New this year is an Unconference Session during every breakout session.  We are asking everyone to attend one of these sessions to provide you with the opportunity to network, share ideas having an impact on education and share feedback with Cengage Learning staff and executives.  Look for the icon next to the session description below and be sure to register for one of these sessions!

4:00-7:00 PM     Conference Registration

 7:00-9:00 AM      Conference Registration
 7:00-9:00 AM       Breakfast
9:00-9:30 AM        Welcome
9:30-10:30 AM      Keynote Session – Curtis Bonk, Indiana University
10:30-11:15 AM     Break in the Learning Engagement Center
11:15 AM -12:15 PM   Breakout Sessions #1
Help Us Help You - Improving Tech Support and Overall Communication for You and Your Students
Dave Geppert & Elinor Gregory, Cengage Learning
Join Dave Geppert, SVP Engagement Services, and Elinor Gregory, SAM Product Team Manager, in a constructive dialogue on Tech Support services and communication related to SAM updates. Learn how Tech Support and communication works today, and provide feedback and suggestions for how we can better support you and your students.

ctively Motivate Students with Instructor Led, Hands-On SAM Projects
Victoria Ricciardiello, Salem State University
The goal of this session is to help instructors use SAM 2013 projects in such a way that they are able to actively engage and motivate their students while increasing their participation, understanding, and retention. Selected projects will be demonstrated and discussed in this workshop. SAM 2013 has an abundance of great projects related to the various Cengage textbooks and most of these include two similar Projects such as Project A and Project B for a given textbook chapter. Visual and hands-on learning are two of the most common and effective learning styles for students. Instructors can help students learn by enthusiastically demonstrating and explaining how to complete the project and relate the various steps to what students already know, and thereby build on the students' prior knowledge base. The key to engaging the students is the instructor's presentation style and enthusiasm for the relevance of the topic. By following along with the instructor and completing the project, students are actively participating in their own learning. Students can then be required to complete and submit the second project to SAM for reinforcement and grading and to also demonstrate their retention and understanding of the material.
Cengage Expert Panel Discussion – Higher-Ed, Cost, Quality, Public Policy and the Student
Eric La Scola, Cengage Learning

As higher education costs continue to rise and student loan debt now topping $1 trillion, many are questioning the value of a college degree. Recently, talk of an education bubble has escalated, with some leading public figures suggesting we rethink this key pillar of the American dream.  Consider: PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel launched The Thiel Fellowship (formerly called “20 under 20”) that pays students $100,000 to drop out of college and start their own business.  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently suggested some students would be better served going into trade professions rather than college.  And, open education for all – MOOCS – is accessible via prestigious institutions like MIT, Harvard and Stanford.  What are we to make of the current issues of cost and quality confronting higher education?  Do government-guaranteed loans expand access to underserved student populations, or do they escalate cost and lead to abuses in college financing?  Do we undervalue traditional trade professions, high-skilled manufacturing careers and the role of public-private partnerships?   How do we harness technology to drive quality and expand access at lower cost?  What can the United States learn from the educational policies of other countries?   If these issues resonate with you, join our distinguished panel of Cengage Learning leaders as we navigate this brave new world!  We’ll seek answers and foster an open dialogue with our public policy experts, the executives bringing our digital offerings to market, and the leaders working with the traditional higher education and the institutional and career markets.  Ultimately, we seek to leave the discussion more informed, and with a better understanding of what we collectively can do as educators to best serve students as we confront the public-policy challenges facing American higher-education.
Disruptive Tech:  3-D Printing
Ken Baldauf, Florida State University

3D printers are becoming popular as novelties for the home. But, these simple consumer-grade 3D printers provide only a glimpse of this technology's potential to radically impact life as we know it. In this session, Ken will utilize a 3D printer in action along with video demonstrations to provide an overview of 3D printing technologies, and illustrate how these technologies are disrupting industries and practices including art, design, architecture, engineering, manufacturing, business, construction, medicine, fashion, food and most importantly, education! Ken will share how 3D printing has been embraced at FSU for education, research and utility. He will also provide a framework for you to use to prepare your students to take advantage of the new opportunities presented by 3D Printing, a disruptive tech that is about to change everything!
HTML5 and the Future of the Mobile Web
Patrick Carey, Carey Associates

Which way to the future of mobile computing? Does the future belong to native apps downloaded from proprietary apps stores and tailor-designed for specific operating systems or is HTML5 the future with its support across a variety of mobile devices and platforms? Or is the future a hybrid of both approaches? In this talk we'll examine the benefits and disadvantages of native apps and Web apps and discuss the situations in which one is preferred over the other. We'll discuss the tools and techniques needed to get started on creating Web apps with HTML5 and examine the latest news in the development of HTML 5.1 and the future of the mobile Web. 
Online Lessons Made Simple: Office Mix Workshop with Microsoft® (Lab)
Microsoft® Office Mix Team, Microsoft®

Office Mix is a free, easy way to bring your PowerPoint to life as an interactive online presentation or lesson.  Learn how to turn your existing lessons into blended learning assignments, in as little as five minutes. 
Packet Analysis for Beginners (Lab)
Lisa Bock, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Most network administrators are well-versed in hardware, applications, operating systems, and network analysis tools. However, many are not trained in analyzing network traffic. Network administrators should be able to identify normal network traffic in order to determine unusual or suspicious activity. Network packet analysis is important in order to troubleshoot congestion issues, create firewall and intrusion detection system rules, and perform incident and threat detection. The hands-on presentation will review fundamental concepts necessary to analyze network traffic, beginning with an overview of network analysis, then a review the TCP/IP protocol suite and LAN operations. Participants will examine packet captures and understand the field values of the protocols and as to what is considered normal behavior. The program will use Wireshark, a network protocol analyzer for UNIX and Windows, to capture network packets, look at basic features such as display and capture filters, and examine common protocols such as TCP, HTTP, DNS, and FTP. Participants should have a basic knowledge of computer networking and an interest in the subject.
Tweet Me If You Can
Beverly Amer, Northern Arizona University, & Mark Frydenberg, Bentley University

If you think the social media train left without you, and you want to catch up, this session is for you. Join Cengage authors Beverly Amer and Mark Frydenberg for a gentle introduction to popular social media sites and online social networks. Learn how to tweet, like, post, tag, follow, pin, bookmark, contact, and connect. We will offer best practices for incorporating social media in your classroom, even if you're not yet the expert, and share concerns about privacy and reliability of social media sources. Bring your laptop or mobile device so you can participate fully during the session, and learn what a hashtag is so you can tweet your way through the rest of the Conference. You'll come away with good start to your own social media presence and ideas for your courses!
Watch Out:  The Only Constant in Technology is Change
Jeff Butterfield, Western Kentucky University

How long have you been teaching your courses? When was the last time your department/unit did a major curricular overhaul? Are you still effectively preparing your students for tomorrow's emerging trends and technologies? There are major technological changes, innovations, and disruptions looming on the horizon. These will significantly affect the way we work, play, do business, and learn (teach). Are you ready for these disruptions? Come explore some of the emerging technological forecasts from groups like IBM, Gartner and others. Let's talk about how we can get ahead of the curve, update our courses, and develop strategic advantage for our academic programs.

