Track Session 1

9:45 am - 11:00 am Monday, February 28  

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Exploring the Mobile Media Workflow at Penn State (Track 1: Media & Mobility)

Mobile Learning and Student Engagement (Track 2: Teaching & Learning)

From Paper to Digital: The Future of Textbooks (Track 3: The Future of Books)

Engaging the 21st-Century Learner (Track 4: K-12 Education)

Put a Device in Their Hands (Track 5: Infrastructure & Logistics)

Manor New Tech High School: Success in CBL/PBL Education & Innovation;
Beyond Textbooks: Vail's Digital Resources Initiative
(Track 6: Campus Spotlights)

Evaluating Campus-Wide and Program-Wide Initiatives (Track 7: Research)


Track 1: Media & Mobility

Exploring the Mobile Media Workflow at Penn State
9:45 am - 11:00 am Monday, February 28
Chris Millet, Manager of Advanced Learning Projects, The Pennsylvania State University
Brown Library Core Classroom (room 235)

The concept of mobility is often associated with the use of portable devices, but can also encompass technologies that enable data portability and the ability to not only access your information but to do meaningful work, even media production, from anywhere and any device. Combined together, freedom of location and platform can enable students to engage in creative expression in a manner that is more social and which considers the context of their environment more fully. This presentation will discuss the pedagogies related to mobile learning, as well as specific technologies currently being used at Penn State, including HTML5, Kaltura (a web-based media authoring tool), and iPod touch devices, to create a complete capture-to-publish mobile media workflow.

Chris Millet is the manager of advanced learning projects at Education Technology Services (ETS), a division of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) and Information Technology Services (ITS). His responsibilities include managing the Media Commons service and Podcasts at Penn State, and exploring new technologies and their potential impact on teaching and learning. Prior to coming to ETS, Millet worked for the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) for 6 years in the Solutions Institute where he was involved with designing and developing eLearning courses for the College. He earned a BA in Integrative Arts at Penn State, where he studied digital media, and is currently involved in research on the integration of multimedia with teaching and learning. Millet will earn a Masters in Education from Instructional Systems with a focus on Educational Technology in Spring 2011.

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Track 2: Teaching & Learning

Mobile Learning and Student Engagement
9:45 am - 11:00 am Monday, February 28
Christopher Higgins, Interim Director of Academic Support, University of Maryland
McCaleb Conference Room B, Hunter Welcome Center

The University of Maryland is in its third year of its Mobility Initiative. It has encompassed everything from student recruitment, to app development, to class projects. This session will focus on student engagement in the mobility initiative. It will include the experiences of faculty and students when using mobile devices for teaching and learning. Specific focus will be given to Digital Cultures and Creativity, and Information 3.0, two dynamic programs incorporating iPads and iPod touches with other technologies to engage students in learning. We will also discuss broader student engagement in our mobility programming contest that has attracted more than 100 students developing apps useful for campus and beyond.

Christopher Higgins has been working in the field of instructional technology for 20 years starting with research in computer-assisted language learning during his graduate studies. At the University of Maryland for the past 15 years, Chris has worked with faculty on a variety of research and instructional projects from testing language learning software to developing interactive activities in Second Life. During the past four years he has worked with the Mobility Initiative on campus focused on the integration of mobile devices in teaching and learning.

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Track 3: The Future of Books

Moving from Digital Books (PDFs) to eTextbooks: What a True eTextbook 
Should Look Like
9:45 am - 11:00 am Monday, February 28
Roger Von Holzen, Ed.D., Director of the Center for Information Technology in Education, Northwest Missouri State University
McCaleb Conference Room C, Hunter Welcome Center

Recent headlines announcing the arrival (finally!) of the digital textbook on campus and the great savings this movement from paper to digital will provide college students has proven to be more hype than reality. Even though the typical digital textbook is priced at approximately half the cost of the newly printed version of the book, few students are willingly embracing the digital platform. During this time of economic stress, why haven’t students taken this money-saving option? This paper will argue that the primary reason involves a lack of innovation. Most students who have been exposed to digital textbooks find that they are dealing with PDF files that afford less flexibility and convenience than the current print technology affords them — that moving from paper to digital is more of a step down than a step up. Unfortunately, the hype and the damaging reality experienced by many students has set back the movement toward eTextbooks just at the moment when rapidly evolving hardware and software technologies are actually converging to enable the delivery of the ideal eTextbook experience.

