Tech Talks

October 19, 2016

About

Higher education has been the epicenter of technological innovation for centuries; as these technologies have been adopted on campuses, education has evolved in profound ways. Join us for Tech Talks, as we drive the discussion of information and instructional technologies in higher education forward through talks, demonstrations, and poster sessions.

Venue

The Instructional Technology Committee and the Office of Information Technology invite Auburn University Faculty, IT Professionals, and all employees and students to share ideas about and discuss the future of technology in higher education.

Tech Talks will take place at the center of the Auburn University campus in the Student Center.  30-minute talks will be in rooms 2222/2223.  Small group demos and poster sessions will be in the ballroom on the third level.

Schedule

Talks - Student Center 2222/2223

Talks will be 15-20 minutes followed by a short question and answer session.

9:00 a.m.

Keynote Address

Jim O'Connor, Chief Information Officer
Discuss the challenges and opportunities Higher Education will face over the next few years and open the floor for questions.
9:30 a.m.

The Food Defense Working Group - Securing the Food Supply Through Research, Teaching and Outreach

Robert Norton, Professor (Poultry Science)
“Food defense” has become an increasingly important subject in the age of global terrorism. The average consumer assumes the U.S food supply is safe.  A terrorist attack on a key food could have a magnification effect, causing people to become sick and not to trust the U.S. food supply. The Food Defense Working Group consists of Subject Matter Experts in multiple disciplines that look for threats and vulnerabilities, transmitting solutions through education, instruction and training.
10:00 a.m.

Digital Color & Graphics: More Than Meets the Eye

John Hartley & Tyler Weldon, IT Specialists (ACES-Ag)
A discussion on selecting digital imagery and color for use in educational media with an informed view of psychological and subliminal implications, as well as accessibility. Attendees will learn how to select graphics and colors that will best communicate their instructional message.
10:30 a.m.

Break

Short break to stretch your legs or visit the poster/small group sessions in the Ballroom.
10:45 a.m.

Ditch the Desktop and Embrace the App Life

Phil Forrest, IT Manager (COSAM)
Higher Education is perhaps the most difficult environment in which to efficiently deliver IT services due to the broad spectrum of user types, system architectures, and network connectivity environments. Historically, HigherEd users were trapped in their desktops, forever bound to their paradigm of "Windows, Mac, or Linux". This lecture will demonstrate that the desktop is archaic and that user choice, productivity, and team collaboration can be amplified by endpoint agnostic App delivery.
11:15 a.m.

Digital Note Taking

Ashley Burt, IT Director (VetMed)
This session will show examples of how students and faculty can use the OneNote application to replace paper notes.  More importantly, this session will show why you should consider making a change.  I will use examples from my personal use of the OneNote application over the last 7 years as well as how I teach the students at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) to use it.  All of the students at the CVM use OneNote on a daily basis.
11:45 a.m.

Poster Sessions

Attendees are encouraged to visit the poster sessions in the Student Center Ballroom.
12:45 p.m.

Copyright, Ethics, and Online Education

Jane Kuehne, Associate Professor (Curriculum & Teaching)
The purpose of this talk is to open the door for thought and consideration about copyright and ethics in our online teaching practices. The focus is to provide a (brief) overview of copyright law as it relates to online teaching, pose ethical questions about online teaching practices, and provide suggestions for future thought and implementation.
1:15 p.m.

Using Office Mix to Enhance Student Engagement and Interaction In and Outside Class

Ameya Kolarkar, Lecturer (Physics)
The use of Office Mix (a PPT plugin that enables video making with embedded quizzes, essays, surveys, simulations) at Auburn University has made it possible to easily incorporate interactive video modules in class, and has shown to be more effective in transfer of concepts and course material to and from the students. It can be used collaboratively by faculty and has excellent analytics tools that enable educators to learn more about students’ study habits and thus get feedback on engagement and the learning process.
1:45 p.m.

Securing Research Data and Meeting New Government Standards

William Miaoulis, Information Security Officer (CIO)
Many government contracts are defining data security obligations to include directing contractors to implement security controls consistent with NIST 800-171 “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Non federal Information Systems and Organizations."   This session will review the 14 security requirements which provide the basic security requirements contractors need to employ to meet the standard.  
2:15 p.m.

Break

Short break to stretch your legs or visit the poster/small group sessions in the Ballroom
2:30 p.m.

