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):


Engage with Emerging Technologies in the Showcase

Have you been to the Atomic Object Technology Showcase (room 012 atrium level) in the new library on the GVSU Allendale campus?  Have your students? If not, we invite you!

We have more emerging technologies in the showcase than you can shake-a-stick-at!

Google Glass @ GVSU

Google Glass, Oculus Rift, 3D Printing and more is available to check out in the showcase! Faculty, staff, and students can drop by anytime the showcase is OPEN. Fall 2015 hours are 10-9 Monday through Thursday and Friday 11-5.


The showcase has over 27 technologies that are available to faculty to check out for a temporary basis. FREE 3D printing is also available to faculty and students.


In the past 2 years, the showcase has hosted a series of class visits from courses such as: CIS 150, EDR 321, COM 495, Kendall College of Art and Design / Introduction to Design, and more!

Some faculty have assigned projects too, based on the tech in the showcase such as a required blog post in Blackboard, tweeting about their experience with a hashtag, etc.


The goal of the showcase is to expand the reach of technology – and to transform the educational experience at GVSU, while focusing on student success.  One example of a technology that has escaped the showcase is Swivl. This technology has enabled the College of Education to offer a unique option for classroom observations.  Check out this case study!

EDUCAUSE Review Article

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons and drop by the showcase today!