Session Preview

Campus Technology offers participants a variety of meeting structures designed to maximize participant networking and collaborative learning. Attendees can choose from 40 sessions and 10 workshops in four tracks. Here is a list of the breakout sessions invited to Campus Technology Summer 2014 in Boston, MA.

Conference Program Sessions by Tracks


Designing Blended Learning Courses: What Works and What Doesn't

Over a year ago, our online learning department began offering our core curriculum via blended/hybrid courses. We had over 700 students take these courses in our first year. We gathered feedback from the students and they were candid about what worked and what did not. To help inform our hybrid faculty, we compiled a list of the top 13 recommendations students would give hybrid course instructors. In this presentation, we will invest our time in two ways. First, we will briefly establish the context/background of our hybrid program. Then, we will examine what the hybrid students said and the do/don't principles we learned from their feedback.

Flipped Classroom: Social, Connected and Personalized
This session focuses on the flipped classroom concept and its potential to bring innovation to schools. Dive deep into the dynamics of the flipped classroom and engage in a design thinking session on building a flipped program or school. Identify ways to leverage technology to create learning experiences. What is the essence of the flipped classroom model and how do we create an environment for it to happen? Discuss the paradigm shift in the roles of faculty and students. Engage in leadership thinking about the flipped classroom model as a drive to curriculum and program.
Grounded in Reality: Technology Enabled Real Time Curriculum Mapping and Analysis

Our flipped, grassroots, real-time technology enabled approach to curriculum mapping, dubbed "Organic Curriculum Mapping" (OCM), is more accurate, takes less effort, and is more amenable to analysis and correction than other traditional, idealized approaches. Technology does the heavy lifting of mapping in real time, freeing faculty to analyze, iteratively improve, and deliver the best possible learning experiences. We will demonstrate the technology, discuss triumphs and challenges, how one can map curricula from a grassroots level, continuously, in real time, and, at your home institution, how to envision, design, and make live a system to organically map one's curriculum.

Campus Labs Helping Northern Arizona University Identify At-Risk Students

Northern Arizona University was looking for a solution to identify at-risk students and help prioritize them. They made the switch to Campus Labs Beacon, an early alert system that collects data about each student’s non-cognitive skills, significantly increasing the ability to predict future academic success. Attend this session to see how the Campus Labs Beacon helped increase NAU’s retention rate by approximately 7%. Attendees will gain insight into how to identify at-risk students, match them with the right resources, and gain a deeper understanding of student success.

Wearable Tech Is Coming to your Campus This Fall!   

2014 is the year of wearable technologies. Facilitators will wear and lead a discussion on the ways wearable technology will reshape the teaching-learning environment and the potential impact of wearables on the interactions between students and faculty. Projects and videos from Google Glass and Narrative Clip Camera will be reviewed.  Attendees will learn to understand the ways wearable technology can reshape the teaching-learning environment; analyze some of the challenges wearables pose in the interactions between students and faculty; and start thinking about your wearable technology strategy today.

Reach Me Where I Am: Assistive Learning Technologies

What about learners with limitations? What technologies are out there for them? Showcased in this presentation are apps and other technologies for learners with various disabilities. This presentation encapsulates ADA compliance policy as it pertains to assistive devices, services and technologies that educators can share on their mobile devices. This is an interactive, learn and share session with a featured focus on apps for learners of various ages and various abilities. The list of apps presented will be provided to attendees. Attendees are encourages to bring their own devices to fully participate in this session.

Lessons Learned from Producing Video Content for the Khan Academy

A group of faculty at the UMMC School of Nursing decided to produce a series of videos for a Khan Academy competition on two topic areas: anaphylactic shock and congestive heart failure. During this interesting and innovative process, the team learned best practices for producing informative, engaging content to scaffold other instructional resources for use in online, hybrid and face-to-face learning environments. In addition, we learned about a few cool tools that could be used to produce these videos in economically feasible ways.

eText: Past, Present, and Future

This session is designed to provide the participants with a detailed explanation of eText (electronic text), multi-digital content sources, digital delivery systems, eText components and solutions. Knowledge from two-and-a-half years of research and review, and an additional two years of observing many colleges and universities successfully pilot and implement eText will be shared. This significant cost saving, instructional enhancing technology is pivotal in the future of higher education.


Strategic Partnerships: Collaborating with Academics to Implement an Assessment Management System

Institutions are turning with increasing frequency to assessment management systems to support to identify their strengths and areas for improvement. IT leaders are now challenged with integrating these systems with existing IT infrastructure and navigating issues related to culture change. Hear from two IT leaders who met these challenges by collaborating across their campuses to successfully implement assessment management systems.

How Do You Put a Timeline on Creativity and Engagement? Project-Managing the Online Course Development Process

At Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Online and Continuing Education, the Project Management team will coordinate the development of over a dozen programs in the next year, resulting in 350 courses. This session walks through SNHU’s development cycle and discusses ways to keep an aggressive schedule that still ensures academic quality.

