Tech Tip: Blackboard Quota Exceeded

As we get closer to the fall semester, Information Technology wants to remind all instructors that Blackboard courses are limited to 500 MB in size. To avoid receiving a Quota Exceeded error when adding anything to your course, we recommend uploading content to a third party site like Google Drive, Panopto, or, YouTube where storage space is unlimited. Once a file or video is saved to one of those resources, you can then share a link of the file or video to your Blackboard course saving lots of valuable space. Below you will find information about the Quota Exceeded error, how to share a Google Drive document to your Blackboard course and how to upload videos to a third party site and share to Blackboard. 

Unable to Add Content in Blackboard – Quota Exceeded

Sharing Files in Google Drive Video

Sharing a Google Drive Document in Blackboard

Upload Videos to Share on Blackboard

Add Course in Panopto

Linking Panopto Videos to Blackboard

Sharing a Panopto Video

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu 

Learn From the Best: GRCC Assistant Professor of English won the job lottery

Sean Mackey will be quick to tell you that GRCC has the best students in Michigan, and that he’s proud to be the one teaching them the critical thinking and empathy skills they’ll use in the career they pursue.

“Teaching at GRCC feels like winning the lottery,” Mackey said.

Mackey is an assistant professor in the English department, and the faculty advisor for the literary portion of Display – a magazine featuring GRCC’s best and brightest artists and writers.

Mackey mentors student writers and poets as they seek to publish works in creative writing, non-fiction writing, short stories, essays, short plays and poetry. 

In the classroom, he leads with listening, and allows students to find their own path. Mackey’s students think of him as a great professor – laid back, but effective.

“He is very clear with each assignment, offers help after every class if needed, works with you when life happens, provides great feedback, he just makes class fun,” one student shared.

During the pandemic, when “life happened,” Mackey changed what he taught as well as how he taught it. For example, for one of his common assignments, reading and analyzing Allen Ginsberg’s poem ‘Howl,’ he would have led a discussion to analyze cultural, historical, and social similarities and differences between the 1950s and today. To flip this assignment for online learning, Mackey took a note from crowdsourcing.

“I created a Google Doc and asked students to add four lines that mimic the style of Ginsberg if the poem was written today,” he said. “I treated the document as a wiki, and students built the poem collaboratively throughout the week. Some students submitted anonymously while others added their names.”

Student’s can experience Mackey’s passion for poetry and unique approach to teaching in EN 233 Poetry, EN 242 Popular Literature, IRW 99 A-Comp (Accelerated Developmental Composition), and EN 101 English Composition.

Mackey earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Writing and Literature: Poetry from Naropa University. He went on to earn a Masters of Arts in Literature, with a focus on Postcolonial Lit. and American Poetry, from Grand Valley State University.

Veteran coach Chuck White tapped to guide GRCC softball team

Chuck White and his assistant, Steve Roersma smiling.

Chuck White, a Muskegon native with 20 years of coaching experience, will head Grand Rapids Community College’s softball program.

White was the head coach at Muskegon Orchard View High School between 2015 and 2020, accumulating a career record of 160-55.  He also coached the Lakeshore Storm, a softball travel ball team in West Michigan, for eight years and was an assistant for Muskegon Community College.

White also has coached football and baseball.

“I’m looking forward to working with our new head coach Chuck White and his assistant, Steve Roersma,” Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said. “Both have an established reputation within the softball community in West Michigan.  They have hit the ground running and I expect them to provide a great student-athlete experience to our softball team.

Roersma spent the last two years assisting Muskegon Community College’s softball team, which won back-to-back Michigan Community College Athletic Association championships. The team finished the season with a 34-10 record. 

Roersma’s daughter Annika played on the Muskegon team, and has transferred to GRCC.  Annika Roersma played in the outfield and in 43 games batted .389 and had 43 RBI, 3 home runs and was second on the team with 22 stolen bases.

Bill Roersma, Steve Roersma’s brother, was an NJCAA Wrestling All-American for GRCC in 1976. 

