Technology In Bloom - May 10, 2014


We have put together 12 sessions on topics that will be beneficial to faculty, instructional technologists/designers, LMS administrators, leaders in online learning, and educational and classroom technology specialists.

Attend any of the sessions! Expect to walk away with real world examples of how to use the right technology tools to enhance student learning. For a detailed description of each session, scroll down this page or simply click on the name of the session to see the description.


Rm. 311
Seats: 32

Rm. 312
Seats: 44

Rm. 313
Seats: 32

Rm. 309
Seats: 65+

8:30 -

Registration and Breakfast

8:50 -

Welcoming Remarks

Rm. 311

Rm. 312

Rm. 313

Rm. 309/307

9:00 -

Video Lectures: the Cheap and Easy Way
Russ Lichterman

Flipping the Classroom
Mary Beth Youse

Writing Goals and Objectives for Your Online Course
Sandra Bennett

Password Management
Adam Voyton

10:00 -

Holistic Learning: tools and technique that nurture curiosity and promote engagement
Sandy McVey
and Missy Wanstall

A Zombie Themed Blended Class Model for Integrating Technologies and Flipping the Classroom
Dr. Julia Grace J. Jester and Matt Harris

HOT Topics
The Online Learning Team

Google in and out of the Classroom
Christopher Lenhart
Rm 307

11:00am -

Ten Terrific Teaching Tips to Engage Students
Mary Beth Youse

Kate Cottle

Best Practices for Online Teaching
Dr. Lucia Nemeth

Placing Success in Their Hands: Engaging Students Through Tools they Currently Use
Dr. Lemar White
Rm. 309

12:00 -

Lunch and Keynote

How to Make Your Online Course Bloom
Presented by Sandra Bennett, Winner of the 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Award - Exemplary Course

1:00 -
1 :15pm

Closing Remarks and Door Prize Drawing - Must be present to win


Session Descriptions

9:00 - 9:50am

Session: Video Lectures: The Cheap and Easy Way
Presenter: Russ Lichterman

Flipping the classroom, dynamic multimedia content online, lecture capture, etc. are the buzz words of modern education. Everyone wants video, but sometimes the barriers seem insurmountable. Cost, complexity, hardware failure and more can leave us with a poor product or prevent us from even trying.

We looked at dynamic video content for face-to-face and online courses in a different way and came up with a solution that is inexpensive, easy to use, and provides instructors with a do-it-yourself cloud-based solution to create rich multimedia content.

Using iOS devices like iPad minis and the Swivl robotic camera system do-it-yourself video capture can be deployed to instructors in a simple and cost effective manner. The videos can be deployed to free services like YouTube and Vimeo, paid online video platforms like Kaltura, or Swivl's own cloud-based video management system.

Session; Flipping the Classroom
Presenter: Mary Beth Youse

Discover the technology needed to make a flip and not a flop of classroom content in video format. The flipped classroom model inverts traditional teaching methods by delivering instruction (narrated PowerPoints, recorded lectures, tutorials, and recorded demonstrations) in video format to post online. This session explores multimedia tools such as iPad apps, Jing, Screencast-O-Matic, Kaltura (a video tool for Wilmington University instructors); all which extends opportunities and explains anything from anywhere! This session is a demo format to share the possibilities of video instruction.

Session: Writing Goals and Objectives for Your Online Course
Presenter: Sandra Bennett

Session Description: You have written goals and learning objectives before, but they take on added importance in online courses.  Given that you will not be seeing your students face-to-face, it is crucial that you craft clear statements about what specifically you want your students to learn.  In this webinar, you'll learn the difference between a goal and an objective, how to write effective goals and objectives, and how assignments or activities, and assessments should all reflect the learning objectives.

Session: Password Management
Presenter: Adam Voyton

This presentation will teach you how to make secure passwords, simple ways to remember them all, and other tips to secure your identity. Topics include:
1. The scale of consumer cyber crime
2. What is a password; facts about password security and its importance
3. Tiered password system - review and categorize your existing passwords
4. Writing secure passwords
- Characteristics of strong and weak passwords
- Tips and techniques
- Testing the strength of a password
5. Password management techniques

10:00 - 10:50am

Session: Holistic Learning: Tools and Techniques that Nurture Curiosity and Promote Engagement
Presenter: Sandy McVey

To keep students' fractured attention spans on target, many educators feel pressured to become entertainers. This session helps shift the focus away from the "sage on the stage" towards guided learning, a place where curiosity and interest in a subject drives students to meaningful engagement. You have great power. Behaviors developed in your class can have far-reaching effects. Not only throughout a student's educational tenure, but far into their professional careers. Educators like you, willing to give up a precious Saturday morning, have inspirational fire. You strive to develop new ways to rekindle and ignite the natural intelligence in every student. Whether it's clickers in the classroom, a Piazza discussion forum, or peer-reviewed video assignments, the use of technology to pique interest and spark discussion establishes a foundation for long-term learning. This fun session will showcase a selection of tools and actively apply techniques that can be used to enhance courses of every discipline, size, and delivery method. Session supplementals will be available at

Session: A Zombie-Themed Blended Class Model for Integrating Technologies and Flipping the Classroom
Presenter: Dr. Julia Grace J. Jester and Matt Harris

This session will explore how a group of 8 faculty members with vastly different specialties successfully implemented a blended multi-disciplinary course called "Zombies in Contemporary Culture." The focus of this presentation will be on leveraging emerging technologies to facilitate student learning and enhance the educational experience in a blended environment, including utilizing shared storage and communication solutions to coordinate large-scale collaborative endeavors between both faculty and students. The structure of the class will be explored, including the online podcasts and lessons, the narrative online discussions, and the lectures, the in-class panels, and the practical experience field trip taken to explore survival skills in a real-world environment. This will include an overview of the technologies we used to effectively increase responsiveness and collaboration in the course, including Skype, Dropbox, Prezi, iTunes Podcasting, and shared space on a learning management system. We will also discuss connecting quality online lessons and interactive in-person sessions tied to the online materials.

Session: HOT Topics
Presenter: The Online Learning Team

This session will be a birds-of-a-feather discussion with online faculty (HOT certified) and the online learning team. This is your opportunity to ask a question or make a suggestion for future course development, request resources, or pitch a professional development topic. The online learning team would also like to receive suggestions regarding a new initiative to build a Blackboard Objects Repository with the goal of sharing exemplary lessons to foster creative online assignments.

Session: Google in and out of the Classroom
Presenter: Christopher Lenhart

This presentation will demonstrate the benefits of using Google for both professors and students.
There will be multiple tutorials on Google Drive, Docs, Presentations, Spreadsheets and Forms, demonstrating the benefits and limitations compared to other technologies. We’ll also cover:

  • Sharing of documents
  • Live interactions within documents
  • Collaborative benefits
  • Cost & Versatility
  • Gmail
  • Transferring docs into Google Docs
  • Video capture and sharing / YouTube usage
  • Pulling images off the Internet and correctly inserting them for maximum effectiveness
  • Bb integrations with Google


11:00 - 11:50am

Session: Ten Terrific Teaching Tips to Engage Students
Presenter: Mary Beth Youse

From elementary education to higher education, strategies may change but basic tips relate to student engagement. This session reminds instructors how to motivate students to achieve results. Explore some tips and tools to engage your students; shake up the classroom, and blend a variety of strategies to make learning happen!

Session: SafeAssign
Presenter: Kate Cottle

SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service offered by Blackboard. After instructors learn about SafeAssign and Wilmington University’s Academic Integrity policy, they can set up SafeAssignments in their Blackboard course. Once papers are submitted, they are checked against databases of source material.

This service can detect unoriginal content in written work, which in turn, helps students identify where to properly attribute sources. SafeAssign is a deterrent to plagiarism, but most importantly can serve as a teaching tool. Often students don’t take time to go back and cite their sources. This is where SafeAssign helps, it will force the students to take a look at their paper and make sure it is properly cited.

Session: Best Practices for Online Teaching
Presenter: Dr. Lucia Nemeth

This session focuses on the best principles and practices for online teaching that provide guidance for those of us teaching online. It also reviews the 8 roles of an effective online teacher. The session highlights how tools in Blackboard enable you to implement these principles and practices in your online environment.

Session: Placing Success In Their Hands: Engaging Students through Tools They Currently Use
Presenter: Dr. Lemar White

This workshop will explore various tools to engage and empower students toward success. It will explore the use of Twitter, Instagram and other social media to teach students; forming a connection with your class; the concept of the flip/reverse classroom will be discussed; utilizing smartphones and other popular devices in the classroom to elicit student participation; and formulating a student-centered approach in the development of the course syllabus.

These are all tools and educational concepts that, individually or collectively, can enhance student learning and inspire students to take a more active role in their success.

Keynote Address - How to Make Your Online Course Bloom

Presenter: Sandra Bennett, Instructional Designer for Online Learning, and Adjunct Instructor for the College of Education Graduate Elementary Studies, K-6, Wilmington University

Let’s face it: online learning isn’t always met with a “rah-rah-rah” cheer of “Yeah! Let’s log in and learn!” Why? Because in the early days (which isn’t that long ago) we as a field didn’t quite necessarily know what we were doing. Post some PowerPoint slides? Voila! Online learning! Upload a PDF document? Voila! Online learning! Record the 8-hour instructor-led course and plop it into the course? Voila! Online learning!

Research into effective online instruction offers three conclusions: 1) online instruction can be as effective as traditional instruction with clearly written learning objectives; 2) to do so, online courses need cooperative/collaborative (active) learning and 3) strong instructor presence.

This keynote will help you gain new insight about creating an online course that engages and motivates students to learn. With online courses, you need to inspire your learners to have a great time. Your goal should be to have your learners engage with the content, not just sit back and passively listen. They want to hear from you because they want to learn something. They want to change their life. And, they trust you to show them how to do it.