Presentation Schedule & Details 2020

 

Virtual Conference Schedule, Presentation Links, and Presentation Details

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8:00am – 8:50am

Virtual Vendor Tables – Visit the Vendors in their Collaborate Session Room

Vendor Table 1: 
Blackboard Platinum Sponsor

 

Preparing for a post COVID World using Blackboard Academy

Angela Robbins

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Vendor Table 2: 
“D2L” Gold Sponsor

 

Chat with Vendor

Greg Sixt

 

Vendor Table 3:
Kaltura Silver Sponsor

 

Video Technologies for Education

Donna Jones & Kristen Sparrow

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Vendor Table 4: 
Visible Body Bronze Sponsor

 

No Session

Vendor Table 5:
ThinkingStorm Bronze Sponsor

 

Creating Interactively with Video

CT Nguyen

 

 

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9:00am – 9:50am

Welcome
Steve Courchesne Conference Co Chair

Contributor of Distinction Award 2020

Lynn Zayac MCO Chair Host
Bill Hart- Host
Winner Charlie O’Donnell Pace/MCO
Info About Charlie O’Donnell


Keynote address by Allison Posey of Cast

Info About Allison Posey

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator: Steve Courchesne

To view a Recording of Allison’s Presentation, Click Here

 

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10:00am to
10:50am

Breakout Session 1

 

A Different Approach: 

Designing Your Online Course Site
Eric LePage

 

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator: Brendan Harvey

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Breakout Session 2

 

Roleplaying Gamification Module to Enhance Deeper Learning in an Accelerated Online Management Theory Course
Audrey Pereira

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator: Maureen Giacobbe

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Breakout Session 3

 

Secret Sauce of Online Success: Three Ingredients to Try Now

Dianne McDermott
Cerasuolo

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator: Steve Courchesne

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Breakout Session 4

 

Bb Ambassadors – Student Leaders Supporting Online Students!

Noreen McGinness Olson, Beth Kelley, Uyen Mai & Sarah Ellis

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator: Nicole Chelonis

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Vendor Session 1: 
Blackboard Platinum Sponsor

 

Enabling Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation (UBN)

Brad Katz, &  Lisa Andion

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Vendor Session 2: 
“D2L” Gold Sponsor

 

“D2L” Brightspace LMS; New Tools for Saving Faculty Time, and Driving Online Student Engagement

Joanna Niewiadomska, Sean De Caire, & Greg Sixt

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Vendor Session 3: 
Kaltura Silver Sponsor

 

The Future of Video in Education

Jeff Rubenstein

Session Recording

 

Vendor Session 4: 
Visible Body Bronze Sponsor

 

No Session

Vendor Session 5: 
ThinkingStorm Bronze Sponsor

 

Westfield State University and ThinkingStorm: Researching and Selecting an Online Tutoring Provider

Lynn Zayac & Sean Hurley

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11:00am to
11:50am

Breakout Session 1

 

More Adventures In Open Pedagogy
Lance Eaton

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator: Melba Acevedo

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Breakout Session 2

 

How We Ramped Up Support to Face COVID 19
Stacy Cohen, Gordon Hall, Steve Courchesne, & Robin Robinson

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator: Steve Courchesne

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Breakout Session 3

 

Effective Principles for Syllabus Design
Daniela
Loghin & Roxanne McCorry

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator: Roxanne McCorry

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Breakout Session 4

Equity-Based Approaches to Digital Learning
Danielle Leek

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator: Andrea Milligan

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Vendor Session 1:
Blackboard Platinum Sponsor


Preparing for a post COVID world using Data and Analytics (LMS Agnostic)

Phil Adams & Jason Smith

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Vendor Session 2:
“D2L” Gold Sponsor

 

A Deep-Dive into LMS Analytics and Reporting Capabilities

Joanna Niewiadomska,  Sean De Caire & Greg Sixt


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Vendor Session 3:
Kaltura Silver Sponsor

 

Open Session Q&A

CT Nguyen


Vendor Session 4:
Visible Body Bronze Sponsor

 

Using Interactive Virtual Anatomy to Improve Student Performance
Krystylynn Fusaro


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Vendor Session 5:
ThinkingStorm Bronze Sponsor

 

ThinkingStorm’s Massachusetts Partnerships and Q&A Session
Sean Hurley & Adam Ruma


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12:00pm to
12:50pm

Breakout Session 1

 

“Introduction to Community Planning” Transitioning from a 15-Week Semester Course to a 2-week Winter Online Course

Alina Gross

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator:
Gail Rankin

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Breakout Session 2

 

Going Online in a Hurry with Zoom

Robert Chatt

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator:
Kyle Kraus


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Breakout Session 3

 

Collaboration for Student Success Using eTutoring

Nancy Thompson & 
Noreen McGinness Olson

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator:
Stacy Osborn


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Breakout Session 4

 

Building Online Presence, (A)synchronously

Gerol Petruzella

MCO Liaison Session Facilitator: Danielle Leek


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Vendor Session 1:
Blackboard Platinum Sponsor

 

Supporting First-Generation Student Learning: Scaffolding in the Online Environment (LMS Agnostic)

Lisa Andion
Ed.D., Sr. Solutions Engineer


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Vendor Session 2:
“D2L” Gold Sponsor

 

Chat with Vendor

Greg Sixt, Account Executive

 

Vendor Session 3:
Kaltura Silver Sponsor

 

Open Session Q&A

CT Nguyen, Regional Sales Executive

 

Vendor Session 4:
Visible Body Bronze Sponsor

 

Chat with Vendor

Krystylynn Fusaro, Account Manager

 

Vendor Session 5:
ThinkingStorm Bronze Sponsor

 

ThinkingStorm Online Tutoring Live Demonstration

Adam Ruma, Account Manager


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1:00pm – 1:30pm

Virtual Vendor Tables – Visit the Vendors in their Collaborate Session Room

Vendor Table 1:
Blackboard

 

Q&A

 

Vendor Table 2:
Visible Body

 

Q&A

 

Vendor Table 3:
Desire to Learn

 

Q&A

 

Vendor Table 4:
Thinking Storm

 

Q&A

 

Vendor Table 5:
Kaltura

 

Q&A

 

1:30-pm-
2:15 pm

Keynote Address Repeat

by Alison Posey of CAST

Info About Allison Posey

To view a Recording of Allison’s Presentation, Click Here

 

To View Allison Posey’s Keynote Presentation Slides, Click Here

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors!

 



 

 

 

Preparing for a post COVID World using Blackboard Academy (LMS Agnostic)

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Angela Robbins, Content Development Manager

Creating interactivity with video

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Presenter: CT Nguyen, Account Manager

A Different Approach: Designing Your Online Course Site

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How you choose to design your online course site can have a significant impact on the success of your students. I’ve been teaching online since 2007, but it wasn’t until I went through the Quality Matters and Online Learning Consortium certification programs that I truly discovered how impactful good quality design can be! In this presentation, I will share my current course design strategies in Blackboard, how I manage the site each week, and how I develop a sense of community with my students. Even if you’re not a Blackboard user, expect to come away with design and management strategies that you can incorporate into your own online course sites.

 

Presenter: Eric LePage, Executive Director – Teaching & Technology Center Bridgewater State University

Roleplaying Gamification Module to Enhance Deeper Learning in an Accelerated Online Management Theory Course

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An empirically successful approach that includes deeper learning principles (DLPs) in online curricula is through game-based learning (GBL), which can facilitate cognitive rehearsal (CR). A project to develop and test an online gamified roleplaying module to facilitate CR in business students was undertaken. Data from 108 students were evaluated, where nearly half the students used the module. Major themes suggest that the online roleplaying GBL module led to students undergoing CR and problem-solving, which is evidence of DLPs. In terms of learning objectives, between 87% and 90% of students reported the module helped them learn the lesson content.

 

Presenter: Audrey Pereira, Associate Professor Fitchburg State University

Secret Sauce of Online Success: Three Ingredients to Try Now

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Online courses suffer from a higher than average dropout and failure rate. Without the learned habits of in-class work and in-person faculty reminders, students prone to procrastinate do so even more in an online class. The lack of instructor presence and classroom community can lead to student isolation, frustration, and confusion. All of this is compounded by a reticence to ask questions, outreach to the instructor, instructor response time, and course design confusion becomes a recipe for failure. This presentation and discussion will look at some of the reasons students fail and three proven methods that have improved completion and success results.

 

Presenter: Dianne McDermott Cerasuolo, Assistant Professor North Shore Community College

Bb Ambassadors – Student Leaders Supporting Online Students!

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Do your online students struggle with understanding course expectations and navigating Blackboard? Learn about an innovative solution that utilizes trained academic support student employees, Bb Ambassadors, to support online students in the first four weeks of the semester. Bb Ambassadors assist students in: locating and submitting assignments, posting to a discussion board, communicating with professors, time management and study strategies, and much more. Bb Ambassadors create a comfortable online environment for students to ask questions. Please join us and learn what faculty and students are saying about this new successful program!

 

Noreen McGinness Olson, Director, Academic Support Programs

Beth Kelley, SI and Science Learning Specialist

Uyen Mai, Bb Ambassador

Middlesex Community College

Enabling Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation (UBN)

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Blackboard experts will walk through all of the UBN benefits, and share communication best practices for when your school updates your Blackboard platform.

 

Brad Katz, Solutions Engineer

Lisa Andion, Ed.D. Sr. Solutions Engineer, Blackboard

Westfield State University and ThinkingStorm: Researching and Selecting an Online Tutoring Provider

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Lynn Zayac, Director of Center for Instructional Technology, Westfield State University

Sean Hurley, Director of Academic Operations

More Adventures In Open Pedagogy

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The presentation will provide a glimpse at different ways open pedagogy has been used in an online course to facilitate more meaningful engagement among students as well as opportunities for students to take control of their learning. The presentation will cover what was done but also how others can build open pedagogical practices into their online courses.

 

Lance Eaton, Part Time Faculty North Shore Community College

How We Ramped Up Support to Face COVID 19

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When the Dean walks into your office on a Tuesday and asks if on Thursday you can train the faculty to teach remotely, how do you respond? Framingham State University’s Education Technology Office (ETO) shares how we defined what needed to be covered and how we distributed the training to faculty, students, and staff during the COVID 19 crisis. The interactive session will include what we learned from delivering training under pressure and how the office is transitioning our training from emergency remote learning to thoughtfully designed online learning for the summer.

 

Steve Courchesne, Instructional Designer

Robin Robinson, Director of Instructional Technology and eLearning

Framingham State University

Effective Principles for Syllabus Design

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In the process of reviewing multiple courses, we have realized that many syllabi are taken for granted from one semester to another. Instructors forget to reflect on how their syllabus could be designed more effectively just by following some simple but effective Instructional Design rules: clarity in the expectations, the overall structure of the course, as few assumptions as possible, UDL principles, and visually appealing and engaging. What makes a well-designed syllabus? How to design one better? We will find out by providing examples of high impact syllabi. Then we will compare and contrast them with other syllabi and go through a makeover process, in a hands-on style workshop.

 

Daniela Loghin, Instructional Designer

Roxanne McCorry, Director of Academic Technology and Online Learning

Middlesex Community College

Equity-Based Approaches to Digital Learning

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Join this session to learn about the growing body of work that offers approaches to building and teaching online courses that are equity-centered in their design and practice. We explore the Peralta Equity Framework for online courses, and dive into a number of other strategies instructors and instructional designers can use to engage all students in digital learning.

 

Danielle Leek, Director of Academic Innovation and Distance Education

Bunker Hill Community College

A deep-dive into LMS Analytics and Reporting Capabilities

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Joanna Niewiadomska, Solutions Engineer

Sean De Caire, Senior Account Executive

Greg Sixt, Account Executive

Preparing for a Post COVID World using Data and Analytics

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This session will talk about the phases that Higher Education has gone through since March. We will highlight why it’s important to measure KPI’s to understand how your school is performing, who’s using what, how often, and is it working.

 

Phil Adams, Platform Solution Engineer- Analytics

Jason Smith, Executive Director, Enrollment

Using Interactive Virtual Anatomy to Improve Student Performance

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Speaker: Krystylynn Fusaro, Account Manager

ThinkingStorm’s Massachusetts Partnerships and Q&A Session

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Speakers: Sean Hurley, Director of Academic Operations, Adam Ruma, Account Manager

The Evolution of “Introduction to Community Planning” from a Standard 15-Week Semester Course to a Winter Session 2-week Online Course Format

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Intro to Community Planning is offered through WSU’s Dept. of Geography, Planning, & Sustainability (GPS), and addresses topics such as environmental planning, transportation, economic development, public participation, historic preservation, and urban design. Taught in an in-person standard-semester format, the course has included a final presentation on a planning issue facing the student’s hometown or a location of their choice. This course was offered in a two-week online format over Winter 2020. This session will address the compressing of this course into the two-week online format, as well as the evolution of the final project from an in-class presentation to a screencast.

 

Presenter: Alina Gross, Assistant Professor of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability

Westfield State University

Going Online in a Hurry with Zoom

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This presentation reviews techniques discovered during the mid-semester shift from in-class to online, and has two pieces. The first portion of the presentation details the integration of Zoom into the classroom environment as a tool for simulating face-to-face encounters from a remote setting – specifically, how Zoom can be used to deliver content, engage students, and assess understanding. The second part deals with the dissemination of this material to other faculty, and draws on the presenter’s experiences as Zoom Faculty Champion at WSU. The goal is to provide attendees with a better understanding of Zoom’s capabilities, and help them develop the means for sharing this knowledge.

 

Presenter: Robert Chatt, Assistant Professor of Finance

Westfield State University

Collaboration for Student Success Using eTutoring

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eTutoring is here and strong! The Northeast eTutoring Consortium’s (NeTC) first year with the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has been a resounding success. eTutoring, which provides 24/7 synchronous and asynchronous tutoring services in a range of subjects, has adopted student-centered changes to the platform, including full accessibility using Zoom for live tutoring. The workshop will demonstrate the interface and highlight collaboration among tutors and between tutors and students, collaboration among member schools to provide support to students, and collaboration among consortia and the SBCTC to enhance the platform to engage students and support their success.

 

Presenters: Nancy Thompson, Coordinator, Northeast eTutoring Consortium

Noreen McGinness Olson, Director, Academic Support Programs

Middlesex Community College

Building Online Presence, (A)synchronously

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Our social and instructional presence play crucial roles in maintaining a strong learning community. This session identifies, and demonstrates, techniques and considerations for building instructors’ online presence, in both synchronous and asynchronous environments.

 

 

Presenter: Gerol Petruzella, Director of Academic Technology

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

 


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