Date & Location:

Friday, October 20th, 2017
2520D University Capitol Centre, Conference Center
8:30 am - 3:00 pm



PDF iconiconext_2017_agenda.pdf

8:30 – 9:00 am
Registration, Light Breakfast and Beverages

9:00 – 9:15 am
Welcome and Introductions


9:15 – 10:00 am
Presentation Title: “Leveraging Predictive Learning Analytics for Student Success”

Jane Russell, Associate Director (OTLT), Amaury Lendasse, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Anna Smith, Research Associate (OTLT)

Presentation Abstract: Being able to accurately predict student outcomes early in the semester is powerful because it enables instructors to identify students who are not on a path to success and provide appropriate scaffolds to improve their outcomes. Also, as students are informed about how they are doing now and what their future outcomes will be, they can apply effective staregies to achieve their own learning goals. Learning analytics integrates historical and current data from learners and the learning process to create sophisticated models of student success and student learning trajectories. At this presentation, we will discuss the results of our research project examining student learning outcomes in two introductory science courses. We used two machine learning techniques, self-organizing maps (SOM) and random forests, in analyses that used Registrar information, early course outcomes, and Canvas interaction data (e.g., click streams) to identify successful and unsuccessful students as well as visualize student progress within the course.

Presenter Bios:

Jane Russell – Jane received her Ph.D. from the Educational Psychology at the University of Iowa. She is an assessment researcher in the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology. Her research interests include self-regulated learning, engagement, and motivation. Her research examines learning analytics to identify the factors associated with student motivation, engagement, and learning.    

Amaury Lendasse – Amaury is an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa and a visiting Professor at Arcada University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He was the Chairman of the annual ESTSP conference (European Symposium on Time Series Prediction) and a member of the editorial board and program committee of several journals and conferences on machine learning. He is the author or coauthor of more than 200 scientific papers in international journals, books or communications to conferences with reviewing committee. His research includes Big Data, time series prediction, chemometrics, variable selection, noise variance estimation, determination of missing values in temporal databases, nonlinear approximation in financial problems, functional neural networks and classification. His h-index is 34, and he has a total of 4800+ citations.

Anna SmithAnna Smith is a recent Iowa graduate, receiving an M.S. degree in biostatistics in 2017.  She is a research associate in the Office of Teaching, Learning, & Technology. Her research interests include predictive modeling, learning analytics, and online learning.

10:00 – 10:15 am Break

10:15 – 10:50 am
Speed Sessions: SpeedGrader, Canvas Catalog, Canvas Commons, Blueprint Courses


10:50 – 11:00 am Break

11:00 – 11:45 am
Presentation Title:
"Hello, is anyone out there? How to use communication effectively in online courses"

Heidi Lung, Lecturer for Anthropology and Amy Oberfoell, Lead Instructional Designer for Distance and Online Education

Presentation Abstract: Discover and explore engaging communication strategies to motivate and focus student online learning. Professor Heidi Lung and instructional designer Amy Oberfoell will share data-driven communication techniques to help you build strong classroom communities where students feel comfortable with the learning tools, safe in the learning environment, and encouraged to connect with the instructor, their peers, and the classroom content. They will also discuss and provide examples of timely, well-designed communication strategies using specific ICON tools such as announcements, discussions, and chat.

Presenter Bios:

Heidi Lung - Heidi joined the University of Iowa in August of 2015 as Lecturer, Museum Studies and was recently appointed to direct the Museum Studies Certificate.  Before coming to the University, Heidi worked for over 20 years in museums.  She applies her extensive field experience in museum management, informal education, and community engagement to the development of new museum studies online course offerings.


Amy Oberfoell - Amy is a lead instructional designer working with UIOWA Distance and Online Education. Amy has over 20 years in education experience and over 8 years in instructional design. She has written and published work regarding effective online learning with an emphasis on the modality principle, cognitive load, and effective navigation.


11:45 am – 12:30 pm LUNCH

12:30 – 12:45 pm
Presentation: “ICON Archive: Getting to your past D2L Content”
Dave Long/Ross Miller

Presenter Bios:

David Long is an IT Manager in OTLT.  He has a B.S. in Technical Communication from Iowa State and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.  David has experience providing service management for enterprise-level instructional technology, including ICON (LMS), lecture capture, wiki, web conferencing, and digital media solutions. 

Ross Miller is an application developer tasked primarily with supporting ICON and other learning technologies. Ross is an Iowa City native, graduating from the University of IOwa in 2012 with a degree in Informatics, and continues to enjoy being able to support the faculty and students at Iowa through his work in Information Technology Services.

12:45 – 1:30 pm
Presentation Title:
"Content Affordability for Students using Unizin Tools"

Steel Wagstaff, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Victoria Maloy, Senior Instructional Technology Consultant, (OTLT), Annette Beck, Director of Enterprise Instructional Technology (OTLT), Bill Hockensmith

Presenter Bios:

Steel Wagstaff is an educational technology consultant in the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has graduate degrees in English literature and Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison. He has a particularly strong interest in open educational resources and open textbooks, and over the last few years has led development and publishing efforts on several innovative publishing projects at UW-Madison using Pressbooks and a handful of other open-source software tools. He lives on the web at

Victoria Maloy is a senior instructional technology consultant providing support, training and consultation for ICON, Student Response Systems (clickers), peer writing software and various other enterprise instructional technology tools. Before joining OTLT, she was a librarian at Mount Mercy University for ten years.

Annette Beck is the Director for Enterprise Instructional Technology in OTLT. She has an MA in instructional design and a BA in graphic design. She has over twenty years experience in higher education including project management, building strong partnerships with administrators, faculty, staff and students, and strives to ensure a high level of proven performance for teaching and learning tools.

Bill Hockensmith is the Associate Director of Course Materials for the Iowa Bookstore/Hawk Shop.  While relatively new to the University, Bill has over twenty-five years’ experience in college bookstores including Cal Poly, the University of Maine, and UNM-Gallup. His career has had a particular emphasis in textbook affordability including used and rental book programs, and faculty communication.

1:30 – 1:45 BREAK – POPCORN!!!

1:45 – 2:30 pm
Presentation Title:
"NEW Canvas Quizzes.Next and NEW Gradebook Features"

Instructure Canvas Representatives and Victoria Maloy, Senior Instructional Technology Consultant, (OTLT)

Presenter Bios:

Victoria Maloy is a senior instructional technology consultant providing support, training and consultation for ICON, Student Response Systems (clickers), peer writing software and various other enterprise instructional technology tools. Before joining OTLT, she was a librarian at Mount Mercy University for ten years.

Instructure Canvas Representatives

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Presentation Title:
"15 Top Tips to save faculty time!"

Brianna Janssen-Sanchez (World Languages, Literature & Culture) and David Long (Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology)

Presenter Bios:

Brianna Janssen Sanchez is the Director of the Language Media Center at the University of Iowa. She has been a part of the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures since 2009 and achieved her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition in 2015. She teaches a graduate course for the Foreign Language Acquisition, Research and Education (FLARE) doctoral program titled Multimedia and Second Language Acquisition where her research interests in language learning instructional technology and computer-mediated communication are highlighted.



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