2021 Echo360
Community Conference

Agenda

PRE-CONFERENCE
Training WORKSHOP

July 27, 2021

cONFERENCE Sessions
Day 2

July 28, 2021

cONFERENCE Sessions
Day 3

July 29, 2021

Pre-Conference Training Workshop

11:00am - 3:00pm EDT - (16:00 - 20:00 BST)
11:00am - 11:15am

Welcome from Echo360

Speakers

Jason Gildner

Customer Success Manager, Echo360

Dr. John Couperthwaite

Customer Success Manager, Echo360
11:15am- 12:05pm

Strategies For Creating An Engaged Synchronous Teaching Environment

Participants will be introduced to the synchronous teaching capabilities of Echo360, with demonstrations of workflows, use cases, and activities, from the instructor and student perspective. We will review key features, such as polls, chat, note taking and analytics, and how they can be applied to your course and teaching style before, during, and after class

Speakers

Jason Gildner

Customer Success Manager, Echo360

Dr. John Couperthwaite

Customer Success Manager, Echo360
12:05pm - 12:35pm

Teaching Scars

Holly will reflect on the tremendous efforts and successes in higher education over the last 15 months and then consider evidence regarding what worked, what didn’t and how she delivered content, connected with students, and assessed student learning by embracing the best of the traditional and virtual classrooms. 

Speakers

Holly Hapke

Senior Marketing Lecturer, University of Kentucky
12:35pm - 12:50pm

Question & Answer Session

Holly, Jason and John will lead a discussion on synchronous teaching and respond to questions from participants.

Speakers

Holly Hapke

Senior Marketing Lecturer, University of Kentucky

Jason Gildner

Customer Success Manager, Echo360

Dr. John Couperthwaite

Customer Success Manager, Echo360
12:50pm - 1:05pm

Break

1:05pm - 1:55pm

Using Echo360 To Promote Active Blended Learning In An Asynchronous Setting

There are many ways educators can leverage the Echo360 platform to provide asynchronous teaching activities. We will lead participants through how to create learning objects, video assignments, discussions, interactive media, and more, sharing insights into good practice approaches and methods to monitor student engagement.

Speakers

Jason Gildner

Customer Success Manager, Echo360

Dr. John Couperthwaite

Customer Success Manager, Echo360
1:55pm - 2:25pm

Asynchronous Resources - Flipping Your Classroom

This session will cover examples of how Dr Robson has flipped her classroom, providing tips and guidance on how to use asynchronous resources effectively to support student learning.

Speakers

Dr. Louise Robson

Senior University Teacher, The University of Sheffield
2:25pm - 2:40pm

Question & Answer Session

Louise, Jason and John will lead a discussion on asynchronous teaching and respond to questions from participants.

Speakers

Dr. Louise Robson

Senior University Teacher, The University of Sheffield

Jason Gildner

Customer Success Manager, Echo360

Dr. John Couperthwaite

Customer Success Manager, Echo360
2:40pm - 2:50pm

Closing Remarks

Conference Day 2

11:00am - 3:00pm EDT - (16:00 - 20:00 BST)
11:00am - 11:15am

Welcome from Echo360

Speakers

Chris Huff

SVP Academic Partnerships, Echo360
11:15am- 11:45am

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360 looks at the future of higher education through the lessons of the pandemic (and a little bit of 80’s combat rock) to plan a course forward and look at how technology can help create more effective and engaging learning experiences. Fred draws on his experience leading other industries through digital transformations as well as his leadership at Echo360 to set the tone for the next two days of presentations, practices, and discussion.

Speakers

Fred Singer

CEO, Echo360
11:45am - 12:15pm

Widening Participation With Lecture Recording, Has The Pandemic Helped Or Hindered?

One of the key motivations for higher education institutions to incorporate lecture recording in their teaching was that of mainstreaming accessibility. By allowing all students the opportunity to review lectures, we hope to reduce penalties for unavoidable absences and alleviate barriers to higher education to groups with learning adjustments and disabilities. This presentation will describe a research conducted before, during and after the Covid19 pandemic to explore whether the pandemic has supported the use of lecture recording for widening participation.

