Come one, come all to hear Dr. Curt Bonk tell of his wild tales performing feats of technology! Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and President of CourseShare. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. He received the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has coauthored several widely used technology books, including The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education (2009), Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing (2008), The Handbook of Blended Learning (2006), and Electronic Collaborators (1998).
provides an opportunity for faculty to connect with their peer community and learn about emerging tools and techniques of online teaching and learning.
The Peer Showcase features a variety of online teaching and assessment programs and projects presented to you in an informal setting by the educators themselves. You'll have plenty of time to pick the brains of the Showcase participants to find out how you can construct similar projects on your own.Showcase participants:
Some insist. Some resist. Others persist. Such is state of online learning today. But what is highly resistible for some is often passionately irresistible for others. Many are content to tinker with blended forms of learning. They dip their toes into the technology change movement by embedding shared online videos, simulations, timelines, collaborative groups, and open access articles in their courses. Others enter deeper waters and push toward the edges of what is possible. Their classes are teeter-tottering on the brink of transformation. Such instructors hand over the keys to their learners and let them drive for a bit. These risk taking instructors might enjoy reading a learner-designed wikibook, listening to a student generated podcast show, or watching the results of an international video competition. And then there are those who find themselves at the extreme edges of this learning planet. They might tap into virtual explorers, artists, archeologists, and adventurers to excite their learners. It is in such courses that scientific discoveries appear live. Mobile, virtual, and telepresence technologies become the new norm. It is time to stretch toward the edges of learning from those of us tinkering on the shores to those whose learning approaches are tottering in new directions and even landing in totally extreme or alien lands. This talk will showcase examples from all three worlds - the world of the tinkerer, the totterer, and the totally extreme.
Which world will you find yourself?
All those registered for the conference are welcome to a hot, sit-down lunch. During lunch, Dr. Curt Bonk, our keynote speaker, will join us for an informal question/answer session.
An open and moderated discussion among Axio community members. We'll candidly discuss the Axio, possible new features, how to improve current features, and the future of Axio as you envision it. We are pleased to welcome Mel Chastain, former director of the Kansas Regents Education Communications Center, as the Open Forum moderator.
Dr. L. Sue Williams, a veteran of online education, invites seminar participants to journey through surprising passages toward what she terms the “benefit of absence.” In this interactive session, conference attendees become accomplices in the paradox of education at a distance, where learning becomes non-linear, and 'awhereness' (Thrift 2010) negates conventions of space and time.
The word absence tends strongly toward a negative connotation. In this session, Williams invites participants to exploit the term absence as an opportunity to think differently about our existence as educators and learners – roles that are interchangeable. Learning/teaching/communicating – again, concepts inextricably linked – are an integral part of 21st century education, one in which physical space becomes much less relevant and creative modes of social interaction more so. Drawing on personal experience in teaching from a variety of physical locations, Williams draws on Thrift’s (2010) work on reforming learning environments through non-cursive, non-linear, reflexive, and unconventional geographies, which he dubs awhereness. In an interactive seminar-type setting, participants engage in communicative exercises, garnering both philosophical and practical tips on seizing teachable moments outside the conventional classroom.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education issued a press release to all schools and universities as a reminder of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This letter states that "technological devices must be accessible to students with disabilities, including students who are blind or have low vision, unless the benefits of the technology are provided equally through other means." We are required to provide content accessibility in an equal manner and time-frame for all students.
This session will briefly cover the law and the responsibility that we have to provide an accessible environment. We will discuss the use of K-State Online as well as the media and content that we place within. The session will also cover video and how to set up captions. In addition, the session will show how to best create text, video and presentation files to students in ways that can easily be accessed using adaptive technology such as screen-readers. Lastly, you will receive resources for more guidance, including the Disability Support Services page "K-Access," where I am increasing resources available to faculty.
Hundreds of technologies exist for improving teaching and learning. There is one technology today that offers unique and free ways to change education and training across all sectors; namely, shared online video.
There are video explanations, demonstrations, documentaries, lectures, and news stories. They come from places like NASA TV, Link TV, YouTube edu, CNN, the BBC, Google, TeacherTube, Academic Earth, Fora TV, etc. All of these exist for free. It is time to create innovative courses, programs, and degrees which utilize them. As this happens, traditional education will be challenged. Dr. Bonk will discuss several controversial scenarios that might result. He will also offer 10 ways to use shared online video from an instructor-centered point of view as well as 10 ideas from a student-centered perspective. In addition, he will discuss what shared online video means to others (e.g., administrators, bloggers, podcasters, librarians, informal learners, corporate trainers, etc.). In longer versions of this talk, he will also highlight his research on the motivational and instructional design aspects of popular videos in YouTube. He will explain why people watch, share, or create such online videos. In the end, the audience will brainstorm ways in which shared online video can transform their own teaching and learning settings.
K-State Online is incredibly comprehensive so it's hard to know all the ins and outs. We often hear, "I wish K-State Online could do this really great thing" and often our reply is, "it does and we can show you!". This session will cover some of the most commonly under-utilized functions that could improve your experience teaching with K-State Online. Whether you consider yourself a beginner or advanced K-State Onliner, you'll leave this session knowing something new.
The instructional designers of K-State's Information Technology Assistance Center (Swasati Mukherjee, Ben Ward, and Shalin Hai-Jew) will be presenting on some mobile apps that have applications to online learning. Bring your mobile devices, and join this group for some early-morning mobile fun (and a game). If you don’t have one to use, the presenters will be bringing some to look at and try out. All are welcome!
Kansas State University strives to provide the best learning environment for all students. Technology allows us to reach students from around the world through e-learning. While it’s exciting to be able to expand our student base, we are faced with competition from other universities who seek to serve the same student groups we try to attract. It becomes imperative that our courses are of the highest quality.
A university-wide committee (representatives from DCE, iTAC, and faculty) has developed a set of online professional development modules for faculty members who are moving from traditional to online teaching or who want to enhance their online teaching skills. These modules are available at elearningfacultymodules.org.
The project was originally conceptualized as an online modular resource to meet the needs of faculty members who wanted to teach online and needed some guidance so they could successfully move into online delivery of course content. Kansas State University had many resources for faculty who teach online but there was not an asynchronous non-facilitated online instruction tool for beginners who wanted to learn anytime and anyplace. The module and wiki design will allow the faculty member to go through the material in sequence or select parts in a non-sequenced manner. It should be noted that although the original intent was to serve beginning online instructors, the team decided early on that the modules should be designed for all faculty and would be divided into areas related to experience levels.
In addition, a great deal of discussion concerning quality of instruction in online distance courses has been occurring. There is a real desire to ensure that all courses offered to distance students are well designed, expertly taught, and adhere to all legal considerations.
Roughly 97 percent of all teenagers play games, regardless of gender or socioeconomic status. But in spite of impressions to the contrary, this does not make them antisocial. What gaming does do is create instructional design opportunities. Come join a hands-on exploration of game design mechanics and social dynamics as we look for a way to re-envision the future of teaching and learning.
Mobile learning for “ubiquitous” learning anytime-anywhere is the new hot thing. This type of learning enables learners to learn more effectively out in the field (anywhere with wireless connectivity); it also allows them to interact with smart spaces (like location-sensitive museums); and finally, it allows them to capture information from the real world and interact with their peers and instructors using location-aware devices. Axio Learning may be brought into play in a number of ways to support mobile learning, from something as simple as (1) capturing mobile learning through the manual assignment assessment tool to (2) podcasting to mobile devices through RSS-enabled folders to (3) enabling interactivity through file-uploadable message boards (with images / sound / text captured from mobile devices to (4) multi-way communications both synchronously and asynchronously through student group work, Wimba, and digital “poster sessions”. With SoftChalk LessonBuilder 7, which enables the building of mobile activities (using HTML 5, not Flash) and versioning all outputs also for mobile devices, and free apps like FourSquare (which enable real-life real-time location awareness of others in the class), plenty of types of learning may be designed and deployed through mobile devices, with the support of Axio Learning. This presentation will showcase how Axio may support mobile learning, with a variety of learning examples from real-life.
