to be held directly after the Foundation L.E.A.G.U.E. kickoff luncheon
Abraham Lincoln Commons
The Academic Innovation & eLearning department requests your participation in the annual Innovation Celebration. The Innovation Celebration is a series of poster sessions highlighting innovative instruction and student learning initiatives at LLCC. This event provides an opportunity to share ideas about teaching experiences, student engagement activities, and other innovative college initiatives in a casual atmosphere with colleagues across campus. Exhibits may be from any division/department on campus.
What do we mean by innovation?
A common misconception is that the word innovation only applies to technology. Not so! Innovation simply means any introduction of something new; a new idea, method, or tool.
To view or download a map of this year’s Innovation Celebration exhibits, click here.
Exhibit Listings (in alphabetical order)
Accessibility Services has developed a “packaged” guide to disability and disability-related resources that we would love to introduce to all faculty and staff. Included in this SoftChalk created guide available via Blackboard, is information to assist you in teaching students with disabilities, planning lessons, developing work spaces that meet accessibility guidelines, as well as reinforcing the Universal Design for Learning principle.
Kim Eddings, Accessibility Services Coordinator
This exhibit will illustrate ways that assessment activities directly relate to program development as they enable us to reflect, research, revise, refine, and improve our courses and our overall programs. The focus of this exhibit will be upon English program development activities, but will also inform others across the college.
Jason Dockter, Ph.D., Professor, English
Cara Swafford, Professor, English
One of the greatest challenges for learning centers in community colleges is providing academic support services that meet the various needs of a diverse population. During the weekdays, students meet face-to-face with LLCC tutors and professionals who teach them strategies for mastering course content. But where can these students go for help late in the evening and on weekends when the Center for Academic Success is closed? Brainfuse HelpNow is an online service that not only provides free, synchronous tutoring to LLCC students, but also contains a full library of free study resources that students may use either on their own or during tutoring appointments with LLCC staff.
Julie Clevenger, Executive Director, Center for Academic Success
Jamie McCoy, Student Academic Support Program Coordinator
Stop by this display to learn about the Black Rocket Technology Day Camps being offered again this summer. These very popular College for Kids Summer Tech camps are for grades 3rd-8th, which include designing their own app, coding, Digital storytelling, Lego comic and Minecraft designs! New this year is Star Wars Animation!
Jamie Stout, Director, Community Education
Textbook and publisher developed content costs continue to rise, making higher education an even greater expense for our students, but open educational resources (OER) are an alternative to the traditional textbook. The Academic Innovation & eLearning department has partnered with the Library to develop a 4 week workshop series to guide faculty members through the development of their own eTextbook. Stop by and learn more about this workshop series that will be starting in April.
Jennifer Stallman, Instructional Designer
Our recently upgraded Blackboard system now comes with the Community Engagement module which allows us to offer Blackboard for more than just course use. This new functionality offers an opportunity for non-academic content. This display will provide a demonstration of the new functions and share ways that you and your department can use the new tools for anything from committee shared space to student clubs and much more.
Andy Mitkos, Learning Management Systems Coordinator
As part of a class project for his GIS glass, Jared Streder used data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to display annual lightning deaths and lightning injuries over a 50 year period. He also analyzed lightning deaths and injuries by month as part of his project.
Jared Streder, LLCC Student
Students pursuing a career in health professions not only need to master anatomy and physiology content, but also need to be able to apply this content to situations they may encounter in the real world. By using case studies and patient scenarios, students develop analytical, problem solving, and decision making skills. Such skills are critical to their ability to work effectively in fast paced environments in which they will be required to make decisions regarding complex situations.
Barb Bernardi, Professor, Biology
Jennie O’Malley, Ph.D., Professor, Biology
Ada Range, Assistant Professor, Biology
The LLCC Bird Banding Station is entering its tenth banding season this spring (March 2017). We have graduated from a picnic table as our base of operations to a banding facility constructed by LLCC construction trades students. We have also had roughly 2,000 visitors, including students, volunteers, and members of various community groups. Stop by and see a few of the bird highlights of our first 9 seasons!
Tony Rothering, Professor, Biology
This Exhibit will outline the newly established LLCC Food Pantry initiative that was established to provide support to Lincoln Land Community College students in the area of supplemental health and wellness through reliable access to a sufficient quantity of nutritious foods.
Marie Watson, Student Engagement Coordinator
Marina Wirsing, Student Life Program Assistant
What is OneDrive and what does this mean to you? Office 365 is available to all Faculty, Staff and active Students and consists of online applications such as, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and cloud storage via OneDrive. Stop by this display to learn more about Microsoft Office 365 and OneDrive.
