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Roxborough High School Science Career Fair 4-9-15

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Presentations, Presentations | 0 comments

Roxborough High School On April 9th, 2015, Dr. Wagner and I presented to Roxborough High School students the Engineering and Technology Programs offered by DeVry University.


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Real-Time Student Engagement Via The Web – Villanova University

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Presentations, Presentations | 0 comments

Northeast E-Learning Consortium Conference at Villanova University
November 6th, 2014

Jonathan A. Agresta
Maer Dos Santos
William Wagner

On Thursday November 6th 2014 Professors Agresta, Dos Santos, and Wagner presented Real-Time Student Engagement Via The Web at the annual Northeast E-Learning Consortium Conference at Villanova University. The Professors explored various engagement strategies and tactics for teaching online, hybrid, and blended courses using real-time web-based communication tools, specifically Adobe Connect. The presentation was very well received and attended by faculty, staff, and administrators from all over the region, even some from Canada, technically making it an international event. The Professors look forward to bringing this topic, and others gleaned from the conference back home to the DeVry University Philadelphia Metro in the hopes of continuous improvement of pedagogy via technological advances.

Presentation Slides (PDF Format)*

*The original presentation contained video files that are not included in these slides.  If you are interesting in seeing the entire presentation please contact me.

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2013 DeVry University Faculty Symposium

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Presentations | 0 comments

May 2nd, 2013
Decatur, GA
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2013 Faculty Symposium
Faculty Engagement Strategies in Online Education
Jonathan A. Agresta, M.Ed. 

According to research, online higher education enrollment has outpaced overall higher education enrollment 5:1 over the last decade.  Because of this, faculty are forced to transition traditional onsite courses into an online environment with very little training, thus causing lower engagement than traditional courses.  In this round table discussion, faculty from across DeVry University will discuss the various techniques used to increase the level of engagement and retention in online courses.  Ideas will be introduced from outside institutions, as well as introducing third-party technologies that can be incorporated both in-and-out of the DeVry system.


Engagement Strategies:
  • Constant Contact – 8 Days a Week
  • o   Emails
  • o   Announcements
  • o   Phone calls, in course enrollment section
  • Spell everything out
  • Be Redundant
  • o   Say the same thing as many times as possible in as many locations as possible
  • Hyperactive Discussions
  • o   Higher frequency postings with meaningful content (every day)
  • o   Don’t reply to everyone, just those that are active in the conversation
  • o   Meaningful posts will get piled on by the active students
  • Be Redundant

Embrace Technology

Screen Recorders:

  • Screencast-o-matic (
  • o    Free to use
  • o    Java-based applet to record up to 15 minutes of your desktop actions and audio
  • o    No installation required (good for DeVry laptops)
  • o    Adds a halo and other visuals to help the view follow along
  • o    Easy to use and record
  • o    Cannot edit without video editing software
  • Jing (
  • o    Free to use
  • o    Requires an installation (NOT good for DeVry laptops)
  • o    Similar attributes at Screencast-o-matic
  • o    Can edit with Camtasia Studio (extra cost)
  • o    Limited to 5 minute recordings in free version
Video Hosting:

  • Screencast (
  • o    Free to a point, cleaner than YouTube but limited
  • o    Bandwidth can run out quickly
  • YouTube (
  • o    Free, but has some issues related to advertisements

Screen Sharing:

  • Adobe Connect (
  • o    There are costs involved
  • o    Requires an installation
  • o    Has chat and audio
  • o    Can assign viewers as presenters
  • Join.Me (
  • o    Free to use
  • o    Requires an installation
  • o    Has chat and audio
  • o    Can assign viewers as presenters


Helpful Hardware, Software, & Websites:


  • BIG hard drive
  • Google Drive/Dropbox/Cloud tools
  • Tablet/Smartphone (to post on the go)
  • Send Space (

Roll with the Punches and Adapt


  1. It is important to condition students using reminders and detailed instructions.
  2. You can record your actions on Smartboards (if available) and use that to help instruct online.
  3. Adobe Connect is now available to all faculty, check with your Associate Dean about obtaining an account.
  4. Find or create a place (HUB, Sidebar) where faculty teaching the same course can communicate about what works and what doesn’t work.
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MCCC Technology & Learning Conference – 2012

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in Portfolio, Presentations | 0 comments

Montgomery County Community College Technology & Learning Conference
Date: October 5th, 2012

Title: Mobile App Design for Academics and Business

In this presentation, Prof. Jonathan Agresta will explore and demonstrate how to create a mobile application using cutting edge, yet simple, HTML5 and CSS3 techniques. Without using native programming and systems, attendees will learn the requirements, processes and skills needed to build an Apple App Store and Google Play (Android Market) ready mobile application. Additionally, attendees will explore the steps to mobile app success for both collegiate and business settings. Topics include: HTML5, CSS3, PhoneGap and push notifications.

Support Files: Click here to download

Finished Files: Click here to download

PowerPoint: Click here to download

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