Ignite Sessions

Ignite is the name for a particular type of event that is held throughout the world—organized by volunteers—at which participants speak about their ideas and personal or professional passions according to a specific format. The event holds the motto, “Enlighten us, but make it quick!” Anyone can throw an Ignite event. The presentations are meant to "ignite" the audience on a subject, whereby awareness, thought, and action are generated on the subjects presented. Each presenter has 5 minutes, 20 slides, at 15 seconds per slide, slides are advanced automatically. The Ignite presenters will follow up with a poster presentation.

Facilitator:  Dr. Gamin Bartle, Drew University

Success Begins Before You Start: Ensuring Successful Transitions from High School to University

Monmouth University used its LMS to create a guided resources and referral center for incoming first year students. Support, Orientation, Advisement and Registration (SOAR) was created as an online tool to increase student retention and student success by allowing students to have access to the tools and resources they need to be successful in the spring of their senior year of high school, months before their orientation advising appointment.


Danielle Schrama
Monmouth University

Wayne Elliott
Monmouth University

Danielle Schrama attained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1997 and her Master’s in Higher Education Administration in 1999 from Monmouth University. Danielle began her academic career in Career Services as the Assistant Director of Placement for five years before transitioning to academic advising, where she has served as the Director of Academic Advising since 2013. Prior to her career in higher education, Danielle worked at Merrill Lynch in Somerset, NJ. Danielle serves on several committees at Monmouth University, including Case Management, the Crisis Intervention Team, and the Academic Standards and Review Committee. Her areas of interest include career and major planning, student retention, and technology used in higher education.

Wayne Elliott is an Instructional Technologist and the LMS Administrator at Monmouth University.

Supporting STEM Student Success via Online Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Supplemental Instruction (SI) offers students the means to gain meaningful support in STEM studies. Supporting STEM Student Success via Online Supplemental Instruction (SI) can offer students in face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online courses, the means to develop their understanding of their course material. A quasi-experimental, quantitative study will be conducted at New Jersey City University to understand the effects of Supplemental Instruction (SI) on a STEM course. Research hypotheses and methodologies will be discussed. A bri f review of Supplemental Instruction (SI) will also be discussed as well.


Remberto Jimenez
New Jersey City University

Remberto Jimenez is a corporate trainer and adjunct faculty member of the Mildred Elley School in New York City. He completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from New Jersey City University and a Master of Arts and Post Masters Certificate in Educational Technology from New York University. He is currently a doctoral student at New Jersey City University’s Educational Technology Leadership Program. Over the last twenty years, he also designed synchronous and asynchronous instruction spanning the corporate, higher education, and not-for-profit sectors.

Engaging Students with Free Web Apps

Maria Geiger is an online educational technology instructor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an adjunct writing instructor at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Maria’s interests include utilizing free web applications and integrating media into the writing curriculum to better facilitate student engagement. In May 2016, Maria conducted an educational technology integration workshop at the New Jersey Writer’s Alliance (NJWA), which draws K-20 teachers from across the state of NJ. In addition to instructing, Maria is also the Director of Content and the Web Editor at PrepHound, a college consulting startup. She earned a Virtual Online Teaching Certificate (VOLT) from the University of Pennsylvania, and both her MA and BA in English Literature from Monmouth University


Maria Geiger
Monmouth University

I will present ways to utilize free apps that engage students and ultimately facilitate critical discussion, thinking, and writing. The two main apps I will demonstrate are Polleverywhere and EdPuzzle.

Polleverywhere is a web tool to facilitate discussions in the classroom; students can participate in anonymous polls on their computers or cell phones.

EdPuzzle is a video editing app that allows instructors to add text, discussions, and quizzes to ready-made videos (including YouTube). Students must engage and be interactive to complete lessons, and can also edit their own videos for presentations.

Are Your Online Students Engaged?

The human body and its miraculous systems have always amazed me, biology was my best subject all through high school. So, it was natural for me to pursue a medical degree as my graduate studies. Thereafter, I wanted to continue to study in preparation for an academic career. Between that and researching, I ended up with my PhD in Histology/Pathology. Now, looking back on more than twenty five years of teaching undergraduate medical, dental and nursing students as well as graduate nursing students, I thank God and hope for more success. I believe that a good educator is one who guides the student to become an independent seeker of knowledge. It is my duty to make each and every student that I teach keen to learn more in a welcoming atmosphere furnished with up to date technology.


Gaby Fahmy
Felician College

This presentation addresses professors who teach online, in an attempt to bring their courses to life. Several points are stressed; attractive openings, engaging scholarly discussions, live chats and being "there" for the students whenever they have a concern or question. Continuous tweaking of the online course is a must by adding live introductions, external resources and voice over PowerPoints. Presenting the material and assessing the students in various methods, within the course to engage all the students, is key. Students that spend more time engaging in their online course attain higher grades.