Speed Geeking with Tech Tools and Apps - Examples for Engagement, Assessment, and Presence

Concurrent Session 8
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Brief Abstract

Not your average tool session!  Join us for a “speed-geeking” tool and app showcase highlighting a variety of ed tech tools through actual course-based examples.   When used with intention and purpose, tools and apps can expand and enhance the student learning experience, increase assessment possibilities, and offer new engagement opportunities.



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Tina Rettler-Pagel is a Faculty member and Chief Online Learning Officer at Madison College, in Madison, Wisconsin. Tina holds a B.S in Education with an emphasis on Emotional Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has an Ed.D. in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Tina has completed an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Online Teaching Certificate, as well as participated in OLC's Institute for Engaged Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) in 2017. Her research interests include retention and persistence in the online classroom, the success of women of color in online learning spaces, women in higher education leadership and governance, digital equity, and community college approaches to teaching and learning. Tina's hashtags? #Mom #Partner #CommunityCollegeProud #OnWisconsin #A11yAdvocate #OnlineTeaching #Includer #Kindness #Connector #OnlineLearning #TechNerd #Resilience #StrongGirlsStrongWomen #Hockey #Fishing #AnythingSummer #JamMaker #Perseverance #SayYesToNewAdventures #ComeAsYouAre #StartWhereYouAre #ImpostorPhenomemon #Access
An Instructor and Instructional Designer in the School of Health Studies at the University of Memphis, Dr. Niki Bray currently teaches online and on-ground courses in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) department as well as courses that serve the School of Health Studies (i.e. Intro to Kinesiology and Intro to Exercise Physiology). In addition to teaching, Niki serves as the School of Health Studies' Instructional Designer where she provides pedagogical, technology-enhanced, and technical support to faculty within her school. Awards: Bruce Chaloux Scholarship for Early Career Excellence, Online Learning Consortium (OLC), 2018 School of Health Studies Most Valuable Professor (MVP) Award, University of Memphis, 2018 Service: October 2015 - October 2016 - WCET Adaptive Learning Fellow August 2015 - Present - Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee, University of Memphis 2018 FY - Chair, Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee, University of Memphis August 2017 - Present - School of Health Studies Department Aide, University of Memphis August 2017 - Present - Co-Chair IMS Global Adaptive Learning Communities August 2018 - Present - CWiC Executive Committee December 2016 - Present - Gate's Foundation Collaborative Opportunity Grant, Adaptive Learning Expert, University of Memphis 2016-2018 - Digital Learning Innovation (DLI) Award Reviewer, Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Education: Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, Instructional Design & Technology, Doctorate, 2017 Leadership and Policy Studies, School Administration & Supervision, Masters of Science, 2008 Education, Physical Education, Bachelors in Science, 1997 Research Interests: Adaptive Learning, Technology-Enhanced Learning, Active Learning, Digital Learning, Learning Sciences, Student Success, Faculty Development

Extended Abstract

As today’s students increasing expect (even demand) a more technology-infused experience for their learning, faculty are sometimes scrambling to choose tools that meet their needs.  Some tools are good fits for student-submitted assignments and assessments, while other tools are used by the instructor to create content, assessments, and engagement opportunities.   The key is to choose technology tools with intention and purpose, closely tied to course outcomes, engagement, and plans for active learning, choosing a tool can be much harder.


This session will be presented in a "speed geeking" ("shootout") style presentation. Participants will  learn about eight different tools and take away actual examples of these tools “in action”, used within real credit-based courses.  The tools presented will address engagement, presence, and assessment possibilities. A sampling of the tools shown will be FlipGrid, NearPod, and Spark. Additionally, attendees will learn more about the 7 easy steps for selecting a tool.  


During the session, attendees will…

  1. Learn about eight tools that can be used for engagement, presence, or assessment.

  2. View actual course examples using each of the tools.

  3. Get access to the presentation site, complete with links, samples, examples, how-to videos, and other resources.

  4. Use a collaborative document during the session to add to a growing resource list of tools, use ideas, methods and strategies that can be explored beyond the session.

Participants will be engaged through...

  • the use of question and answer
  • an invitation to add ideas and strategies to a collaborative document

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to...

1. Choose specific tools that can be used to enhance presence, engagement, or assessment.

2. Identify possibilities for use of these tools in their actual courses.  

3. Develop a toolbox of ideas for future exploration and use.