Technology Showcase

ELI Key Issues in Teaching and Learning

keyissues2019ELIRecently, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative released the 2019 “Key Issues in Teaching and Learning“.

Each year, ELI surveys the higher education community to determine key issues and opportunities in postsecondary teaching and learning. These key issues serve as the framework, or focal points, for our discussions and programming throughout the coming year.

More than 1,400 community members voted, and the following were identified as the 2019 Key Issues.

This blog post captures the highlights from the ELI’s 2019 Key Issues with alignment and connection to the work of the eLearning and Emerging Technologies team at GVSU.

 


1 – Faculty Development & Engagement

ELI1The eLearning and Emerging Technologies team at GVSU is on mission to engage with faculty and to “Support faculty pursuing innovation in teaching and learning…”

Innovation in teaching and learning happens when technology is creatively applied to craft active learning techniques that help students most efficiently achieve learning objectives.

The following facets of the eLearning team provide effective faculty development at GVSU:

From a professional development perspective, the eLearning team offers: consultations and coaching, on demand support, seminars and workshops, a teaching and technology podcast, tips for teaching with technology, faculty learning communities, video “TECHBytes”, and a “Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium” that has been held for 18 years.

2 – Online & Blending Learning

ELI2Distance education continues to grow at GVSU with a +25% increase in enrollment in online/hybrid classes since 2017.  With over 5,000 student enrollments in the Fall 2018 semester, just over 17% of all students are taking at least 1 online or hybrid course.

To support distance education initiatives, eLearning and Emerging Technologies has trained over 250 faculty to teach online/hybrid classes in the past year through the Foundations of Online and Hybrid Course Development and Delivery course.

As one of the most desired professional development opportunities, the “Foundations of Online and Hybrid Course Development and Delivery” workshop  is a required training for all faculty that teach an online or a hybrid class at GVSU. As part of this professional development, Blackboard competencies are also required.

As faculty begin to engage with online and blended learning, and construct courses to serve remote learners, the skills and techniques learned also provide extensive benefits to on-campus students as well.

3 – Instructional & Learning Experience Design

ELI3Through the IDeL group of instructional designers, the eLearning team facilitates faculty learning communities on the topic of online teaching and learning, enhancing the skills of faculty. The instructional designers have also established TIP (theory into practice) sheets, offering guidance to faculty in the use of student feedback to help shape and improve teaching.

The eLearning team also hosts regular weekly open office hours to connect directly with faculty, enabling opportunities to focus on learning experience design by leveraging technology.

Finally, each year, the eLearning team organizes the Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium to provide a venue to showcase unique innovative pedagogical approaches based on peer experience in delivering high quality courses.

4 – Digital & Information Literacy

ELI4GVSU has established opportunities for students to build literacy and fluency as it relates to the use of everything digital. The eLearning team supports equipping the digital literacy of students and the campus community by offering a variety of enterprise applications and services.

The eLearning Digital Studio maintains a vast project list that provides great breadth and depth of leveraging to technology that contributes to dialogue around 21st century literacy skills for students.

Virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, and a wide array of other emerging technologies are provided to students through the Atomic Object Technology Showcase.

Further, the eLearning team is looking into the future by working collaboratively to establish more support for student-based digital media creation at GVSU through a potential “Digital Media Center“.

5 – Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

ELI5Diversity, equity, and inclusion is “built-in to the DNA” at GVSU through the university’s vision:  “GVSU demonstrates its commitment to providing an inclusive learning environment where all students can explore new directions, find their niches, and develop skills for life and productive careers.”

The eLearning team focuses on supporting inclusive education through accessibility and UDL by equipping faculty. Blackboard Ally was adopted and put into production at GVSU in the summer of 2018 to:  generate awareness, build capacity, and increase institutional oversight of accessibility.

In addition, Panopto was implemented to provide video caption capability for faculty who are using instructional video content in their teaching. Both Ally and Panopto support the principles of inclusive education through accessibility and UDL.

6 – Competency and New Methods of Assessment

ELI6eLearning facilitated the implementation of open badges for faculty professional development in partnership with the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center and University Libraries at GVSU.  In fact, the first badge awarded at GVSU was eLearning and Emerging Technologies’s “#EdTech Summer Teaching Institute” badge. Further, 7 badges are currently offered by eLearning, including 4 Blackboard badges, a digital media badge, and a badge for the successful completion of Foundations of Online and Hybrid Course Development and Delivery.

