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League for Innovation- Innovations 2008 Conference – Day 2
March 4, 2008, 4:44 am
Filed under: Conferences

Monday, March 3, 2008 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Forum Session
Century, Mezzanine, Tower Building

Is Your Class on Your Students’ iPods? Why Not?
Many of your students have little white cords sticking out of their ears. Chances are they are listening to a podcast from a learning-centered professor. During this session, learn about the many forms of podcasting and how they can be used in the learning-centered
classroom. Participants get a live demonstration of how to make a podcast from start to finish. The session itself is a podcast as participants make a podcast onsite. The session will assist educators looking to start podcasting at their institutions.

Brian Shelton, Academic Chair, Mass Communication;
Chuck Konkol, Professor, Computer and Information Systems, Rock Valley College, IL


  • This session covered the Rock Valley College deployment of iTunes U.
  • Rock Valley provides MacBooks to be used by faculty to create podcasts using Keynote, Garageband, etc.
  • iTunes U “coursesites” are created for faculty and they upload their podcasts either from their classrooms or from their office.
  • Podcasts are becoming very popular on campus, and since the Rock Valley iTunes U site is open to any iTunes user, the college is more visible.

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Plaza Ballroom, Concourse Level, Plaza Building


Stella Perez, Vice President, Operations and Technology Programs and Director, Innovations Conference, League for Innovation in the Community College

Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College

Keynote Speaker
Irwin Kirsch, Director, Center for Global Assessment, Educational Testing Services

2007 ETS Terry O’Banion Prize
Jon Alexiou, Director, Community College Initiatives, Educational Testing Service

Irwin Kirsch Keynote


  • ETS – America’s Perfect Storm (Three Forces Changing our Nation’s Future)
  • Simultaneous events are converging and joining together to create a perfect storm.
  • Force 1: Inadequate literacy skills among student and adult populations
    • Inadequate skill distributions make more a difference than many realize.
    • It’s not the length in time in school, but the outcomes of skills obtained during that time.
    • Level 1 are the students dropped out of elementary, Level 2 didn’t finish high school, Level 3 finished high school, and Level 4 and higher include bachelor and extended graduate degrees.
    • Half of america’s adults lack literacy skills needed for the 21st century. Ethnic data for literacy, from low to high are: Hispanic, Black, Asian, and Whites. (Ages 16-65.)
    • High School graduation rates peaked at 77% in 1969 and have rmained in the 70% since 1995. This is an average of all ethnic groups. These data are below 40% for males in black and hispanic groups.
    • Reading scores have remained flat since the release of a Nation at Risk in 1983. Math scores have only fared slightly better. Things haven’t really changed much since the early 80’s.
    • Average achievement gapes in both reading and math have remained stubbornly unchanged in reading or math between whites and blacks.
    • USA is not among the world’s leaders in any area of educational achievement. Either in Math, Reading, and Science.USA rank is 24th of 29 in Math, 15th of 29 in Reading, and 20th of29 in Science.
    • USA is better (rank of 2nd) at the higher age groups of 36-65, however age groups of 18-25 we rank 11th.
  • Force 2: An ongoing shift in demographic profile of our population, immigration rates and patterns
    • We are getting older.
    • We are getting increasingly diverse
    • Immigration is having a significant impact
    • America’s labor force will grow more slowly over the next 20 years, with almost none of the growth expected to come from native-born workers.
    • Immigration is projected to account for more than half of our population growth between now and 2015.
    • Most of the immigrants today are coming from central america and asia.
    • 44% of births to women under 30 are out of wedlock. The majority of these births take place among women with either no high school diploma or no postsecondary education. 62% have no high school diploma.
  • Force 3: Continuing evolution of the economy and the nation’s job structure, requiring higher levels of skills
    • Restructing of jobs, manufactoring is now less than 10%.
    • Jobs associated with college-level skills and education accounted for 2/3 of the job growth between 1984 and 2000.
    • Jobs requiring high levels of education and skills are porjected to account for almost half of the job growth over the next decade.
    • Jobs and lifetime earnings have changed. Master’s or higher degree has +15% change in earning. All others have gone down to -38% for no high school diploma.
    • Wage and salary earnings reflected a shared prosperity through 1975. Between then and now we have seen a growing inequality. Between 1960 and 1975 economy grew wages grew equaly, however, between 1975 and 2000 wages are not shared equally those with better skills and education do better, those without fell significantly behind. There is a larger divide of wages distribution than there ever was. Your skills and education has an impact on your llifetime wages.
  • What might the future look like?
    • Average literacy scores are expected to decline between 1992 and 2030, with an increase in the amoung of inequality.
    • Need to invest in policies that will improve the literacy and numeracy skills of all residents.
    • Without a renewed human capital agende there is little chance of improving economic opportunities.
    • If we don’t take series actions, we are not going to collapse, however we will be losing ground, and we will become more divided socially and economically. Book = The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth
    • These data should be viewed as an opportunity… not as a depressing situation. It’s time to face and address the challenges. We need to get more people to understand the challenges and complexities we face.
    • Sustained interest and committement to issues is important.
    • Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.” – Horace Mann
    • This presentation will be available on iStream (paid customers only).
  • Jon Alexiou – ETS (Educational Testing Service) Terry O’Banion Prize
    • Inspiring signifcant change to teaching and learning.
    • Award winner is… Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail. Dr. McPhail is a community college graduate, received a BA and MA California State U, and a Doctorate at University of Southern California. Strengthening and Sustaining a Learning Centered Community College is a book she has written.

