Technology Showcase

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.

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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.
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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

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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

Online Learning

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:

 

 

 

 

eLearning and Technology Showcase participates in Fall Teaching Conference

The eLearning and Emerging Technologies team, along with student Emerging Technology Specialists from the Atomic Object Technology Showcase participated in the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center resource fair, which was part of the Fall Teaching Conference.

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Ron and Sam, student Emerging Technology Specialists from the Atomic Object Technology Showcase brought innovative emerging technologies to demo for faculty attending the Fall Teaching Conference at GVSU.

On Wednesday, August 22, around 250-300 faculty arrived at the Eberhard Center to participate in the 24th Annual Fall Conference on Teaching & Learning. This year’s focus was on the importance of storytelling.

How are GVSU faculty, staff and students telling our stories of purpose, transformation, innovation, and accomplishment? This year’s Fall Conference theme was chosen with the intent of shedding light on the powerful stories we all have to tell and providing a space where we can reflect on the ways in which we use narrative in our teaching. Whether analog or digital, oral or written, the crafting of impactful stories requires intentionality, skill, and practice – hence, the focus of this event.

At this event, and throughout the morning and over lunch, faculty attendees had the opportunity to engage with a variety of departments offering services and support to faculty. GVSU’s eLearning and Emerging Technologies team provided demonstrations of emerging technology through the showcase, while highlighting the resources offered through the IDeL, Digital Studio, and support for using #edtech in teaching at the university.

If you missed seeing us at the event, here are some key support and services that are provided by the eLearning team: