Teaching with Technology Symposia (formerly Laptop Pedagogy Symposia)

At the end of each semester, you are invited to attend the Teaching with Technolgy Symposium,which features three presentations by faculty members. This event is announced via email when the time is nearing. You can register to attend the symposium in the same way you register for other CRLT and OTEI offerings.

Upcoming Symposium

Spring 2011 Teaching with Technology Symposium
Tuesday, May 10 *** 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. *** Location TBD


Previous Symposia

Fall 2010 Teaching with Technology Symposium
Tuesday, December 14 *** 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. *** B03 Holtzendorff Hall

PRESENTERS: Harrison Kisner (Department of Sociology), Randy Nichols (Department of English/Rhetoric, Communication, and Information Design Program), and Arlene Stewart (Student Disability Services)

Harrison Kisner presented his experience in using his iPad to teach in class rather than lugging his laptop to class or using a classroom podium computer. He discussed both the advantages and disadvantages of the iPad. One clear advantage of the iPad is the light-weight, small bag that he uses to carry everything he needs to class. Imagining walking across campus with only the L. L. Bean personal organizer that Kisner uses brought appreciative nods from the audience members who lug their laptops hither and yon, even if they do have a rolling bag. Kisner also demonstrated several apps that he uses to project his class materials located in Blackboard. The biggest disadvantage of the iPad seemed to be the instability of the connection and the length of time it takes to get where you want to be. Kisner explained that he logs into Blackboard and goes into his course while still in his office; that way, when he gets to class, he can get to the online materials much faster. If he is bumped out (and that does happen sometimes), the iPad must have the visited pages cached because they come up quickly when he re-enters Blackboard. Overall, Kisner is happy with his use of the iPad in class and looks forward to trying new apps that may be better than those he found initially.

Randy Nichols presented his and his students’ use of multimedia in the Cultural Literacies Across Media (CLAM) program. CLAM students learn how to understand their international experience and present it to the world using multimedia. Nichols had the audience laughing out loud as he showed examples of his multimedia autobiography that he uses to introduce himself to his students. The lightheartedness of the autobiography serves multiple purposes, not the least of which is to demonstrate how students might creatively interject humor into their reflections on their study abroad experience. To see students’ videos, go to http://www.youtube.com/clemsonoia. The students also use a blog called CLAM Soup to document their experiences abroad. Those entries are at http://clammysoup.blogspot.com/. Nichols shared his favorite links to helpful sites through his Delicious site: http://www.delicious.com/randynickatnite. One of his favorites is morgueFile, a 10-lesson class on taking better photographs: http://www.morguefile.com/docs/Classroom.

Arlene Stewart discussed universal design and the technology that is available to help faculty make course materials accessible for students. While Stewart talked, Martha Ervin, who works for Disability Services, demonstrated how a captionist works to bring audio content to hard of hearing students. The audience could see projected what the student would see on his or her laptop during class: the instructor’s slides on one side of the screen and the audio as text typed by the captionist on the other side of the screen. Audience members commented that many students would benefit from this technology, not just those who are hard of hearing. And that’s the point of universal design: the product is inherently accessible to the able-bodied as well as the disabled. The product has no barriers that preclude some from using it. This spring, Stewart joins others in co-mentoring a creative inquiry team that plans to use universal design principles in the development of a new instructor’s station for technology-enriched classrooms. The project will continue for at least two semesters and is the collaborative effort of the School of Computing, School of Architecture, Department of Industrial Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Psychology, and CCIT. For more information about the creative inquiry team, contact Barbara Weaver (weaver2@clemson.edu) or Chuck Heck (heck@clemson.edu).

Refreshments were provided courtesy of i>Clicker.

Spring 2010 Teaching with Technology Symposium
Tuesday, May  *** 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. *** B03 Holtzendorff Hall

PRESENTERS: Neil Calkin (Department of Mathematical Sciences), Brian Bolt (Department of Animal and Veterinary Science), and Sab Babu (School of Computing)

Neil Calkin discussed the difficulties inherent in getting the context right when teaching, both with old and new technologies.

Brian Bolt explained how he is applying the results of his research on student engagement. For example, his students vote on how they want to learn: high tech day, mainstream tech day, or an unplugged day.

