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2014-2015 Events

Faculty Track

How Much is Too Much?  Avoiding the Course and a Half Syndrome
April 2, 2015
Time: 2:00PM- 3:00PM EST



19th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning

Description: Understanding how much content and how many activities to put into the design of an online or hybrid course can be difficult. How do faculty know if there is too much or too little and how it compares to what is going on in other courses in their department? At St. John Fisher College, we use a time on task analysis to lay out the overall design of the course from the perspective of how much time students will need to spend to complete all course activities. This presentation will provide the justification for this model of training, examples of how it is used and how it has been received by faculty. 

Katie Sabourin 
Educational Technologist 
Office of Academic Affairs 
St. John Fisher College 

Dr. Pamela White, D.N.P., M.S., M.L.S., R.N. 
Director, Online Nursing Programs 
Wegmans School of Nursing 
St. John Fisher College 

     Instructional Designer Track

Enterprise Surveys- End-of-Course Evaluations and Beyond
March 17, 2015
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM EST

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Description: Enterprise Surveys are a more efficient way to conduct end-of-course evaluations and allow you to compare data between courses, disciplines, instructors, and more. You can create a survey once but deploy it repeatedly. Enterprise Surveys also allow you to survey faculty, staff, and others outside of your institution. Perhaps you would like to survey alumni or community members? This is possible with Enterprise Surveys. All of your data resides in one place with the ability to keep it private or share it with other users within the institution.

Ellen Sidey
Instructional Designer
Alfred State - SUNY College of Technology

Bio: Ellen currently works as an instructional designer at Alfred State, focusing on converting courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to the online format and training faculty to teach online, along with providing Blackboard support. Previous to working at Alfred State, she was an instructional designer and Blackboard trainer at Buffalo State and served as the Online Curriculum Coordinator at Medaille College. She has also taught high school English and spent eight years facilitating writing intensive courses online for the University of Phoenix. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Fredonia State and her Master of Science in Secondary Education from D'Youville College.

System Administrator Track

Turn Your Blackboard System Into a Winning Hand
January 14, 2015
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm EST

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DescriptionLearn how administrators can introduce third party tools and scripts which help them to better understand how users interact with Blackboard and improve troubleshooting issues within the application. Attendees will take away information about open source and proprietary software they can implement within their environments, along with tips and tricks to improve communications with Blackboard Support. 

Terry Patterson
LMS Application Administrator
University of Missouri – Columbia
Blackboard MVP

Bio: Terry Patterson is a Blackboard Catalyst Award winning LMS Application Administrator for the University of Missouri. He has spent the last ten years working with numerous Blackboard Learn environments within higher education. He recently authored the first book on Blackboard Learn Administration.

Sponsored by Top Hat

$50 iTunes raffle to attendees

Top Hat is the leading classroom engagement system used by thousands of professors who are seeking a more exciting way to teach and engage their students. Top Hat leverages the devices students already own and bring to class to increase interactivity during lectures through discussions, polling, attendance, and more!

2014 Fall Event - eLearning Day - Agenda/Session Materials

WNY BUG Event - eLearning Day at Hilbert College October 17, 2014


8:00-9:00 AM - Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:15 AM - Welcome

9:15-10:00 AM  - Blackboard Roadmap Session - Ali Ganjalizadeh, Product Manager

10:15-11:00 AM - Sessions

 - Using xpLOR to Create and Manage OER for Experiential Learning
    Kristen Flint, SUNY Oswego 

 - Motivate Students with Achievements Badges, Awards, & Certificates
   Ray Dreschel & Mary Beth Scumaci, Medaille College

 - How Much is Too Much?  Avoiding the Course and a Half Syndrome
atie Sabourin, St. John Fisher College

11:15-12:00 PM - Blackboard Learn Deep Dive Session: Portfolios - Connie Weber, Customer Success Advocate

12:00-1:10 - Lunch and Vendor Showcase

1:15-2:00 PM -  Sessions

 - Blackboard Listening Session
    Ali Ganjalizadeh, Product Manager

 - How to Communicate with Students in Blackboard 
    Donna Simiele, Niagara County Community College

 - When Reorganization Equals Success and Increased Collaboration
   Danyelle Moore and Regina Kernin, Niagara University

2:15-3:00 PM - Sessions

 - Using Community Engagement to Provide a Directed Student Experience in a Multi-School University
    Jory Osterman, University of Rochester

 - Quick Tricks for Accessibility
    Pat Ryan, Erie County Community College

 - Very Distant Learning: From Hilbert College to Vietnam through Distance Learning
    Joan Crouse, Hilbert College

3:05-3:30 PM - Closing Remarks & Vendor Drawing