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ANTSHE Conference 2019 Sessions

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APRIL 4 – 6, 2019 | Orlando, Florida 

Day One - Thursday, April 4


8:40 AM Tracks

Steps for engaging students in having the ability to achieve greater results in their education and career

Time: 8:40am 
Speaker: Mr. Donny Ingram, 
Ingram Management Group  

Engaging for Success centers around personal development that will not only entertain and inform every listener, but it will awaken the desire to improve in every phase of life. Attendees to this presentation will be equipped with the methods and tools that will help ensure success when the principles are used. Donny shares about human design, communication, and attitude. For workshops, he goes more in depth and includes goal setting, time management and purpose & passion. Donny uses personal experiences in dealing with difficult decisions and situations as well as documented studies to show the power we have when we understand and use the tools available in life and career.

(To be determined)

Time: 8:40am 

“E-ndragogy”: Best Practices in Blended Education for Adult Learners

Time: 8:40am - Track 3
Speakers: Dr. Katherine C. Aquino, Faculty & Quality Assurance Coordinator, Rosemary Osso, Assistant Dean, SCPS and Dr. 
Pamela Jimenez, Director of the Camino Program, Manhattan College 

Military-Connected Students in Oklahoma Higher Education: An Examination of the 9-Year Effects of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill

Time: 8:40am
Bradley Ward, Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs/Texas Tech University

Over the last decade, the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill has been advanced at both the state and federal levels to support military-connected students in higher education. An emerging body of research from the Oklahoma System of Higher Education begins to shed light on the benefit's 9-year impact within Oklahoma higher education and the academic performance measures of military-connected students. The first state-level study of it's kind provides data over the academic performances, enrollment, transfer, revenue and additional data that disproves misconceptions regarding veterans in higher education. This session is designed to stimulate support and collaboration on serving military-connected students in higher education through research-based insights.

“So, Tell Me All About You”: Improving Engagement With Post-Traditional Students via Curated Questions and Contact Choices

Time: 8:40am 
Tracey M Wofford, Ph.D., Mercer University, Tift College of Education

This presentation will describe how post-traditional recruiting and admissions teams can transform initial contact strategies and communications plans to improve engagement, qualifying, and appointment-setting with adult learner prospects. Attendees will learn how providing curated questions and contact choices can consistently keep overall inquiry-enrollment conversion percentages above the national average.

10:30 AM Tracks

Hear My Voice and the Voices of Those I Teach: A Critical Perspective on Migrant Education, Change Agency, and Postsecondary Options

Time: 10:30 am 
Dr. Ingrid Bynes

In this session, educational stakeholders and nontraditional students will learn more about the Migrant Education Program (MEP), its student population, and the specific challenges they face in high school before pursuing postsecondary education. A study on the role and lived experiences of MEP teachers will be covered to reveal essential information to help higher education professionals advocate for MEP students and themselves. Additionally, the talk is meant to empower, educate, and enrich any stakeholder who influences nontraditional students to pursue postsecondary options. The goal of this presentation is to reinforce how those working with nontraditional students can do the same as secondary MEP teachers: Positively affect their school culture, classrooms, and community.

Teaching and Learning with Loom in the Online Classroom

Time: 10:30 am 
Dr. Priscilla Bamba

The written word is powerful as feedback on assignments, but it by no means accommodates all learning styles (kinesthetic, auditory, or visual) like Loom. It impacts the way to contact and engage students. It helps them with figuring out feedback much faster as well as why and how to make changes to their work. It also helps instructors by cutting the time and energy involved in grading. It is a free tool that has a secure storage site. End-of-course student surveys have shown improvement for this instructor, and student success rates have also improved in the classes in which Loom is used as a feedback tool. 

Mentor to Success

Time: 10:30 am 
Felicia Young, Higher Minds of Education, LLC

This presentation will focus on mentoring adult learners. Mentor to Success will focus on providing students with a road map of how to succeed in their real lives. Mentoring is not something one thinks of when adult education is discussed. However, mentoring is necessary for future success.

Selecting, Designing, and Developing Active Learning Methods

Time: 10:30 am 
Speaker: Dr. Diane Wright

Presenter will share how to use active learning methods and engage all learners in order to increase retention and build understanding of course content. In this session, we will discuss what active learning is and why it's so much more effective than other teaching methods. We will also review examples of active learning in practice, complete with actionable tips for implementing active learning in the classroom.

International Student Participation in Higher Education Language Programs

Time: 10:30 am 

Speaker: Valeriana Colon, Virginia Commonwealth University

While there has been considerable research on international student mobility in higher education, there is limited research on international student participation in U.S. English language programs (ELPs). This presentation examines the characteristics of international students enrolled in higher education ELPs; the relationship between ELP enrollment with U.S. higher education enrollment; the relationship between ELP enrollment with ELP enrollment by destination location, ELP provider type, gender and country of origin; and the completion rate of international students in ELPs by gender and country of origin. Data from 2004-2014 were collected from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System and the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report.

11:30 AM Tracks

Bias Against Non-traditional Students

Time: 11:30 am 
Mrs Maisaa Alahmadi

In the United States, the percentage of non-traditional students (students older than 25 years old) who are in colleges and universities is around 47 percent (Pelletier, 2010). Faculty members should put in their consideration this percentage while developing the classes curriculum, teaching methods, and assessments and tests. In reality, many faculties did not do that; thus, there is a bias in the tests they use for these students. This study focuses on the statistical procedures to ensure the fairness of assessments. In addition, it discusses the strengths and limitations of using these methods.