12:15-1:00 PM        Lunch

1:00-2:00 PM         Keynote Session – Jim Federico, Microsoft®

2:15-3:15 PM         Breakout Sessions #2

Et Voilà…A Digital Product Is Created!

George Moore & Jon White, Cengage Learning

Have you ever wondered our secret formula for designing and building digital products?  How does the conceptualization + development process balance speed and efficiency with delivering exceptional customer value and satisfaction? Join George Moore, Chief Technology Officer at Cengage Learning and Jon White, Software Development Manager for SAM, as we take you on an insider’s journey of the process to see what is involved in bringing a product to market.  We will have demos of some exciting new products in the pipeline where you can provide us with your thoughts and insights! We’re also looking for your opinion on where instructor and student input best fits in the process.  Come shape the next generation of digital products with us!

Add-ons and Extensions: Putting Chrome and Google Drive to Work for You
Mark Frydenberg, Bentley University

Add-ons and extensions provide additional functionality to Google Chrome browser, and Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Learn to create forms as self-grading quizzes, create bibliographies, plot Sheets data on a map, perform mail merge in Google Docs, and more. Learn how to find and install apps from the Chrome web store to improve your productivity in creating resources and activities for your students. To follow along, bring your laptop or tablet, install the Chrome browser, and have a Google ID.

Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You: Gen Z!
Beverly Amer, Northern Arizona University

Just when you thought you understood your Millennial (Gen Y) students, Gen Z is now poised to arrive on college campuses this fall. And they're nothing like their Gen Y predecessors! This session will present the latest research findings on the next generation of students and how educators can equip themselves NOW to prepare for engagement and success in their courses. Attendees will leave with a good understanding of Gen Z characteristics and ideas for reaching them in class. The presenter has researched and presented on generational learning styles and differences at previous conferences, so this update is a MUST for anyone who wants to learn more about what this generation brings to campus.

Flipping the Classroom with SAM Projects
Melinda Doty, East Carolina University

Are you tired of receiving blank stares when teaching your classes? I was too, so I changed my entire philosophy on teaching. I “flipped” the classroom so the students in my computer applications class are doing work while I guide them through it. We work through the material in class and then they complete a quiz for homework. In this presentation, I will explain my teaching strategy for getting students involved and excited about learning in SAM. Through a combination of SAM Projects and SAM Path, I am able to take the traditional, boring computer class and turn it into something much more interactive and fun.

Hands on with Adobe Edge
Sasha Vodnik, Cengage Learning Author

The Adobe Edge suite of tools let users visually build and test content for the web using the familiar Adobe interface. This session will provide an overview of the function of each tool in the Edge suite, as well as an opportunity to experiment with Edge Animate and Edge Inspect on sample projects. With Edge Animate generating standards-based web animations using only HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, we'll also talk about what the arrival of this application means for Flash, and the use cases going forward for each of these applications.

It’s in Their Pockets! Using Mobile Technology to Engage, Excite, Enhance and Empower Learning
Karen McPherson, College of the Albemarle

In a world of students who are digital consumers, more than half of them own some type of electronic device. In this session, you will learn how to use some of their methods of electronic communication to inspire learning! From tweeting to texting, there are some low cost, “low tech” ways to engage our students. Rather than becoming an “add on” to the classroom experience, different forms of electronic communication can provide an alternative method of presenting work already being studied. When students incorporate technology for classroom use, they not only learn the content in a creative way, they learn 21st century communications skills at the same time. This session will present you to the mobile learning environment our students walk around with every day. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices.

Masterclass Part 3. Adding Some TEC-VARIETY for Online Motivation and Retention
Morning Keynote Presenter:  Curtis Bonk, Indiana University

Everyone is talking about the need to motivate and engage students. This is true in face-to-face classrooms and is even more true in online environments. Many students are unhappy due to bland online content and unimaginative activities. It is too lock-step and mechanized. There is no room for flexibility, choice, and creativity. Many others are bored since the course does not utilize current technologies. They love their smartphones, tablets, and other wireless and mobile technologies and want their instructors to utilize them. Some feel that the instructors have not addressed their preferred learning approaches. They want hands-on activities where they produce something meaningful as well as time to explore the resources they find the Web. All these people tend to simply want more variety, or more specifically, they want ‘TEC-VARIETY’. To simplify Web-based learning possibilities, each letter of the TEC-VARIETY model stands for a well-known motivational principle, including: (1) Tone or climate, (2) Encouragement or feedback, (3) Curiosity, (4) Variety, (5) Autonomy or choice, (6) Relevance and meaningfulness, (7) Interactivity and collaboration, (8) Engagement, (9) Tension, and (10) Yielding products and goal setting.  During this talk, Dr. Bonk will outline dozens of active learning ideas and solutions that motivate students and creatively engage them in deeper learning experiences. It is time to break out of boring online approaches with a bit of TEC-VARIETY!!!

Multiple Paths to Success
Eric Schmieder, Johnston Community College

We can't all be programmers...but we can all learn to program at some level. Join me for an overview of the actual impact a flexible learning model had on my fall 2014 Introduction to Programming and Logic course. Learn what happened when I eliminated deadlines, required personal inquiry and reflection, and let students learn at their own pace. Oh, I forgot to mention, every student is a non-major.

Online Lessons Made Simple: Office Mix Workshop with Microsoft® (Lab)
Microsoft® Office Mix Team, Microsoft®

Office Mix is a free, easy way to bring your PowerPoint to life as an interactive online presentation or lesson.  Learn how to turn your existing lessons into blended learning assignments, in as little as five minutes.

