About Instructional Design for eLearning

Our Purpose

The IDeL team has one principal goal: to develop confident and competent faculty, prepared to teach in blended and fully online learning environments, who are able to integrate technology in a way that is learner-centered and pedagogically sound.

We believe that when used properly, instructional technology can create an active learning environment in which students are better able to master content, develop valuable skills, and form learning communities.

How will we do this?

The IDeL team supports Grand Valley faculty in the use of information technology to enhance curriculum, support teaching and learning, and to promote the exchange of creative ideas, resources, and research using technology. We do so through the following:

  1. Consulting with individual faculty on pedagogy, course design, and the selection of appropriate instructional technologies.
  2. Working with departments to offer Teaching Circles in the areas of pedagogy and instructional technology.
  3. Providing support for web-based learning, including guidance in the use of various instructional methods for web-based instruction.
  4. Offering workshops on the pedagogical and technical aspects of teaching, learning, and technology integration.
  5. Providing resources, such as books, conference announcements, research articles, and web resources that support web-based instruction.
  6. Highlighting best practices and exemplars of the integration of technology and instruction.
  7. Engaging with the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically that regarding the role of technology in education.
  8. Working closely with the Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center on broader issues of faculty development.

Glenna Decker

Glenna began working in educational technology in 1997 and as an instructional designer in 1999, joining GVSU in 2001.  She has 20 years (as of 2019) 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 from around 2007, her primary focus is in Adult and Higher Education. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Western Michigan University in Education Leadership (Higher Education) with research interests in faculty development.

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Kim Kenward

Kim holds a Masters in Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan, and joined GVSU in 2000 as an instructional designer. In addition to her instructional designer duties, she is also responsible for facilitating university-wide and department specific faculty development workshops and coordinates the Online & Hybrid Teaching Faculty Learning Communities.  She enjoys teaching the Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development series, and holding individual consultations with faculty who are developing and teaching online/hybrid courses.

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Matthew Roberts

Matthew holds a PhD in Political Science and has taught for more than 16 years. He also has extensive experience in programming and web design. These two sides of his experience give him a first-hand understanding of the importance of instructional technology.

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