CTE Annual Faculty Showcase and Faculty Appreciation event today in Main

Join us April 9 for the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Annual Faculty Showcase and Faculty Appreciation. This is a “poster/exhibit type” event and is designed as an informal opportunity to see how your peers are using innovative teaching practices in the classroom. There will also be refreshments, free chair massages, and chances to win GRCC swag!

  • LOCATION: Main 308, 310 (SAS Conference Room), 347, and  351
  • DATE: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • TIME: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and join us for this awesome event!

A special thank you to all of our presenters…

  • Steven Putt – GRCC Library OneSearch
  • Vicki Meyers – Bringing Live Simulation to the Classroom with Streaming Video
  • Tari Mattox – Fire and Ice: Bringing the Real World into the Classroom
  • Kelly Webber – G Suite Transition information
  • Tracy Payne – Student Records Quick Reference
  • Garry Brand – A New and Improved Techsmith Relay
  • Lora Blumenstein – Mind Mapping-Opening up the Possibilities
  • Dustin Altschul – Virtual Reality in Interior Design Exploration
  • Holly Christopher – Graduate Student…Again. But Online.
  • Melissa Boman – Early Childhood Technology
  • Melanie Schiele Gady – Honors Project – How Exercise Improves Body Function
  • Anna Maria Clark – Retention through Research! A Successful Partnership Between a 4-Year Institution and a Community College that inspired First Generation/Low Income Students to Consider Research a Viable Academic Avenue

CTE Annual Faculty Showcase and Faculty Appreciation event one week from today

Join us April 9 for the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Annual Faculty Showcase and Faculty Appreciation. This is a “poster/exhibit type” event and is designed as an informal opportunity to see how your peers are using innovative teaching practices in the classroom. There will also be refreshments, free chair massages, and chances to win GRCC swag!

  • LOCATION: Main 308, 310 (SAS Conference Room), 347, and  351
  • DATE: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • TIME: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and join us for this awesome event!

A special thank you to all of our presenters…

  • Steven Putt – GRCC Library OneSearch
  • Vicki Meyers – Bringing Live Simulation to the Classroom with Streaming Video
  • Tari Mattox – Fire and Ice: Bringing the Real World into the Classroom
  • Kelly Webber – G Suite Transition information
  • Tracy Payne – Student Records Quick Reference
  • Garry Brand – A New and Improved Techsmith Relay
  • Lora Blumenstein – Mind Mapping-Opening up the Possibilities
  • Dustin Altschul – Virtual Reality in Interior Design Exploration
  • Holly Christopher – Graduate Student…Again. But Online.
  • Melissa Boman – Early Childhood Technology
  • Melanie Schiele Gady – Honors Project – How Exercise Improves Body Function
  • Anna Maria Clark – Retention through Research! A Successful Partnership Between a 4-Year Institution and a Community College that inspired First Generation/Low Income Students to Consider Research a Viable Academic Avenue

Register now for 13th Annual Summer Teaching Institute

Please join us for one or more sessions at the annual Summer Teaching Institute. Registration for all sessions is required! Visit http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg to register. For assistance, please email cte@grcc.edu or call 616-234-2278.

Wednesday, August 15

9:00 to 10:30 a.m.: DSS and You: Implementing the Accommodations Agreement

  • Facilitator: Sarah Rose
  • Description: Do you look at the Disability Support Services Accommodations Agreement and wonder what you are supposed to do next? Come join us for a discussion about accommodations, what the responsibilities of faculty, students, and DSS are in implementing accommodations, options for consultation, and learn about upcoming changes to keep your eyes open for during the 2018-19 school year.

10:30 a.m. to Noon: Get Your Online Course Ready

  • Facilitators: Garry Brand & Meegan Willi
  • Description: As we approach a new academic year, it’s time to get that online course ready! Maybe you need to revise instructions, ensure accessibility, add videos, craft a new discussion, address changes in curriculum, create a practice activity, etc.  Perhaps you just need to troubleshoot a technical issue that came up last semester or address an issue raised in students’ feedback.  We’ll help you get things fine-tuned and ready to open early for students.