Speakers

Dr. Jill MacKay

Senior Lecturer, The University of Edinburgh
12:15pm - 12:30pm

Break

12:30pm - 1:15pm

Innovating for the future: Empowering our students with tools to succeed How Augusta University leverages the Echo360 platform to support its students

A discussion of how Augusta University leverages the Echo360 platform to support its students, focusing on key topics of:
  • Back to basics: classic lecture capture and its increasing relevance for inclusive instruction
  • ASR – connecting students with the content they need
  • Removing barriers: harnessing combined powers of LMS, Lecture Capture and Web Conferencing through integrations for Brightspace, Echo360 and Zoom

Speakers

Amy Triana

Director, University IT Customer Experience, Augusta University
1:15pm - 2:00pm

Increasing Inclusion in Entry-level STEM Courses

Based on a current study for the National SCIENCE Foundation courses at several universities will use Echo360 to test to what degree the availability of an anonymous backchannel leads to increased volume and breadth of in-class inquiry. Existing Echo360 sites are invited to participate. Selected course instructors will receive an honorarium in exchange for their participation.

Speakers

Dr. Perry Samson

Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering and Professor of Information, School of Information, University of Michigan and SVP Teaching Innovations, Echo360
2:00pm - 2:15pm

Break

2:15pm - 2:45pm

Engagement Tracks With Success, In Person And Online

COVID forced a sudden pivot to online teaching and learning, which was challenging for students and instructors alike. But there have been bright spots. In particular, instructors have had to learn and adopt principles of accessibility, and students have been able to learn from wherever they are. We should not allow these bright spots to fade. We know students prefer to learn in person but want the option to learn remotely when needed, because of illness, work, family commitments, weather and a long list of other things. So when we imagine the return to campus post-COVID, we should not abandon all the ways we've learned to add flexibility. Echo360 is one tool that provides flexibility for students, while also offering diverse ways for students to engage. It is institutionally supported at McMaster, which means there is not additional cost to students, and it requires minimal time and energy investment by instructors. In this pre-COVID study, we found that given the opportunity to learn in class or virtually from week to week, most students came to class most of the time. But across two courses — one skills-based and one content-based — there was no significant difference in Echo360 engagement scores or adjusted final grades (adjusted to remove the contribution of the engagement score) between in class dominant and online dominant learners. There was, however, a strong correlation between their engagement scores and adjusted final grades. This means students who engaged in their learning through Echo360 by following the lectures and doing polling activities succeeded in both courses regardless of how they participated. This provides strong evidence that maintaining flexibility for students will help them succeed, and there has never been a more important time to be flexible. I would like to co-present with my student partner, Stefan Mladjenovic.

Speakers

Dr. Katie Moisse

Assistant Professor, McMaster University

Stefan Mladjenovic

Student, McMaster University
2:45pm - 3:00pm

Closing Remarks

Speakers

Chris Huff

SVP Academic Partnerships, Echo360

Conference Day 3

11:00am - 3:00pm EDT - (16:00 - 20:00 BST)
11:00am - 11:10am

Welcome from Echo360

Speakers

Chris Huff

SVP Academic Partnerships, Echo360
11:10am- 11:55am

Beyond COVID-19: Leveraging Echo360 From Early Adoption To Planning For Optimal Learner Engagement and Academic Success In The "New Normal."

This session will guide participants through a tour of how one university implemented Echo360 during the pandemic, trained and supported users throughout the first year, and how the university plans to capitalize further on Echo360's unique strengths and features in the upcoming year academic year and beyond.

Speakers

Dr. Jennifer Willis-Opalenik

Director, Technology Learning Services, University of Houston-Clear Lake
11:55am - 12:30pm

Future Facing: Taking the Long View in the Face of Uncertainty

During three short weeks in March 2020, CWRU made a number of changes to the way that we manage Echo360. We knew that some of our students wouldn’t be able to return to campus (before we knew that we were all going into lockdown!) and so we prepared for both dual delivery of lecture content and fully remote delivery of lecture content by adding microphones and cameras and configuring classroom workstations with Universal Capture. We changed the way we set up faculty accounts, courses, and sections. We also integrated with Zoom and promoted the engagement features in Echo360. All of these changes were immediately valuable when the university transitioned to fully remote learning. Now, in the summer of 2021, we plan to capitalize on some of our operational changes to offer more flexibility in the future. With these changes, we can now support multiple modalities of teaching and learning, from face to face to fully remote, with support for hybrid and dual delivery as well.

Speakers

Genevieve Mathieson Kilmer

Senior Teaching & Learning Technologist, Case Western Reserve University

Katie Skapin

Instructional Technologist, Case Western Reserve University
12:30pm - 12:45pm

Break

12:45pm - 1:30pm

Echo360 Product Management Innovations

In this session, you will hear how our solution and our product management practices pivoted and grew through 2020 and 2021, and a look forward at our goals for the upcoming academic year.

