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Join us on Friday, October 30! The virtual event will kick off at 10:00 a.m. CT with a keynote session from John Urschel,
followed by faculty and administrator tracks of your choice.

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Keynote Speaker

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John Urschel

Retired Professional Football Player
Doctoral Candidate in Applied Mathematics at MIT

John Urschel will discuss strategies for making instruction both personal and equitable from his experience both on the field and in the classroom.

(10:00 AM - 11:00 CT) Personal Always Wins—Meeting Each Student Where They Are

Math Track: Speakers and Times

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Dr. Kelly Jackson

Putting the “You” in Your Course


(11:00-11:30 CT)

Dr. Kelly Jackson - Math Professor at Camden County College

In this breakout session, Dr. Kelly Jackson will share how you can add your own videos as a resource in ALEKS and make them available as “helps” in lessons. Learn how to use videos to connect topics, show alternate methods, demonstrate calculator steps, and more.

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Jessica Lickeri

Closing Equity Gaps in a Corequisite Course


(11:30-12:00 CT)

Jessica Lickeri - Associate Math Professor at Columbus State Community College

Learn how Columbus State CC uses “the science of learning,” growth mindset theory, and research-based pedagogy to scaffold positive student behaviors. Jessica Lickeri will also share how the institution has closed a 12-point equity gap between African American and white students.

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Holly Dickin

Using Actionable Insights to Intervene Before It's Too Late

(12:15-12:45 CT)

Holly Dickin - Mathematics Professor at Ball State University

In this session, Holly Dickin will share how she uses ALEKS Insights to start conversations with students in a hyflexlearning environment. Specifically, how weekly notification summaries in ALEKS reports help identify which students and/or topics need more attention.

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Tuan Dean

Promoting Equitable and Inclusive Teaching Practices

(12:45-1:15 CT)

Tuan Dean - Mathematics Professor at Triton College

Triton College's firm commitment to educating students with proper tools of equity and technology led their instructors to ALEKS. Tuan Dean will share how instructors at Triton have applied equitable and inclusive teaching practices to change the lives of students who struggle with mathematics.
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Elisabeth Peters

Engage and Assess Responsibly in 2020


(1:15-1:45 CT)

Elisabeth Peters - Mathematics Lecturer at University of North Carolina Wilmington


Instructors are currently engaged in a balancing act of providing quality educational experiences in socially distanced classrooms and increasing student engagement in and out of the classroom. In this session, Elisabeth Peters will discuss how four components of ALEKS, Custom Objectives, Time Goals, ALEKS Pie Reports, and Respondus help instructors at UNCW find balance.

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Andrew Kennon

Using Reports to Inform My Instruction


(1:45-2:15 CT)

Andrew Kennon - Professor of Mathematics at Florida State College at Jacksonville

During this breakout, Andrew Kennon will share how to use reports in ALEKS for direct classroom instruction. Plus, this session will also cover how to add personalized resources to ALEKS and adapt lectures to meet your students where they are.

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Nance Roy

Jed Foundation
Bonus Session: Supporting Student Mental Health
(2:15-2:45 CT)

Nance Roy - Chief Clinical Officer of the Jed Foundation; Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry


Faculty play an important role in the lives of college students, especially during times of uncertainty. This presentation will focus on the mental health trends in the college student population, the impact of the pandemic on mental health and the role faculty and partners across campus play in supporting and promoting student mental health.

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Nathalie Vega-Rhodes

Designing a Course That's Best for Students

(2:45-3:15 CT)

Nathalie Vega-Rhodes - Implementation Manager at McGraw Hill


Flexibility is key in 2020. Learn how our implementation team partners with you to support your approach. Choose your blend of assignments, both adaptive as well as traditional homework, quizzes, and tests that help hold students accountable.

Chemistry Track: Speakers and Times

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Jill Robinson

Research Study Comparing Intro/Prep Chem Course vs. ALEKS Prep
(11:00-11:30 CT)

Jill Robinson - Senior Lecturer at Indiana University Bloomington

In this panel discussion, speakers will discuss the results of a study on students who qualified for General Chemistry I. When looking at final grades, they found that spending an average of 30 hours on the ALEKS preparatory course was equally as effective as spending hundreds of hours on a 5-credit developmental course.

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Daniel Hickey

Research Study Comparing Intro/Prep Chem Course vs. ALEKS Prep
(11:00-11:30 CT)

Daniel Hickey - Professor, Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University Bloomington

In this panel discussion, speakers will discuss the results of a study on students who qualified for General Chemistry I. When looking at final grades, they found that spending an average of 30 hours on the ALEKS preparatory course was equally as effective as spending hundreds of hours on a 5-credit developmental course.

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Stefano Fiorini

Research Study Comparing Intro/Prep Chem Course vs. ALEKS Prep
(11:00-11:30 CT)

Stefano Fiorini - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington

In this panel discussion, speakers will discuss the results of a study on students who qualified for General Chemistry I. When looking at final grades, they found that spending an average of 30 hours on the ALEKS preparatory course was equally as effective as spending hundreds of hours on a 5-credit developmental course.

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Yanan Feng

Research Study Comparing Intro/Prep Chem Course vs. ALEKS Prep
(11:00-11:30 CT)

Yanan Feng -  Research Data Analyst at Indiana University Bloomington

In this research spotlight, speakers will discuss the results of a study on students who qualified for General Chemistry I. When looking at final grades, they found that spending an average of 30 hours on the ALEKS preparatory course was equally as effective as spending hundreds of hours on a 5-credit developmental course.

