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March 8-10, 2023

 
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Pate, Amy
Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District







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Using Nearpod to Transform Your Class!

This session will introduce participants to Nearpod and how it can help transform a standard class into an engaging and interactive one with the use of their built in digital activities. Participants will learn how to create a Nearpod Presentation and add digital interactive activities within their presentation. Participants will also be introduced to Nearpod's ready-made lesson library and the reports that are available. This will be a hands-on session and participants should bring a device. This session is appropriate for K-12 and Higher Education.


Pate, Amy
Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School







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Transform your Teaching with Apple!

This session will introduce ways Apple Apps can be used to encourage creativity and transform your class. Participants will learn some basics of using Apple Apps (iPad or MacBook) and how to create engaging activities for their students. Participants will participate in discussion about lesson ideas and will be given resources to take back with them to their classrooms that can be used right away. Apple Apps discussed: Keynote, Pages, Clips, iMovie, GarageBand, and Books. Participants will need to bring an Apple Device (iPad or MacBook)


Pardo, Amy
University of Alabama







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Student Conference with Power: The 15 Minute Impact!

How do we retain our teaching uniqueness within a tech space? Crafting our teaching strengths within a technological framework is often challenging. The individual student conference provides a venue to do so. Setting course expectations, instilling student confidence, and targeting content delivery are three important aspects to an individual student conference, and integrating technology is essential in meeting these needs. Using your course management system effectively can become an essential part of the process as we consider how to create concrete goals for assignments that are meaningful to students, encourage the student to become part of the process in active learning, and teach successfully: • Craft individualized dynamic docs • Create an empowering environment • Reinforce the assignment parameters This presentation will provide specific techniques for using a course management system in the individual meeting based on a 15 minute student-instructor conference.


Adkins, Melissa
Lamar County School District







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AI "With Google"

“WithGoogle” showcases coding experiments using Chrome, AI, AR, WebVR, and much more. Because artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to impact our lives, students need to understand how it works and have the ability to have a role in developing that artificial intelligence. “With Google” includes tools and resources that inspire others to create their own experiments. Bring your Chrome-compatible device to explore Google’s AI experiments collection that fits into the K-12 setting and can help you and your students discover how artificial intelligence works. Be ready for hands-on fun!


Adkins, Melissa
Lamar County School District







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The Trifecta of Forever Free That Keeps Getting Better

Explore three forever FREE platforms that promote curation, reflection, and creation for both teachers and students. Wakelet, Flip, and Canva are all user-friendly tools that make student learning visible and support the development of life skills our students need to be able to successfully communicate and collaborate with others. These platforms also provide opportunities for teachers to curate and create materials to make more engaging and effective lessons. This trifecta continuously listens to educator feedback and adjusts accordingly. They keep getting better and better. Participants in this session will be able to get started with Wakelet, Flip, and Canva and obtain resources to quickly integrate these platforms into their classrooms.


Adkins, Melissa
Lamar County School District







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Deep Dive into Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture is a hidden gem in Google. It has something for every K-12 grade level and content area. In this session, participants will go on a scavenger hunt of the free Google Arts and Culture website to explore what it has to offer. There are teacher tips, lesson plans, virtual field trips, collections, themes, experiments, and cultural experiences to capture the passion of all who explore. There truly is something for everyone.


Jackson, Jerri
University of West Alabama







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What's in Your Toolbox? 5 Great Digital Tools

Educators everywhere are always looking for NEW and emerging tools that allow them and their students to be creative and informative, as well as ways to make teaching and learning fun and engaging. This session will introduce to some and demonstrate to others five excellent digital tools that can be used in classrooms, training sessions, and by individuals to promote learning. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the five emerging digital resources/tools, learn five benefits of the resources/tools, and be given the opportunity to explore two of the newer resources during the sessions. It is strongly encouraged that participants bring a laptop to this session. Participants will explore the following tools: Simple Show, CANVA, Wakelet, Piktochart, and Pixton


Jackson, Jerri
University of West Alabama







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Remastering the Use of Digital Tools in Classrooms & Online Learning

In higher education today, it is critical that we engage students in the classroom and in online environments. Through the use of new and innovative technologies, professors have the opportunity to create an environment with new experiences that stimulate learning. No longer can we fear the use of technology, but we must openly embrace it, especially after COVID. This interactive presentation will provide participants with best practices for remastering the use of digital tools and technology in their face-to-face classrooms as well as in online courses. A variety of apps and technological tools will be examined that can be used to increase student involvement and engage learners in various learning environments.