Sab Babu presented a snapshot of two projects in the use of virtual environments: first, a 3D simulation called VR-EPI that can be used in training health care workers in the five moments of hand washing and, second, a research project in the use of interactive virtual humans to teach social conversational protocols in a foreign culture. 

Refreshments were provided courtesy of i>Clicker.

Fall 2009 Teaching with Technology Symposium
Tuesday, December 15 *** 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. *** B03 Holtzendorff Hall

PRESENTERS: Juan Gilbert (College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences), Nancy Meehan (nursing) and Roy Pargas (College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences), and Bob Barcelona (College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences). Abstracts for each presentation will be available in November.

Juan Gilbert presented his work in developing intelligent tutoring systems that incorporate culture and a game-like interface. He created the MISL (Multiple Instructor Single Learner) Model and described his work in this area as well as the impact it is having.

Nancy Meehan and Roy Pargas presented the progress of their creative inquiry team's development of a modified electronic medical record program modeled after a social networking system (Facebook). The intent of the creative inquiry is to develop a tool that eases the transition of nursing students from the academic environment to the clinical practice realm.

Bob Barcelona discussed the use of wikis as platforms for collaborative learning, and shared his experiences developing a wiki-based project for use in an online graduate course in youth development leadership. His presentation covered the project's objectives, the rationale for using a wiki, student successes, areas for improvement, and potential changes for the future.

Refreshments were provided courtesy of i>Clicker.

Spring 2009 Teaching with Technology Symposium 
Tuesday, May 5 *** 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. *** B03 Holtzendorff Hall

This semester's event expanded to include presentations by two of the three faculty who received Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Seed Grant awards. 

Teaching with Technology-Melanie Cooper (Engineering and Science Education and Chemistry); Elisa Sparks (English), Ken Weaver (School of Computing), Jim Witte (Graduate School and Sociology); Jeff Adelberg (Horticulture)

CI Seed Grant Awards-Dan Warner and Marilyn Reba (both Mathematical Sciences and Betty Baldwin (Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management)

Melanie Cooper presented OrganicPad, a web-based chemistry tool that is designed to work with tablet PCs and allows instructors to assess students' digital ink submissions and track common errors. She discussed the benefits OrganicPad offers chemistry instructors. Sam Bryfczynski, an undergraduate student in the School of Computing, is developing OrganicPad under the direction of Cooper and Roy Pargas.

Elisa Sparks, Ken Weaver, and Jim Witte presented their progress in the development of Second Life projects. Sparks showed Woolf World that students in Jan Holmevik's visual communication classes are developing. Weaver discussed the work his creative inquiry team is doing with Larry Hodges in Second Life research. Jim Witte showed the Graduate School's island and discussed plans for more development of the island.

Jeff Adelberg presented his work to develop an application for handheld devices that horticulture students can use to complete plant material tours on campus, in the SC Botanical Garden, and other locations. In a creative inquiry section this spring, MessageGrid was adopted for the full color plant id portfolios that course students are responsible to construct. In fall semester, MessageGrid will be populated by course students during outdoor labs using a custom application developed by Roy Pargas (School of Computing) and his graduate student Kyungsoo Im.

Cynthia Haynes and Jan Holmevik (both English) provided a brief overview of a new initiative called Gaming Across the Curriculum.

Break-Refreshments were provided by i>Clicker.

Dan Warner and Marilyn Reba explained their CI project through which a creative inquiry team creates math solutions as vodcasts available for the general public via iTunes U and struggling students in Clemson math classes create vodcasts that demonstrate correctly solving problems they have struggled to understand for students in math classes at Tri-County Technical College.

Betty Baldwin explained her CI project to develop an Open Parks Grid. A recent workshop with representatives from Clemson and four national parks in the southeast region, as well as the director and representatives from the National Park Service (NPS) regional office, provided an opportunity to better define the Open Parks Grid and develop some next steps toward a pilot project with the NPS.

Fall 2008 Teaching with Technology Symposium  
Tuesday, December 16 *** 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. *** 119 McAdams Hall

Steve Bronack (School of Ed); Paris Stringfellow (Industrial Engineering); Jeff Appling (Undergraduate Studies and Chemistry), Barbara Weaver (CRLT), and Jan Lay (Teaching and Learning Services)

Steve Bronack presented his teaching in virtual worlds such as Activeworlds and Qwaq. He explained the differences between the most popular virtual worlds and his preferences based on his pedagogical purpose for using a virtual world.

