2021 Conference – Presentations

Welcome to the virtual 2021 Sunshine State Teaching & Learning Conference!

This conference is hosted by the University of South Florida. Here is a welcome message from the conference director, Kevin Yee.

Conference planners Sara Friedman, Emad Mansour, Oana Cimpean, and Ashley Reese

This year’s conference allows for either a fully asynchronous experience, or you may choose to interact live with the conference hosts and perhaps other conference attendees, if they are present as well.

On the agenda below, click any of the links to follow them to your desired destination. Of particular note is the “Escape Room” game, which you should consider entirely optional. We’ve taken a number of submitted video presentations and created a game around them. Completing the game doesn’t unlock any additional content, but we thought you might appreciate the challenge. If you get stuck, you can always visit the Conference Lounge for help and tips (it will open in Microsoft Teams), or email sunshinestateteaching@gmail.com. Good luck!

Agenda – Friday Jan. 29

9:00am – 4:00pm: Conference Lounge is open for conversation and networking
9:00am – noon: Optional Escape Room
10:00am – 4:00pm: Online Poster Session

You can download the full agenda here.

We hope you have a wonderful and educational experience at the virtual 2021 conference! Thanks again for coming.

Escape Room

We’ve selected a dozen of the presentations in the online poster session (below) and used them in the context of an “escape room” game. If you’ve not played one of these before, our game is a digital version of the popular in-person escape rooms, where players solve puzzles to unlock more clues, and then eventually “escape the room” before an hour elapses.

Our online escape room doesn’t have a timer like that, and you can use the Conference Lounge to ask for hints and help at any time, or email sunshinestateteaching@gmail.com.

If you’re up to the challenge, head over to our Escape Room and see if you can unlock all the puzzles!

Our escape room is purely optional. You can see all the same presentations – plus many more – at the online poster session, as well.

Our thanks go to Kamila Dell and Gwen Wantuch, our colleagues at USF who are also presenting at this year’s conference, who developed this escape room concept and original logistics.

They presented on how to develop your own escape room at a prior Sunshine conference–click here for their presentation and handout.

Online Poster Session

Below you will find videos for the 55 projects submitted to the 2021 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference. They are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the (first) presenter.

We hope you are able to leave feedback for the presentations that you found the most useful, or the use the same form to request more information from presenters. Of course, you might also want to drop by the Conference Lounge to leave feedback with the organizers. Who knows–maybe the presenters you are interested in will be there as well, and you can strike up a conversation!

Adelman-Mullally, Theresa, and Novy, Teresa. Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University. Putting on the (Skillz) Blitz!

Al-Haddad, Serina, and Kodzi, Emmanuel. Rollins College. Using Technology in teaching business statistic for active leaning and engagement

Anderson-Lopez, Gina. Virtual Contact: How To Integrate an Online Conference Day for Asynchronous Classes

Beasley, Zach. Confidence Weighting: Augmenting Assessment Feedback in Online Courses

Boyd, Diane, and Haywood, Benjamin. Graphic Course Design for COVID times: Incorporating Visual Elements

Brannon, Diana. Tips for Successfully Moving from Classroom to Cloud

Cirineo, Nelli. Enhancing Student Self-Assessment Skills with Writing Exemplars

Cividini-Motta, Catia, and MacNaul, Hannah. Kahoot- A Fun Way to Incorporate Active Responding in the Classroom

Consalo, Marc.  Connecting during a Pandemic: Office Hours in A Virtual World

Consalo, Karen. Exploring the World: Virtual Field Trips to Engage Students and Enhance Learning

Cummins, Liz. Using Personal Research to Engage Students in Introductory Classes

Dell, Kamila, and Wantuch, Gwen. Engaging Students in a Synchronous Online Classroom

Dell, Kamila, and Wantuch, Gwen. Chunking Your Lectures Using Kaltura

DePippo, Amanda. Teaching and Evaluating Active Listening Skills in a Virtual Platform

Dozier, Priya. Managing Synchronous Hybrid Teaching Sessions with an Assistant

Fuller, Abigail, Batista, Jasmine and Henderson Teresa. Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher: Beginning with Your Cultural Autobiography

Garcia-Calvo, Estrella. Academic Integrity and International Students

Gresham, Morgan, and Tackitt, Alaina. Structuring Student Success: Construction and Design to Support Student Online Success

Griffith, John. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. Covid or No Covid: Best practices in online teaching: It is all about interaction!