Adkins, Melissa
Lamar County School District







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Treasure Chest full of Google Goodies

Google’s Arts and Cultural website is the “X” on the map when it comes to Google’s hidden gems. It has something for every grade level and content area. In this session, participants will discover the free Google Arts and Culture website and explore the treasures it has to offer. There are teacher tips, lesson plans, virtual field trips, collections, themes, experiments, and cultural experiences to capture the passion of all who explore. Everyone can find true treasures at artsandculture.google.com/


Stuart, Jason
MS Gulf Coast Community College







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Do Androids Dream of Free Essays: How Will AI Transform Education?

Open AI, a collaborating partner now with Microsoft, is a research and deployment company whose self-described mission "is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity." They have been developing a series of machine-learning software programs. Chief among these are the more famous Dall-E 2, an image generating engine, and its less famous older sibling, GPT-3, a text generating engine. GPT-3 (and the soon-to-be-released GPT-4) creates original, high quality text from simple commands given by a human operator. These prompts can request anything as simple as recipes or driving directions all the way up to advanced code for other software applications. The options for this technology and its potential output are effectively limitless, and it is getting better by the hour, exponentially better. Can it write college essays? Yes, it can, and it can write them quite well, actually. By the time this conference happens, it will be several measures better. The text it generates is virtually indistinguishable from human writing, and it can switch between higher and lower levels, and it can even emulate specific styles. Most importantly, it generates text that is always completely original and would never show up in a plagiarism detector. So how will this transform education? The short answer is: fundamentally, and down to its very core. This session will offer a general description and demonstration of the text-generating software and then open up to a round-table discussion on the potential uses and benefits of this technology to educators as well as the more short-term problem of addressing academic integrity.


Luckeydoo, Wally
Wilson County Schools (TN)







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Perceptions of Virtual Teachers on their Relationship with Students.

The Perception of High School Teachers on their Relationship with Students in a Remote Virtual Setting-The research examined the perceptions of high school teachers on their relationships with students in a remote virtual school setting. Teacher-student relationships are at the heart of the education system. There is minimal research about the teacher-student relationship in the remote virtual environment. This case study provides perspectives and experiences of teachers who participated in at least one school year in both the virtual and traditional face-to-face school settings. The study examines the factors of the teacher-student relationship in the virtual environment, how remote learning altered the social-emotional development of high school instructors, and how communication impacted the relationship when transitioning to a remote setting. I will go through my research and open up the floor to discuss relationships in a remote virtual school setting.


Verneuille, Kim
MCCB







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MOA and The Importance for Community Colleges

The Methods of Administration (MOA) program ensures students have equal access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. A state may use a variety of investigative strategies, such as data requests, policy reviews, desk audits, interviewing school staff, surveying students, and on-site reviews, among other practices to conduct compliance reviews. MCCB works with community colleges to identify unlawful discrimination and instruct them in remedies for and prevention of such discrimination. Understanding the process is important to everyone to make sure all students are provided accommodations when needed to every student to assist them in their successful college education and career. Knowing what is necessary for the MOA process can make the MOA review much easier to manage. Join me for a close look at the MOA process and how you can be an asset to your school.


Hayes, Robin
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College




Co-Presenters: Brian Donegan, Dr. Jamie Gruich, Vic Gauthreaux


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Connected Coast Initiative: Using IoT to Bridge Construction & IT

In this session, we will discuss strategies from a National Science Foundation ATE grant titled “Training Technicians to Install and Maintain Connected Technologies in Business and Smart Homes,” which is a joint effort of the Information Systems and Construction Engineering Technology programs at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). The PI and Co-PIs will discuss how the grant idea was formulated, the courses required for the new “IoT and Smart Technology” certificate program developed at MGCCC, methods used to implement the curriculum, and examples of student projects. They will also share the lessons learned and the challenges involved in crossing these disciplines.


Walters, Kim
Mississippi State University







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The Chalkboard to the iPad. Evolution of Classroom Instruction

In this session I will explore the evolution of classroom instruction. Many of us began with the chalkboard and are now using some form of technology for classroom instruction. I hope to encourage those who are still hesitant to fully embrace the classroom technology and I hope to learn from those who are using it more proficiently that I am. Why is the technology more efficient and how could we still use it better? You may remember when the graphing calculator made it's debut. Now we can use products such as Desmos to help students see the math. Where have we been and where are we going?


Burge, Dylon
Poplarville School District







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Bridging the Distance with Technology

In this session, we will go over a plethora of tools that can be used to help engage students whether they are in the classroom or learning virtually through a screen. We will be going over several tools teachers can use that will cover classroom management, games, assessments, enrichment, and virtual reality. The VR portion will focus heavily on the Merge Cubes that were presented last year.


Sharrow, Amanda
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College




Co-Presenters: Adrienne R. McPhaul, Dr. Kelly Rouse


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Utilizing Digital Methods to Increase Student Persistence in STEM

In October 2021, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College received a National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant to fund the award “Excelerate: Inspiring Excellence and Accelerating Achievement Through a STEM Scholars Program.” Currently, MGCCC is the only community college in the state of Mississippi with an active NSF S-STEM Grant. The primary goal of this program is to provide scholarships to academically talented STEM students with demonstrated financial need. In addition to its monetary benefits, this scholarship program also aims to provide students with co-curricular support such as faculty and peer mentoring, tutoring, online Leadership courses, and a Summer Bridge Program. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for the digital transformation of the student experience has become more and more apparent. The Excelerate in STEM Scholarship Program has leaned into this need by creating virtual components that allow students to continue the pursuit of their academic goals and retain a connection to their fellow scholars when a face-to-face interaction wasn’t always an option. In this presentation, we will discuss the NSF S-STEM Grant proposal writing process, the digital approaches that were implemented to increase student recruitment, retention, persistence and completion in STEM at the community college level, and the use of data collection through Qualtrics to evaluate the progress and success of the program.


Duguid, Stephanie
Copiah-Lincoln Community College







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Understanding Personality Profiles Leads to Better Communication

The diversity of students today can require individualized approaches to communication. This session will highlight differences and insight to communicating with students. The learner will: 1) Identify their own learning style at the time of the session, 2) Review various types of learners in a quadrant format, 3) Identify common communication methods among each group, and 4) Practice communication with a learner from a different grouping. As an instructor, it is imperative that the methods of instruction assist in reaching each style of learning in the classroom. By varying communication methods based on student needs, instructional success is inevitable. Many instructors tend to teach the way they were taught years ago. However, the current student is more dynamic, tech friendly and has varying ways of communicating. By understanding each learner, the instructor can adjust and offer unique pedagogical opportunities to reach each student where they are. No more chalk and talk, but rather adapt, discover, and empower.


Duguid, Stephanie
Copiah-Lincoln Community College







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Digital Delivery Leads to Increased Student Access & Affordability

Today’s 21st-century students expect their institutions to be up-to-date with digital trends, as they juggle competing priorities of school, family, work, and finances. Cost-savings and affordability also impact students’ choices and decisions. Helping students succeed and improve their lives is the goal of every community college, yet costs are putting up barriers for many. Through inclusive access models, institutions such as Copiah Lincoln Community College are implementing savings for students while providing first day access to required course content. First day access boosts achievement by ensuring students don’t get left behind and drop courses, provides increased revenue for bookstores, and offers institutions a path to stay current and meet the needs of today’s student with immediate anytime, anywhere access at a lower cost.


Duguid, Stephanie
Copiah-Lincoln Community College







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Shift Institutional Processes from High Touch to Touchless

At colleges, there are several processes that focus on interactions which includes touching and exchanging items. Two programs that have unlimited potential for shifting processes from high touch to touchless are Forms and Bookings. During this session: 1) Participants will learn about additional optional programs found in the Office 365 package including Forms and Bookings, 2) Participants will explore various opportunities where Forms can be used to create touch processes into touchless processes, 3) Participants will review the set-up process and interactivity using Forms as well as Bookings In education, it is a challenge to get students to respond to inquiries or processes at the college. By shifting many processes from high touch to touchless, student responses increased in all areas. In addition, the ability to collect data, reorganize information, and organize responses make the process much more efficient. Over the past few years, many processes had to chance due to the pandemic. In a limited timeframe along with limited budgets, it is imperative to find solutions that are simple to develop while being available at little to no cost.


Smith, Trevor
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College







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Beyond Bored Apes: NFTs and Blockchain Technology Use Cases

Powered by blockchain technology, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) promise to revolutionize the means by which assets and information are held and transferred. Within academia, NFTs represent a paradigm shift in security, record-keeping, and classroom management. This presentation will discuss the technology behind NFTs as well as a range of use cases that will soon be part of higher education processes. Included will be an analysis of the specific blockchain platforms that host NFTs, potential challenges toward adoption, and current use cases.


Richardson, Erin
Meridian Community College







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Meeting New RSI Standard While Reducing Instructor Load

In 2021, new RSI standards were initiated by the Department of Education, and then were further defined again at the end of 2022. Covid-19, that initiated the leap for institution to go completely online, brought a new hyper focus and attention on online learning. This new focus and these standards seek to create online courses that mirror their face-to-face counterparts and produces regular interaction from instructor to student, student to instructor, and student to student. Also, not only were institutions needing to adhere to these new standards of interaction, but they are also required to produce data that indicates they are meeting these new standards. Meridian Community College's eLearning division started the process of preparing our faculty for the new RSI standards that were issued by the Department of Education in December 2021. We will share and highlight best practices that we have produced over the last year, the technology and software, including Microsoft Teams and Harmonize, used and the training we have given to our faculty to meet these new standards and data collection needs, while still focusing on reducing instructor load.


Khan, Abu
Jackson State University







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Impact of Technology Based Learning in Math and Science

Experience of involuntary adoption of completely technology-based online instruction during the pandemic is ever present in our psyche. Perhaps it is more so in students’ learning practices and instructors’ recent experiences in teaching. Instructors in all levels used various corrective measures in delivering concepts and testing students to minimize the limitations of purely technology-based teaching during the pandemic. Yet, increasingly the far-reaching impact of the practice is being felt in higher education in STEM areas. Traditionally, instructors are aware of the fact that students come with less than required background knowledge to take college level courses, especially math based science courses. Since in-person teaching is reintroduced, this deficiency as observed in students is alarming even with the corrective measures implemented during pandemic. Changes in students’ learning behavior and instructors’ teaching practices in relation to the observed pronounced shortfall in background knowledge will be presented.


Taylor, Lara
MSU Libraries







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Building an Emerging Technology Presence

As the chairman of the Emerging Technologies Committee for the Mississippi State University Libraries, I will explain how this new committee was formed. The purpose of this committee is to explore and implement new ways to bring technology into the libraries that will enhance student learning and faculty teaching and research. One of the main goals of the committee is fostering partnerships with other colleges and special units on campus. I will discuss how the committee sets goal priorities and how we keep up with relevant technology. Our committee is currently working on several short-term projects and many long-term projects. I look forward to sharing this journey and any experience that others can glean from this. I may use a PowerPoint presentation, if that is acceptable and available. I would also love to provide a time to answer questions from the audience.


Taylor, Lara
MSU Libraries







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Graphics, QR Codes, and Videos: Why do they matter?

Emerging technologies also includes the trends and resources for social media. So much of what we have come to expect in our favorite platforms would not exist without technology. The same skills that are used in social media can also be used to enhance teaching and learning in classrooms. I spent over thirty years in graphic design for television production and owned a social media company for over seven years. This presentation will explore three of my favorite online platforms for creating graphics, QR codes, and creating/editing videos. We will look at features of each platform. For creating online graphics, I like Adobe Express. We will discuss ease of use and the benefits of Adobe Stock Images. QRCodeMonkey is one of my favorite resources. We will discuss creating unique QR codes and how to use QR codes in teaching. With Moovly, we will discuss how videos can be used for instruction or as class assignments.


Franklin, Elizabeth
University of Mississippi Medical Center







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Digital Credentials for Faculty Development: Make Learning Stick

Most continuing professional development (CPD) for higher education faculty and those in academic medicine consists of attending a didactic session based on a training model in which the presenter controls the agenda and participants are primarily passive. Generally, there is little or no follow-up assessment beyond measuring satisfaction levels (Kennedy, 2005). As more transformative models of CPD emerge, robust assessment of its effectiveness is needed. Including a reward/tracking system, such as a digital badge or credential, can be an innovative method of ensuring sound educational theory in CPD and strengthening the CPD activity-to-practice improvement relationship. In this session, the U Med Cred digital credentialing initiative at UMMC will be outlined with specific implications for faculty CPD in all levels of teaching. Aileen Kennedy (2005) Models of Continuing Professional Development: a framework for analysis, Journal of In-Service Education, 31:2, 235-250, DOI: 10.1080/13674580500200277


Beene, Connie
Certiport




Co-Presenter: TBD


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Give Your Students the Edge with Industry-Recognized Certifications

The job market is tough, and documenting knowledge is critical. How are technical skills, micro-credentials and certifications embedded and supported in your programs? Certiport offers a wide variety of industry-recognized certifications which can make a difference in salary and career options. These credentials are aimed at closing the skills gap, and enhancing individual productivity, marketability, and value. Find out about the practice exams and learning products designed to increase student success in the digital world. It’s even more critical in our environment when in many cases the hiring process is virtual. This session will also feature faculty who will share best practices and success stories. All attendees will be provided demos for curriculum options and practice testing as well as a certification exam voucher.


