Record Numbers of Faculty attend eLearning Seminars and Professional Development Sessions

As Grand Valley State University continues to respond to COVID-19, engage students in quality remote teaching, and in the work to better prepare for Fall 2020, the eLearning team is here to help!

[See also increases in the use of Blackboard, Ally, Collaborate, Panopto, and Respondus during GVSU’s pivot to remote teaching.]

eLearning June Seminar HandoutIn May and June, the eLearning and Emerging Technologies team offered over 40 faculty professional development sessions on a wide array of topics, including: leveraging the Blackboard learning management system, meeting students LIVE with Blackboard Collaborate, monitoring accessibility with Blackboard Ally, tips for time management in online/hybrid courses, building online learning communities, creating video with Panopto and much more!

[View the June Seminar Handout]

During this time, there were over 1,471 faculty registrations. This is a record number of faculty attending the spring seminars! All seminars were offered LIVE via Blackboard Collaborate.

Here were the 10 most popular sessions (by total faculty registrations) offered by eLearning and Emerging Technologies:

  • #1 = Foundations of Online and Hybrid Course Development and Delivery (205)
  • #2 = Blackboard Learn (179)
  • #3 = Blackboard Collaborate (141)
  • #4 = I wish I’d known Blackboard could do That (133)
  • #5 = Panopto (131)
  • #6 = Introduction to Flipgrid (101)
  • #7 = Lights, Camera, Action (79)
  • #8 = Creating and Facilitating Grading in the Blackboard Discussion Board (78)
  • #9 = Essential Time Management for Online/Hybrid Instructors (73)
  • #10 = Tips for Building and Maintaining Instructor Presence (70)

We’re here to help!

Missed a session? No problem!

We can meet with you individually, you can browse our self-help resources, and you can connect with us electronically, head on over to our eLearning and Emerging Technologies Web Site.

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The SPRING TECH EXPO Seminars are here!

springtechexpologoAll month long in May, GVSU’s eLearning and Emerging Technologies team will be highlighting a variety of tools and pedagogical approaches to support online/hybrid and in-seat courses in our SPRING TECH EXPO Seminars.

Our faculty professional development seminars are the perfect opportunity to get some new ideas, tips, and insights on key issues related to teaching.

Workshop subjects include: everything Blackboard, getting started with using interactive rubrics and the Grade Center, formative assessment strategies, assessing and creating student video assignments with Panopto, discussion board best practices, improving the ADA accessibility of your courses with Ally, integrating Google into Blackboard, live videoconferencing with Collaborate, and much more!

Please register in Sprout at GVSU for seminars and visit the SPRING TECH EXPO Calendar to learn about what sessions are offered!

‘Spring Fling Seminars’ Encourage Innovative Ideas for Teaching

Join us for FREE learning and FREE lunch this May!
The eLearning and Emerging Technologies team has prepared 26 sessions focused on innovative technologies that can be leveraged in teaching to support student success and retention.



Join us and your colleagues to reimagine education through the application of #edtech in teaching and learning!

Spring Fling Seminar Calendar

Winter Seminars from eLearning

The eLearning team is here to support faculty pursuing innovation in teaching and learning!


We have a variety of sessions designed to help you best leverage technology in your teaching. View our Winter 2017 Workshops brochure for a complete list of sessions.

Here are just a few of the topics covered in the Winter semester seminars:

  • Blackboard Essentials, Grade Center, Assessments, SafeAssign, and Collaborate Ultra
  • Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development
  • Introduction to Camtasia 9
  • Engaging Learning through Online Discussion
  • How to Edit and Manipulate Digital Images
  • and more!

Can’t make it to a seminar? No problem! Please feel free to reach out to the eLearning team for help or assistance in best leveraging technology in teaching.

Here is to a wonderful start of the Winter semester!