Second Annual Technology Showcase


Friday, April 10, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Middlesex Community College, Chapman Hall second floor
100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457

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This free conference is open to all Connecticut higher education faculty and staff, and is sponsored by MxCC’s Center for New Media and MxCC’s Center for Teaching.  Join us for a half day of presentations and demonstrations by CT faculty and staff, with the purpose of sharing ideas and tools with peers while learning something new. Questions may be directed to Sandra Couture (, 860-343-5822) or Terry McNulty (, 860-343-5889). We are looking forward to a fun and informative conference!

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8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.        Continental Breakfast (Chapman Hall, upper level)

8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.        Welcome from MxCC President Anna Wasescha (Chapman Hall, upper level)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.      Keynote: “Free Knowledge: Changing the Textbook Model” by Dr. James McDonald (Chapman Hall, upper level)  |  View Presentation

The average college student will spend $1200 a year on books, up from $900 in 2007. Textbook prices rise at a rate roughly four times the rest of the economy. In addition students have become more comfortable with alternatives to paper texts, which has encouraged a number of creative solutions to the problem of finding quality affordable classroom texts. Dr. James McDonald will discuss his experiences using open source textbooks and on-demand publishing in introductory physics classes as well as his new open-source book in both paper and epub formats being tested at the University of Hartford in the Spring 2014 semester.  

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.    Break

10:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.      Breakout Sessions (see descriptions below)

1:00 p.m.                              Adjournment – and a good time to lunch with your colleagues!

Breakout Sessions

Session 1 (10:20 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.)

  • The 21st Century Student Researcher:  Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity using Google Apps for EducationChapman Room 605  |  View Presentation
    Learn how student researchers become authorities on their writing topics by using Google Documents, Forms, Spreadsheets, and Sites in a Composition II course. Presenters will demonstration how to teach the tech tools to students and how to manage and assess the variety of assignments. Hear how they are using Google Apps at Tunxis and the neighboring high schools, and share your experiences!
    Presenters: Gayle Koffi, Tunxis Community College and Denise Jaffe, West Hartford Public Schools
  • WebEx: Getting Started and Using It to Enhance Asynchronous Learning – Chapman Room 710 | View WebEx Support Site 
    WebEx enables faculty and staff to meet with students or colleagues from any home or office computer with Internet access, or from your mobile device. Instructors can use it in online courses to facilitate real-time interactions which allow for demystifying and clarifying content better than in a typical asynchronous setting. Learn the basics of hosting a meeting, using various tools such as Chat, Polling, and Recording, and how to integrate it into your online courses. 

    Presenters: Tobi Krutt, ConnSCU Board of Regents and Pauline Clifford, Charter Oak State College
  • The Ins and Outs of Prezi – Chapman Room 808A  | View Presentation
    Prezi is a newer Flash-based form of presenting that is increasingly being utilized in educational settings.  Faculty can use Prezi to present material in a conceptual way that is visually interesting and dynamic.  This presentation will review the theoretical basis of Prezi and some of abilities and limitations of the program through demonstrations.  Approaches for using Prezi in both online and onground classrooms will be discussed as well as how to avoid common pitfalls.
    Presenter: Tara Jo Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College

Session 2 (11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

  • Explain Anything with Explain Everything – Chapman Room 605 |  View PresentationExplore an easy-to-use iPad app to write and narrate explanations which can be projected live in a classroom or recorded to post online. Instructors can use the app to answer specific questions from students, providing students with clear, easy-to-follow visual and audible explanations that they can view multiple times. It can also be used to provide dynamic instruction in online courses, or to provide students additional support in traditional, lecture-based courses that they can access at any time, from any computer.  Presenters: Justice-Taylor Baker and Mary Rayappan, Middlesex Community College
  • Three Easy Tools in Blackboard: Learn to Ignite Student Collaboration and Put Out the Fire in Your Filing Cabinet – Chapman Room 710
    This presentation will address the easy and effective use of the Discussion Forum, Blog, and Wiki tools in Blackboard Learn in courses across the curriculum. These tools can provide opportunities to increase students’ collaborative critical thinking and problem solving, alleviate time to answer course-specific questions and general facts, increase sense of community and confidence among students, ease grading duties, reduce paper, and flip a classroom.
    Presenter: Leigh Cremin, ConnSCU
  • Digital Journaling: Art and Technology – Chapman Room 808A  |  View Presentation
    Jim DeCesare will present on Digital Journaling, his college-preparatory course merging arts and social media.  In his presentation, he will show how students learn to critically analyze the form and function of digital media and to create a digital product that conveys their unique stories, causes, products and insights in a purposeful, and creative way.
    Presenter: Jim DeCesare, Tunxis Community College

Session 3 (12:10-12:55)

  • Electronic Portfolios to Enhance Student Learning and Curriculum Assessment – Chapman Room 605  |  View Presentation
    In this session, participants will learn about the uses of a free online software resource – – to enable students to construct a reflective summary of their education, often from several campus and other diverse experiences.  For the course instructors, these ePortfolio reflections provide an enlightening view of the creativity and problem-solving of non-traditional and persistent students and offer opportunities for guiding these learners towards their next educational and professional stages.
    Presenter: David Stoloff, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Research Ready – Chapman Room 710  |  View Presentation
    Many students lack the research skills they need to succeed and are often overwhelmed by the research required at a higher level. Come see how incorporating the cloud-based platform “Research Ready” into a classroom setting gives them the skills to access, evaluate, and use resources effectively and ethically.

    Presenters: Todd Hampton and Clara Ogbaa, Gateway Community College
  • Developing a Web-based Instructional Module Unit (IMU) – Chapman Room 808A  |  View Presentation
    A Web-based Instructional Module Unit is an excellent way to supplement course content. The IMU can flip the classroom, add mini lectures or snippets of information, create a series of ‘chapter’ learning supports, or used to deliver a complete class of content on a single or multiple topics. Learn about the presenter’s IMU “Internet Cookies,” used to supplement course content for 3 classes of a Technology & Society class at Becker College, as well as “MacroDiscoveries” created specifically for a Macroeconomics class at QVCC. Student feedback will be discussed as well as “how to” steps on how you can develop your own IMU – no html skills required!
    Presenter: Jean Collins, Quinebaug Valley Community College