Conferences

Michigan Blackboard Users Connect to Share Best Practices

The miBUG (Michigan Blackboard Users Group) Spring Conference was held at the VisTaTech Center on the campus of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan on Friday, March 24, 2017. More than 100 educators from 20+ institutions across Michigan and Canada attended this event to collaborate and share best practices in leveraging Blackboard in teaching and learning.

GVSU eLearning staff Justin Melick, Vince St. Germain, Sherry Barricklow and Eric Kunnen attended this year and picked up great ideas and networking with institutions around the state.

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GVSU eLearning Team (Pictured Left to Right) Justin Melick, Vince St. Germain, Sherry Barricklow, and Eric Kunnen

Several of the highlights from this event included:

  • Blackboard Learn, Collaborate, Mobile Product Roadmaps
    • New Features Coming: OneDrive (DropBox already available) Integration, Bb Instructor App, Attendance Management, New Video Everywhere Solution, and more!
  • New Blackboard Ally Product Announcement
    • Providing institutional dashboards, on demand tips for faculty on accessibile documents, and realtime conversion of uploaded files into accessiable formats.
  • Creating Course Videos – Wayne State University
  • Tackling an Unruly Grade Center – Schoolcraft College
  • Fostering Creating Critical Thinkers in Online Discussion Boards – Madonna University
  • Collaborate Ultra: Features and Tips you can Use Now – Blackboard
  • Getting to Know the Bb Peer Assessment Tool – Wayne State University
  • Blackboard Testing and Development in a Multi-Tier Environment – Center Michigan University
  • and more!

 

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.

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.

Lots of Learning at the Lilly Conference

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Held in Traverse City, the Lilly Conference was attended by GVSU eLearning and Emerging Technologies team members Justin Melick and Matt Roberts. Each year the conference focus’s on sharing evidence based best practices to improve teaching and learning.

Topics at this years events ranged from practices to improve online discussion boards, creating interactive online science labs, engaging disabled students through the use of technology and community based learning. 

mattroberts_lilly.jpgIDeL Instructional Designer Matt Roberts gave two presentations during the conference. On Thursday he co-presented a session titled “Travels in Class: Insights and Tips for Teaching in Unfamiliar Territory”, during which he discussed strategies he used while teaching an American Government course online.

On Friday Matt presented “Ghosts of the Digital Native: Considerations Ethical, Practical, and Instructional.” Beginning with the research that shows younger generations aren’t any more technologically advanced than their predecessors, the session featured an open discussion about how higher education should best respond to and support today’s learners.

In addition to Matt’s presentation Digital Media Developer, Justin Melick presented with Julia VanderMolen, Professor of Allied Health Sciences on her use of the lightboard in medical terminology classes. During their presentation Justin and Julia discussed the issues that the lightboard is designed solve and how it can be used to create content that is more engaging than traditional instructional media. 

Also presenting at the conference was Szymon Machajewski, affiliate instructor in the School of Computing and Information Systems.  Szymon presented on the topic of gamification, where gameful design can promote the building of empathy between participants, which is a start of grassroots support for inclusive culture in the classroom, online, and campus wide. His session was entitled: “Gamification and Play :: Experience Design for Learning ~ play becomes a strategy for embracing change“.

More resources and  presentation slides from the Lilly Conference sessions are available, along with a full list of sessions including 16 conference presentations by GVSU faculty and staff.

Bb Collaborate Ultra supports live events beyond the Classroom

You may already be aware of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra as a solution for live virtual class sessions, student group meetings, or online office hours – in addition to these uses, there are even more opportunities to take advantage of this easy to use and live collaborative tool!

Classroom Guest Speakers

To help save time and department travel costs, Collaborate Ultra is a good solution for guest speakers. In fact, sessions can be recorded and played back in subsequent semesters or for those students that missed class.  Courses in Occupational Therapy, Geology, and Technology in Public Relations and Advertising here at the university have used Collaborate Ultra to bring in guest speakers for their students.

Another example is the use of Collaborate Ultra for Online Library Research Instruction. Presented by Rita Kohrman, GVSU Education Librarian, the sessions are conducted in the Steelcase Library and provide assistance to education graduate students in understanding how to access, retrieve, and evaluate materials for their Projects/Theses. Students learn various library and/or research applications to better assist in obtaining materials for the completion of projects or theses.

The classes are simultaneously taught face-to-face and online via Collaborate Ultra for those students who are unable to attend in person.

Online Interviews

Collaborate Ultra was used for live streaming the Dean of University Libraries interviews from the Allendale to the Pew Campus downtown. This provided an opportunity for those staff whose offices are downtown, but still wanted to be able to see the candidate presentations.

Live Campus Events

The West Michigan Health Information Management Association recently used Collaborate Ultra to connect 2 remote locations in the upper peninsula in Iron Mountain and Newberry, Michigan for a continuing education coding workshop.

Virtual Conferences

Bb Collaborate Ultra supported the 2016 Youth Virtual Conference of the UNU RCEs Conference.  This project provides students with the perspective and practice of a global dialogue, in hopes that they will better understand the unique energy systems dilemmas facing the regions of the world and in turn reveal and embrace the universal themes of sustainable evolution through dialogue, empathy, and collaboration.

 Sites that participated during the event that was held on March 2, 2016 included:

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Portland, Oregon
  • La Paz School, Costa Rica
  • Minna, Nigeria
  • Medellin/Bogota, Colombia
  • Curitiba, Brazil

Here is a link to the YouTube Livestream Recording from the Youth Virtual Conference.

Another example of a conference was that GVSU Scribe Academy event. The Academy is designed to train individuals to assist healthcare providers in local Emergency Departments by documenting patient care in the electronic medical record. The Program consists of two training sections: Pre-clinical and Clinical Training.

Class sessions are simultaneously taught face-to-face and online via Collaborate Ultra for students who are unable to attend in person. Jeffery Trytko, Director of the GVSU Scribe Academy, acts as the online moderator/facilitator.

Remote Troubleshooting

The eLearning staff has been using Collaborate Ultra to help troubleshoot and support faculty in their use of educational technologies.  But having the remote user share their screen, it is often more efficient and effective to provide tips, guidance, and solutions to faculty requesting assistance.

Online Training

For those situations where it is challenging or difficult to come to a training session on campus, Collaborate Ultra is providing a solution to learn about a variety of topics and subjects whether the participants are on the main Allendale campus, or at one of GVSU’s other regional campuses.

Please let us know how we can help you best leverage technology to save costs, reduce travel, increase convenience, or enhance collaboration!

ETOM 2016 – Innovations in Distance Learning and #EdTech

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Call for Presentations NOW OPEN

Deadline: September 16, 2016


Last year, the Fall Educational Technology Organization of Michigan Conference was held at Grand Valley State University.  This year, the event will be held at Mott Community College.

Faculty and staff from GVSU are invited to submit a presentation and also attend the conference!


ETOM 2016 Fall Conference
Innovations in distance learning and educational technology.

November 11, 2016
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Mott Community College, Flint, MI
www.etom.org

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. We are currently accepting proposals for breakout sessions; please see the Call for Proposal listed below.

This year, Barry Fishman (University of Michigan) will open our conference with a keynote entitled “School is a Game… But is it a good game?”.  Please encourage your faculty and/or staff to share their great work and submit a proposal.

Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessibility
  • Authentic learning
  • Breaking the Norm with Technology
  • BYOD in the Classroom
  • Competency-based learning
  • Data-Driven Learning & Assessment
  • Games & Gamification
  • Learning Analytics
  • OERs (Open Education Resources)
  • Student success in online learning
  • Students as Creators
  • 3D Printing

Submission Details

Proposals should be submitted online at www.etom.org under Conference Information and must be received no later than September 16, 2016 to be considered. Direct link to PROPOSAL FORM

The ETOM Board will review all proposals, and presenters will be notified by the end of September, 2016.  All presenters will be required to register and pay the conference registration fee. The Program Committee may recommend that several similar sessions be combined into one presentation.