The Call for Proposals is now available for the ETOM 2019 Fall Conference!
Held every year in the Fall, this event focuses on best practices in using technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Grand Valley State University
Russel H. Kirkhof Center
1 Campus Drive, Allendale, Michigan 49401
Friday, November 8, 2019
“Active Teaching – Active Learning!” is the conference theme and the event will focus on strategies to make the teaching/learning process more dynamic and interactive – from furniture and room configuration to synchronous and online strategies.
Sessions will address ways to promote active learning in both an online format as well as within the campus classroom.
You are invited to share your active teaching and learning strategies by submitting a proposal to present. Conference breakout sessions are 60 minutes (including time for questions).
To submit a proposal, go to the ETOM conference page at:
The deadline for proposals is September 13, 2019.
Also be sure to follow ETOM on social media (@ETOMConnect) for the latest updates!
Recently, on June 10 and 11, Eric Kunnen, Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies attended the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) Summer Retreat. This event was held at the Kettunen Center in Tustin, Michigan.
Bringing together distance learning administrators, staff, faculty, and instructional designers, this retreat focused on online learning as it meets the Higher Learning Commission accreditation from the view of 2 reviewers, Dr. Karen Solomon, Vice President for Accreditation Relations of the Higher Learning Commission and Dr. Marius Boboc, Professor of Education and Vice Provost for Academic Planning at Cleveland State University. Dr. Solomon and Dr. Boboc presented HLC/C-RAC distance learning guidelines and what reviewers look for from an evidence perspective.
The ETOM Summer Retreat is always a great opportunity to meet with other institutions around the topic of distance education, compare notes around the campfire and share best practices.
[Photo by Carl Weckerle, Director, Instructional Technology & Online Learning, Macomb Community College]
This year, Eric was elected ETOM President of the Executive Board with the passing of the ETOM hat and Kettunen Center “bell”.
Eric also captured some highlights on his #EdTech with Eric blog post entitled: “#ETOM19 – Evaluating Distance Education: Are you ready?”
Connected most directly to the work of the eLearning and Emerging Technologies team at GVSU are the following C-RAC Distance Education Guidelines:
- Online learning is appropriate to the institution’s mission and purpose.
- Sample Evidence: Distance ed is mentioned in mission and/or goals, institutional goals are mentioned in distance documents, distance ed fits within the mission.
- Curricula for the institution’s online learning offerings are coherent, cohesive, and comparable in academic rigor to programs offered in traditional instructional formats.
- Sample Evidence: Program descriptions and course syllabi, enrollment cap policies, benchmark online curricula with f2f programs and courses, interaction between students and faculty facilitated within the LMS and evidence to show it occurs.
- Faculty responsible for delivering the online learning curricula and evaluating the students’ success in achieving the online learning goals are appropriately qualified and effectively supported.
- Sample Evidence: Personal data and vitaes for all faculty paired with programs, faculty training and evaluation, faculty and program handbooks, list of technical and pedagogical training provided with dates and attendance/completion data, faculty evaluation data.
- The institution provides effective student and academic services to support students enrolled in online learning offerings.
- Sample Evidence: Technical support hours listed/accessible on the web, readiness quiz and orientation for online students, websites for online access to financial aid, registration, library resources, tutoring, career counseling, etc., student complaint process clearly defined on syllabi, marketing material and websites.
- The institution assures the integrity of its online learning offerings.
- Sample Evidence: Institutional policies on academic integrity explicitly referencing online learning, academic integrity is part of online student orientation, faculty training on academic integrity and pedagogical ways to reduce cheating, academic integrity is addressed in syllabi, student verification and authentication.
See you next year for another amazing retreat!
Can’t wait that long?
Join us at the ETOM Fall Conference, hosted by GVSU on November 8, 2019!