Month: February 2016

15th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium – Wednesday, March 23, 1-4

UPDATE: Missed the event this year? Check out the video highlight:


See you at the symposium on Wednesday, March 23, from 1-4 in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons!


It’s that exciting time of the year where faculty across the campus at Grand Valley State University come together at the Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium to share how they are leveraging technology in teaching – with the ultimate goal of enhancing student success!

This event is sponsored by eLearning and Emerging Technologies in Information Technology, which includes IDeL, the Digital Studio, and the Technology Showcase, in partnership with the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center.

For 15 years, the symposium has provided an opportunity for faculty to come together to learn from each other, and this year is going to be epic, with the largest number of faculty presenters!

The symposium will feature more than 30 presentations from over 18 different departments, covering a wide array of topics!

Also, be sure to visit the Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium website for more information.

Here is a brief overview of the schedule:

1pm – 1:15pm
Symposium Welcome

FTLC Technology Award Winners
Meagan A. (Luttenton) Knoll and Maureen Wolverton

1:15pm – 2:00pm

Keynote Address:  “How can technology extend the humanity of learners? A dialogue.”
Robert Talbert and Matthew Boelkins

2pm – 4pm
Faculty e-poster Presentations

Come and learn, connect, share, and discover the best of ideas from your peers and colleagues!

Here is a list of presentations to be offered at the upcoming symposium:

1.     Michael E. Ricco
Video Reflective Journals in the Business Curriculum
2.     Meagan A. (Luttenton) Knoll
*FTLC Teaching with Technology Award Winner
The i-Gen Syllabus A Digital Syllabus Your Students Will Read
3.     Andrew Topper
Beyond Blackboard Orientation: Helping students successfully navigate your course.
4.     Rosemary Cleveland
A New Approach to Field Observations through the use of iPads and Cognitive Coaching
5.     Cheryl Kautz
A.  Practical examples that faculty can implement now in their Blackboard Learn course content and electronic documents to benefit all learners and improve accessibility.
B.  10 Tips for Designing Exemplary Courses in Blackboard: Online, Hybrid, and Face-to-Face
6.     Julia VanderMolen. Ph.D., Alexa Madaj, General Allied Health Sciences Dane Sanders, General Allied Health Students.
Tools for Creating Audio and Video for the Online Classroom.  Mobile Health and Fitness Technology used by College Athletes
8.     Erica R. Hamilton
#ConnectedEducation: Using Twitter to Support Student Learning and Engagement
9.     Robert Rozema
Dedoose: Cloud-Based Qualitative Data Analysis
10.  Mr. Mike Fillman
PBS LearningMedia: Your FREE Digital Resource to Use in Classrooms
11.  Daniel W. Adrian
Creating Apps for Teaching and Learning Statistics
12.  Jeroen Wagendorp
Adding “Whiteboard” Content Delivery Capacity to Online Teaching.
13.  Raymond J. Higbea
Team-Based Learning in an Electronic Environment
14.  Cara Cadena and Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra
Blackboard collaboration with your librarian: Explore the possibilities!
15.  Star Swift
Co-presenters: Brandon Angerbrandt, Information Systems, Honors and team captain of t3 Alex Cunningham, Management Major Gabriella Vozza, Marketing and Finance Major, Honors Gianni Ferrero, Management Major Erin Harkness, Information Systems Major, Honors Christina Dekoekkoek, Finance Major, Honors
t3 :Teaching Through Technology on a Global Basis with the Assistance of a Google Grant, students, faculty, staff and alumni.
16.  Professor Justin De Sousa
Using Educannon to implement interactive quiz questions into screencast lectures
17.  Bethany Welling
Educanon-Making Videos Interactive
18.   Marcia Frobish and Professor Lisa Hammer
Engaging Your Students in Class with FREE Survey Tools
19.  Eric Kunnen and Szymon Machajewski
Emerging Technologies and Expanding Possibilities through the Technology Showcase
20.   Russ Barneveld
Using Swivl Technology to Analyze Teaching
21.  Eliza MacDonald
Orthopedic Examination Special Tests Tutorial Videos
22.  Lara Jaskiewicz
From Paper to Digital: Going Online for Peer and Course Feedback
23.  Matt Boelkins
Flip Your Startup Meeting
24.  Gisella Licari
It is not the same rubric.
25.  Rita Kohrman, Betsy Williams
Anatomy of a Citation: Learning Citation Parts via Drag-And-Drop
26.  Maureen Wolverton, *FTLC Teaching with Technology Award Winner, Judy Whipps
Using Technology in GVSU’s Adult Leadership Program
27.  Susan Harrington, Nancy Schoofs
Connect with Your Students via TodaysMeet and
28.  Laurie A. Witucki, Sarah Clark, Star Swift
Videos Made Easy: Supporting Student Learning with Elmo Document Camera
29.  Matt Ruen, Jackie Rander, Christine Rener, Eric Kunnen
OER@GVSU: Support for Creating and Using Open Educational Resources
30.  Maureen Ryan
Using Speech to Text Software- Implications for Students and Faculty
31.  Matthew Hart, Mary Karpen
3D Projection in the Classroom
32.  Sean Lancaster
Doctopus – Customizing Google Drive For Learning