The advent of the social web (e.g. Web 2.0) has resulted in an amazing and fascinating mixture of academically-sound, co-created content; creative mashups; blatantly commercial, self-serving propaganda; and trite garbage. The Wiki Master is an individual that gets to see all of it, unedited and raw. In fact, the very concept of a Wiki Master is somewhat contrary to the utopian idea that content will be socially developed and evolve from the mists via the keyboards of anonymous and good-intentioned users. This presentation first provides an overview of the role of webmaster and describes how a Web 2.0 mindset began to exert an influence on the duties of this individual resulting in the rise of the Wiki Master. Specific roles of the Wiki Master then are described in detail together with a case study-type overview of the wiki master at ELATEwiki.org. The presentation concludes by looking a typical day in the life of the Wiki Master at ELATEwiki.
Rosemary Boggs has been a Program Coordinator for the Division of Continuing Education for the past 5 years. She facilitates the delivery and coordination of the College of Education courses and programs offered via distance, including courses offered in face-to-face format at locations other than the Kansas State University campus. Rosemary serves as liaison with the College of Education faculty and staff for all distance education concerns/needs. She coordinates marketing and promotion of the College of Education distance graduate programs for K-12 personnel, for educators working with adult learners, and for academic advisors in higher education. Rosemary has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a master’s of education from South Dakota State University.
After five uninspiring years as a corporate controller and CPA, Curt Bonk received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. He is now Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and adjunct in the School of Informatics. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. Curt has received the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana. Curt has given more than 1,100 talks around the globe related to online teaching and learning. In addition, he has given over 260 publications on topics such as online learning pedagogy, massive multiplayer online gaming, wikibooks, blogging, open source software, collaborative technologies, and synchronous and asynchronous computer conferencing. He is author of the Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs (2006) as well as Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing (2008), The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education (2009). Curt founded SurveyShare in 2003 which he sold in 2010 and has been President of CourseShare since 1999 (see http://www.courseshare.com/). See homepage: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/; and email: email@example.com.
Mel Chastain served for 22 years as the Director of Educational Broadcast Services and General Manager of KAMU-TV/FM at Texas A&M University, where he taught undergraduate courses in the Journalism Department, graduate studies in the College of Education, and managed the Contract Productions wing of EBS. He then became the first person hired by former K-State Provost James R. Coffman, and given the responsibility to create, staff and operate the Kansas Regents Educational Communications Center, along with designing and building Dole Hall, which housed the ECC staff and facilities. (Fortunately, Provost Coffman's hiring skills improved greatly with time and experience.) For several years, Mel also served as the Interim Associate Vice-Provost for Information Technology, setting records for the longest interim service under the longest administrative title. Mel retired from K-State after 19 years, and now can be found jogging, painting, doing personal consulting (in the areas of project documentation, strategic planning, production and writing) ... and trying to find his car keys. This Fall, Mel realized his lifelong professional career ambition by being placed above Scott Finkeldei in the 2011 Axio Community Learning Conference online "Speakers and Bios" section. Mel earned a BA and MA from the University of Denver, a Ph.D from Texas A&M University and has done post-doctorate studies at Harvard (and has NO idea why the Aggies want to leave the Big 12 for the SEC).
Scott Finkeldei is a graduate of Kansas State University with a BA in Political Science and a BS in Secondary Education. Scott has worked with K-State Online (the first incarnation of Axio Learning) and Axio from its beginning in 1998. Currently Scott is the Associate Director of Axio Learning and coordinates the activities of the Axio Learning team.
Shalin Hai-Jew works as an Instructional Designer at the Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC) at Kansas State University. She has taught in various colleges and universities for the past 20 years, including four years in the People's Republic of China (two years through the United Nations Volunteer Programme, UNDP). She was a tenured professor of English and Communications at Shoreline Community College in Washington State but left to pursue instructional design work. She earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership / Public Administration from Seattle University (2005) where she was a Morford Scholar. Her dissertation focused on the role of trust in e-learning. She earned B.A.s in English and psychology and an M.A. in English from the University of Washington, which she entered at 15 through the UW Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for the Study of Capable Youth and where she received a Hugh Paradise Scholarship. She writes for the Instructional Design Open Studio (IDOS) blog as Eruditio Loginquitas. She led the team that originated the ELATEwiki (E-Learning and Teaching Exchange). She reviews academic articles for MERLOT's Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) and Educause Quarterly.
Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson is the Assistant Director and Adaptive Technology Specialist for Disability Support Services at Kansas State University. He has been promoting accessibility of digital content for 9 years and has worked with many learning management systems and educational media from Braille to Wimba. Jason sets up accommodations for campus and distance students who use K-State Online and helps advocate for their needs as part of our online community.