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Linking Library Resources into Blackboard

  • Facilitator: Nan Schichtel
  • Description: Learn easy and legal ways to provide permalinks to licensed library resources (e-books, e-journal articles, and streaming videos) in your Blackboard courses.  This session will teach you how to find and use permalinks to populate your Blackboard with quality college-level content.  Participants must be Blackboard users (faculty/instructional or staff organization) with rights to edit course/organization content.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.: Adding Images and Video to Your Course Using SnagIt, Relay and Camtasia

  • Facilitators: Tony Dykema-VanderArk & Meegan Willi
  • Description: This session will introduce you to a suite of three tools from TechSmith that are available to all faculty and staff at GRCC. SnagIt is a robust screen-capture tool that can be used to create and mark up screenshots or to create short videos and GIFs. Relay allows users to capture lectures or lessons in longer videos. Camtasia offers a rich video creating and editing tool with a wide range of capabilities. This session will introduce the basic functions of each tool, highlight some of the more advanced features of each, and allow lots of time for hands-on practice.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.: Bridging the Gap Between Students and Professors

  • Facilitator: Deb Vilmont
  • Description: What are they thinking…How do our students want faculty to use Blackboard? How do our students feel about group work? How much feedback do students want from their instructors? Does this match what instructors are thinking? Let’s bring students and faculty together! This session will allow faculty and students to build connections and engage in a meaningful dialogue to discuss best classroom strategies for teaching and learning.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Give them a Chance: Facilitating Student Success by Crafting Policies with an Ethic of Care

  • Facilitator: Rachel Lutwick-Deaner
  • Description: It’s easy to administer the polices of our syllabi from an Ethic of Justice rather than an Ethic of Care. This workshop will consider the varied experiences and circumstances of our GRCC students and critically examine how our classroom policies can set up our students for success or failure.  Discussion will begin with the philosophical and end with the practical application of this perspective.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: What Every Faculty Member Should Know About Your Library

  • Facilitator: Nan Schichtel
  • Description: Faculty will learn about their role in selecting physical and virtual collections. Services focused on faculty are introduced: Course Reserve, Information Literacy Instruction; Subject Guides; Copyright Support; Blackboard Curation; OER Support; RaiderLoan; and, working with your librarian liaison.

Thursday, August 16

9:00 a.m. to Noon: Blackboard Basics

  • Facilitator: Chad Systma
  • Description: Learn to maximize the use of Blackboard in your course, whether teaching online or in a classroom setting. Learning will be focused on 6 different tools and features built right into Blackboard.  Adding in Folders, Web Links and Content, Availability and Announcements. How to create and use the assignment feature to send and receive digital work. Using Grade Center to create categories, columns, viewing and grading work submitted thru the Assignment feature. Using the Discussion Board to create, manage and grade digital discussions. Adding digital content such as incorporating YouTube videos (or adding links to other video content). Creating and deploying tests and quizzes in your course including creating question banks, creating tests and deploying tests.

9:00 to 10:30 a.m.: GRCC Accounts & You

  • Facilitators: Rachel Bower & Laura DeVries
  • Description: “I don’t know what I don’t know”. There are a lot of campus resources available to you that you may not be aware of or completely forgot about. Please join us in this helpfully informative session in regards to campus accounts, technology tidbits and other handy tools you can’t live without!

1:00 to 2:30 p.m.: Leveraging Google Drive and Documents in the Classroom

  • Facilitator: Chad Systma
  • Description: All students enrolled at GRCC are provided with a CC email account that is really a Google Gmail account. Additionally, your GRCC email account can access Google Drive and Docs as a type of Google account as well. What does this mean to you? It means that you and your students have access to powerful tools that you can learn to leverage – using the built in Google Drive and Google Docs components of Gmail. This session will explore ways that you can use Google Docs and Drive in your course both delivery and receipt of student information.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Give them a Chance: Facilitating Student Success by Crafting Policies with an Ethic of Care

  • Facilitator: Rachel Lutwick-Deaner
  • Description: It’s easy to administer the polices of our syllabi from an Ethic of Justice rather than an Ethic of Care. This workshop will consider the varied experiences and circumstances of our GRCC students and critically examine how our classroom policies can set up our students for success or failure.  Discussion will begin with the philosophical and end with the practical application of this perspective.

