GRCC In the News, 8-12-13

Change Ups: West Michigan residents destined for U.S. sled hockey team

Aug. 9, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College was named a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education in the compensation and benefits category for its employee health and wellness program.

Grand Rapids Community College computer information systems professor Cheryl Kautz is the recipient of two 2013 Blackboard Catalyst awards for Exemplary Course Program.

GRCC student Alexi Bettig, who earned her associate degree in arts last spring, is the recipient of the Presidents Scholarship from Davenport University. Bettig qualified by receiving first place, along with teammate Corwin Tobias, in video production at the Business Professionals of America national Leadership Conference in May.

Bath Farmers’ Market flourishing

Aug. 9, 2013; The Lansing State Journal

BATH — Bath Farmers Market customers have had some pleasant surprises this season, including more vendors and more varied products.

… On Aug. 1 Grand Rapids professional cooks Bryan Newton from the J.W. Marriott and Hannah Stockwell from the Amway Grand Plaza were busy preparing a dessert that included fresh doughnut pieces covered in a blueberry-cherry compote and topped with melted goat cheese and honey. The free samples were delicious and made entirely from items on sale that day.

Newton says he hasn’t been in a McDonald’s in six or seven years and Stockwell says she was influenced by a vegan chef at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Grandwich 2013: The Top 10 finalists revealed

Aug. 12, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Top 10 finalists in the 2013 Grandwich competition were announced Monday, Aug. 12.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but GRCC alumnus Adam Watts is a chef at Grand Rapids Brewing Co. and GRCC alumna Heather Roscoe is the sandwich artist at Express Cafe.)

Grand Rapids’ free Jazz Festival’s second outing hopes to double your pleasure

Aug. 12, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Grand Rapids Jazz Festival last year drew 4,000 people downtown for the inaugural free festival.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but GRCC is a sponsor.)

Kelvin Grady, area stars play in first annual basketball tourney on Calder Plaza

Aug. 10, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Kelvin Grady has put away the footballs and basketballs in his life in favor of a clipboard and a whistle.

… Aside from Grady, some of the players taking part was former Notre Dame star Tory Jackson, Grand Rapids Community College player Rachman Dillard, Grace Bible and U.S. Army player Paul Nelson and Davenport standout Dauntrell Hill.

Raider Salute to Facilities, IT departments

A message from Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies:

A HUGE thank you and Raider Salute to the Facilities and Information Technology departments for their work in moving the Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies (DLIT) Department from 125 Main to 316 Main.  There are all sorts of details and logistics that need to be managed. Everything went extremely well, and we were back up and running without missing a step!  Abbot Kastanek was our key contact, and he was an excellent resource in ensuring things went smoothly.  Thank you!

Faculty Finals Relaxer and DLIT Drop In

Celebrate final exam time with Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies!

Simply drop by any time between 8 and 5PM on Wednesday, May 1st for some time to relax and to enjoy some snacks and refreshments!

If you have questions about final grading or setting up your courses on Blackboard for summer, we can discuss those too over some coffee or cookies.

What:  Faculty Finals Relaxer and DLIT Drop In
When:  Wednesday, May 1st from 8 AM to 5 PM
Where:  316 Main Building

See you next week!

GRCC In the News, 4-25-13

GRCC service learning projects up for $5,250 in awards

April 25, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will honor several community learning projects that saw students partner with businesses and nonprofits and to further their education.

Six inducted into Comstock High School’s fourth Athletic Hall of Fame class

April 24, 2013; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — Comstock High School inducted six new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday night at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center.

… Dave Warmack Class of 1966

Dave Warmack earned 9 varsity letters in football, baseball and track during his time in Comstock. He was a 4-year starter on the varsity football team and earned all conference status his junior and senior year. He had a remarkable batting average in baseball his senior year at .455. After high school, Dave took his football talents to Grand Rapids Community College and was a 2-way starter at FB and LB.

Blackboard Expands Support for Retention Efforts with Early Warning Analytics

April 24, 2013; prnewswire.com

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Blackboard Inc. has unveiled a new release of its flagship learning management system (LMS) that includes a tool to help instructors identify and engage at-risk students based on course activity patterns that correlate with student success. The feature makes it easier for instructors with limited time to find effective ways to improve student retention and outcomes.

… “Effectively tracking student performance and proactively taking action on at-risk students are challenges for instructors,” said Eric Kunnen , director of distance learning and instructional technologies at Grand Rapids Community College. “Improving student retention is an institutional priority and tools like the Retention Center empower faculty to easily identify and intervene to support student success.”

Great(er) Grand Rapids Garbage Tour

April 23, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Find out where your garbage goes! The Garbage Tour takes you on a five and a half hour educational journey of the main facilities in Kent County that deal with post-consumer waste, i.e., garbage.

Grand Rapids area dining guide: downtown

April 25, 2013; MLive

We appreciate MLive.com and Grand Rapids Press readers’ help to make our Dining Guide the best it can be. Please share the latest restaurant openings and closings with us at grentertainment@mlive.com. Menu offerings and hours periodically change, so please call the restaurant first if you don’t want surprises.