GVSU also offers a variety of credit and non-credit student badges such as mobile computing, data analytics, and cybersecurity.

7 – Learning Analytics

ELI7Taking advantage of “big” data and “small” data through analytics offers many opportunities.

BIG data, meaning the large scale and mass amounts of data that can inform strategic decisions. Also, SMALL data in the use of course level information about students and their levels of engagement in their courses. Solutions that include early alert, intervention, and that provide student insights empower faculty and advisors with unique capabilities in the support of early alert to improve student retention.

Applications such as Starfish Retention Solutions and Blackboard Predict provide capabilities to inform faculty and advisors with students at-risk through early alert, and also at the individual instructor level through in course tools such as the Blackboard Retention Center.

Notable also is “Clicks, Grades, Engagement, and Student Success” whereby, Blackboard has provided research in how successful students are using learning management system tools based on learning analytics.

“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.”

8 – Open Education

ELI8GVSU has been involved in the open education resources (OER) movement for many years, and most recently has seen a growth in the adoption and use of #OER in teaching and learning. For example, there have been several adoptions of OpenStax textbooks in Chemistry and Mathematics and a new interdisciplinary team lead by the university’s library is helping to coordinate resources and raise awareness.

In fact, GVSU has been participating with the K-12 community through the #GOOPEN initiative as part of the US Department of Education’s goal to encourage states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning. GVSU joined the K-12 #GOOPEN initiative in January last year.

Further, there has been activity across the state for several years, and one recent example is the #MIOERSummit, which brought together faculty across the state with the goal of improving student success through the use and adoption of OER. At GVSU, students have saved over $480,000 in textbook costs, with 3000+ course sections each semester that require no paper textbook.

9 – Evaluating Instructional & Learning Innovations

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Gathering data to inform decision making enables measurement and supports continuous quality improvement.

The eLearning team has used surveys to gather improvement recommendations for the Foundations of Online and Hybrid Course Design and Development course, Blackboard, and also the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research survey of faculty and students and their attitudes and use of technology in education.

10 – Academic Transformation

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The eLearning team aligns with GVSU’s 2021 Strategic Plan in the following areas that support academic transformation and innovative faculty development and strategic academic transformation:

Institutional outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 1.D.2: At least 93% of faculty members regularly use electronic course management tools, such as Blackboard, in their teaching.

Objective 3.D.2: At least 30% of undergraduate courses are offered in innovative approaches and formats, such as hybrid, online and competency-oriented.

Objective 3.D.3: At least 30% of graduate courses are offered in innovative approaches and such as hybrid, online and competency-oriented.

Objective 4.D.1: Effective technologies are integrated into every function and structure across the institution.

As part of the eLearning team’s work toward academic transformation, the latest emerging technologies are a focus of the Atomic Object Technology Showcase. The mission of the showcase is to provide faculty, staff, and students with an immersive and engaging environment to: interactdiscoverlearn, and share how innovative emerging technologies can enhance teaching and improve student learning at GVSU. With over 40 emerging technology exhibits that include virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D printing and makerspace, the showcase is an outstanding and very unique example of education, technology, and innovation.


See also: “EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative ‘2018 Key Issues’ Meet the Initiatives in eLearning at GVSU

 

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Technology Showcase brings ideas to life with 3D Printing

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Sam Krepel – Emerging Technology Specialist Student Assistant and Team Leader

This post by Sam Krepel, Emerging Technology Specialist Student Assistant and Team Leader, in the Atomic Object Technology Showcase.

The showcase has been able to provide an indispensable 3D printing service to the body of Grand Valley students, faculty, and staff. While we have been able to provide people with personal projects, like soap dishes and GV logos, we also have been able to enliven the academic environment.

One of the projects that we have printed for faculty are cloud formations that were made for the Skywarn meteorologist training. They have been used by participants of the training that are visually impaired.

 

Along with the skywarn prints, we have printed numerous prototypes for MKT 370 –  New Product Development classes. The classes are focused on new, innovative ideas, and finding ways to take their conceptual ideas, and make them physically. Some of the ideas that we’ve 3D printed are pet-based ball launchers, adjustable phone stands, and knitting yarn bowls!

