DEMOfest 2016: The SFU Experience of Teaching with Technology

DEMOfest offers you the opportunity to see real learning solutions demonstrated live by your peers! Learn about the tools, techniques and technologies used to create them, network with your colleagues and get some great ideas that you can apply in your work.

Tue, November 22, 2016 | 10:00–3:00
Table displays: Education Building, EDB 7610, Burnaby campus
Presentations: Education Building, EDB 7512, Burnaby campus

   No registration necessary

Additional information

SFU instructors and students have access to all sorts of learning technologies, from Canvas to iClickers to web-based research tools. But technology isn't an end in itself. DEMOfest 2016 is about how instructors are using those technologies in ways that produce exciting and original educational experiences leading to student engagement and strong learning outcomes. Come and talk to faculty members and instructors about the ways in which they have taken advantage of the available tools in their own classrooms. Drop in for a single demo or stay for the whole day. The presentations will take place in and around the Teaching and Learning Centre in the Education Building—which means you'll be able to tour the facilities that are available to you, including the TLC Media Studio, which offers you space for video and audio production. Plus, there will be refreshments! Come alone or bring a colleague to this fun and inspiring event.

  • See learning technology solutions to common challenges
  • Engage with presenters and learn more about the why and how of their solutions
  • Network informally with colleagues
  • Listen to our speakers’ series that features 12-minute Pecha Kucha–style presentations on learning technology innovations
  • Participate in contests and raffles and win prizes

Presentations and hosted tables

10:00 | Tracking Online Learning in Canada
Tony Bates, Tony Bates Associates Ltd.
Presentation only

I will report on two projects:

  • A survey of online learning in Canadian universities and colleges
  • Descriptions of pockets of innovation in the use of learning technologies

For both projects I will be seeking appropriate collaborators.

10:20 | Peer Evaluation as a Learning and Assessment Strategy: Enhancing Student Engagement in Online Group Projects
Ranga Venkatachary (presenter) and Dianne Jamieson-Noel (table host), Centre for Online and Distance Education
Presentation | Table

Presentation: This is a story of our work in the design and implementation of peer evaluation based on team-based learning (TBL) principles in online and blended courses in business programs. I will demonstrate the logic of grading group projects, the framework of questions for eliciting feedback from students, and the technology tool we use for moderating grades in Canvas.

Table: Dianne Jamieson-Noel will present stories of developments in online and distance education with the goal of introducing new ways of thinking about designing online courses. We will showcase two technologies—GoAnimate and the Lightboard—as media tools that we embed in courses. And, we will showcase the role of video in our online course designs.

10:40 | Can We Blend MOOCs into Post-secondary Classrooms to Support Learning and Teaching?
Belinda Jin, Faculty of Education
Presentation | Table

The development of MOOCs (massive open online courses) has attracted public attention since 2008 with its goal of providing high-quality education. Massive open online courses have become popular in many settings in education and beyond. Some researchers, teachers and universities have begun to utilize MOOCs in their traditional classroom settings to support face-to-face learning experiences in a blended format. In this presentation, I will introduce the current use of MOOC techniques in the blended format and discuss how blending MOOC approaches brings opportunities/benefits for both students and teachers.

11:00 | Top Hat: An Interactive Lecture Experience
Liz Boag, Top Hat
Presentation | Table

Join our simulation of an interactive lecture utilizing Top Hat! Put yourself in your students’ shoes as we take attendance, ask interactive questions, launch discussions and annotate slides. We will demonstrate how to obtain real-time feedback from your students in the lecture hall by using Top Hat as a mobile/web-based student response system.

11:20 | Online Proctoring: Anything But One Size Fits All!
Jon Lacivita, Proctorio
Presentation | Table

Interested in delivering online tests, but worried that your students could just search for the answers or use a friend? Proctorio is the solution for you! Proctorio is an automated proctoring solution and flexible secure browser that can make you feel secure about your students taking online tests. Come learn how to add Proctorio to your tests and discover best practices for promoting academic honesty in your courses.

