Partners for Improving Student Learning through Faculty Development
The IDeL team has one principal goal: to improve student learning by encouraging a pedagogically sound and scholarly use of instructional technology. To meet that goal, we work closely with several partners around campus.
Faculty Teaching and Learning Center
The Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center was founded in 1995 to support the University's goal of teaching excellence. Through workshops, individual consultations, and resources the FTLC meets the needs of individual faculty and seeks to build a community around teaching and learning. The FTLC and its advisory committee also oversee the University-wide award for teaching excellence.
Emerging Technologies Showcase
Grand Valley's Information Technology department recently added a new staff position, hiring Eric Kunnen to serve as the University's first Emerging Technologies Coordinator. Though Eric isn't officially part of the IDeL team, we look forward to working closely with him.
Eric's job focuses on calling attention to new and upcoming technologies that might impact teaching and learning. Once it's up and running, be sure to stop by the "Technology Showcase" on the Atrium level of the new Mary Idema Pew library. There Eric will be showcasing a rotating selection of new technologies, with an opportunity for faculty to try them out hands-on.
Librarians are perhaps the most underused academic resource. The IDeL team works closely with Grand Valley's liaison librarians and the library technology staff to provide faculty with the highest level of service possible.
We strongly believe that faculty benefit from hearing how other faculty have integrated technology into their teaching. IDeL workshops regularly feature faculty co-presenters who demonstrate best practices and the innovative use of instructional technology.
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