April showers bring May workshops

The winter semester is rapidly drawing to a close, which means it's time to think of spring. We offer a wide range of training workshops 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.

Symposium 2014: It's a Wrap!

On Wednesday March 19th, 2014, Grand Valley hosted its 13th annual Teaching & Learning with Technology Symposium. This event is a great opportunity to see faculty from across the University showcase the work they've been doing with technology.

This year's Symposium included a keynote address by the College of Education's Andrew Topper and Sean Lancaster, entitled "Technology integration at GVSU: a vision of the future." The keynote was followed by a performance by Bill Ryan and the GVSU New Music Ensemble, which uses iPads as part of their musical performances.

The State of Online Education

Every year, the BABSON Survey Research Group releases a detailed report analyzing the state of online education in the United States. In addition to objective information about the prevalence of online instruction, the report also measures beliefs and perceptions about online education through surveys of academic officers at almost 3000 institutions of higher education.

Quality Matters

Everywhere you turn, you can find news about the explosion of online learning. From institutions like the University of Phoenix to more established schools like Stanford and MIT, eLearning is proliferating. According to one study, 22 million students will take at least one online course in the next five years. As more courses and whole degree programs move online, it will become increasingly important for students to know that the quality of their online education meets or exceeds that of traditional face-to-face courses.

At Grand Valley, we're very concerned about the quality of our online and hybrid courses. Faculty teaching these courses receive special training in the pedagogy of online instruction.

The University has also become a Quality Matters subscribing institution. QM is an emerging international standard for quality in the design of online instructional materials. By adopting the standard, Grand Valley will be able to assure its students that their online experience will be consistent, high quality, and informed by sound pedagogical practice.

Mobile Learning

Today's college students arrive on campus with technology in their pockets that is orders of magnitude more powerful than the early computers—the ones that filled an entire floor of a building. The rise of wireless networking puts the entire internet at our finger tips, 24 hours a day. How does this new technological reality impact student learning? That is the central question of mobile learning, or mLearning for short.

Unfortunately, technology has far outpaced our understanding of how to put it to work. Anywhere you go on the web you'll find people talking about tablets, mobile phones, texting, ebooks, and more.

As a faculty member, how do you make sense of it all? By letting the IDeL team do what it does best.

Faculty Testimonials

About Us

The Instructional Design for eLearning team (IDeL for short) works with faculty to promote a better understanding of instructional technology. While our team's three members work closely with hybrid and online courses, we want all faculty to understand the pedagogical benefits of technology.

Quick Links

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.

Blackboard Collaborate Handouts

Learn more about the three parts of Blackboard Collaborate: Voice, Web Conferencing, and Instant Messaging.

Blackboard Faculty Handouts

These handouts will help you learn about the many features of our Blackboard learning management system.

Workshops on Demand

Can't fit one of our workshops into your busy schedule? We'll be happy to bring the training right to you.

Signup for Workshops

Visit Grand Valley's Seminar site to sign-up online for training and professional development opportunities.

Faculty Teaching & Learning Center

Visit the Pew FTLC site and check out the great wealth of teaching resources.

Seven Principles of Good Practice

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.

89 Things Students Need to Know in the First 10 Days of an Online Course

The title of this site pretty much says it all.

When Good Technology Means Bad Teaching

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.

Active Learning Strategies Enhanced with Technology

This brief flyer is a bit dated, but its ideas and examples are still valuable.

Avoiding the 5 Most Common Mistakes in Using Blogs with Students

The insights in this article from Campus Technology can be applied to many technological tools, not just blogs.

Blackboard Learn Certified for Accessibility by National Federation of the Blind

Grand Valley is proud to use a learning management system that is accessible to all learners.

Technology Improves Student Scores

This article describes the results of a study that suggests a wise use of instructional technology has a measurable impact on student achievement.

What's a wiki?

This video from Common Craft explains wikis using plain English.

What's a blog?

This video from Common Craft explains blogs using plain English.

What's social networking?

This video from Common Craft explains social networking using plain English.

What's podcasting?

This video from Common Craft explains podcasting using plain English.

What's augmented reality?

This video from Common Craft explains augmented reality using plain English.

What's Twitter?

This video from Common Craft explains Twitter using plain English.

7 Things You Should Know About Twitter

Learn more about Twitter through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.

7 Things You Should Know About RSS

Learn more about RSS through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.

7 Things You Should Know About Digital Storytelling

Learn more about digital storytelling through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.

7 Things You Should Know About Badges

Learn more about badges through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.

7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs

Learn more about MOOCs through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.

7 Things You Should Know About Gamification

Learn more about gamification through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.

7 Things You Should Know About QR Codes

Learn more about QR codes through this installment of Educause's "7 Things" series.

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