Ed Tech in Action: Using Technology to Help Students Grow in Web-Based and Face-to-Face Instruction

Concurrent Session 1

Brief Abstract

Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss how they support student growth and learning with emerging tech and adapted teaching methods in online, on-site, and blended learning environments. This conversation will be a forum for cross-disciplinary networking and problem solving to advance innovation and successful implementation of available technologies.


Rachel Mack, PhD, DNP, APRN, C-FNP, CNE, is an associate professor and associate dean of academic affairs at Frontier Nursing University. She has been a nurse practitioner for eight years and an educator for more than 10. Dr. Mack received her PhD and DNP from Oklahoma City University and her MSN from Frontier Nursing University. Her clinical experience focuses on rural primary health care and prescription drug abuse. Today, Dr. Mack spends the majority of her time teaching at Frontier Nursing University and serving as their go-to academic writing expert.
As an Associate Professor of Psychology at Stevenson University, Dr. Wong has taught classes such as Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Psychology, Writing for Psychology, and Parenting. She is especially interested in incorporating technology in her teaching. Dr. Wong also has an active research program focusing on child development within the family context. Her work has been published in journals such as Child Development and the Journal of Family Psychology.
Dr. Ashley Babcock is the associate director of the Academic Success Center (ASC) and a professor in the School of Education at Northcentral University. She has over ten years experience in the fields of learning assistance and teaching scholarly writing/research. Dr. Babcock is active within learning center associations and is the founder and immediate past president of the Maryland College Learning Center Association (MDCLCA). She also holds coaching and tutoring certifications with the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and the National Tutoring Association (NTA). Within her center, Dr. Babcock fosters a student-focused environment where coaches use technology and resources to assist students in being self-directed learners.
Dr. Mindi Mull is the Associate Director of Faculty Support and Development for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Northcentral University (NCU). In her role, Mindi guides and supports faculty in effective online teaching practices. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Toledo and has been teaching since 2001.

Extended Abstract

How can digital tools help advance students’ critical thinking and communication skills and prepare them for a successful career? How can we adapt teaching methods to best implement these technologies? Are there tools that work better in face-to-face instruction than web-based instruction, and vice versa?

These are just a few of the questions that emerge as student demand for online educational resources grows, with educators and campus administrators working to meet that demand successfully. E-learning professionals and educators in various learning environments will have an opportunity to compare how they nurture student growth and learning using ed tech tools. The discussion will be led by educators working to advance student learning in the disciplines of psychology and nursing, and through an academic learning center providing co-curricular support for students. These educators will illustrate how they are using tools such as Academic Writer, BlackBoard’s SafeAssign, and video collaboration to help students with academic writing both inside and outside of the classroom.

This will be a forum for meaningful exchange about resources that help students master discipline content and develop career-relevant skills. Discussion leaders will help to guide the conversation, noting resources that assist them in providing actionable student feedback to foster self-directed learning. They will introduce a variety of free and paid tools for providing formative feedback and in-depth coaching, sharing how their schools and departments have personalized their use of available technologies. With tools and instructional methods that go beyond basic correction by engaging students in a constructive scaffolding process, students are empowered to develop confidence and competence in their respective fields.

Discussion leaders will also share how they are spreading the word about evidence-based technology to improve the quality of instructional materials and the presentation of constructive feedback. They will provide examples of socializing tools across campus and offering faculty trainings so that their colleagues can make the most of their access to these tools. Attendees will share their experiences with augmenting instruction through technology use in different learning environments and discuss their efforts to promote student engagement, long-lasting skill development, and content expertise.

Whether you are an educator, administrator, or ed tech specialist navigating the broader marketplace of technologies, this session is intended to help anyone using or supporting the implementation of online learning tools in higher ed. You will leave this conversation armed with immediately applicable examples from the e-learning community that will help you strategically implement digital tools. With insights from others in the field advancing education innovation, this session will provide guidance as you help students develop the curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills that will propel them onto a successful career track.