11:40 | Canvas Learning Management System in Canada
Sasa Mitrovic, Canvasrooms LLC
Presentation | Table

Hosting Canvas? Let us make it a whole lot easier with fully managed Canvas hosting and 24/7 support for both students and faculty. Simple transparent pricing per FTE, and we proudly host Canvas in Quebec City and Toronto.

12:00 | REEF Education: Increase Engagement, Facilitate Communication and Better Understand the Activities Going On in Your Classrooms
Gilaine Waterbury, i>Clicker and REEF Education
Presentation | Table

With REEF Polling, instructors can present with anything, utilize a floating toolbar, view a participant list, and send images and polling questions to student devices. Students respond to questions with any device (smartphone, tablet, laptop or an i>Clicker remote), receive correct and incorrect answers, and can review session history as a study guide outside of class.

12:20 | ResearchBriefs: Reading Research, Understanding Research, Sharing Research
Daniel Laitsch, Faculty of Education
Presentation | Table

The Open Source Structured Abstract Database Project is a collaborative project of scholars at Simon Fraser University, San Diego State University, and Central Connecticut State University to develop and distribute open source software to support a structured abstract/research review database for use as an instructional tool and research dissemination system. The BETA can be viewed at

12:40 | SFU snap Q & A session
SFU IT Services with representatives of Ancillary Services and the School of Computing Science
Presentation | Table

Created by students, for students, SFU snap provides students with the information they need to easily plan their campus experience. Access personalized course schedules, find room locations, consult transit schedules, and explore campus services like dining and parking.

1:00 | How Lego, Timbits, Tinder and Blended Delivery are Supporting Academic Decision-Making
Penny Freno, Career and Volunteer Services, and Illiana Mijares Chan, Student Engagement and Retention
Presentation only

Selecting a major is an important decision in the life of an undergraduate student. This session will tell the story of how the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences together with Student Engagement and Retention and Career Services collaborated to create a program—How I Met My Major—to support students’ academic decision-making. The session will include a “show and tell” of the components of the in-class presentations and online course.

1:20 | How to Make Your Office Hours Virtual
Eric Karjaluoto, Officehours
Presentation only

Maybe you’re off-campus. Perhaps you teach distance learners. Or, students might be intimidated to meet in person. Virtual office hours are a workable alternative for each of these scenarios. Officehours is a platform for holding office hours. It simplifies scheduling, manages time zones, and provides a structured format to keep conversations focused.

1:40 | The Crestron User Interface: Make the Most of SFU’s Lecture Theatre Capabilities
Rafael Mayor-Mora, SFU IT Services
Presentation only

Have you made the most of the lecture theatre capabilities at SFU? Join our expert panel of A/V professionals from IT Services as they guide you through a demonstration of the Crestron user interface. Learn how to effectively control the projectors and classroom lighting features at SFU to improve your future presentations.

2:00 | Dialectical Map: An Argument Visualization Tool Developed at SFU
Joan Sharp, Department of Biological Sciences
Presentation | Table

Argumentation is important for learning. However, many students lack the skills to analyze and construct arguments. This presentation introduces a new web-based argument visualization tool, the Dialectical Map, that fosters students’ argumentation skills by providing guidance and prompts to generate and evaluate both arguments and counterarguments in order to reach an integrated conclusion. The tool has been used with positive results in three biology classes.

2:20 | Learn Tech Data for Formative Analysis
Lynda Williams, Teaching and Learning Centre
Presentation only

The Working Group on Learn Tech Data for Formative Analysis is an SFU-based initiative exploring what we can, and should, learn from data generated by learning technology, how to coordinate support for technology initiatives, and possible pilots. Facilitator Lynda Williams will frame the questions and illustrate with a possible example.

2:40 | Resisting Passive Forms of Learning and Teaching with Video
Darin Francis, Echo360
Presentation | Table

In this session, Darin Francis will explore the ways lecture capture has let us down and will discuss new ways of engaging students through technology.

