2019 Agenda

Tuesday, May 7

Concurrent Session Tracks:

  • Leadership and Strategy
  • Highlighted Sessions
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Pedagogy and Instructional Design

7:00 – 8:30 AM

Registration Open & Continental Breakfast Provided


8:30 – 8:40 AM

Welcome Address: Susan Fritz, Ph.D.

 Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Nebraska

Grand Ballroom

8:40 – 8:50 AM

Opening Remarks: Mary Niemiec

Associate Vice President for Digital Education, Director of University of Nebraska Online 

Grand Ballroom

8:50 – 9:45 AM

Keynote Presentation. Shaping the Next Generation of Higher Education

Bryan Alexander, Ph.D.

Grand Ballroom

What will the university become over the next generation? During the keynote address we explore the leading forces reshaping higher education. We begin with macro social forces, including demographics, economics and culture. Next, we will survey technological developments, starting with the established ones (mobile, social, gaming) and move on to emerging trends (mixed reality, artificial intelligence). With the context set, we move into academia itself, looking into enrollment, financing and strategy changes. In conclusion, we connect multiple forces, exploring emergent educational technologies. 

9:45 – 10:10 AM

Sponsor Exhibits & Refreshment Break


10:10 – 11:00 AM

Session I

5 Ways to Utilize Canvas Data
Lancaster V-VI
Ji Guo, Ph.D. (UNL), Jessica Steffen (UNCA)

The implementation of learning management systems such as Canvas have provided universities with a critical resource for gathering and analyzing data related to these questions. These evolving data capabilities better allow for the examination of current as well as emerging topics within the fields of teaching and learning, instructional design and academic assessment amongst others. This session will consequently discuss the purpose of learning analytics and its current state at UNL through the use of five Tableau dashboards on such relevant topics as student engagement, learning outcomes, at-risk student identification and overall student performance. By utilizing these dashboards, faculty will ideally be able to utilize Canvas data for decision-making pertaining to their curriculum, course design and/or teaching methods.

Choose this presentation because:

    • You wish to understand learning analytics initiatives and capabilities developing at UNL.
    • You wish to examine course-level data models pertaining to concepts of student engagement, at risk-student factors and overall student achievement.
    • You want to establish connections between various forms of course-level data and resulting academic behavior and/or performance.

11:10 – 12:00 PM

Session II

Educating with Technology Across Intergenerational & Intercultural Groups
Lancaster V-VI
Ogbonnaya Akpa, Ph.D. (UNL), Toni Hill, Ph.D. (UNK), Olimpia Leite-Trambly (UNK), Sharon Obasi, Ph.D. (UNK) 

According to Pew Research Center, there is a clear distinction between technology use and adaption across generations and racial and ethnic groups. The Pew research shows younger, white individuals possess and adopt technology more rapidly than older, non-white individuals. In contrast, there is limited research on the interplay between generational and cultural differences of university and college students and their learning with technology. Many modern educational strategies including interactive videos, game-based learning and multi-device learning address the ecosystems of resources used in combination with the methods of delivery, and the learning outcomes with less consideration given to the learner's background including generational age and cultural perspective. This presentation will look at both intergenerational and intercultural use of technology in educational settings and identify some promising strategies to reach and teach across diversity.

Choose this presentation because:

  • You wish to explore intergenerational differences in use and adaption of technology. 
  • You wish to explore cultural differences in the use and adaptation of technology. 
  • You are interested in acquiring new strategies to reach and teach diverse students. 

12:00 – 1:00 PM


Grand Ballroom

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Highlight & Dessert Break


1:30 – 2:20 PM

Session III

2:30 – 3:20 PM

Session IV

Online Program Lead Nurturing Panel
Lancaster IV
Bob Mathiasen, Ph.D. (UNL), Stacey Schwartz (UNK), Angie Tucker (UNMC), Alex Zatizabal Boryca (UNCA)

In 2018, an Online Program Lead Nurturing Specialist was hired for each campus. The focus of these positions is to engage in proactive outreach to prospective online students with the goal of helping them through the application and enrollment process so more students enroll in online programs at NU.

Choose this presentation because:

  • You wish to learn about how the Lead Nurturing Specialist positions.
  • You are interested in learning about the impact these positions made to student enrollment.
  • You want to understand how these positions complement their admission and departmental recruitment efforts.
Using Zoom to Reach a National Audience
Saundra Wever Frerichs, Ph.D. (UNL)

Outreach is important to many departments, but it is the focus and mission of Nebraska Extension. This focus on reaching audiences outside the University community shapes how we use technology and now others have the opportunity to learn from our experiences. Online outreach provides opportunities to attract highly engaged students to an academic program, to share research and broaden its impact and to provide value and service to all Nebraskans. This session will help participants broaden the audience for their work and increase their impact. 

Choose this presentation because:

  • You wish to identify potential audiences to reach via technology. 
  • You are interested in effective practices that align with your goals for outreach and extension. 
  • You wish to learn about strategies that can be implemented right away. 

3:20 – 3:30 PM

Refreshment Break


3:30 – 4:30 PM

Ask the Pros: An Interactive Discussion with a Futurist & a Humanist

Bryan Alexander, Ph.D. & Tanya Joosten, Ph.D. 

Grand Ballroom

You won’t want to miss this lively discussion with two of online and higher education’s leading thinkers. Gain insights into their takeaways from the day, along with up-to-the-minute trends and breaking news. We’ll be watching the Symposium Twitter feed throughout the day where attendees can submit questions for the panel. Follow @NebraskaOnline and tweet using #NUSymp19.

4:30 – 4:45 PM

Closing Remarks: Mark Askren

Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO, University of Nebraska

Grand Ballroom