Another academic project that we’ve been able to help has been an intermediate engineering class that are working with mini computers called Arduinos. The students were tasked with using CAD software to create a housing unit for the mini computers. By using the CAD software, the students were then able to export their designs to be 3D printed and see their design come to fruition.

The mission of the showcase’s resources, such as our 3D printers, is to provide a way for people to understand how creative technology can provide an innovative and engaging academic environment.


Learn more about 3D printing at GVSU on the Atomic Object Technology Showcase Makerspace web page.

Students Benefit from Emerging Technology in the Showcase at GVSU

Recently, an article entitled: “Students Benefit from Exposure to Emerging Tech” in EdTEch magazine featured a report by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analytics and Research.

In this report, benefits were demonstrated for students who have access to emerging technology for experimentation, encouraging interdisciplinary work, and to remove barriers of access to improve digital fluency.

“Increasing student access to 3D technologies … encourages student experimentation, provokes innovative interdisciplinary applications of these technologies and may support larger institutional XR goals and initiatives,” the report states. “Limited or no access to these expensive emerging technologies, especially based on student major, may exacerbate existing or produce patterns of digital exclusion among students at U.S. institutions.” – EdTech Magazine “Students Benefit from Exposure to Emerging Tech

Most noteworthy is that less than 4% of students have access to virtual reality and 3D printing. Further, the report encourages “…universities to invest in emerging tools for public spaces like libraries, makerspaces, computer labs or active-learning facilities.”

This is precisely where the Atomic Object Technology Showcase comes in at GVSU. Located in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, the showcase  provides faculty, staff, and students with an immersive and engaging environment to: interactdiscoverlearn, and share how innovative emerging technologies can enhance teaching and improve student learning at GVSU.

Since August of 2015, the showcase at GVSU has exhibited over 40 different technologies, supported over 700 3D printing submissions, used 11 miles of 3D filament, and has had over 65,000 visitors.

The showcase highlights a variety of technologies including:  wearable computing, augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing, and smart speakers, to name a few. Further, the eLearning and Emerging Technologies team is beginning to engaged with faculty around supporting the use of 360 degree video and virtual reality applications. In fact, Hunter Bridwell, digital media developer, has supported students (ART 394 – Interactive Studio) and faculty (Biomedical Sciences) in their use of the Microsoft HoloLens for teaching and learning, including a unique augmented reality vision loss application for medical education.

Learn more about the showcase at GVSU!

Hunter Bridwell and Eric Kunnen visit Atomic Object

On Friday, October 12, Hunter Bridwell, digital media developer, and Eric Kunnen, associate director of eLearning visited Atomic ObjectJeff Williams, managing partner at Atomic Object took Hunter and Eric through their offices. Atomic Object is a local custom software application company with offices in Grand Rapids and Detroit. The staff of Atomic Object provided donations during the construction of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons to help establish the Atomic Object Technology Showcase.

During their visit, a variety of topics were discussed including the growth and value of the Atomic Object Technology Showcase at GVSU, the Atomic Accelerator program for recent student graduates, agile software development, scrum processes, design thinking, user interface design, and learning about how Atomic Object works with clients.

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Pictured left to right: Hunter Bridwell, Eric Kunnen, and Jeff Williams

Technology Showcase Celebrates 5 Years of Emerging Technology at GVSU

REFLECT | REMEMBER | CELEBRATE | INNOVATE

On Friday, September 14, the eLearning and Emerging Technologies team in Information Technology, along with staff from the University Libraries celebrated the opening of the Atomic Object Technology Showcase 5 years ago.  The event provided an opportunity to reflect back, remember the past, and to celebrate achievements and success, while also allowing room to innovate and to pioneer the future together!

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Photo of an empty room with no chairs, tables, and white walls.The journey began on August 1, 2013 in a small empty room in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.  This empty room quickly became a distinctive initiative of the Information Technology department, University Libraries, and GVSU itself. Transitioning from an empty room into an exciting space, the showcase is full of over 35+ emerging and innovative technologies that intersect with teaching and learning. Since being open, over 62,000 visitors (and counting) have experienced the mission of the showcase which is:

“To provide faculty, staff, and students with an immersive and engaging environment to:  interact, discover, learn, and share how innovative emerging technologies can enhance teaching and improve student learning at GVSU.”