Hosted tables

An SFU Support Infrastructure for Open Educational Resources
Lynda Williams, Teaching and Learning Centre
Table only

Open educational resources (OER) and OER-adjacent materials with limited but still valuable shareability need to be routinely supported by infrastructure to be sustainable outside the bounds of grants. A small team at the Teaching and Learning Centre and the SFU Library is working on the development of an ongoing service for intake of a few cases a year to offer “next-step” solutions.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: An Online Tool for Conferencing and Collaboration
Christina Drabik, Teaching and Learning Centre
Table only

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is an updated version of Blackboard Collaborate that can be used by instructors and students for online collaboration. It works with the Google Chrome browser and does not require students to download special software. This demo will include examples of how the tool could be used in the classroom.

Building a Professional Business Resume: Online Workshop
Heba Elsonbaty, Beedie Graduate Career Management Centre

Table only

What do employers look for in a resume? Beedie’s Graduate Career Management Centre has developed an online workshop and tool that allows students to take advantage of the resume-building recommendations of thousands of employers as they highlight their accomplishments, skills and experiences. Students may proceed step by step through the process, or they may access the resume component or section where they need the most assistance. Stop by and see how it works!

Classroom to Career: A Blended Learning Program for All SFU Students
Deanne Esdale, Career and Volunteer Services
Table only

Blending face-to-face learning with online learning in Canvas, the Classroom to Career program experience offers flexible learning and the ability for learners to interact across multiple communities.

Copyright for SFU Students: A Canvas Tutorial
Donald Taylor, Copyright Office
Table only

This tutorial introduces students to copyright. It describes options for including third-party material in assignments by applying Copyright Act provisions and finding openly licensed and copyright-free material. It also explains students’ rights as owners of copyright in their assignments and other works.

Designing for Accessibility with UDOIT in Canvas
Kar-On Lee, Teaching and Learning Centre
Table only

SFU is exploring the University of Central Florida’s UDOIT tool, which checks selected elements of a Canvas course for accessibility issues and enables you to fix the issues right away. We will also explore universal design for online course design to make courses more accessible and reduce the need for accessibility accommodations.

How to Implement and Design Learning Games for Your Classroom
Hollis Owens, Educational Technology and Learning Design
Table only

This session will discuss the internship I completed in Summer 2016 with Robyn Schell in the Teaching and Learning Centre to develop a workshop for faculty to learn to design and implement games or gamification in their course(s).

Microsoft and Stambol: Unlock Creativity with Virtual Reality
Steven Ly and Josh Pereira, Microsoft
Table only

Immerse yourself in virtual reality (VR) and experience the cutting edge of technology. In partnership with Stambol, we will be offering VR demos powered by Windows 10 to introduce new ways of learning and innovation.

SFU 101: Online Orientation
Chelsea Gardner, Student Recruitment and Transition
Table only

SFU offers a free course for all new undergraduate students. Students learn about the academic culture, degree requirements, enrollment procedures, and array of resources available at the University. Assessment evidence shows that students who complete Online Orientation have higher rates of academic success than those who do not.

SFU Library Support for the Use of Learning Technologies and Open Educational Resources
Hope Power, SFU Library
Table only

The SFU Library provides information and a variety of services to support the use of learning technologies. This table will showcase research and plagiarism tutorials in Canvas, information related to open educational resources (including SFU’s OER Grants program and the open textbooks offered by BCcampus), and some current digital scholarship initiatives.

TLC Educational Media in Action
John Born, Gabe Wong, Jason Toal, Duane Woods, Teaching and Learning Centre
Table only

The Teaching and Learning Centre’s Educational Media team provides support and training to faculty members, instructors, graduate students and staff with an interest in creating and using media resources—such as audio, video and graphics—in an educational context. Meet the team, hear about the projects your colleagues have been working on, and find out about the programs and services offered.

Using Screen Capture Tools to Create Video Lectures
Jody Baker, School of Communication
Table only

Going beyond the recorded lecture, screen capture tools can generate engaging video lectures to supplement classroom material. With a microphone and laptop, Jody will demonstrate how to use voice-over narration for visual analysis, producing one or more videos during DEMOfest.

November 22, 2016