The Rowan Online Learning Symposium 2017

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Rowan Online Learning Symposium
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Rowan University
Global Learning & Partnerships
Enterprise Center
Glassboro, New Jersey

The Rowan Online Learning Symposium is an exciting one-day conference sponsored by Rowan Online, a division of Rowan Global Learning & Partnerships.

Join us as faculty from Rowan University and other local colleges and universities share their online learning experiences and best practices. The symposium targets faculty members interested in online instruction. There’s something for everyone, from the online teaching novice who is interested in getting started, to intermediate online instructors who have developed and taught online courses. It is open to both Rowan University employees and non-employees.

Topics for the day include:

  • Best practices in teaching and lessons learned in online courses (by faculty and students)
  • Techniques and strategies for engaging online learners
  • Ensuring course quality during development
  • Online technology trends (e.g., Gamification, web conferencing, online exam proctoring)

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Who Should Attend

The symposium is designed for faculty who teach or are interested in teaching online courses, as well as professional staff involved in online course design and related technologies. It is open to both Rowan University employees and non-employees.

Program Highlights

The Rowan Online Learning Symposium will cover a variety of topics including best practices in teaching techniques and strategies for engaging online learners, trends in teaching and online technology, ensuring course quality during development using the Quality Review, and experiences in online education from both faculty and student perspectives.

Location and Time

The symposium will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Enterprise Center on Rowan University's main campus in downtown Glassboro.


Enterprise Center
Room 506, 5th Floor
225 Rowan Boulevard
Glassboro, New Jersey 08028



For All ROLS Attendees

The Enterprise Center has an attached 7-level parking garage with 1200 parking spaces. The first floor is ungated and provides access to over 130 spaces for two hours of free parking. The upper levels are gated and provide paid parking spaces at hourly and daily rates. Please follow signage upon arrival.

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To learn where this parking lot is located on campus, please review the maps on the Visiting Rowan: Main Glassboro Campus page.


Registration is free for Rowan employees and affiliates, and $25 for non-employees. A non-employee registrant includes any person not employed by Rowan University or its affiliate community colleges. Non-employees are asked to contribute a nominal registration fee for registration to cover the cost of meals provided.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Breakfast includes coffee, juice, baked goods, etc. Lunch includes cold salads and sandwiches, chips, etc. During registration, you can specify if you have any dietary restrictions.

Registration is required for all attendees. Seating is limited and early registration is recommended. To register online, please go to:

Presentation Schedule

On the day of the event, registrants can check-in from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast will also be served during check-in and will also be available throughout the morning. The Keynote Presentation will start promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Below is a detailed schedule for the symposium, including presentation titles, descriptions and start times. Please note that presentation sessions are approximately 40 minutes in length followed by a 10 minute break. (A 40-minute session may be comprised of two 20-minute presentations.) Lunch will be 30 minutes in length.

