eLearning at the Occupational Science and Therapy Hybrid Faculty Retreat

The eLearning team at GVSU recently participated in an Occupational Science and Therapy (OST) Retreat that was held on Saturday, February 24 at the University Club, on the downtown DeVos Campus.

Glenna Decker, Matt Roberts, Kim Kenward, Sherry Barricklow, Hunter Bridwell, and Eric Kunnen provided learning experiences for hybrid faculty teaching in OST.

Topics that were shared included:

  • Introductio, to the Community of Inquiry Framework
  • ‘Bored-Free’ Discussions and Strategies beyond the Discussion Board
  • Good Practices in Facilitating Group Work Online
  • Virtual Advising, Office Hours, Guest Speakers, Interviews, Meetings etc. with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • eLearning and Emerging Technologies #EdTech Resources and Support
  • Emerging Technologies in the Atomic Object Technology Showcase
  • Quality Benchmarks and Student Orientation / Readiness
  • Creating Quality Online Courses with:
    • Online/Hybrid Peer Review Rubric
    • Blackboard Exemplary Course Award Rubric
  • Using Blackboard/Word/PowerPoint to Create Accessible Materials

Materials were provided to faculty through a Blackboard organization site:



Shape the Future of Education at hackGVSU!

Join us on Saturday, April 14 from 9am to 6pm!

Grand Valley State University is hosting its first-ever hackGVSU event. Inspired by other college hackathons (like hackPSU, we’re inviting students and staff from area high schools, colleges, and universities to come to Grand Valley and envision how technology can shape the future of education.

The focus for this year’s event is Blackboard’s learning management system. Participants can attend training sessions lead by Blackboard employees and then work together in teams to build projects that extend Blackboard’s capabilities.

We’re planning a full day of food, beverages, and prizes for the best projects. Individuals of all experience levels are welcome, from experienced coders to first time hackers. If you know of anyone that might be interested in attending, they can find details at:


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!”


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


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:


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

eLearning welcomes new faculty at the @GVSU 2017 New Faculty Orientation


The eLearning team provided a wealth of information, #EDTECH demonstrations, and presentations to over 100 faculty that attended the 2017 New Faculty Orientation at GVSU.

Highlighted presentations and demonstrations included:

  • myBanner
  • Introduction to Blackboard Learn
  • Advanced Blackboard
  • IT Services
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • GVSU Mobile and Apps
  • Blackboard Collaborate, TechSmith Relay, and Ensemble Video
  • Digital Studio, Lightboard, and Skype for Business
  • IDeL Seminars and Foundations
  • Technology Showcase
  • IT HelpDesk and Mobile Device Setup


During the event, new faculty that attended up to 5 sessions or more were entered into a raffle prize giveaway. We would like to congratulate the following faculty winners!

Betty Jo Enell Echo Dot CIS
Xiang Cao Power Core Mini CIS
Carla Floyd-Slabaugh Power Core Mini OT
Barbara Spraggins Camtasia License OT
Brittland DeKorver Laser Presenter Remote Chemistry
Nicole Wright GV Symbol Allied Health
Yoshiko Tsuda USB Microphone MLL

Also, the selection of our winners was broadcast live on Facebook, and here is the video:



We thought the afternoon was fantastic and enjoyed meeting all of the new faculty at GVSU! Here are a few photos from the orientation:


Thank you to all of the presenters and the faculty that attended the event.

Please remember, the eLearning team is here to help! Here is to a wonderful semester start to you all!

Ten Ways to Use Video in Your Classroom

This year’s Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) conference was filled with three days of intense, hands-on learning experiences centered on the practice of integrating technology and learning.

Presenting at the conference was Jason Valade, Customer Success Manager at TechSmith on “10 Ways to Use Video in Your Classroom”. Jason is a former elementary school teacher and Technology Lead whose love for “all things” video led him to TechSmith and their Customer Success Team.

During the session, Jason ran down his favorite top 10 uses for video in education and showed examples of how both video novices and experts can easily create video content to enhance instruction and engage students.

Tech Symposium

  1. Flip a Lesson

Rather than using class time to introduce new content, record a series of short videos that students can review on their own and then come to class prepared to extend the learning.

  1. Teach when you are Absent

Unable to attend a class, create a video review of that day’s related topics and assignments.

  1. Personalized Feedback

Use a desktop recording application to capture annotations and your voice as you provide feedback on assignments or use a document camera to record your voice while you manually mark up a printed assignment.

  1. Parent / Community Classroom

Post a video update for parents or the community by recording a PPT or Google presentation with the latest class information and achievements.

  1. Stop Repeating Yourself

Don’t keep responding to the same old questions over and over again, create a library of short how-to videos that can be used year-to-year.

  1. Give a Course Overview

Great at the beginning of the semester or when starting a new topic.

  1. Introduce Yourself

Build instructor presence and community. Perfect for online classes.

  1. Walk through Materials

Create a tutorial to review a complex procedure, demonstrate a process or solve a problem.

  1. Authentic Assessment

Let students storyboard, shoot and edit a video for review by the entire class.

  1. Filming Experiments

Use for review, as part of a quiz or other assessment.

Video recordings are quickly becoming a key component in any classroom, whether it’s face-to-face or online, video can be the catalyst that spurs a student’s imagination and learning.

GVSU Students Look to Design, Build, Deliver and Install Solar Powered Medical Devices

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This semester students in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, Seidman College of Business and College of Education are collaborating to design, build, deliver and install solar powered medical devices to one of the most remote and underserved regions of the world. Once built these devices will provide physicians with light, suction and auxiliary power for up to two days. This functionality is critical in a part of the world where frequent and unexpected blackouts are common place and often have major implications for patients and doctors.