Teaching Truth & Care to the Ethnically-Diverse Adult Student: Culturally-Responsible Instruction

Time: 11:30 am 
Speaker: Dr. Janet Barber

The presenter is a behavioral social scientist, professor, and higher education administrative leader. She researches, writes, and teaches in the area of cultural andragogy (adult pedagogy), positive psychology and mindfulness. She shares stories of diversity and teaching and how students experience the classroom differently. Dr. Barber looks at the multiplicity and complexity of being able to teach from desk to desk, student to student. Culturally-responsive teachers and professors must be quick witted and above average critical thinkers. Your EQ must be intact and your Ear-Q must be a strong equally important contender. Where’s your skill set? How do you utilize these skill sets in the higher education classroom with students of diverse backgrounds? Come learn and practice.

How to help our non-traditional students from diverse cultures and backgrounds will be discussed. The presentation will also teach strategy and principals of culturally-responsive instruction, the necessity of positivity, and brief mindfulness techniques.

Listening to Adult Students with ADHD and Co-existing Mental Health Challenges: Transforming Teaching Practice

Time: 11:30 am 
Speaker: Laura Hubbard, Ph.D., Curry College

In this new qualitative research study, adult college students with ADHD and co-occurring psychiatric disorders detailed their experiences managing mental health challenges while negotiating their academic lives. Qualitative interviews provided study participants the space to communicate their unique needs and their views on academic practices that better supported their learning. The participants initiated this study because of their desire to deepen the understanding of professors and college administrators regarding the mental health challenges these students faced in a college environment.

(To be determined)

Time: 11:30 am 

"Non-traditional" Ways to Higher Education

Time: 11:30 am 
Speaker: Julia Stopper, University of Klagenfurt

The future development of higher education for a rapidly changing student population is an important issue in ensuring the responsiveness of higher education systems. The inclusion of this changing student population in higher education policy is becoming increasingly important in creating learning environments that are suitable for both students and societal needs. This proposal is based on the possibilities of promoting non-traditional students using the example of Austria. In addition, guidelines should be set for the basic idea of democratization of knowledge and education and for permeability in higher education.

12:30 PM Keynote Luncheon: David A. Vise Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Executive Director for Modern States Education Alliance

2:15 PM - 3:10 PM Tracks

Adult Students Need Mentors Too: Bringing the Faculty Mentor Experience to Adult Students in Online Programs

Time: 2:15 pm 
Dr. Jeremy Schwehm and Jennifer Saxton, M.S., Arkansas Tech University


Restructuring the Learning Approaches: Deploying the Internet of Things (IoT) Techniques In the class “The Experience of Police College-AbuDhabi”

Time: 2:15 pm 
Speaker: Dr. Mohamed Al Ali, PhD and Faleh Hawary, PhD

It’s believed that traditional approaches in education are no longer effective, particularly in the wave of continuous development of technology and global competitiveness. IoT has strongly emerged worldwide and almost deployed in all aspects of life, many educational institutions realized the effectiveness deploy of IoT in teaching and learning premises, as a result, investing the IoT became inevitable as future strategies for the institutions seek differentiation in knowledge acquisition, therefore shifting the overall learning process. Police College-AbuDhabi has gone through a restructuring educational system in many aspects to improve the learning quality via implementing the IoT techniques in the overall teaching processes. The purpose of this study is to investigate the correlation between the newly applied IoT techniques effectiveness (Knowledge acquisition, Self-Learning, Interactive Learning and Collaboration between Teachers and Students and Willingness to Learn) in the teaching and learning performance.

Innovative Practices in Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)/Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Time: 2:15 pm
Speakers: Millard Juette Bingham,Ph.D.,Gloria Smith, Ph.D.,Carlos Wilson, Ph.D.  

This session will focus upon the latest best practices that are being utilized at various institutions in regards to prior learning assessment. The guidelines developed by the two national associations whose member institutions are directly involved in the transfer and award of postsecondary academic credit, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the Council for 

Higher Education Accreditation, along with the American Council on Education (ACE), which makes credit recommendations for learning gained outside of traditional college classrooms, will be discussed (ACENET, 2017).

Using competency based education for non-traditional students

Time: 2:15 pm
JeVaughn Jones

Competency-Based Education is a learning model that focuses on the mastery level of a student. Students come in variants walks of life; life skills can equal mastery levels of knowledge in many courses. This session will enhance awareness of competency-based education and show varied ways of applying this methodology to improve retention of non-traditional students.

(To be determined)

Time: 2:15 pm

3:20 pm - 4:20 pm Spotlight Speaker: Venita “Vee” Thomas, Adjunct Associate Professor, Motivational Speaker & talk radio host - The reintegration process of veterans and as Educators.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm President's Networking Reception


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This presentation details identified best practices for improved blended program delivery, as well as explores the role technology has in student engagement and student-faculty collaboration. Moreover, this presentation addresses key stakeholders, including the role of student buy-in, in the blended learning development process for system-wide change to occur.

The faculty-student mentoring experience provides a connection to the University for students and has shown to improve student outcomes. That connection can be difficult to attain for adult students in an online program and institutional efforts in the form of mentoring are rarely focused on the adult, online student population. The purpose of this focus group is to introduce the faculty mentor program established at Arkansas Tech University specifically developed for adult students in online programs. Attendees will learn about how the program was established, including successes and opportunities for improvement, provide feedback on research data regarding outcomes, brainstorm on ways to improve the program, and plan for how a similar program might be implemented at their institution.


April 1 - October 31

  • Early Registration
May 15
  • Call for Proposals Open
February 18
  • Call for Proposals Closed
March 1
  • Deadline for Presenters to Register to be included in Program
    April 4-6, 2019
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