2016 eLearning Conference
Rutgers University–Camden faculty welcomed colleagues from community college partners for the first time at the 3rd annual Faculty eLearning Conference on April 7, 2016, as both fellow attendees and presenters. Faculty from Rutgers–Camden, Camden County College, Rowan College at Burlington County, and Rowan College at Gloucester County collaborated and learned from each other in record numbers. Attendance grew by more than 60% since our 2015 conference. As in previous years, the goals of the conference included:
- To demystify online and hybrid teaching and learning.
- To excite interest in different models of education, as supported by education and research.
- To allow faculty to share experiences of engaging students with new tools, both in the classroom and online.
A new track was added in 2016, offering roundtable discussions. These sessions allowed small groups of faculty to discuss topics such as “Using online discussions to augment your face-to-face courses” and “Critiques and peer reviews in online courses.” In addition to sharing at roundtable discussions and presenting on pedagogical innovation, conference presenters also demonstrated various technologies, including Kaltura, VoiceThread, Canvas, and OfficeMix. Attendance Rutgers University–Camden Camden County College Rowan College at Burlington County Rowan College at Gloucester County After the conference, seventy-two out of our 128 attendees completed a survey to evaluate their experience. Survey results showed that attendees came to the conference with widely varied teaching experience: about half had never taught an online or hybrid course (50% and 46% respectively). Twenty-four percent of attendees had between one and five years of experience teaching online; 26% had over five years of experience. Thirty-three percent of attendees had between one and five years of experience teaching hybrid courses; 21% had over five years of experience. Due to the wide range of expertise brought by conference attendees, workshops were labeled “Beginner,” “Intermediate,” and “Advanced,” and overall positive feedback from the survey suggests attendees found conference workshops valuable no matter their experience level.
The 2016 advisory council included: Cindy Ayres, Nursing; Stuart Charmé, FAS Philosophy & Religion; Bill Fitzgerald, TMAC and FAS English; Dan Hart, FAS Psychology; Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, SBC Marketing; and Kwangwon Lee, FAS Biology.
2015 eLearning Conference
Our second annual Rutgers University–Camden Faculty eLearning Conference took place on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. It included multiple tracks and expanded themes, including not only online and hybrid teaching, but also new technologies in the classroom and teaching live to distance students.
Some faculty presenters from our 2014 conference, such as Carol Kaufman-Scarborough (Marketing) and Charlene Mires (History), returned to share new experiences, while many new presenters joined the conference program. Presentations included: Meredith Bak (Childhood Studies) and the Digital Studies Center both reflected on using Twine in the classroom. Students from Stuart Charmé’s Master’s in Liberal Studies course video conferenced in from across the country to share the student perspective in online learning. Sunil Shende (Computer Science) and Georgia Arbuckle (Chemistry) shared their experiences using iPad apps in the traditional classroom.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Anthony Picciano from CUNY, spoke about the history and evolution of online learning in his talk entitled “The online learning landscape: implications for teaching & learning.”
The 2015 advisory council included: Cindy Ayres, Nursing; Stuart Charmé, FAS Philosophy & Religion; Bill Fitzgerald, TMAC and FAS English; Dan Hart, FAS Psychology; Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, SBC Marketing; and Kwangwon Lee, FAS Biology.
2014 eLearning Conference
On April 29, 2014, the Teaching Matters and Assessment Center and Department of Instructional Design & Technology came together to host Rutgers-Camden’s inaugural eLearning Conference. Brief faculty presentations focused on faculty sharing their experiences in moving courses into the hybrid format, the online format, or incorporating online technologies in their traditional, face-to-face courses.
Presenters included a variety of faculty members, such as Dan Hart (Psychology), Cindy Ayres (Nursing), and Charlene Mires (History), who discussed technologies like PollEverywhere, ThingLink, and Sakai blogs and how these technologies have created a more interactive learning experience for students. Attendees also were able to participate in hands-on activities, using iPads to create whiteboard recordings with Educreations and to participate in the conference backchannel.
Dr. Karen Swan, the keynote speaker from University of Illinois- Springfield, discussed the importance of teacher and social presence in online education. Many of the points faculty presenters discussed were reflected in the research presented by Swan.
The 2014 advisory council included: Janice Beitz, Nursing; Stuart Charmé, FAS Philosophy & Religion; Bill Fitzgerald, TMAC and FAS English; Dan Hart, FAS Psychology; Tyler Hoffman, FAS English; and Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, SBC Marketing.