Gupta, Shanu, Caputo-Seidler, Jennifer, and Mateja, Candice. University of South Florida. Coaching with Self-Reflection: Two Tools For Effective Teaching and Learning

Holland, Cindra, Stuber, Marlene, and Mellon, Molly. Wright State University. Engaging Students Using an Innovative Electronic Documentation System to Promote Success

Hollingshead, Brandon, Fitzgerald, Justin, Mancini, Miles, and Wilson, Jamie. Florida Gulf Coast University. S.O.L. Service-Learning: Strategies for Online Service-Learning in Adapting to Remote Instruction

Hood, Shanda. University of Arkansas. Using Blackboard to Facilitate Group Presentations

Jacobs, Stephanie, Lewis, Barbara, and Nash, Maryellen. University of South Florida. Rebuilding the Model: Creating, Teaching & Assessing Information and Data Literacy Online

Johansson, Marcia, Taylor, Tracey, Maguire, Denise, and Bricker, Christina. University of South Florida. Innovative Opportunities for Advanced Practice Education During a Pandemic

Kaushik, Neetu. LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York. The Importance of “Course Readiness Quiz” in an Online Class

Kaw, Autar. University of South Florida. On Teaching a Flipped STEM Course Remotely

Khare, Virginie. Eckerd College. Developing a Faculty Compendium of Teaching and Learning Resources in Pandemic Times

Klein, Gene, and Watkins, Robert. Keiser University. Optimally Transitioning to Remote Instruction During a Pandemic

Lapeyrouse, Nicole. University of Central Florida. Engaging Students through Novel Multimedia

Luque, Jenna. University of South Florida. In-Lecture Question Software for Online Class Engagement

Main, Amanda. Lynn University. The Effects of Professionalism and Learning Strategy Modules in an Online Class Environment

Marks, Diane, Jordanek, C.J., Rizzuto, Mel, and Yost, Rebecca. Florida Gulf Coast University. Videos: Your Secret Weapon to Online Success

Martiniuk, Jill. University of South Florida. Digital Reading Journals as Moments of Reflection in Online Learning

McIntyre-McCullough, Keisha, Lieberman-Leibovich, Ilisa, Carro, Natalie, and Brown, Carolyn. Florida International University. Lessons from Pandemic Teaching: Face to Face, Remote, and Online

Niles, Nancy. Rollins College. The Impact of COVID-19: A Tale of Two Classrooms

Oberne, Alison. University of South Florida. Leveraging Teams for Synchronous Learning: Student Engagement in Breakout Groups

Osovitz, Chris. University of South Florida. Teaching Science Through Science Fiction

Persohn, Lindsay. University of South Florida. Engaging Synchronous Sessions: Class Flow and Productivity

Pickus, Kaitlyn. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. Podcasting Professional Development

Richards, Janet, Fung, Kristen, Abuemira, Reham, and Peck, Shannon. University of South Florida. Making Difficult Text Clear through Transmediaiton of Concepts

Riding, Kyle. University of Central Florida. A Method for Teaching Laboratory-Based Concepts in a Remote Environment

Rushton, Stephen, and Schroeder, Heidi. Keeping the Essence in Experiential Online Teaching – Trust the Process

Rusnak, Laura. University of South Florida. Silver Linings Playbook: Seizing the Opportunity to Integrate Virtual Panels into Coursework

Shoemaker, Adam, and Bowen, Deborah. Saint Leo University and University of South Florida. Zooming In on Collaboration: Changing the Paradigm of the Sage on the Stage in Age of Virtual Classrooms

Slanda, Dena, Kelly, Susan, Little, Mary, Herbert, Lea, and Pike, Lindsey. University of Central Florida. University Sponsored Mentorship and Induction: A Model for Retaining High-Quality Teachers

Spina, Grazia. University of Central Florida. Buckle Up for an Emotional Teaching Experience in the Remote World.

Swiren, Rochelle. Seminole State College of Florida. Why I Stripped Down Instead of Dressing Up When We Moved Online

Thomas, Brenda. Florida Gulf Coast University. Using Negotiated Curriculum to Engage Students in their Own Learning

Tuntiya, Nana. University of South Florida. The Crossbreed of Active Learning: Bringing Small Seminar Teaching to Large Online Classes.

Wantuch, Gwendolyn and Dell, Kamila. University of South Florida. Engaging Critical Thinking Through Virtual Space Exploration

Wantuch, Gwendolyn and Dell, Kamila. University of South Florida. Checking Your Course Pulse in a Remote Learning Environment

Wantuch, Gwendolyn. University of South Florida. Starting Class off “Write”

Werner, Jessica. Northshore Coaching & Consulting. Promoting Teacher Resiliency

Yucelen, Ipek. University of South Florida. How to Increase Attendance When it is Not Required in Online Classes

Conference Evaluation

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See You Next Year!

We hope you enjoyed this year’s digital lineup. We want to thank all of our presenters for their efforts in bringing you timely and useful information, and for all of you for coming to check this out!

We aren’t sure yet what our 2022 conference will look like, but we know we want to have one, and we hope you’ll join us then, too! In the meantime, please leave us feedback to help guide what next year should look like.