Speakers

Dan Rinzel

Director of Product, Echo360
1:30pm - 2:15pm

Echo360 at LMU: A 10 Year Journey

This session will provide insight into Loyola Marymount University’s decade long expansion from using Echo360 in three rooms to deploying it in hundreds of rooms across three campuses. In addition, we will explore how LMU consolidated other campus media offerings into Echo360 to save the University hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Finally, we will look at the post-pandemic future of capture and other media resources at LMU.

Speakers

Matt Frank

Director, Creative & Technology Support, Loyola Marymount University
2:15pm - 2:45pm

Pharmacology Greetings from My Driveway: Using Echo360 Universal Capture Offline to Increase Student Engagement

When the pandemic arrived, Dr. Felver had 2 weeks to convert an in-person course to a fully online course. This presentation will describe how she used previous Echo360 classroom captures in a new way and created a novel use for Echo360 Universal Capture to spark and maintain student engagement. Using Universal Capture offline allowed creation of numerous short videos in unusual locations to emphasize important points, tie concepts together, and keep students engaged. This presentation will provide tips on using Universal Capture offline and encouragement for others to explore the full capabilities of this technology for student engagement and learning.

Speakers

Dr. Linda Felver

Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University
2:45pm - 3:00pm

Closing Remarks

Speakers

Chris Huff

SVP Academic Partnerships, Echo360

What to Expect

We are excited to announce the 2021 Echo360 Community Conference is going fully online July 27-29, 2021. This year’s theme is: “No going back: how to reconfigure learning for a post-COVID world.”

Join us online this year with your fellow academic and technology leaders as they share insights about hybrid and online learning best practices, classroom innovations, active learning and learning analytics that inspire change.  Provide feedback and input on the Echo360 product roadmap, network with your peers, chat with Echo360 staff, and learn about new products and features.

The pre-conference training workshop will share successful hybrid teaching approaches using Echo360, with plenty of examples from leading educators, opportunities for sharing your experiences, and shared examination of ongoing challenges.

 

This year’s key topics include:

  • Creating more engaging hybrid and online learning with Echo360
  • Consolidating video and engagement on Echo360
  • Benefits of integrating Echo360 and video conferencing
  • The value of Echo360-enabled classrooms


The conference is free for all attendees.  Stay tuned for updates regarding the agenda, registration and more.

tuesday. July 27, 2021

Preconference Training Workshops

Today more so than ever before, keeping students engaged during class is a massive challenge facing educators, whether your students are in onsite classes or in mixed groups studying onsite and remotely.  In this workshop, Prof Holly Hapke and Dr. Louise Robson will share how they have used Echo360 extensively for hybrid teaching in the last academic year.  We will explore the Echo360 experience accessing content synchronously and asynchronously, responding to polls, interacting in teaching and discuss common issues for educators and students. 

  Register today for FREE.

wednesday July 28 & THURSDAY. JULY 29, 2021

Conference Sessions

Get a front-row seat for a compelling forum of fellow academic and technology leaders as they share insights about best practices, classroom innovations, active learning and student learning data that drives change. Get a sneak peek into the Echo360 roadmap, network with your peers, discuss hot topics and trends, talk to Echo360 leadership and influence future features and functionality.

Register today for FREE.

Where

Vanderbilt University Student Life Center 310 25th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37240

When

Wed. June 23, 9:00am – 8:00pm
Thurs. June 24, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Contact

Tim Weir
703-948-3093
tweir@echo360.com

Join Us

Call for Presentations

The Echo360 Community Conference Call for Presentations is now open!  We are seeking submissions that will inspire the Echo360 community with best practices, creative perspectives, and future directions. Keep in mind this year’s conference theme when submitting your presentation: “No going back: how to reconfigure learning for a post-COVID world.”

Presentations should address one or more of the following topics:

Creating more engaging hybrid and online learning with Echo360
Consolidating video and engagement on Echo360
Benefits of integrating Echo360 and video conferencing
The value of Echo360-enabled classrooms
The value of transcription for video learning 

To be considered, all proposals must be received by the deadline of 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 4, 2021.  Acceptance notifications will be sent the following week.  Submit your request to present today! 