Kim Kenward & Justin Melick share “online student presentations” for Penn State Conference


Kim Kenward, instructional designer, and Justin Melick, digital media developer, in eLearning and Emerging Technologies presented with Dr. Rosemary Cleveland, COE Faculty, presented at the 7th annual virtual conference for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

The session was held on Monday, February 15 at 11am EST via Blackboard Collaborate and their session topic was “Moving Student Presentations Online” and there were over 30 attendees from across the nation.

Session: Moving Student Presentations Online

Abstract: Our conference presentation will help faculty and instructional designers identify technology resources and assignment design considerations for supporting online student presentations. This session will also provide information on the role of student project partners to facilitate student engagement opportunities for peer review, feedback and building online community.
  • Kimberly Kenward, Instructional Designer,
  • Justin Melick, Digital Media Developer,
  • Dr. Rosemary Cleveland, Education Faculty,
    Grand Valley State University

Kim Kenward has worked as an instructional designer for over eighteen years. She has taught and developed several online/hybrid educational technology courses, as well as worked as the Instruction Librarian and Library Director at various institutions. Kim is actively involved in the GVSU College of Education teacher preparation programs, specifically in the area of integrating technology into teaching and learning.

Justin Melick is a Digital Media Developer at Grand Valley where he works with faculty to create a variety of digital content for their courses. He specifically works with faculty to increase instructor presence in their online and hybrid courses and is responsible for building and pioneering the use of GVSU’s Lightboard.

Dr. Rosemary Cleveland has been a faculty member in the GVSU College of Education for fourteen years. Previous to that, she was a school administrator and a teacher for thirty-one years. Rosemary teaches in the graduate teacher certification program in both the online and in-seat format. She is passionate about teacher leadership and curriculum development.

Building community is essential in online learning! – Rosemary Cleveland
Get started with building community in your class on day one. Here, Dr. Cleveland begins her courses with having students create an “about me” slide in Powerpoint.
Attendees in the session shared a variety of ideas of assessment activities for students, ranging from using the discussion boards and peer review tools in the LMS, to ApprenNet, to Voicethread.
GVSU uses Blackboard and Ensemble video for technologies to support this work.  Justin provides support to faculty and students to tackle the technical pieces. A helpful video for students gives students some tips for creating mobile video.  Here is the video:
Screencast-O-Matic is a great tool for students to use to record the screen and share their video assessments.
For more information, please check out the presentation slides on Slideshare!

Optimizing #EdTech is #2 in EDUCAUSE’s Top 10 IT Issues

Each year, EDUCAUSE researches the trends impacting education through technology – and the role that technology plays in advancing teaching and learning in a “Top 10 IT Issues” list.

Drum roll please… this year, #2 in the Top 10 IT Issues for 2016 is…

“Optimizing Educational Technology”

With a wealth of technological resources we have at our finger tips, staying up to speed can be a challenge.  Our focus in eLearning and Emerging Technologies is to not only help to provide access to technology but to assist faculty in adopting technology tools that can help to enhance teaching and learning – to solve instructional problems and with the ultimate goal of improving student success and retention.

Optimizing Educational Technology is what eLearning and Emerging Technologies at GVSU is all about!

As shown in the chart above, the top 2 technologies in which the highest percentage of faculty desire more training are: “Online Collaboration Tools” at 61% and the “LMS” (Blackboard) at 60%.  Along these lines, the eLearning staff provides a wide array of training through seminars offered in GVSU’s Sprout system. The eLearning team also offers individual consultations to help support faculty.  In fact, a list of upcoming workshops can be found on our website.  In addition, please reach out us if we can provide assistance to you!

As indicated in the survey results, the LMS (Blackboard) continues to be an important resource for faculty and students.  In fact, when students were surveyed as part of the ECAR study at GVSU, 94% indicated that Blackboard was used in at least one of their courses, with 54% reporting that all of their classes used an LMS.


Interested in learning more about GVSU’s student and faculty ECAR research survey results? Check out this related post: