Recently, the Grand Rapids Business Journal published an article on the importance of data protection as online learning. Also highlighted was the significant growth in online and hybrid learning enrollment.
Enrollment in Online and Hybrid Learning Increased by 30%
“Grand Valley State University started offering online courses before 2007 and the number of online/hybrid courses and enrollment are increasing annually.”
Since 2016, GVSU’s enrollment in online and hybrid courses has increased by 30%. In fact, in the 2018-19 academic year, 375 online courses are being taught to 10,221 students or 38 percent of the university’s student body.
Faculty Support in Online and Hybrid Course Design, Development, and Delivery
“All faculty who teach in online or hybrid formats must undergo a several-week training in online pedagogies and course design,” Schendel said. “All faculty at the university have access to Blackboard to support their in-seat classes, as well, and there are many workshops offered to help faculty integrate technologies into their classroom in ways that enhance teaching and learning.”
The eLearning and Emerging Technologies team at GVSU supports faculty pursuing innovation in teaching and learning in online, hybrid, and traditional course delivery.
The eLearning team provides a wide array of support and services designed to empower faculty and contribute to student success.
From getting started to advanced technology integration into teaching, the eLearning team is here to support faculty. We have expertise in instructional design through the IDeL team, creative multimedia production authoring capabilities through the Digital Studio, instructional technology support and learning management solutions such as Blackboard, and a wide array of innovative emerging technologies in the Atomic Object Technology Showcase.
In short, the eLearning and Emerging Technologies team is dedicated to supporting faculty, contributing to teaching excellence, and enhancing student success through:
- Exemplary Instructional Design – IDeL
- Effective Application of Instructional Technologies – Teaching with Technology
- Learning Management System Enhancement – Blackboard
- Interactive Digital Media Development – Digital Studio
- Innovative Emerging Technologies – Technology Showcase
Protecting Student Information
Susan Korzinek, associate vice president and chief information officer at GVSU, said when students are enrolling into an online/hybrid class, all internal and vendor systems that utilize student data are reviewed for data security best practices, Family Educational Rights Privacy Act regulations and General Data Protection Regulation prior to use.
She also said any student enrolled at GVSU must be admitted and enrolled prior to being allowed into an online/hybrid course, and GVSU provides a unique login and password for each individual who is admitted/enrolled.
“Students are instructed to keep logins/passwords confidential and expected to abide by GVSU policies,” she said. “Logging of user activity, including where they logged in from, date/time stamps of login and logout, that can be reviewed as needed. Logging of user activity within certain applications, like a course management system, that shows what areas were viewed or data manipulated that can be reviewed as needed.”
Learn more about the support provided to faculty in the design, development, and delivery of online, hybrid, and traditional courses on the eLearning and Emerging Technologies website.