Posted by: Ellie Kutz | June 1, 2011

The CIT/Educational Technology Conference, May 12, 2011–An Overview

Boston’s culture of valuing teaching and learning is supported by two annual conferences, one that is usually offered in January by Center for the Improvement of Teaching and a second, in May, which is sponsored by IT and the Healey Library, and which focuses specifically on the uses of educational technology in teaching and research.  This year, after the CIT conference was snowed out, we decided to join the two conferences into one larger event.

Overall, attendees appreciated the combined format.  In the words of one conference evaluator:  “Combining the conferences, initially an unavoidable necessity due to weather, turned out to be a fantastic idea with the number and quality of presentations. The atmosphere at the conference was energetic and collaborative.”

The combined conference included a wide range of offerings, from new resources for teaching and scholarship available through the Healey Library, to several sessions on teaching writing and providing student support in writing centers,  to sessions on addressing issues of identity, race, culture and religion in the classroom,  to various ways of supporting student discussion and collaboration in the classroom and online, to the use of particular technology tools such as Webworks mathematics software and Camtasia for capturing classroom lectures.  In addition, the Composition Program which often holds its own conference in May, joined in this conference, where many of its faculty were already scheduled to present.

This issue of the newsletter will highlight both larger conference themes and some specific presentations.  The full conference program can be found here  and recordings of many sessions can be found at where you’ll also find conference pictures and a video of the  welcoming remarks made by Provost Winston Langley.

Recorded sessions include the following:

Session 1.2
Blogging, Online Role Playing and Athurian Fan Fiction  
Alex Mueller; Adam Overbay; Christine Sands; Kate Unruh
Session 1.3
Two Markets, Two Universities, One Blackboard Course Shell  
Edward Romar, College of Management; Alan Girelli, Distance Learning Program Coordinator; Irene Yukhananov, Instructional Designer; Teodora Hristov, Graduate Student (UMass Boston)
Session 1.4 
Questioning Identity Paradigms in the Classroom 
Kevin R. Morrissette and Shea Mullaney, English (UMass Boston)
Session 1.6 
Writing Out Loud  (audio only)
Duncan Nelson, English; and Andrea Dawes, Keira Simonoff, Luke Wilson, Katie Halowak, Mandy Wang,  Students (University of Massachusetts)
Session 2.1  
Electronic Theses and Dissertations at UMass Boston
Rita Poussaint Nethersole; Andrew Elder
Session 2.3 
Camtasia and Beyond
Steve Ackerman   
Session 2.4 
Enhancing Motivation in Adult Learning
Joseph Ryan (Cape Cod Community College)
Session 2.5 
“Islamicizing” courses in a Euro/American Curriculum
Mary Ball Howkins   
Session 3.1 
Getting to know ScholarWorks and SelectedWorks UMass Bostons new scholarly repository
Kenneth Rothwell  
Session 3.4 
Breaking the Rules of Discussion: How to Rethink the Student-Centered Classroom    
LaMont Egle, Evelyn Navarre, and Cheryl Nixon, English (UMass Boston)
Session 4.1 
Key issues in Teaching with Learning Objects  
Mark Lewis  
Session 4.4 
Why is it Important to Teach About Race, Class and Gender?: An Anthropologist’s Viewpoint  
Tara Devi S. Ashok, Anthropology and Biology UMass Boston
Session 5.1 Hybrid Courses: What We can Learn from Quality Matters

Gene Shwalb, Sr. Instructional Designer; Carol Allen, Nursing; and Kate Kiss, Applied Linguistics (UMass Boston)


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