Tech Day 2013 Schedule - Health Sciences Center

Thursday, September 26 - Tidewater Diboll Gallery


Registration, continental breakfast and lunch will take place in the Tidewater Diboll Gallery (First Floor)

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Technology Vendor Exhibition

See the latest from vendors including Adobe, Apple, Blackboard, Elsevier, Sharestream, Matas library, OEHS, Turning Technologies, Ricoh and Milifluidica.


Acrobat Professional: Best Practices + PDF ePortfolio Creation

Sharpen your skills on the world standard for secure document exchange with Acrobat Professional. We’ll cover the major aspects of this application in how to create, merge, manage, and add interactive elements to your PDFs. Learn how to combine multiple PDFs into a single package, how to use the latest Adobe features to create interactive forms and new eSignature tools, plus the amazing aspects of adding 3D files + multimedia to your file sets. We’ll conclude with creating electronic PDF ePortfolios for creating curriculum packages and other ideas that require both PDF and native files sets for a single, seamless delivery.


Using Adobe to Create Interactive Magazines & Apps for the iPad & Android

Discover you already have access to the tools that can create engaging, interactive viewbooks and magazines for distribution to the touch-screen market. Colleges uses these tools to create apps for recruitment, alumni outreach, and athletic events. You will discover how to reach an audience that prefers to find you first on this platform, rather than traditional browsers. We will showcase what other colleges across the nation have already published. We’ll walk through the workflow to make this happen and the array of videos and training to make you an expert in their new audience reach. Consider creating your own recruitment app for inbound students. Our built-in analytics will tell you where they are finding you, include forms for engagement, add videos, slide shows to maintain interest that you can never have with paper.

Tidewater 105

What's New In Blackboard Learn…and Why it Matters

The latest releases of Blackboard Learn bring some exciting teaching and learning tools to faculty and students – but why should you introduce them into your own course? This session will use the Seven Principles of Effective Practice in Undergraduate Education as our lens to describe tactics in applying new and updated Blackboard tools in your teaching.


Friday, September 27 - Tidewater Building

Streaming presentation

Technology Services Roadmap

Tulane Technology Services leadership including Chief Technology Officer Charlie McMahon, Assistant Vice President for Technology Infrastructure Leo Tran, Assistant Vice President for Academic and Administrative Computing Mary Walsh, Director of the Technical Support and Network Operations Center Allie Hopkins, and Head of Information Security and Policy Hunter Ely discuss what's to come in the year ahead for technology on campus.

Streaming presentation

Web, Learning and the Zen of Teaching: An Investigation into the Myths of Teaching, Learning and Technology

Keynote speaker:

Antonio Vantaggiato

This talk focuses on the mythology around education and the role of technology. Language use shows how deeply-rooted beliefs influence our pedagogy: Though research has clearly shown that constructivism is a winning pedagogic strategy, we keep talking of “delivering” classes and lectures, and students “watching” online classes, while they “attend” face-to-face sessions. Unsurprisingly, rarely do we see the scientific method itself.

Vantaggiato will discuss the role of technology in the teaching practice and beyond, and will provide examples of such beliefs and how they restrain the revolution of education which is being triggered by the new Web & media technologies. He will also describe the Zen of Teaching project and the interviews he has been conducting with leading people on these very subjects, from Clay Shirky to Mike Wesch and Gardner Campbell.
He will also will explore some of the new practices that come out of emerging ideas: The Syndication Bus, Storytelling, Connectivism, etc. Yes, he will also talk a bit about MOOCs!

Antonio Vantaggiato is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of STEMmED at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he also founded the distance learning institute.  As part of this work, he has led an initiative to build an infrastructure for learning object development for the HETS consortium (, within a group of seven institutions. He also founded the Puerto Rican Congress on Web e-ducation, and organized and held four editions (2002-2005).

Streaming presentation

Northwestern University: Digital Initiatives

Marianna Kepka and Joel Shapiro

This interactive session will provide background on the development of massive open online courses (MOOCs) against a backdrop of existing institutional online learning strategies and share best practices and lessons learned in the early stages of MOOC production at Northwestern University. Session participants will be encouraged to contextualize the recent hype around MOOCs to their institution and discipline and think about potential institutional and course goals for the MOOC. They will learn about the various tools,  teaching strategies, and media available in the MOOC context and how best to leverage these depending on the course topic, audience and learning objectives. Finally, operational topics based on Northwestern’s experience will be covered such as: how much time it takes to develop and launch a MOOC, how institutions can support MOOC production, and how MOOCs can enhance the traditional on-ground learning experience.

Marianna Kepka, MS
Marianna Kepka is Assistant Provost for Academic Administration and Director of Change Management at Northwestern University. She directs initiatives that cross units/schools and conducts research and analyses on behalf of the Provost and Associate Provosts to inform University priorities and policies. Currently she is co-leading an effort to support new online learning initiatives, including the University's engagement in Semester Online and production of MOOCs through Coursera. Marianna graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and holds a MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University.

Joel Shapiro, JD, PhD
Joel Shapiro is Associate Dean of Academic Programs at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies, overseeing graduate, undergraduate, summer session, non-credit, and distance learning programs.  He has a background in law, policy, and education analytics and research, having led multiple large-scale U.S. Department of Education-sponsored evaluations of online K12 initiatives meant to enhance academic achievement of underserved populations.  He teaches on-ground and online graduate courses in quantitative public policy analysis at Northwestern SCS.  Joel holds a BS in physics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a JD from Northwestern University School of Law and a PhD in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, part of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA.

Tidewater 104

REDCap: What is is and How can you Benefit?

Libby Horter and Alex Bengoa, SPHTM - CAEPH Dept

Research Electronic Data Capture


Tidewater 104

Evaluation of a Diabetes Remote Monitoring and Management System

Bonnie Katalenich, MPH - SOM Dept of Medicine

Tidewater 104

Robotic Surgery: New Research   

Salah Mohamed, MD, SOM-Dept of Surgery

Tidewater 105

Getting the Most from your Mobile Device: Tips and Apps for Health Professionals

Maureen Knapp, Matas Library


Tidewater 105

Research Data Management    

Keith Pickett, Matas Library


Tidewater 105

MediaSite: An Introduction and Hands-On    


Tidewater 105

General Ledger, Grants and Requisitioning

Pete Simonson, Gwen Chavez and Angelica Leonard

This will be a brief review of how to access accounts and grants, and creating a requisition as well as addressing any questions or problems that people may have.






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