Using Computer Games to Teach and Demonstrate Time Management, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Robin Jaffe, Associate Professor (Theatre)
Using several freely available computer games to classes. Programs which are fun and easy to understand, they help to develop skills for time management, critical thinking and problem solving. By utilizing an enjoyable, familiar, and popular arena that students are already adept in, the groundwork is laid for students to take a fresh look and find inspiration and insight from elements of their lives that have been previously overlooked.
3:00 p.m.

Research Computing at Auburn: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed

Nick Giordano, Dean (COSAM)
The computing resources essential for state of the art research continue to evolve at a rapid rate. Current high performance computers are parallel computers with many thousands of processors and considerable infrastructure for data storage and connectivity to the web. I will describe the "community cluster computer" model that has been implemented at many research universities, including Auburn, and discuss the impact these computing facilities will have on our campus in the future.

Small Groups/Demos - Student Center Ballroom

Two demo areas will be located in the Ballroom with sessions overlapping every 15 minutes. Many of the demos will be done twice, so please review the schedule below.

Small Group/Demo Area 1

9:45 a.m.

Iterative Physical and Digital Modeling

Valerie Friedmann, Assistant Professor (Architecture)
This session demonstrates the creative potential of translating physical objects to 3D digital models via photogrammetry software, which generates 3D models by inferring measurements from photographs. The author will demonstrate the use of free software, AutoDesk 123D Catch, to create a digital model of a handcrafted model. This technique is useful for those interested in the creative potential of capturing and editing the material properties of a physical object in a digital environment.
10:15 a.m.

Using iClicker and REEF Polling in the classroom

Stacey Powell, IT Specialist (Liberal Arts)
If you are interested in a student response system for your class, the CLA IT Group recommends and supports iClicker and REEF Polling. This session will showcase the features and options for each, as well as share best practices with faculty for use in the classroom.
10:45 a.m.

Using Social Media to Teach "Scholarship as Conversation"

Toni Carter, Librarian (Library)
One could describe social media as a “disruptive” technology or innovation. It has been the driving force behind political revolutions, and has transformed our notion of privacy. Within higher education it continues to alter the landscape of scholarly dissemination. This discussion will share a pedagogical approach to introducing students to the concept of "scholarly conversations" by utilizing their familiarity with social media.
11:15 a.m.

Padlet for Teaching

Lindsay Doukopoulos, Assistant Director (Biggio Center)
A demonstration of the collaborative sharing application Padlet. This will be an active demo where users complete a series of challenges in order to learn the software and brainstorm applications for using it in their own personal, professional, and pedagogical lives. In the Q & A that follows we will discuss ideas for using it in the classroom.
1:15 p.m.

Keeping your Home Network Safe - " In Layman's Terms " Not for the IT Expert

Scott Kirkland, IT Specialist (OIT)
This small group includes hands on with a home router and explaining in layman’s terms what a IP address is and how you can use free products such as Open DNS Family Shield and that most Larger Internet Service Providers offer Anti-Virus with Parenting controls for computers. I would like to show the audience different resources they can use to help them with such subjects.
1:45 p.m.

Using iClicker and REEF Polling in the classroom

Stacey Powell, IT Specialist (Liberal Arts)
If you are interested in a student response system for your class, the CLA IT Group recommends and supports iClicker and REEF Polling. This session will showcase the features and options for each, as well as share best practices with faculty for use in the classroom.
2:15 p.m.

Debunking the myths of Active Learning: A Pharmacist Patient Counseling Course Experience

Kimberly Garza, Assistant Professor (Health Outcomes Research & Policy)
Active learning is often not implemented because of fear of not being able to cover ‘all’ the content. Using Miller’s Pyramid of Assessment (Knows, Knows How, Shows How, and Does) as a guide we successfully balanced foundational knowledge acquisition with knowledge transfer/application to teach patient counseling in a first year Doctor of Pharmacy course. Additionally, we discovered the value of instructor reflection for improvement.
2:45 p.m.

Making Your Websites Accessible

Mark Bransby & Scott Renner, Website Accessibility Specialists
TBA
3:15 p.m.

Introduction to Zoom

Rusty Presley, IT Specialist (ACES-Ag)
Introduction to and overview of Zoom. Zoom is a HIPAA compliant collaboration platform that unifies video conferencing, simple on-line meetings, group messaging, and web conferencing. Zoom integrates with Canvas for simplified, secure interaction with students, or can be used outside of Canvas for any global collaboration/e-meeting needs you may have. Zoom will replacing the ACES Scopia System that many have used after December 2016.

Small Group/Demo Area 2

10:00 a.m.

Using VoiceThread to make online classes more interactive

Brittany Larkin, Assistant Professor (Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology)
This presentation will demonstrate how to use the cloud based presentation tool VoiceThread to make online instruction more interactive. VoiceThread allow you to upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos making the online lecture more like a face to face one.
10:30 a.m.

Debunking the myths of Active Learning: A Pharmacist Patient Counseling Course Experience

Kimberly Garza, Assistant Professor (Health Outcomes Research & Policy)
Active learning is often not implemented because of fear of not being able to cover ‘all’ the content. Using Miller’s Pyramid of Assessment (Knows, Knows How, Shows How, and Does) as a guide we successfully balanced foundational knowledge acquisition with knowledge transfer/application to teach patient counseling in a first year Doctor of Pharmacy course. Additionally, we discovered the value of instructor reflection for improvement.
11:00 a.m.

Making Your Websites Accessible

Mark Bransby & Scott Renner, Website Accessibility Specialists
TBA
11:30 a.m.

Introduction to Zoom

Rusty Presley, IT Specialist (ACES-Ag)
Introduction to and overview of Zoom. Zoom is a HIPAA compliant collaboration platform that unifies video conferencing, simple on-line meetings, group messaging, and web conferencing. Zoom integrates with Canvas for simplified, secure interaction with students, or can be used outside of Canvas for any global collaboration/e-meeting needs you may have. Zoom will replacing the ACES Scopia System that many have used after December 2016.
1:30 p.m.

Beyond Graphic Processing: Uses of Advanced Gaming Technology in Enterprise Applications

Computer Gaming Club, Auburn Students
Reviewing the benefits of graphical display in massively parallel processing from exoplanet searches to metadata parsing.
2:00 p.m.

Using Social Media to Teach "Scholarship as Conversation"

Toni Carter, Librarian (Library)
One could describe social media as a “disruptive” technology or innovation. It has been the driving force behind political revolutions, and has transformed our notion of privacy. Within higher education it continues to alter the landscape of scholarly dissemination. This discussion will share a pedagogical approach to introducing students to the concept of "scholarly conversations" by utilizing their familiarity with social media.
2:30 p.m.

Using VoiceThread to make online classes more interactive

Brittany Larkin, Assistant Professor (Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology)
This presentation will demonstrate how to use the cloud based presentation tool VoiceThread to make online instruction more interactive. VoiceThread allow you to upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos making the online lecture more like a face to face one.
3:00 p.m.

Padlet for Teaching

Lindsay Doukopoulos, Assistant Director (Biggio Center)
A demonstration of the collaborative sharing application Padlet. This will be an active demo where users complete a series of challenges in order to learn the software and brainstorm applications for using it in their own personal, professional, and pedagogical lives. In the Q & A that follows we will discuss ideas for using it in the classroom.

Posters - Student Center Ballroom

Most posters will be available throughout the day and their presenters may be available for discussion at different points in the day. All presenters have been asked to be available near their posters from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

3D Active-Learning Design Laboratory

Yasser Gowayed, Professor (Mechanical Engineering)
Design is a complex task that typically involves a number of teams who have to communicate with each other across the room or across the globe. It is important to help our engineering students hone-in their communication skills and be able to effectively present their design ideas through diverse mediums across distances. To this end, a new approach was implemented utilizing an EASL2Go grant.

aub.ie - Auburn's Short URL Generator

Alex Carter, IT Specialist (OIT)
Demo how to use the aub.ie system, discuss appropriate use, and field questions & feature requests.

Auburn Online: Reimagine Learning With Refined Design & Engaging Content to Support Student Success

Shawndra Bowers, Instructional Designer (Auburn Online)
As the dedicated online education unit for the Office of the Provost, we provide value-added services to help colleagues design, develop, market, support, and evaluate online courses and programs that are engaging, high-quality, and demand-driven. During this poster, we will share a variety of online projects that have been created for non-credit courses and in support of for-credit courses across several disciplines that meet the particular needs of diverse learners, faculty, and departments.