Roger McHaney, professor of management information systems, is an expert on business use of technology and on the ways Web 2.0 and tech-savvy millennials are impacting higher education and learning. He also is developing distance education learning techniques.
His work has been published in many top business and education journals. He also has written textbooks and developed a variety of instructional material. He has lectured internationally, including in India, New Zealand, China, the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Belgium and the Netherlands.
A K-State faculty member since 1995, McHaney teaches courses in management of information systems, information resources management, software development and enterprise computing. His areas of research include Web 2.0 in education and business, technologies used by millennials, discrete event simulation, educations simulation systems, computer-mediated communication systems, SAP and organizational computing.
His ongoing research includes studies on how social media is impacting business and education, distance learning techniques, business applications in virtual worlds such as Second Life and development of online training simulations.
McHaney was recognized for his excellence in teaching by being named K-State's 2006-2007 Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars. As Coffman Chair, he collected various distance learning techniques being used across campus and compiled an online educational resource that makes the transition to distance learning easier for faculty and staff. He is co-founder and wikimaster of elatewiki.org and has recently authored the book "The New Digital Shoreline: How Web 2.0 and Millennials are Revolutionizing Higher Education."
He earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from Lake Superior State University, and a doctorate in computer information system and quantitative analysis from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.
Lynda Spire is an assistant dean in the Kansas State University Division of Continuing Education. Her responsibilities include the supervision of the credit coordination staff that facilitates the development and delivery of the online courses offered to distance students. A significant part of her responsibilities include development of services offered by the division to the K-State distance students and faculty. She has headed several project teams to create or improve services to the faculty and students. One of the team projects include the creation of the ELATE Wiki that was created in 2009 and has been used by teachers across the nation as they share teaching tips, ideas, and methods. A current team project includes the development of the K-State E Learning Faculty Modules. In addition, Lynda works with a team to produce the Leading Edge, an electronic newsletter designed to open the traditional campus to distance students, the Virtual Graduation, the Student Service Satisfaction Survey and the DCE honors and Awards program. She is involved in many campus activities including the President’s Commission for Multicultural Affairs, the Committee for Academic Policies and Procedures, the Higher Learning Commission Assessment team, and the K-State Policies and Procedures Manual Committee.
Instructional designer, technologist, educator, and life-long learning addict, Ben Ward has developed and designed full-scale training programs, distance courses, face-to-face courses, instructional games and every kind of educational experience in between. Employed as an Instructional Designer for Kansas State University, Ben has collaborated with wide range faculty in the creation of online and face-to-face courses. Recent presentations include pre-conference workshops on video and free tools for the Axio Community Conference; “Quality Distance Delivery” for the Big 12 Engineering Consortium; “Free Tools That Rule,” “Show ME, Don’t Tell ME!” and “Building Educational Games & Simulations” for the Instructional Design & Technology Roundtable series. Currently, Ben Ward has taken his lifelong passion and love of games and gaming and applied it to 15 years of instructional game-design experience to offer a series of four-hour workshops on instructional game design for wide variety of audiences.
L. Susan Williams, Associate Professor of Sociology, specializes in violence, gender, and inequality issues and is considered highly qualified in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Dr. Williams' study of adolescent girls in Connecticut broke ground in terms of empirically documenting the effect of local community characteristics on life decisions of individual girls. More recently, Dr. Williams' research has focused on youth and gendered violence, resulting in a comprehensive study of incarcerated girls and boys, including articles on "Bad Girls in Rural Places" and "Rural Outlaws." She published a book this year (with Michelle Bemiller) on "Women at Work: Tupperware, Passion Parties, and Beyond" -- a unique study of a global party plan economy.
Dr. Williams teaches courses on criminology, gender, and diversity and has been awarded several teaching awards, including K-State's Distance Educator of the Year in 2010. She offers several online courses that have gathered considerable attention, including Social Construction of Serial Murder, Women and Crime, and Crime, Media & Culture. Dr. Williams works with a multi-institutional team to develop an online Ph.D. program in criminology and justice studies.
Dr. Williams holds several national positions of service, including chair of the Book Award Committee for Midwest Sociological Society. She serves the University at several levels, including the Graduate Council and the Institutional Review Board.
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