Our Speakers

Fred Singer

CEO, Echo360

Amy Triana

Director, University IT Customer Experience, Augusta University

Dr. Louise Robson

Senior University Teacher, The University of Sheffield

Dr. Jill MacKay

Lecturer Veterinary Science Education, The University of Edinburgh

Matt Frank

Creative & Technology Support, Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Linda Felver

Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Holly Hapke

Senior Marketing Lecturer, University of Kentucky

Genevieve Mathieson Kilmer

Senior Teaching & Learning Technologist, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Katie Moisse

Assistant Professor, McMaster University

Katie Skapin

Instructional Technologist, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Jennifer J. Willis-Opalenik

Director, Technology Learning Services, University of Houston – Clear Lake

Dr. Perry Samson

Head of Teaching Innovation, Echo360

Dr. John Couperthwaite

Customer Success Manager, Echo360

Jason Gildner

Customer Success Manager @ Echo360

Dan Rinzel

Director of Product, Echo360

When

Tuesday. July 27, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday. July 28, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday. July 29, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Contact

Tim Weir
Echo360 Event Marketing
703-948-3093
tweir@echo360.com   

CONFERENCE LOCATION

Vanderbilt University Student Life Center

310 25th Ave S.
Nashville, TN 37240

HOTEL

Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University

The Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University welcomes you and is  just a few steps from the conference location.  You can book yourself a room online today by clicking the reservations button below.  The discounted conference room rate of $214.00 per night plus taxes. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. The reservations must be received on or before Friday, May 7, 2021.

2555 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

TRAVEL

Nashville Airport
Nashville International Airport (BNA) is approximately 10 miles, 25 minutes depending on traffic from the University of Vanderbilt campus.

Parking
The Vanderbilt University 25th Avenue parking garage is the closest garage to the Student Life Center where the conference is being held.  $10 /per parking space.

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Fred Singer

CEO, Echo360

Fred Singer is an Internet pioneer and entrepreneur whose career and philanthropic activities have spanned a broad range of interests from education, media, arts, science and veteran affairs. Before Echo360, Fred was a Senior Advisor to Masayoshi Son, President and CEO of SoftBank and Chairman of Sprint’s Board of Directors. Fred was also active as a venture partner at SoftBank Capital in the US.
Fred held a number of senior roles at AOL including Chief Operating Officer of AOL Studios/Interactive Services, Chief Operating Officer for ICQ (instant messaging) and Senior Vice President of Emerging Products. Prior to AOL, Fred was a founder of the Washington Post Online Service (now WashingtonPost.com) and a Consultant with Bain & Company.

Fred has served on a number of business, charitable and educational boards including DoubleClick, Motley Fool Company, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (International Committee), Queens University School of Business, and Upper Canada College. His current board work includes Intact Financial Corporation, the Langley School and “Warrior to Cyber Warrior”, a non-profit that helps wounded warriors find meaningful training and careers in cyber security. He was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 2013 “Tech Titans”. Fred earned the “Venture Deal of the Year” award by the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth as a result of funding by Revolution Growth in 2012.

Fred holds an MBA from Harvard as well as an LLB, an MA in Philosophy, a BA with Distinction in Philosophy, and a BA with Honors in Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada.

Amy Triana

Director, University IT Customer Experience, Augusta University

An IT leader with over twelve years experience in higher education IT customer support and customer experience, Amy currently serves as Director of University IT Customer Experience at Augusta University (AU). AU is a mid-sized R1/R2 university and is home to a four year liberal arts campus, a research and health sciences campus providing programs in allied health sciences, dentistry, medicine, mathematics and lab sciences, and the Georgia Cyber Center, one of 12 NSA designated centers for excellence in cybersecurity, as well as a partnering academic medical center, AUHealth.

Dr. Louise Robson

Senior University Teacher, The University of Sheffield

Dr Louise Robson is a 2019 EMEA Academic Champion and is currently a senior academic in Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield. Winner of the Otto Hutter Teaching Prize at the Physiological Society, she has over twenty years’ experience in learning and teaching.  Her role as the institutional lead for the implementation of lecture capture at Sheffield means she has positively influenced academic staff across a wide range of disciplines, and she is recognized as a strong advocate of blending digital and traditional approaches in learning and teaching.

Dr. Jill MacKay

Lecturer Veterinary Science Education, The University of Edinburgh

Jill MacKay is a lecturer in Veterinary Science Education at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies who specializes in research design. She is particularly interested in the experiences of marginalized groups in using technology enhanced learning like lecture recording.

Matt Frank

Creative & Technology Support, Loyola Marymount University

Matt spent over 10 years working in television and film as a cinematographer and editor before crossing into academia as a media educator, consultant, and creator. As Director of Creative & Technology Support at Loyola Marymount University, Matt’s teams include the IT Service Desk, support and design for all learning spaces, labs, audio-visual technology on campus and the creation of multimedia-based academic resources that improve student learning and promote faculty outreach.

Dr. Linda Felver

Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Linda Felver teaches clinical pharmacology and pathophysiology in the School of Nursing at Oregon Health & Science University. Although Dr. Felver has taught at OHSU for well over 30 years, she is having entirely too much fun to retire. She enjoys helping people take the knowledge from their textbooks and computer screens and connect it to the whole people they will encounter as nurses. Recipient of numerous teaching awards, Dr. Felver is known for her teaching that engages students and helps them learn what they initially thought was impossible.

Holly Hapke

Senior Marketing Lecturer, University of Kentucky
Holly is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at the University of Kentucky. She teaches hundreds of students in the principles of marketing courses taught online, in person and hybrid. Holly received her MBA from Tarleton State University, part of Texas A&M University System in Management and Marketing. In addition to teaching, she is the faculty advisor for the American Marketing Association collegiate chapter at UK, which offers many marketing activities. She has directed study aboard programs in Brazil, Germany, and Australia. She is a proud mother of a ten-year-old boy, Aiden.

Genevieve Mathieson Kilmer

Senior Teaching & Learning Technologist, Case Western Reserve University

Genevieve is a Senior Teaching & Learning Technologist in Case Western Reserve University’s UTech Teaching & Learning Technologies team. In this role, she leads the team that manages and supports multiple academic technologies, including Canvas and Echo360. UTech TLT works with faculty, staff, and students to facilitate innovative teaching and learning across the University.

Dr. Katie Moisee

Assistant Professor, McMaster University

Dr. Katie Moisse is a science journalist teaching science communication in the School of Interdisciplinary Science. Her stories have appeared in Scientific American, Spectrum and The Atlantic. She was Digital Health Editor for ABC News, leading the network’s national online coverage of countless outbreaks and other important health stories. She has a Ph.D in pathology from the University of Western Ontario, an M.Sc. in neuroscience from King’s College London and an M.Sc. in journalism from Columbia University.

Katie Scapin

Instructional Technologist, Case Western Reserve University

Katie – As an instructional technologist, Katie provides training and support to the CWRU community, covering technologies like Canvas, Echo360, and Google Apps. She helps users learn how to use academic technologies to improve their experiences inside and outside of the classroom. In addition, she works closely with each technology to keep them in tiptop shape and encourage use.

Dr. Jennifer J. Willis-Opalenik

Director, Technology Learning Services, University of Houston – Clear Lake
As the director of the University of Houston – Clear Lake’s Technology Learning Services unit, Jenni Willis-Opalenik guides staff in both the Instructional Design and Technology team and the university’s IT Support Center. She has earned her doctorate in education and a master’s degree in instructional systems. In addition, Jenni is an experienced educator and instructional designer/technologist with a passion for supporting faculty in creating engaging learning environments through effective course design, active learning strategies, and instructional multimedia.

Dr. Perry Samson

Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering and Professor of Information, School of Information, University of Michigan and Head of Teaching Innovation, Echo360

Perry is an Arthur Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan with appointments in both the College of Engineering and the School of Information. Prof. Samson teaches courses in extreme weather and climate, air pollution modeling and entrepreneurship and has been honored as “Professor of the Year” in the State of Michigan. In addition to teaching and research Perry is an entrepreneur as a co-founder of The Weather Underground and LectureTools which has been acquired by Echo360.

Dr. John Couperthwaite

Customer Success Manager, Echo360

John is the Echo360 Customer Success Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. John specializes in supporting individuals and institutions to develop, plan and implement large-scale change, particularly around student retention and learner analytics, academic adoption of technology, and community development. Prior to joining Echo360, John was a learning consultant for PebblePad, and held leadership roles at the University of Birmingham relating to learning technology and to wider learning and teaching strategy.

Jason Gildner

Customer Success Manager, Echo360

Jason joined Echo360 in 2017 as a Training and Development Specialist to help drive ongoing training efforts with new and existing customers. In October of 2017 Jason was promoted to his current role of Customer Success Manager for the south territory. Jason has spent the last 15+ years working at Alfred State College and most recently at Coastal Carolina University, managing audio/visual, capture, faculty education, and adoption of Echo360 and other instructional technologies within the university setting. Jason’s experience with Echo360 as a former client and his instructional technology background provide a unique set of skills that give him a deep understanding of the Echo360 client user experience. Jason is a graduate of Alfred State College – SUNY College of Technology.

Dan Rinzel

Director of Product, Echo360

Dan leads the team at Echo360 responsible for helping classroom teachers and instructional designers manage and deploy video and related tools for engaged learning, focused on seamless experiences within existing teaching platforms and rich, early feedback on student engagement.