Excellence in Higher Education Virtual Conference 2018

September 24–26, 2018  | Columbia Southern University

Virtual Sessions Attended:

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Presentation (Powerpoint file):


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  • Attendee-Suggested Book: Winning the Game of Life by Chantell M. Cooley
  • Amanda Gillis: I like to discuss their goals. It helps to find out where they are and where they want to be, and what challenges they anticipate along the journey to fulfill their goals.
  • IDEA: Could share my own story of college… to give insight that I understand college is challenging and life happens, but you gotta make the best of the situation. (high school > ECU?/UNCG > freelance… fine art/design student 2.5GPA?… illness > home for 1 yr > GTCC  design student 4.0GPA > recommended by instructors for in-house design job CLT > freelance WS > asked by instructors to teach PT GTCC… to FT GTCC for 14yrs > move to HI… freelance > move to NC… teaching FT WTCC… freelance… taking courses at WTCC in web design and golf! Always learning, exploring, conferences, workshops, AIGA events, etc.

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  • Buzzwords: Bootcamps (in higher ed), BitCoin (cryptocurrency), Big Data (for decision-making), Virtual Reality (for workforce training), 3D Printing (prosthetics and such), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Nanotechnology (medical field, clothing, etc.), Open Education Resources (OpenStax, Saylor, OER Commons, etc.), Competency-Based Education, Machine Learning
  • Recommended Book: Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
  • Issue of Self-Plagiarism (re-publishing one’s own work and citing sources).
  • Practicing the Arts of Liberty by Christopher Long (AGLS Keynote)


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  • Timely feedback, variety in assignments and content, must be structured, engage early and often.

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  • This is based upon Wake Tech’s EPIC initiative so many points I already know. Contributed some ideas in Chat block for others.

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  • The AAA model of promoting engagement and critical thinking in online discussion forums. Guiding students toward critical thinking in asynchronous online discussions.
    • ACKNOWLEDGE—A recognition of student’s efforts.
      • Hi, Shamika! Thanks for advancing our discussion this week!
    • ADD—
    • ASK—
  • Always try to move the student up in Bloom’s Taxonomy model… when responding in online discussion.


  • What is the facilitator’s role in DB? Consider the forum as my classroom… show up many times during the week! Have an active presence: answering questions, clear up inaccuracies and/or misconceptions, provide new information, promote critical thinking, move the discussion forward.

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  • 3 Most Basic Learning Styles: (VAKT) These styles can overlap and everyone responds to all of these in different ways.
    • Visual learners remember things by sight: pictures, mindmaps, flowcharts, infographics, shapes, flashcards, videos, checklists, maps, highlighted words, colors, etc. Assignment types: diagramming or demonstrating a process.
    • Auditory learners remember things by hearing and listening: spoken instructions vs written instructions, recorded notes/lessons, audiobooks, videos, talking calculators, definitions/formulas/content presented in song or chant form, etc. Assignment types: Reading comprehension exercise, may prefer written responses.
    • Kinesthetic/Tactile learners remember things by touching and doing: hands-on, physical activity, performing tasks themselves, gestures, body movements, feelings, create a model, simulations, demos, object manipulation, positioning, etc. Assignment types: Demonstrations, experiments, building models or prototypes, drawing.
  • Videos cater to many different types of learners:
    • Welcome Video: Course intro; Professor expectations; Tips for success
    • Feedback Video: Addresses the assignment/project; Poses a new question; Comments on student posts
    • Unit Intro Video: Introduces at least one topic in the Unit/Project; Picques student interest
    • Instructional Video: Teaches a specific topic or skill; Mirrors a similar HW problem or assignment.
    • Course Assist/How To Video: Teaches how to use the course and navigate the course successfully (especially if outside resources are required for the course); Explains directions for assignments
  • Video Creation Tools:
    • Adobe Spark—Free; quick; pre-designed layouts and themes
    • iMovie—free; design your own layout, theme, etc.; allows you to be more creative; animation, own photos; no limitation on time; takes longer to create than Spark
    • Windows Movie Maker—Windows alt to iMovie
    • Explain Everything App on iPad—$9.99 one-time fee; creates videos in a slide by slide format; interactive whiteboard feature
    • PowToon—Free; fun animations; eye-catching; pre-designed layouts; different
    • Attendee-Suggested Video Tools: I love Video Note (It’s part of Desire2Learn, I believe, too… Here’s the link. It’s an integrated feature: https://www.d2l.com/products/video-note/) and Camtasia Relay to record videos. Kaltura and ScreenCastOMatic work, too.
  • Other Resources:
    • Video Note Taking Guides—Utilized with Instructional Videos. A Word doc with table and numbered steps to work a problem with the teacher.
    • Reference Sheets—Organized list of definitions and examples of key terms; quick reference; can create flashcards from these sheets.
    • Study Sheets—Identifying key concepts, notes, and example they may see on the exam, and textbook pages; and a Mastered (yes/no) on the concepts.
    • Flashcards (http://flashcard.online)—Free; PDF or text only; Printable

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  • This is a presentation Alison, Kim and I gave last Fall at Faculty PD (Wake Tech) but I thought I’d tune in to see if there have been any updates to the presentation…
  • Alison added FlipGrid to this presentation…re: connecting with students.



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