Yarbrough, Steven
Mississippi State University




Co-Presenter: S. Taylor Yarbrough


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IT'S ALIVE! Breathing New Life with Style into the Online Classroom

Can an online course look aesthetically pleasing while remaining accessible and abiding by institutional quality standards? That is the question the Instructional Design Team at Mississippi State University set out to answer. After overcoming many hurdles ranging from technological limitations to learning new and innovative ways to create accessible online content, we've finally reached an answer - YES! This presentation will outline the process the ID Team underwent to create an online template platform that promotes aesthetics, Quality Matters, ease of use, and rapid design and development. Our system utilizes a series of Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) libraries along with a collection of pre-built wireframe layouts. This system was developed to ease the burden on the ID Team. We implemented an inheritance system within our template platform that lessens the amount of code necessary, ensuring that faculty of all technical backgrounds are capable of utilizing our templates effectively.


Schmidtke, Carsten
University of Southern Mississippi







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Modularization and Badging in Employee Training and Development

One of the greatest frustrations for new (and long-term) employees is having to sit through required training on information that employees are already familiar with. Such training is often seen as a waste of time and a chore and is discharged with minimal effort. Having to participate in such training sessions takes employees away from their workplaces and can also have a negative effect on morale. The solution to these issues can be modularization and badging. Modularization allows training to be broken into shorter digital sessions that are chosen by employees as needed. Instead of having to participate in an all-day workshop, employees can be allowed to prove competence by simply completing an assessment for each section. That way, employees can choose to watch and listen to those sections that provide them with new information and simply take the assessment for those that they are already familiar with. That way, known material is not needlessly reviewed, and much time can be saved. If someone changes employers, the result is often that employees must repeat onboarding activities they have already completed for previous employers. For example, college instructors might have to repeat training on diversity of Title IX or information security that they have already completed with their previous employers. This is where badging can be useful. Once an employee completes a training session on diversity, for example, the completion will be noted in the form of a digital badge in a portable digital register. If the employee then changes employers, the badge can be used to prove to future employers that certain training topics have been completed, thus removing a requirement to repeat the training. This presentation will focus on how digitization and modularization of training content can make required training less onerous and time-consuming and how the earning of portable digital badges can prevent employees from having to take the same training again when changing employers. In that respect, digital technology can simplify processes and experiences and help meet employee requirements. It can also increase morale when employees do not have to listen to the same content two or more times and make everyone more productive by limiting time away from the workplace.


Stokes, Arianna
Mississippi Community College Board







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Feedback That's Fetch

Feedback is an essential component of the learning process; it helps students understand where they are and how to improve academically. This session will focus on identifying Canvas feedback tools, feedback pitfalls for instructors, and strategies and best practices for providing meaningful feedback. Upon completing this session, participants should be able to: identify the elements of meaningful feedback, identify Canvas feedback tools, utilize Canvas tools for feedback, create personalized feedback templates, and utilize meaningful feedback strategies. This session takes a cool approach, with adaptations and special appearances from the Paramount Picture "Mean Girls", from which the term "Fetch" is derived. This isn't a regular presentation; this is a cooool presentation!


Britt, Margaret
Copiah-Lincoln Community College




Co-Presenter: Margaret Britt


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Be the Technology

Come and fly though technology and the Microsoft 365 updates and changes. Let's take it to the next level one more time with Margaret!


Saxon, Gay
Hinds Community College




Co-Presenter: Tamisha Johnson


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Establishing a Culture of Change for Transformation

With digital transformation a top priority for many institutions, establishing a culture of change for transformation is important. Traditional models are also no longer sustainable, as employee and student populations are more diverse, and as more expect a mobile-friendly system that eliminates paper and increases access to information. To stay competitive, institutions need to not only modernize systems but consider stakeholders as part of the change management strategy in transforming the experience and using technology to retain employees and students and keep them engaged. ? One of the challenges institutions face when implementing change is how to engage sponsors and stakeholders as part of the change. The impact of digital transformation on the employee and student experience is often minimized when in fact both should be included as essential stakeholders. Engaging people in the change strategy and providing clear communications at the onset of the project can build a foundation for success across the institution. ? Attendees will learn strategies to engage people in the transformation project, how the implementation of a change leader network can enhance opportunities to solicit and include feedback as well as the importance of introducing change management early for project success. ?


Pate, Amy
Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District







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Transform your Teaching with Apple!

