2003 UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference
March 2729, Greensboro, NC
ADA and competency issues
Virtually all I attended were valuable in a number of different ways. In addition to the opportunities for "networking" I got several ideas about how to improve my teaching, how to improve overall campus TLT efforts, and other ideas as well. Lastly, It was very beneficial to talk with others about their current states of affairs.
The sessions that offered concrete examples of teaching with technology: two Flash presentations, weblogs, and SMIL. I thoroughly enjoyed this conference as it helped me see what other faculty are doing, and I was impressed by all the innovation and creativity. It was rewarding to talk with other faculty who really enjoy technology.
The workshops. I would think that there could be a variety of workships of various lengths varying from 2 hours to all day - depending on the topic and depth of coverage.
Aside from my own (which really was beneficial, since I rarely do this sort of thing & should do it more often), the single most valuable session was the Saturday workshop on WebQuests. The luncheon speaker on Friday was probably the second most beneficial, and the 3:30 Friday session on PDA use & MPEG-4 (separate presentations) was very helpful. I also found the poster sessions useful, particularly the poster about WebQuests.
Sharing learning objects Streaming video
The plenary sessions were very informative in providing an overview of the role of technology in teaching and learning.
Session by ECU on the Access Grid was very interesting.
All attended were valuable.
I particularly liked the round table discussion of ways to support use of technology by faculty. The video from NC State in the preconference was dynamite. I have already begun making my web pages more accessible fordiability compliance.
Sessions that covered practical mattters
Sessions on the uses of flash
Plenary speakers were both very informative Evaluation and assessment sessions Simulations Blackboard
It was my first TLT, and I enjoyed and learned so much. I liked having so many different sessions to choose from and the length was foo-20 mins. to 45 mins. each.
I enjoyed the sessions that had practical use value. I am always looking for ideas to use in the classroom. And what can I say . . . I loved my bag. First conference bag that I have ever used!
All - there was something to learn or take away in all the sessions I attended.
The copyright session was most helpful. All the sessions I attended were first-rate.
Very well-organized conference. Excellent choice of papers and sessions.
MERLOT sessions ... for faculty development. Best practices in Libraries ... to see what others are doing.
I especially enjoyed the workshop on creating a digital portfolio using Lectora Publisher. I like hands-on workshops because I learn better and that was a perfect format for all who were involved.
ADA regulations for web accessability by NC State group - Helps to know sites to check our organizations accessability
The legal advice - the two lawyers who spoke.
Everything I went to was beneficial - I don't think I can rank them.
Student computer requirement session. The topic is the current issue in many universities.
Animation, Video, Plenary
Anything and everthing on copyright (TEACH ACT) and intellectual property rights. Most campuses seem to be lagging behind in their approaches to dealing with digital works... it was important to hear what we should be doing in order to know what needs to be done.
Recognition and Reward for Technology in the Classroom. It provided ideas to get our faculty more motivated to use technology in the classroom and beyond.
Those focusing on online teaching and blackboard support.
ThE SESSION ON MY SPECIFIC DISCIPLINE. HOWEVER, THE SESSION WITH THE OVERALL GROUP WAS EXCELLENT. EVERYONE WAS INVOLVED AND ASKED TO HAVE INPUT.
Video Streaming on a Budget; MPEG-4 Sessions
discussion sessions and workshops
- TEACH ACT - Legal considerations for the use of copyrighted materials Usea fo Flash MX - Scott Brewster Lunch speaker on Friday Access Grid Streaming on a Budget
Intellectual Properties NC State's Networking in the Round (I liked and benefited from all the worshops I attended)
The lunch speaker that showed what The Unviersity of Michigan was doing with technology.
media collaboration -- gave some ideas and models for combining technology, arts, media in classroom and gave some ideas about ways that syudents could participate in technology linked projects
I realyy enjoyed the conference this year. As a first-time attendee, I was very impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed the guest speaker during the luncheon on Friday (he was from Michigan). He was very good! YOu should invite him back again.
Some 20 min. sessions were too short, it NCSU presentation using technology in zoology.
Many! PDA workshop gave new ideas. Session on accessibility also v. informative.
I enjoyed the Taking the Pulse of the Faculty presentation.
The over-all conference was such a wonderful opportunity for information sharing. I used it as an learning opportunity to find out more information on topics I had only heard about such as grid computing. We have several activities we are pursuiting that are a result of information learned at the conference. Keep up the good work. This is such an important conference for TLT in North Carolina. Well done!
The ones related to using technology in my classroom
Friday Multimedia project from zoologists at NC State. Introduced me to methods, design and equipment that I will need for my own upcoming multimedia project.
Laura Rogers e-learning sessions but they were too short. We just got started and the discussion had to end.
I'm particulary interested in sessions that continue to promote inquiry, research, writing, and publication. Emphasis on applied knowledge in also welcomed and appreciated.
The WebCT session followed by the WebCT interest group was the most valuable to me. I enjoyed meeting others who are using WebCT and hearing their successes and failures. The additional sessions on using multimedia in the classroom and in distance ed was ver beneficial in that this is an area I am promoting on my own campus.
The sessions on innovative use of online threaded discussion lists. Sessions on academic integrity. Sessions on accessibility.
This was my first TLT conference ever, so it's hard to pick the most beneficial session. However, I must say that the Saturday workshop helped me tremendously. I began revising my Blackboard site on the web even before the workshop ended. As a result of the conference, I plan to revise my Blackboard courses completely this summer. I came home elated and fired up. Thanks to all of you who worked so hard to make this so easy for the rest of us.
The sessions on the use of discussion boards were most beneficial to me. I found vrious ways that I can use them in my classes. The workshop and session on Computational Science were very useful. I plan to use them in my mathematics classes. I also found the session on MERLOT useful. I hope to be able to take advantage of the opportunities offered by MERLOT to publish electronically in the future.
The first opening,general, pre conference workshop. Poorly done.
The Flash presentation by Scott Brewster was the most beneficial for me. He gave a background on Flash and then showed great examples of how to incorporate Flash into face-to-face and online courses.
Deborah Bosley's Saturday Hands-On Workshop on web site design was very well and professionally presented.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday workshop, "Designing Usable Learning Web Sites: From Text to Task". As a DL instructor/trainer, I found this workshop full of very interesting, useful information. I have already shared much of it with my faculty and friends.
IG sessions and Bob King's session. IG because we got to talk among ourselves. Bob's because it was insightful and thought provoking I also liked the 25 minute format for faculty presentations. They hit the high spots and if someone had questions, they could talk with the speaker later.
Overall I enjoy sessions that present the simpler and less expensive concepts, ideas, and methods that improve the use of instructional technologies.
The presentations that gave a brief overview of the technologies used. For example App State's Streaming media presentation
Those relating to Multimedia, flash, pedagogy, also the hanbds-on workshop on 3-d imaging was excellent.
My own session. I got to present my own work and receive comments. I also heard a presentation of other similar work. Mine was the last session on Friday and included two papers comparing distance education and traditional learning results.
I found this conference to be extremely useful and interesting. On Saturday I attended the workshop about text--very helpful! I enjoyed learning more about Web CT and possibilities for libraries.
Collaboration between UNC Libraries in developing/sharing a web-based Information Literacy tutorial. We are currently undertaking a similar project so it was helpful to hear how this project was developed.
Loved both plenary speakers- food for thought. Faculty sharing innovative ideas.
I really enjoyed the 45 minute sessions on various topics, especially where more than one person talked. Issues such as web portal development and academic integrity, were timely. And I very much enjoyed the opportunity to hear from teaching faculty as well as other librarians. Although many sessions weren't "how to" sessions for me to take back and implement in my library, some of the ideas and concepts will translate well. Plus, now I feel that I have a better understanding of what the teaching faculty on my campus want and need, and I can bring that discussion to meetings within my library, to try to provide some of that support.
The workshop that I attended was very useful in allowing hands-on participation. I selected the seminars carefully for two basic reasons: 1. to increase my basic knowledge and my understaning of the vocabulary/language in this area and, 2. to find or gain useful ideas that I might be able implement in my teaching/courses or use to develop useful materials for my classes. I was very happy with the outcome and information that I received. The growth curve was very steep. I also had useful and beneficial conversations with other attendees.
The Saturday sessions were great because of the small group, hands-on instruction. Also, I like the sessions where the speaker actually gives some information vs. asking everyone to brainstorm or share their experiences for the bulk of the time. That always seems lazy to me. I am there to get the benfit of the speakers experience and knowledge not to spend 40- 80% of my time listening to other people tell what they are doing. This type of information can be collected via a survey. Group talk activities can supplement, but they should not form the core of a presentation or it is not a presentation. If group talk is the core, it needs to be very plainly stated in the presentation description as a round-table or open forum. One presenter asked about 7 questions for the audience to generate responses. She gave a VERY brief response after we answered each question. That was the whole presentation. Good grief! I got nothing from this. I also liked the poster sessions but some folks had no handouts. Poster sessions in particular demand a handout or I feel, the presenter is there mainly to put the activity on his or her resume. I mean how much can we absorb and take away from something like that without a reference for later? Informative not outline handouts (paper or electronic) should be required for all presentations and poster sessions. Finally, the recognition of the corporate sponsors was nice along with them doing presentations on their products. I did not attend any sponsor sessions, but they were great to include.
I found the information on copyright issues was very useful and beneficial. I can share the information with students and use it professionally.
All of Laura Roger's sessions were very good. I'm sorry there wasn't more time for discussion in all of them.
I was especially impressed with Sallie Lawrence's Flash animations presentation. It was practical, something faculty can learn on their own, and useful to students.
The hands-on workshops were most beneficial to me. Being able to actually see how the technology works and trying to utilize the hardware and software are most beneficial.
sharing online teaching experiences/needs