Glenna Decker

Glenna began working in educational technology in 1997 and as an instructional designer in 1999, joining GVSU in 2001. She has well over 10 years of graduate teaching experience in online, hybrid, and traditional in-seat delivery formats. Her numerous course preps at GVSU have ranged from Educational Technology to Early Childhood Administration, and for the last several years her focus is in Adult and Higher Education. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Western Michigan University in Higher Education Leadership with research interests in faculty development.

Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Western Michigan University: Higher Education Leadership
  • M.Ed., Grand Valley State University: Educational Technology
  • B.S., Eastern Michigan University: Literature, Language, Communication and Theater Arts. Michigan Teacher Certification K-8 with ZA endorsement
  • Teaching experience in higher education at Aquinas College (1999  2003) and Grand Valley State University (beginning in 2001)
  • Certified as a Quality Matters Institutional Representative and in applying the Quality Matters rubric
  • Online Teaching Certification, Administrative Track, Sloan-C Institute (Sloan Consortium)
    • Along with several additional course certificates related to Online / Blended Learning
  • Course reviewer for Blackboard Exemplary Course Program
  • 2009 recipient, Outstanding Faculty Mentor award from the GVSU Graduate and Professional Student Association

Interests and Specialties

  • Quality in online and hybrid course development and delivery
  • Student and instructor engagement in the online environment
  • Developing a Community of Inquiry
  • Adult and nontraditional learners experiences in returning to learning
  • Andragogical teaching practice
  • Faculty teaching identity development

Contact Information

Phone: (616) 331-2598
Office: MAK D-2-206

Glenna Recommends...

Presentation Zen

This is the book that first introduced me to a better way to design presentations. While many others have picked up the "Anti-PowerPoint" mantle, for me Garr Reynolds is the authority. Anyone who presents anything needs to read his work.

Technology and Learning

There are a lot of blogs and news sources about instructional technology. This blog from InsideHigherEd provides consistently interesting stories that focus on trends and directions in the field, while maintaining a healthy dose of skepticism.

Page last modified February 17, 2015