Implementing a Virtual Reality Classroom: What It Is, Reasons to Consider It, and Lessons Learned
Anthony Radzykewycz, GateWay Community College
Abstract: Virtual reality is a new and exciting topic in higher education. New technologies also bring out learning opportunities for both instructors and students. This talk will cover the ideas and goals, that implementing virtual reality in the classroom may bring and lessons learned, while creating the media. Costs, student perceptions, and viability will also be brought to light, from the perspective of the speaker’s experiences with recording 360 videos to provide a virtual reality classroom.
Bio: Anthony Radzykewycz has filled the role of Linux Program Lead Instructor at GateWay Community College for the past few years. Being an IT professional, alongside his teaching role, he is always looking for new tools to use to reach a higher efficiency for his students' learning and engagement. Recently, he has experimented with recording 360 videos to include in his courses and will share his experiences of enabling a student to 'sit in his class' virtually.
Technology in Education
Todd White, World Wide Technology
Bio: Todd White currently serves as a Client Executive and Educational Technologist with World Wide Technology (WWT). He is focused strictly on education and how technology can be used to positively impact the educational environment. In addition to WWT, he currently serves as a school board member at Grace Christian Academy in Tempe, AZ. Prior to WWT, Todd was with Cisco Systems for 17 years. In his time with Cisco, he was one of the founding authors of the Cisco Networking Academy Curriculum, specifically the CCNP curriculum. This involved online course development, assessment, Learning Management Systems, and instructor development. This program has scaled to 10,000 institutions, across the world, with over 1 million students taking an academy class each year. Todd was also a high school teacher for five years in both mathematics, and created a Multimedia Academy that allowed students to focus on areas of interest such as programming, networking, computer graphics, and in television production in conjunction with core classes. This program was the anchor to Mainland High School being a two-time Blue Ribbon School. Todd has a bachelors degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Flagler College, and has completed his graduate work in Educational Technology and Computing Technology in Education from the University of Central Florida and Nova Southeastern University.
Measuring Our Days: Life Hacking Culture
Dr. Jennifer Spink Strickland, Mesa Community College
Abstract: Life Hacking. It’s everywhere, it fills your Twitter and Facebook feeds, it fills your inbox, and your newsfeeds, from hacking a cupcake to cord organization using toilet paper rolls - small life hacks can make life “easier” and even more delicious! Efficiency is king in the Life Hack Culture - or is it? In this TechTalk, you will learn some basic life hacks from everyday life to teaching and technology, all the while we will explore the Life Hack Culture. How do you measure your days can you, should you, Hack your Life?
Bio: Jennifer Spink Strickland, Ph.D. is the Director the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Mesa Community College (MCC). The CTL@MCC serves as a hub for teaching excellence and professional development for 300+ residential faculty and 1,000+ adjunct faculty. The CTL promotes student success through innovative teaching and learning, professional development, and collaboration. Dr. Strickland oversees programs such as new faculty experience, adjunct orientation and convocation, learning spaces, iPad program, as well as, professional development in pedagogy, curriculum design, assessment, student engagement, best practices in teaching and learning, and more.
Experiencing the Digital Humanities
Dr. Bryan Carter, University of Arizona
Abstract: The Digital Humanities have continued to gain traction on a number of college campuses with the advent of evolved technologies and faculty who are willing to experiment with the use of new tools for visualization, communication, and engagement. This talk introduces exciting ways in which faculty can engage students differently using free or low-cost tools, while encouraging a different level of interaction in the classroom. We will take a close look at technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, digital communications, and multimedia production, and how they are being used in both online and face to face settings.
Bio: Bryan Carter received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is currently an Associate Professor in Africana Studies, at the University of Arizona specializing in African American literature of the 20th Century, with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance. His research also focuses on Digital Humanities/Africana Studies. He has published numerous articles on his doctoral project, Virtual Harlem, and has presented it at numerous locations around the world. His research centers on how the use of traditional and advanced interactive technologies changes the dynamic within the learning space.
Making Decisions in a World of Uncertainty
Phil Arcuria, Glendale Community College
Abstract: Every day people and organizations are faced with the difficult task of making decisions in world of uncertainty. Come discover how combining a graphical set of boxes and lines, with a theorem attributed to an 18th century reverend, can transform and heighten the way we make decisions. The presentation will be non-technical in nature and provide an example applicable to the world of higher education.
Bio: Phil Arcuria is the Director of Research, Planning and Development at Glendale (AZ) Community College. He is a lifelong learner who strives to leverage both statistical modeling and human judgment to better inform decision making. In his spare time. he enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, and reading. He has an A.S. degree with an emphasis in Computer Science from Santa Rosa Junior College; a B.A. in Speech Communication from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; an M.S. in Counseling from the University of Kansas; and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis Measurement, Statistics, and Methodological Studies, from Arizona State University.
Video Investigations: Students Presenting Their Understanding of Our World
Sian Proctor, South Mountain Community College and Merry Wilson, Scottsdale Community College
Abstract: Video investigations are a unique way of having students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of complex topics and establish accountability in an online learning environment. Students design and create short voiced-over screencast videos about a variety of science topics to engage, entertain, and educate their audience. The video investigations are created by students in online science classes. Students use a variety of technologies (PowerPoint, Screencast-o-matic, mobile devices, etc.) to create their videos and embed them in a Canvas discussion board. The activity requires students to not only learn new scientific information, but to present the information by using technology in a new way. Students are hesitant at first, but become confident, competent, and creative as they progress through the semester and end up producing amazing videos.
Bio: Sian Proctor is a geology professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, AZ. Throughout her adult life, she has pushed herself to take on new challenges and to learn new things. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Science Education. Both her masters and doctorate research involved the use of technology to understand how individuals learn. She teaches both hybrid and online geology classes, and has traveled and taught around the world. She was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program, was on the Discovery Channel reality TV show called The Colony, was the Education Outreach Officer in 2013 for a 4-month NASA funded Mars Simulation, and a 2014 PolarTREC teacher investigating climate change research in Barrow, AK. In 2015, Sian was featured in a new PBS series called Genius by Stephen Hawking and was a 2016 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador. Every year, Sian gives numerous presentations on science, technology, engineering, math, and space exploration.
Bio: Merry Wilson is a geology professor at Scottsdale Community College.
Putting the Person Back into Personalized Learning
Paul Golish, Lumen Learning
Abstract: Ironically, many of today’s so-called “personalized learning” solutions seek to bypass student-instructor interaction in favor of algorithm-driven machine learning. Research studies suggest this misses something essential in the education experience. In this talk, Paul will explain strategies used to reassert the person in personalized learning: 1) Day one access with OER (Open Educational Resources), 2) Mastery learning including assessments aligned with learning outcomes and frequent feedback, 3) Metacognition - helping students identify how they learn most effectively, and 4) Faculty-student connection - automated tools to help increase interaction.
Bio: Paul Golisch is an Open Education Ambassador for Lumen Learning, helping colleges increase adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER). Prior to joining Lumen, Paul served in IT leadership positions for more than 20 years, with the last nine as a dean and chief information officer at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ. He also served as a tri-chair of the Maricopa Millions OER Project. He has presented at local, national, and international educational conferences on topics such as Open Educational Resources, Flipping the Classroom, and Integrating Technology into Instruction. For the past five years, Golisch has also taught community college math courses using OER both online and in person. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Valparaiso University and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from National-Louis University in Evanston, IL.
Building Online Community, Interaction, and Collaboration through Facebook
Roberto Gudino, Media Producer and Filmmaker
Abstract: This presentation will talk about Scottsdale Community College's "Collaboration Link", a new social media channel where students from across campus can connect online to collaborate on creative projects. Faculty from various departments including film, editing, theatre, and interior design have come together to innovate on this approach; which ultimately facilitates this 21st Century communication and collaboration between students. Learn how to use Facebook groups to engage with students, build a community, and increase collaboration.
Bio: Roberto Gudino was born and raised in the small border town of Douglas, AZ, along the U.S./Mexico border. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from UCLA, a Master of Science in Mass Communication from Florida International University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Arizona, and is a graduate of Cochise Community College. Roberto is an award-winning media producer, Fulbright scholar, and filmmaker, with over ten years experience in video and content production. His areas of research include visual storytelling through video and digital mediums. Roberto was the winner of the prestigious Jury Prize from The Directors Guild of America and nominated for a Student Academy Award.