Monday, March 3, 2008 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Forum Session
Vail, Majestic, Tower Building

Google@school: Bringing Google Technology on Campus

What does Google technology have to offer your students and faculty? Hear about how colleges across the world are using Google’s free, hosted software to increase
collaboration among professors, enhance group learning, and make it easy for distributed students and staff to track same-page assignments and projects from any place.

Jeff Keltner, Associate, Google, CA


  • The Google Guy didn’t show up… 😦
  • I made some connections with the folks around me though!
  • I met Ray Ostos from Maricopa Community Colleges. We talked about possible site visits, their K-20 teacher education program, and our common connection of Velvie Green who is now the President at Glendale.
  • I met Sean McClelland from Macomb CC who is a teaching and learning technician. He is doing a session on using games with TurningPoint technologies. I need to check out his presentation.

Monday, March 3, 2008 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Forum Session
Spruce, Mezzanine, Tower Building

Fintelo: The New Edge of Online Learning is Here!

During this session, the presenter demonstrates how Fintelo effectively manages the delivery of course content to students while providing an intuitive student-toinstructor
interface based on the latest web technologies, current research, and learning theory. Participants see Fintelo’s standards-based content management, student learning outcome (SLO) assessment, alignment of learning activities, and learner engagement features.

Participants share their education outcomes during a focused inquiry and engage in interactive activities focused on online learning environments and SLOs.

Melissa Robaina, Sales Representative, Marketing;
Will Richards, Assistant, Technology, Fintelo, CA


  • Video – Kansas State University
  • Video, network, photos, music… the chalkboard doesn’t capture these things.
  • Fintelo based on collaborative and active learning, real world project based learning, interdisciplinary learning, use of teachnology linked with effective pedgagogy, teaching to multiple learning styles.
  • Student Success – Student Engagement (online/hybrid/classrooms)
  • Gen Y – 1977-1994 – digital background, multi-tasking, Google generation, graphical visual, real world learning.
  • 6 billion text message sent each day.
  • Fintelo bridges generations – focuses on student learning, collaborative, intuitive, visual and graphic, prompt feedback, quality assumptions.
  • Video showing the Fintelo video demonstration. – Virtual office, bookshelf, binder, today view/announcements, etc.
  • Course wizard helps create introduction, preassessment, assignments, and post assessments. Outcomes are aligned to assessments.
  • Chat is embedded into the site… instead of in a separate area.
  • Gradebook, all information on 1 screen, send and receive feedback, gradebook has colors separating key areas. Single dashboard view of a course. Nice feedback icon changes to flashing read if there are comments available that haven’t yet been read.
  • All an all, some nice concepts presented, but most definitely this system is no where near as robust or enterprise level when compared to an application like Blackboard or other CMS’s. Since the Fintelo product just launched (or will be on or around March 21st), and while interesting, this application has a long way to go for the basics around providing quality tech support, institutional deployment, scalability, and so on so forth. Fintelo has a tough market to play in with the Blackboard, WebCT, Angel, Desire2Learn, Moodle, Sakai… etc.

Monday, March 3, 2008 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Forum Session
Spruce, Mezzanine, Tower Building

Lecture Capture as Easy as 1-2-3

Most faculty don’t have time to learn costly, complex solutions for recording and distributing lectures. Grand Rapids Community College partnered with TechSmith to offer an easy and effective way to capture lectures accessible by students through Blackboard and RSS feeds. Learn how faculty can capture lectures and share them in multiple formats, such as Flash, iPod Video, or MP3. Participate in a live demo in which the software is used to record and send a mini-presentation to the server. Participants receive a free trial, online documentation, and an overview handout.

Eric Kunnen, Coordinator, Instructional
Technologies, Grand Rapids Community College, MI;

Rich Boys, Product Manager, Marketing, TechSmith, MI


  • We had a great session, with an engaging audience. The slide show is below. In addition, we captured the entire presentation with Camtasia Relay. The presentation is available via Screencast.

Presentation Slides are available on Slideshare:

Audio and Screencast is available on YouTube:

Monday, March 3, 2008 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Forum Session
Savoy, Majestic, Tower Building
You Have to Reach Them to Teach Them!

Reading assignments from textbooks followed by PowerPoint presentations are a thing of the past. Learn how to keep up with students’ demand to learn using social networking, computer gaming, MP3 players, Second Life, and YouTube—to name a few. Find out
how to show up in their play lists, invade their social networks, live in their virtual worlds, and get plugged into their learning. During this interactive session, participants experience new learning tools and create a collaborative audio/video podcast.

Lori Walljasper, Coordinator, Information Technology;
Steve Holland, Instructor and Chair, English;
Scott Swanson, Program Manager, English as a Second Language and Foreign Languages, Eastern Iowa Community College, IA


  • Stick in the Dirt, Chalk, Death by Powerpoint now…
  • Blogs, Wikis, Social Networking, YouTube, Podcasting, SecondLife
  • Top applications: MySpace, YouTube, and Facebook
  • Demos of MySpace and SecondLife.
  • Podcasting 101 using Audacity and Camtasia Studio
  • All in all, a fair overview of some of the technologies available today. But not so robust of a session on direct strategies or suggestion for integration into teaching and learning.

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