Use of Technology to Enhance Students’ Learning
Kimn Carlton-Smith (College of Arts & Sciences) and Bill Knapp (FCTL) The Use of Wikis in Enhancing Students' Learning: How Wikis Revolutionized the Teaching of a Course on the Turbulent 60’s [Google.docs]

Our two-person session will present highlights from research & observations collected from a history course, The Turbulent Sixties, offered Spring 2006 and Fall 2007. We will offer reflections on what we learned from this experience from our perspectives as a technologist and an educator. We will also share how our efforts have inspired other faculty to undertake a wiki-project within a diverse range of courses not typically associated as writing-based courses. And from the lessons we have learned we can help others negotiate the challenges of using wiki-based collaborative writing within content courses.

Francis Burns (College of Arts & Sciences) The Effects of Online Learning Logs on Student Outcomes in General Chemistry [PDF]

Students in two FSU chemistry classes used online learning logs to review lecture notes, compare their textbook and notes, connect lecture material to laboratory, and ask questions about the material. Students recorded their private reflections after each lecture, receiving comments only from their instructor or other selected individuals.

In this presentation, I will describe this study and the results so far obtained that indicate the effects that online learning logs have on student outcomes in Chemistry.  The results are, I should point out, also applicable to classes other than Chemistry.
Dan Noren (College of Arts & Sciences) The First Four Weeks in a Hybrid Classroom: Building a Real and Virtual Community

In this session, you will learn ways to create community in both a virtual and real classroom using my 10 golden proverbs.   These are rules to guide the development of positive and lasting professional relationships between teachers and students, and among students themselves.

Helen Woodman (University College) Using Technology to Enhance FSUS 100 and FSUS 101

This interactive session will explore my uses of WebCT and FerrisConnect in FSUS Seminar courses.   I will focus particularly on the “connectedness and immediacy” that the use of technology offers to both faculty and students.  I will describe how web links, journaling (using the Discussion tool), Grading, (using the grade book feature), student presentations, and student-created games draw students into the course and make them active participants in their own learning.

Greg Wellman and Allison Bernknopf (College of Pharmacy) Using Captivate to Create Interactive Online Course Materials

In this presentation, we will discuss the evidence-based attributes of course content for effective online learning.  We will also demonstrate the features of Adobe Captivate that are useful to the instructor in developing and deploying interactive content in WebCT and FerrisConnect.  This will include actual demonstration of the important features of this software, including recording software demonstrations, importing PowerPoint slides, adding narration and interactive features, and publishing.  Finally, different types of e-learning modules that can be deployed in FerrisConnect will be demonstrated.

Natalie Paul (College of Pharmacy) What’s the Buzz about Blogs: Using Blogs as an Educational Tool [PPT]

This presentation is intended for a faculty member/administrator who wants to know what the buzz on having a web log is, or more commonly known as a blog.  There are many different kinds of blogs, but the focus of this session will include news, business, and personal, with a primary emphasis on using a blog for an educational purpose.

Lisa Singleterry (College of Allied Health) Helping Students Find What They Need on the Internet: Avoiding Information Overload

Imagine having your nurse say to you, “So, you’re taking Coumadin?  If you need more information about this drug, just Google it when you get home.”

In this session, I’ll examine ways in which we can help students to filter information that can overwhelm them in our Internet society.  I will discuss how we can give them experiences that match the ways the general public gathers information online.  Finally, I’ll describe how virtual tours can help students review principles of a topic and experience a technology tool that may be valuable to them in their practice.
Richard Goosen (College of Technology) Recommendations for Requiring Student Owned Notebook Computers[PPT]

Since 2001, students in the Product Design Engineering Technology class have been required to have notebook computers.   In this presentation, I will discuss how the use of notebook computers has impacted students’ learning, what was involved in getting students to accept the need to purchase the computers, and lessons learned in the past seven years of this learning action.

Gloria Lukusa-Barnett (University College) No Longer Just a Slideshow: Learn to Create Engaging Presentations via Photo Story

I’ll discuss how you can engage today’s college student in the activity of learning by using the many new features of PowerPoint 2007 and Photo Story 3 for Windows.  Both tools bring excitement to any group project or final course presentation and impact many learning styles.  Photo Story 3 also provides opportunities for students to use their creativity with narration and sound effects.  The overall look and feel of PowerPoint 2007 has been streamlined by enabling users to “browse, pick, and click” rather than select from complicated dialog boxes.     

Piram Prakasam (College of Arts & Sciences) Using Wiki’s to Create Collaborative Learning in a Lab Science

A wiki is software that allows multiple users to easily collaborate, create, edit, and link content for the web.  The goal of this presentation is to provide a hands-on experience to learn wiki software.  Participants will also learn how a wiki is currently being used as a learning tool in a freshman-level laboratory course and in a senior capstone Chemistry course.

Terry Doyle (FCTL) Ten Websites Every Instructor Should Know About[Word doc]

The Internet is full of amazing resources that can enhance the depth and breadth of students’ learning if we just know where to look. This session will guide faculty to ten of the very best websites for helping to plan and develop teaching lessons, supplement students’ learning, assess learning outcomes, and add some humor to the teaching-learning experience.

Meral Topcu and Bonnie Wright (College of Arts & Sciences) Learning to Use a CPS System: Why Students Like Clickers

In this presentation, we will demonstrate the CPS system that is used by the University.  Participants will learn about CPS technology, how it is used in the classroom, grade book options, and how CPS is integrated with FerrisConnect.  Examples of surveys and other ways of anonymous data collection using CPS technology will be demonstrated, along with how CPS is integrated into Introduction to Psychology and Sociology classes.

Bill Knapp (FCTL) Social Bookmarking: Scholars.com

Scholar.com is a Social Bookmarking service designed to work within the FerrisConnect (Blackboard Vista Enterprise Edition) Course Management System. This hands-on session will provide attendees an opportunity to learn more about social bookmarking in general and Scholar.com in particular, as we create bookmark lists, tag clouds and share resources within FerrisConnect.

Meegan Lillis (FCTL) and Jodi Shepherd (FLITE) Educational Uses of Second Life[PPT]

Second Life is a 3D virtual world which some educators are experimenting with as an educational tool.  This session will introduce you to Second Life and some of the current educational uses.  Participants will see some of the virtual educational worlds that have been created in Second Life, and learn how to get started with Second Life.