GRCC in the News: 1/28/11

Advanced battery maker will pay to train thousands at Grand Rapids Community College
By Lindsey Smith | News for Michigan | Michigan Radio

Construction is underway on a huge plant in Holland that will eventually produce hundreds of thousands of battery packs for electric vehicles, including the Chevy Volt. Under a new agreement signed this week, Grand Rapids Community College will help train potential employees for the company, LG Chem.  (More)

Rob Bliss responds to Newsweek, announces plans for a major spring event
Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 12:02 PM | Rachael Recker | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Rob Bliss, coordinator of flash mob-like community events that attract thousands to the downtown area, was more than a little perplexed at Newsweek’s recent judgment of Grand Rapids as the nation’s 10th-most “dying” city.  (More)

Faculty Professional Development Opportunities 2/2/11-2/11/11

The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to offer a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty. All courses are open to any full- or part-time GRCC Faculty member. Visit to register for these opportunities and view upcoming events.

Blackboard Mashups | Wednesday, 2/2 2:00 – 3:00 PM 351 Main Building
Many of today’s learners are fluent in social media, producing and sharing audio, video and images. Blackboard 9.1 introduces an easy way for faculty to incorporate YouTube, Flickr, NBC Content and Wimba Voice Authoring, Social Bookmarking and Slideshare presentations into their course.You will learn to Embed YouTube, Slideshare and NBC videos into Blackboard. Share images in Blackboard via Flickr. Enhance text-based online courses with audio content from Wimba Voice Authoring. Facilitate social sharing of bookmarks through Scholar. Prerequisite: Blackboard Basics for Faculty.

Academic Advising for Faculty | Friday, 2/4 1:00 – 2:00 PM 316 Main Building OR Friday, 2/11 9:00 – 10:00 AM 316 Main Building
Facilitator: Stacey Heisler
This session will provide an overview to the Faculty Guide for Student Advising to include MACRAO and the Transfer Guide. Faculty will gain a deeper understanding of MACRAO at GRCC and how students can benefit from fulfilling the MACRAO agreement prior to transfer to another college or university. In addition, faculty will be provided with an overview to the Transfer Guide and its use in advising transfer students.Audience: This learning session is offered to all full-time faculty. Adjunct faculty are welcome, however there is no contractual requirement for adjunct faculty to advise students.

Blackboard Basics for Faculty Online | Online Throughout February
This is a quick start session designed to get you on board with Blackboard fast. This training highlights the following:Learn the basics of Blackboard.Reduce the time it takes to place materials on the Web.Increase student access to materials, assessments, and grades. Discover a new way to leverage web-based technology in teaching and learning.Learning Objectives: Identify capabilities of Bb. Review basics of using the control panel. Review and apply the steps required to create announcements, upload items and create folders. Review and apply the steps required to create announcements. Review and apply the steps required to upload items. Review and apply the steps required to create folders. Review and apply the steps required to create Gradebook items. Explore best practices and discuss how Bb can be used in teaching, learning, and community building. Investigate support resources available. Evaluate effectiveness of using Bb in teaching, learning and community building.

This course is now available in an open entry/open exit format. Simply register for the current month’s session and we will contact you with your course information.

We are always happy to provide more information, accept feedback and provide registration assistance.

Contact: Center for Teaching Excellence |