3:15-3:45 PM        Break in the Learning Engagement Center

3:45-4:45 PM        Breakout Sessions #3

This Is The Student Voice…Can You Hear Me Now?
Jim Donohue & Dawn Gerrain, Cengage Learning

To the students starting college now, “good feedback” means getting 30 likes on their last Facebook post in a single afternoon.  For us, “good feedback” means having a meaningful dialogue with you about our students!  We know that learners are dynamic and changing, but we also know that learning is lifelong.  Join Jim Donohue, Chief Product Officer and Dawn Gerrain, SVP, GM Skills & Global Product Management for an interactive session where we will go over timeless strategies which can be applied to digital products.  You will have a chance to pitch your ideas, too!  We’ll also share some of our research into the voice of the students and what they want.  This will be you opportunity to validate (or rebut) the findings!  

Hello World: The New Visual Studio (Lab)
Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College

By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that there will be 1.4 million coding jobs available, but only enough graduates to fill 30 percent of these jobs. Join us for a tour of the latest, greatest Visual Studio Environment- join us in a lab to sneak a peek, click, tap, and see the new features to prepare for teaching this Fall! Apply new custom IDE layouts, work with the light bulbs editors, touch support, and new mobile Windows Store app development.

New Reality-Based Labs Offer Real-Life Practice for Students
Kristin McNary & Eric La Scola, Cengage Learning

Infuse your A+ and Network+ Courses with virtual reality. Immerse students into a virtual company’s IT help desk with IT LabWorks. Students will practice in real-life scenarios that employ critical thinking and problem solving skills. Support tickets are assigned and will take them from the server closet and deep into this virtual company. In a maintenance ticket they must configure file and folder sharing in preparation for a new customers training. In another they will set up a high-powered workstation to be used as a test bed with several virtual machines for testing software. When end-user tickets involve troubleshooting hardware and software, students will use the CompTIA troubleshooting model. Students are free to solve a problem or task using reasoning skills; but make wrong decisions that cost time and money, they will be coached with various degrees of support. Prepare your students for the workforce with real-world practice and application.

Online Course Design: Is the Conversation Over Or Have We Just Given Up?
Kelly Hinson, Gaston College

Online Course Design – Is the conversation over or have we just given up? Have you reached the “I just don't know” any more level? Are you looking for something new or someone to share your experiences with? Kelly Hinson will lead the discussion around online course design. She has several online courses certified at the highest level offered through a QEP program at Gaston College. But even a design with the best intentions sometimes does not work. Bring your best online tips to the table. Bring your “never do that again” experience. Join together with other instructors to answer: • What are our students saying? • What works? What does not work? • How can we keep students engaged online? • What standards are in place at your institution? Do they work? • Can we stop making online like seated? • What is the one thing you always do and know your students like? Kelly is an online instructor at Gaston College. All of her courses are SAIL certified. SAIL is a home-grown, QEP initiative approved by SACS. She works constantly to keep her courses at the highest levels, but sometimes is frustrated by leadership ideas that only work in theory! Come to the discussion and help her put together a list of the best and greatest and maybe not the so good ideas!

Online Lessons Made Simple: Office Mix Workshop with Microsoft® (Lab)
Microsoft® Office Mix Team, Microsoft®

Office Mix is a free, easy way to bring your PowerPoint to life as an interactive online presentation or lesson.  Learn how to turn your existing lessons into blended learning assignments, in as little as five minutes.

Online Portfolios: The New Way to Market Yourself
Leslie Martin & Donna Love, Gaston College

How do you sell yourself online? How do you easily provide potential employers with examples of your work and display your skills? What are two free options of creating an online portfolio? What is an E-Portfolio and how can it be used? This presentation will demonstrate and discuss tools that are being used in our courses to create E-Portfolios to share with potential employers. We will show you how we use the online portfolios as the final exam and culminating experience for our courses in helping students promote themselves online. The E-Porfolios in our classes meet the course outcomes for the courses. We will show you some of the portfolios that our students have created using two free programs. The goals for the session are: • Discuss “Why use E-Portfolios?” • Introduce two types of e-portfolios used • Demonstrate both types we have used • Discuss items included in each type of portfolio • Discuss ways the e-portfolios can be shared with potential employers. Attendees will walk away with two websites used and the ability to take this information home and incorporate e-portfolios in their classes.

Power Up Your Presentations: Using Animations to Take Your Presentations to the Next Level
Julie Phillips, Richland College

Are your PowerPoint presentations dull and boring? Learn how to use transitions and animations to help tell the story and bring excitement to your presentations. Make your presentations stand out by learning how to create your own design background so you will never have to use stock design templates again. We will discuss how your design choices can affect your audience's perception of the information you have to convey. Learn how to create the best effects found in other presentation software, such as Prezi and ProPresenter, in PowerPoint. Participants will leave with a disk of examples to take back home with them. Goals 1. Participants will create different animation effects and leave with a disk of sample animations 2. Examine how design choices can affect audience perceptions. 3. Do's and Don'ts for creating great presentations. 4. How to choose the right animation effects to best convey your information. 5. Animations vs. transitions—which one do you choose. 6. Creating animated backgrounds.

June Parsons, Cengage Learning Author & Amanda Lyons, Cengage Learning

R-E-A-D. To your students, it is a four-letter word. Can you change that attitude? Yes! And you'll have the help of an evolving generation of learning tools designed specifically for the challenging characteristics of today's students. Just what are these tools and how can you introduce them in your classroom? Join June Jamrich Parsons and Amanda Lyons as they demonstrate techniques for effectively using print-based and online tools that engage students in the reading process. You'll leave this session with a set of techniques for motivating students to complete assigned readings and for helping students to develop successful reading strategies within the field of Information Technology. This session is essential for instructors using New Perspectives on Computer Concepts and for those looking for ways to increase student engagement in the Introductory course.

Using SAM Training to Improve MOS Certification Scores
Mary Jo Geise & Helen Schneider, The University of Findlay

In today's competitive world of increasingly lean workforces, certifications are becoming more important in distinguishing knowledgeable candidates who can minimize training costs and maximize productivity. Microsoft® Office Specialist (MOS) exams are certifications that verify a level of proficiency in the use of programs within the Microsoft® Office Suite. As a part of three courses taught at The University of Findlay which cover beginning and intermediate instruction in Microsoft® Access and/or Excel, students are given the opportunity to take the Microsoft® Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam in Access or Excel at the end of the course. This session will discuss alternative strategies available to improve certification scores and increase the number of students passing the exam. Specific data will be shared on those strategies tried at UF and the impact they had on student scores. Current findings show that SAM Training designed on certification test objectives proved to be a cost-effective solution which provided significant increases in overall exam scores as well as the number of students passing the certification exam.

