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Wednesday, March 14

9:00am EDT

Tech Touch Tank: Immersive Technologies
At George Mason University, immersive learning is part of the fun at our Tech Touch Tank! Embrace your inner nerd and join Instructional Technologists Jim McLean and Michelle Verneman for a hands-on encounter with some of Mason’s resident 3D technology tools. Get your feet wet with immersive technologies and discover new ways to pump up your pedagogy with virtual reality, augmented reality, 360 video, and more!

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Jim McLean

Instructional Technologist, LSS
Jim is an Instructional Technologist in Information Technology Services. He specializes in multimedia production solutions. On (and off) campus, Jim supports Kaltura's media management and distribution systems and online conferencing platforms. Jim also explores immersive technology... Read More →
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Michelle Verneman

Instructional Technologist, George Mason University

Wednesday March 14, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

1:30pm EDT

For-profit Undergraduate Graduate and Retention Rate Learning Relationships
There is a need to change the perception of the quality of online learning from for-profit universities. Government regulators have become concerned with the retention and graduation rates of perceived unqualified students who choose for-profit universities and the online learning delivery option. There is no standard set of criteria that will measure the effectiveness of education these learning modalities provide. Most studies exam student behavior, preference, or performance and do not compare modality of learning. In order to understand if a correlational relationship exists an Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) was conducted to determine the relationship between learning modality and graduation and retention rates using for-profit universities as selection criteria. This approach tested whether the known hypotheses are consistent with the researcher’s understanding of the perception that the modality of learning influences retention and graduation rates at for-profit universities independent of other elements of the online learning process. The theoretical framework that was used for this study is self-directed learning (SDL).

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Dr. Sherdenia Stewart

IS&T Program Director, South University
Dr. Stewart earned her PhD in Information Technology with a specialization in Education from Capella University. She is a graduate of Webster University with a MA in Educational Technology and University of South Carolina with a BS in Technology Support and Training Management. Dr... Read More →

Wednesday March 14, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Holley I/II

1:30pm EDT

The VCU Approach to Support A/V in Classrooms
[This session will be video Recorded] Our presentation will highlight VCU’s approach to managing audio-visual equipment in classrooms. We will discuss the types of technology we support, the breadth of our support (number of rooms, buildings, etc), types of customers (hospital staff vs faculty), and our approach to those various factors. We will also cover our proactive approach to classroom issues and the technology we are leveraging to automate reports and notifications for system issues. We will dive into our responsive approach to classroom issues and how we utilize technology to remotely support classrooms. We will also conduct a small cost comparison analysis between student's costs and support costs to demonstrate how we justify our level of support. Lastly, we will discuss the lessons we have learned during our last 5 years.


Jonathan Blake

Virginia Commonwealth University
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Jesse Castellani

Junior Security Analyst, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Mariusz Ostasz

AV Programmer, Virginia Commonwealth University
AV programming, Crestron, standards,
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Jared Parker

Classroom AV Support Manager, Virginia Commonwealth University

Wednesday March 14, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Thursday, March 15

9:00am EDT

Digital Signage: the basics and why getting right in the beginning is so important
Learn what’s most important and why. We’ll discuss the basic elements of digital signage that are a must for the small campus, and we’ll discuss some aspects that just don’t really matter in the small campus environment. We’ll also examine of few hazards for planning and work through some essentials from maintaining a digital signage network such as signal distribution, as well as some features like target casting, content strategy, content automation, and the roll of social media in digital signage at colleges and universities.

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Alicia Shires

Sr. Classroom Technology Analyst, Washington & Lee University
Alicia Shires holds an M.A. in education from Virginia Tech where her major was curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on instructional technology. Working at Washington and Lee University for 10 years now, Alicia supports the technology in classrooms and meeting spaces and oversees... Read More →

Thursday March 15, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Holley IV

11:30am EDT

Active Learning Technologies to Engage Students
Generally, college courses emphasize teaching and learning by focusing on knowledge and comprehension; this most often places students in a passive role regarding their learning. Active learning strives to build on the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation levels of learning. Less emphasis is placed on information transmission and greater importance is placed on developing skills, attitudes, and values. Technology offers greater flexibility and options to engage students in the learning process; students assume responsibility for acquiring the knowledge necessary to respond creatively, evaluate outcomes, and complete assignments.

Research has shown that Active Learning activities keep students focused, which in turn will help them learn and retain longer than when the same content is presented in other instructional formats. Cooperative activities help students understand content better because they are more actively engaged when they are working or discussing course content together. Brookfield and Preskill (2005) reported that incorporating small group activities into their classes created much greater conceptual understanding, more complex critical-thinking skills, better class attendance, and greater confidence. This session will discuss the elements of active learning and offer examples of how technology can encourage more engagement in online, face-to-face and blended classes.

