Author: ekunnen

Eric has a passion for, works to lead, support, and coordinate effective uses of technology in teaching and learning. He is an Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan. His primary role focuses on collaborating and supporting distance learning initiatives at the university while exploring future trends in emerging technologies in teaching and learning. He also collaborates to research and support academic technologies used in the classroom and in eLearning. Previously, Eric was the Emerging Technologies Coordinator at GVSU and a Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eric has a background in teaching Computer Science and Biology at the secondary level and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology. I'm on mission to advance teaching and learning through the integration of emerging and innovative instructional technologies... More http://about.me/ekunnen

Engage with Fellow Faculty at the 2017 miBUG Conference!

mibuglogoRegister TODAY for the 2017 miBUG Conference! 

The Michigan Blackboard Users Group conference will be held at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan on Friday, March 24, 2017.

Registration is FREE and includes breakfast and lunch.

Mark Burris, Blackboard Customer Service Advocate will be presenting a Blackboard Roadmap session in the morning, and your peers will be presenting during the concurrent sessions. Don’t miss it!

 As this is a users conference, please take a moment to submit a presentation proposal to share how you are leveraging Blackboard in teaching and learning!

Visit www.mibug.org/events for more details.

GVSU participates in Michigan #GoOpen Initiative

On Wednesday, January 11, Matt Ruen from University Libraries and Eric Kunnen from eLearning attended a Michigan #GoOpen Initiative Community Meeting in Lansing at the Department of Education.

In short, the Michigan #GoOpen initiative is about collaborating P-20 to provide equitable access to high-quality open educational resources to transform learning.  The community meeting provided an opportunity for K12, HigherEd institutions, and the Department of Education to begin discussing how the state can align resources to advance open education resources (OER).

Throughout the day, a variety of national and state initiatives were highlighted such as the National Education Technology Plan which includes elements of OER in a goal to provide opportunity for all students to be successful through effective use of technology.

The National Education Technology Plan provides a vision of transformational learning experiences powered by technology that can shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps.

The US Department of Education’s established a #GoOpen campaign to create an organized movement around OER and their definition is:

#GoOpen campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning.

Regarding the national #GoOpen campaign, there are 4 Michigan school districts that are part of the USA Department of Education Office of Educational Technology’s #GoOpen Launch program:

  • Dryden Community Schools, MI
  • Marlette Community Schools, MI
  • Marysville Public Schools, MI
  • Mona Shores Public Schools, MI
  • Wayland Union Schools, MI

These school districts, along with the state’s Top 10 in 10 vision for “putting Michigan on the map as a premier education state”, has brought together the Michigan Department of Education, Library of Michigan, Open Michigan (U of M), GVSU, Lansing Community College, Michigan Colleges Online, and many other K-12 educational organizations in the establishment of a state organized #GoOpen Initiative.

The State of Michigan’s #GoOpen definition is:

#GoOpen Michigan is a community where educators and learners can access freely licensed, high-quality digital resources to enable equitable transformative learning experiences [for P-20].

Stay tuned for more news about this initiative and you can learn more about using #OER and the services/support/resources available to faculty through the GVSU open education resources initiative web site.

Winter Seminars from eLearning

The eLearning team is here to support faculty pursuing innovation in teaching and learning!

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We have a variety of sessions designed to help you best leverage technology in your teaching. View our Winter 2017 Workshops brochure for a complete list of sessions.

Here are just a few of the topics covered in the Winter semester seminars:

  • Blackboard Essentials, Grade Center, Assessments, SafeAssign, and Collaborate Ultra
  • Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development
  • Introduction to Camtasia 9
  • Engaging Learning through Online Discussion
  • How to Edit and Manipulate Digital Images
  • and more!

Can’t make it to a seminar? No problem! Please feel free to reach out to the eLearning team for help or assistance in best leveraging technology in teaching.

Here is to a wonderful start of the Winter semester!

Top 6 eLearning Posts from 2016

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HAPPY NEW YEAR from the eLearning team!

2016 was a great year in eLearning at GVSU, and to celebrate a start of a new year, we assembled our most popular posts from 2016.

Here are the top 6 posts from our eLearning blog:

  1. 7 Things You Didn’t Know that Blackboard Can Do!
  2. Professor Cheryl Kautz receives Blackboard Exemplary Course Award
  3. GVSU Faculty Members Awarded “Most Inclusive Classrooms in the United States”
  4. Virtual Office Hours for Student Success with Blackboard Collaborate and Bb IM
  5. Highlights from #BbWorld16
  6. Open Educational Resources Summit at Lansing Community College #LCCOER

Delivering Great Online Courses via Effective Teaching Strategies

Bb Blog Eric Kunnen Winter 2016 SM.jpg In a recent Blackboard Blog post, Eric Kunnen, Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies, highlighted a few tips for “delivering great online courses via effective teaching strategies“.

“Great Teaching is Great Teaching”

In this post, Eric highlights the a few keys to success in delivering high quality courses:

#1. Student and faculty interaction is KEY

#2. Course design is KEY

#3. Instructional design and digital media development is KEY

#4. Faculty professional development and support resources are KEY

Finally, in the quest for delivering quality online courses, it is important to reach out to the campus for support. The eLearning Team provides an outstanding array of support, from exemplary instructional design, to instructional technology support, to digital media development, to Blackboard resources, and future oriented emerging technologies in the Technology Showcase.

Let the eLearning team know how we can help you deliver great courses through effective teaching strategies! We are here for YOU!

Read the entire article on the Blackboard Blog.

ETOM conference highlights gaming, OER, badging, accessibility and more!

 

cw_v-xnxcaau9dcJustin Melick and Eric Kunnen from eLearning had the opportunity to attend the ETOM conference in Flint on Friday. This conference was held at Mott Community College and brought together over 100 educators from community colleges and universities across the state of Michigan.

There were 6 faculty and staff from GVSU that attended the conference.  Thank you to the FTLC for supporting the attendance of 4 faculty through a grant opportunity.  Julia VanderMolen, assistant professor in Allied Health presented a session on captioning.

Here are are few highlights from the conference, captured and posted on Eric’s EdTech Blog:

EDUCAUSE 2016 Highlights

cvnpwc8ukai_tueWith over 8,000 attendees, the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is one of the premier events each year bringing together the best of technology, teaching, and learning.

This year, the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference was held in Anaheim, California at the convention center.  The event began with pre-conference sessions on Tuesday, October 25th, which was followed by 2 and 1/2 days of sessions.

The conference included nearly 300 exhibitors, keynotes by Susan Cain, best-selling author, speaker, and co-founder of Quiet Revolution and Sugatra Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in England, and a large variety of breakout sessions that covered the following program tracks:

  • Driving Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • Enabling the Data-Driven Decision-Making Environment
  • Innovating in IT Infrastructure and Cloud-Based IT Environments
  • Leading and Partnering Strategically across the Academy
  • Producing, Distributing, and Using Digital-based Knowledge
  • Reducing and Managing Risk in a Digital World
  • Transforming the Student Experience

Consolidating the breakout session titles into a tag cloud highlighted the following keywords: “learning, student, education, technology, service”

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Here are several highlights from the conference:

“The most successful students are those who access MyGrades most frequently; students doing poorly do not access their grades. Students who never access their grades are more likely to fail than students who access them at least once.”

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About the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference:

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is the premier convening of IT professionals and technology providers across the diverse higher education landscape. The conference creates networking opportunities for colleagues to share ideas regarding strategies, leading change, effective processes, what’s working, and sometimes—more importantly—what isn’t.

EDUCAUSE 2016 represents the best thinking in higher education IT.