Conference Sessions

30th Annual TASS Conference

April 7-10, 2019
Riverside Hotel
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions will be added to this listing after each round of review and upon acceptance by the proposal review committee for presentation. Check back periodically for updated concurrent sessions

Sessions for 2019: Sessions are in alphabetical order by last name of each presenter. Where there is more than one presenter, the session is listed by the presenter's name appearing first on the proposal.

Presenter(s): Noah Bowman, Maryville College

Freshman Student-Athlete Success: A Guided Study Hall & Positive Peer Modeling Program

Summary: The presenter will discuss the benefits, challenges, logistics, and student scholar/academic mentor training required to operate an effective student-led/staff supervised guided study/positive peer modeling program for 1st year college student-athletes.

Presenter(s): Carole Comarcho, Broward College
Jennifer Solley, Broward College

“All these Wonders”: A Successful Themed Learning Community.

Summary: Come and hear from the voices of the students in a video presentation and from the professors face-to-face about their experiences in "All these Wonders", A Themed Learning Community with diverse students.

Presenter(s): Gina DiMartino, National Louis University

Preparing Faculty to Successfully Engage Online Learners in Discussion

Summary: The importance of instructor presence in the online classroom; how effective coaching of online faculty leads to increased student engagement and satisfaction for online learners.

Presenter(s): Rona F. Flippo, University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Education and Human Development
Victoria Appatova, test

A Review of Study and Learning Research Topics with a Focus on Test Preparation and Test Taking Strategies

Summary: This Invited Session provides a review of the research and current topics for those who specialize in work with pre-college, college, and other postsecondary students’ study, learning, and literacy instruction programs. The presenters will share an overview of practical research findings and implications, with a particular focus on test preparation and test taking strategies that could inform future practice and instruction in the field.

Presenter(s): Teal Golden, Drexel University

A First-Year Seminar: A Dumping Ground or a Playground for Future Leaders?

Summary: Incorporating student leaders into a course facilitates freshmen success and increased upperclassmen engagement. Attendees will learn best practices in curriculum development for a course taught by advisors and student leaders.

Presenter(s): Sharon Green, Liberty University
Lori Roach, Liberty University

Connecting the Dots: Turning Theory into Application

Summary: Helping students "connect the dots," our Liberty University Academic Success Center is bridging the gap between study skills theory and actual application with a new course called ASCS 103.

Presenter(s): Ramona Hall, Cameron University

Building Teacher Preparation Programs that Attract and Facilitate the Transition of Sustainable Second-Career Teachers

Summary: This presentation will discuss how, according to the literature, teacher preparation programs can acknowledge the unique characteristics of individuals who are pursuing a graduate education degree and teacher certification, thereby making their orientation and transition from the former to the new-found career virtually seamless. The goals of this presentation include identifying ways teacher preparation programs can use this information to facilitate the successful recruitment, orientation, retention, and transition of this growing student population.

Presenter(s): Lori Howe, University of Wyoming

Scaffolding Interdisciplinary Inquiry into the First-Year Seminar

Summary: I explain my process of developing and piloting a condensed, interdisciplinary summer bridge FYS and present some results of this team-based, problem-based learning platform.

Presenter(s): Dr. Cari Kenner, St Cloud State University

Guiding Students through Electronic Reading

Summary: Increasingly, students must complete their readings through an electronic medium, yet they often struggle with this format. This session focuses on research, challenges, and strategies to assist students with e-reading.

Presenter(s): Kimberly Kilpatrick, University of Texas at El Paso

Listening to Self and Listening to Others: Enhancing Effective Communication Skills

Summary: Effective listening skills are fundamental in human communication. Helping our students by encouraging them to practice active listening techniques will benefit them in every facet of their lives.

Presenter(s): Z. Z. Lehmberg, Northern Michigan University

Benefits of Mandatory Writing Tutorials

Summary: This presentation will discuss some of the benefits of mandatory writing tutorials for students who struggle with writing.

Presenter(s): Dawn Lopez, Johnson & Wales University
Joan Geller, Johnson & Wales University

Accessibility: Helping Students Get the Most out of Online Content

Summary: Educators have a legal, ethical, and educational incentive to design online course content with all students in mind. Using ADA-compliant practices and techniques help students of all abilities maximize the benefits of posted materials and resources. At this session, you will learn techniques to increase compliance and user-friendliness, including: * Alt-tags for images * Sub-titles and closed captioning on video content * Appropriate color-combinations

Presenter(s): Aaron Marmorstein, DeVry University

Technology Tools for Threaded Discussions

Summary: Threaded discussions are a common component of online and blended courses. This presentation examines technology available to conduct threaded discussions beyond the traditional text based methods.

Presenter(s): Paula Owens, Augusta University

Teach Back: Student Centered Learning and Metacognitive Strategies

Summary: An innovative strategic effort to guide Generation Z students to reach their full academic potential. This double time slot paper presentation demonstrates the process from beginning to end.

Presenter(s): Amoy Reid, Broward College
Jennifer Solley, Broward College
Stacey Stember, Broward College

SPARK Reading across the Curriculum

Summary: Reading is fundamental. It is an integral part of everything that we do in college and life. Reading faculty collaborated to create a dynamic project to SPARK the change in how reading is approached across the curriculum. We designed cross disciplinary lessons that focus on the theme of “Everyday Heroes” while addressing the various learning styles in the classroom.

Presenter(s): Ruth Roberman, South University

Asking the Right Question: Effective Questioning Techniques for Underprepared Mathematics Students

Summary: Research shows that first-year college students are underprepared for college-level mathematics courses. The most common K-12 teaching method in the United States is an emphasis on teaching repetitive processes without emphasizing the understanding of concepts that would help students make connections to other mathematical topics. Therefore, students typically enter college math courses expecting to memorize facts and repeat them back on tests. This does not lead to long-term retention, which can then lead to failure to remember and apply the material in future math courses or courses related to their majors. How can instructors apply questioning techniques to increase retention? Lecture methods yield the lowest overall scores of any of the teaching methods. The passive approach of traditional lecturing is less effective than effective questioning, which can promote active learning and, therefore, improved course outcomes.

Presenter(s): Patrick Saxon, Sam Houston State University

Reform, Research, and Graduate Study: SHSU Doctoral Program in Developmental Education Administration

Summary: Recently, developmental education has advanced in terms of research, scholarship, and professional development opportunities. The presenter will discuss current trends and research in the field. Doctoral study, contributing to the research base, and in particular, a description of graduate study in the Sam Houston State University fully online Developmental Education Doctoral Program will be offered. Participants will be allowed time for discussion and questions regarding any of the topics covered.

Presenter(s): Patty See, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

'No Ideas but in Things': Grit Curriculum for Students in Poor Academic Standing

Summary: Discuss successes/challenges of the “Grit Movement” and see one instructor’s creative “teaching for grit” assignments for at-risk students: Motivating Artifact, Inquiry Notebook, Grit Video, to name a few.

Presenter(s): Ren VanderLind, College of Southern Maryland

Teaching Research in the Developmental Writing Classroom using Social Justice as a Lens

Summary: Do you want to help prepare your developmental writers for college-level composition? Try teaching research writing with a twist: having students research areas of social justice in their major. This presentation will address how to scaffold effectively to teach this kind of writing in the developmental classroom and include student reflections on their work.

Presenter(s): Ren VanderLind, College of Southern Maryland

Flipping Peer Review: Using Online Tutoring to Spur Revisions

Summary: Ever wonder if your students use feedback from peer review? This session will address an alternative to this system involving using an online tutoring service, asking students to reflect on how they will implement the suggested changes, and whether they prefer this system to the standard workshop.

Presenter(s): Ren VanderLind, College of Southern Maryland

Sense of identity, perceived academic resilience, and experiences of stigmatization in college students with mental illness

Summary: This presentation focuses on college students with mental illness in identity, stigma, and academic resilience. Findings from this study will be disseminated with the goal of identifying how to provide supports.

Presenter(s): Ren VanderLind, College of Southern Maryland

Focus Group: What Do You Do in the IRW Classroom to Lead Your Students to Success?

Summary: My community college is planning to pilot a section of Integrated Reading and Writing in the fall to replace our separate reading and writing courses, and I would love to hear your ideas and know what you do on your campus. If you teach IRW, please come and share your wisdom!

Presenter(s): Jason Weinerman, Anoka Ramsey Community College

Overcoming Academic Boredom: Moving from Engagement to Empowerment

Summary: Boredom is experienced by many first-year college students. By understanding academic boredom, students can be empowered to self-manage their boredom, which may improve student success and retention.

Presenter(s): Denise Wilkinson, Virginia Wesleyan University

Integrating Web-based Engagement into a Mathematics Course for Generation Z students

Summary: The presenter will discuss the benefits of incorporating Web-based activities in a mathematics classroom that engage today’s Generation Z students. Sample activities that can be integrated into a face-to-face or online mathematics course will be shared.

Presenter(s): Kara Woehler, Wayne State College

Developing and Promoting a Peer Mentoring Program for 1st year College Students

Summary: College is a big step for many students, and is a different experience from high school. Offering a Peer Mentor program for 1st year students can and will drastically improve their chances of persistence, good academic standing and eventually graduation at your institution.