Over 250 visits were tracked during the 3 hour 5 Year Celebration Open House and attendees experimented with emerging technologies, entered a prize drawing, and enjoyed snacks and conversations.

Here are a few highlights of the celebration!

  • Atomic Object Visit – Staff from Atomic Object, a software design and development company in Grand Rapids, visited the showcase.
Photo of staff from Atomic Object and eLearning and Emerging Technologies

Mike Marsiglia and Jeff Williams from Atomic Object are pictured with Eric Kunnen and Hunter Bridwell from eLearning and Emerging Technologies

  • Photos from Event – Visitors and guests enjoyed an open house full of emerging technology, prizes, #edtech conversations, and refreshments. Visitors could also view our birthday cake in augmented reality through the Microsoft HoloLens which was baked, 3D scanned, and placed into a hologram by our own and very skilled digital media developer, Hunter Bridwell!

A Technology Showcase thank you to all of the students, faculty, and staff
that celebrated our 5 year open house with us!

Photo of the room of the technology showcase with 3 banners hanging in the window saying technology, innovation, education.

Technology Showcase Celebrates 5 Years of Education, Technology, and Innovation @GVSU

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The Atomic Object TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE is 5 YEARS old! Come to our 5 YEAR CELEBRATION OPEN HOUSE on Friday, September 14, 3 – 6 PM.

As part of the eLearning and Emerging Technologies department, the Atomic Object Technology Showcase has been focused at the intersection of education, technology and innovation. In celebration of 5 years of the showcase being open, we are hosting a 5 YEAR CELEBRATION OPEN HOUSE on Friday, September 14, from 3 to 6 PM.

Join us to remember the past – and to pioneer the future together…

WHAT – 5 Year Celebration Open House

WHEN – Friday, September 14 , 3 – 6 PM

WHERE – Atomic Object Technology Showcase @GVSU

RSVP

ACCESS EVENT PAGE

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Online Learning Vital to our Students

On Friday, August 24, GVSU President Haas provided the campus with an inspiring lecture for the opening semester faculty/staff address. Focusing on the topics of stewardship, leadership, and innovation, the address also highlighted flexible learning options that meet students’ needs, including online learning while also mentioning the importance of high touch practices through high tech methods.

The eLearning and Emerging Technologies team at GVSU supports the work of the university in advancing online learning as well as leveraging technology to provide high touch – high tech methods.

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“We must be responsible to the changing needs of our students… online learning becomes more vital to our students… we will not lose our high touch practices as we smartly utilize high tech methods.” – GVSU President Haas

eLearning is on mission and is:

…dedicated to supporting faculty, contributing to teaching excellence, and enhancing student success through:

  • exemplary instructional design
  • effective application and integration of instructional technologies
  • interactive digital media development
  • administration and enhancement of the university’s enterprise learning management system (Blackboard)
  • the deployment of innovative emerging technologies

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The eLearning team provides integral support to faculty and the university in the 2021 Strategic Plan around the following areas:

Strategic Priority 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Institutional outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 3.D.2: At least 30% of undergraduate courses are offered in innovative approaches and formats, such as hybrid, online and competency-oriented. Baseline for undergraduate courses for Fall 2014 is 6%.

Objective 3.D.3: At least 30% of graduate courses are offered in innovative approaches and such as hybrid, online and competency-oriented. Baseline for graduate courses for Fall 2014 is 25%.

Specifically, instructional designers in the IDeL group have a goal to develop confident and competent faculty, prepared to teach in blended and fully online learning environments, who are able to integrate technology in a way that is learner-centered and pedagogically sound.

High Touch – High Tech

In addition, the Atomic Object Technology Showcase provides key resources for high tech emerging technologies, while the Digital Studio supports faculty in the creation of interactive and engaging media. Further, the eLearning team encourages the use of a wide array of instructional technologies to increase instructor presence and support communication and collaboration opportunities for students and faculty.


If you are a faculty member at GVSU, please know that we are here for you. eLearning and Emerging Technologies offers key support and services such as: