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

Teaching with the Lightboard @GVSU

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Video is becoming an important tool in teaching. The value of video to support traditional classes, online/hybrid courses, and “flipped classrooms” has rapidly increased at GVSU.

With over 100 videos being created in the past year, the Digital Studio, along with digital media developers, Justin Melick and Hunter Bridwell have been busy!

Lightboard videos are engaging and an innovative approach to a standard “screen recording”

In a nutshell, Lightboard videos are created when an instructor writes on a glass panel with flourescent markers that are lit by LEDs. This creates a unique display as compared to the typical whiteboard recording that is common in many instructional videos such as those from Khan Academy.

The benefit of the Lightboard is that students can also view the instructor which increases teaching presence and the inclusion of the non-verbal instructor cues that are so important.

Here are a few example videos of professors at GVSU who have used the Lightboard:

Ready to start creating you own Lightboard videos? Here is how to get started:

  1. Meet with one of our Digital Media Developers, Justin Melick (melicjus@gvsu.edu) or Hunter Bridwell (bridwehu@gvsu.edu) to get a tour of a ligthboard studio and set a date to record your first video!
  2. Use our planning document to lay out what you want to present during your lightboard video. This document helps you plan what you will write on the board and how to space that content in a way that is more meaningful and easy to understand.
  3. Come and record your first video! Usually faculty will take a half hour to forty five minutes to record their first five to seven minute lightboard video. After a few presentations most people get used to the format and can create five to six videos in an hour.
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Faculty Learning Communities highlight Innovative Teaching Practices @GVSU

The Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center provides Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) to bring faculty together to foster a 1-2 semester-long conversations on a topic of mutual interest and to encourage an application of the knowledge gained.

The eLearning team supports Online & Hybrid Faculty Learning Communities through facilitation by IDeL with the purpose of engaging faculty in a variety of innovative teaching practices and topics to enhance teaching and improve student success.

Compiled by Kim Kenward, Instructional Designer in IDeL, the following topics are being highlighted in the Fall semester:

Allendale Campus Learning Community (KHS4402)
Friday’s 11:30 – 1pm

  • October 20 – Discussion Topics
    Maximizing Blackboard
    Presenters:  Sherry Barricklow, Vince St. GermainEngaging Students in Hybrid/Online Courses (Padlet, FlipGrid, Video Reflective Journals, etc)
    Presenters: Janel Guikema and Lisa Hammer
  • November 17 – Discussion Topics
    Multimodal Learning in the Online Classroom
    Presenter: Julia VanderMolenBadges, badges, badges!
    Presenter:  Matt Roberts
  • December 1 – Discussion Topic
    Amazon Alexa and AI in Education
    Presenter:  Szymon Machajewski

CHS Campus Learning Community (CHS209)
Wednesday’s 1 – 2:30pm

  • October 18 – Discussion Topics
    Peer assessment tools, Best practices for facilitating group work and team-based learning, and Adaptive Release, Bb Goals, and Bb Achievements
    Presenters:  Raymond Higbea, Lara Jaskiewicz, Vince St. Germain (and others)
  • November 15 – Discussion Topics:
    Video/Audio (tools and best practices) Ensemble dropbox, Collaborate Ultra, lightboard, PlayPosit, Flipgrid, and other tools, and ADA/UDL Considerations
    Presenters:  Erika Bailey, Kristin Vu, Scott Truskowski (and others)
  • December 6 – Discussion Topics
    Course organization & design considerations to Maximize Learning (Show-n-Tell of Bb sites) and Quality Matters Standard 1
    Presenters:  OST Hybrid courses and other departmental samples including Educational Leadership NHA cohort

Pew Campus Learning Community (DEV302E)
Thursday’s 9:30 – 11am

  • October 26 – Discussion Topics
    Student Readiness for Online Learning/Academic Integrity (Samples from Math), Supporting Online Students (GVSU University Libraries and GVSU Writing Center), Supporting Students with Technology Requirements, and Adaptive Release/Peer Feedback
    Presenters:  Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra, Writing Center representative, Amanda Forslund (Math), Meagan Knoll and Kim Kenward
  • November 16 – Discussion Topics
    Creative uses of Video in Online/Hybrid Courses, Synchronous Best Practices,
    and UDL/ADA considerations
    Presenters:  Justin Melick, Hunter Bridwell, Jeremy Robinson, Rosemary Cleveland
  • December 7 – Discussion Topics
    Alternative Technology/Assignments & Tips for preparing for Winter Semester
    Presenters:  Pam Page, Lissa Brunan, Coeli Fitzpatrick and Kim Kenward

@GVSU faculty and staff attend #MIOERSUMMIT

On Friday, September 22, 9 faculty and staff from GVSU attended the Michigan OER Summit to connect with other faculty across the state in discovering ways to improve student success through the adoption and use of open educational resources.

