eLearning and Emerging Technologies Team

eLearning Team

The mission of eLearning and Emerging Technologies is to support faculty, contribute to teaching excellence, and to enhance student success through:

Our eLearning team includes 30 staff (15 full time, 3 graduate assistants, 7 student assistants in the Technology Showcase, and 5 student assistants in the Digital Studio) dedicated to digital learning.

With over 150 years of higher education experience in leveraging technology in teaching - we're here to help faculty deliver the next generation of teaching and learning... contact us!

Eric Kunnen

Title: Associate Director
Email: kunnene@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-9171
Office:  4490j P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)

Eric's Web Site

eLearning and Emerging Technologies, Information Technology | 616-331-2035 | gvsuelearn@gvsu.edu | bbadmin@gvsu.edu (Blackboard Support)


Instructional Design for eLearning - IDeL

Looking for help in designing high quality online instruction? The IDeL team includes four Instructional Designers (IDs) who specialize in:

  • Providing curriculum mapping, pedagogical, instructional design, adult learning theory consultation
  • Facilitating the design, development, and delivery of high-quality instruction and rich learner user experiences
  • Identifying the appropriate blend of pedagogy and technology into the curriculum
  • Recommending the selection and development of instructional strategies and materials  

In addition, four Instructional Technology Project Specialists (ITPSs) support faculty in the development of digital learning through: 

  • Transitioning existing content into the digital format
  • Producing digital learning objects
  • Creating learning activities and assessments
  • Assisting faculty in using instructional technologies

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 digital learning.

Glenna Decker

Title: Instructional Designer
Email: deckerg@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-2598
Office: 209 Lake Ontario Hall

Glenna's Web Site

Kim Kenward

Title: Instructional Designer
Email: kenwardk@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-2131
Office:  268C Richard M. DeVos Center (DEV)

Kim's Web Site

Matthew Roberts

Title: Instructional Designer
Email: robmatth@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-9085
Office:  4437 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)

Matthew's Web Site

Justin Melick

Title: Instructional Designer
Email: melicjus@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-9744
Office:  270 C DeVos

David Nivala

Title: Instructional Technology Project Specialist
Email: nivalad@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-9091
Office: 162 Lake Michigan Hall

Stephanie Webber

Title: Instructional Technology Project Specialist
Email: webberst@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-9092
Office: 272C Richard M. DeVos Center (DEV)

Barbara Stevens

Title: Instructional Technology Project Specialist
Email: stevebar@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-9093
Office:  4452 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)

Jeanne Smith

Title: Instructional Technology Project Specialist
Email: smithjea@gvsu.edu
Phone: TBD
Office: 102 Center for Health Sciences (CHS)


Teaching with Technology and Digital Studio

Media-rich instruction can help solve instructional problems, enhance learning, and support student success.  The eLearning and Instructional Technology Specialists along with the Digital Studio and our Digital Media Developers provide support in the use of teaching with technology, creation of digital learning experiences through consulting services, project development, and instructional technology exploration for GVSU faculty and staff. 

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 to create engaging teaching resources.

The eLearning team has assembled a wide array of Teaching with Technology Support resources to enhance teaching, including:  Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Ally, Panopto, and much more!

Sherry Barricklow

Title: eLearning and Instructional Technology Specialist
Email: barricks@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-2324
Office:  4451 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)

Vince St. Germain

Title: eLearning and Instructional Technology Specialist
Email: stgermav@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-9086
Office:  4477 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)

Hunter Bridwell

Title: Digital Media Developer
Email: bridwehu@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-2141
Office:  4470 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)

Noah Campbell

Title: Digital Media Developer
Email: campben1@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-9446
Office: 4458 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)


Systems Analysts and Blackboard

The Systems Analysts on the eLearning team provide facilitation of the Blackboard environment, including helping to advance the system to better meet faculty and student needs.  In addition to the eLearning Graduate Assistants, Blackboard support and technical assistance is also provided through bbadmin@gvsu.edu.

Katie Clark

Title: Systems Analyst
Email: clarkati@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-2032
Office:  4467 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)

Colleen Cameron

Title: Systems Analyst
Email: cameroco@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-2121
Office:  4453 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)


Technology Showcase

Located in room 012 of the Atrium in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, the showcase is an initiative of the Information Technology department that 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. 

Eric Kunnen

Title: Associate Director
Email: kunnene@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-9171
Office:  4490h P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)

Eric' Web Site


Graduate Assistants

The eLearning and Emerging Technologies graduate assistants provide a wealth of support and assistance in our work.  The GA's assist faculty with a variety of technology, including Blackboard support through bbadmin@gvsu.edu. Have a technology question or need Blackboard assistance? The GA's are here for you!

Jonathan Sadocha

Title: Graduate Assistant
Email: s-sadjon@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-8526
Office: 4450 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)

Brandon Thompson

Title: Graduate Assistant
Email: s_thompb@gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-8526
Office:  4450 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)

Chandrakanth Nomula

Title: Graduate Assistant
Email: nomulac@mail.gvsu.edu
Phone: 616-331-8526
Office: 4450 P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science (KHS)


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