Paris Stringfellow described the process she used to develop a distance program for a master's degree in industrial engineering. She also talked about the technology that she and others are using and commented on her experience with it.

Jeff Appling, Barbara Weaver, and Jan Lay presented their use of comic strips (free Web-based applications) with their STS, contemporary literature, and CU 101 students. They showed examples and provided student comments about their experience creating comic strips to fulfill assignments.

Refreshments were provided by i>Clicker.

Spring 2008 Teaching with Technology Symposium
Tuesday, May 5 *** 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. *** B03 Holtzendorff

Alexey Vertegel (bioengineering) and Kathy Hoellen (Teaching and Learning Services); Elisa Sparks (English), Jan Holmevik (English), Ken Weaver (School of Computing), and Barbara Weaver (Teaching and Learning Services); Gail Ring (ePortfolio-Undergraduate Studies).

Alexey Vertegel and Kathy Hoellen presented Prof. Vertegel's use of Apple's Podcast Producer to capture his lectures and to make them available to students as podcasts. They also provided student comments on their experience, and Ms. Hoellen gave an update on video technology.

Elisa Sparks, Jan Holmevik, Bill Surver, and Ken Weaver explained their plans to use Second Life in creative inquiry and class, as well as provided information about the best educational sites they've found in Second Life. Barbara Weaver provided information about training and support for faculty who want to explore the possibilities of teaching in Second Life.

Gail Ring presented the assignment she gives her students to create a video public service announcement, which can be included in a student's ePortfolio and made available in a variety of ways, such as iTunes U, to share with others. She also explained how she assesses these videos.

Refreshments were served.

Fall 2007 Teaching with Technology Symposium
Dedication of the Holtzendorff Teaching with Technology Experimental Classroom ("The Sandbox Classroom")
Tuesday, December 18 *** 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. *** B03 Holtzendorff

The event began with the dedication of the Holtzendorff Teaching with Technology Experimental Classroom. Erin Woodbury from HP presented Jan Murdoch, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, with the HP Technology for Teaching Award. The plaque is displayed in the classroom.

Bill Surver (biological sciences), Kelly Smith (philosophy and religion) and Johannes Schmidt (German), Marilyn Reba (mathematical science), Nancy Meehan (nursing) and Roy Pargas (School of Computing).

Bill Surver, Kelly Smith, and Johannes Schmidt participated in a panel discussion on their uses of pod/vodcasts in iTunes U.

Marilyn Reba updated us on the HP Tablet Grant and her research of inking in calculus classes

Nancy Meehan and Roy Pargas, who joined Nancy and the rest of us from the Philippines, demonstrated the new evaluation tool in MessageGrid that makes grading online discussions easier and faster.

Refreshments were served.

Spring 2007 Teaching with Technology Symposium
Tuesday, May 8 *** 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. *** M205 Martin Hall

Cindy Pury (psychology) and Jon Hoskin (Client Support), Cynthia Haynes (English) and Jan Holmevik (English), and Barbara Weaver (Teaching and Learning Technologies). 

Cindy Pury and Jon Hoskin presented their work on Community of Undergraduate Journals Online (CUJO) and explained how faculty and students in other disciplines might publish creative inquiry and other research results in CUJO. 

Cynthia Haynes and Jan Holmevik presented their use of Second Life and other virtual reality programs with their students and their thoughts on the pedagogical opportunities and challenges these programs offer.

Barbara Weaver provided an update on Clemson's Podcasting (iTunes U) Pilot and explained when and how additional faculty and staff can participate. Some faculty already selected to participate in the pilot were available to share their plans and to answer questions.

Refreshments were served.

Fall 2006 Teaching with Technology Community
Tuesday, December 19 *** 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. *** M205 Martin Hall

Marilyn Reba (mathematical sciences), Teddi  Fishman (English), and Renee Roux (CU legal counsel) 

Marilyn Reba, who was awarded an HP grant to research the impact of inking on students' learning of math, presented how she and three other instructors made use of 21 HP tablets with students in their MTHSC 101 classes fall 2006 and her plans for spring semester 2007. 

Teddi Fishman presented her use of a wiki to serve as both a dynamic repository of knowledge and to connect different cohorts of MAPC (Master of Professional Communication) students. In recognition of her innovative project, she was selected to be Clemson University's nominee for the 2007 Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology that will be awarded at the 18th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in April.

Renee Roux discussed the legal issues around podcasting and the development of Clemson's related policies and processes.

Refreshments were served.

Spring 2006 Teaching with Technology Symposium
Tuesday, May 9 *** 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. *** M205 Martin Hall (the newest SCALE-UP room)

Melanie Cooper (chemistry), Jeff Adelberg (horticulture),, Jeremy Tzeng (biological sciences), Roy Pargas (computer science), Rose Martinez-Dawson (experimental statistics), Chris Doehling (digital production arts graduate student), Chris Peters (College of Education), and Barbara Weaver (Educational Technology Services)

Melanie Cooper, Jeff Adelberg, and Jeremy Tzeng presented the results of their spring semester classroom testing of iClicker, the audience response system the university-wide task force has decided to recommend.. Audience members had an opportunity to use the clickers to respond to questions. Please note that iClicker is a different system from the Response Innovations system that Profs. Cooper and Amy Pope demonstrated at the Fall 2005 Teaching with Technology Symposium. Roy Pargas also briefly demonstrated MessageGrid, which provides a virtual clicker for those who prefer a laptop solution.

Rose Martinez-Dawson focused on the development and use of 3D movies, created in conjunction with Clemson graduate students in digital production arts, to illustrate concepts in introductory statistics. Chris Doehling's presentation showcased other DPA projects. Together these presentations may prompt some additional ideas that make good use of DPA student talent and can enhance teaching and learning.

Chris Peters explained what podcasting is and the pedagogical benefits of using podcasts.  He also demonstrated how simple it is to create podcasts and prepare them for uploading.  Barbara Weaver provided an update on Clemson's iTunes U selection and explained how interested faculty can participate.

Refreshments were served.

Laptop Pedagogy Symposia

Fall 2005 Laptop Pedagogy Symposium
Tuesday, December 20 *** 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. *** M205 Martin Hall

Barbara Heifferon (English), Melanie Cooper (chemistry), Amy Pope (physics), and Brian Dean (computer science)

Barbara Heifferon showcased the bilingual health project that her students undertook as a service-learning project. The students had to use a wide range of technology to design and develop publications used to help the Spanish-speaking population of South Carolina communicate their health issues.

Melanie Cooper and Amy Pope discussed the benefits of using clickers and explained how they use them in chemistry and physics classes. Both of them serve on the Clicker Task Force that is moving toward selecting one recommended system for Clemson.

Brian Dean demonstrated his software program LectureScribe that allows you to record both your voice and your digital ink and then save it as a small Flash file that is easily sent to students via email or uploaded to Blackboard.

Refreshments were served.

Spring 2005 Laptop Pedagogy Symposium
Tuesday, May 10 *** 1:25 - 3:30 p.m. *** 200 Holtzendorff

Mary Ann Prater (accountancy), Bill Moss (mathematical science), and Wayne Madison and Ken Weaver (computer science)

Mary Ann Prater presented her experience in teaching Financial Accounting Concepts as a laptop course. She discussed what worked well for her and her students, as well as what did not work and her plans for improving those assignments/activities.

Bill Moss presented his experience in teaching Calculus of Several Variables and Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations in the Holtzendorff SCALE-UP classroom. In a SCALE-UP classroom, students work in teams of three at round tables and the course delivery is not the traditional lecture-test.

Wayne Madison demonstrated his use of a tablet PC in teaching Introduction to Operating Systems, and Ken Weaver demonstrated his use of a tablet PC in advising computer science students. Tablet PCs
 are laptop computers with a hinged screen that rotates to create a flat
 writing surface; the user writes on the screen with a special pen.

Refreshments were served.

Fall 2004 Laptop Pedagogy Symposium
Tuesday, December 14 *** 1:15 - 3:30 p.m. ***132 Fluor Daniel

Glenn Birrenkott and Brian Bolt (animal veterinary science), Mary Beth Kurz (industrial engineering), and Ben Stephens (psychology)

Glenn Birrenkott and Brian Bolt discussed their plans for technology-enriched assignments at the Clemson University farms, none of which have been "wired" until recently. With farms either now wired or scheduled to be wired in the near future, they have envisioned many pedagogically-sound assignments that will engage students in new ways and put Clemson on the cutting edge of animal vet science programs.

Mary Beth Kurz presented her experience in teaching Methods of Operational Research as a laptop course. She discussed what worked well for her and her students, as well as what did not work and her plans for improving those assignments/activities.

Ben Stephens presented "Laptop Pedagogy, Eportfolios, and Undergraduate Research: Strategies for Clemson's Initiative." He discussed ways in which laptops facilitate the use of ePortfolios and the inclusion of undergraduate research for student and program assessment, as well as his results so far and his future plans.

Refreshments were served.

Spring 2004 Laptop Pedagogy Symposium
Tuesday, May 4, 2004 *** 1:15 - 3:30 p.m. *** 132 Fluor Daniel

Andrew Levin (performing arts), Jason Thatcher (management), and Larry Grimes (experimental statistics)

Andrew Levin explained how he has used innovative software, called MessageGrid and developed by Roy Pargas with his computer science students, to allow student groups in his Survey of Music History to post and project their analyses of pieces of music for the rest of the class to view. The software permits him to edit the responses to correct and elaborate on them.

Jason Thatcher shared his experience in managing virtual student teams in MGT 418 (Management Information Systems) across sections and time. He reported on the successes and failures, student comments about the project, and his plans for improving the project in the future.

Larry Grimes reviewed how he uses a digital whiteboard, NetMeeting, Camtasia, and Web pages to enhance his teaching of experimental statistics, and David Sharpe (CRLT) was on hand to answer questions regarding Macromedia Breeze, a product that interests many faculty.

Refreshments were served.

Fall 2003 Laptop Pedagogy Symposium
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 *** 1:15 - 3:30 p.m. *** 132 Fluor Daniel

Ben Stephens (psychology), Matt Ohland and Beth Stephan (general engineering), and Barbara Weaver (CRLT-OTEI Laptop Faculty Development Program)

Ben Stephens reviewed the steps he took to prepare to teach his first laptop class (advanced experimental psychology) and described how he and his students used laptops in class. His course focused on techniques of empirical research (experiments, quasi-experiments, survey research, etc.) that are widely used in psychology. Students designed and carried out their own empirical research projects.

Matt Ohland and Beth Stephan explained how they used laptops in conjunction with other technology in their engineering disciplines and skills lab. Their course covered the fundamentals of the engineering profession and engineering and science disciplines to help students select a major. A team-based design project was a major assignment.

Barbara Weaver presented the results of the laptop faculty and student surveys and other information about the laptop program.

Refreshments were served.

Spring 2003 Laptop Pedagogy Symposium
Tuesday, May 6 *** 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. *** 132 Fluor Daniel

Rose Martinez-Dawson (experimental statistics), Bill Moss (mathematical science), and William Stanton (English)

Rose Martinez-Dawson presented the innovative and engaging assignments she used with her Introduction to Statistics students. One assignment was to take the Ingles Challenge. Students went as a class to three local grocery stores to collect cost data. Then at the last grocery store, they sat in the coffee shop and used their laptops to develop statistics on their data. She also discussed what went well, what didn't, and her plans for the future.

Bill Moss presented his experience in teaching differential equations and calculus III in a laptop environment. He explained how he has moved toward a studio environment and how Maple provides the needed visual component for calculus III students. He also contributed a Faculty Directions article on his experience.

William Stanton explained his reluctance to use technology in his teaching and the genuine joy he discovered by giving laptop technology a try.

Refreshments were served.

Fall 2002 Laptop Pedagogy Symposium
Tuesday, December 17 *** 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. *** 132 Fluor Daniel

Roy Pargas (computer science), Michelle Martin (English), and James Burns (history)

Roy Pargas presented how he uses applets to demonstrate data structures that he formerly had to draw himself. Students can also "play" with the applets to gain a better understanding of the data structures.

Michelle Martin presented her use of the Web-based children's book review service to engage her students. Laptops helped facilitate the project.

James Burns presented his use of the Internet in his laptop history courses. He carefully prepares for class by providing students specific Web sites that he knows are appropriate for class discussion. His work before class saves valuable time in class.

Refreshments were served.

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