Campus Web Solutions

Erica Seymore, IT Specialist (Campus Web Solutions)
Promote CWS as a option for University departments and individuals for their web presence needs.

Cloud Storage Using Microsoft OneDrive

Darrell Crutchley, IT Specialist (Liberal Arts)
This poster will demonstrate how Faculty, Staff and Students can use OneDrive for Business for (1) sharing documents with others and collaborating using web-based tools, and (2) providing a secure, backed up cloud storage space for important files.

Eportfolios in Core Composition and Literature: Web Design to Enhance Reflection and Collaboration

Willam Simkins, Lecturer (English)
To provide my core composition and literature students opportunities to collaborate, to enhance their active learning experience, to create context to ground and inspire their learning, and to encourage them to reflect on their own learning, I have incorporated web platforms and design to bring eportfolio assignments into the class.

Media and Digital Resource Lab - How Can We Help You?

Chris Mixon, IT Specialist (Library)
The Media and Digital Resource Laboratory (MDRL) at RBD Library is here to help AU students and faculty create and use multimedia materials in class assignments, projects and scholarly research. By providing access to the latest multimedia hardware and software and on-site technical expertise, the MDRL has become a centerpiece of creating and learning through technology at the Library. We work one on one to help make your ideas a reality and hopefully teach the technology along the way.

The Learning Glass @ Auburn University

Roland DeWitt, Media Production Specialist (Provost)
The Learning Glass Studio at Auburn University is a multi-purpose, innovative, and adaptive learning environment. Its main purpose is to enhance student engagement by allowing the instructor to be seen while interactive content is being delivered as overlays in the form of graphics, video content, PowerPoint, etc. The resulting video recording is a unique visual learning experience that enhances overall student engagement.

Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom

Tina Gilbert, Assistive Technologies Specialist (Office of Accessibility)
The goal of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is to proactively design courses to ensure they are educationally accessible regardless of learning style, physical or sensory abilities. UDL principles are used to help make classroom instruction more accessible to all students. The key principles of UDL include flexibility, simple and intuitive instruction, multiple means of presentation, success oriented curriculum, appropriate level of student effort, and appropriate environment for learning.

Use of Digital Badges to Recognize and Encourage Informal Learning

Asim Ali, Project Manager for University Initiatives (Provost & VP Academic Affairs)
This session will be a discussion on the growing use of digital badges, Auburn's adoption of the Credly platform to issue digital badges, and the process that Auburn colleagues can use to issue digital badges.

What is an EASL anyway? Examples of Innovative Learning Spaces at Auburn University

Wiebke Kuhn, IT Manager (Liberal Arts)
The poster session will provide definition, visual examples, technology and furnishing details and the rationale for Auburn University's commitment to active learning through its investment in EASL = Engaged and Active Student Learning spaces.

Sponsors

Canvas by Instructure

From day one, Canvas has been built on openness. Building on the foundation laid by pioneering, forward-thinking open educators, we launched our open platform in 2011 with the goal to make teaching and learning easier. And, thanks in part to an open API and open data and open content, we've been able to do just that. May "open" is a buzzword in the education world today, but for us it's been the very beating heart of what we do all along.

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Campus Web Solutions

Campus Web Solutions is a cost recovery unit that develops custom web and mobile solutions for the diverse needs of the Auburn University community. The bulk of labor comes from co-op and part-time student workers under the guidance and supervision of several full-time University employees who have expertise in various technology-related fields. As a unit of the User Services department within the Office of Information Technology, CWS strives to maintain a productive, customer-first attitude. The OIT administration strongly believes in the CWS mission (see below) and generously covers the lion’s share of the group’s costs, leaving only part of the student developers’ salaries. All income by CWS is used to pay this remaining balance.

Campus Web Solutions website

Panopto

The video platform for training, teaching, and presenting. Panopto makes it easy to record video presentations, manage your existing video files, and stream your video content to any device.

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Siteimprove

Siteimprove products remove the manual task of finding website errors while helping teams create a strong content strategy through insightful analytics data. Offered as Software as a Service (SaaS), our tools are scalable and used by both small start-up companies and large Fortune 500 companies - a web governance solution for all.

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Tiger Dining

Our mission is to enhance the Auburn experience by providing a wide variety of fresh, flavorful foods throughout campus. Whether you're dining at one of our buffets or eating at your favorite fast casual restaurant, you'll find just what you want here at Auburn!

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