Spring 2010 TechFest

The Spring TechFest is a new event that provides faculty a way to share their innovative ideas about using technology to enhance teaching and learning. The Spring TechFest is sponsored by the Center for Innovative Instruction (CII) and the Instructional Technology Committee.
Over 15 faculty members from many different disciplines demonstrated and shared their ideas in casual e-Poster sessions at the 2010 event. A video with some highlights is below.

TechFest Participants


W01 Pearl Ratunil (English)
Blogs and Classroom Instruction — This presentation will cover the following topics: using blogspot and wordpress, advantages of blogs vs. blackboard, blogs and group work, student interaction in the comments, feedback from a student survey on blog usage, and using the counter to track student usage.

W02 Collette Marsh (Physics)
Flash Solutions to Reinforce Problem-Solving Techniques — An innovative method of providing solutions that emphasize problem-solving techniques has been developed using commonly available software for distribution to students. Problems are solved in a sequential manner and presented in a click-through-the-steps manner using Flash.

W04 Marjorie Allen (ESL)
A Wiki Writing Case Study — Can using technology improve students’ writing? After hearing raves about wikis, blogs, and Facebook during a convention, the presenter decided to test the influence of some software tools on the length and quality of her students’ writing. The presenter will share a wiki project her students produced.

W05 Stephany Rimland (Art)
Portable Lecture Series in Art Unit 1: “Perspective in Painting: Constructing and Deconstructing Pictorial Space.” — A portable multi-media learning object created for use in the classroom (targeted for Art and Humanities courses). Digital reproductions of canonical paintings in the Western tradition manipulated to illustrate the concepts of pictorial space through linear perspective, atmospheric perspective, focal point and abstraction.

W06 Bob Paul (Liberal Arts)
20th Century Chicago Stories: Deaf Lives and Experiences — A video collection of cultural and historical highlights of the Chicago Deaf Community in the early 20th century; it is an oral history in American Sign Language. The collection has been put to use for student/teacher use in our department as well as historical and linguistic research purposes in the professional community.

W10 & W11 Jennifer E. Bell (Adult ESL Literacy)
There’s More to Social Networking than Facebook: How to Create a Educational Social Networking Site Using Ning — This session will showcase, Jennifer’s ESL Café, a customized and educational social networking site she created using Ning. Ning is just one of many Web 2.0 technologies which can be used as an online platform for teachers to create an interactive and private network for their students based on the subject area taught.

W12 Joe Wachter (Chemistry)
Streaming Web Videos using PDF Annotator and CamStudio — PDF notes were created for students before class, which were completed electronically during class using PDF Annotator. The screencast was then recorded with audio using CamStudio, and the resulting video was posted on online video sites viddler.com and blip.tv.

W13 Shanté Bishop (Developmental Reading)
In So Many Words…Microblogging for Developmental Students — The Microblog project used various forms of “TWITTER” type applications to get students to meaningfully articulate their understanding of narrative text using 200 characters or less. During the Fall semester, students were able to practice these skill sets in the computer labs and from home dialoguing around questions dealing with major and minor conflicts, theme, and character development. Their insights will be shared at this presentation.

W16 Elizabeth Pagenkopf (Health Careers)
Online Case Studies — An interactive program for the internet that allows a student to ask certain questions of a patient and then decided on a course of care. It has the potential to work with several health care classes. This can work with Blackboard, especially with the discussion board.

W17 Kurt Hemmer (Liberal Arts)
Janine Pommy Vega: As We Cover the Streets — A demonstration and discussion of how the documentary was made.

W18 Kathleen Montgomery (ESL)
Writing and Performing Soap Operas in Language Classrooms — Students worked in groups to write, perfect, and perform a 10-15 minute “soap opera”. The goals of this project were for students to give opinions and agree and disagree to reach a consensus, to incorporate target speaking functions into the soap opera, and to have a chance to focus on and perfect their use of native-like language and grammar through revising the dialog. The soap operas were digitally recorded and later viewed, which provided incentive for the students to create a high-quality project.

W19 Sharon Page (Business Management)
Small Business Planning — This project will showcase a multimedia, web tutorial titled, “Small Business Planning”, that was created with the staff of Harper’s College’s, Center of Innovative Instruction. The tutorial is used as a support tool by students to assist in writing three crucial sections of a business plan: Financial Statements, the Marketing Strategy, and the Business and Industry Profile.

W20 Stephanie Whalen (Post-Secondary Reading)
Online Effective Reading Tutorials — Online Effective Reading Tutorials that Harper faculty can provide for student use to help students improve focus, comprehension, and retention as they read. These Effective Reading tutorials, created in Articulate, are housed on the CII server and can be provided as a link on any course site to improve students’ self-efficacy, efficiency, and completion of assigned reading in any course.

W21 Nathan Zak (Accessibility Solutions, MSF&W Consulting) and Krista McAdamis (ADS)
BrowseAloud…Making Websites Talk — Free software that reads web pages out loud. It can help anyone who has difficulty reading online, including people with mild visual impairments, low literacy, English as a second language, or learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.

W22 Andy Geary (Mathematics)
Cool Stuff I’ve Learned This Semester Presented Using Jing: An Intro to WolframAlpha, Jing and Scriblink—Introducing the sites www.wolframalpha.com and www.scriblink.com using presentations made with Jing. WolframAlpha is a very nice online computer algebra system that does more than just math. Scriblink is an online whiteboard with equation support, chat and more.

W23 Terry Morris (Computer Information Systems)
Engaging Visual Learners with a Wordle — Engage your online or classroom visual learners with a Wordle — a cloud map of words. Wordles are easy and free to create. They have many applications, such as introducing a new concept, visually representing student written assignments, and wrapping up discussion questions.

W24 Michele Ukleja (Library)
Online Research Guides — A presentation of online research guides the library has been creating for use in any discipline.
Spring 2010 TechFest Sponsored by CII and the Instructional Technology Committee TechFest Subcommittee: Sarah Stark, Terry Morris, Michele Ukleja, Stephanie Whalen, Barb Hardy, Marie Eibl, Matt Ensenberger

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