7:45 - 8:30 a.m.
Check-In and Breakfast
A light breakfast will be served.
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Introduction & Keynote: Recruiting Non-Traditional Students for Online Programs
Opening remarks by Horacio Sosa, V.P. of Rowan Global Learning & Partnerships
Cathy Markel, Saudia Beverly, and Kate Bakalenko, Rowan Global Learning & Partnerships, Rowan University
What types of students are targeted when recruiting for online programs? What qualities do they desire in an online program? With a wealth of options, no longer restricted by geography, how does an institution stay competitive in the online landscape? This presentation will give faculty insight into the decision process of the prospective, non-traditional student and the efforts that go into recruitment and marketing of that student for Rowan University programs.
9:40 - 10:00 a.m.
Say What? Providing Constructive Discussion Board Moderation to Generate Engagement and Excitement in the Distance Learning Environment
Syreeta Washington, Tina Burrell, and Christopher Gazzara, Rowan College at Burlington County
This session will highlight best practices in providing constructive responses to discussion board questions using appropriate coaching and feedback techniques to engage distance learners. A specific emphasis will be placed on providing concrete strategies. Professors from diverse disciplines including Psychology, Business, and English will lead this interactive session.
10:00 - 10:20 a.m.
Problem Sets without Pressure: A Unique Approach to Online Peer Grading in STEM
Jennifer Kay, College of Science & Mathematics, Rowan University
Dr. Kay will present her own approach to peer grading appropriate for STEM subjects that she has used in both in-person (through an LMS) and fully online courses, which facilitates practice with problem sets. Students’ grades are assigned in such a way that results in virtually no appeals for regrades!
10:30 - 10:50 a.m.
What do Photo Journals and Jigsaw Puzzles have in Common? Enjoyable Student Online Learning and Interaction
Marian Nowak, School of Health Professions, Rowan University
Dr. Nowak, MEd, MPH, RN, Assistant Professor, will present a brief overview of two teaching strategies that enhance interactive activity for any online class. These strategies include photo journaling and jigsaw puzzles. These methods provide students with an opportunity to expand and assimilate course content while co-creating knowledge, thinking critically, and synthesizing content.
10:50 - 11:10 a.m.
Enhancing Online Course Delivery: Creative Lectures Through Camtasia Studio
Naz Onel, School of Business, Stockton University
One of the challenges of online teaching is the difficulty in conveying the instructor’s passion about the subject to students. Dr. Onel adopts unique methods to teach her students who are not physically in front of her. To help develop effective and engaging lessons, she uses Camtasia Studio to create engaging and informative videos covering her Consumer Behavior course.
11:20 - 12:00 p.m.
Introducing the Rowan Online Course Quality Review
Michael Ciocco, Rowan Global Learning & Partnerships, Rowan University
Online course developers, designers, and instructors have long abided by recommendations and standards in course design such as the Quality Matters rubric. Rowan Online’s Course Quality Review process extends the standards and best practices of these instruments by focusing on communication and engagement with students, as well as differentiated instruction.
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
A light lunch will be served.
12:30 - 1:10 p.m.
Online Student Panel
Interested in learning what students think about online courses? This panel will give you the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback directly from Rowan Global students. It will be comprised of current students from a variety of Rowan University programs at both the undergraduate and graduate degree levels. Some topics we plan to discuss include: the benefits and challenges of online learning, course setup, course pace and deadlines, instructor presence, instructor-student and student-student interaction, expectations for instructor response time (communication and grading), group work, and using synchronous tools for conversations and presentations.
1:20 - 1:40 p.m.
Online Exam Proctoring: The Value of the Online Panopticon
Bruce Plourde, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Rowan University
The online environment is problematic in terms of student oversight because students are faced with the temptation to take shortcuts. Proctoring software functions to ensure student integrity. Americans increasingly fear the panopticon, but in this case watchfulness benefits everyone.
1:40 - 2:00 p.m.
The Benefits and Challenges of Using Publisher Integrations
Bethany Gummo, College of Science & Mathematics, Rowan University
Teaching pedagogically online provides challenges for any instructor regardless of discipline or course content. Creating an online course that engages students can be time consuming. Publisher developed online assessment tools (assignments, quizzes, and/or exams) can reduce the burden, but have their own challenges. When to pool questions versus the ability to create unique questions (algorithmic based problems) are just some of the challenges of using online publisher assessments, which can be integrated with your course in a learning management system (LMS) such as Canvas.
2:10 - 2:30 p.m.
Video Conferencing with Gifted International Students: Lessons Learned from F.O.T.
Teresa Nielsen, College of Performing Arts, Rowan University
Dr. Nielsen will demonstrate the application of Faculty Online Training skills in tutoring a group of students in Saudi Arabia. Using instances from teacher-student video conferencing, the session examines management techniques of international online teaching. Factors of social and cultural online ‘presence’ with international students are highlighted throughout the discussion.
2:30 - 2:50 p.m.
Utilizing Google Hangouts Live: Engaging Students in Online Learning
Sean McCarron and Stephen Bonora, Runnemede Public School District
Dr. McCarron, School Administrator, and Mr. Bonora, Technology Integration Specialist, will present how they have unlocked the power of Google Hangouts Live, a tool that is housed in the Youtube platform. It is a versatile tool, that you could be using!
3:00 - 3:20 p.m.
Best Practices and Trends in Online Education
Charles McGlynn, School of Earth & Environment, Rowan University
Dr. McGlynn will share what he has learned from student feedback, as well as how he has used this information to change his course to improve the student experience. This session will also include highlights from Drexel University’s 2017 e-Learning Conference.
3:20 - 3:40 p.m.
Shall we play a game? Incorporating Game Mechanics into Online Course Design
Shaun Holland, Rowan Global Learning & Partnerships, Rowan University
Human beings have been learning through play and games since the dawn of time. How can we take advantage of games in the learning process within the online environment? In this session, we will explore a real life example of game-based course design previously delivered to Rowan Global students.
3:40 p.m.
Canvas by Instructure T-Shirt and Bag Raffle
Rowan Online will raffle off a number of Canvas’ Teach Long and Prosper t-shirts, as well as several bags. You will find your raffle ticket in your Welcome Packet. Winners will be announced at the end of the day. Attendees must be present at time of drawing to be eligible to win.

Special Thanks from Rowan Online

Rowan Online greatly appreciates and values the continued participation and support from the Rowan University community, as well as local colleges and universities, in making the Rowan Online Learning Symposium a success. Without your support, our symposium would not be possible. Special thanks to the following departments and organizations: Rowan Global Marketing and Enrollment Management, The Rowan Faculty Center, Canvas by Instructure, Kaltura, McGraw-Hill, and Proctortrack.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email or call 856-256-5164 today.

View Video Archive from ROLS 2016

The recordings of the symposium sessions in 2016 are available online. So if you missed 2016’s Rowan Online Learning Symposium or you couldn’t attend every session that you wanted to see, you can now watch the complete recordings. Click on the button below to view the videos.

About Rowan Online

Rowan Global Learning & Partnerships was developed to take some of Rowan University's most in-demand graduate and undergraduate degree programs and make them more affordable and accessible to working adults in the Southern New Jersey region and beyond.

Rowan Online, a division of Rowan Global, develops, delivers, and supports all online and hybrid courses and programs for Rowan University.

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