The GRCC softball team did not compete in 2022, but outgoing coach Molly McKinney recruited a solid team for 2022.

“I was very sad to hear that Molly was not going to be able to continue in her role as the head softball coach at GRCC,” Ferullo said. “I am so grateful that she was able to recruit a quality class of student-athletes so we can continue the softball program.  Her hard work and dedication to the program over the last year did not go unnoticed and I want to thank her for everything she did.”

My Story Started at GRCC: Ferris State Vice President Miles Postema believes public education transforms lives

Miles Postema smiling.

Miles Postema, Ferris State University’s vice president and general counsel, believes higher education can transform lives.

He’s seen it firsthand. He attended what was then Grand Rapids Junior College as a first-generation college student because it was affordable and allowed him to live at home and continue working.

Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful.

“All of my credit hours transferred seamlessly to Western Michigan University, and I was able to complete my degree in four years, which was important to me,” Postema said. “I was able to obtain my degree with little or no debt due to the reasonable cost of the coursework at GRCC and the financial support of my parents.

“While I was confident that I would succeed in college, starting at GRCC lessened the risk and cost of failing had it not worked out the way I planned.”

Postema went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in finance from WMU, a law degree from Wayne State University and a Master of Science in Taxation from Grand Valley State University.

His legal career began in 1987 at Warner Norcross & Judd, where he specialized in employment law. He later was a partner at Tolley VandenBosch Walton Korolewicz & Brengle before joining FSU in 2000 as deputy general counsel.

He also served on the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education for 17 years. 

“It turned out that the combination of public higher education and law was a very good fit for me, and then even more so when I was appointed to the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education,” Postema said. “I have always believed in the transformative power of public higher education, particularly for first-generation college students, and working in a legal role at Ferris seems to be the best of both worlds for me.”

Let GRCC help you start your story. The first chapter starts at grcc.edu/apply.

GRCC In the News 08/01/2022

Grant helps GRCC up its artificial intelligence game

7/28/22 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Mention artificial intelligence and people might think of movies where software behind darkened computer screens take over for humans. But reality is not science fiction.

“(It’s) more about how can we create a vision system that can spot a defect on a production line,” said Grand Rapids Community College Professor Andrew Rozema, who runs the computer information systems program at the school.

Farm ministry receives $45K grant

7/29/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two partner organizations received a grant to expand food equity.

… Situated on 12 acres, with two houses and historic barns, one of Plainsong’s goals is to increase food equity for urban and rural low-income families in the greater Grand Rapids area. North Kent Connect in Rockford, Community Food Club in Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Community College food pantry are some of the groups Plainsong works with to provide food.

Braelyn Berry did it all in every sport

7/30/22 The Pioneer (Big Rapids)

MORLEY – Braelyn Berry was a complete athlete and demonstrated this on the volleyball and basketball courts and in track and field.

… She is also a four-time Pioneer Dream Player of the Year. Berry last year announced where she’ll be playing collegiately: Grand Rapids Community College.

 People in the News: Aug. 1, 2022

7/31/22 mibiz.com

People in the News: A roundup of new hires, promotions and awards in West Michigan.

… Linda Witte, program director and manager for Grand Rapids Community College’s Workforce Training health programs, has received a Pride of the Profession award from the American Medical Technologists association. The award honors members who have demonstrated commitment both to the profession and to service in their community. Witte manages GRCC’s medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, pharmacy technician and phlebotomy skills programs and is currently helping to develop the direct support professional program. 

Stay cool GRCC

Ohana Ice is returning to GRCC! 

Complimentary shaved ice treats for all GRCC employees courtesy of Human Resources!

Tassell MTEC

MTEC parking lot

Thursday, August 11

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

GRCC DeVos Campus 

Administration Building parking lot

Thursday, August 11

2 p.m.4 p.m.

GRCC Main Campus

Juan Olivarez Student Plaza

Tuesday, August 16

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

See you there! 😎

Summer Teaching and Learning Institute – register now

Seats are limited so register now!

The Summer Teaching and Learning Institute will take place from August 10 – August 12, 2022. 

The event will offer a mix of session modalities including in-person, virtual and hyflex formats. 

Highlights of this year’s sessions include…Beyond the File Cabinet: Moving from Paper to Digital, Building Your Own Virtual Field Trips, Using They/Them Pronouns (Parts 1 & 2), and Don’t Panic: Condensing from 14 to 7 Weeks without Losing It, just to name a few. 

Guest speaker Amelia Gamel, founder of Equitable EDU, will discuss ways to Support Inclusion from the Start, providing faculty with high-impact practices that can be implemented on the first day of class that will foster an equitable environment to close the achievement gap. 

The CTE will offer the option of lunch on Wednesday and Thursday during the event. Registration for lunch will be required.

Raider Rally 2022 volunteers needed

Raider Rally 2022 – Save the Date! 

Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m  – 1 p.m.

Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza

GRCC’s annual Raider Rally is coming soon. New students enrolled for the fall semester are invited to come to campus to join faculty and staff for a fun, welcoming event. 

We will have food and free giveaways. Additionally, students will be able to speak with academic departments and student organizations. Students will also be able to get their RaiderCard and books, and tour campus. 

We need your help to pull off this huge event.  If your office or department would like to host a table that day, please fill out this form: Department Sign Up

We also need volunteers to help for the day. We need folks to greet students and their guests, check folks in, direct people, and serve as building guides. Volunteer Sign Up

Have questions? Email Lina Blair (linablair@grcc.edu) or Lori Cook (lcook@grcc.edu)

Academic Support & Tutoring Services needs assistance finding qualified tutors

Do you know someone who might be interested in working for one of the GRCC tutorial programs?  All tutorial centers are currently looking to fill both student and professional tutor positions.  

There are many benefits to working as a tutor, whether student or professional, including: flexible scheduling, a supportive academic environment, developing wide skill-sets in academic and non-academic spheres, paid professional development, and opportunities to empower our campus community. 

Please feel free to share this Google Form widely among your networks. Thank you for your help as we seek candidates who are well-equipped to support our students.

LEAP cohort begins in September

Lead.Engage.Apply.Perform — A supervisory cohort experience is returning for Fall 2022.

This an exciting professional development opportunity for those who hold leadership and/or supervisory roles at GRCC.

The cohort will meet every 3 weeks. The first session starts on September 23, 2022 and the last session is on November 4, 2022.

Friday, Sept. 23

Friday, Oct. 7

Friday, Oct. 21

Friday, Nov. 4

If you are interested in this opportunity, please review the flier below for more details. 

Email Laura Caulk at lcaulk@grcc.edu to indicate your interest by answering the following question: How do you think this program would benefit your current role?

LEAP A Supervisor Cohort Experience. Lead Engage Apply Perform GRCC Human Resources is partnering with Though Design on an exciting opportunity for those who hold leadership and/or supervisory roles. We will be offering the LEAP Program again this fiscal year! We will focus on creating relationships, accountability and consistency across the college. The program will provide a foundational learning experience that prepares participants for the challenges of everyday management and supervision. Participants will take deeper responsibility for their own learning, development and performance. The program will include a cohort model where participants will meet once a month. Specific details to follow. LEAP topics may include: Foundations for leading/supervising, including leading self and others. Creating healthy culture. Practices for feedback and communicating with candor. Creating healthy agreements and accountability. Inclusion and connection. Managing change. The leader’s toolbox – skills and strategies for emotional intelligence, problem solving, decision making and other leadership tools. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Laura Caulk at lcaulk@grcc.edu. Indicate your interest by answering the following question: How do you think this program would benefit your current role? GRCC. Thought Design. LEAP will be led by Denise VanEck, a veteran in the design and delivery of learning. Currently the owner of Thought Design in Rockford, Michigan, Denise has developed learning experiences for teams and individuals around the world for more than 25 years. Denise’s background includes a role as Chief Learning Officer in the financial services industry, 15 years as an executive coach, and author of the bestselling Leadership 101. Denise has four adult children, four grandchildren, and she lives in Rockford, Michigan.