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David Wren

Monitoring Progress and Motivating Students in a Hybrid Model
(11:30-12:00 CT)

David Wren - Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Chemistry Center at Wake Forest University

In this talk, David Wren will share how ALEKS can be used to keep students engaged in a general chemistry course using asynchronous lectures and limited in-person meetings. Specifically, how instructors can use ALEKS data to identify at-risk students early and pace students through course lecture material.

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Jason Overby

Now’s the Time to Adapt with Personalized Learning

(12:15-12:45 CT)

Jason Overby - Associate Professor at College of Charleston

With remote learning becoming the new norm for many schools, student engagement has become a critical challenge. Traditional approaches of lecture alone often miss the mark in virtual settings where it is easier for students to check out of class. As a result, adaptive learning has become an even more important tool for engaging students.

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Anna Ivanova

Supporting Today's Chemistry Students in a Virtual World

(12:45-1:15 CT)

Anna Ivanova - Chemistry and Physics Professor at Hostos Community College, CUNY

In this presentation, Anna Ivanova will share her strategies for adapting to the virtual classroom and how ALEKS has facilitated a smooth transition to remote learning.

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Dr. Erick Moffett

Personalized Practice Makes Perfect


(1:15-1:45 CT)

Dr. Erick Moffett - Chemistry Instructor at Pearl River CommunityCollegeChemistry Instructor at Pearl River Community College

Come join us to learn how ALEKS Chemistry has been used to close the gap and support underprepared students in the midst of the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cheryl Hoke

Making Labs Work
in 2020



(1:45-2:15 CT)

Cheryl Hoke - Chemistry Instructorat Front Range CommunityCollegeChemistry Instructor at Front Range Community College

Have you ever tried a virtual lab with your class? This session will give you a chance to discover how these labs work, and how they can fit into a remote or partially remote class.

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Nance Roy

Jed Foundation
Bonus Session: Supporting Student Mental Health

(2:15-2:45 CT)

Nance Roy - Chief Clinical Officer of the Jed Foundation; Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry


Faculty play an important role in the lives of college students, especially during times of uncertainty. This presentation will focus on the mental health trends in the college student population, the impact of the pandemic on mental health and the role faculty and partners across campus play in supporting and promoting student mental health.

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Nathalie Vega-Rhodes

Designing a Course That's Best for Students

(2:45-3:15 CT)

Nathalie Vega-Rhodes - Implementation Manager at McGraw Hill


Flexibility is key in 2020. Learn how our implementation team partners with you to support your approach. Choose your blend of assignments, both adaptive as well as traditional homework, quizzes and tests that help hold students accountable.

Administrator Track: Speakers and Panelists

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Dale Johnson

Moving from Mass-Production to Mass-Personalization

(11:00-11:30 CT)

Dale Johnson - Director of Digital Innovation at Arizona State University

The use of adaptive instructional systems has enabled a move from mass-production to mass-personalization in the College Algebra course at Arizona State University. ALEKS has helped our students achieve higher success rates and helped our faculty provide more individualized instruction. This talk will address what we have done, why we did it, and how we take advantage of this adaptive system to enable student success.

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Amy Hatfield

Closing Equity Gaps and Placing Higher in Week 1 Placement Bootcamp
(11:30-12:00 CT)

Amy Hatfield - Associate Professor at Columbus State Community College

Learn how Columbus State Community College is using a placement boot camp in Week 1 of their developmental math emporium to close equity gaps and accelerate students into a co-requisite gateway math course Week 2 with no loss of instructional time. Over one third of students increase their placement level and success is seen across all racial and socioeconomic student populations.

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Richard Kolasa

Creative Solutions to Overcome Learning Loss

(1:15-2:15 CT)

Richard Kolasa - Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships - McGraw Hill


We will continue the discussion from the panel and take a closer look at how institutions like Utah Valley University have created bridge and bootcamp programs to help curb learning loss and keep students on pace for college-level success.

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Kathy Andrist

Creative Solutions to Overcome Learning Loss

(1:15-2:15 CT)

Kathy Andrist - Math Professor, Utah Valley University


We will continue the discussion from the panel and take a closer look at how institutions like Utah Valley University have created bridge and bootcamp programs to help curb learning loss and keep students on pace for college-level success.

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Alison Reddy

Panel Discussion: Addressing Learning Loss as a Result of the Pandemic

(12:15-1:15 CT)

Alison Reddy - Math Placement Program Director and Quantitative Reasoning Course Coordinator at University of Illinois


How are institutions around the country addressing course readiness in today’s higher education landscape? In this session, education stakeholders will discuss learning loss and its impact on students, as well as the widening equity gaps due caused by lack of digital access and financial support within certain communities.

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Dr. Bryan Stewart

Panel Discussion: Addressing Learning Loss as a Result of the Pandemic

(12:15-1:15 CT)

Dr. Bryan Stewart - President of MDC Medical Campus

How are institutions around the country addressing course readiness in today’s higher education landscape? In this session, education stakeholders will discuss learning loss and its impact on students, as well as the widening equity gaps due caused by lack of digital access and financial support within certain communities.

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Dave Kung

Panel Discussion: Addressing Learning Loss as a Result of the Pandemic

(12:15-1:15 CT)

Dave Kung - Math Professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland


How are institutions around the country addressing course readiness in today’s higher education landscape? In this session, education stakeholders will discuss learning loss and its impact on students, as well as the widening equity gaps due caused by lack of digital access and financial support within certain communities.

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Nance Roy

Jed Foundation
Bonus Session: Supporting Student Mental Health

(2:15-2:45 CT)

Nance Roy - Chief Clinical Officer of the Jed Foundation; Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry


Faculty play an important role in the lives of college students, especially during times of uncertainty. This presentation will focus on the mental health trends in the college student population, the impact of the pandemic on mental health and the role faculty and partners across campus play in supporting and promoting student mental health.

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