6:00-7:00 PM    Regional Receptions

7:00-8:00 PM    Regional Dinners

8:00-10:00 PM    Evening Entertainment

8:00-9:00 AM        Breakfast

8:45-9:00 AM        Morning Remarks

9:00-10:00 AM      Keynote Session – Anthony Salcito, Microsoft®

10:00-10:45 AM    Break in Learning Engagement Center

10:45 – 11:45 AM     Breakout Sessions #4

New Ways to Flip Out in Your Classroom (aka Flipping Your Classroom with Style)
Lauren Murphy, Cengage Learning, Beverly Amer, Northern Arizona University & Ken Baldauf, Florida State University

Join a working session to learn how to integrate current events into every classroom session.  Plus, work with a small team to plan a week of homework and classroom activities in the flipped classroom vein.  All of the teams’ ideas will then be compiled into a useful 12-week syllabus, allowing you to walk away ready to enable a flipped classroom environment for the semester.  This will be a fun session, so prepare to roll up your sleeves with Ken Baldauf and Bev Amer as they take you through their flipped out experiences.  Learn from them and from each other to best prepare to engage your students in the exciting world of computing.

Adding Practical Security to Your Intro Computer Course
Mark Ciampa, Western Kentucky University

It is no surprise that most users are confused or apathetic about making their computers secure from attackers, and this includes our students. Yet the need for schools to provide practical security instruction to every student is real, and enterprises and the government are now calling for schools to take action. Yet it does not take an advanced knowledge of computer security in order to teach it; instead, teaching the basics of practical security can be done by any instructor in any course. In this presentation we will look at how to teach applied practical computer security in the computer courses that you teach.

Adobe Dreamweaver CC – It Just Keeps Getting Better (Lab)
Sherry Bishop, North Arkansas College

Come see how easy it is to use a responsive design to create a website with the latest Dreamweaver CC tools including Adobe Edge Web Fonts, Element Quick View, Editable Live View, Inspect Mode, CSS Transitions, and Canvas. You will create a site from start to finish, so plan to bring a USB disk to save your files, as the site files must be saved in order to access the features we will use. Additional Information: This is both a product and concepts focused session. The attendees will leave the session after successfully completing steps to design a page that can be viewed with a variety of devices and screen sizes that is both HTML5 and CSS3 compliant. This session is a necessary addition to the conference for instructors who are using the Adobe subscription CC products and are interested in teaching responsive design using HTML5 and CSS3 standards.

Appy Hour
Marie Roberts, Meridian Community College

Appy Hour: Where the best applications for education are served neat. Shoot em' down straight and erase classroom monotony with an app chaser that's top-shelf worthy. We'll garnish your classroom content with innovative apps that fit even a frat boy's budget. This professional development session is geared towards individuals looking to implement useful applications both in and out of the classroom. Let's raise the bar (literally). Participants will be introduced to a variety of multi-platform apps across the educational spectrum, including presentation tools and classroom supplements.

Engaging Students in Class Activities through Games to Increase Participation
Fernando Paniagua, Community College of Baltimore County

Students' participation and engagement in the classroom have decreased in the past years; therefore, students were missing their chance not only to learn but also to engage in academic activities that could advance their career. This presentation reports on an investigation conducted in a general education class, Introduction to Computers. A curriculum re-design was implemented incorporating interactive activities (games) for each one of the chapters taught in this course. The hypothesis behind the design is that these interactive activities would increase student participation and attendance during the lecture sessions of the course. At the end of the semester a survey was conducted to gather student's feedback on this curriculum re-design and its impact on their learning process. Data from two consecutive semesters at the Community College of Baltimore County will be analyzed. This presentation will show that by adding some simple game elements, lesson and lectures will become more engaging and fun.

Excel Business Intelligence Tools: Power Query, Pivot View & Map (Lab)
Lisa Friedrichsen, Johnson County Community College

In this hands on session we will use the new, integrated Business Intelligence (BI) tools in Excel. Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View, and Power Map to conduct effective data analysis and modeling. We will use Power Query to mine data from multiple sources such as Wikipedia, the S&P 500, and an Access relational database, Power Pivot to create a data model to summarize the data, Power View to create interactive reports and charts of the information, and Power Map to build 3-D data visualization maps.

Exploring the SAM Roadmap; Where we are Going and the Directions we are Taking to Get There
Elinor Gregory & Kristie Clark, Cengage Learning

SAM has covered a lot of ground over the last year with new student and instructor interfaces, gradebook and updated content.  Even more exciting updates are coming in the next year based on student and instructor feedback. Join us to get an inside look at the SAM Roadmap and the directions we are taking to continue to improve the student and instructor experience.

Teaching Digital Literacy in the 21st Century: Is it Still Relevant?
Vicki Brooks, Columbia College

Despite widespread agreement about the importance of digital literacy in today’s world, faculty in higher education are often ill-prepared (and sometimes resistant) to teach students how to find, evaluate, and create information in a variety of digital formats.   Too often they assume that their students are “digital natives” who have been immersed in technology since birth and who possess advanced skills and knowledge about digital media.   However, recent research suggests that this image of the “digital native” represents only a small proportion of today’s college students.  Access, experience, and skills vary widely.    The majority of students in higher education – particularly at the undergraduate level – still need intentional training in digital literacy.  This training needs to focus not only on skills in using the latest tools for creating and communicating, but also in the critical thinking necessary for becoming sophisticated consumers of digital media.  In this session, I will present some of the recent research on digital literacy and share my experiences of advocating for preservation of a course in digital literacy in our undergraduate curriculum.  I will also demonstrate some of the latest resources and learning activities available to enhance your teaching of digital literacy.

Using Social Media, Technology, and Email to Organize a Community for Action
Rachel Bunin, Cengage Learning Author

Social media has changed the way communities and social movements are formed, operate, and succeed. Grassroots organizations seeking social change have to embrace the basic elements of technology in order to be effective in our current world. Although groups use varying degrees of technological sophistication, you don't have to be a whiz programmer or master of technology to be able to use technology to make a difference. As a founding member of FARM'D in Dumont NJ we were able to use the Web, Facebook, hashtags, email, and basic technology to reach out to our entire community and effect real change in our town. Our movement organized quickly and very effectively to stop overdevelopment by using very basic elements of social media. We worked with different technologies in concert with simple concepts of communicating to large numbers of people at all levels. My presentation will explain the systems and philosophy we used and how we were able to be successful in a working class town with a wide range of members. Our strategy involved using a clearly defined Web site, a well-planned and gathered email list through gmail, and Twitter hashtag, and Facebook. We also went old school with phone outreach and lawn signs as well as a rally to galvanize the community. I will present all these in my presentation using social media to effect social change, even for local issues.

11:45-12:45 PM        Lunch

12:45- 1:45 PM        Keynote Session - Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College

2:00-3:00 PM          Breakout Sessions #5

What's App?  The Lowdown on Best Practice in Teaching Mobile App Development
Jim Gish, Cengage Learning

Students want to build them.  Industry wants professionals who understand the technology and workflow.  How do we prepare our students to meet professional expectations and achieve their goals?  Android?  iOS Using Objective-C?  Swift?  One code base solutions like Cordova?  Join our panel of educators to learn how others are approaching the curriculum and bring your own ideas and questions to this timely and exciting session!

Cyber Security = High Grow Career: How Government, Industry And Education Are Collaborating To Address The Cyber Security Labor Shortage
Mark Ciampa, Western Kentucky University & Kristin McNary, Cengage Learning

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts 35% job growth for cyber security professionals. The Department of Defense estimates there is a 1.5 million employee shortage in the federal government alone. Hear how the National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of Education, National Science Foundation and the Federal Communications Commission have partnered with corporations and educators to address this national priority. In this session you will learn about: DoD Directives 8570 & 8140 and how they are designed to ensure competency and hiring standards; the National Security Agency Centers of Academic Excellence and how they are deploying the NICE framework in their curricula; workforce development partnerships and how they are being used to address cyber security’s labor shortage; Cengage R&D and how it is focused on supporting these initiatives.

Easy as Pie (Charts): New Online Tools for Data Visualization (Lab)
Mark Frydenberg, Bentley University

Creating a pie chart is easy, but you often can do better. In this session you will learn several online visualization tools to help make sense of data from Facebook and Twitter, online databases, and your own spreadsheets and data sets. Learn to make map mashups and infographics, and visually tell the story that your data represents. These tools are a great way to introduce concepts of data mining, data analytics, and data visualization to your computer concepts, Excel, or database classes. You'll need a Google account and a laptop to participate and follow along.

Emerge 6.0 Launch in MindTap
Beverly Amer, Northern Arizona University, Ken Baldauf, Florida State University, Reed Curry & Lauren Murphy, Cengage Learning

Come join Ken Baldauf and Beverly Amer, authors of Emerge with Computers, as they launch the sixth version of their online learning solution.  Now in MindTap, Emerge offers streamlined content in a learning path that covers both Office applications and computer concepts.  It’s an easy out-of-the box solution for instructors to pick and choose what content they would like to cover. And for students, Emerge offers an interactive learning pedagogy complete with videos and RSS feeds updated in real time.  Come learn more!

Integrate SAM with your LMS:  Become an Integrated SAM Power User
Marie Hartlein, Montgomery County Community College & Jon White, Cengage Learning

Using an LMS (Learning Management System) or plan to in the near future? Join us for a look at how SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) from Cengage Learning works with the various LMSs on the market today and how you and your students can have a more seamless in and out of class experience. Marie Hartlein has been teaching traditional and online Computer Science courses with Blackboard Learn for over 25 years and will share her tips on how to maximize the benefits of Blackboard Learn, SAM 2013 and other online tools to enhance student engagement, provide meaningful feedback and maximize your efficiency. The SAM Integration feature and most recent Blackboard 9.1 enhancements will be emphasized. You will leave this session with ideas on how to refresh and streamline your course along with a few grading techniques that may save you hours each week!

Integrating Social Media into IS/IT Courses: A Success Story to Report
Hossein Bidgoli, California State University-Bakersfield

I have been teaching Information Systems (IS) courses for over 30 years. The currency of the materials and engagement of the students are two major challenges in teaching these courses. Even those textbooks that are being published on yearly bases do not reflect the ongoing technology changes in the IS field. Students in the IS field are interested in knowing the latest developments on hardware, software, IT jobs, and new products and services in this field. By using social media, I have been able to overcome these two challenges. My lectures are now as current as the day of the lecture and my students are as engaged as possible with the course! I have identified 14 key topics that are being covered in an intro IS course. I post a daily link (a tweet) to an article published in popular IS/IT publications with a brief reference to a chapter in the textbook used in the course. These daily posts are related to IS/IT applications, new developments, breaking news, IT Jobs, and case examples. The links are posted on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. For my own students I also post a question for discussion and ask students to comment and interact with each other on the social media. The results have been extremely positive. The currency of the materials has been significantly improved and the students' engagement with each other and with the course has increased dramatically. Currently more than 900 students and faculties throughout the US are following us. This framework could be applied to other IS/IT courses.

The Raspberry Pi – A Palm- Sized $35 Educational Linux System (Lab)
Pam Schmelz & Bill Worden, Ivy Tech Community College

The Raspberry Pi (RPi) was developed by the non-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation to bring computer science to the classroom, and hoped to sell 10,000 $35 dollar units to fund further development. Since its introduction in February of 2012, this crowd-sourced Linux platform has sold 2.5 million units as of February of 2014, and currently exists in four separate models. With this success, the educational goals are still being met if not exceeded. For instance, it is only the second platform since Steve Job's NeXT computer to have the Mathematica program freely bundled with its operating system. In this lab session, you will get hands-on experience with the Raspberry Pi for applications including programming, networking, and security, all with an eye toward STEM education. You will leave with labs that you can use for your classes, and you will be inspired to provide hands-on instruction to your students with these tiny devices.

SAM 2013: How Can It Improve Your Skills?
Joey Bryant, Forsyth Technical Community College

SAM 2013 is a great tool for students to learn and grow. However, there is more to SAM than just the benefits for the students. Come and explore the ways that SAM has impacted our class structure and made the job of SAM administrator and instructor so easy. We will discuss specific areas in SAM that enhance our teaching and allow us to focus more on the student.

Student Engagement in CIS Through Problem-Based Learning via Group Projects using Microsoft® Office Tools
Rex Parr, Aims Community College & Victoria Sauber, Arapahoe Community College

Problem-based learning in Computer Information Systems (CIS) classes addresses a question that continually plagues technician educators: “How can students be trained in required technical competencies and acquire employability skills to face complex problems on the job, when the time to complete training is so limited?” Problem-based learning is a holistic teaching method that is the only plausible way for educators to cover both competencies – the technical aspects of the curriculum needed to get an interview and the skills needed to get (and keep) a job. The goal of the presentation is to allow participants to experience this methodology from the student perspective. Research conducted by the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies, the Boston Area Advanced Technological Education Connections Workforce Skills Study and the metro-Denver Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development Initiative confirm the need to integrate technical, analytical, and employability skills into Computer Information Systems courses. The project-based learning scenario provides the framework which Microsoft® Office Suite competencies are applied. Evaluation consists of peer team review, instructor review and the overall class review that determines the “winning project.” Introducing project-based learning into CIS curriculum has resulted in improved student performance in all aspects of Microsoft® Office Suite competencies. Students will learn webpage publishing by having to upload completed pages of their project to a server on an ongoing basis during the creation of their webpage which would be accessible by any mobile device.

3:00-3:45 PM        Break in Learning Engagement Center
3:45-4:45 PM         Breakout Sessions #6

No Crystal Ball Needed: Let’s Shape the Future of the Intro to Computing Course
Brian Hyland, Cengage Learning

We’ll start off by discussing what you teach in your Introduction to Computing class today.  Then, let’s take a peek at the future!  What are students craving to learn about?  What topics should be added to keep it relevant and up-to-date?  Come join the product development team as we explore ideas for the future Intro to Computing class.  Help us develop tomorrow’s table of contents!

Improving Student Engagement and Outcomes with SAM Path
Steven Freund, University of Central Florida

Are you struggling with a lack of student engagement and performance in your introductory computing classes? Would you like a way to have a real time indication of how students are progressing through material in your class? Are you sick of taking attendance and grading? If so, this session is for you! Steven Freund from the University of Central Florida will discuss how two large introductory computing courses are using SAM Paths to increase student engagement and performance. This interactive session will introduce the different types of SAM Assignments, particularly SAM Paths, as well as how to create them, schedule them, and get the most out of the reporting tools in the brand new SAM interface! Please come prepared to discuss some of the challenges faced in your introductory computing courses so that we can help recommend effective solutions!

The Nuts and Bolts of Flipping Your Classroom: Practical Advice for High Impact Learning
Thad Crews, Western Kentucky University

Interested in teaching a flipped, blended, or hybrid class? Despite the buzz, all too often implementation details are left to the faculty member’s intuition or guesswork, opening the door for unnecessary and unwanted criticism. This session will be valuable to faculty who wish to take a research-based, student-centric, data-driven approach to the design of flipped, blended, or hybrid classrooms. In addition, the presenter will share practical examples and experiences that will help you avoid the pitfalls on the path to your perfect flipped class.

On Cloud 9 with Office Online (Lab)
Eric Schmieder, Johnston Community College

What more could you ask for than all of your favorite Microsoft® Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote available in the Cloud? Office Online does so much more than the old Office Web Apps dreamed possible. Bring your OneDrive account information with you for a hands on exploration of Office Online that is sure to leave you on cloud nine.

SAM Skills for the New User (Lab)
Stephanie Albracht, Cengage Learning

If you are a new SAM 2013 user, this session is for you! Get started with SAM 2013 by successfully working through course creation, assignment set-up and scheduling, SAM Path, along with navigating through the gradebook features.  By the end of this hour long session, you will be confident in student registration and enrollment along with administering SAM to your classes.

Soft Skills, Soft Skills, Soft Skills: Where Do We Teach Them in a 4 Year Environment?
Katherine Winters, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

As faculty, we are constantly being pressed from every direction to add this or add that to what we teach. How do we do it all? How can we teach it all? There is no question that our students must have soft skills and we must be able to teach those skills somewhere. The question is where and how? In our state, we have a limit on the number of hours our program can have. Our University has dictated the number of hours of general education and ABET has mandated the number of hours of Mathematics and Science that must be taken and, of course, the discipline courses. There simply is not any room for adding a course in soft skills. Given these limits what's a person to do? The only option is to add the soft skills to other classes. This presentation will discuss how adding soft skills to your capstone project can meet the need without adding hours. I will discuss my approach to incorporating soft skills into a capstone project.

Teaching with Technology:  MindTap, a Personalized Teaching Experience
Scott Domowicz, Pittsburgh Technology Institute & Amanda Lyons, Cengage Learning
MindTap is a personalized teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing you to measure skills and outcomes with ease. Join us for an overview of what our Introductory Computing MindTap courses look like today, our goals for the future, and feature updates. You will also hear how MindTap is successfully used in the classroom from an instructor like you.

Teaching Web Development on Shifting Sands
Sasha Vodnik, Cengage Learning Author

Modern browsers support new features with nearly every release, meaning that the web offers new possibilities to developers almost weekly. As students move into the workforce, they will need to be able to balance an employer's desire for them to implement shiny new features with maintaining support for the older browsers that may be used by some of that employer's potential customers or clients. In this session, we'll review the state of HTML and JavaScript standards and the state of browser support for them. We'll also explore common strategies for balancing use of the latest features with support for older browsers. Finally, you'll have the opportunity to share your approach to teaching your students about this aspect of web programming, and hear from other instructors about what's worked for them and what hasn't.

Tools for Teaching Security+
Mark Ciampa, Western Kentucky University

Teaching Security+ requires students to have practical hands-on experience in order to help students understand security concepts and so they will be prepared for the CompTIA performance-based certification exam questions. There are a wide variety of tools that can be used, many of which are free. In this presentation we will explore tools for teaching Security+ as well as learn from each other to teach Security+. In addition we will preview the forthcoming DTI IT_Labworks for Security+ that uses a game-playing simulation for teaching Security+.

6:00 PM        Evening Event at Corona Ranch

8:00-9:00 AM          Breakfast

9:00-10:00 AM        Breakout Sessions #7
MindTap Instructional Design: Aligning to Certifications and Standards
Kristin McNary & Eric La Scola, Cengage Learning

Participate in a MindTap instructional design focus group where we will solicit feedback on our R&D initiatives for the CompTIA titles including A+, Networking+, and Security+ as well as EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker.

Disruptive Technology: Wearable Technologies
Ken Baldauf, Florida State University & David Hensley, Cincinnati State

Google Glass, smart watches and jewelry, smart clothing, smart tracking, fitness bands, wearable cameras and even implants are connecting people to information, and collecting information about people, on a continuous basis. In this session, Ken and David examine the useful and disruptive applications of wearable technologies that are creating a more informed and exposed population. We will explore the latest wearable technologies from both the user's and developer's perspectives and examine related trends and technologies such as augmented reality, lifelogging, life-hacking, bio-hacking and the quantified self. Attendees will learn how wearable technologies can impact the computing curriculum, and how to prepare your students to take advantage of the new opportunities presented by wearable technologies, a disruptive tech that is about to change everything!

From Cloud to Crowd: Spiffing Up Your Concepts Course with Today’s Tech Trends
Mark Frydenberg, Bentley University & Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College

If you're still teaching "this is a disk and this is a disk drive" then it's time to update your syllabus to include new topics, from cloud to crowd. Learn about new apps and websites you can use to introduce cloud computing, crowdsourcing, augmented reality, big data, collaboration tools, responsive design, and social media to students discovering technology now in your course. Join Mark and Corinne for a fast-paced and unpredictable hour of tried and true examples and demos to spiff up your concepts course with several of today's technology trends.

Nine Hot Topics in the First IS/IT Course: Increasing Our Student Employability
Hossein Bidgoli, California State University- Bakersfield

Most traditional IT jobs are still in high demand. However, during the last few years some new IT jobs have been created that are even in higher demand and come with substantially higher pay. Examples of such jobs include App Developer, Social Media Architect, Telework Manager, Data Scientist, Cloud Architect, Robotics Engineer, and so forth. The IS/IT students should be given a basic knowledge and familiarity with these new fields that are creating these high paying jobs. This basic training should encourage many of these students to pursue a career in these new fields. I have identified nine hot topics as follows: Business Analytics, Telecommuting, Business Applications of Social Media, Big Data Big Analytics, Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing, Internet of Everything (IoE) / Internet of Things (IoT), Electronic Health Records, and applied Artificial Intelligence (AI). I have developed an integrated presentation with practical applications and potential job titles in these fields. The presentation highlights the industries that are hiring these new IT professionals. The presentation also introduces some of the companies that provide hardware/software platforms that enable the technologies used in these jobs, which include Tableau, Qlikview, Splunk, Rocket Fuel, SAS, and so forth. These nine topics should be integrated into the first IS/IT course. The presentation will also provide a guideline regarding the integration of these topics into other IS/IT courses.

Responding to Change: A Model for Redesigning a Highly Enrolled General Education Course
Sandra Tavegia, The Community College of Baltimore County
This presentation guides participants through the process of redesigning an Introduction to Computers General Education course at The Community College of Baltimore County.  The presenter will discuss data collection methods used to assess the need, lessons learned in redesigning and developing the course, and strategies developed to prepare for Fall 2014 implementation. The original course was last modified over ten years ago, and while enrollment was high, completion rates were low, presenting a student success challenge. In addition, the need to update this course coincided with a new state General Education model. A team of seven professors spent more than one year updating the course to include both emerging technology content and to comply with new General Education core criteria. This new course explores emerging applied software applications and technologies for PC and mobile devices as tools to generate, present, collaborate, and share information for education, employment, and personal enrichment. The new course integrates Cengage Emerge with Computers 3.0 and MindTap products with the Blackboard Learning Management System. This presentation will showcase the redesigned course in Blackboard.

SAM Skills for the Advanced User (Lab)
Stephanie Albracht, Cengage Learning

Prerequisite: SAM 2013 Skills for the New User or having recently taught using SAM.
This session will hone your previously practiced SAM 2013 skills and introduce the you new features such as Individual Exam Assignment, Express Assignment Creation, SAM Path, best practices of Copying Sections, creation and usage of Custom Questions, and clean-up of your SAM database.  New features to SAM will be covered as well.  

SAM to the Rescue
Leslie Martin & Teresa Worthy, Gaston College

Want to provide online students with immediate feedback to ensure they are learning skills? Want to know the students have grasped the knowledge and skills needed for the workplace? Want to see Student Outcome Success? Want to prepare students to take the Microsoft® Office Certification exams? If you answer yes to any of these questions, this session is for you. Gaston College is utilizing SAM in the Online and Seated Office Software Applications course to accomplish all of these. We will discuss and show how we set up the course using the Blackboard System and incorporate SAM as a vital component for our virtual or seated classroom success. We utilize SAM to ensure that our students know the material that is necessary for success on the final exam. We will discuss how we use the trainings, skills test, projects and reader in SAM to help students succeed. This course is one of our measurement courses for our Medical Office, Legal Office and Office Administration programs for our SACS and ACBSP accreditation. The goals for the session are: •Discuss “Why use SAM?” •Show attendees how you can verify that students are learning material •Show how students can receive immediate feedback and know what they need to remediate •Discuss how our students use SAM to prepare for the Microsoft® Office Certification Exams.  Attendees will walk away with the knowledge of how to utilize SAM in their course to help their students be successful using the Microsoft® Office products.

Using Google Drive to Enhance Collaborative Group Projects (Lab)
Paulette Comet & Michele Clements, The Community College of Baltimore County

Come to this session to learn the basics of accessing and using Google Drive which is a cloud-based software tool that allows students to create, collaborate, and access documents from anywhere! Google Drive offers 15 GB of free storage space and an online office suite. Ideas for group projects will be discussed and shared.

What’s New with Visual Studio and C#?
Barbara Doyle, Jacksonville University

This session will highlight some of the cool new features included with the latest Visual Studio release. New C# 6.0 object-oriented language features, like primary constructors and read-only auto properties, will be illustrated. Learn how to do shorthand initialization of properties. See how to eliminate fully qualifying calls to public static methods of a type. See some of the new C# syntactical sugar features like digit separators. Experience new IDE features like quick fixes and code folding. See the smarter IntelliSense's supports for syntax highlighting and code completion. Explore the new modern refactoring tools available with the latest version of Visual Studio. Since the greatest amount of development time for C# and Visual Basic developers is spent working with Visual Studio, this session is aimed toward increasing developer productivity and enhancing the overall user experience.

10:00-10:30 AM    Break in Learning Engagement Center

10:30-11:30 AM    Breakout Sessions #8
If You Were Building Cengage Learning's Next Product, What Would It Look Like?
Elinor Gregory & Amanda Lyons, Cengage Learning, Mark Frydenberg, Bentley University, Steven Freund, University of Central Florida

Join authors Mark Frydenberg and Steven Freund, along with Cengage product development, to help us shape learning materials that are valuable to you and your students.  In developing the next generation of content (for Office, Adobe, and computing concepts, etc!), we need to know what improvements you would like to see.  We want to learn from you! Tell us more about ancillaries, margin call outs in print books, page count, testing solutions, and beyond.  If you could create our next product, what would it look like? Come and share!

Building CRM (Customer Relationship Management) With Your Students
John Daley, University of St. Thomas

The dirty word of the year is "attrition". The opposite of student success, attrition refers to students who fail to complete your class or, worse, drop out of school completely. Attrition results in disengaged students and closed doors. How do we minimize this deadly poison? Techniques that increase the connection between student and teacher are vital in an online environment, but they are equally relevant in a hybrid or residential environment as well. Finding ways to have your students communicate with you, and giving them relevant and helpful assistance, helps build a relationship with your students that is more accurate characterized as partners in learning. If students look at you as a coach or colleague, helping guide them through a pathway to learning that can be twisty at times, you are more likely to reach the finish line – accomplishing your learning objectives! Applying tools and techniques of CRM (Customer Relationship Management), you can increase student engagement in your class and help to prevent attrition, or better, promote student success! Using simple, widely available tools and techniques, learn how to build bonds with your students that helps connect them to your course material. Use free software tools to communicate more effectively with your students, even grappling with complex problems, asynchronously. Come and attend this entertaining and enlightening session that will help you build bridges to your students, improve your teaching effectiveness, and enrich the classroom experience for your students!

Learning to Type Before You Compute: Keyboarding Is Fundamental
Brian Joyner & Eric La Scola, Cengage Learning

Keyboarding continues to this day as a fundamental skill that cuts across every occupational role, irrespective of one’s “rank” in an organization, whether the organization is public, private, non-profit or governmental and persists even given advances in voice recognition and touch interfaces.  In short, to borrow from the largest U.S. children’s literacy non-profit organization (RIF) – we might say “Keyboarding is Fundamental”.   In this session, Brian Joyner and Eric La Scola will update you on Cengage Learning’s Keyboarding curriculum, from suggested teaching paths using our texts to the latest updates to the KPDO solution.  Plan on this being an open forum discussion where you’ll get “hands on” to experience the recent investments made in Keyboarding and, yes, even discuss the priority updates made to rectify known bugs in the KPDO product.  And if you are an existing Keyboarding/KPDO instructor, bring your login information for an opportunity to sign-in and navigate around KPDO!

Learning Through Earning: SAM and Digital Badging
Sandy Keeter & Melinda White, Seminole State College of Florida

Gamification and badging are HOT trends in industry and education. Badging provides clear goals with well-defined rules of engagement to ensure players feel empowered to achieve goals, builds a narrative that engages players to participate and achieve the goals of the activity, provides tasks that are challenging but achievable, and provides many short-term, achievable goals to maintain engagement. Melinda White and Sandy Keeter will demonstrate how they use SAM and Digital Badging in their Office Applications course to motivate students and increase user engagement. Attendees will learn how to create a badge, award badges, create a backpack to store earned badges, and how to share badges on social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Be a part of this exciting new trend by joining us and earning a participant badge!

Promoting Computer Science Through an Hour of Code
Mary Jo Geise & Helen Schneider, The University of Findlay

In February 2013, the non-profit organization grabbed attention with videos featuring tech legends and rock stars sharing their passion for coding. Their goal was simple: raise awareness of the looming shortage of programmers to meet the projected job growth, and the need to motivate students to pursue computer science education. The impact was unprecedented. Just 8 months after their launch, challenged the world to get 10 million people to try an “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week in December 2013. The goal was reached in 3 days, and the momentum continued. Over 41 million students, parents, teachers, and others have tried the hour of code as of August 2014. Fourteen states have changed policies to include computer science in their graduation requirements, and over 1.4 million have signed petitions supporting computer science in the public school curriculum. What makes the Hour of Code so successful? Can the momentum be sustained? Can a grass roots effort change the course of public education, and the fate of a technologically driven society? What factors make the Hour of Code initiative more successful than other efforts to increase awareness of programming? Why has so little been written in the traditional computer science journals about this need, and approach to solving the crisis in the computer industry? Let's explore the answers.

Redesign with Responsive Web Design and Dreamweaver Creative Cloud
Jessica Minnick, Pasco-Hernando State College & Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College

Warning: This session is only for instructors who are ready for excitement and cutting edge innovation. This presentation demonstrates responsive web design using Adobe Dreamweaver Creative Cloud. Rethink the stand-alone desktop website design and design a fluid website that adjusts to any screen size, on any device. With Dreamweaver Creative Cloud, your creative process becomes seamless, intuitive, and more connected to modern website development. This session will provide an overview of how to create a responsive website using Dreamweaver's fluid grid layout. Learn whether you should design for desktop or mobile first. Come see what's new in Dreamweaver Creative Cloud. Learn how to sync your files to the Creative Cloud! Presentation Goals: • Understand the need to design a website for the new, modern world • Demonstrate how a responsive website design works • Create a responsive web design with Dreamweaver's fluid grid layout • Showcase what's new in Dreamweaver Creative Cloud • Demonstrate how to sync files to the Creative Cloud.

SAM Skills for the New User (Lab)
Stephanie Albracht, Cengage Learning

If you are a new SAM 2013 user, this session is for you! Get started with SAM 2013 by successfully working through course creation, assignment set-up and scheduling, SAM Path, along with navigating through the gradebook features.  By the end of this hour long session, you will be confident in student registration and enrollment along with administering SAM to your classes.

Sound Pedagogies Online in Blended, Synchronous & Asynchronous Courses
Michael M. Grant, University of South Carolina

It can be a real bear sometimes when you teach online. It can seem like you're always “on.” The recent interest in online courses for underserved populations, such as accelerated programs and MOOCs, and blended learning approaches, such as flipped classrooms and weekend formats, has higher education faculty implementing teaching strategies that may in fact replicate stale classroom pedagogy. Worse yet, these strategies may not be tested, research-based, or well-designed. The purpose of this fast-paced session is to offer tried, tested, and researched strategies to teaching in blended and online courses. First, approaches to managing a course will be offered, including using groups or teams efficiently, implementing CSMs, and designing a modular syllabus for reuse. Next, research-based methods for implementing synchronous communications will be discussed. Tools like Adobe Connect and Wimba/Blackboard Collaborate will be discussed with tested tips for engaging students during synchronous sessions, such as whether to use handouts, fast-finger questions, and break outs. A slide deck of synchronous strategies will be available to download. Last, techniques for making asynchronous communications meaningful will be presented, including student expectations, discussion forums, email games, blogs & guest blogging, free flipped classroom tools like iSpring & Jing, wikis, and mobile devices.

Tools of Engagement: Structuring a Media Rich Online Course (Lab)
Michele Hampton-Pickett, Cuyahoga Community College

Rich media tools, thoughtful student interactions, and concept scaffolding underpin the successful use of technology in the online learning environment. Examples of these tools - avatars, narrated solved problems, digital storytelling, interactive online poster boards, YouTube and other instructional videos, remote polling - and how to properly incorporate them into any online course, whether it be fully online or blended will be presented. The session will include hands-on demonstrations and interactive questions and answers. Attendees will benefit because they will have an opportunity to see these tools in action and see how they can be taken back and incorporated into their own courses.

11:30-1:45 PM    Lunch & Keynote Session – Jack Andraka, National Geographic Emerging Explorer