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2010 Technology Day Events

This year’s event, What Are You Learning Now? Teaching with Social Technologies, will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2010. The event kicks off with a presentation by our keynote speaker, Kyle Bowen. The afternoon continues with demonstrations and breakout sessions by members of the UIS academic community.

Drop in anytime during the day’s events. Technology Day is a FREE event and no registration is required. In addition to showcasing the uses of technology in education, the activities will provide opportunities for networking and for exchanging knowledge and expertise related to technology and education. Prizes and refreshments will be provided.

Additional details regarding the event, and information for guests with special needs, are available by contacting Tulio Llosa, Director of Educational Technology, University of Illinois Springfield, at 217.206.7755 or

SCHEDULE – Wednesday, February 10, 2010

cup11:00am – 11:30am: Coffee and Refreshments in PAC D

11:30am – 12:15pm: Keynote Presentation in PAC C-D

Kyle BowenKyle Bowen is the keynote speaker for Technology Day 2010. Kyle is the director of informatics at Purdue University, where he is responsible for providing Web design and application development support for the university community. Kyle recently led development of Hotseat, a new social networking-powered tool that enables students to collaborate via Twitter or Facebook both inside and outside of the classroom.

“Wisecracks welcome: Changing disruption to discussion in the age of social media”

It’s no surprise that those students sitting in the back row with their laptops open, or cell phone in hand, probably aren’t following the lecture. They are at least facing forward. But we can’t be certain if they are taking notes, texting that cute girl in the next row, or contemplating their next Facebook post. Regardless of their intent, they have carried into the classroom the technology they need to engage the entire class.

The mainstream adoption of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter has opened new doors for engaging students both in and out of the classroom. What may have once served as a disruption, can now be used to create a richer learning experience. Utilizing social media in new ways does require some risk, but it can also yield new innovative technology that extracts knowledge from noise. Although not everyone may be comfortable with democratizing discussion. Crowds, even a virtual one, can be a powerful force. After all, what happens when everyone votes to go home early?

12:15pm – 2:15pm: Poster Sessions in PAC Concourse (Outside PAC C-D)

1:00pm – 4:00pm: Blackboard 9 Training and Information Sessions (PAC C)

Hands-on training that will provide a ‘first-look’ at Blackboard 9 in preparation for moving to this dramatically different version this Summer!

Twenty laptops will be available for participant use, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Stop by the table outside of PAC C to pick up training flyers and other handouts, talk to COLRS staff and view a video of faculty who are having great success teaching with Blackboard 9!

  • 1:00-2:15pm – Hands-on Overview of Bb9
  • 2:30-3:45pm – Hands-on Overview of Bb9

12:15pm – 12:45pm | Sessions

cup12:45pm – 1:00pm: Coffee Break and Refreshments in PAC D

1:00pm – 1:30pm | Sessions

cup1:30pm – 1:45pm | Coffee Break and Refreshments in PAC D

1:45pm – 2:15pm | Sessions

cup2:15pm – 2:30pm | Coffee Break and Refreshments in PAC D

2:30pm – 3:00pm | Sessions

cup3:00pm – 3:15pm | Coffee Break and Refreshments in PAC D

3:15pm – 3:45pm | Sessions


Poster Session Abstracts

Build Your UIS Scholarly Digital Repository
Stephen J. Smith

Promote and disseminate your research! This session will show how you can easily upload your scholarly digital content into IDEALS, the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship website. IDEALS will increase visibility, access, impact, and citation of your scholarly works!

Camtasia Relay Lecture Capture and Presentation Recording
Tulio Llosa

Creative Music Technology
Sharon Graf / Brian Pryor

We demonstrate how we have combined inexpensive music technology resources to provide an innovative and engaging experience for general education music appreciation students. Students learn about world music technologies, invent an original instrument technology, and use computer technology to compose an original piece.

HD Radio, Mobile Steaming and the Changing Media Landscape
Randy Eccles

Media distribution is being radically altered by digitization. WUIS, as every existing media organization, is adapting to the new environment. Demonstration of HD Radio, wi-fi radio, mobile streaming podcasting, and a discussion of what’s next.

SMART Podiums: Making Presentations More Engaging
Kara McElwrath

This poster session will showcase a SMART Podium, an interactive display that enables you to effortlessly control your presentation and bring it to life for your audience. Write over slides in digital ink, save your notes, access any website or multimedia file, and project your work onto a large screen to give your audience a truly interactive experience.

Social Networking and Online Tools for Career Success
Kristen Chenoweth

In current economic times, career management is more important than ever and technology is the key to getting your foot in the door. The UIS Career Development Center realizes this and provides access to a variety of online tools, including social networking, to engage employers, students, and alumni.

The UIS Website
Office of Web Services

Staff from the Office of Web Services will be on hand to answer questions and offer information about the UIS website.

The Use of Flash 2D & 3D animation and interactivity for learning purposes
Rudolph Deiss

TurningPoint Clickers
A.J. Parker

Web 2.0 and Brookens Library
Janelle Gurnsey

Spring semester 2010, Brookens Library will implement web 2.0 technologies to better reach and improve communication with our patrons, leveraging platforms they already use. Staying on the forefront of these technologies will allow Brookens to extend our services beyond our walls. We will begin by launching Twitter, Facebook, and Meebome.


Session Abstracts

Sights and Sounds: Social Media and the UIS Website
Sherry Hutson, Director of Web Services, Office of Web Services

The UIS website receives over one million ‘hits’ each year. Social media extends our reach even further, telling the UIS story in every corner of the globe.

Social Media and Your Website: Best Practices
Munindra Khaund, Multimedia Education Coordinator, ITS

This session will explore the best practices for integrating social media with your Web sites. In addition, you will learn about a) ongoing management techniques for social media tools such as Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter; b) increasing impact of your social media presence; and c) measuring effectiveness.

Creating Collaborative Digital Workspaces with OneNote
Kara McElwrath, Training Specialist, ITS / Krishna Kakarlapudi, GA

Are you interested in alternatives for paper/pencil notetaking and getting together for study groups? Focused on free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration, Microsoft OneNote is an electronic notebook, complete with live sharing functionality – thus allowing people to participate anytime, anywhere. In this session, we will showcase OneNotes powerful features and demonstrate a live sharing session.

Role of Technology in Teaching Multicultural Counseling
Nithyakala Karuppaswamy, Assistant Professor, Human Development Counseling

To effectively teach the complex subject of multicultural counseling, instructors need to stimulate students intellectually, emotionally, experientially and morally. This presentation discusses how technology provides the tools to meaningfully teach topics such as privilege, cultural worldviews, social justice, and challenges of the disabled and multicultural competency.

At-Risk: Interactive, Online Suicide Prevention Training
Judy Shipp, Executive Director, Counseling Center and Student Support Services

At-Risk is an interactive, online training simulation that is designed to help faculty and staff be better prepared to identify and approach students in distress and, if necessary, refer them to counseling services. A demonstration of the At-Risk program and the results of a pilot study conducted at UIS will be presented.

Effective Lecture Management using Google Sites
Curby Alexander, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

Google Sites is a collaborative website authoring tool that can be used to manage lecture content and facilitate interaction. Features of Google Sites include the ability to add attachments to each page, enable comments from users and embed content from other sites. The discussion includes examples from previous courses.

‘Riding the Wave’: An Introduction to Google Wave in Education
Carrie Levin, Assistant Director, COLRS

What would email be like if it were created today? Google answered that question and created Wave! This exciting new technology is creating waves around the world. In this session we will take a look at a technology sure to change the way we do online learning, communication and collaboration.

Using Facebook for Teaching: Lessons Learned
Beverly Bunch, Associate Professor, Public Administration

Organizing Courses With Free Web Tools
Bill Carpenter, Associate Professor, English, High Point University

This presentation will demonstrate how one college instructor is using free web tools to amass, organize, and mediate course readings and students’ work. Attendees will see how online sources such as,, and can not only replace expensive course management sites, but also help students gain valuable 21st-century literacy skills.

Crossing Boundaries: Using Ning to Create a Global Learning Community
Debbie Parker, Adjunct Instructor, English / Kara McElwrath, Training Specialist, ITS

Last spring, the students enrolled in Debbie Parkers course used the social networking tool Ning to connect with students at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Through photos, videos, fan groups, and discussions, the students shared their cultures, experiences, and ideas to create a global learning community.

Enhancing Your Online Course by Integrating a Blog
Neil Headman, Assistant Professor, Human Services

This session will be used to demonstrate how to integrate a blog into your online course (Blackboard), and how to quickly place resources on the blog using some basic web 2.0 technologies. The benefits and challenges of blog integration will be discussed.

The Community of Inquiry Framework and Online/Blended Learning at UIS
Karen Swan, Professor, Educational Leadership

The Community of Inquiry (CoI) Framework is a theoretical model of the processes of learning in online and blended environments. This session will describe and discuss the CoI framework, introduce a survey based on it, and discuss how the survey is being used to inform research and practice at UIS.

Avoiding Faculty Burnout Online
Shari McCurdy Smith, Associate Director, COLRS

As teachers and instructors, our professional responsibilities often require long hours which can add to our everyday stress. As stress escalates, we need to avoid circumstances which could move everyday stress to a condition of burnout. This session discusses the causes and ways to avoid burning out while teaching online.

Teaching with LibGuides
D. Waheedah Bilal, Assistant Professor, Library Instructional Services

Library Instructional Services Librarians are using a tool new to UIS, LibGuides to assist our information literacy instruction for both on-ground and distance students. The content of these Guides are accessible from the Brookens home page; each librarian has prepared some based on their liaison disciplines. They may also be tailored for specific classes.

Leveraging MVCR: Moving the online teaching and learning world
Scott B. Johnson, Program Coordinator, Illinois Online Network

The Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR) series has been serving current and prospective online teachers for nearly 10 years. We will summarize the MVCR program and goals; highlighting the processes required to engage this NO COST to UI Faculty professional development opportunity.

Thousands have participated in MVCR, hundreds have completed the Master Online Teacher certificate program and found it to be immensely valuable and satisfying. MVCR teaches online teachers online teaching online. MVCR is a faculty professional development outreach of the Illinois Online Network, a University Outreach and Public Service (UA) program.

Using Camtasia Relay in a Large Enrollment Class
Harshavardhan D Bapat, Associate Professor and Chair, Chemistry

This session will detail the use of Camtasia Relay for teaching a large enrollment freshman class. Camtasia Relay allows one to effortlessly record and post a lecture on the web as a Flash file which can be viewed by anyone later.

Echo360 Technology Helps Students and Faculty
Yashanad Mhaskar, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Onset of flu season during any semester leads to students and faculty missing classes. Echo360 technology provides resources that let class participants re-visit the lecture from any device (PC, MP3 player, iPhone) with an internet connection. Ease of use and the benefits and disadvantages of Echo360 will be discussed.

Using Voicethread to Enhance Student Learning
Leonard Bogle, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership/ Mike Lane, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

The use of Voicethread to enhance student understanding and retention of concepts by increasing student engagement will be demonstrated. A handout detailing how to access and use Voicethread combined with presentations of Voicethread modules used by the presenters will be provided.


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