5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Leveraging Google Drive and Documents in the Classroom

  • Facilitator: Chad Systma
  • Description: All students enrolled at GRCC are provided with a CC email account that is really a Google Gmail account. Additionally, your GRCC email account can access Google Drive and Docs as a type of Google account as well.  What does this mean to you? It means that you and your students have access to powerful tools that you can learn to leverage – using the built in Google Drive and Google Docs components of Gmail. This session will explore ways that you can use Google Docs and Drive in your course both delivery and receipt of student information.

Friday, August 17

9:00 to 10:30 a.m.: Faculty Performance Evaluation and Portfolio Overview

  • Facilitators: Christopher Johnston & Christina McElwee
  • Description: This session provides an overview of the GRCC Faculty Evaluation System and introduces participants to the portfolio. It provides an overview of the different components of the FPE system, explains the required documentation for evaluation, and provides an opportunity for faculty to ask questions. Note: Completion of this session is required for any faculty member who wishes to serve on a rank or tenure committee.

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Engaging Ideas: Adjunct Instructors Only

  • Facilitators: Brandy Springstubbe & Christina McElwee
  • Description: Do you want to get new and exciting ideas for your classroom? Do you have unanswered questions about anything related to GRCC? If so, this session is for you. Join us as we share thought-provoking best practices and critical thinking activities that can be incorporated into any discipline. This session will also offer time for questions and answers specifically for adjunct instructors as well as a small gift to kick off the semester.

Registration for all sessions is required! Visit http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg to register. For assistance, please email cte@grcc.edu or call 616-234-2278.

 

 

Registration now open for summer Online and Hybrid Certification Course

We only offer one session of the Online and Hybrid Certification Course during the summer, and it is done before the 4th of July. Sign up today!

The OHCC is designed to provide instructors with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver a high-quality online/hybrid course. Successful participants will also be able to teach effectively online through active facilitation and a variety of student engagement techniques and technologies. Training in Blackboard Basics (on the latest version of the LMS) is a prerequisite. Blackboard Basics may be taken online in a self-paced format or in-person on Friday, May 11th from 10:30 am-noon. 

The OHCC is a six (6) week, rigorous course that includes weekly participation and assignment requirements. This training is much more than “Blackboard training,” as it includes elements of instructional design and strategies for building, developing, sequencing, and delivering online content. When you are done, you will have a template for your online and/or hybrid course. You must complete the course, including the assignments for all six weeks, for certification. This includes the completion of your final presentation.

Participants will:

  • Attend the Friday session if they do not complete the previous week’s assignments.
  • Watch a Relay recording if they do not attend the campus session.
  • Complete all online assignments (e.g. reading, discussions, learning activities).
  • Post content to an empty/template course in Blackboard.
  • Complete assessments or self-assessments.
  • Make a final presentation and submit a course evaluation.

The campus sessions are on Fridays from 1:00-2:30 pm in 351 Main and virtually using Zoom. This is a hybrid course (online course with some classroom instruction). However, you are not required to attend these Friday sessions if the previous week’s work is completed. Those who do not attend will watch a video of the campus session.

You can register online.

CTE session open to all employees

This session, offered through the Center for Teaching Excellence, is open to all employees.  Register online.

Queer & Trans 101: An Ally Training for Educators: Friday, February 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to noon in 246 Main

In the first half of this training, participants will examine concepts of gender, sex, and sexuality; become familiar with relevant terminology; and discuss issues impacting LGBTQIA + communities. The second half of the training includes suggestions and tips for creating LGBTQIA-inclusive classrooms as well as knowledge sharing, case study analysis, and discussion.  Facilitated by: Jen Hsu-Bishop and Marla Wick – GVSU