Top 11 Videos and Posts in 2011 from DLIT

Top 11 Videos and Posts in 2011

The Distance Learning and Technology Department would like to highlight the top 11 videos and blog posts from 2011. The top 3 blog posts include:

#1 – New Rubrics in Blackboard 9.1 (SP6)

This post highlights the unique interactive rubric features in Blackboard. See also our dedicated Rubrics page for more information about this tool on the DLIT website.

#2 – ETOM Fall Conference – GRCC Faculty Invited!

This post highlighted the Fall ETOM conference that was held on GRCC’s campus on Friday, October 14th. Be sure to catch Meegan Willi’s notes and a recap of the event as well.

#3 – Vicki Meyers – Leveraging Camtasia Relay & Mashups in Blackboard

This post by Nursing Professor Vicki Meyers showcases the use of the lecture capture tool called Camtasia Relay and also how the Blackboard Relay mashup can be used to directly link students to video based screen recordings with audio.

More of the top 11 posts are located here…

And the top video watched is: “Readiness for Online Learning at GRCC”

Griffins Game This Friday – Two Words “Zamboni Ride”

THIS FRIDAY come join the Alumni at a Griffins game, January 20th @ the Van Andel Arena at 7:00 p.m.   Need another reason to attend? – Someone from the group will GET TO RIDE THE ZAMBONI.

The Grand Rapids Griffins and Grand Rapids Community College Alumni Relations are teaming up to offer a fun night of entertainment. Come join the Griffins as they take on the Lake Erie Monsters.  Special Ticket Offer: Lower Level Face-Off tickets are only $15 (originally $20), $1 Beer and $1 Hotdogs available from 6-8pm.

Note: you must purchase tickets by noon on Friday to be included in the drawing for the zamboni right and to get the discounted tickets.

To Purchase Tickets:

  1. Visit
  2. Enter in Promo code: GRCCA

Alumni encouraged….everyone welcome!  If you have questions, please contact Erin Cisler at x3931 or

GRCC in the News – 1/17/12

Senate Democrats propose free college tuition funded by reducing corporate tax credits
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 6:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Senate Democrats have proposed a plan to offer free college tuition for high school graduates funded entirely, they say, by eliminating “ineffective tax loopholes that are carved out for special interests lobbyists.” […] “Grand Rapids Community College is always supportive of proposals that remove barriers to access to a post-secondary education and credentials, and this proposal does that,” said Raul Alvarez, Jr., executive director of communications GRCC.  (More)

Marchers step out to honor MLK’s legacy (photos)
Published: Monday, January 16, 2012, 1:51 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Stepping out into the sunshine, a large crowd of students, college staff and community members gathered on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus Monday for the annual march to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  (More | Photos)

Harper College Eliminating Football Program – Harper College has announced that it will eliminate its football program.
January 16, 2012 | Palatine Patch | Brian Slupski

Harper College will eliminate its football program following similar decisions at other junior colleges in the Midwest Football Conference. Harper’s decision was driven by the recent elimination of football teams at Joliet Junior College in Joliet and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich., a press release from the college states.  (More)

Harper College ends its football program
By Eric Peterson | Chicago Daily Herald | Article updated: 1/16/2012 9:52 PM

Harper College is discontinuing its football program after the recent elimination of conference rivals at Joliet Junior College and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich, college President Kenneth L. Ender announced Monday.  (More)

Harper College to eliminate football program
By Jim Jaworski TribLocal reporter | Yesterday at 1:25 p.m.

Harper College will be eliminating its football program, following a trend in the Midwest Football Conference, the school announced Monday. The move is in response to the recent elimination of Joliet Junior College in Joliet and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich., according to the college.  (More)

Fenn Valley Chili Cookoff mixes food and fun
By JIM HAYDEN | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 16, 2012 @ 11:48 AM

Fennville — Fenn Valley Winery, 6130 122nd Ave., Fennville, is sponsoring a chili cookoff from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. All entrants must be pre-registered. […] Judges are from the Secchia Center for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

MAX bus service celebrates 3 millionth rider
By ANNETTE MANWELL | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 16, 2012 @ 11:22 PM

Holland — The Macatawa Area Express Transportation Authority is entering its 12th year of service and estimates that at some point this week it will provide its 3 millionth ride. […] Samantha Mason, Holland | Mason rides the bus five days a week mostly to get to school at the Grand Rapids Community College satellite campus. It is her primary form of transportation.  (More)

New Excellence in Teaching With Technology Award

Excellence in Teaching With Technology Award

Nominate a Colleague for the new “Excellence in Teaching with Technology” Award!

This brand new award will recognize a faculty member who exhibits excellence in their use of instructional technologies to enhance their teaching and improve student success.

Please take a moment to nominate a colleague to receive this award:

Windows 7 Upgrade Information and Walk-in Session Times

The goal of the IT Department is to get all computers on campus upgraded to Windows 7 before April 1st, 2012. During this upgrade, we’ll be working with departments to set up appointments to upgrade computers. Before the appointments, we‘ll supply each employee with a list of software that is currently installed on their system. A check list and instructions will be provided to help with prepping computers to make them ready for the upgrade. If employees need CDs to back up personal data, they may request those through IT Customer Support.

To set up your departments’ Windows 7 upgrade, please call the IT Customer Support Desk at 234-HELP (4357). Department upgrades may be scheduled in part or as a whole. We are limiting the number of upgrades to ten computers per appointment.

In addition to setting up departmental upgrades, we’re holding walk-in sessions for those with laptops and tablets only. Those with older computers should receive an email requesting their computer preference to replace their current system.

To have your system upgraded during one of these walk-in sessions, please contact the IT Customer Support Desk at 234-4357 or Each walk-in session will be limited to 12 seats so be sure to sign up early as these will fill quickly!

The walk-in sessions are being held in the Learning Resource Center in room 132. The times and dates available are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 19th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 24th 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 21st 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 30th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 1st 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 2nd 4:00 p.m. – Next Day Pickup
  • Wednesday, February 8th 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 10th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 14th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 16th 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 18th 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 20th 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 22nd 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 24th 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 28th 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 29th 4:00 p.m. – Next Day Pickup
  • Friday, March 2nd 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 5th 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 7th 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 12th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15th 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Each system will take approximately 3 – 4 hours to upgrade, so please plan accordingly.

Please note, if you have received an email from IT indicating that you will be receiving a new computer soon, you will not need to participate in the upgrade clinic.

Students can Help Improve GRCC and win Prizes

improve grcc

Just a reminder that the Student Feedback Fair is being held tomorrow in room 205, inside the Raider Grille in the Student Center from 11:00 am -2:00 pm.  This is an opportunity for students to provide us feedback about how we’re doing and how we can improve their experience at GRCC.  For providing us input, they will be entered to win prizes.

The event is sponsored by the Complaint Management Team.  If you have students who can not attend and want to provide feedback, they can either use the online comment form at or contact Sara Dorer at 234-3449.