As GVSU looks to the future, eLearning and Emerging Technologies is building up and aligning services, support, and structure – targeted to scale up digital learning options for learners.
We partner with YOU to create programs, courses, certificates, and digital experiences to support student success. In addition, we collaborate with the Office of the Provost, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, University Libraries, and Disability Support Resources to ensure we provide wrap around services and encourage high impact practices.
Our eLearning and Emerging Technologies team specializes on the following 5 key areas as we focus on accelerating digital transformation at GVSU.
The eLearning team includes 15 staff and 15 student assistants on mission to support faculty pursuing innovation in teaching and learning.
With over 150 years of higher education experience in leveraging technology in teaching – we’re here to help faculty deliver the next generation of teaching and learning…
- David Nivala, Instructional Technology Project Specialist
David is located in Lake Michigan Hall.
David holds an MA plus 20 credits in Educational Administration. He has been immersed in educational technology since 1993 in California and Michigan, became an instructional designer in 2010 at a local 4 year university and joined GVSU in 2020.
As a teacher, school administrator and instructional designer, David has always been focused on student success. Learning objectives, student engagement and authentic assessment are of particular interest to him. He has also planned and implemented a wide range of subjects in faculty and staff development. Away from work, David enjoys kayaking, mountain biking and snow skiing.
- Jeanne Smith, Instructional Technology Project Specialist
Jeanne will be starting on March 12, and be located downtown in the Center for Health Sciences.
Most recently, Jeanne Smith worked as a Learning and Development Specialist at the Michigan State University and as a member of the Spectrum Health/MSU Graduate Medical Education program. Formerly, Jeanne was an Instructional Design Specialist working at GVSU from 2007-2013. Jeanne has an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from GVSU, B.S. in Business Administration from Aquinas College, and was a participant in the Program for Educators in Health Professions from the Harvard Medical School, Macy Institute.
- Barbara Stevens, Instructional Technology Project Specialist
Barbara’s office is located in the Kindschi Hall of Science.
Barb Stevens has been working in higher ed since 1998 and in online education since 1999. She has experience in instructional design, course development as a subject matter expert, managing faculty, and teaching, both on campus and online. She has experience working with faculty from a multitude of disciplines at both the undergrad and graduate levels. She lives in Kalamazoo with her husband and two Yorkies.
- Stephanie Webber, Instructional Technology Project Specialist
Stephanie is located downtown in DeVos on the Pew Campus.
Stephanie Webber joins Grand Valley State University with a background in operations management, project management, and instructional design solutions.Prior to GVSU, she worked as a Project Specialist for Davenport University serving clients around the globe to develop innovative training solutions. She has a passion for cultivating the next generation entering the workforce and enjoys mentoring young students.
In her spare time, Stephanie is a hospice volunteer, violinist, and martial artist. She completed her undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Grand Valley State University with an emphasis in business management. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning. Through her professional practices, she aspires to consistently exceed the expectations of those around her.
- Justin Melick, Instructional Designer
Justin was promoted to Instructional Designer from his prior position as Digital Media Developer. Justin will be located downtown in DeVos on the Pew Campus.
Justin joined the eLearning team in 2014 and holds master’s degrees from Grand Valley State University in both Educational Technology and Adult and Higher Education. Prior to coming on board at GVSU, Justin taught social studies at the K-12 level. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member in Grand Valley’s College of Education since 2018, teaching and developing courses in educational technology.
- Noah Campbell, Digital Media Developer
Noah comes to us as a former eLearning Digital Studio student assistant and most recently a graduate assistant in the College of Education. He will be replacing Justin Melick, and his office will be in the Kindschi Hall of Science.
Noah is a Graduate student in the Educational Technology Master’s program, set to graduate in December 2020. He has been working with the eLearning department since 2017 through the Digital Studio. His goal is to help faculty and staff by creating videos and other digital content to fit their course needs, and is thrilled to be able to get a job that will allow him to do this so early on in his career.
What is an Instructional Technology Project Specialist?
The specialists will be responsible for working collaboratively with faculty, subject matter experts, instructional designers, digital media developers, and cross-departmental stakeholders in leading the design, development, and on-time delivery of quality digital learning experiences.
Top 10 Digital Learning Support, Services, and Resources at GVSU
Our goal is to help ensure GVSU’s digital learning experiences are designed in alignment with a cohesive and consistent learner experience, focusing on best practices, quality frameworks, and high impact teaching practices.
We’re here to help! Here are the Top 10 Digital Learning Support, Services, and Resources offered by the eLearning and Emerging Technologies team.
The mission of eLearning and Emerging Technologies is to support faculty, contribute to teaching excellence, and to enhance student success through: