology for teaching and learning for a variety of educators and school types. This year, pandemic restrictions made addressing innovative learning more important than ever. The K20 Center used various online platforms to build and create an online community for ILI, keeping strong the network of educator support and collaboration cultivated through the previous Institutes, but expanding to create an interactive, collaborative and sustainability professional learning experience while aligning ILI with existing K20 Center virtual resources including the online lesson repository, digital educational games, and free online professional development. Despite the challenges of 2020, the K20 Center created a conference that facilitated mentorship, innovation, and shared strategies using the center’s foundational partnerships and resources. The K20 Center set out to do this all while holding the 2020 Innovative Learning Institute 100% virtually.
Facilitators: Dr. Jackie Mania-Singer, Dr. Dawn Pearce, Danny Mattox, Lacy Pennington
Description: Group work in many college courses is necessary but often difficult due to scheduling, time constraints, and other demands on student schedules. In this session I will demonstrate the procedures and technologies I have implemented in my upper-level Project Management course throughout the 2020-2021 school year that have yielded outstanding results for students. By setting simple guidelines and utilizing some basic frameworks for structure and expectations, group work can be transformed from stressful to successful.
My student feedback about groups includes comments such as “We were all very satisfied with our group and decided to continue with this group going forward.” and “This is probably the best experience I’ve had with a group during my time at OSU.”
Facilitators: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University)
Description: Online learning can be very impersonal and distant. In our program, which is totally online, I’ve found a method that allows for professional dialogue among classmates who are taking graduate level courses and who sometimes feel overwhelmed with returning to college in order to complete an advanced degree. This method revolves around spending an extra hour (after class) getting to know my students on a personal level and letting them share about what’s causing them stress. Judging from the emails I’ve received from students, this approach has yielded positive results and has been very rewarding for all involved, including the professor.
Facilitators: Dr. Todd Williams (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)
Description: This session will provide an overview of Rogers State University’s offering of concurrent college courses at a distance broadcast through RSU TV.
Facilitators: Royal Aills (Rogers State University)
Description: As an online business communications instructor, my quest every semester is to find more innovative and creative ways to engage students in online learning – how can I bring a face-to-face experience into an online platform? While I continue to learn more and more every semester, I would love to share some of the creative solutions I have drummed up over the last couple of years. Join me for a preview of my business communications course and the technology and resources I am using to breathe LIFE in my online classes!
Facilitators: Dr. Niccole Miller (University of Central Oklahoma)
Description: SEOSU partnered with OneNet to produce approximately 50 VR enabled modules for 12+ faculty in multiple departments at Southeastern. The first few are in the final stages of development. We will share our experience thus far and discuss how others might begin similar projects at their own institutions.
Facilitators: Christala Smith (Southeastern Oklahoma State University)
Description: UCO’s IDEA team was task to develop four virtual experiential learning assignments to allow students to virtually experience projects that were previously only possible in person. The assignments focus on allowing students to virtually collaborate to build and restructure essays, receive tangible feedback on persuasive speeches, turn their paper presentation poster into a robust online presentation, and simulate first-hand experience of what it is like to lead a team to climb a dangerous mountain.
What kind of lessons did we learn? How were did we get our faculty involved? What kind Technologies were used and how did we use them? Did all of the students make it up the mountain? Come by and have all of your questions answered.
Facilitators: Robert Wall, Drew Stephenson (University of Central Oklahoma)
Description: This session discusses the use of visual rhetoric to increase learning comprehension and engagement in online and hybrid courses. In particular, I will share examples using free graphic design software, such as Piktochart and Canva, to demonstrate how transforming traditional text- only assignment instructions to visual assignment instructions (aka “infographics”) impacts student engagement and understanding. l will also present research on best practices and results of this and similar uses of visual rhetoric on student engagement.
Facilitators: Pamela Rollins (Southwestern Oklahoma State University)
Available as an on-demand course, Zoom Towards Engagement targets best practices when teaching online via Zoom. Many of the resources are also useful for administrators and staff as many events and functions have transitioned into an online environment. This course will be continuously updated as new Zoom updates and functions are released.
Description: Learn how Western Oklahoma State College shifted its student tutoring programs to a fully virtual format using existing tools, including Zoom.
Facilitators: Melissa Smith and Katie Brewer (Western Oklahoma State College)
Description: Has anyone ever said to you that online education does not have as much quality or rigor as face-to-face instruction? Have you struggled to provide and intelligent reply? Are you concerned about the quality of your online course during the recent, and rapid, conversion to remote instruction? If so, this topic is for you! This session will provide a blueprint for establishing quality measures, gathering data, seeking student and faculty input, and building a process for continuous improvement to help ensure quality in your online environment. Examples will be given as well as lessons learned, from a recent start-up of an online program track.
Facilitators: Nancy Gwin (University of Central Oklahoma)
Description: Have you been grappling with whether labs can be delivered effectively in the online environment? This session will review what the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University is doing for online labs, proving that it’s not about the labs, it’s about the outcomes. This highly interactive and collaborative session will utilize problem-based learning to help participants uncover strategies to use in their own courses.
Facilitators: Melissa Hicks (Penn State University)
Description: All hands on deck! With the spread of COVID-19 this spring semester, many institutions have answered the unexpected call to action to continue operations by bringing online education to all students. This session will ask attendees to dig in and explore ways to maintain the quality of online learning and innovation within this record-paced transformation of interactions, environments, strategies, and cultures. During this collaborative session, we will develop a toolkit with resources to help you promote innovation in teaching, course design, program design, and learning culture at your institution.
Facilitators: Brad Griffith (Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education), Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma)
Friday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central
Description: The world is in unprecedented territory. You’re being asked to move your classes online, and seeing enrollment in existing distance education climb. Students are not on campus. How do we make sure that we keep our obligations to students with disabilities in the middle of all of this change? During this session we will discuss how critical it is, especially now, to build accessible educational environments. We will share some tips and guidance and leave you with resources to help.
Presenter: Rob Carr (Oklahoma ABLE Tech)
Wednesday, April 8, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central
Description: Each of us has a finite amount of mental bandwidth for all the tasks in our lives. By bandwidth, I’m referring to attentional resources. This isn’t about how smart a person is, but about how much of their cognitive capacity is available for learning. One of the most powerful bandwidth stealers is uncertainty. In this public health crisis, our students – and our instructors – are living in a situation where uncertainty is the only constant. What can we do, within classes and as institutions, to provide environments of certainty for our students so they can recover a bit of bandwidth for learning?
Presenter: Cia Verschelden (Malcolm X College)
Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central
Description: This session will provide an overview of un-grading, a movement in both K-12 and higher ed to put the focus on feedback, not grades. The goal: increase motivation, decrease stress, and advance learning by providing students with actionable feedback instead of number/letter grades.
Presenter: Laura Gibbs (University of Oklahoma)
Tuesday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central
Description: Best practices to keep students involved and moving through an online course.
Presenter: Akram Taghavi-Burris (University of Tulsa)
Monday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central
Description: Learn what skills are critical for online instructors, and how to develop those skills while also motivating online instructors to stay active and engaged in their courses right alongside their students.
Presenter: Simon Ringsmuth (Oklahoma State University
Thursday, April 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central
Description: This presentation will cover proven strategies to set-up faculty, their students, and their departments for success in online courses. The use of data-driven decisions, mobile course design, mobile content development, implementing OER, and the engagement-edutainment of students will be demonstrated from online science courses across Oklahoma. This presentation will empower you to achieve higher enrollment, higher student completion rates, and higher personal satisfaction in your online courses – while having a blast!
Facilitators: Kenny Tapp (University of Central Oklahoma)
Description: Learners formulate their first impression of a course before they even step inside. In the typical online course, the syllabus can be very telling of what one can expect to learn and experience. It can be follow the standard “terms of contract” approach or it can be designed in a way that grabs attention, engages, and initiates the learner’s interest. This session will present design methods that can be used in the course syllabus to maximize the value of the learner experience.
Facilitators: Tracy Fairless (University of Central Oklahoma), Steve Covello (Granite State College)
Description: We will take some time to discuss how accessibility in technology spans across traditional higher education silos and some of the people that are key to moving accessibility from a project or add-on to a sustainable program.
Facilitators: Rob Carr (Oklahoma ABLE Tech)
Description: This presentation takes a look at the new Oklahoma Learner Readiness Tool and how the tool can assist first time online students. The tool covers areas such as organizational skills, time management, learning preferences, and more. In many cases students are overwhelmed with self-directed learning. This tool will help first time online students to be successful in online courses.
Facilitators: Gary Dotterer (Rogers State University)
Description: Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual Reality are powerful and fundamentally different from existing communication mediums. Ken Parker will explain them and how can you potentially use them for education.
Facilitators: Ken Parker (Next Thought)
Description: This session will be a discussion of the characteristics of online learners and tips and strategies for supporting them as they prepare to enter the world of online learning. Please come join the conversation as we discuss ways to prepare students to enter the world of online learning.
Facilitators: Glenne’ Whisenhunt (OCCC)
Description: Detecting academic dishonesty in the online environment isn’t always easy. This session will focus on tools, tips, and tricks to reduce academic dishonesty in the online environment. The discussion will also give examples of how some of these tools and practices were used to detect and stop student cheating.
Facilitators: Travis Hurst, moderator (Rose State College)
Description: When developing an online course, there are different third-party programs and software that can be used to help enhance the students experience. The University of Oklahoma’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies will discuss and demonstrate the following products: SoftChalk, Salas, GoAnimate, Google Drive, and others.
Facilitators: John Boekenoogen (OU)
Description: Class time is valuable, particularly in labs. This presentation will focus on the use of video to free up time to focus on content by moving the pre-lab material online and will discuss how SCORM content is used for a “flipped class” model.
Facilitators: Amy Hurst (Rose State College)