It's a Wrap!
We've closed the doors on our 14th annual Teaching & Learning with Technology Symposium. On Wednesday March 11th, faculty from across the University came to showcase the work they've been doing with technology. Making this year's event even more special was a morning meeting of the Michigan Blackboard Users' Group, and an afternoon keynote address by Derek Bruff, from Vanderbilt University.
The weather is turning warm and the beach may be calling, but don't forget that fall is coming sooner than we'd like. Stay tuned for the wide range of training workshops that we'll offer to help improve your knowledge, skills, and comfort with the use of technology.
Can't fit a workshop into your schedule? We would be more than happy to plan a special training event right inside your department. For more information and workshop options, please visit our Workshops on Demand page.
Interested in teaching an online or hybrid course? Check out the coming dates for our Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development and Delivery workshop.
Need professional development opportunities that better fit your schedule? Consider the Sloan-C workshops (sponsored by IT and the Pew FTLC). Or are you looking to become more experienced with Blackboard? Take a look at additional Blackboard training opportunities.
Blackboard Exemplary Course Winner
Congratulations go out to Szymon Machajewski, an affiliate faculty member in the School of Computing & Information Systems. who won a Blackboard Catalyst Award for his course "Introduction to Telecommunications." Machajewski previously received a 2011 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Innovative Development.
Blackboard Exemplary Course Winner
The IDeL team would like to extend congratulations to Julia VanderMolen. An assistant professor in Allied Health Sciences, Dr. VanderMolen was recently awarded a Blackboard Exemplary Course Award for her Issues in Health Professions course. This award builds on her existing reputation for excellence—she was previously given a Blackboard Exemplary Course Award in 2012.
How Do I Start?
Are you interested in teaching a hybrid or an online course? To learn more about the process involved in proposing courses, please visit the website for the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center. To learn how to become an approved online or hybrid instructor, please visit the webpage for our Foundations workshop.
Our goal is 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.
We have so many links to share with you. The ones shown below are a random sample of the many we have available. If you'd like to see more links, you can reload the page or just click here and we'll mix them up for you.
Learn more about the three parts of Blackboard Collaborate: Voice, Web Conferencing, and Instant Messaging.
These handouts will help you learn about the many features of our Blackboard learning management system.
Can't fit one of our workshops into your busy schedule? We'll be happy to bring the training right to you.
Visit Grand Valley's Seminar site to sign-up online for training and professional development opportunities.
Visit the Pew FTLC site and check out the great wealth of teaching resources.
Based on Chickering and Gamson's "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education," be sure to check out this explanation of how to use technology to improve learning outcomes.
Want to learn more about the use of technology in teaching? Be sure to read the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.
The title of this site pretty much says it all.
This story from the Chronicle of Higher Education emphasizes that teachnology can't improve learning if faculty don't understand how to use it properly.
This brief flyer is a bit dated, but its ideas and examples are still valuable.
The insights in this article from Campus Technology can be applied to many technological tools, not just blogs.
Grand Valley is proud to use a learning management system that is accessible to all learners.
This article describes the results of a study that suggests a wise use of instructional technology has a measurable impact on student achievement.
This video from Common Craft explains wikis using plain English.
This video from Common Craft explains blogs using plain English.
This video from Common Craft explains social networking using plain English.
This video from Common Craft explains podcasting using plain English.
This video from Common Craft explains augmented reality using plain English.
This video from Common Craft explains Twitter using plain English.
Learn more about Twitter through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.
Learn more about RSS through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.
Learn more about digital storytelling through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.
Learn more about badges through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.
Learn more about MOOCs through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.
Learn more about gamification through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.
Learn more about QR codes through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.
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