Say hello to Eric Kunnen!
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.
Back to the Classroom!
Students are appearing on campus and the smell of learning is in the air. That also means it's time to kick-off our season of training workshops. Want to know what we're offering?
Interested in teaching an online or hybrid course? Check out the coming dates for our Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development and Delivery workshop.
Can't fit a workshop into your schedule? However, we would be more than happy to plan a special summer training event right inside your department. For more information and workshop options, please visit our Workshops on Demand page.
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.
Tech Symposium 2013: Bigger than ever!
On Wednesday March 20th, 2013, Grand Valley hosted its 12th annual Teaching & Learning with Technology Symposium. A record number of faculty from across the University showcased examples of teaching with technology. Tanya Joosten was our keynote speaker. The title of her talk is "The digital future: Who is driving the bus?"
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.
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.
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.
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 technology 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 reality 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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