Session Schedule


RECAP Conference sessions are identified by the RECAP Planning & Proposal Evaluation Teams as representing current topics of interest in higher education. Sessions focus on sharing or modeling innovative uses of technology while allowing for interaction among participants. These sessions address "how to" as well as "why-to."

Time Session
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
8:45 am to 9:00 am Welcome/Introductions
9:00 am to 10:00 am Uncover the Secrets About Universal Design for Learning, Thomas J. Tobin
10:15 am to 11:00 am Adapting Engaging Classroom Discussion Activities for Zoom, Stephanie Brown
11:15 am to 12:00 pm Storytelling with Sound: Turning Lectures into Effective Podcasts, Kevin Laskey
Thursday, July 30, 2020
8:45 am to 9:00 am Welcome
9:00 am to 9:45 am What Students Want from A Webclass, Drew Anderson
10:00 am to 10:45 am Best Practices for Creating an Engaged Community: Using Zoom, Ali Poorani
11:00 am to 11:45 am Expanding Student Learning and Research Skills Using Reddit And Online Forums, Erin Hill & Andriana Frost
11:45 am to 12:00 pm Closing & Video Presentation Gallery Details

Moving Virtual Mountains: Engaging Students with Virtual Reality During COVID

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Presenter: Beth Ritter-Guth, Northampton Community College

Abstract: COVID forced many educators to consider new ways to deliver content. Virtual Reality, through the use of Google Tour creator, has been an available tool for a few years, but gained a little more popularity once on-campus opportunities were no longer available.

Learning Objectives: Participants will review the role of virtual reality in online education and discuss advantages and disadvantages to using VR online.

Polygraph by Desmos: Developing precise vocabulary

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Presenter: Kim Johnson, West Chester University

Abstract: Discover a Desmos activity that will help students move from informal language to formal mathematical vocabulary, this can also be used for other subjects as well. Experience a highly engaging Polygraph from the student perspective and then learn how simple it is to build your own Polygraph for your own classroom.

Learning Objectives: The audience will benefit by engaging in an interactive platform like Desmos (which is free) to create experiences for their students.

The Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Digital Storytelling Project in Nursing

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Presenter: Danielle Yocom, West Chester University

Abstract: Digital storytelling is as an activity that has the potential to advance the scholarship of practice, teaching, discovery, and integration. This session will highlight the steps and resources needed to create student-driven digital stories at West Chester University as supported by the Provost Research Grant (2019-2020).

Learning Objectives: The audience will be introduced to the steps and resources needed to recruit students, assemble a LMS shell, facilitate progress, and evaluate the process of creating digital stories.

"What did you say?" Engaging Student's Aural Skills to Support Teaching and Learning

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Presenter: Matthew Kruger-Ross, West Chester University

Co-presenter(s): Pauline Schmidt

Abstract: We are inundated with visual media in 2020 and too often we neglect the power our ears have to help us learn, understand, and grow. In this session we will share about three areas of our ongoing research into aurality: with pre-service teachers and audio books, via podcasting our practice, and supporting graduate students reading competencies.

Learning Objectives: A greater awareness for the importance of hearing/aurality skills that can be used in conjunction with traditionally visual forms of media Tools and technologies for accessibility and aurality

Lights, Camera, Action! Student-Developed Commercials as an Active Learning Assignment

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Presenter: Nancy Barker, West Chester University

Co-presenter(s): Michelle Kaulback

Abstract: This session will describe the development and implementation of an active learning assignment utilizing student-created commercials. The utilization of the voting feature within the LMS, rubric development, and student feedback for the active learning assignment will be discussed. This interactive session hopes to inspire educators to develop an engaging assignment for students to creatively display their knowledge of difficult content.

Learning Objectives: 1. Discuss the steps to implement an active learning assignment using a student developed commercial. 2. Describe the voting feature within the LMS platform for peer review of a student developed commercial

Hermeneutics, Metacognition and Writing

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Presenter: Maryann DiEdwardo , Lehigh University

Abstract: ◦ Abstract: Metacognitive activities help students plan for tasks by thinking about preparatory skills that the students may have before class, such as social networking. Metacognitive skills also encourage students reflection on their ability to perform tasks. Writing Process with reflective journaling.

Learning Objectives: ◦ -Participants will learn metacognitive practices to use in traditional, hybrid and distance classrooms ◦ Participants will gain insight into learning communities

Fostering a Community of Inquiry in Online Learning

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Presenter: Rose Jagielo-Manion, West Chester University

Abstract: In this session, participants will learn ways to use technology tools to create an online community of inquiry (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000). A variety of tools that can be utilized to build connections, encourage discourse, and foster collaboration in both synchronous and asynchronous learning environments will be shared.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn ways to create an online community of inquiry by building connections, encouraging discourse, and fostering collaboration using a variety of strategies and technology tools.

Actively Learn©, an Online Reading Platform to Engage Students and Foster Critical Thinking and Reflection of Assigned Course Readings

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Presenter: Lisa Gordon, West Chester University

Co-presenter(s): Michelle Fisher

Abstract: Do you often feel that students are merely skimming the assigned class readings or maybe neglecting to read at all? Actively Learn© is an engaging online reading platform that enables you to scaffold students through an assigned reading, monitor which students are completing it and formatively assess their understanding of the material.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn: the functions of Actively Learn© how to create an account & upload a course reading and embed questions how to manage students’ responses and provide meaningful feedback

Technology Mediated Academic Advising: Implications for Improved Communication during the Global Pandemic

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Presenter: Margaret Mbindyo, Millersville University

Co-presenter(s): Ibrahim Abdulsalami, Deborah Tamakloe

Abstract: Academic advising utilizing technology has become central to college preparation and a strong factor influencing academic success. (Siedman, 2019). This presentation will unpack challenges of transitioning from face to face to online advisement in the face of a global pandemic. Resources for virtual advisement will be shared with audience.

Learning Objectives: Explore the effectiveness of varied virtual advisement modalities used during the transition to virtual advisement. Be equipped with skills to collaboratively harness virtual advisement resources for immediate impact.

A digital writing partnership for authentic learning for teacher candidates

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Presenter: Jessica Nagle, West Chester University

Abstract: This presentation details a collaboration between teacher candidates in a writing emphasis class and a local elementary school. It looks at the benefits for both participants, and it also discusses how it will be built on in future semesters regardless of whether classrooms are online or in-person.

Learning Objectives: This presentation is designed to equip teachers with tools and ideas to form their own writing partnerships in the future to make learning more engaging and authentic for their students as well.

Ageism and Technology

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Presenter: Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha, West Chester University

Co-presenter(s): Frauke Schnell, Jacqueline Magnarelli, V.K. Kumar, PhD, Lauren Stricker

Abstract: The Covid19 health crisis has changed the workplace in significant ways. The number of workers working from home has doubled to 62%. Ageism is a widespread in the workplace and often related to technology. In this presentation, we discuss the challenges of a group of faculty and staff at WCU. Contributors: Dr. Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha Jacqueline Magnrelli Dr. Frauke Schnell Dr. V.K. Kumar Lauren Stricker Dylan Fry

Learning Objectives: 1. This presentation will address lead to awareness of potential solutions to discriminatory workplace treatment. 2. This presentation will result in increased knowledge of the devastating impact of ageism in the workplace. 3. This presentation will increase awareness of the ways that ageism intersects with technological competence to increase feelings of vulnerability and decrease competence of faculty and staff.

Using Theravue to Evaluate Counseling Microskills Remotely

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Presenter: Vickie Ann McCoy, West Chester University

Co-presenter(s): Michelle Fisher, Ruth Garrett

Abstract: A Professor, an Instructional Designer and a Graduate Student enter a virtual classroom… not a joke but a reality of teaching remotely. This presentation offers three perspectives on Theravue simulated counseling video service, as a tool to evaluate emerging counseling microskills for a cohort of first semester graduate students.

Learning Objectives: Three presenters will help participants understand what Theravue is, how it can be used to provide private feedback to students, and how it can be used by students to self-monitor skills.

Exploring Augmentative and Alternative Communication with Pre-Service Teachers in Challenging Times

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Presenter: Susannah Boyle, Millersville University

Co-presenter(s): Deborah Tamakloe

Abstract: Pre-service teachers need to know how to design and use augmentative and alternative communication systems to promote the learning of students with limited speech. With the move to online instruction, novel ways of building these skills were needed. Join us to discover how those approaches led to innovative AAC designs by pre-service teachers!

Learning Objectives: The audience will be able to identify approaches for teaching about AAC and other assistive technologies online. They will also be able to map how those approaches led to positive student outcomes.

Building community to promote student engagement and student success in a distance education classroom.

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Presenter: Maria (Ola) Kopacz, West Chester University

Abstract: One of the greatest challenges in online education is building a community of engaged learners. This session will provide you with the models, technology tools, and communication strategies that you can use to develop a sense of community among your students and thus help promote student success in your course.

Learning Objectives: The audience will develop understanding of the models, technology tools, and communication strategies that can be implemented to develop and maintain an engaged community in the classroom.

Digital Stories as Games on Mobile Devices for Language Learners

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Presenter: Mahmoud Amer, West Chester University

Abstract: This presentation showcases the harmonious relationship between audio-visual stories and mobile games. Using images and audio files, and the drag-and-drop functionality of mobile devices, the presenter will demonstrate the simple yet powerful combination of images and audio files to promote active engagement in listening comprehension for learners.

Learning Objectives: Attendees will think creatively about ways to combine our visual-centric culture with our mobile-centric populations of students to craft learning experiences that both engage and challenge students.

Uncover the Secrets about Universal Design for Learning

Keynote Presentation via Zoom | 07/29/2020 09:00 AM - 07/29/2020 10:00 AM

Presenter: Thomas Tobin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abstract: Make educational materials/practices inclusive &useful for all learners, this interactive keynote from the author of Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone radically reflects on how faculty members & course designers can adopt Universal Design for Learning in order to create learning interactions that provide students with more time for study and practice.

Learning Objectives: • incorporate UDL elements into student interaction • design/retrofit course & interaction components using UDL principles • expand use of UDL elements beyond legally-required accessibility standards.

Adapting Engaging Classroom Discussion Activities for Zoom

Live Presentation via Zoom | 07/29/2020 10:15 AM - 07/29/2020 11:00 AM

Presenter: Stephanie Brown, West Chester University

Abstract: Adapted from the incredible Creative Commons guide "Leading Groups Online" by Jeanne Rewa and Daniel Hunter released in response to the need for an accessible guide to online meeting and learning, this session will provide a quick intro to the guide by way of working through 3 online discussion activities to facilitate engagement in online courses.

Learning Objectives: This audience will learn where to download the "Leading Groups Online" guide and power point slides and will learn three concrete tools to implement in online discussion sections.

Storytelling with Sound: Turning Lectures into Effective Podcasts

Live Presentation via Zoom | 07/29/2020 11:15 AM - 07/29/2020 12:00 PM

Presenter: Kevin Laskey, West Chester University

Abstract: Ever think about how to make a lecture sound like an episode of "This American Life?" With a background in radio journalism, West Chester University music faculty Kevin Laskey will offer an introduction to podcasting, highlighting the elements of effective aural storytelling and basic audio editing techniques.

Learning Objectives: This presentation will outline the elements of a vibrant, well-produced podcast and demonstrate how to make an effective lecture in podcast form.

What Students Want From A Webclass

Live Presentation via Zoom | 07/30/2020 09:00 AM - 07/30/2020 09:45 AM

Presenter: Drew Anderson, West Chester University

Abstract: Having taught dozens of web course, Drew Anderson will walk through the three factors that make a web course a success: Consistency, Media, and Innovation. He'll share student feedback that help shape his web courses, examine web course innovation, and focus on small changes you can make to your current web class to increase student success.

Learning Objectives: You'll leave this presentation with simple ideas to try or adapt in your web course. Simple tweaks to your current content can make a big difference in how your students feel about the course.

Best Practices for Creating an Engaged Community: Using Zoom

Live Presentation via Zoom | 07/30/2020 10:00 AM - 07/30/2020 10:45 AM

Presenter: Ali Poorani, University of Delaware

Abstract: Based on the students’ feedback, a number of their Zoom classes did not provide an engaging experience. This presentation demonstrates six key practices in Zoom that faculty can utilize to create an engaged community: Huddles, problem-based learning, role-plays, multimedia, freeze-frame, and exit interviews. Student evaluations will also be present

Learning Objectives: Faculty will learn six best practices to use to engage students in their Zoom classes and create an active learning community. These practices are transferable to various subject areas.

Expanding Student Learning and Research Skills using Reddit and Online Forums

Live Presentation via Zoom | 07/30/2020 11:00 AM - 07/30/2020 11:45 AM

Presenter: Erin Hill, West Chester University

Co-presenter(s): Andriana Frost

Abstract: Using an example from a health psychology course, this session will provide an overview of how Reddit and online forums can be used to engage students in learning—and how they were applied to a research paper on chronic illness. Instructor learning outcomes and student experiences will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: In this session, audience members will learn how Reddit and online forums can be used as a resource for teaching, and how to embed forums into research assignments.