Saint Xavier University Technology Day

Technology Day

Technology Day Schedule

Title Session
8 - 9 a.m. Welcome Breakfast and Remarks
Butler Reception Room L-203
9 - 9:45 a.m. Session I
Please refer to the room number in the session description below.
9:45 - 10 a.m. Break
10 - 10:45 a.m. Session II
Please refer to the room number in the session description below.
10:45 - 11 a.m. Break
11 - 11:45 a.m. Session III
Please refer to the room number in the session description below.
On behalf of the Center for Instructional Design and Academic Technology, Thank You!

*Note: presentations and times subject to change

Session I (9 - 9:45 a.m.)

Collaborative Learning

Presenters: Matthew Costello, Ph.D., and Gina McNally, Ph.D.

Time: 9 - 9:45 a.m.

Room: L-321

Abstract: Faculty from Management and Political Science share how they integrate technology to build collaboration in both face-to-face and online classrooms. Professors Gina McNally and Matthew Costello explore how different media and applications can be used to construct a pedagogical playroom that enables student interaction for collaborative learning.

Project-Based Learning

Presenters: Mary Tiberg, Ph.D., and Angela Pirlott, Ph.D.

Time: 9 - 9:45 a.m.

Room: L-325

Abstract: Faculty from the CAS and SONHS share how they supported project-based learning in both the classroom and community environment through student-faculty collaborative research and community service embedded into coursework. Professor Pirlott regularly engages teams of students in faculty-lead collaborative research. She will discuss her approach to engaging students in research, as honed over the past seven years, in order to meet both parties' professional goals in terms of developing students' skills and disseminating research. Professor Tiberg engaged students in community service projects that investigated resources for those in need of housing, food, clothing, and vaccination services. The end result of this civic investigation was the development of comprehensive resource materials for Cook County Public Health staff. Additionally, students experienced working collaboratively with multiple community and health care disciplines, enhancing their familiarity and understanding of team contributions to project outcomes. Professor Tiberg will discuss the process, from the professor's perspective, of setting up the projects and helping students conduct the projects.

OER Library Resources

Presenter: Caitlin Archer-Helke, M.A., M.L.I.S.

Time: 9 - 9:45 a.m.

Room: L-309

Abstract: Students desire exciting, interactive, state-of-the-art pedagogy. We have the technology to make learning fun and effective. Traditional textbooks need to be revised and/or replaced as part of the new learning environment. We will discuss the enhancements being made by commercial publishers in terms of new price models, and multimedia and testing modules -- as well as developing Open Educational Resources now available as possible free replacements. Embedding these objects into Canvas can make for a far more attractive and effective learning experience. Join us for a conversation about these developments.

Synchronous Online Meetings with Canvas Conferences
Presenters: Peter Kreten, M.A., and Giselle Núñez, M.A.

Time: 9 - 9:45 a.m.

Room: L-211

Abstract: Rather than canceling a class and falling behind schedule, stay on task with Canvas Conferences. Instructors Peter Kreten and Giselle Núñez will share their experiences with scheduling and using Canvas Conferences for synchronous online meetings. The Canvas Conferences platform is built into Canvas for easy access and classroom management. Learn more about how to schedule and host a synchronous online meeting.

Rainy Day Canvas Plan

Presenter: Molly Caldera, M.A.

Time: 9 - 9:45 a.m.

Room: L-317

Abstract: Last winter Saint Xavier experienced several days of harsh weather that forced the campus to close. Instructors quickly realized that having a backup plan for on-campus coursework will allow students to stay on schedule. During this session, attendees will address the issues experienced during inclement weather, discover solutions to overcome days when the school is closed, and create their own back up plan for when the school is closed.

Never Miss an Appointment: Improve Your Work Efficiency Using Calendaring

Presenter: Rola Othman, Ed.D.

Time: 9 - 9:45 a.m.

Room: L-213

Abstract: Online calendars are great tools for you to set up your weekly schedule to manage your time wisely. With Office 365 Calendars, you can block time for class, work, family, and receive reminders about upcoming activities. At Saint Xavier University, faculty and staff may share their calendars with one another to schedule meetings more efficiently. You may also link your calendar to your phone so you always know what's next and where you are meeting.

Faculty Nearpod Experience

Presenter: Shawn Salmon, Ph.D.

Time: 9 - 9:45 a.m.

Room: L-215

Abstract: We have all witnessed the glassy-eyed stares from students struggling to remain engaged in a class lecture. By using Nearpod, you may upgrade your class lectures by adding interactive activities such as open-ended questions and collaborative boards. Learn how our very own Shawn Salmon is using Nearpod in his classroom. Dr. Salmon will share his experience of using the Nearpod platform and how it has impacted his students in various ways.

Session II (10-10:45 a.m.)

Peer Review Assignments

Presenters: Christopher Appelt, Ph.D., Michael Bathgate, Ph.D., and Mary Beth Tegan, Ph.D.

Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m.

Room: L-321

Abstract: Join colleagues from the sciences and humanities to discuss the theory and practice of peer review as a means of collaborative learning, using both face-to-face meetings and resources on Canvas. What seems to work well? What seems not to work so well? And why?

Creating Effective Rubrics in Canvas

Presenters: Carissa Broadbridge, Ph.D., and Cynthia Grobmeier, M.A.

Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m.

Room: L-210

Abstract: Students, especially in online environments, rely on rich feedback from their professor in order to fully engage in the learning process. Professors Grobmeier and Broadbridge will lead participants through the rubric creation process in Canvas while introducing them to other resources, such as iRubric and the AAC&U VALUE Rubrics. Discussions will focus on developing effective criteria and effectively translating those to online learning environments. These skills will aid student learning while allowing for more efficient grading of student work

Elevate Instruction and Transform the Student Experience with Nearpod
Presenter: Will Stamatis, and Lindsey Petlak, Nearpod Representatives

Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m.

Room: L-215

Abstract: This session introduces Nearpod, a platform where you can create interactive lessons to teach live or asynchronously on any device. Easily upload PowerPoint, Google Slides, or PDF documents into Nearpod and embellish the presentation with interactive activities such as quizzes, discussion boards, and even virtual reality explorations. Come to this session to see how faculty are using Nearpod to energize instruction and increase student learning outcomes worldwide.

Canvas Discussion Best Practices

Presenters: Laura Fairclough, MSN, and Lisa Watson, MSN

Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m.

Room: L-309

Abstract: The Canvas Discussion is an open canvas for sharing thoughts, resources, and fostering higher-level interactions. In this session, instructors Laura Fairclough and Lisa Watson will share best practices for using Canvas Discussions. They will discuss methods to create a strong prompt and tips on moderating online discussions.

Let's Make a Video

Presenter: Molly Caldera, M.A.

Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m.

Room: L-317

Abstract: Videos are growing in popularity as a learning tool. Join the crowd and learn how to create your own video using VidGrid. With VidGrid, you may increase student engagement and interactivity in the online environment, such as embedding quizzes, comments, and chapters. You may also record audio and capture your screen in live motion. Since VidGrid is built directly into Canvas, it is easy to share your videos with your students. Students may submit recordings to Canvas Assignments using the Premiere Student Recording feature.

How to Build the Canvas Gradebook

Presenter: Yue Ma, M.S.

Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m.

Room: L-213

Abstract: Tired of writing all of your grades on paper and manually calculating student grades? The Canvas gradebook makes it easy to manage your student grades and instantly share feedback with them. In this workshop, you will become familiar with building your gradebook in Canvas. You are welcome to bring your course syllabus to begin creating your course gradebook.

Session III (11-11:45 a.m.)

Digital Storytelling

Presenters: Peter Kreten, M.A., and Brad Mello, Ph.D.

Time: 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Room: L-321

Abstract: Learn the basics of 21st century storytelling and how to utilize the digital tools available on campus to create compelling multi-media, podcasts, and videos. Adobe products as well as other multimedia authoring tools will be reviewed.

Office Hours of the Future

Presenter: Katie Soso, MSN

Time: 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Room: L-325

Abstract: Office hours provide a confidential place where students and faculty can discuss grades, assignments, and more. Canvas Scheduler provides a streamlined approach to coordinating appointments between the instructor and student. Use the Canvas Scheduler to create a virtual sign-up sheet that notifies you whenever a student books an appointment.

Explain Everything

Presenter: Julia Wiester, Ph.D.

Time: 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Room: L-211

Abstract: Have you ever thought about recording a whiteboard presentation with audio? Explain Everything makes it easy to annotate, narrate, and animate presentations. The tool allows you to import almost any file from various storage platforms such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and many more. Once your presentation is made, it is simple to share it with your students. During this session, you will learn how the presenter used Explain Everything to engage her students. This tool is beneficial to the flipped-classroom model. The first three attendees who walked into the session will receive an Explain Everything voucher.

OER Library - Embed Materials into Canvas in Powerful and Effective Ways

Presenter: David Stern, M.A.

Time: 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Room: L-309

Abstract: Reading assignments are much more effective when students are presented with questions to ponder in advance. Classroom sessions are more effective when "flipped" classrooms focus on the problem areas after pre-class testing. The library can demonstrate how to surround readings with context and testing to make these experiences more efficient and effective.

Nearpod Q&A Session

Presenter: Will Stamatis, and Lindsey Petlak, Nearpod Representatives

Time: 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Room: L-215

Abstract: Join Nearpod Representatives Will Stamatis and Lindsey Petlak in an open Q&A session all about Nearpod. You are welcome to ask questions and share feedback on your experiences using Nearpod. They are looking for your recommendations to help improve the product to meet your needs.

New Canvas Gradebook

Presenter: Yue Ma, M.S.

Time: 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Room: L-213

Abstract: Join us in revealing the new features in the Canvas New Gradebook! You will learn how to enable the New Gradebook in your Canvas courses to elevate your Canvas experience. Features highlighted include the Gradebook Menu, View Menu, and Actions Menu. You will also learn how to personalize your Gradebook to automate the grading process.

How to Set Up Peer Review Assignments in Canvas

Presenter: Molly Caldera, M.A.

Time: 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Room: L-317

Abstract: Peer review is an effective way to manage your grading workload while also helping your students gain a critical eye for academic writing. During this session attendees will view a presentation on the ways to set up a peer review assignment. The presenter will show examples of peer review assignments, and answer questions from the attendees.