This session will initially delve into the technical, pedagogical and social issues behind the failure of the current batch of digital textbooks to gain a viable foothold in the American educational landscape. It will then explore and demonstrate the extensive array of features that will be required to move from the static world of printed textbooks into the fully integrated realm of true eTextbooks, discussing hardware platform delivery systems, eTextbook publication formats, interactive learning objects, course management systems integration, customization by faculty, and student-centered learning features. Finally, participants in this session will be asked to contribute their thoughts and ideas about what a true eTextbook experience should look like.

Dr. Roger Von Holzen is the director of the Center for Information Technology in Education at Northwest Missouri State University. After completing his doctorate in instructional technology from Texas Tech University in 1993, he was appointed as the director of the campus’ faculty technology center in the spring of 1999. In 2010 Von Holzen was assigned additional duty as the director of Northwest’s textbook rental service.

iPad or iFad: The Reality of a Paperless Classroom
9:45 am - 11:00 am Monday, February 28
Ian Shepherd, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Business, ACU
Brent Reeves, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management Science and Computer Science, ACU
McCaleb Conference Room C, Hunter Welcome Center

This presentation will discuss the benefits, problems, and possible solutions to teaching a Microeconomics class in a completely paperless fashion, exploring the use of the iPad as a tool to move students from a classroom infused with standard technologies into a truly mobile environment. The advent of the iPad has fundamentally changed a teacher’s ability to mobilize the student’s learning environment, freeing students to interact with one another and with course content in a way not possible with laptop or desktop machines. While the iPhone made paperless classrooms possible, the iPad, with its functionality and versatility, has made the paperless classroom practical, allowing teachers and students to use online texts, virtual games, electronic documents, group projects and applications such as Blackboard, Numbers, and QuickOffice in new ways. By focusing around a baseline comparison of a traditional Macroeconomics class featuring compulsory laptop usage with a Microeconomics class requiring iPad usage, this presentation will provide valuable insights into how usage patterns shift, altering the dynamics of classroom interaction. Finally, in addition to its exploration of some of the more technical issues described above, this presentation will report on overall student and faculty perceptions of the class and provide descriptions of specific class activities, outlining the advantages and limitations of this new technology as a course tool.

Dr. Ian Shepherd is an associate professor in the College of Business at Abilene Christian University.  He is also a consultant with businesses, an innovator in educational technologies, and a small business owner. Shepherd is an experienced education professional with an in-depth background in systems analysis and design, operations, and company administration. He has taught courses in Business Strategy, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Business Computer Information Systems and Business Communications at Faulkner University and at Abilene Christian University. He has also published several papers recently in periodicals like the Journal for Society for Case Research, Federated Business Disciplines, and the Journal of Applied Business and Economics. As an experienced educator specializing in the use of the iPad in a paperless classroom, his classroom experiences have helped ACU develop and modify the mobile learning methodologies they are deploying.

Dr. Brent Reeves is an associate professor in the School of Information Technology and Computing and the College of Business Administration at Abilene Christian University. Before moving to ACU in 2001, he did consulting in Object Oriented Realtime Systems and research in Computer Supported Cooperative Work. He is easily distracted by suboptimal technologies and enjoys creating software systems that are more complicated than he is able to understand.

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Track 4: K-12 Education

Engaging the 21st-Century Learner
9:45 am - 11:00 am Monday, February 28
Tabitha Branum, Director, Coppell New Tech High School (Texas)
McCaleb Conference Room A, Hunter Welcome Center

If Rip Van Winkle woke up today, what would be the one thing he would be able to recognize? K-12 Public Schools. How can you engage learners who have immediate access to information at their fingertips? How can you enrich learning for the gifted while also meeting the needs of the at-risk learner? The K-12 system must figure out a way to reengage the 21st century learner. New Tech High @ Coppell is on the journey to transforming 21st century education. Come share in the journey as one school shares how project-based learning, technology immersion, and a huge paradigm shift is changing the face of education.

Tabitha Branum has worked in Coppell ISD for the past 8 years as a teacher, curriculum director and currently as the Director of NTH@C. Credentials for Ms. Branum include: a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in history and a minor in secondary education from The University of North Texas, a Master of Education degree with a major in educational administration from The University of North Texas, and her principal certification through the state of Texas. Branum currently serves on a state visioning committee to reinvent K-12 schools in Texas and recently presented at TASSP, TASB, and other K-16 conferences.

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Track 5: Infrastructure & Logistics

Put a Device in Their Hands
9:45 am - 11:00 am Monday, February 28
Don Silvius, Technology Support Services Help Desk Manager, Shenandoah University
Joshua Tooley, Manager of Student Support, ACU
Melissa Alsing, Director of Information Systems, Seton Hill University
Living Room, McGlothlin Campus Center

The logistics associated with selecting, distributing, and equipping faculty and students with mobile devices are some of the more complex elements of a mobile learning initiative. Learn how institutions have addressed these elements and coordinated with technology partners to ensure users have devices to engage learning initiatives.

Don Silvius came to Shenandoah University in 2006 as the Laptop Support Specialist. With the beginning of the iMLearning Program, he became the manager of the Technology Support Services Help Desk. He is a graduate of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV with a degree in chemistry and lives with his family in the Shenandoah Valley. Don has written three books and has contributed to another as a volunteer for the county historical society where he lives. "The best thing about working at Shenandoah University is the sense of family, and that includes students as well as faculty and staff."

Joshua Tooley has worked in higher education for the past 7 years at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. He currently leads the team that handles all of the front-line support groups for the Information Technology division. As ACU continues to push forward with its mobile learning project, Joshua will continue to play a vital role in the logistics of the deployment and support of these devices. Joshua has worked closely with various groups across campus and in the wireless/mobile device industry to help ensure the success of ACU’s program.

Melissa Alsing joined Seton Hill University as the Director of Information Systems and DBA in 2009.  Melissa manages support of the Jenzabar EX student information system as well as several other administrative systems.  She is currently responsible for overseeing and coordinating the logistics of the Griffin Technology Advantage program, including equipment forecasting, distribution and contract enforcement.  Melissa brings 10 years of experience to Seton Hill, including her previous position where she served as Manager of Internet Services and later Manager of Administrative Systems at Chatham University.

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Track 6: Campus Spotlights

Manor New Tech High School: Success in CBL/PBL Education & Innovation
9:45 am - 11:00 am Monday, February 28
Les Simpson, Apple Distinguished Educator and Instructor of Digital Media Literacy, Manor New Tech High School (Texas)
Steven Zipkes, Principal, Manor New Tech High School (Texas)
Shore Art Gallery

In its fourth year of operation, the 100% challenge-based learning / problem-based learning (CBL/PBL) Manor New Technology High School has welcomed more than four thousand guests through its doors, all wanting to know the secrets to its success. This presentation by Principal Steven Zipkes and Apple Distinguished Educator Les Simpson will explore how the campus performs so well and what its innovative curriculum means for education reform.

An Apple Distinguished Educator, Les Simpson facilitates all levels of students in his 100% CBL/PBL Digital Media Literacy classroom, affectionately known as the "Digital Dojo" ( There, he empowers students to think critically about the digital content they author and consume, challenging them to be lifelong digital learners. He counts himself fortunate, because they always return the favor, helping him to stay on the cutting edge of pedagogy and education technology.  

Steven Zipkes, founding Principal of the highly acclaimed and nationally recognized Manor New Technology High School, promotes teacher quality at his school through Project Based Learning. MNTH was recognized for teaching 21st Century Skills by Apple as an Apple Distinguished School, and was named a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education, and became a Secondary Showcase School by The Center for Secondary School Redesign. In his March 3 speech, US Secretary Arne Duncan highlighted MNTH as a “model school for reaching underserved youth.”  Mr. Zipkes has led 2 high schools and one middle school to their first ever TEA Exemplary Ratings and last year MNTH was recognized by Harvard University for closing the achievement gap where Mr. Zipkes and a team of teachers presented at The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University. 

Beyond Textbooks: Vail's Digital Resources Initiative
9:45 am - 11:00 am Monday, February 28
Matt Federoff, Chief Information Officer, Vail Unified School District (Arizona)
Shore Art Gallery

Begun as an outgrowth of Empire High School's one-to-one laptop program, Vail's Beyond Textbooks initiative provides one answer to what the world might look like after textbooks — a model that leverages (and encourages the creation of) online resources to undergird instruction. Though some might worry that Vail's initiative would be smothered by requirements and complexities in the highly controlled world of K-12 education, Vail's teachers and technologists have created a truly revolutionary system that leverages new models for content creation and distribution and teacher support while continuing rigorously to meet state standards. This snapshot shows how Vail has been transformed by this fundamental change and shows some of the mechanisms they've used to advance learning in their district.

Matt Federoff, chief information officer for the Vail, Arizona School District, led one of the nation's early efforts to connect schools using wireless technology, later providing wireless access at each school site in the district. In 2005, he led the opening of Empire High School, called the first textbook-free school in the United States. As part of Empire's initiative, all students are issued laptops, and technology helps form the core of their learning experience, much of which is self-directed. He was named the 2005 Arizona Technology Director of the Year and is currently involved in the Beyond Textbooks Initiative, extending the Empire methodology across all grade levels. In 2007, Federoff was named one of the NSBA's "20 to Watch." He lives with his wife and children in the wilds of the Empire Mountains south of Vail.

