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Digital Education Summit January 25-26, 2018 Lowman Student Center
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

Be part of a two-day event that brings together faculty and staff interested in utilizing tools, best practices, and emerging technology to improve and advance online teaching and learning.

With your help, we can continue to provide resources for best practices and share innovative ideas to take online education to the next level.


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#DES18 Schedule

Day One
Thursday, January 25

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Noon - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Kick-Off & Keynote

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Critical Digital Pedagogy
Presented by: Dr. Ric Montelongo, Dr. Jason M. Payton, and Dr. Paul Eaton
RM 304

"If the Students Would Just Read!" Teaching Strategies That Compel Students to Read Before Completing Online Assignments
Presented by: Nancy Stockall
RM 307

Making Media that Matters: Digital Storytelling as Reflective Practice in Learning
Presented by: Dr. Karla Eidson
RM 308

The Picasso Project: From Digital Resource To Online Instruction Tools
Presented by: Dr. Enrique Mallen
RM 315

Barnes & Noble Education (BNED) Courseware
Presented by: Wayne Parkins
RM 319

Using Critical Reflection to Gain Insight Into Student Learning and Effect Dispositional Change Toward Critical Thinking in Students
Presented by: Steven Koether
RM 320

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Exploring PBL in an Online Community: Problem and Project Based Learning
Presented by: Nicholas Grahovec and Dr. Mary Williams
RM 304

Productive Professors Persuasions: Technology to Support Teaching & Learning
Presented by: Dr. Kimberly LaPrairie and Dr. Marilyn Rice
RM 307

Teaching Online: Challenges and Instructional Strategies
Presented by: Dr. Nara Martirosyan, Dr. Troncoso Skidmore, and Dr. D. Patrick Saxon
RM 308

Beyond Written Comments: Providing Visual and Auditory Feedback in an Online Environment
Presented by: Wojciech (Voytek) Lorenc
RM 315

Office 365
Presented by: Natalie Payne
RM 319

Human Centered Curriculum Design
Presented by: Cesar Rivera
RM 320

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Day Two
Friday, January 26

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.


9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fostering Student Engagement Through Gamification of Courses
Presented by: Trez Jones
RM 304

Interactive Skill Building: Using Screencasts to Mentor Students in Writing and Research
Presented by: Dr. Christopher B. Davis
RM 307

Engaging Online Students
Presented by: Brandy Doleshal
RM 308

Mobilizing the Learning Experience for Instructors New to Online Instruction
Presented by: Jeffrey Opaleye and Dr. Kenyatta Phelps
RM 315

How NOT to be a HOT Mess a.k.a. Getting Organized So You Are Better Able to Connect With Students
Presented by: Dr. Page Glave and Dr. Jennifer Didier
RM 319

Using Slack and in a Graduate Research Course
Presented by: Paul Eaton, Miguel Arellano Arriaga and James Beeks
RM 320

10:25 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Alternatives to High Stakes Assessment in Online Courses
Presented by: Dr. Donna Desforges and Madelyn Kilgore
RM 304

Here Be Dragons: An Exploration in Teaching a Graduate Mathematics Class Online for the First Time
Presented by: Mark Klespis
RM 307

Online in Half the Time??
Presented by: Barbara Polnick and Peggy Holzweiss
RM 308

Creating Online Communities: One Department's Approach
Presented by: Dr. Teri S. Lesesne
RM 315

Incorporating Dominant Learning Styles in Online Learning Environments
Presented by: Dr. Brooklynn Wynveen
RM 319

Student Interaction in a Learning Management System and a Conversational Agent System
Presented by: Donggil Song
RM 320

11:20 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

BreakoutEDU Learning Outside the Box
Presented by: Sherry Vafa and Charlene Murphree
RM 304

Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for Synchronistic Virtual Class Meetings
Presented by: Dr. Rebecca Schlosser
RM 307

Bring a Little "Reality" into Your Course
Presented by: Rachel Baxter
RM 308

Secondary Online Education: Thoughts for Education Students
Presented by: Kienia Green-Murindagomo
RM 315

Using Plickers to Create an Active Learning Environment
Presented by: Dr. Lisa Brown and Dr. Lautrice Nickson
RM 319

Access to Affordable Student Course Materials
Presented by: Ruth Chisum
RM 320

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Leonard G. Geddes Jr

Mr. Geddes is an expert on learning improvement for college students. During the past decade, he developed The LearnWell Projects as a platform to provide practical, research-based support for college and university faculty. Mr. Geddes created the ThinkWell‐LearnWell™ Diagram, a metacognitive tool that helps students develop deep thinking and learning skills. The diagram is used by colleges, universities and K-12 schools throughout the world.

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Lowman Student Center

1717 Avenue J
Huntsville, TX 77340
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Dubbed the “campus living room”, the Lowman Student Center (LSC) sits in the heart of the Sam Houston State University campus. Home to the University Bookstore, Kat Klub Entertainment Center, and Student Art Gallery, we’re proud to host #DES17 in this incredible venue.


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