eLearning Support & Services

From getting started to advanced technology integration into teaching, the eLearning team is here for you! 

The eLearning and Emerging Technologies team is dedicated to supporting faculty, contributing to teaching excellence, and enhancing student success through:

eLearning Service Areas

We are here to help faculty deliver the next generation of teaching and learning... contact us!


Consultations & Coaching

Not sure where to start? Let us help you! We offer individual consultations and coaching opportunities in best leveraging technology in teaching that contributes to student success.

On Demand Support

Weekly eLearning Open Office Hours provide drop-in support for faculty.

Our Teaching with Technology Support page includes tutorials and how to's covering:

  • Blackboard
  • Collaborate
  • Ally
  • Panopto
  • and more!

Video tutorials are also available on the eLearning YouTube Channel.

Have a Blackboard question? Contact our Blackboard support team:

Seminars, Workshops, and Badges

The eLearning team provides faculty professional development opportunities through a wide array of seminars and workshops. Many sessions offer an eLearning and Emerging Technologies Badge to certify achievement.

Registration for seminars is available through the Sprout system at GVSU.


Instructional Design for eLearning (IDeL)

Online/Hybrid Course Development & Faculty Support

Looking for help in designing high quality instruction by leveraging technology in online and hybrid courses?

The IDeL team includes three instructional designers (Glenna Decker, Kim Kenward, Matt Roberts) who have assisted faculty in online/hybrid course development and taught online or hybrid courses for over twenty years. 

Individual consultations are available, and the IDeL team provides seminars and web-based resources to support faculty in their work to best leverage technology for teaching and to design high quality media-rich online/hybrid instruction.

Learn more about the services and support provided in the area of instructional design on the IDeL web site.

Teaching with Technology

eLearning and Instructional Technology

One of the best ways to contribute to student success and to increase effectiveness and efficiency is to take advantage of technology to solve instructional problems and create engaging teaching resources.

eLearning and Instructional Technology Specialists Sherry Barricklow and Vince St. Germain along with our Graduate Assistants have assembled a wide array of resources that can be used in teaching such as: Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Ally, Panopto, Respondus, and much more!

Learn more about these resources on the Teaching with Technology Support web site.


Communicate with Students, Share Content, Provide Assignments and Grades

Looking to save time, increase your efficiency and effectiveness, better communicate with your students, easily share content, and provide timely feedback to students? 

One of the best ways to engage with students outside of the classroom is through Blackboard.  In fact, in the Winter 2016 semester, more than 1,400 faculty and 23,000 students accessed the system.

The eLearning team of instructional technologists (Vince St. Germain and Sherry Barricklow), Graduate Assistants, and Blackboard systems analysts (Katie Clark and Colleen Cameron) provide support to faculty through individual consultations, seminars, email support, and web resources.

Learn more at on the Teaching with Technology Support web site.

Digital Studio

Interactive Digital Media Development

Media-rich instruction can help solve instructional problems, enhance learning, and support student success.  Through the leadership of Vince St. Germain, eLearning and Instructional Technology Specialist, Digital Media Developers Justin Melick and Hunter Bridwell, the Digital Studio seeks to promote the creation of digital learning experiences by providing consulting services, project development, and technology exploration for GVSU faculty and staff.

Services are provided to faculty to assist in converting materials for online use, as well as to create custom interactive media elements that engage students.


One of the newest instructional technologies at GVSU is the Lightboard.  This exciting technology was custom built by Justin Melick, Digital Media Developer, and it combines a whiteboard-like experience with visibility of the instructor for highly engaging lectures. Lightboard videos can be easily integrated into Blackboard and placed online.

Technology Showcase

Innovative Emerging Technology

Interested in learning more about virtual or augmented reality, 3D printing, gesture computing, mobile and wearable computing, and telepresence?

Located in room 012 of the Atrium in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, the showcase provides faculty, staff, and students with an immersive and engaging environment to: interactdiscoverlearn, and share how innovative emerging technologies can enhance teaching and improve student learning at GVSU.

Check out the latest in #EdTech in the Atomic Object Technology Showcase!

System Administration

Blackboard Learning Management System Administration

As GVSU's enterprise learning management system, Blackboard plays an increasingly important role in delivering a high quality educational experience. The eLearning team of Blackboard specialists and systems analysts (Katie Clark and Colleen Cameron) provide leadership and support to continue to advance the capabilities of the system to meet faculty and students' needs.

Learn more at on the Teaching with Technology Support web site.