Using FREE Apple Apps such as Clips, iMovie, GarageBand, and Freeform, as well as Sketches School (non Apple App) can help transform your teaching and student work! This session will show a sample of projects and a variety of apps and how they can be used to transform not only your teaching but the quality of student learning. Students will be engaged like never before and their creativity will shine! BYOD - Any of these: iPhone, iPad, MacBook This session is appropriate for all levels (K-12, Higher Ed)


Parker, Mary
University of Houston-Downtown







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MS Teams Facilitating Communication Across Undergraduates and Faculty

The Scholars Academy is now over 22 years old and in the last five years have grown to between 150 to 185. This population of undergraduates are all STEM majors at University of Houston-Downtown. STEM majors range from natural sciences (biology, chemistry, geosciences) to mathematics (mathematics, data science, actuarial sciences) to computer science and engineering technology (cs, control/instrumentation process engineering, structural analysis and design, and safety management engineering). Due to the large number of students each semester, SA began in 2017 to seek avenues/methods of communications with all students. From BlackBoard to GroupMe these offerings were successfully used to increase communications. Now however, beyond 0365 email, SA elects to use MS Teams as a "home" for not only VIP files, but also chat and instant messaging making all communication more accessible, especially since MS Teams houses Zoom conferencing and is available in mobile environments. Thus, 24/7 pervasive communication is now the model used.


Davis, Christine
Pearl River Community College




Co-Presenter: Sonya Hunt


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Supporting Faculty through Technology Progression

With a heightened focus on blended and distance learning, plus the rapid shift to remote instruction caused by COVID-19, faculty have never faced more pressure to incorporate technology effectively into their teaching. Institutions of higher education are building up offices of digital learning to equip faculty with the tools and technologies they need to deliver course materials effectively. Pearl River Community College's Office of eLearning has a team of instructional technology and design professionals devoted to ongoing faculty support and long-term transformation in the modern-day classroom. In this session, Pearl River's team will present ways to meet faculty needs by providing professional development opportunities, technical support, and instructional design training.


Hood, Amanda
Copiah-Lincoln Community College







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Ensuring We Learned Our Lesson: 20/20 Hindsight from 2020

When disruptions occur in life, sometimes the effect is temporary, and we are able to get back to normal. However, the pandemic was not that type of disruption. Our in-person classrooms were abandoned, and we were tasked with teaching and learning online. Those who were already choosing to teach and take online courses transitioned more easily, but those who had not made that choice felt isolated and overwhelmed. Although we may be tired of talking about 2020, we cannot escape the everlasting effects on education. There is no going back to normal – there is now a new normal. This session’s objective is to help us understand how to make our online classrooms as robust, interactive, and successful as the face-to-face versions. We will examine the forgivable inadequacies of our decisions during the unanticipated online transition and leave with strategies on how to repackage traditionally-presented content so that it is appropriate for online delivery.


Preston, Silvia
Pearl River Community College







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AI May Take the Place of Learning Instead of Part of the Learning

AI may take the place of learning instead of part of the learning: What can we [faculty] do about it? Artificial intelligence (AI) is taking the world in waves. From lightbulbs to smart home devices, such as Alexa (Amazon) to self-checkouts, AI-powered devices are here to stay. They are here to make our lives simpler and more convenient. We can turn off the lights by just clapping our hands. Shopping is easily done by just saying “Alexa, add paper towel to my shopping cart and checkout.” In the education arena, it is no different. A newly AI-powered robot known as ChatGPT released last November seems to be the next promising tool for making students' lives simpler and less stressful when doing their homework. This bot can give extremely close to perfect answers to academic questions helping students complete their homework or even write a paper in a well-written form that is uncannily human. As faculty, what can we do about this? How will we defeat the future of AI-powered cheating bots? What is the harm of the ChatGPT bot and how will this affect how we teach? How hard will this wave hit us [faculty]? Or should we not be worried at all? Will this be the end of the take-home assignments? Can the detection of cheating be easily solvable? In this presentation, I plan to give a brief overview of AI, explain what ChatGPT is, and the methods we can follow to defeat this new form of cheating. The benefits and the harm AI does in different aspects of our lives will also be shown.


Dancy, Nathan
University of Mississippi Medical Center




Co-Presenter: Mary Ann Bourn


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Virtual Trolley Tours: Professional Education for a Grab & Go Culture

Our training group at UMMC had to adapt with challenges that seemed to come at us as fast as we could handle. We went from offering full-scale educational content to needing to move away from the pop-up help tables, open labs, and lectures. We tried a few approaches, but the most effective strategy came from a completely different industry altogether: food service. What we saw out of COVID was a boom in food delivery methods. So how did we translate that? Bundled our learning opportunities into packaged “deliverables”. We re-created our ‘menu’ to shorter segments on specific functions, from open labs for Q & A to “hop on, hop off” virtual Trolley Tours where users could come & go based on what fit their schedule. We also introduced a monthly series that gives users a helping hand with a different program each month offering tips, tricks, and FAQs. Simple “click to join” links became standard and we created a monthly email newsletter combining our articles and schedule. Finally, our group leverages Instagram to reach all users across multiple parts of our organization.


McHenry, William
Mississippi e-Center Foundation




Co-Presenter: Barbara McHenry


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Preparing Science and Mathematics Teachers for High-Needs Schools

The U.S. Department of Education reported that Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi (three of the poorest states in America) are among the states that have a shortage of science and mathematics teachers. This shortage hampers economic development and widens the socioeconomic achievement gap. The socioeconomic achievement gap is exacerbated because the shortage of science and mathematics teachers is more severe in high-needs school districts. The STEM STARS project produced 120 certified science and mathematics teachers who have agreed to work in high-needs school districts in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. They enrolled in Master of Arts in Teaching programs at Jackson State University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, three historically Black universities. STEM STARS is a three-phase science and mathematics teacher preparation model where Phase 1 is their Residency Year, Phase 2 their Clinical Year, and Phase 3 their Community of Practice Year(s).


Adkiins, Melissa
Lamar County School District







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Embracing the Disruption of AI in the K-12 Classroom

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in education is on the rise, and for good reason. AI tools like ChatGPT can provide personalized and efficient learning experiences for students, as well as freeing up teacher time for other tasks. In this presentation, we will explore the potential uses for ChatGPT and other AI in K-12 classrooms. We will also discuss the ethical considerations and potential challenges of implementing AI in education. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the benefits and considerations of using ChatGPT and other AI in their classrooms.


Richardson, Erin
Meridian Community College







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Meeting New RSI Standard While Reducing Instructor Load

In 2021, new RSI standards were initiated by the Department of Education, and then were further defined again at the end of 2022. Covid-19, that initiated the leap for institution to go completely online, brought a new hyper focus and attention on online learning. This new focus and these standards seek to create online courses that mirror their face-to-face counterparts and produces regular interaction from instructor to student, student to instructor, and student to student. Also, not only were institutions needing to adhere to these new standards of interaction, but they are also required to produce data that indicates they are meeting these new standards. Meridian Community College's eLearning division started the process of preparing our faculty for the new RSI standards that were issued by the Department of Education in December 2021. We will share and highlight best practices that we have produced over the last year, the technology and software, including Microsoft Teams and Harmonize, used and the training we have given to our faculty to meet these new standards and data collection needs, while still focusing on reducing instructor load.


Warren, Mary
Copiah-Lincoln Community College







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Reinventing the Classroom Through the Use of OER and Digital Media

This session will focus on the implementation of online educational resources (OER) and digital media in the classroom. Participants will: 1. Explore how to find OER materials, evaluate materials, use online forums, and how to best utilize them in class and through their LMS. 2. Explore and try digital media resources for educators and evaluate what works best for the instructor and their student. 3. Discuss the benefits of OER and digital media for instructor and students. This discussion will focus on how the use of digital media can aid instructors on creating a classroom with more activity-based learning.


Wheatley, Kenneth
MS Community College Board




Co-Presenters: James Miller, Tyiesha Johnson


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How to Successfully Locate, Write, & Manage Grant Awards- Parts I & II

This two-part presentation will address how to successfully locate, write, and manage grant projects. Attendees will learn sources for locating various types of grants online including information about the best tools for grant prospecting. This two-part session will also delve into five considerations (steps) necessary to procure grant dollars. Presenters will address the following grants development and management topics: internal planning processes, team organization, opportunities identification, proposal development components, and key grants management practices. After attending these sessions, participants will be equipped with a working knowledge of how to strategically seek out, successfully procure, and effectively manage grant awards.


Trest, Michael
Jones College - Online Workforce College







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Online Workforce College: Skills, Success, & Opportunities

The Online Workforce College (OWC) is a fully online, on-demand skills training platform developed by Jones College. The platform is built to offer expanded learner opportunities by offering affordable, flexible, work-ready skills training for employment. Employers are given affordable and highly customizable pathways for their specific training goals. The OWC accommodates training organizations, such as Workforce and Adult Education programs, with tools that are user-friendly (student & instructor) for online skills training coupled with white-labeled, digital badges. The OWC has grown over the past 2 years and adopted by individuals, community colleges, employers, and others who understand the value of a highly skilled, competent workforce. This session will give an overview of the platform, how we are supporting various organizations, and how learners, with their badges and the confidence that they gain, can reach opportunities that may have never been possible before.


Latham, Amy
www.northwestms.edu




Co-Presenters: Miriam Rowan, Candace Umberger


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Innovations in Higher Ed using Oracle Technologies Continued

In this session participants will learn about key features that Oracle Cloud has brought to the table at Northwest Mississippi Community College with their ERP, Human Capital Management cloud technologies. In addition, participants will learn about what our first year using Student Financial Planning is providing for our students and other configurations still in progress to aid our staff in processing. Northwest has implemented these technologies and is bringing cutting edge digital innovation to their employees and students, with plans to add additional Student Management applications in the future. The cloud technology is unlike the days of old with the traditional ‘what you see is what you get’ software. Although the applications come with out of the box functionality, with the help of an implementation partner you can configure system workflows and tweak the system to function as needed following best practice guidelines. If you are finding yourself looking for new ways to eliminate manual processes, use technology to provide greater efficiency in your environment and improve the student experience, look no further because this session is for you.


Miller, Hannah
Pearl River Community College







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My Personal Journey: Building a Data-Committed Culture

Come join in on a discussion of my journey of all things data at Pearl River Community College. From the MCCB Enrollment Audit Upload to our own personal Data Standards Manual we have learned quite a bit in our journey of having a data-committed culture. With the implementation of a brand new office called The Office of Internal Processes we are creating new procedures, documentation and processes that create a campus wide initiative to be consistent with data.


Messer, John
NEMCC




Co-Presenter: John Messer


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Interactive Self Grading Excel Lab Worksheet

Students will make measurements of length and time and with the data to determine an average speed using an Excel spreadsheet. From the average speed they can then predict distance and time in various units based on their average speed. As the students enter their solutions the spreadsheet gives immediate feedback on the accuracy of their solution and also assigns points for each question. The tricky part for the student is to get the right number of significant figures and to round correctly. When finished the lab sheet will determine the overall score. Students can then upload their completed lab onto Canvas or print out a completed worksheet. The spreadsheet will be made available to the participants so that they can follow along with the presenter. The spreadsheet will work on both iPads and computers.


Mangum, Eboni
MCCB







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Be Stellar: Get your groove back!

To be "stellar" is to be better than everything else. Life brings many daily challenges that may cause one to feel down and out. The best way to overcome those challenges is to change the outlook on them. Since you are asked to have a stellar performance in many aspects, why not have a stellar attitude to accompany your job performance? This session will help you regain your groove in a professional setting while having a stellar attitude.











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Payne, Angela
MCCB




Co-Presenters: Satya Maddali, Beverlin Givens, Dexter Holloway


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Admissions Compliance: Data and Documents

The MCCB IR&E and Monitoring staff will review the data and documents necessary to demonstrate Admissions Compliance in accordance with the Enrollment Audit and Reporting guidelines. In this session, the various Term Admissions Compliance types will be outlined so attendees should leave with a fundamental knowledge of the importance of aligning data records to admissions records.


Payne, Angela
MS Community College Board




Co-Presenters: Shawn Mackey, Beverlin Givens, Satya Maddali


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2023 Enrollment Audit and Reporting Guidelines Updates

Annual convening of the CIRE, Audit Advisory and Data Contacts groups to share the 2023 Enrollment Audit and Reporting Guidelines updates for implementation in teh upcoming reporing and auditing academic year. This meeting is limited to CIRE, Audit Advisory and Data Contacts association members only.


Thacker, Tony
ACT







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ACT and Mississippi: Current Evidence and Future Opportunity

Attendees of this session will be provided an overview of data gleaned from the population level administration of the ACT in Mississippi. The importance of the ACT as one component of a multifaceted approach to college entry will be covered, as well as, how multiple aligned ACT products can be utilized in admissions and placement decisions. The presentation will end with an overview of the college going rates of ACT tested Mississippi high school graduates. This discussion will informed by National Student Clearinghouse data has been matched to ACT records.


Morrison, Heather
MS Institutions of Higher Learning




Co-Presenters: Dr. Angela Payne, Dr. Brandi McCraw, Mr. Jason Mattox


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Dual Enrollment Updates 2023

In this session, participants will learn more about policy initiatives for dual enrollment eligibility requirements, policy implementation in two campus cases and interaction with agency leaders for policy alignment. Join this conversation and let's talk about what dual enrollment looks like in 2023!











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