Are MOOCs the Equivalent of College Courses? Confessions from the Front Lines of Massive Open Learning

The introduction of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has generated euphoria and terror among academics considering what free courses from some of the world's most prestigious universities mean for higher education--if not all forms of learning. This session will provide a unique perspective to the subject of massive open learning: that of a student/researcher who spent 12 months learning the equivalent of a four-year liberal arts BA using only MOOCs and other forms of free learning who has written over 150 articles on the subject of free learning. Participants in this program will leave with a well-grounded understanding of what MOOCs can and cannot do and how they will impact the future of education.

Infinite Art with Data Visualization and Indoor Positioning

How can technology help art communicate its story to the public? This session will share the journey of the David Owsleys Museum of Art as data visualization and emerging indoor positioning technologies are bundled into a mobile app experience and applied to the collections to create a robust display of relational information and self-guided tours for exploring the Museum’s collections. In addition, learn how this convergence of technologies can provide new tools and content for museum curators, instructors, students and visitors.

Beyond Mobile Applications: Gaming, Simulation, 3D, Multimedia, eBooks

How do we create and implement a strategy to best exploit the opportunities prsented by mobile and other emerging technologies? How do we start? What do our students want? Build or buy? Funding? Free or profit? ROI? Best practices? Lessons learned? Creating and successfully implementing a mobile learning strategy is an opportunity to embrace millennial learners via an ever-growing modality that reflects and responds to their evolving needs. During this session you will learn about the evolution of mobile technology at GRU, who started on this voyage in 2009, creating a catalog of mobile apps and multimedia.

Creating ADA Compliant Course Sites: An Online Training Program

Are your online course sites accessible to students with disabilities? Do your distance learning instructors know how to design course sites for accessibility? Western Kentucky University developed a required, automated training program for faculty about developing ADA-compliant course sites. Our training is based on a series of inexpensively-produced video tutorials. Learn how this program has served as a model for other institutions.

Scaling the Video Creation Process: The One Button Studio

Video has become an essential communication medium, yet the technology to produce quality video remains frustratingly complex for mainstream academia. How do we enable everyone to be able to participate in this medium? We do it by reinventing the video studio experience to work by the press of a single button. The One Button Studio by Penn State is a revolutionary re-imagining of the video studio and has allowed over 10,000 academic videos to be created through an intuitive user experience. The presenters will discuss the invention and implementation of the technology and how participants can build their own One Button Studio.

The State of E-Learning in Higher Education

In addition to providing greater access for students, e-learning initiatives can contribute to increased enrollments and revenue, enhance an institution’s reputation, and enrich the teaching and learning experience. There are multiple paths for the successful provision of e-learning, and the selection and delivery of e-learning services and technologies depend on factors such as institution size, mission, and the priorities of institutional leaders. This presentation describes the current state of e-learning in higher education, identifies the challenges that remain, and outlines the steps institutions can take to overcome these challenges and become more mature in their e-learning initiatives.

Dealing with Content Challenges in the New World of Online Learning

It's still early but online learning is clearly an important and visible school initiative. The same pressures exist to keep academic quality high and cost and risk low, along with new emerging and complex content challenges. Widescale global implications surround use of digital course materials, and hard questions about effective education are raised with better tools to assess impact. With select university representatives, SIPX will discuss new real-world content needs in online courses, distance education, MOOCs, and other digital course initiatives. The session includes cutting-edge approaches taken and tools used to tackle these challenges, and also shares observations.


72 Hours to 42 Minutes: Identity Management in Action

We will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned from our recent IDM project. We will also discuss some of the technologies we integrated such as Banner, Google, Active Directory and Exchange.

Trust and Identity in Education and Research (TIER)

Internet2’s InCommon has recently announced their TIER initiative, which seeks to expand their security, privacy and assurance service offerings for institutes of higher education and research. This session will highlight a recent InCommon report that describes the many IAM challenges that campuses face and the many IAM activities underway to address them. Come here about the services InCommon offers and how you can get involved and participate.

Online Video Strategies: Learning from SUNY and the NY6

Learn how cross-campus collaboration enables colleges, universities, and consortiums to build a scalable framework for growing digital media collections. Examine how the State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium use Ensemble Video to provide cost-effective video streaming infrastructure, as a service. Hear from individual campuses, and examine their approaches to media workflows, content creation, learning management systems, publishing, and accessibility.

Virtual Desktops for Staff 

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga conducted a desktop virtualization pilot for university staff. After attending this presentation the audience will gain insight into why UTC selected Citrix VDI in a Box; why it chose to buy servers from Dell with Citrix already preconfigured; why they chose to use NComputing’s N500 thin client for their virtual desktop pilot; and engage in an “honest lessons learned” discussion. After leaving this presentation, one will have a much clearer understanding of desktop virtualization and how they could save as much as 50% the cost of a new PC.

CyberSecurity Education: The Challenge of Engaging Learning in a Secure Environment

In today’s workforce, there is high demand for students with qualified skills and experience in the field of cyber security. During this session, learn about Capella University’s hosted private cloud virtual desktop environment for cyber security training, which provides students on-demand access to a variety of live hardware and software applications. In addition, hear how the University customized this environment to support operational “Capture the Flag” competitions on live operating systems and networking virtual machines between two teams: Hackers and Defenders.

ELMS Learning Network: Transforming Education in the Open

This session highlights an approach to transforming education technology by showing a network of Drupal distributions. The ELMS Learning Network (ELMSLN) is a series of Drupal distributions that connect to a traditional learning management system (LMS) using LTI and web services. This runs counter to education technology implementations historically, because the structure and nature of education system deployments is different. Attendees will walk away with a sense of how powerful and transformative Drupal is for education. They will also learn how to get more involved in ELMS development.

Integration Strategies and Solutions for CRM Systems

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems are proving essential for driving enrollment and student retention. External CRM systems provide the most benefit when integrated with other campus systems, such as the institution's ERP. These integrations require the resolution of serious questions and challenges: What is the system of record? Should integration be bi-directional? How are changes to student lifecycle tracked? How can integrations be implemented to provide flexibility to the users of the CRM, but not require many IT resources?

Efficiency Through Structure: Implementing Change Management Using Project Management Methodology

This session will outline how Lewis University (a multi-campus institution) implemented change management in IT services by adopting project management methodology. The outcome of this transformation change in IT service management was a more efficient and effective IT organization in meeting the university’s technology needs. Learn a three-step process for implementing change management by using project management methodology.

Improving the Support Experience for Student, Faculty, and Staff

This is a case study of Boise State’s change from a staff-focused service desk to a service focused on supporting the mission of the university. Changes in focus in both information technology and management enabled us to say "yes, we can help with that."  We'll discuss some of the key tools like remote support to assist the customers where they are. Without focusing on it, we created a viable BYOD support strategy for the organization.


Match Made in (Educational) Heaven: How ITIL Helps Small Campus IT Department Provide Effective and Efficient Services

The presentation describes the efforts and the outcomes of a journey that a small campus (3000 students) IT department took in implementing ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000 ideas and concepts. The new approach to organizing work produced tangible results: cost reduction and better budget management, introduction of new services (e.g. lifecycle desktop replacement), higher customer satisfaction.

West Point Commands a Collaborative mLearning Experience in the Classroom

Mobility has transformed the classroom into an anytime, anywhere experience for students in schools and universities around the world. Join West Point and AirWatch for a lessons-learned approach on how institutions can manage the proliferation of devices in educational environments and securely mobilize their institutions with devices, apps and content, in a connected ecosystem.

The Trifecta Effect: Strategic Planning, Governance and Project Management

What happens when a well-developed strategic plan, a KISS governance model and a formal project management methodology converge? The Trifecta Effect! Attend this workshop to hear how Lone Star College System’s Office of Technology Services transformed the way in which IT projects are planned, governed and managed. Learn why you need all three to produce lasting institutional change and, most importantly, how to produce the Trifecta Effect in your organization.

Start-Up Thinking Brings Innovation for Campus IT

This session explores how the unique culture of technology startups provides insights into driving innovation in higher education. Startup culture celebrates the power of ideas and embraces failure as essential to success. We will explore ways to promote start-up culture within the complex terrain of regulations, funding, and ingrained practices. Gain insights on how successful startups focus on values, mission and identity not as a statement of principles but as the lived experience of their employees. Draw leadership lessons from startup culture to drive innovation on our campuses. Identify ways we might implement startup culture thinking in higher education.

Bicoastal Next Generation Support

Most universities provide technical support to their communities, typically employing Help Desk staff to field issues, and subsequent tiered levels of staffing to either respond to the issues or else escalate them. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Pepperdine University are collaborating to design the Next Generation of Support (NGS), one that provides more self-service, quicker response times, and better customer satisfaction. Participants of this session will be able to: detail the effective strategies for designing NGS; make recommendations about feasibility of employing these strategies at their institutions in the 2014-2015 academic year; prepare for opposition to proposed changes.

Institutional Readiness to Implement Online Programs

This session presents the concepts, methodology and results of applying an instrument to assess institutional readiness to move from traditional face-to-face to online learning. The main benefit for the audience will be to analyze fundamental questions regarding organizational change for IT adoption, and the methodologies that can be useful to implement it.

The Higher Education Data Center Hybrid Solution: 2014

The educational community data center presentation provides a summary of data center options and considerations associated with meeting present and future facility requirements. Attendees who plan to retrofit or expand an existing complex or/facility, consolidate multiple data centers or server facilities, or relocate data center operations will benefit from attending this session. Discussion topics will include the elements that impact size, space, cooling, reliability, OPEX/CAPEX costs, and  scalability/modularity:  co-location,  cloud containerized systems,  network disaster recovery,  computer hardware and software, personnel design, build costs, overall project schedules, SLA’s, and CAPEX vs. OPEX Considerations. The critical aspect is to maximize the return on investment, both short and long term.

Challenges, Trends and Important Developments in Higher Educational Technology

The eleventh edition of the NMC Higher Education Horizon Report: Higher Ed Edition describes annual findings from an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report provides academic leaders, policy makes, and business executives with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership and practice. 


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