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2013 CU Online Spring Symposium “Going Places with CU Online”

When:  Thursday, May 23, 2013​
Where:  Marriott SpringHill Suites on the Auraria Campus
Registration opens at 8:30.

View video recordings of the sessions here​

Fasten your seatbelts, place your tray-tables in a full, upright position, and turn ON your devices! It’s time for the 2013 CU Online Spring Symposium! Get your round trip ticket for a journey of exciting presentations, fun giveaways, and come home with practical tools you can use and a tan!​


8:00 – 8:45 Pre-Conference Session 

Meet Canvas:  
Canvas is a learning management system that has caught the attention of many higher-ed institutions for its ease of use, clean design, and open architecture allowing it to integrate with other learning tools. Come see Canvas for yourself as we provide a tour of the interface, demonstrate time saving tools and answer questions regarding our migration. 
Mike Edwards, CU Online
Crystal Gasell, CU Online

8:00:  Registration and Breakfast Opens

Come join us for continental breakfast, talk with your colleagues and get ready for a fun filled informative day!
Pre-function area 

9:00 – 9:20: Opening Remarks, welcome from Chancellor Don Elliman 

Bob Tolsma, Academic Technology and Extended Learning

9:20 – 10:30: Keynote Address

Devlin Daley, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Instructure

Devlin Daley co-founded Instructure in 2008 with Brian Whitmer. The duo knew they wanted to build a better learning management system, but before writing any code, they embarked on a “product validation tour” of 17 colleges and universities to find out what faculty and students really wanted in an LMS. As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Devlin brings education into the future while maintaining the delicate balance between connecting technology and connecting people. In other words, Devlin turns science fiction into learning platform reality.  Devlin earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from Brigham Young University. During the final months of his master’s program, Devlin had the inspiration for Canvas. It grew from his own experience studying and using educational technology—and his desire to make it better.

Devlin will talk about the genesis of Canvas, the design philosophies of Canvas, the changing learning tools market, the benefits of user-focused software design and some thoughts about the future. And plenty of anecdotes.


10:45 – 11:35: Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: First flight - Student experiences with the Canvas pilot
During the Spring 2013, over 40 courses were piloted in Canvas. Come hear from a student panel as they share their experiences with the platform and get ideas for engaging students and teaching with Canvas.
Crystal Gasell, CU Online
Paul Hollingshead, Information and Learning Technologies – eLearning Design and Implementation
Theodore Penberthy, Information and Learning Technologies – eLearning Design and Implementation
Shelby Edwards, School of Public Affairs – Masters of Public Administration
Cellar Management

Session 2: MOOCs - Flying high or grounded?
Massively Open Online Courses will change the face of higher education! Or will they? Come hear two titans of teaching present point and counterpoint about the present and potential of MOOCs then join in with your ideas, thoughts, cheers and jeers! Only one vision of MOOCs will walk away triumphant.
J.J. Cohen, School of Medicine
David Thomas, CU Online
Culinary Demonstration Theater

Session 3:  A guided tour - Groups in Canvas 
Groups in Canvas are different than the groups you're used to in Blackboard and eCollege. They're more empowering to students and provide powerful collaborative opportunities not seen before in an LMS! But how can you use these new group features in your course? Joni Dunlap will share ideas and cover the pedagogical side of how to use groups in your course, and David Lyons will review the technical implementation and discuss how to use Canvas groups. 
Joni Dunlap, School of Education and Human Development
David Lyons, CU Online
Event lab 

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch 

Join us for lunch as we present our annual CU Online Innovation Award, and hear results from the CU Online Market Segmentation Student Survey 

1:00 – 1:50: Concurrent Sessions

Session 1:  Learning analytics - First class or coach?
If you can’t count it, it doesn’t matter. Until it comes to student learning. Then, maybe it still counts, even if you can’t count it.  The battle of ideas commences as two pedagogical pundits pound their point of view in front of a live audience. Once the opening round of arguments concludes, the audience will join in the fray. Who will emerge a winner from this assult of the data analytics? 
Patrick Lowenthal, Boise State University 
David Thomas, CU Online
Cellar Management

Session 2: If I could have your attention:  Lectures and absorb activities in Canvas
There is a common wisdom that lectures or other "absorb" activities are inferior teaching strategies compared to "do" or "connect" activities, but there is a time and a place for the didactics of efficient knowledge presentation. Come and learn about uses of absorb activities in Canvas including storytelling, guided tours, and screencasting, as well as how to identify contexts ripe for these approaches to teaching. 
Michael Edwards, CU Online 
Event Lab

Session 3: Is Your In flight movie:  Tips and tricks 
Video plays an increasing role as a communication tool in today's social media-oriented world. In an academic context, it provides a powerful way to augment classroom lectures, invigorate online course instruction and expand the learning experience for your students beyond the classroom. Come join Zach Ornitz, CU Online's Video Production Coordinator, Bradley Mclain, Senior Instructor in the School of Education & Human Development and Co-Director of Xsci, and Leeann Fields, Instructional Designer for the College of Nursing, for a panel discussion focusing on the potential academic applications for video production and some quick tips to get started. This seminar will be conversational in tone and informal, allowing for audience interaction with the panel as well. Bring your curiosity and any specific questions you may have.
Leeann Fields, College of Nursing
Bradley Mclain, School of Education and Human Development
Zach Ornitz, CU Online
Culinary Demonstration Lab

1:50-2:05: Drinks/Dessert – Pre-function area

2:00 – 2:50: Concurrent Sessions

Session 1:  Solving the Rubrics cube
Teaching is fun. Grading is hard. That's where rubrics can help. Available inside the Canvas grading application, rubrics help clarify outcomes and expectations for students, streamline the grading process and save time. Learn about a campus-wide effort to develop outcome based rubrics and find out how you can add outcomes and rubrics to your Canvas courses today.  
Joanne Addison, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  
Kenny Wolf, Academic and Student Affairs
Culinary Demonstration Lab 

Session 2: Fodor's guide to Canvas discussions
Canvas isn't just a new tool, it's a new way of thinking about learning management. Come see tips and tricks that make Canvas discussions work, both for your students by encouraging participation and for faculty, in easily organizing and assessing the activity in discussion. Whether a discussion newbie or pro, this session will leave you with plenty to talk about.
Michael Edwards, CU Online 
David Thomas, CU Online 
Event Lab

3:00 – 3:30: Evauations and Wrap up
Stay to the end and turn in your evaluation for a chance to win a prize in our big prize giveaway!   

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