@GVSU Professors receive @Blackboard Catalyst Award

ECP_WinnerCongratulations to Grand Valley State University’s professors Szymon Machajewski and Cheryl Kautz! These GVSU professors recently earned recognition from education technology company Blackboard Inc. as recipients of the “Exemplary Course Award” through the Blackboard Catalyst Award program. The winners will be recognized during the BbWorld 2017 conference to be held July 25-27 in New Orleans.

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Szymon Machajewski, Affiliate Instructor, in the School of Computing and Information Systems at GVSU received a 2017 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award for his CIS 150 – Introduction to Computing Course

 

 

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Cheryl Kautz, Affiliate Instructor, in the School of Computing and Information Systems at GVSU received a 2017 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award for her CIS 238 – Internet Media and Programming Course.

 

 

The eLearning and Emerging Technologies department offers our congratulations to Cheryl Kautz and Szymon Machajewski in their hard work to support student success through excellence in course design and teaching!

The Blackboard Catalyst Exemplary Course Award recognizes faculty and course designers from schools, colleges and universities around the world who develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.

The award highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Submissions were judged by peers and by experts on the following components:

  • course design;
  • interaction and collaboration;
  • assessment; and
  • learner support

About the Blackboard Catalyst Exemplary Course Award:

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Exemplary Course Award – This award recognizes faculty and course designers who develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.

Congratulations to GVSU faculty Szymon Machajewski and Cheryl Kautz, along with all of the 2017 award winners:

  • Hawaii Pacific University: Dr. Han Nee Chong
  • Algonquin College, Ontario, Canada: Dr. Albert Dudley
  • Grand Valley State University, Michigan: Cheryl Kautz
  • Grand Valley State University, Michigan: Szymon Machajewski
  • Columbia Southern University, Alabama: Jacqueline Pica and Dr. Christine Whitaker
  • Ohio University: Kyle Rosenberger
  • Kent State University, Ohio: Dr. John Staley

For more information about the 2017 award program, please visit the Blackboard Catalyst Award Community Site.

“Blackboard is proud to recognize this year’s Catalyst Award winners for their commitment to leveraging technology to improve the education experience,” said Bill Ballhaus, Chairman, CEO and President of Blackboard. “We look forward to continuing to work with these educators and institutions to support learner success, and to share best practices widely for the benefit of the education community.”

 

Distance Learning by the Data – More than one in four students now take at least one distance education course…

Each year, surveys are conducted that track trends in the growth of distance learning. One survey that was released recently is the “Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education Enrollment Report“.

Here are a few highlights from the report:

“Key report findings include:

The number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course topped 6 million in 2015.

A year-to-year increase of 226,375 distance education students represents a 3.9% increase over the previous two years.

More than one in four students (29.7%) now take at least one distance education course (a total of 6,022,105 students).

Public institutions command the largest portion of distance education students, with 67.8% of all distance students.

Large enrollment drops among for-profit institutions were driven by a few of the largest institutions; the majority of for-profits grew their distance enrollments.

The number of students studying on a campus has dropped by almost one million (931,317), between 2012 and 2015.”

Another survey was facilitated by the Instructional Technology Council, entitled: “2016 Annual National eLearning Survey“. Here are a few of the key finding from this report:

“2016 Survey Results: Key Findings
➢ ONLINE ENROLLMENTS FLAT
For the first time in the twelve-year history of the ITC eLearning survey,
online enrollments at community colleges were essential flat for the 2015-
2016 academic enrollment period. Nationally, overall community college
enrollment has been in a downward trend by an average of 2.7% each
year since 2011. Online enrollments remain stronger than traditional
enrollments but have also been adversely impacted by the postrecession
drop in college enrollments.

➢ eLearning REPORT LINE

Eighty-three percent of respondents indicate their eLearning program
reports to some type of academic administrator. This continues a
twelve-year trend of programs moving from IT oversight to academic
oversight.

➢ GREATEST CHALLENGES FACING eLEARNING ADMINISTRATORS

The top three challenges for eLearning program administrators, are:
▪ #1: Addressing accessibility and universal design
▪ #2: Support staff needed for training/technical assistance
▪ #3: Adequate assessment of eLearning classes

➢ MOST POPULAR LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS) SOLUTIONS

Four LMS providers now dominate the higher education market. Eighty seven
percent of respondents listed the following as their current LMS:
▪ #1 Blackboard Learn (43%)
▪ #2 Instructure Canvas (23%)
▪ #3 Moodle (13%)
▪ #4 D2L (8%)

➢ ACCESSIBILITY COMPLIANCE (ADA SECTIONS 504 AND 508)

Confidence about compliance has eroded over the past nine years; in
2008, seventy-three percent of respondents said their institution was
either completely or mostly compliant. For 2016, only thirty-seven
percent of respondents were confident they were either completely
or mostly compliant. Well-publicized lawsuits and Dear Colleague
letters from the US DOE and DOJ have complicated the compliance
issue.

➢ ONLINE DEGREES

Ninety-four percent of respondents confirmed that their institution
(primarily community colleges) offers at least one online degree.

➢ ONLINE/TRADITIONAL COURSE EQUIVALENCY

Ninety-five percent of respondents described their online courses as
either equivalent (87 percent) or superior (7 percent) to traditional
courses

➢ STAFFING OF eLEARNING PROGRAMS

The 2016 survey included a number of comments from respondents identifying
staffing as a serious challenge. Asked about staffing, 5 percent indicated they
had no staff, 15 percent indicated they had only part-time/temporary staff, 66
percent indicated they had 1-2 staff members, 11 percent said they had 3-5
staff members, and 1 percent said they had 6 or more staff members.

➢ TOP 3 CHALLENGES ADMINISTRATORS HAVE WITH eLEARNING FACULTY

#1: Engaging faculty in developing online pedagogy
#2: Evaluation of faculty
#3: Training

➢ TOP 3 CHALLENGES ADMINISTRATORS HAVE WITH eLEARNING

STUDENTS
#1: Assessing online student learning and performance
#2: Orientation and preparation for learning online
#3: Low student completion rate

➢ STUDENT COMPLETION RATES

For the 2016 survey, forty-six percent of respondents reported their
retention is comparative for online and traditional courses, and forty-seven
percent indicated their online retention is lower than for traditional
courses.”

At GVSU, the eLearning team is on mission to support faculty in their work to create high quality online and hybrid courses. Through the work of the IDeL team, faculty have access to a wealth of resources of support, including the Foundations of Online and Hybrid Course Development course, Faculty Learning Communities, and more! Visit the IDeL web site to learn more.

Survey Results: College Presidents Welcome Change

In a Chronicle of Education survey, sponsored by Blackboard, 350 presidents of four-year colleges provided feedback and insights around innovations in higher education, including the role various constituencies play in advancing ideas, as well as their opinions on online learning, hybrid courses, and competency-based degrees.

Read the full report here [PDF]:  “The Innovative University: Presidents Think About Change in American Higher Education”

The focus of the survey highlighted the following areas:

  • How public and private college leaders agree and disagree on the direction of U.S. higher education
  • Who should be leading change on the college campus
  • What innovations will have the most impact in the future

The following post highlights results focused on online and hybrid teaching and learning:

New ideas:

An overwhelming majority of presidents—three quarters at private institutions and even more at public campuses—think that hybrid courses that contain both face-to-face and online components will have a positive impact on higher education. They are more skeptical, however, about massive open online courses (MOOCs), at least in their current form. Half of the presidents surveyed suspect that MOOCs will have a negative impact on higher education.

Two-thirds of presidents say that the pace of change is too slow.

Presidents believe that the focus right now should be on changes to the model of teaching and learning.

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Presidents believe hybrid courses that blend face-to-face learning as well as adaptive learning will have the most positive influence on the future of higher education.

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57% indicate faculty don’t get enough support to move their courses online/hybrid:

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The eLearning team at GVSU is here to support faculty in their work to transform education through good practice in leveraging #EdTech as well as to assist in the delivery of the next generation of teaching and learning through online/hybrid courses. Contact us!

Where will U.S. higher education stand in worldwide rankings 10 years from now?

eLearning visits e-Cornucopia.2017 – Teaching with Technology Conference

img_3668On Friday, June 23, Matt Roberts, instructional designer on the IDeL team along with Eric Kunnen, associate director of eLearning, visited Oakland University for their e-Cornucopia.2017 Teaching with Technology Conference.

Over 100 attendees participated at the conference with breakout sessions along with a keynote on “Gameful Learning” by Barry Fishman who is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Learning Technologies in the University of Michigan School of Information and School of Education.