Jeris Creasey, Information Technology Trainer/Technical Writer
Come learn about the new electronic resources in the LLCC Library, including the Health Reference Online eBooks (Omnigraphics) and New Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford Scholarly Editions). This display will also include a demonstration of any LLCC eResource you may be interested in learning about, as well as how to use library-licensed digital resources in your courses.
Amanda Wiesenhofer, Electronic Resources & Library Systems Administrator
Tammy Kuhn-Schnell, Dean, Library
Learn how Christie Hovey, faculty member teaching Computer Applications, and Nancy Sweet, Director of Culinary Programs & Operations, created a special interdisciplinary section of CAS 121 for culinary arts students. Nancy provided the computer-based tasks (such as ordering and scheduling) that employees in the culinary field might be required to use or to create in their future culinary arts careers. Christie incorporated relevant projects into the required CAS 121 course content. Find out what else Christie, Nancy, and students learned along the way.
Christie Hovey, Professor, Computer Applications
Nancy Sweet, Director, Culinary Programs and Operations
Bob Wiatrolik, LLCC Culinary Arts Student
This display will describe an assignment from English 110, Introduction to Poetry, which asks students to write, to perform, and to record four lines of rap lyrics.
David Leitner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English
Stop by our table to discuss the innovative things happening at the outreach centers and dual credit programs such as expanding services to help our students be more successful, renaming our high school partnership programs and updating our processes to be more eco-friendly.
Tisha Miller, Enrollment Operations Coordinator
Maryjane Million, Enrollment Operations Coordinator
Doris Williams, Dual Credit Program Specialist
LLCC’s Sexual Assault and Violence Education Task Force has researched, developed, and implemented new efforts aimed at preventing and increasing awareness of sexual violence. As a task force comprised of representatives from a variety of departments, the staff, faculty, and student representatives involved focus on using multidisciplinary perspectives to approach the complex and pervasive issue of sexual violence. This collaborative effort has introduced multiple mediums of prevention and awareness efforts for the entire LLCC community, including trainings, programs, informational displays, and a website with information on reporting, survivor rights and options, resources, and much more.
Shelby Bedford, Student Success Program Assistant
Leslie Johnson, Assistant Vice President, Student Success
SoftChalk has been available for use at LLCC for nearly 10 years, but now with SoftChalk Cloud and all of its additional features you can take your SoftChalk Lessons and activities the next level. Stop by and see what the new layout and design options, new quiz types and enhancements to the eBook creation and publishing system.
Barry Lamb, Director, Instructional Technology Services
Patty Biggers took Introduction to GIS in the fall. Her final project looked at the physical geography and equipment conditions at parks in Springfield. Her analysis uncovered interesting results including the different conditions of park equipment and what types of materials are used as a base at the parks.
Patty Biggers, LLCC Student
Last winter LLCC Student Alex Portwood was selected to participate in a STEMSEAS (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Student Experiences aboard Ships) research experience in the Pacific Ocean. He sailed from San Diego, CA to Honolulu, HI aboard the research vessel Oceanus. The trip took place from May 10-18, 2016 and included 8 other students from around the United States. During the research trip, Alex learned about the ocean and the way it works. The group took 2 core samples of the ocean floor and worked with and learned from researchers and professors during their journey.
Alex Portwood, LLCC Student
The nursing program began utilizing a “Student Success Plan” to promote student success. This document is initiated by the faculty member when a student is seen to be “at risk.” A plan is then created with the faculty and student for how to move forward. Come by this display and find out how the use of this form has improved the success in our nursing program and how the adoption of a form similar to this could improve your student’s success as well.
Britta Lothary, Instructor, Nursing
As anxiety and depression are on the rise among students many colleges are looking for ways to provide students with a calm method of stress relief and therapy dogs do just that. Studies show that petting a dog increases levels of oxytocin in humans, a hormone that reduces anxiety and blood pressures, and provides most people with a sense of security. The LLCC Library has been regularly hosting therapy dogs for LLCC students to spend time with and today you can meet the dogs and learn more about the benefits of therapy dogs for college students.
Mike and Sue McKinney, Therapy Dog Volunteer
Samson & Morgan, Therapy Dogs
By sampling and collecting Henry’s Appliance Repair client and business information, this student project shows how GIS can make small business decisions and observations. The sample size of this project is four hundred forty-five Henry’s clients. Client addresses allow Henry’s to see where their clients are coming from in central Illinois. Date of service, allows Henry’s to see how seasons affect business. This project determines a proper charge for gas by creating a buffer within a ten-mile radius from the Henry’s location. From the data collected, this project allows Henry’s to also see which brands and products they are servicing regularly. GIS can help small businesses like Henry’s Appliance Repair, make informed decisions and observations.
Megan Cantrall, LLCC Student