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  1. Adoption of Digital Learning Objects (and What it Means for DLO Designers and Developers who Share)Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:45:00 PDT
    When digital learning objects (DLOs) were initially conceptualized, based on object-oriented programming, there were initial high hopes that people could build learning objects that were re-usable by others. DLOs have come a long way in the past few decades, and many are available for free on various repositories, referatories, digital libraries, and other sources. The presenter will share results of research that explain what features of DLOs make them adoptable for online learning and provide ten-element model for DLO adoption. More...
  2. Survival Analysis for Online Learning DataThu, 03 Aug 2017 14:00:00 PDT
    Everything exists in time. Survival analysis is a statistical technique long used in the health sciences. As time-to-event analysis, it enables the asking of questions such as How much time passes before (an event) occurs, if it occurs, and what does this data suggest about various in-world phenomena? In an online learning context, with LMS data, questions such as, How long does it take for an online learner to (find his or her rhythm) in an online course? (if it happens), could be answered.This presentation will introduce survival analysis, its assumptions, its practices (using SPSS), its strengths and limitations, data censoring (to avoid survivorship bias), and ways to interpret related linegraphs and other data visualizations. More...
  3. Creating Effective Data Visualizations in Excel 2016: Some BasicsThu, 03 Aug 2017 15:30:00 PDT
    One of the mainstays of a modern software toolkit is Microsoft Excel 2016. By reputation, Excel is considered a beginners tool data analysts would bypass, but Excel is fairly high-powered, can take up to 1.06 million rows of data per set, contains complex statistical analysis capabilities (without the need for scripting), and enables rich data visualizations. It has a number of add-ons to empower analytical and data visualization functionalities.This session walks participants through some basic built-in data visualizations in Excel 2016, including pie charts and doughnuts, bar charts, tree maps and sunburst diagrams, cluster diagrams, spider (radar) charts, scattergraphs, and others. This session will cover how data structures and desired emphases will determine the options for particular data visualizations. More...
  4. Leveraging Flat Files from Canvas LMS Data Portal (at K-State)Wed, 02 Aug 2017 14:00:00 PDT
    Leveraging flat files from the Canvas LMS data portal (at K-State) In 2016, Instructure, the makers of Canvas, made their LMS data available to their customers through a data portal. This portal enables access to a number of flat files related to the instance. This presentation showcases how this big data was analyzed to summarize Kansas State Universitys use of the LMS. Methods for analysis include basic descriptive statistics, survival analysis, computational linguistic analysis, and others. The results are reported with numbers and data visualizations. The findings provide insights about how to approach the data, how to use a data dictionary, and other methods for extracting the data for awareness and practical decision-making. This work also is suggestive of next steps for more advanced analysis (using the flat files in a SQL database). More...
  5. Making the Most of the File Upload Feature in an LMSWed, 02 Aug 2017 15:00:00 PDT
    In Canvas and Qualtrics, a recent assignment feature enables learners (or survey participants) to upload digital files. While these have varying limits of file sizes, of file types, of file handling, identification or anonymization of file uploaders, and the level of sharing of uploaded files, it is useful to think of assignment possibilities to maximize this feature. This presentation provides preliminary instructional design for how to build effective assignments using the file upload feature. This session involves considerations like intellectual property, privacy rights, and proper handling of digital contents by learners and instructors. There are also considerations for data security and protections. Finally, there are discussions about memory limits for file uploads (within an online course), as well as digital preservation (whether the uploaded files are temporary and transient or semi-permanent or permanent, for learning purposes). More...
  6. Using the Qualtrics Research Suite as a Training LMSWed, 02 Aug 2017 13:00:00 PDT
    While learning management systems (LMSes) are a specific technology class, plenty of other technologies have been harnessed and retrofitted for learning purposes. Alternate LMSes include social media platforms like Twitter and survey systems. This presentation summarizes the uses of an online research (survey) suite, Qualtrics, for large-scale compliance-based trainings at Kansas State University. Affordances of Qualtrics as a training LMS include the following: a multimedia approach (including mobile) a file upload approach logic functions branching logic for versioning a training (based on profiles or behaviors) a scoring feature for grading performance logic tools to set standards for pass/fail built-in data analytics tools, a dashboard for versioning different reports for different data clients an API for recording training completions and performances in information systems and easy data export for external analytics. This presentation will include a demonstration of several training tracks. More...
  7. The Power of the Short: Making the Most of the Video ToolThu, 03 Aug 2017 12:45:00 PDT
    This session will explore the power of the short-video in teaching content, developing classroom or school culture, and improving students self-learning skills. Participants will learn innovative ways to integrate shorts to grab attention, meet learning styles, and engage students in meaningful learning. All educators will enjoy this practical presentation learning to harness the power of the short! More...
  8. How to Align Learning Outcomes with Coursework in Your Learning Management SystemThu, 03 Aug 2017 14:00:00 PDT
    This spring The Center for Teaching Excellence at Kansas City Kansas Community College provided professional development opportunities for faculty focusing on how to align learning outcomes with coursework in Blackboard. Come to this session to learn more about how these efforts provide faculty with assessment data that informs student learning, impacts instruction, and influences curriculum! Blackboard isnt your LMS?..No Problem!The information shared from lessons learned can be generalized to all institutions. More...
  9. 10 Suggestions for Improving Your Moodle in 2017Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:00:00 PDT
    Since its inception Moodle has been a flexible, open source LMS but has a reputation for being behind in appearance and features. This session will provide 10 suggested improvements to bring your Moodle for 2017. After the 10 improvements there will be time to ask questions about your own instance of Moodle from a Moodle master and Particularly Helpful Moodler. More...
  10. Lightboard: Doing It Live!Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:30:00 PDT
    When creating video lectures, engagement is key since the audience is not sitting directly in front of you in your classroom. Most solutions involve your face being separated from the content or hidden altogether. Lightboards aim to solve this problem and provide additional functionality. At its core, a Lightboard is a piece of glass that functions as a whiteboard that allows the presenter to face the camera, allowing him or her to speak directly to the audience and direct their attention to the material being presented. The process of building a Lightboard, including options for various budget levels will be discussed. Using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), we will explore how a Lightboard can be used to create instructional videos on-the-fly with no post-production. As a consequence, attendees will see how a Lightboard can be used in a live, online class setting. More...