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Track 7: Research

Seton Hill University: The Griffin Technology Advantage
9:45 am - 11:00 am Monday, February 28
Philip Komarny, Vice President for Information Technology, CIO, Seton Hill University
Mary Ann Gawelek, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Seton Hill University
Alumni Conference Room, Hunter Welcome Center

The Griffin Technology Advantage, Seton Hill's commitment to provide students with the best in technology and collaborative learning tools, ensures that Seton Hill students will be uniquely suited to whatever careers they choose ‚ even careers that have not yet been created. Beginning in the fall of 2010, all first-year undergraduate students at Seton Hill received a 13" MacBook Pro laptop and an iPad, all full-time upperclassmen and graduate students received an iPad, and all full-time faculty received an iPad (with application support of up to $30). As part of this initiative, students have complete access to these mobile technologies for use in classes as well as for personal use.  With this technology at their fingertips, students can create a just-in-time learning environment, stay in touch with professors, advisors and classmates, research any topic at any time, engage in hybrid and fully online courses, and access a whole host of Seton Hill technology services. In doing so, students are learning the technological skills they'll need in the twenty-first century workforce. Seton Hill's faculty are involved in year-long training on the  effective use of web 2.0 tools to enhance the learning experience, and they have been meeting for teaching and learning forums focused on the use of the iPad in the classroom. Early assessments results from the first semester of the program are quite promising.

Phil Komarny joined Seton Hill University as the vice president of information technology in 2009. In his position, Komarny manages and implements the university's strategic plan for technology and specific technology projects. Komarny was instrumental in the development and implementation of the university's Griffin Technology Advantage program.

Mary Ann Gawelek is the provost and dean of the faculty at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  Beginning her thirteenth year at Seton Hill, Dr. Gawelek is responsible for all undergraduate, graduate and adult programs which serve more than 2,000 full and part-time students. She believes that mobile technology expands the opportunities for learning and can facilitate critical thinking skills when used by faculty committed to engaging pedagogical strategies.

The Dilemma of Device: Three-year Review of a Campus-wide Implementation of Mobile Learning
9:45 am - 11:00 am Monday, February 28
Jimmy Young, Instructional Technologist, North Institute of Teaching and Learning, Oklahoma Christian University
Alumni Conference Room, Hunter Welcome Center

Through the fall 2010, Oklahoma Christian University has implemented our 1:2 mobile learning program (a laptop computer and an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch for every full-time student and faculty member) for three years. Throughout these three years, we have collected student feedback on their uses of the devices. Recently we also began collecting faculty perspectives on how these devices impact the dynamics of teaching in the classroom through a review of technology policies in their syllabi. During this presentation, we will be sharing the results of our findings from the three-year longitudinal study of student feedback on device use. We will also be sharing a survey of classroom technology, specifically of how technology use impacts their teaching, with a special focus on how the uses of devices change the ecology of the classroom, the challenges devices could present, and the innovations some professors have developed to turn devices into “weapons of mass instruction” (phrase by John Taylor Gatto, writer and teacher).

Jimmy Young serves as instructional technologist for the North Institute of Teaching and Learning at Oklahoma Christian University. In this role, he supports and trains university faculty in the instructional use of technology. Jimmy is an evangelist for the use of multimedia and mobile devices in the classroom and for advanced uses of technology to improve learning and give the university a competitive advantage in technology use. Jimmy also teaches university courses specializing in online and hybrid content delivery. 

Mobile Learning Research at ACU
9:45 am - 11:00 am Monday, February 28
Brad Crisp, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Information Systems, ACU
Alumni Conference Room, Hunter Welcome Center

This presentation summarizes faculty-conducted research on ACU’s mobile learning initiative. An overview of key questions and methods that have guided our examination of the experiences of students and faculty with mobile technologies inside and outside of the classroom will be provided. Key research findings will also be articulated, such as the repeated observation that iPhone users provide more favorable responses than iPod touch users. Suggestions for future research potentially benefit administrators and researchers who are examining other types of learning initiatives will be summarized.

C. Brad Crisp is an assistant professor of information systems in the College of Business Administration at Abilene Christian University. Brad earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and previously worked at Indiana University. His research examines the use and impact of information technology in educational and workplace settings. Brad’s research on virtual teams has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Product Innovation Management, and his research on mobile learning has been presented at EDUCAUSE and is forthcoming in the Handbook of Research on Mobility and Computing.

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The State of Mobile Learning
Students using iPhones in classroom discussion
So much about the way we teach, learn and communicate is up for grabs. Educators are using new tools and technologies to reach their students - but what does the future hold?
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