Poster Sessions
 
Room 126-127, 3:30-4:20 pm 
An Outcome-Driven On-Line Graduate Course: Real Time Systems Course
Subramaniam Ganesan, Oakland University
Teaching strategies for online courses are naturally different from teaching in a regular classroom. In a traditional classroom, the teacher is in direct contact with the students and the feedback from the students is observable. In an online course, however, a student does not have the same opportunities for providing feedback. Creating opportunities for students to exchange information in a forum with other students every week is a good practice and helps provide much needed feedback opportunities. In this poster we explain the techniques used to increase students’ interactions in an online course. Normally a course has five or six outcomes or objectives. We expand it to fourteen outcomes and re-arrange the course material so that each week the course material for one of the outcomes can be taught. Students do assignments related to the weekly outcome so that we can assess whether the students met the outcome. If necessary more feedback is given so that the students can meet the outcome expected. This poster presents the results for a graduate online course on ‘real time systems’. Syllabus for the course with the textbook information and the details of the weekly course material covered is given.

Using WordPress Blogs for Essay Draft and Thesis Analysis
Erik Bean, American Public University and Emily Waszak, Measure of Success 
Student blogs are a great vehicle for helping students learn collaborative writing skills, and WordPress software is a great tool for creating student blogs. As a way to share written work, student blogs can facilitate such writing processes as: brainstorming, writing, rewriting, developing theses, preparing arguments, editing, fact checking, and more. WordPress blogs can be used in many ways to sharpen your students’ writing and reinforce higher education writing standards as rigorous as those in the Common Core. In this poster we will illustrate how to easily set up a teacher tested class "safe" WordPress blog, use the blog so students can partake in peer draft analysis, learn how to moderate comments via a smartphone, contribute to and grade the reviews.

Exploring the Use of Moodle Badges in a Creativity and Innovation Class
Cynthia Sifonis, Oakland University
This poster describes a first attempt at using the new Moodle Badges feature in a Creativity & Innovation class.  It describes how the badges were used, rationale for the badges awarded to students and the student response to the badges as assessed by an end-of-the-semester survey.  Suggestions for future use of badges in a course will be discussed.

Using the Internet to Encourage Vocabulary Across the Curriculum
Jon Oaks, Macomb Community College
In almost every discipline there is jargon many students may not be familiar with. Instead of the instructor always defining a new word for the students, one strategy might be to have the students discuss the word, form a definition as a group of what they think the word means, and then use the Internet to verify their result. This is also a great strategy to use when introducing a new discussion question as students can use the Internet to help them answer questions during class that may be unfamiliar to them. This poster will show specific examples of how these strategies have been used in various mathematics classes that the presenter has taught. The hope is that the participants will see the strategies in action and use them in their own classes. The main message of the poster is that the core issue that for students to have a better understanding of any subject, vocabulary needs to be taught across the curriculum and not just in English and language classes.