During the event, Matt Roberts and Eric Kunnen tweeted highlights along with Eric Kunnen who captured some notes on his “#EdTech with Eric” blog.

Michigan Blackboard Users Connect to Share Best Practices

The miBUG (Michigan Blackboard Users Group) Spring Conference was held at the VisTaTech Center on the campus of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan on Friday, March 24, 2017. More than 100 educators from 20+ institutions across Michigan and Canada attended this event to collaborate and share best practices in leveraging Blackboard in teaching and learning.

GVSU eLearning staff Justin Melick, Vince St. Germain, Sherry Barricklow and Eric Kunnen attended this year and picked up great ideas and networking with institutions around the state.

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GVSU eLearning Team (Pictured Left to Right) Justin Melick, Vince St. Germain, Sherry Barricklow, and Eric Kunnen

Several of the highlights from this event included:

  • Blackboard Learn, Collaborate, Mobile Product Roadmaps
    • New Features Coming: OneDrive (DropBox already available) Integration, Bb Instructor App, Attendance Management, New Video Everywhere Solution, and more!
  • New Blackboard Ally Product Announcement
    • Providing institutional dashboards, on demand tips for faculty on accessibile documents, and realtime conversion of uploaded files into accessiable formats.
  • Creating Course Videos – Wayne State University
  • Tackling an Unruly Grade Center – Schoolcraft College
  • Fostering Creating Critical Thinkers in Online Discussion Boards – Madonna University
  • Collaborate Ultra: Features and Tips you can Use Now – Blackboard
  • Getting to Know the Bb Peer Assessment Tool – Wayne State University
  • Blackboard Testing and Development in a Multi-Tier Environment – Center Michigan University
  • and more!

 

16th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium Highlights Universal Design and Faculty Innovation

The 16th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium, held on March 22, highlighted Universal Design for Learning and a wealth of innovation happening across the campus in an out of the classroom.

With more than 30 topics to choose from, including breakout sessions in the morning by Techsmith and Blackboard, this event was a wealth of information and ideas for teaching with technology.

If you missed this event, don’t miss out on the highlights!

  1. Check out the symposium presenters page for more information about the presentations that were offered. Thank you to our faculty, staff, and students for presenting at this premiere event!
  2. View the Pew Teaching with Technology Award highlight video celebrating the accomplishments of Erica Hamilton and Sister Lucia Treanor. Congratulations to our award winning faculty!
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  3. Watch the keynote video on the topic of Universal Design for Learning (access video on campus or through VPN) by Dr. Thomas Tobin.tomtobin

The Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium was sponsored by eLearning and Emerging Technologies, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, and Disability Support Resources.  Support for refreshments was provided by Blackboard Inc.

Thank you to all of our presenters and attendees for an outstanding event!

See you next year in Allendale for more innovation at GVSU!

Come, Learn, and Be Inspired at the 16th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium

Come, Learn, and be Inspired!

View a special video welcome from Dr. Thomas Tobin highlighting his keynote address entitled: “Universal Design for Learning: Way Beyond Disabilities”.

WHAT

16th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium

WHEN

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm
(Join us for the entire day, or stop by anytime!)
Robert C. Pew Campus: Loosemore Auditorium

AGENDA

  • 10am – 12pm Breakout Sessions
    Blackboard Product Roadmap (Joel Allison, Blackboard Inc.)
    The All New Camtasia (Matt Dennis, Calvin Boekhove, TechSmith)
    Sessions by: Rachel Anderson, Michael Ricco, Julia VanderMolen, Susan Strouse, Maureen Wolverton, and Andrew Topper
  • 1pm – 2pm Award Presentation and Keynote
    Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center “Teaching with Technology Award” Presentations
    Dr. Thomas Tobin Keynote: “Universal Design for Learning: Way Beyond Disabilities”
  • 2pm – 4pm Faculty ePoster Sessions
    More than 30 topics to choose from by GVSU faculty, staff, and students! View all presenters and poster topics on the symposium website.

The Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium is sponsored by eLearning and Emerging Technologies, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, and Disability Support Resources.

The symposium provides a unique campus wide opportunity for faculty to learn and share how technology enhances teaching and learning and supports student success.

Don’t miss this once-a-year event! See you at the Symposium!

This event is FREE and open to all faculty and staff.
Raffle prizes and refreshments will be provided.

Visit the TLT Symposium Website