Technology Showcase

Article in Rapid Growth features eLearning Team and Showcase

Rapid Growth has a series running on the topic of technology and education. In an article written on March 16, 2017, author Matthew Russell highlights a variety of innovative ideas and happenings from around West Michigan.

The article entitled “From virtual reality to online libraries, how technology is revolutionizing education in GR” highlights the work of the eLearning and Emerging Technologies team as well as the Atomic Object Technology Showcase.

Explorative spaces installed at Grand Valley State University will help older students test and build the devices that tomorrow’s learning environments may rely on.


Atomic Object Technology Showcase – An immersive and engaging space for faculty and students to interact, discover, learn, and share how technology can transform teaching and learning.

“We have a lot of different drop-in space for students and faculty to experiment and play around with technology, to imagine what it would look like if we used these in teaching, and how it would make us more effective. The ultimate purpose is to solve instructional problems to meet students needs so that they’re successful.

Read the Full Article on Rapid Growth Media


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.

Showcase Participates in Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire

Tminimakerfairehe Atomic Object Technology Showcase located in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) participated in the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire which was held August 20-21, 2016. The Maker Faire was held at the the Grand Rapids Public Museum  and the John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering on the downtown campus of GVSU.

What is the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire?

“Maker Faire combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering capitalizing on the Maker movement for something entirely new.  Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, local food, and educational installations.”

Learn more about the Maker Faire

The showcase brought a variety of innovative #EdTech gadgets that included the following:

Look for us at next year’s Maker Faire, or stop by the showcase for a visit at GVSU!

Here are a few fun photos from this year’s event with Paul Wilson and Thomas Jackson, who are student Emerging Technology Specialists in the showcase!



Showcase highlighted on myCOLLEGE PLANNING Blog

In July, the Atomic Object Technology Showcase at Grand Valley State University was highlighted in a blog post by myCOLLEGE PLANNING TEAM in a post entitled: “Grand Valley’s Technology Showcase Aims to Improve Learning by Putting the Latest Gadgets into the Hands of Faculty,Students“.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

The Grand Valley State University Technology Showcase in Allendale, Mich., is offering opportunities for students and teachers to learn in new ways. Prominently situated within the school’s library, the 3-year- old Technology Showcase is less of a place to gawk at the latest gadgets and more of a hands-on lab where students and faculty can discover how to integrate technology and education—or even check out products for free for use on school projects or lesson plans. We talked to Grand Valley’s Eric Kunnen, associate director of eLearning and emerging technologies, about the Technology Showcase and its role in changing education.

MCPT: What is the goal of the Technology Showcase?

Kunnen: The ultimate goal is to bring about new and innovative or emerging technologies that students and faculty can interact with, that they can discover, that they can learn about. And then they can also share how they are using technology to enhance teaching and learning. It’s a drop-in space, primarily, where faculty and students can interact with these new technologies.

Read the full interview with Eric Kunnen, Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies, and Tina Kapinos from MCPT, on the myCOLLEGE PLANNING TEAM Blog.


Technology Showcase talks Making as Learning in K12 Workshop

makingaslearning_workshop2016The Atomic Object Technology Showcase at Grand Valley State University participated in the “Making as Learning: A Three Day Workshop” from August 2-4 that was held at Coopersville High School. This workshop was sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Information’s Making in Michigan Libraries Project.

Here is the session description from the workshop:

“The showcase at GVSU provides 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.  As part of the showcase, the university provides makerspace resources to encourage faculty and students to think differently about the possibilities of using technology. In this session, participants will learn about the showcase, experience video in 360 degrees, and learn about success stories in leveraging emerging technology at GVSU.”

Justin Melick, Digital Media Developer in eLearning and Emerging Technologies and Paul Wilson, Emerging Technologies Specialist in the Atomic Object Technology Showcase provided an overview of the showcase and the making solutions that are offered to faculty and students.  In addition, they demonstrated Microsoft HoloLens as well as 360 camera technology.


GVSU and MSU Collaborate in ThinkIn Event

UPDATE: MSU posted a recording of the ThinkIn Event on the MSU Hub Blog. Check it out!

“Serendipitous Learning Potential Through Intentionally Designed Learning Spaces”
MSU Hub January ThinkIn


On Wednesday, the Atomic Object Technology Showcase and the MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology join forces to collaborate, connect, and share how intentionally designed learning spaces can promote and prompt serendipitous learning opportunities.

In short, the purpose of the “MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology ThinkIn” is to connect with innovative people and projects “in-the-space”.  For the January ThinkIn, the focus is on the following topic: “Serendipitous Learning Potential Through Intentionally Designed Learning Spaces”.

During the live meetup, conversations will be focused on:  makerspaces, the showcase, and the benefits of having the #edtech resources for students and faculty – to prompt serendipitous learning.  MSU will also provide information about a variety of innovative and collaborative spaces such as the Hive and the Hatch.

During the conversation, the following questions will be discussed:

  1. What is the technology showcase at GVSU?
    • What were the original intended outcomes of the technology showcase?
    • How have those outcomes changed over time?
    • What affordances did the space bring that weren’t even anticipated?
    • What challenges came with the space that weren’t expected?
  2. What is the “Knowledge Market” in the new Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons?
  3. Where does learning occur on the college campus?
  4. What spaces help to encourage conversation and dialogue?
  5. What events bring people together?
  6. What is your definition of a makerspace?
  7. Why is a makerspace important to college campuses?

More details for the 1/27/16 ThinkIn can be found on the MSU Hub Facebook Page. 

Showcase @GVSU makes @EDUCAUSELI @NMCorg Horizon Report Video Competition

showcaseNMCvideoAn Atomic Object Technology Showcase video (produced by the Digital Studio in eLearning and Emerging Technologies) made it to the ELI NMC Horizon Report Video Competition!

Located in room 012 of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, the showcase at Grand Valley State University is on mission to accelerate the topic of emerging technologies and their use in teaching and learning. Be sure to visit the showcase to see and interact with the latest technologies including: 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, wearable and gesture computing, and more!

Each year, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative joins forces with the New Media Consortium to prepare a report that highlights the latest in trends in #EdTech.

The 2016 Higher Education Preview is now available and it highlights the following emerging technologies across 3 adoption trend time frames (view full report – PDF):