Happy National Distance Learning Week!
The IT eLearning team along with IDeL, and the FTLC , will participate in National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) this week, November 10-14, 2014.
According to a recent Babson Survey Research Group study, over 7.1 million students are learning online with 33% of higher education students now taking at least one course in the online delivery format. In fact, this semester (Fall 2014) at GVSU, there are nearly 5,000 student enrollments in over 270 online and in hybrid classes.
In recognition of NDLW and throughout the week, the United States Distance Learning Association will host over 30 webinars on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning online. Ending the week, on Friday, November 14th, GVSU online and hybrid faculty will be recognized and celebrated with a breakfast hosted by the IT eLearning team along with IDeL and the FTLC. Over 230 faculty at GVSU have been trained to teach online through the Foundations seminar, focusing on building high quality online learning experiences that contribute to student success.
Fall is Here!
Sadly, summer is rapidly drawing to a close, which means it's time for the academic year. 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.
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.
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.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.
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 realiy 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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