Month: April 2017

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!