… The Heritage Restaurant Located in the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids Community College, this dining spot offers hands-on experience for culinary students as well as an exceptional menu. Open during selected times September through mid-April and for lunch May-June. 151 Fountain St. NE, 234-3700, www.grcc.edu/heritage. $-$$$

Faculty invited to attend the Spring Blackboard Conference

mibuglogoOn Friday, April 19th faculty and staff from across the state will gather at Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor) for the Michigan Blackboard Users Group (miBUG) Spring Conference.  All faculty and staff are invited to attend and there is still time to register!  Just visit www.regonline.com/springmibug to register for the FREE conference.

The conference is entitled the “Blackboard Never Stop Learning Tour!” and the conference theme is “Emerging Trends and Instructional Innovation.”  Here is the most up to date schedule: http://bit.ly/mibugschedule

For more information, visit the miBUG site, www.mibug.org/events.

Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to GRCC’s Newly Certified Online Faculty

Congratulations to the following faculty for successfully completing the Online and Hybrid Certification Course at GRCC!

This is an outstanding achievement and is an important part of supporting the growth of distance learning at GRCC.  In fact, enrollment in online courses is up +12% since last summer!  Completion of this 6 week course enables each of these faculty members to join more than 360 of their colleagues that are certified to deliver online and hybrid courses.  Online learning provides our students with more options than ever to achieve their educational goals.

The Department of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies would like to recognize the following faculty in their recent Online & Hybrid Certification!

  • Brian Chesla, Business Department.
  • Dareather Greer, Business Department.
  • Stacey Holt, Dental Department.
  • Mary Kearney, Business Department.
  • Sherry Knoppers, Nursing Program.
  • Andrew McLean, English Department.
  • Jeremy Osborn, Center for Teaching Excellence.
  • Mary Schafer, English Department.
  • Lynnae Selberg, Counseling and Career Center.
  • Jennifer Shinabarger, English Department.
  • Tanya Tillman, Business Department.
  • Ming Wang, Physical Science.

Not yet certified to teach online at GRCC?  Join your colleagues and sign up for the next Online Hybrid Certification course which will be offered this summer! For more information and registration, visit www.grcc.edu/ctereg.

7th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase a Success!

On Wednesday, March 20 GRCC held it’s 7th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase.

The event was kicked off by a presentation of GRCC’s “Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award”.  The winner of this year’s award was Andrew Vanden Heuvel, an adjunct in the Physical Science Department.  Congratulations to Anthony!

Over 50 faculty, administrators, and staff attended this event along with 13 sessions presented. Thank you to the follow presenters for taking the time to present to your colleagues:

  • Improving Accessibility in Blackboard, Garry Brand.
  • Using Camtasia Videos to Improve Student Success, Lisa Gloege.
  • Video Analysis Labs for the New Online Physics 115, Andrew Vanden Heuvel.
  • Wimba Voice for Quick and Easy Input, Grace Schwanda.
  • The Making of a Better Blackboard, Eric Kunnen.
  •  i>Clicker in the Classroom, Dan Anderson.
  • Webquests for Critical Thinking, Melanie Forbes.
  • SubjectGuides: Online Library Research Guides, Lori DeBie.
  • Using Peer Assessment to Create a Learning Community, Szymon Machajewski.
  • Using a Tablet Computer in Teaching Mathematics, Nancy Forrest.
  • Bring Your Class to Life with NBC Learn, Meegan Willi.
  • Taking Your Lectures to Your Online Classroom, Gary Ebels.
  • ePortfolios: Linking Course Learning and Employability Skills, Mursalata Muhammad.

Thank you also to the DLIT staff, food services, facilities, IT, and Media Technologies for helping to support this campus wide event.

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Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award Winner Announced at TLT Showcase!

From left to right: Eric Kunnen, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, Jennifer Batten, Department Head Physical Science, and the award winner Andrew Vanden Heuvel, Physical Science Department.

From left to right: Eric Kunnen, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, Jennifer Batten, Department Head Physical Science, and the award winner Andrew Vanden Heuvel, Physical Science Department.

Grand Rapids Community College’s “Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award” goes to… Andrew Vanden Heuvel, adjunct in the Physical Sciences Department!

Andrew was recognized at the 7th annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase in a brief ceremony that took place at 1PM on Wednesday, March 20 in Sneden Hall.

Here are a few highlighted comments from his nomination form:

“Andrew has considerable knowledge and talent to develop courses that are polished, well organized, and deliver content that creates a top quality learning experience for students.”

“The online courses (AS 103 and PH 115) that Andrew has developed includes labs that can be completed at home and online.  In one lab, for example, he has created Camtasia videos of a ball rolling and falling. Students then apply the same quantitative analysis to the motion of the characters in Angry Birds to determine if the projectile motion in the game follows the laws of physics creating a sense of relevancy and motivation that connects the concepts that students are learning to real world situations.”

Jennifer Batten, Department Head in the Physical Science Department writes: “I know that these online lab courses have been among the first courses to fill in our department.  These courses allow students to complete an all online AA degree at GRCC.  Further, I recently spoke with a students with mobility issues who was very thankful for the laboratory class that could be completed at home.”