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Pictured Left to Right: Vince St. Germain, Eric Kunnen, Hunter Bridwell, (Dr. Robin DeRosa, Keynote Speaker), Matt Ruen, Genevieve Elrod, Debbie Morrow, Jacklyn Rander, Susan Strouse and Karyn Butler (Not Pictured)

Michigan Colleges Online organized the 2017 MI OER Summit and the goal was to gather together to collaborate about how to advance education through open educational resources.  This year, the event was hosted by Kellogg Community College (Battle Creek, MI) at the Binda Performing Arts Center.

speaker The keynote for the Summit was provided by Dr. Robin DeRosa – professor and chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire.

The keynote session title was: “Harnessing the Power of OPEN: How Open Education Can Transform Our Assignments, Courses, and Colleges”

In her presentation, Robin focused on how we can come together as a community of learners to transform courses, assignments, and ultimately, our public colleges and universities. With a special focus on Open Educational Resources and Open Pedagogy, Robin offered both ideas to re-inspire a sense of mission in public college instructors and examples of non-disposable assignments that will get students actively contributing to the knowledge commons.

The presentation introduced participants to the idea of connected learning, and offered new ways of conceiving of course architecture to better link students with their scholarly and professional communities of practice.

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#MIOERSUMMIT Keynote Highlights

Here are a few of the key points shared in the keynote:

  • 56% of students pay more than $300 per semester and 20% of students pay more than $500 per semester on textbooks.
  • Students worry more about paying for books than worry about paying for college.
  • Open pedagogy is the piece that happens when students are producers of knowledge not just consumers.
  • OPEN is about access to knowledge and access to knowledge creation.
  • Areas of Caution: Digital redlining and the digital divide are real and insidious. Open is not the opposite of private. EdTech is selling something. Open is a process not a panacea.
  • Learn more about this event, along with additional highlights from the keynote on Eric Kunnen’s blog.

In addition to the keynote, there were a variety of breakout sessions by universities and community colleges across Michigan.

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Open Education: Putting the PUBLIC back in public Higher Ed.

Learn more about this event, including additional notes from the keynote on Eric Kunnen’s blog

GVSU @Blackboard Photo Roster Enhances Personalized Instruction

Based on a project request from faculty involved in the Pew FTLC Strong Start Initiative, a class photo roster feature has been implemented in Blackboard to enhance personal connections between faculty and students.

The Strong Start Initiative, led by Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow Tom Pentecost, focuses faculty attention on best practices for engaging students in first-year undergraduate courses and important aspects of the college experience vital to student success.

The Strong Start Initiative highlighted the importance of making it a priority to learn students’ names and calling them by name as a recommendation for improving student success, along with being more approachable as a faculty member.

Introducing the Blackboard Class Photo Roster…

Beginning in August 2016, each course site in Blackboard included a class photo roster (in the course tools area) that displays the official GVSU ID photographs of enrolled students.

This photo roster application was brought to GVSU through the collaboration of the author, Dr. Szymon Machajewski, Affiliate Instructor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at GVSU, and eLearning and Emerging Technologies system analysts Katie Clark and Colleen Cameron.  Katie Clark provided key areas of the implementation, including automation and card ID system integration.

Dr. Machajewski has written many open source Building Blocks, which are plugins for Blackboard Learn.  Some of these plugins include: LoginAs for help desk support, a My Blackboard Amazon Alexa Skill for the Amazon echo, and BbStats that is beneficial to monitor and to track analytics of course design and student activity. A number of universities have adopted the same photo roster tool, such as the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The BbStats module is the second most frequently downloaded software package in the open source Blackboard directory with almost 14,000 downloads.

“Learning student names in a classroom course is important to creating an inclusive learning environment.”

“Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language. The average person is more interested in their own name than in all the other names in the world put together. People love their names so much that they will often donate large amounts of money just to have a building named after themselves. We can make people feel extremely valued and important by remembering their name.” Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People – Open Photo Roster for Blackboard Learn – Learning Student Names

How to Access the Blackboard Class Photo Roster at GVSU

For additional information, along with instructions for accessing the class photo roster, please visit the Photo Roster for Faculty and Photo Roster for Students websites. For additional policy questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at regdept@gvsu.edu or 616-331-3327. For support in using this new Blackboard feature, please visit the eLearning and Emerging Technologies website or contact bbadmin@gvsu.edu.

2017 OER SUMMIT to Focus on Open Educational Resources to Transform Courses

Attention:  GVSU Professors! Have you ever thought of adopting an open textbook, or perhaps leveraging creative commons licensed resources to enhance your course? This event is for you! Join faculty from across the state to discuss, share, and learn how to enhance courses with OER!

The 2017 OER Summit will be held on September 22, 2017 at the Battle Creek campus of Kellogg Community College.

Registration is now OPEN!

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The keynote for the Summit is provided by Dr. Robin DeRosa – professor and chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire.

“Harnessing the Power of OPEN: How Open Education Can Transform Our Assignments, Courses, and Colleges”

In this presentation, Robin will focus on how we can come together as a community of learners to transform courses, assignments, and ultimately, our public colleges and universities. With a special focus on Open Educational Resources and Open Pedagogy, Robin will offer both ideas to re-inspire a sense of mission in public college instructors and examples of non-disposable assignments that will get students actively contributing to the knowledge commons. The presentation will introduce participants to the idea of connected learning, and offer new ways of conceiving of course architecture to better link students with their scholarly and professional communities of practice. Those who are fluent with using new technologies and/or OERs in their courses and those who are just beginning to explore and learn are equally encouraged to attend.

 

Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) Fall Conference – Call for Proposals

Attention:  GVSU Professors! If you are teaching online or hybrid courses, this is an excellent opportunity to join faculty from across the state to discuss, share, and learn how to enhance distance learning courses!

The ETOM Fall 2017 Conference will be held on October 27, 2017 at the Mt Pleasant campus of Mid Michigan Community College.

Registration is now OPEN

Also, with a special thank you to the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, faculty at GVSU can apply for a grant to attend the conference!

Keynote

1504091316karenshawOur keynote this year is Dr. Karen Swan. She will be speaking on “Developing Social Presence in Online classes.” Dr. Swan is the Stukel Professor of Educational Research and a Research Associate in the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) at the University of Illinois Springfield. For the past 20 years, she has been teaching online, researching online learning, and writing extensively about her experiences. She received the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, National University Technology Network (NUTN) Distinguished Service Award, and the Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award for her work in this area. She is also an OLC Fellow and a member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

Call for Proposals

Are you or someone you know at your college or university doing something special to increase online student success? Is your college or university leveraging instructional technologies to improve student engagement and retention? If so, encourage them to share their ideas by doing a presentation at ETOM’s Fall Conference.

Submit your proposal today! 

New #EDTECH Summer Teaching Institute centered on Supporting Student Success through Effective Teaching

This summer, eLearning and Emerging Technologies was pleased to introduce the brand new…

 This event was held on Wednesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 17 for a 2 day series of hands-on workshops, discussions, and shared reflections all centered on the use of emerging teaching practices and technologies to support effective teaching.

The institute was structured for faculty to attend workshops, exchange ideas, and to spend time to get their courses ready for the Fall semester through support from the eLearning team.

The event theme was:

“Learn something new, get your course ready for Fall!”

SESSIONS

There were 7 breakout sessions that were offered during the institute:

  • Individual Work Time with eLearning Team Support
  • #1 – Planning and Re-organizing your Online/Hybrid Course
  • #2 – Instructor Presence and Building Community
  • #3 – Library Resources and OER (Open Educational Resources)
  • #4 – Video and Digital Media Creation Tools
  • #5 – Assessing Student Learning and Engagement
  • #6 – Implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles in the Classroom to Support All Learners

SUMMARY

This was an outstanding first time event! The institute offered nearly 60 faculty and staff the opportunity to learn from each other and to spend time working on prepping courses for Fall.

Here are a few social media highlights via Storify:

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This event was organized in partnership and in collaboration with the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center.

eLearning and Emerging Technologies would like to thank all of the presenters, attendees, and the FTLC for their support to make this event possible!

Learn more about the #EDTECH Summer Teaching Institute