Tech Symposium 2017 with Thomas Tobin

Each March, Grand Valley's Teaching & Learning with Technology Symposium provides an opportunity for faculty to showcase how they're putting technology to use in their teaching. Faculty and staff from across the university gather for this afternoon of fun, food, and presentations. Symposiums also include a keynote speech from leading figures in the field of instructional technology.

This year's Symposium will be held Wednesday March 22 at the downtown Pew campus and will feature a keynote by Thomas Tobin, Coordinator for Learning Technologies at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Northeastern Illinois University. Dr. Tobin's keynote is titled "Universal Design for Learning: Way Beyond Disabilities."

If you are interested in presenting, we are now accepting proposals for the 2016-2017 Teaching & Learning with Technology Symposium. Proposals are due by February 17, 2017.

Happy New Year!

It's a new calendar year and a new semester here at Grand Valley. Make a resolution to take a look at the wide range of training workshops that we're offering 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.

Szymon Machajewski
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.

Julia VanderMolen
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 and being certified to teach online, please visit the Faculty Resources for Online Education page. To learn how to become an approved online or hybrid instructor, please visit the webpage for our Foundations workshop.

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About Us

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.

Quick Links

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Blackboard Collaborate Handouts

Learn more about the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conferencing.

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.


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 realiy 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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