2008 Summer Faculty Institute:
Featured Sessions

Podcasts are available
for the following featured sessions          

The 2008 Summer Faculty Institute held June 2-6 focused on matching technology tools to learning goals. Building upon faculty learning goals for their students, the institute presented an overview of the myriad technology choices available and guided participants toward specific strategies for their teaching.

Opening plenary presentation:
Selecting Sakai tools based on how people learn
Fred Hofstetter, Professor of Education

Monday, June 2, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

About this session
Faculty members require a wide range of instructional strategies to meet the diverse needs of students. Sakai offers flexibility by enabling faculty to decide which tools will be available to students. From the assignment feedback system, the chat room and forums, to the testing, grading, wikis, blogs and podcasts, the Sakai tool set has proven invaluable to students progressing toward their goals. Hofstetter provided evidence of the success of Sakai’s potential based on student achievement, course evaluations and survey results.

About the presenter
Hofstetter is Professor of Education at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Internet Literacy and Advanced Web Design among other books. He works with other faculty to offer graduate programs in educational technology at the master’s and doctoral levels.  Hofstetter has participated as a pilot user of Sakai and a member of the Learning Management System committee.

Featured guest presentation:
The evolution of the digital learner
Lester Ray, Apple, Inc.

Tuesday, June 3, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Lester RayAbout this session
Ray presented an interactive talk about the impact of technology on a changing profile of learners. Ray's wide-ranging talk delved into enhancing curricular pieces that have been a problem, globalization, and how to best engage students using laptops in the classroom.

About the presenter
In his work with Apple, Inc., Ray has conducted large-scale professional development events for educators such as designing and delivering the hands-on technology training for the State of Maine’s one-to-one laptop initiative. As administrator in the South Brunswick School District, Ray managed staff and budgets to provide staff development and new programs and courses. Before becoming an administrator, Ray taught biology, chemistry and physics at the high school level. At Ramapo College, Ray assisted in the development of the Masters of Educational Technology and designed and delivered the foundation course “Linking the Mind, Technology and Learning.” Ray has a long and diverse involvement in environmental education, ranging from scout leader to president of the statewide environmental education organization. Serving on the Governor’s Environmental Education Commission under three administrations, he was involved in the crafting of New Jersey’s environmental standards for education. Recently, Ray has applied his experience in Geographical Information Systems and environmental education to develop the watershed component of Revitalizing Science Teaching and Remote Sensing Technology (RST2).

Featured guest presentation:
Using technology to enhance instruction & engage students
Kimberly Dyar, Cecil County Public Schools

Wednesday, June 4, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

About this session
This session highlighted practical ways to apply technology to improve instruction and learning. An overview of podcasts, digital filmmaking, and mini-documentaries demonstrated innovative ways to merge media with course content. In small groups, participants explored simple ways to enhance their pedagogy with technology.

Kimberly DyarAbout the presenter
Kimberly Dyar is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher employed as a media specialist at Rising Sun Middle School. She holds a M. Ed. from Frostburg State University. Her teaching career has spanned both public and private schools in grades K-12. In addition, she has taught undergraduate and graduate classes at Frostburg State University and McDaniel College. Since completing the American Film Institute’s Screen Education program, she has taught filmmaking to teachers and students. Dyar serves on the Technology User Support Team for Cecil County Public Schools and provides ongoing professional development opportunities to faculty.

Keynote presentation:
50 ways to tell a story
Alan Levine, New Media Consortium

Thursday, June 5, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

About this session
It was not long ago that producing multimedia digital content required expensive equipment and technical expertise; we are at a point now where we can create compelling content with nothing more complex than a web browser. This presentation reviews lessons learned from exploring 50 web sites for creating content via slide shows, timelines, media mixers, comic strips and presentation makers—and shows how the same story can be told 50 different ways. This session will conclude with a discussion of the 2008 New Media Consortium/EDUCAUSE Horizon Report.

Alan Levine

About the presenter
From 1981–1986, Levine attended the University of Delaware where he earned a BS in Geology, minor in Computer Science and a Phi Beta Kappa key before heading west. After a Masters in Geology at Arizona State University, Levine accepted a position as Programmer Analyst/Instructional Systems at the Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction (MCLI). Projects on the MCLI web site, like the Ocotillo, the Maricopa Learning eXchange and Feed2JS furthered his expertise in this area. In 2002, his interests took him into blogging, RSS, and other Web 2.0 technologies. In April 2006, he joined the New Media Consortium (NMC) where he is the Vice President, Community and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He provides service to more than 260 member organizations via web tools, resources and communications. He is the lead technical designer and planner for all NMC web resources, facilitates face-to-face and online conference events and conducts research and support for the NMC Horizon Report. Levine blogs at cogdogblog.com.


The institute is co-sponsored by IT-User Services, Center for Teaching Effectiveness, Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education, Office of Educational Assessment and the University Library.