Month: September 2019

Register for “Active Teaching – Active Learning” ETOM Fall Conference hosted by GVSU

Held every year in the Fall, the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) Fall Conference focuses on best practices in using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

The conference program includes keynote information and 12 breakout sessions by GVSU faculty Robert Talbert, Lissa Brunan, Sherry Johnson, and Jeremy Robinson!

  • WHERE
    Grand Valley State University
    Russel H. Kirkhof Center
    1 Campus Drive, Allendale, Michigan 49401
  • WHEN
    Friday, November 8, 2019
    8:15am – 3:15pm

KEYNOTE SPEAKER & THEME

Robert Talbert, Professor of Mathematics GVSUThe conference will feature a keynote by Robert Talbert, Professor of Mathematics, in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University. He holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Tennessee Technological University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University.

ETOM’s theme this year is “Active Teaching – Active Learning!” The focus of the conference is on strategies to make the teaching/learning process more dynamic and interactive – from furniture and room configuration to synchronous and online strategies. Sessions will address ways to promote active learning in both an online format as well as within the campus classroom.

REGISTRATION COSTS COVERED BY FTLC GRANT

The Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center has kindly offered to support up to 10 faculty registrations and has listed the ETOM Conference as a “Sponsored Teaching and Learning Event“.

Register & Apply for a Teaching and Learning Grant via FTLC

Student Success Gold Stars Awarded to Faculty at GVSU!

In the past, the eLearning team surveyed students about their use of Blackboard. In the survey we asked them the following question:

“Please enter the name of a professor and the course to recognize an instructor in which you believe uses Blackboard effectively, efficiently, or especially well.”

Students responded to this question and identified 690 faculty! These faculty recently received an email with a sincere thank you for taking the extra time to be student-centered by communicating, sharing content, and providing grading feedback with Blackboard. They also received a gold star! 🙂

Student Success GOLD STAR!

Gold Star Award

Here are a few additional highlights from the Blackboard Faculty and Student Survey:

  • 78% of faculty use Blackboard at least 5 days per week (44% access every day)
  • 90% of students indicate accessing Blackboard more than 5 days per week
  • 71% of faculty indicate that they have used Blackboard for more than 5 years
  • Most popular tools used by faculty: 94% announcements, 94% use content, 88% use gradebook, 87% use email, 67% use assignments, 45% use assessments, 41% use discussion board, 28% use safeassign
  • Most popular tools used by students: 55% viewing grades, 36% assignments, 36% announcements, 31% content, 24% calendar, 19% assessments, 13% discussion board
  • 92% of students indicate that it would improve their learning experience at GVSU is more instructors would use Blackboard to deliver course materials, grades, and announcements
  • 95% of students indicate that overall, classes that use Blackboard provide a better learning experience
  • Most popular technologies students wish faculty would use more of: 47% online office hours, 32% lecture capture, 31% eTextbooks, 31% live online lectures, 26% interactive video, 25% educational games

$1,000 Student Scholarship to be given for Blackboard Ally Competition

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Image Description: The Blackboard Ally logo is showing with an image of a gold trophy and the words “College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Accessibility Competition” 

INTRODUCING THE $1,000 STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION!

WHAT

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and eLearning and Emerging Technologies in Information Technology, CLAS units and faculty will use Blackboard Ally to compete to create the most accessible course content in courses to support student success, inclusive education, and universal design for learning principles.

The unit with the highest percent improvement will receive a one-time $1,000 student scholarship in their name.

WHEN

September 25 through November 6, 2019

HOW

By using Blackboard Ally content indicators, course reports, and on screen guidance, faculty work with support from eLearning and Emerging Technologies to improve the accessibility of their course content – working to get Ally indicators to green!

LEARN MORE

Check out the current leaderboard standings and visit the Blackboard Ally – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Accessibility Competition web page to learn more!

Blackboard Ally Tour arrives at GVSU!

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The Blackboard 2019 Ally Tour is coming to GVSU – Sign up to attend a workshop on supporting diverse needs through inclusive design and learner preference!

Building off the “Pathways to Inclusion” case studies (see also GVSU’s “Data-driven Strategies for Inclusive Learning“), Blackboard is facilitating an Ally 2019 Tour: On the Road to IncluCity event at GVSU to continue accessibility conversations across campuses around the world.

The last stop of 2019 is right here at Grand Valley State University!

SAVE-THE-DATE & REGISTER IN SPROUT


WHEN

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

TIME EVENT LOCATION
10:00am – 12:00pm Blackboard Ally & Universal Design for Learning Faculty Workshop

Supporting Diverse Needs through Inclusive Design and Learner Preference

DOWNTOWN – 203E DEV

REGISTER IN SPROUT

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

TIME EVENT LOCATION
9:00am – 11:00am Blackboard Ally & Universal Design for Learning Faculty Workshop

Supporting Diverse Needs through Inclusive Design and Learner Preference

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REGISTER IN SPROUT

WHY

A key area of focus is to share best practices for implementing Universal Design for Learning principles and driving culture change around course accessibility.

WHAT

The Blackboard Ally group and the eLearning and Emerging Technologies team at GVSU has coordinated a series of events, including an accessibility faculty workshop, designed to equip faculty with the basics of using Blackboard Ally and to focus on supporting diverse student needs through inclusive design and learner preference aka UDL (Universal Design for Learning)!


Learn more about the Blackboard Ally Tour at GVSU.

Online and Hybrid Faculty Learning Communities – Fall Topics Identified

onlinehybrid faculty learning communitiesWhether you’ve been teaching online or hybrid courses for several years, or just getting ready to start developing your first course, all levels of expertise are welcome to join our Online & Hybrid Faculty Learning Communities!

Teaching at GVSU? Please contact Kim Kenward (kenwardk@gvsu.edu) to be added to our Blackboard Organization for meeting reminders, agendas and resources.

ALLENDALE CAMPUS

Meeting Thursdays 11 – 12:30pm in 4454 KHS
(September 19, October 24, November 14, December 5) 

  • Discussion Topics: 10/24 (4454 KHS 11am – 12:30pm)
    Preparing to teach hybrid/online for the first time, including considerations of strategy and prudence (e.g. what courses are best suited, how do we best support students).
  • Discussion Topics: 11/14 (4454 KHS 11am – 12:30pm)
    Panopto – Taking it to the next level. Best practices and advanced video creation suggestions. Tips for creating more professional looking videos which include standardized intros, closings, departmental branding..etc. Tips/tools for student-created video projects.
  • Discussion Topics: 12/5 (4454 KHS 11am – 12:30pm)
    Discussion Board best practices and pedagogical approaches and technologies to support group work.

CHS/RFH CAMPUSES

Meeting Wednesdays 1pm – 2:30pm and rotates between RFH and CHS (September 18 CHS211, October 16 RFH351, November 13 CHS211, December 4  RFH351)

  • Discussion Topics: 10/16 (351RFH 1pm – 2:30pm)
    Student engagement strategies, pedagogical approaches/technologies which support student-to-student engagement, teacher-to-student engagement, student-to-content engagement and student-to-world engagement.
  • Discussion Topics: 11/13 (211CHS 1pm – 2:30pm)
    Best practices and advanced video creation suggestions. Tips for creating more professional looking videos which include standardized intros, closings, departmental branding..etc. Tips/tools for student-created video projects
  • Discussion Topics: 12/4 (351RFH 1pm – 2:30pm)
    Supporting student group projects through Blackboard Collaborate, Google sites and other technologies. This will also include a discussion regarding group contracts, group norms and other approaches for keeping students on task as well as grading approaches to group work.

PEW CAMPUS

Meeting Thursdays 10:30 – 12pm in DEV 225E
(September 19, October 17, November 14, December 5)

  • Discussion Topics: 10/17 (225E DEV 10:30am – 12pm)
    Social presence best practices/pedagogical approaches/technologies which support student-to-student engagement, teacher-to-student engagement, student-to-content engagement and student-to-world engagement.
  • Discussion Topics: 11/14 (225E DEV 10:30am – 12pm)
    Best practices and advanced video creation suggestions. Tips for creating more professional looking videos which include standardized intros, closings, departmental branding.etc. Tips/tools for student-created video projects.
  • Discussion Topics: 12/5 (225E DEV 10:30am – 12pm)
    Strategies and tips for revising online/hybrid courses. Supporting student group projects through Blackboard Collaborate, Google sites and other technologies. This will also include a discussion regarding group contracts, group norms and other approaches for keeping students on task as well as grading approaches to group work.

ABOUT ELEARNING AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

CZnzUuCt_400x400Our eLearning and Emerging Technologies team is on mission to supporting faculty pursuing innovation in teaching an learning.

Our team provides a wide array of services and resources designed to facilitate digital learning at GVSU through supporting faculty in delivering high quality, innovative teaching.

We support faculty, contribute to teaching excellence, and enhance student success through: