ITC eLearning 2015: Day 3 – Morning

This is the last morning for the ITC conference. In looking at the sessions during the first block, nothing struck my interest, so I stayed in my room to get caught up on some work. Based on what I said from some of my friends, that was a good decision (and I feel better having gotten caught up). Now on to the sessions I did attend this morning.

Using Your Learning Management System to Connect Your Campus Beyond

Terry Norris, College of Southern NevadaThe first thing that struck me about this session was the title change. The presenter changed the session title to “Using Your LMS to Help Keep Your Canvas Green.” I was a little concerned with this because it seems to have drifted from the original abstract.In Canvas, CSN started looking at subaccounts for librarians to utilize institutional repositories. I don’t think I’ve done anything with subaccounts yet, so that’s definitely something worth looking into – although I don’t have any ideas on how it can be used in corporate training if I’m the only one doing the development. Either way, it’s something that’s worth exploring. An interesting issue that CSN had with subaccounts though is that Canvas is limited to 100 subaccounts – once you add the 101st subaccount – the list disappears and you can no longer see/add subaccounts.20 minutes into the session, the only “green” reference has been the reduction of traveling between campuses. True, that is considered green, but ‘m hoping for more…Terry did share a slide that shows ways that the LMS can support a green campus, and it’s starting to look like he has a wider scope of a “green initiative.”, Terry provided various groups/committees/departments/ways that CSN is using Canvas aside from just course content deliver. I would have liked to see examples (screenshots, virtual tours, etc.) rather than just talking about the uses. I also think there was too much tech talk about Canvas and note enough practical application.

High-Impact Practices: Promoting Participation for All Students

Jillian Kinzie, Indiana University & NSSEBefore even getting into Jillian’s content, let me just say that I’m surprised at the turnout for today’s closing keynote. Way to go ITC attendees! Now on to the content…Probably the first important slide of content to share is a list of high-impact activities for students: Impact Practices: indicates that high impact practices are valued by employers, important to faculty, and enjoyable to students. Overall, I agree with this statement, however I think that it also depends on how the HIP is strutured. The benefits of HIPs are larger for underserved students (according to Jillian / NSSE).I think the data that Jillian provided is definitely of interest, although I don’t know that much of it is surprising. Students who (have the ability to) participate in high-impact practices do better in a variety of capacities. One of the key things that I agree with is that HIPs are not equitable. While HIPs impact underserved students more than other demographics, they often are unable to participate. It’s interesting that 76% of incoming college students now expect to participate in an internship and a high percentage expects to do some sort of a capstone. Jillian also provided statistics on faculty buy-in to HIPs, which also were not surprising. But I think that it’s different to get faculty on board with the need to participate in these practices than it is to actually take the time to develop the practices. I definitely think that it takes a lot of time to plan these HIPs.Overall, a great closing session – definitely lots to think about in the coming year.

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