From getting started to advanced technology integration into teaching, the eLearning team is here for you! We have expertise in instructional design through the IDeL team, creative multimedia production authoring capabilities through the Digital Studio, instructional technology support and course management solutions such as Blackboard, and a wide array of innovative emerging technologies in the Atomic Object Technology Showcase.
Here is a top 10 list of #EdTech resources available through eLearning and Emerging Technologies (gvsu.edu/elearn) at GVSU.
IDeL – Instructional Design for eLearning (gvsu.edu/idel)
- Instructional Design Expertise and Support
Looking for help in designing high quality instruction by leveraging technology? The IDeL team includes three instructional designers (Glenna Decker, Kim Kenward, Matt Roberts) and one digital media developer (Justin Melick) who have assisted faculty in online/hybrid course development and taught online or hybrid courses for over twenty years. Individual consultations are available, and the IDeL team provides seminars and web-based resources to support faculty in their work to best leverage technology for teaching and to design high quality media-rich online/hybrid instruction.
- Foundations for Online/Hybrid Course Development
Learn how to build the next generation of teaching and learning and become certified to teach an online or hybrid course at GVSU. The IDeL team facilitates the Foundations course that is designed to help you prepare, design, and teach an online or hybrid course. While technology tools are used, the focus of this course is on instructional design and the conversion of materials for the online environment. Foundations is offered throughout the year.
- Faculty Learning Communities (Formerly Teaching Circles)
One of the best ways to get plugged in with distance learning at GVSU is to join a faculty learning community. Working through the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (FTLC), the IDeL team facilitates monthly university-wide teaching circles on the subject of online and hybrid instruction. Faculty are encouraged to join one of the communities to make connections and to find additional support and resources!
Digital Studio (gvsu.edu/elearn/ds)
- Multimedia and Digital Media Development
Media-rich instruction can help solve instructional problems, enhance learning, and support student success. The Digital Studio, through the leadership of Vince St. Germain, eLearning and Instructional Technology Specialist, and Justin Melick, Digital Media Developer, seeks to promote the creation of digital learning experiences by providing consulting services, project development, and technology exploration for GVSU faculty and staff. Services are provided to faculty to assist in converting materials for online use, as well as to create custom interactive media elements that engage students.
One of the newest instructional technologies at GVSU is the Lightboard. This exciting technology was custom built by Justin Melick, Digtial Media Developer, and it combines a whiteboard-like experience with visibility of the instructor for highly engaging lectures. Lightboard videos can be easily integrated into Blackboard and placed online.
Atomic Object Technology Showcase (gvsu.edu/techshowcase)
- Innovative Emerging Technology
Interested in learning more about virtual or augmented reality, 3D printing, gesture computing, mobile and wearable computing, and telepresence? Located in room 012 of the Atrium in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, the showcase 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. Check out the latest in #EdTech in the showcase!
Instructional Technology and Blackboard (gvsu.edu/elearn/help)
- Teaching and Learning with Blackboard
Looking to save time, increase your efficiency and effectiveness, better communicate with your students, easily share content, and provide timely feedback to students? One of the best ways to engage with students outside of the classroom is through Blackboard. In fact, in the Winter 2016 semester, more than 1,400 faculty and 23,000 students accessed the system. The eLearning team of instructional technologists (Vince St. Germain and Sherry Barricklow) and Blackboard specialists and systems analysts (Katie Clark and Colleen Cameron) provide support to faculty in individual consultations, seminars, email support, and web resources.
- Teaching with Technology
One of the best ways to contribute to student success and to increase effectiveness and efficiency is to take advantage of technology to solve instructional problems and create engaging teaching resources. Sherry Barricklow, eLearning and Instructional Technology Specialist, Graduate Assistants, and the eLearning team have assembled a wide array of resources that can be used in teaching such as: Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate, Ensemble, TechSmith Relay, and much more.
Get Plugged In
Not sure where to start? Let us help you! We offer individual consultations, email support, and training opportunities through a wide array of seminars. These are available through the Sprout system and are also listed on our eLearning web site.
- Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium
One of the best ways to enhance your teaching and determine the impact of teaching and learning with technology is to look for examples and to learn from others. There is no better place for this than the annual symposium. This event brings together faculty from across the campus to share how they are using technology to advance their teaching and improve student learning.