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Come, Learn, and Be Inspired at the 16th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium

Come, Learn, and be Inspired!

View a special video welcome from Dr. Thomas Tobin highlighting his keynote address entitled: “Universal Design for Learning: Way Beyond Disabilities”.

WHAT

16th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium

WHEN

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm
(Join us for the entire day, or stop by anytime!)
Robert C. Pew Campus: Loosemore Auditorium

AGENDA

  • 10am – 12pm Breakout Sessions
    Blackboard Product Roadmap (Joel Allison, Blackboard Inc.)
    The All New Camtasia (Matt Dennis, Calvin Boekhove, TechSmith)
    Sessions by: Rachel Anderson, Michael Ricco, Julia VanderMolen, Susan Strouse, Maureen Wolverton, and Andrew Topper
  • 1pm – 2pm Award Presentation and Keynote
    Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center “Teaching with Technology Award” Presentations
    Dr. Thomas Tobin Keynote: “Universal Design for Learning: Way Beyond Disabilities”
  • 2pm – 4pm Faculty ePoster Sessions
    More than 30 topics to choose from by GVSU faculty, staff, and students! View all presenters and poster topics on the symposium website.

The Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium is sponsored by eLearning and Emerging Technologies, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, and Disability Support Resources.

The symposium provides a unique campus wide opportunity for faculty to learn and share how technology enhances teaching and learning and supports student success.

Don’t miss this once-a-year event! See you at the Symposium!

This event is FREE and open to all faculty and staff.
Raffle prizes and refreshments will be provided.

Visit the TLT Symposium Website

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.

SMART Boards and Interactivity in the Classroom

 

The faculty and staff in the College of Education have made a strong commitment to training our students on the use of technology in their classrooms.  Working closely with Kim Kenward, Instructional Designer on the IDeL team in eLearning, the COE faculty strive to keep up to date on current trends in Educational Technology and to integrate these new technologies into their coursework.

This year, the Graduate Teacher Certification students, as well as 8 sections of EDT370 – Technology in Education students were trained in the use of “Interactive White Board” technology.  Our student teachers learned the mechanics of using the SMART Board and creating interactive materials for their classrooms.  In addition, they received instruction on how to integrate this tool into their curriculum and how the recent updates to SMART Notebook allow for students to use any web-based device to manipulate the board.

GVSU faculty and staff interested in learning more about this technology are welcome to contact Vince St. Germain or Kim Kenward for an individual consultation.

Introducing Online & Hybrid Faculty Learning Communities

This post highlights a special invitation from Kim Kenward, Instructional Designer, in IDeL:

Join our GVSU Online & Hybrid Faculty Learning Community!

cqqdn0eu8aeermsWhether you’ve been teaching online or hybrid courses for several years, or just getting ready to start your first semester teaching hybrid or online, all levels of expertise are welcome to join the “Online and Hybrid Learning Community”.    We have three learning communities (one per campus) located at the Allendale, CHS or Pew campuses.  We meet once a month for 90 minutes (September through April) during the fall/winter semester(s) to:

  • Support new and experienced online/hybrid faculty through dialogue and samples
  • Explore best practices associated with online/hybrid teaching and learning
  • Identify emerging technological needs to support online teaching and learning
  • Share collective expertise across disciplines

Sponsored by IDeL (Instructional Design for eLearning) and the Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center, we hope these learning communities will provide a venue for faculty-led dialogue and to share collective expertise regarding online/hybrid instruction at GVSU.

To officially apply to be a member for one of our Online & Hybrid Learning Communities, please visit this FTLC website: http://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/

  1. Select “Opportunities”
  2. Select “Faculty Learning Communities”
  3. Select “Apply for a Grant”
  4. Select “Create a new Application”

From the drop-down arrow, select “Faculty Learning Community Participation Grant”

Follow the on-screen prompts and then select from the drop-down menu “which” Online & Hybrid Learning Community (Allendale, CHS or Pew Campus) you wish to participate in.

Please complete the online registration by September 7th so that we can send out a survey to poll the best meeting times.  If you should run into technical issues with the application process, please contact FTLC at ftlc@gvsu.edu

Learning Community questions can be directed to Kim Kenward at kenwardk@gvsu.edu

Kim Kenward & Justin Melick share “online student presentations” for Penn State Conference

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Kim Kenward, instructional designer, and Justin Melick, digital media developer, in eLearning and Emerging Technologies presented with Dr. Rosemary Cleveland, COE Faculty, presented at the 7th annual virtual conference for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

The session was held on Monday, February 15 at 11am EST via Blackboard Collaborate and their session topic was “Moving Student Presentations Online” and there were over 30 attendees from across the nation.

