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:
“ECAR STUDY OF STUDENTS AND TECHNOLOGY @ GVSU“