Thursday, November 11
8:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Visit Sponsor tables (Lancaster)
8:30 a.m. Welcome, Wayne Fisher Award & Board Member Recognition (Lancaster)
9:00 a.m. Keynote Address
Navigating and Leveraging a Changed Reality
Marci Powell—Futurist. Consultant. Author. Speaker.
COVID propelled the inevitable. Digital transformation has been exponentially driven forward. A majority of students have now experienced fully online digital learning. The same is true for the workplace. Prior to the pandemic, experts predicted that artificial intelligence and automation would dramatically change the landscape of the workplace by 2025 and that working remotely would be commonplace. Jobs and skills needed would forever be changed. Then, COVID hit, and what was expected to happen in five years was thrust into fast motion. Yesterday is indeed gone and must faster than anticipated. In this keynote, we will navigate the future of work and digital learning, emerging technologies, and leveraging innovative approaches to make our future better than before.
10:00 a.m. Break—Visit Sponsor tables
10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Making the Pivot: How the CILC delivers programming to a Hybrid Learning Culture
Jan Zanetis & Tami Moehring—Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration; & Mary Schleglemilch—Cisco (Arbor I)
Attendees will learn how CILC was able to create opportunities for students to learn from global organizations in various classroom structures, i.e., in-person, at-home, hybrid. Presenters will discuss creating the structure, expectations and limitations for students. Learn how the Community of Learning provided students’ lessons that connected them with global learning experiences. Find out how this program has found ongoing success and continues to meet the needs of a variety of learners
What You Say Matters: How to Make Your Course Inclusive to All
Natalie Boulton & Cristina Velez—Creighton University (Arbor II)
Online learning allows for the flexibility of accessing course content across time zones placing even more responsibility on students to take control of their own learning. While online instruction may not feel the same as live, in-class instruction, the goal of creating courses that are inclusive, accessible, and meaningful remains even when students are not geographically together. We will show that through careful design of rubrics, discussion board prompts, and UDL concepts, the online learning environment can become a more inclusive place that acknowledges and welcomes the diversity of the students while pushing students to think critically about course concepts and fosters a sense of community.
An Innovative Approach to Enhance Online Students’ Professional Skills
Jada Ruff, Olimpia Leite-Trambly; Danielle Kluver; Carmen Brewer; Sharon Johnson—UNK – Office of Graduate Studies and Academic Outreach (Hawthorne)
Online students often miss opportunities outside of typical classroom instruction to build diverse professional competencies. To fill this gap in UNK’s workforce preparation, a Professional Development Academy was designed. Through the Academy, both undergraduate and graduate students can take advantage of free personal and professional development workshops. Workshop topics are designed specifically to prepare participants for life after college. This presentation will focus on how the Academy was designed, utilizing online student pedagogical approaches.
Someone Please Say Something! Using Zoom for Active Engagement in a Flipped Classroom
Audel Salazar—Creighton University (Olive Branch)
Learn how to get the most out of your technology using the TPACK Model, such as pre-recording lectures, using breakout rooms on Zoom, and collaborating using the whiteboard feature. Most of all, utilize active learning strategies to create lively small group discussions both online and in the classroom.
11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Lessons Learned Moving From Live to Asynchronous Teaching
Annie Mumgaard—University of Nebraska State Museum [Morrill Hall] (Arbor I)
We have used our museum galleries and halls for over 20 years to provide high quality gallery learning programs for all Lincoln Public Schools third and fifth grade students. When 2020 stopped the buses, LPS asked if we would be able to provide the same live programs – asynchronously. We leaned into the puzzle of how to provide our trademark hands on learning without the ability to have a live educator or access to our collections. The UNSM Digital Gallery Programs were created. We’ll share how we created manipulatable worksheets, museum educator led learning, and vivid classroom experiences.
Boy, You’re Smart! Walk Away with Ideas for a Better Work Life
Marci Powell—Keynote Follow-up (Hawthorne)
Many struggle to adjust to the new hybrid workplace or finding a healthy work-life balance. Whether crushing your to-do list or dealing with the ups and downs of day-to-day business, we can make the new work environment better than before. Through lively discussion, we will draw from the wealth of the collective knowledge in the room to see how to be better at what we do.
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Sponsor Share-outs
1:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
You Know How To Zoom—Now What? Virtual Learning & Teaching Possibilities
Annie Mumgaard—University of Nebraska State Museum [Morrill Hall] (Arbor I)
We’ll lead a discussion on how to take your Zoom (or any video conferencing system) connection to another teaching and learning level. We know about our Zoom white board, have heard of Jamboard, Padlet, KAHOOTs, or Mentimetor – to name just a few of the amazing techie tools out there— but how can we use these tools to our best teaching, and hence learning, advantage? Let’s share ideas and brainstorm a few more!
Pandemic Pedagogy: Multimodal Educating or Teaching
Olimpia Leite-Trambly & Toni Hill—University of Nebraska at Kearney (Arbor II)
The COVID-19 Pandemic provided opportunities for most educators and students to review and reassess the instructional environment. Due to the pandemic, most educators were afforded the opportunity to reassess their instruction across multiple modalities. Public health concerns required colleges and universities to swiftly implemented online and distance formats. Most educators were required to use more than one modality to educate students and emphasize the importance of educating versus teaching.
To Grade or Not To Grade
Jamey Boelhower—Adams Central (Hawthorne)
In 1913, I.E. Finkelstein studied the marking system of Cornell University. The study wanted to answer some interesting questions: What should the mark really represent? Should the mark be based upon ability or performance, or even upon zeal and enthusiasm? What is the best set of symbols to represent ability or achievement? Join me to learn some history while discussing philosophy, tools, and other factors of a grade.
A Virtual Field Trip to Schools Using AR/VR in their STEAM and CTE Programs
Joe Parlier, Ed.D.—zSpace, Inc. (Olive Branch)
Join the Virtual Field Trip as we travel to schools, districts, and colleges across the US to learn how the implementation of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) has changed in-person, and blended instruction in STEAM and CTE programs. Next, discover how districts have taken a creative approach using state-of-the-art mobile trailers for students explore STEM through hands-on learning opportunities and real-world experiences not available in a traditional classroom. Join the discussion to learn strategies for implementing AR/VR in the classroom, at home, or in mobile classrooms in your district, community, and statewide!
2:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Diversifying the Stories We Tell at Homestead NHP to Broaden Our Appeal to Students in Varied Distance Learning Environments
Eric Van Vleet—Homestead National Historical park (Arbor I)
At Homestead NHP, rangers foster participation in distance learning by setting class rules and by encouraging verbal and non-verbal participation throughout the program. Second, rangers have found that judicious use of videos and different props like animal skins to better engage students. Third, to expand our audiences, we have developed programs on women suffragettes, black homesteaders and other immigrant groups.
Improve the Classroom Experience with AV Design
Timothy Bartling—University of Nebraska at Kearney (Arbor II)
Since the pandemic, AV technology in the classroom has seen a substantial increase of required equipment to support remote and blended learning. Unfortunately, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution that accommodates teaching styles, classroom layouts, and remote student interaction. See examples of how UNK has adapted technology in existing classrooms and developed studios that produce high quality content and increase interaction that promote a positive experience for both the student and instructor.
Course Design Matters
Eric Tenkorang & Olimpia Leite-Trambly —University of Nebraska at Kearney (Hawthorne)
Aesthetics, accessibility, and inclusivity play an important role in our world. What we see and feel generally influences how we interact. It has become crucial for educational institutions and faculty to start considering students’ experiences and their aesthetic judgments (look and feels) when we develop online courses. In this presentation, we will share some changes/strategies that can be incorporated during the design of a course to increase engagement and impact student’s experiences.
Using the Interactive Digital Wall (iWall) Technology to Promote Active Learning
Tess McKinney—UNMC College of Nursing Lincoln & Jerry Schledewitz—UNMC College of Nursing Scottsbluff (Olive Branch)
UNMC’s iWall technology bridges College of Nursing campuses across the state. The multi-taction iWall consists of from 5-12 high resolution video panels. These panels provide interactive monitor space on which to project class content and simultaneously allow instructor and student interaction with content. The iWalls across the state are connected, allowing interactions between students in different locations. Students at home or sites without iWall are able to view and participate in class activities via webinar technology. The MultiTaction iWall is very intuitive and a great first introduction to visualization and interacting with images. It literally gets students out of their seats and working together on projects. We will be showcasing the use of the Scottsbluff iWall and the Lincoln iWall by being onsite at College of Nursing Lincoln Campus, a few blocks away from the conference. If it doesn’t work to be on campus for this presentation, we can just come and speak at the conference as well.
3:15 p.m. Special Session—Enjoy a Virtual Field Trip! (Lancaster)
Friday, November 12
8:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Visit Sponsor tables (Lancaster)
8:15 a.m. Welcome (Lancaster)
8:30 a.m. Keynote Address
Stronger Than Before: Resilience and Joy in Post-Pandemic Teaching
Flower Darby—Instructional Designer, Educator, Author, Speaker
The Covid-19 pandemic required us to teach in new formats, using technology (some familiar, some less so) in new ways to help our students learn. While at times challenging, and while we’re all looking forward to returning to in-person classes, our collective experience has shown that we’re willing and able to adapt our teaching methods to overcome such challenges. We’ll reflect on what we’ve learned in this season while exploring how the approaches we’ve gained only strengthen our practice, no matter what format we’re teaching in. And we’ll come to see that we can create rewarding teaching and learning interactions that welcome and support today’s students, providing both flexibility and rigor for all.
9:30 a.m. Break—Visit Sponsor tables
9:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Virtual Collaboration: Combining In-Person Strengths in a Virtual Environment
Brian Priesman—Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium (Arbor I)
Virtual Collaboration: Combining In-Person Strengths in a Virtual Environment
Walking a Mile in Our Students’ Shoes (Keynote Follow-up)
Flower Darby, Keynote Follow-up (Hawthorne)
10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Virtual Interactive Educational Theatre
Patricia Newman, PhD—RESPECT & RESPECT Actor-Educators (Arbor I)
During the past year, RESPECT has transitioned its live in-person performances to function remotely while still maintaining its engaging style and interactive nature. In this session, participants will observe a presentation of The Adventures of Natalie the Net Nanny, a theatre-based program about internet safety. The audience will see how these kinds of virtual programs can be incorporated into classrooms while also learning how RESPECT teaches elementary and middle school aged students about online safety.
Connection is Key: A Scoping Review of Advising Online Graduate Students
Kristi A. Preisman, Ph.D.—College of Saint Mary & Holly Meyer, Ph.D.—Uniformed Services University (Arbor II)
Online graduate programs continue to increase, yet there remain challenges to success in online learning. Advising practices may hold opportunities to reverse or alter these challenges. A scoping review of the literature was conducted to answer the research question: What does the literature tell us about advising in online graduate programs? The search revealed ten relevant studies; and, after thematic network analysis, two global themes were identified, Create Connections and Know Your Program.
Distance Learning: Addressing the Teacher Shortage
Dr. Nick Ziegler & Dr. Brenda McNiff—ESU 5 (Hawthorne)
Rural districts across the state are struggling to attract candidates for key positions, including Spanish teachers. In this session we will present ESU 5’s Distance Learning Spanish Program. We will discuss Models for Distance Learning, Technology Requirements, Instructional Best Practices, and more. We will also have time for engaging participants in Q/A.
Theorem: The Development of a Learning Management System
Stacey Stubbs—University of Nebraska High School & Wes Juranek—University of Nebraska (Olive Branch)
In April 2021, the University of Nebraska High School (UNHS) moved to an updated learning management system (LMS), Theorem. This presentation will look at the development of this platform from inception to production. Topics will include the collaboration and communication between Information Services (IS) and the UNHS team along with a discussion of the development process.
11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
From Enhancement to Essential: Finding Fine Arts Opportunities and Developing Programs in Challenging Times
Bill Grennan—Omaha Performing Arts (Arbor I)
Non-profits’ digital initiatives, once a secondary priority, were suddenly pushed to the forefront of program development during the pandemic. This session will use the digital education and engagement programs of Omaha Performing Arts, Nebraska’s largest arts non-profit, as a case study; examining the criteria used in developing new programs, how they engaged the state’s educational and community stakeholders during that process, and integrated their new concepts into their long-term strategic goals.
Zoom and Education: A Match Made in Heaven
BJ Peters—Educational Service Unit 13 (Arbor II)
The pandemic thrust many of us head first into virtual learning. Both teachers and students had to adapt to using online tools for instruction and learning from a safe distance. While educators have adopted a number of applications for conducting online classes, Zoom has emerged as one of the most popular platforms.This session will explore a number of the new features that Zoom added in response to their platforms increased use in the classroom.
Digital Citizenship in Today’s Hybrid or Distance Learning Classroom
Melissa Cleaver—Omaha Public School (Hawthorne)
We know that teaching digital citizenship is critical to academic success—students learn better when they feel heard, valued, & respected. Join Common Sense Education to explore unique ways Educators/Librarians/Administrators/Etc. can use digital citizenship to create engaging welcoming learning environments. Participants will discuss digital dilemmas our students may be facing and the questions that they raise. You will leave with curriculum, strategies, and thinking routines to help students navigate their digital lives with perspective.
Emerging Technologies for Education (VR/AR/360 Tours/Apps)
Tess McKinney—UNMC College of Nursing Lincoln (Olive Branch)
Did you know that you can create your own Virtual and Augmented Reality? I will present different emerging technologies for any classroom experience to take engaged learning to a new level. I will show you inexpensive and easy solutions, such as 360 Photo Tours for student learning and recruitment as well as Virtual/Augmented Reality Applications for a new and innovative way of learning. We will let you try out an Oculus Quest with free VR applications built for education by students from here in Nebraska such as a Tractor Safety Simulation and a Nursing Escape room experience.