Session: Moving Student Presentations Online

Abstract: Our conference presentation will help faculty and instructional designers identify technology resources and assignment design considerations for supporting online student presentations. This session will also provide information on the role of student project partners to facilitate student engagement opportunities for peer review, feedback and building online community.
Presenters:
  • Kimberly Kenward, Instructional Designer, kenwardk@gvsu.edu
  • Justin Melick, Digital Media Developer, melicjus@gvsu.edu
  • Dr. Rosemary Cleveland, Education Faculty, clevelro@gvsu.edu
    Grand Valley State University

Kim Kenward has worked as an instructional designer for over eighteen years. She has taught and developed several online/hybrid educational technology courses, as well as worked as the Instruction Librarian and Library Director at various institutions. Kim is actively involved in the GVSU College of Education teacher preparation programs, specifically in the area of integrating technology into teaching and learning.

Justin Melick is a Digital Media Developer at Grand Valley where he works with faculty to create a variety of digital content for their courses. He specifically works with faculty to increase instructor presence in their online and hybrid courses and is responsible for building and pioneering the use of GVSU’s Lightboard.

Dr. Rosemary Cleveland has been a faculty member in the GVSU College of Education for fourteen years. Previous to that, she was a school administrator and a teacher for thirty-one years. Rosemary teaches in the graduate teacher certification program in both the online and in-seat format. She is passionate about teacher leadership and curriculum development.


Building community is essential in online learning! – Rosemary Cleveland
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Get started with building community in your class on day one. Here, Dr. Cleveland begins her courses with having students create an “about me” slide in Powerpoint.
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Attendees in the session shared a variety of ideas of assessment activities for students, ranging from using the discussion boards and peer review tools in the LMS, to ApprenNet, to Voicethread.
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GVSU uses Blackboard and Ensemble video for technologies to support this work.  Justin provides support to faculty and students to tackle the technical pieces. A helpful video for students gives students some tips for creating mobile video.  Here is the video:
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Screencast-O-Matic is a great tool for students to use to record the screen and share their video assessments.
For more information, please check out the presentation slides on Slideshare!

Optimizing #EdTech is #2 in EDUCAUSE’s Top 10 IT Issues

Each year, EDUCAUSE researches the trends impacting education through technology – and the role that technology plays in advancing teaching and learning in a “Top 10 IT Issues” list.

Drum roll please… this year, #2 in the Top 10 IT Issues for 2016 is…

“Optimizing Educational Technology”

With a wealth of technological resources we have at our finger tips, staying up to speed can be a challenge.  Our focus in eLearning and Emerging Technologies is to not only help to provide access to technology but to assist faculty in adopting technology tools that can help to enhance teaching and learning – to solve instructional problems and with the ultimate goal of improving student success and retention.

Optimizing Educational Technology is what eLearning and Emerging Technologies at GVSU is all about!

As shown in the chart above, the top 2 technologies in which the highest percentage of faculty desire more training are: “Online Collaboration Tools” at 61% and the “LMS” (Blackboard) at 60%.  Along these lines, the eLearning staff provides a wide array of training through seminars offered in GVSU’s Sprout system. The eLearning team also offers individual consultations to help support faculty.  In fact, a list of upcoming workshops can be found on our website.  In addition, please reach out us if we can provide assistance to you!


As indicated in the survey results, the LMS (Blackboard) continues to be an important resource for faculty and students.  In fact, when students were surveyed as part of the ECAR study at GVSU, 94% indicated that Blackboard was used in at least one of their courses, with 54% reporting that all of their classes used an LMS.

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Interested in learning more about GVSU’s student and faculty ECAR research survey results? Check out this related post:
ECAR STUDY OF STUDENTS AND TECHNOLOGY @ GVSU

 

GVSU Ranked 6th in the Nation for PBS LearningMedia Use

kenwardk_150tLooking for a way to create some interest and engagement in your course? Digital resources through PBS LearningMedia provides “Infinite Inspiration for your Classroom”… In this post, Kim Kenward, Instructional Designer in IDeL, highlights GVSU’s work with WGVU and PBS LearningMedia.


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Did you know that GVSU is currently ranked sixth in the entire nation for most usage and “hits” on PBS Learning Media?  Based on usage by faculty and students, our use of the video resources has been recognized by PBS!

If you haven’t explored this amazing online resource, this innovative tool provides an amazing wealth of “free” media resources, thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources, and professional development opportunities.  

You can search for resources and embed them easily in your Blackboard coursesite! Each resource has a recommended grade level and includes educational standards information. Here is an example:

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Interested in searching for course videos or digital resources?  You can get started today by registering and creating your account at: http://wgvu.pbslearningmedia.org

In addition, if you would like more information, you contact Mike Fillman (fillmanm@gvsu.edu), WGVU Education Coordinator, with any questions, trainings or assistance you may need with using PBS LearningMedia.  

Look for Mike Fillman at our 15th Annual Teaching & Learning with Technology Symposium that will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.