Throughout this project Justin Melick, Digital Media Developer on the GVSU eLearning team, will be documenting the process of designing, building and delivering these devices to create a short documentary on the project that will be used to secure funding to continue this project in future semesters.

In order to fund this project, the team at GVSU will be participating in the 5×5 Night competition on March 23rd. To have the opportunity to present, the team needs your help to finish in the top five of the public vote.

Please help the team to secure a spot to present at the upcoming 5×5 Night!

Please CLICK HERE to VOTE for the GVSU “Solar Energy Saving Lives” project!

15th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium – Wednesday, March 23, 1-4

UPDATE: Missed the event this year? Check out the video highlight:


See you at the symposium on Wednesday, March 23, from 1-4 in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons!


It’s that exciting time of the year where faculty across the campus at Grand Valley State University come together at the Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium to share how they are leveraging technology in teaching – with the ultimate goal of enhancing student success!

This event is sponsored by eLearning and Emerging Technologies in Information Technology, which includes IDeL, the Digital Studio, and the Technology Showcase, in partnership with the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center.

For 15 years, the symposium has provided an opportunity for faculty to come together to learn from each other, and this year is going to be epic, with the largest number of faculty presenters!

The symposium will feature more than 30 presentations from over 18 different departments, covering a wide array of topics!

Also, be sure to visit the Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium website for more information.

Here is a brief overview of the schedule:

1pm – 1:15pm
Symposium Welcome

FTLC Technology Award Winners
Meagan A. (Luttenton) Knoll and Maureen Wolverton

1:15pm – 2:00pm

Keynote Address:  “How can technology extend the humanity of learners? A dialogue.”
Robert Talbert and Matthew Boelkins

2pm – 4pm
Faculty e-poster Presentations

Come and learn, connect, share, and discover the best of ideas from your peers and colleagues!

Here is a list of presentations to be offered at the upcoming symposium:

1.     Michael E. Ricco
Video Reflective Journals in the Business Curriculum
2.     Meagan A. (Luttenton) Knoll
*FTLC Teaching with Technology Award Winner
The i-Gen Syllabus A Digital Syllabus Your Students Will Read
3.     Andrew Topper
Beyond Blackboard Orientation: Helping students successfully navigate your course.
4.     Rosemary Cleveland
A New Approach to Field Observations through the use of iPads and Cognitive Coaching
5.     Cheryl Kautz
A.  Practical examples that faculty can implement now in their Blackboard Learn course content and electronic documents to benefit all learners and improve accessibility.
B.  10 Tips for Designing Exemplary Courses in Blackboard: Online, Hybrid, and Face-to-Face
6.     Julia VanderMolen. Ph.D., Alexa Madaj, General Allied Health Sciences Dane Sanders, General Allied Health Students.
Tools for Creating Audio and Video for the Online Classroom.  Mobile Health and Fitness Technology used by College Athletes
8.     Erica R. Hamilton
#ConnectedEducation: Using Twitter to Support Student Learning and Engagement
9.     Robert Rozema
Dedoose: Cloud-Based Qualitative Data Analysis
10.  Mr. Mike Fillman
PBS LearningMedia: Your FREE Digital Resource to Use in Classrooms
11.  Daniel W. Adrian
Creating Apps for Teaching and Learning Statistics
12.  Jeroen Wagendorp
Adding “Whiteboard” Content Delivery Capacity to Online Teaching.
13.  Raymond J. Higbea
Team-Based Learning in an Electronic Environment
14.  Cara Cadena and Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra
Blackboard collaboration with your librarian: Explore the possibilities!
15.  Star Swift
Co-presenters: Brandon Angerbrandt, Information Systems, Honors and team captain of t3 Alex Cunningham, Management Major Gabriella Vozza, Marketing and Finance Major, Honors Gianni Ferrero, Management Major Erin Harkness, Information Systems Major, Honors Christina Dekoekkoek, Finance Major, Honors
t3 :Teaching Through Technology on a Global Basis with the Assistance of a Google Grant, students, faculty, staff and alumni.
16.  Professor Justin De Sousa
Using Educannon to implement interactive quiz questions into screencast lectures
17.  Bethany Welling
Educanon-Making Videos Interactive
18.   Marcia Frobish and Professor Lisa Hammer
Engaging Your Students in Class with FREE Survey Tools
19.  Eric Kunnen and Szymon Machajewski
Emerging Technologies and Expanding Possibilities through the Technology Showcase
20.   Russ Barneveld
Using Swivl Technology to Analyze Teaching
21.  Eliza MacDonald
Orthopedic Examination Special Tests Tutorial Videos
22.  Lara Jaskiewicz
From Paper to Digital: Going Online for Peer and Course Feedback
23.  Matt Boelkins
Flip Your Startup Meeting
24.  Gisella Licari
It is not the same rubric.
25.  Rita Kohrman, Betsy Williams
Anatomy of a Citation: Learning Citation Parts via Drag-And-Drop
26.  Maureen Wolverton, *FTLC Teaching with Technology Award Winner, Judy Whipps
Using Technology in GVSU’s Adult Leadership Program
27.  Susan Harrington, Nancy Schoofs
Connect with Your Students via TodaysMeet and
28.  Laurie A. Witucki, Sarah Clark, Star Swift
Videos Made Easy: Supporting Student Learning with Elmo Document Camera
29.  Matt Ruen, Jackie Rander, Christine Rener, Eric Kunnen
OER@GVSU: Support for Creating and Using Open Educational Resources
30.  Maureen Ryan
Using Speech to Text Software- Implications for Students and Faculty
31.  Matthew Hart, Mary Karpen
3D Projection in the Classroom
32.  Sean Lancaster
Doctopus – Customizing Google Drive For Learning