Congratulations to Andrew!!!

Learn, Connect, Explore at the TLT Showcase

The 7th annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase is TODAY!

Join your colleagues from 1-4 today (March 20th) in 108 Sneden Hall to learn something new, connect with faculty across campus, and to explore innovative ideas that integrate technology into teaching and learning.

Also, the “Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award” will be presented at 1:00.  Come to see who will win this year!

A few of the topics to be presented today include:

  • “Improving Accessibility in Blackboard” – Garry Brand.
  •  “Using Camtasia Videos to Improve Student Success” – Lisa Gloege.
  • “Video Analysis Labs for the New Online Physics 115” Andrew Vanden Heuvel.
  • “Wimba Voice for Quick and Easy Input” – Grace Schwanda.
  • “Webquests for Critical Thinking” – Melanie Forbes.
  • “Using a Tablet Computer in Teaching Mathematics” – Nancy Forrest.

For more information, please visit www.grcc.edu/showcase.

No registration needed for Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase

The 7th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase is almost here! Please join your colleagues NEXT week Wednesday, March 20th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in 108 Sneden Hall for a time of connecting, sharing, and exploring innovative ideas that integrate technology into teaching and learning.

There is no advanced registration required and the event is free. Simply drop by anytime to participate.

Also, this will be the second year where we will present an Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award to a faculty member here at GRCC! (The short award ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00.)

A few of the topics that will be presented include:

  •  “Improving Accessibility in Blackboard” – Garry Brand.
  • “Using Camtasia Videos to Improve Student Success” – Lisa Gloege.
  • “Video Analysis Labs for the New Online Physics 115” Andrew Vanden Heuvel.
  • “Wimba Voice for Quick and Easy Input” – Grace Schwanda.
  • “Webquests for Critical Thinking” – Melanie Forbes.
  • “Using a Tablet Computer in Teaching Mathematics” – Nancy Forrest.

For more information, please visit www.grcc.edu/showcase

In short, the TLT Showcase is a unique opportunity to talk with your colleagues about teaching, learning, and technology, and get new ideas for your own classes. We hope you’ll join us!

GRCC Instructors serve as Reviewers for the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award Program

It is our 3rd year participating in the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award Program.  In fact, last year Cheryl Kautz from the Computer Applications Department, received an Exemplary Course Award for her work and received the recognition at the national Blackboard Conference in New Orleans.  This year, Szymon Machajewski, from the Computer Applications Department, submitted his course for review and the following faculty members have taken the opportunity to review course designs from colleges and universities from around the world:

  • Lisa Gloege, Economics.
  • Heather Richards, Social Sciences.
  • Susan Williams, Social Sciences.
  • Mursalata Muhammad, English.

ECP reviewers have noted the reviewing benefits:

  • Reflect on opportunities on your own course design.
  • Gain new perspectives and insights on course design.
  • Learn best practices and areas for improvement for enhancing GRCC courses.

The Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies department would like to recognize and thank this group of faculty for their work to enhance teaching and learning at GRCC!

More information about the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award Program is available here: http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Industry-Leadership/Catalyst-Awards/Exemplary-Course-Program.aspx

Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase scheduled for March 20, 2013

The 7th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase is almost here! Please join your colleagues NEXT week Wednesday, March 20th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in 108 Sneden Hall for a time of connecting, sharing, and exploring innovative ideas that integrate technology into teaching and learning.

There is no advanced registration required and the event is free. Simply drop by anytime to participate.

Also, this will be the second year where we will present an Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award to a faculty member here at GRCC! (The short award ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00.)

A few of the topics that will be presented include:

  •  “Improving Accessibility in Blackboard” – Garry Brand.
  • “Using Camtasia Videos to Improve Student Success” – Lisa Gloege.
  • “Video Analysis Labs for the New Online Physics 115” Andrew Vanden Heuvel.
  • “Wimba Voice for Quick and Easy Input” – Grace Schwanda.
  • “Webquests for Critical Thinking” – Melanie Forbes.
  • “Using a Tablet Computer in Teaching Mathematics” – Nancy Forrest.

For more information, please visit www.grcc.edu/showcase

In short, the TLT Showcase is a unique opportunity to talk with your colleagues about teaching, learning, and technology, and get new ideas for your own classes. We hope you’ll join us!

Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award to be Presented at the TLT Showcase

awardAttention faculty, be sure to save-the-date and plan to attend the 7th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase to see… WHO will be the recipient of the “Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award”!  The short AWARD ceremony will begin promptly at 1 pm.

The TLT Showcase will take place NEXT week in 108 Sneden Hall on Wednesday, March 20th from 1:00 pm –4:00 pm.  There is no registration required and the event is free.  Simply drop by anytime to participate!

This is a unique event for sharing, learning, experiencing, and connecting with your colleagues around the topic of teaching, learning, and technology.   Be there to see which faculty member was nominated by their peers and is using technology in an outstanding way to reach students and to improve their teaching.

For more information, visit www.grcc.edu/showcase.