Brookfield & Preskill (2005). Discussion as a way of teaching: Tools and techniques for democratic classrooms (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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Elaine Reeder

Learning Specialist, Virginia Commonwealth University

Thursday March 15, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Holley V/VI

1:30pm EDT

Fundamental Audio Setup for AV Systems
[This session will be video Recorded] Demonstrate fundamental audio processing tools to improve audio quality.

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Franklin Coffman

Fundamental Audio Setup for AV Systems, University of Virginia
I have been with the University of Virginia since 2004. I have been pursuing my interests in audio sound reinforcement, recording, and installation for over 25 years.

Thursday March 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT

4:15pm EDT

Virginia Classroom Technology SIG
Discussions relating to Classroom technologies including deployment and long term management.

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Dwayne Smith

Assistant Director, Classroom and Learning Space Technologies, Old Dominion University
Dwayne Smith is the Senior Engineer for Classroom Central at Old Dominion University. I oversee the day to day activities of the Classroom Central group. I am responsible for design and integration of new technologies in the classroom environment throughout the University. I’m an... Read More →

Thursday March 15, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Holley I/II
Friday, March 16

10:15am EDT

Creating Knowledge with Active Learning
[This session will be video Recorded] Though “active learning” is the new hot topic for AV designers in education, pedagogical theorists like bell hooks and Paulo Freire have impacted educators for decades with these ideas. Teachers of literature courses, writing workshops, and gender and race studies have been putting desks in circles and encouraging students to “create new knowledge,” actively resisting traditional classroom design. Join us to explore how we might designed spaces that lend themselves to the “radical openness” that hooks encourages in education.

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Rachel Crockett

AV Systems Engineer and Adjunct Instructor, Women's Studies, Old Dominion University
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Dwayne Smith

Assistant Director, Classroom and Learning Space Technologies, Old Dominion University
Dwayne Smith is the Senior Engineer for Classroom Central at Old Dominion University. I oversee the day to day activities of the Classroom Central group. I am responsible for design and integration of new technologies in the classroom environment throughout the University. I’m an... Read More →

Friday March 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT

10:15am EDT

VCU and Zoom: Making the Move to Software-Based Videoconferencing
A look at how and why VCU is transitioning from conferencing via hardware-based codecs to a software solution, from our first attempt at an on-premises deployment of Vidyo to our current adoption of the cloud-based Zoom. Talking points would include how we worked to get buy-in from IT managers and faculty, logistics of classroom installation and desktop support, capabilities and limitations of Zoom, the pace and scale of user adoption and which features we've implemented, which we've passed on, and why.

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David Morefield

Manager, Video Production and Teleconferencing, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Chris Taranto

Video Production Digital Editor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Friday March 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT

11:30am EDT

Changing the Face of Video Conferencing at Radford University with Zoom
In July of 2017, Radford University successfully launched Zoom’s web conferencing service providing a scalable solution while reducing technical costs for synchronous distance learning and remote business meetings. In addition to individual account access, five Zoom rooms were installed in traditional classroom settings and conference rooms. Since the launch, over 800 video meetings have occurred in Zoom with just under 5,000 participants. The product has been used for guest speakers, business meetings, candidate interviews, synchronous distance learning, lecture capture, and more. Join us for a tour of this environment, the implementation process, and what it took to make it available at Radford University.

*Note - one presenter will be in Radford and join us through Zoom. The session will serve as both a presentation and a live demo.


Don Hall

Radford University
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Shannon Phillips

Director, Technology Support Services, Radford University

Friday March 16, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT

11:30am EDT

NLCVA SIG: IT's Challenges in Supporting the Online Distant Instructor and Learner
The purpose of this SIG session is to share with and gather important information from ACCS attendees who must plan, procure, implement and support the myriad technologies used in online distance learning at the institutions represented. The Networked Learning Collaborative of Virginia will use the information gathered to understand and help address the challenges faced by IT administrators, technical staff and helpdesk support when dealing with students and in some cases, faculty, who never physically visit the campus. The following questions will be used to generate discussion:

What are your challenges in providing and supporting technology for completely online students?
What are your challenges in providing and supporting technology for completely online online faculty?
Are there special technology requirements your institution has for distance learning?
What policies are in place or you wish were in place to ease the burden of supporting the online distant instructor and learner?

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Sarah Cheverton

Assistant Coordinator, Online Learning, James Madison University

Friday March 16, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Holley VII