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Assessing Impact: Developing Quality Online Courses

19th Annual SLOAN Consortium International Conference on Online Learning
November 20-22, 2013, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Engage in an assessment cycle to measure learning outcomes for faculty in Institutes for Online Course Development. Read the Extended Abstract.


Supporting Instructional Design & Distance Education for Online Learning

ACCS 2013 Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia
March 13-15, 2013

Presented by: Andrea Adams, James Madison University & Rick Reo, George Mason University

Staff from two VA colleges will share their experiences, best practices and technologies for supporting online education at their schools. A goal of this session is to establish a community of instructional designers and other distance education administrative or technical staff for the purposes of sharing resources and discussing issues related to online course development, faculty training, and technical support.  A 15 minute Q&A is planned at the end of this session.


Selected Publications & Presentations

Estes, M., Liu, J., Zha, S., & Reedy, K. (Accepted). Designing for problem-based learning in a collaborative STEM lab: A case study. TechTrends.

Harris, C. & Zha, S. (2013). Concept mapping: A critical thinking technique. Education, 134(2), 207-211.

Zha, S., Adams, A., & Mathews-Ailsworth, J. (2013). Examining the blog use in a faculty development program: A multiple case study. International Journal of Learning Technology, 8(1), 5-19.

Zha, S. & Ottendorfer, C. (2011). Effects of peer-led online asynchronous discussion on undergraduate students’ cognitive achievement. American Journal of Distance Education, 25(4), 238-253.

Perrin, K., Rusnak, L., Zha, S., Lewis, D., & Srinivasan, S. (2009). Using blended learning to ensure consistency and quality in multiple course sections. The Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, 5(1), 42-48.

Zha, S., & Fitzgerald, G. (2010). Effectiveness of online case-based instruction on international teaching assistants' presentation and active listening strategies. In L. L. B. Border (Ed.), Studies in Graduate and Professional Student Development (Vol. 13, pp. 122-136). Stillwater, Oklahoma: New Forum Press.

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Adams, A., Liu, J. & Zha, S. (2013). Assessing impact: Developing quality online courses. Paper presented at the 19th. Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Harris, C. & Zha, S. (2012). A Solomon four-group design assessment of critical thinking. Paper presented at the Best Practices in Teaching Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Adams, A., Calcagno-Roach, J., Chappell, M. A., Liu, C., Mathews-Ailsworth, J. L. & Zha, S. (2011). Creating immersion development experience for faculty teaching blended and online courses. Paper presented at the 2011 EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Zha, S., Tsai, H., & Fitzgerald, G. (2008). The impact of online interactions on individual transfer of knowledge in case-based discussion. Paper presented at the Poster Session at the Annual Conference of Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Orlando, FL.

Ko, M., & Zha, S. (2004). Bridging the digital divide: The impact of public libraries on computer access and Internet use. Presentation and Proceedings paper presented at the Poster Session at the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) National Forum, St. Louis, MO.


Build Your Own Network: Innovating the Liberal Arts

New Media Consortium Summer Conference

Portland, Oregon

Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

Advances in technology in higher education often arise from dedicated interdisciplinary centers on research-intensive campuses. Since such focused resources are often beyond the mission and budget of liberal arts institutions, how can we foster technology-driven innovation at teaching-focused universities? Building on our research at such a campus, we propose that a viable answer is to marshal already-existing resources to build a research network that connects students, faculty, and campus organizations. Central to the success of this network, we argue, is sustaining a small interdisciplinary research team that promotes adaptable social media technologies as classroom and research practices.


Student Guide to JMU Learning Spaces: Wherever They Happen to Be

Invited presentation at the Dingledine Scholarship Luncheon
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
April 2014


Emerging Quality Standards for Online Learning

Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia 2014 Conference
Presented by: Sarah Cheverton, Lisa Ames (University of Mary Washington), and Joy Taylor (George Mason University)
Charlottesville, Virginia
March 2014


Beyond Blogging: WordPress as a Platform for Innovation

Sloan-C Annual International Conference

Orlando, FL

Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

JMU faculty, from a variety of disciplines, are using WordPress as a platform for building innovative and imaginative web spaces to enhance teaching and scholarship.


Beyond Blogging: WordPress as a Platform for Innovation

OpenVA: Virginia’s Summit on Open and Digital Learning

University of Mary Washington

Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

n this presentation, we will show how faculty are using WordPress as a platform for building innovative and engaging web applications to support their teaching and scholarship. We will cover a wide range of topics and technologies; such as podcasting, video sharing, digital storytelling, digital scholarship, public history, social networking, Google maps, mobile-friendly themes, content upload from mobile devices, student journals and fanzines, the flipped blog, co-authoring, peer review, and more. Our demonstrations will highlight a couple of emerging trends within the JMU community. Multimedia assignments delivered online with a shelf-life extending beyond the semester are becoming more common. Students are creating video and audio files and sharing these on easily discoverable web sites. Students are also creating exhibits of carefully curated artifacts. WordPress is a place where scholarship is expressed. Unexpectedly, WordPress has also become an object of learning, a class assignment. Students in disciplines like Public Relations and Technical Communication are learning to build their own WordPress sites.


Assessing Faculty Needs: A Mixed Methods Approach

Library Assessment Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia
October 29-31, 2012

Presented by: Andrea Adams, Nisa Bakkalbasi, Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Jason Kopp, Megan Rodgers, John Sessoms, Donna Sundre, Nicole Wilson

This paper reports on the usefulness of a mixed method research approach to gain an understanding of teaching needs of faculty related to Learning Management Systems (LMS). Instruction using a learning management system (LMS) is a growing practice at institutions of higher education and the technology needs that faculty have for online, blended and face-to-face environments are evolving. The purpose of this study is to investigate and determine faculty needs related to instructional technologies and specifically their needs for a LMS. In an attempt to consider multiple viewpoints, perspectives, and standpoints a mixed method needs assessment approach (that is, qualitative and quantitative methods) was employed.


Developing JMU Faculty One Click at a Time

Turning Technologies User Conference

San Diego, CA

Presented by: Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Nicole Wilson

From zero participants in workshops to fifteen plus in book talks and faculty forums, as Instructional and Educational Technologists at James Madison University, we have found creative ways to reach faculty when it comes to clicker training.  House calls have become the preferred method to obtain one-on-one personalized “how-to” training instead of a workshop that broadly covers everything.  Providing opportunities for the faculty to collaborate and share is in high demand among clicker users.  The switch from the typical workshop environment to more innovative sessions has sparked more interest in faculty use of clickers and more collaboration within departments.  


Selected Publications and Presentations

Liu, C., Zha, S., Calcagno-Roach, J., & Mathews-Ailsworth, J. (2011). Creating Immersive Development Experiences for Faculty Teaching Blended and Online Courses. Presentation at EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Mathews-Ailsworth, J. & Zha, S. (2010). Establishing Meaningful Assessment Practices for Faculty Development Initiatives. Presentation at Virginia Assessment Group Conference, Lynchburg, VA.

Font, G., Kellison, K., & Mathews-Ailsworth, J. (2010). Educational Gaming Habits of James Madison University Students. Poster session at the Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference, Harrisonburg, VA.


Visual Resource Association Annual Conference 2010

Madison Digital Image Database Special Interest User Group, VRA Annual Conference, March 2010.
Kevin Hegg, Andreas Knab and Christina Updike


Perspectives on Institutional Best Practices for Online Teaching and Learning

EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference, Denver, CO, November 5, 2009.


Clickers Exhibit

Presented by: Jamie Calcagno

February 27th, 2009 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA

Jamie Calcagno, Educational Technology consultant, presented a poster session on Clickers, JMU's Classroom Performance System, at the 5th Annual Teaching & Learning with Technology conference at James Madison University. Jamie presented information on what is a Classroom Performance System, how they are being used in the classroom and some statistics on student perception of clickers at JMU. 


Using A Visual Information Management System to Develop Conceptual Integration: A Case Study

Sloan-C International Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning, San Francisco, CA.


VRA Mid-Atlantic Engaging New Technologies

Presented by: Andrea Adams, Jamie Calcagno, Mary Ann Chappel, Sarah Cheverton
May 29, 2009 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA
Presentation: http://sites.google.com/site/vramidatlantic

Andrea Adams, Assistant Director of Faculty Development, Jamie Calcagno, Educational Technology Consultant, Mary Ann Chappel, Educational Technologies Librarian, and Sarah Cheverton, CIT Director, facilitated a 6-hour work session for the VRA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting Participants on Engaging in New Technologies.  The Theme was Speed Dating:  Matching you with the technology of your dreams. Participants worked with CIT technology matchmakers who organized group events to allow them to get better acquainted with social media tools in a safe, no pressure environment.  


Selling Visual Resources: Educating and Engaging the Educators

Visual Resources Association 27th Annual Conference, Toronto Canada
Presented by: Sarah Cheverton, Director
March 2009

As more educators immerse themselves in digital technology and new images/tools become available from a variety of online resources, faculty and students in and outside of the arts are incorporating images into their teaching and research. This workshop, developed and facilitated by Sarah and three colleagues in visual resource centers around the US (Univ of California, Irvine; University of Texas, Austin; and Washington University) explored several techniques for reaching and teaching faculty who use, or what to use, images in the classroom.


Visual Resource Association Annual Conference 2009

Madison Digital Image Database Special Interest User Group, VRA Annual Conference, March 2009.
Andreas Knab and Christina Updike


JMU CIT Technology Demonstrations

Presented by: Joshua Mathews-Ailsworth, Jamie Calcagno, Bruce Matthias, D. Lee Beard, and Grover Saunders
February 27th, 2009 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA

Joshua Mathews-Ailsworth, Educational Technology Consultant, Jamie Calcagno, Educational Technology Consultant, Bruce Matthias, Lead Learning Support Specialist, D. Lee Beard, Assistant Director of Media Services, and Grover Saunders, Web Media Design Engineer facilitated a session to spotlight innovative ways to use technologies to enhance courses at the 5th Annual Teaching & Learning with Technology Conference at James Madison University. Demonstrations included:
    * How to Embed and Use Google Applications in Blackboard (Including Calendar, Docs, Forms, Blogger & Picasa slideshow)
    * How to Quickly Add Video to Blackboard from a Flip Camera
    * JMUtube and other Online Video Resources
    * CIT Multimedia Services


Assessing the Quality and Effectiveness of Online Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Education

Invited presentation. Educational Technology Cooperative, Southern Regional Education Board, Naples, FL.


Strategies for Transitioning to the Age of Digital Media

Strategies for Transitioning to the Age of Digital Media
Presented by Sarah Cheverton and Christina Updike, Visual Resources Curator, James Madison University
Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management
July 8, 2008, Duke University in Durham, North Carolina

Sarah Cheverton, Manager of Faculty Development Services and Christina Updike, Visual Resources Specialist facilitated a 2-hour workshop for SEI participants on strategies for successfully transitioning their departments and their faculty to a digital media environment. The workshop was presented in a lecture and experiential format.


Online Teaching: What Is It Really Like?

Invited presentation. Educational Technology Cooperative, Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.