Honors projects sought for Winter 2018

The Department of Experiential Learning is currently seeking faculty who are interested in developing an Honors Project ready to be offered for Winter 2018. The design and facilitation of these projects can fulfill FPE requirements. Interested faculty will be supported over the next several weeks in the design of their Honors Projects.

If you are interested in developing an Honors Project, please email Leigh Kleinert by Friday, September 15, and/or attend our Honors Project Workshop on Friday, September 15, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Register through the Center for Teaching Excellence. Food is provided.

Raider Salute for Summer Teaching Institute help

Thank you to all the Summer Teaching Institute facilitators and participants!

Facilitators were Christina McElwee, Deb Vilmont, Chad Sytsma, Tony Dykema-VanderArk, Garry Brand, Meegan Willi, Mursalata Muhammad, Klaas Kwant, Rafael Pastrano, Melanie Shiele-Gady, Tamber Bustance and Jennifer Batten

Special thanks to Toy McNeal for all the coordination and Avery Sedore for the fantastic food.

Registration is open for all Summer Teaching Institute sessions

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies will be holding its 12th Annual Summer Teaching Institute this August! Over the course of three days — August 15, 16, and 17 — we have twelve different sessions available, including evening sessions. You can register for just one session or multiple sessions. All of the sessions will be held on the Main GRCC campus.

Below is a list of the sessions — you can see the schedule and full session descriptions online:

Tuesday, August 15
  • Getting Off to a Good Start with Christina McElwee, Deb Vilmont and Bill Faber.
  • Leveraging Blackboard to Maximize your Course with Chad Sytsma and Tony Dykema-VanderArk.
  • Leveraging Blackboard to Maximize your Course with Chad Sytsma and Tony Dykema-VanderArk.
Wednesday, August 16
  • Online Teaching Challenges and Strategies with Garry Brand and Meegan Willi.
  • Adding Images and Video to Your Course Using SnagIt, Relay, and Camtasia with Tony Dykema-VanderArk and Meegan Willi.
  • Honor Projects with Mursalata Muhammad.
Thursday, August 17
  • GRCC’s Latest Tool for Student Engagement: The Lightboard with Klaas Kwant, Garry Brand, Bill Faber and Rafael Pastrano.
  • Learning Through Serving with Melanie Schiele Gady.
  • Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom with Tamber Bustance and Stacey Heisler.
  • Talking to Students about Academic Pathways with Jennifer Batten.
  • Getting Off to a Good Start with Christina McElwee, Deb Vilmont and Bill Faber.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) & GRCC with Mursalata Muhammad.

Registration is required. If you need assistance with registration, please email cte@grcc.edu or call 616-234-2278.

12th annual Summer Teaching Institute August 15, 16, 17

Faculty Showcase is today

Please stop by the Preschool on April 11 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to see some of the amazing work being done by faculty this year. There will be faculty from the following areas available to share and discuss ideas:

JaneAnn Benson will be giving tours of the new Preschool building as well.

Light snacks will be served.

Faculty Showcase to be held April 11

Please stop by the Preschool on April 11 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to see some of the amazing work being done by faculty this year. There will be faculty from the following areas available to share and discuss ideas:

JaneAnn Benson will be giving tours of the new Preschool building as well.

Light snacks will be served.

Center for Teaching Excellence presentation features Attah Obande

Part of the Tribe:
  • As human beings we all have a need to belong; the need to feel acceptance as a member or part. A sense of belonging to a greater community improves motivation, health, and happiness. In this session we will discuss the importance of being part of a tribe, the effects of not feeling included, what we can do to create a sense of belonging with people around us.
  • Attah Obande is the Director of Business Development for Spring GR; a business training, mentoring and networking program designed to help budding entrepreneurs in communities of high unemployment turn their ideas into thriving businesses.
March 24, 2017
11:00 a.m. to Noon
246 Main Bldg.
Hosted by the Center of Teaching Excellence

Armen grant recipients announced

Please congratulate the Armen Innovation Grant recipients for Winter 2017:

  • Kate Byerwalter – Psychology
  • Brian Daily – Academic Support and Tutoring Services
  • Hillery Haney – Language and Thought
  • Scott Garrard – Visual Arts
  • Megan Lockard – English
  • Susan Mowers – English
  • Felix Periero – Business
  • Sheila Schindler – Psychology
  • Brent Spitler – Business
  • Katie Vander Meer – Computer Information Systems

You can find a title and brief description of their projects at www.grcc.edu/armen2017

Instructional Support will hold a showcase near the end of the winter semester to share more about how these projects impacted our students.

Thank you again to Armen Oumedian for his generosity and support for this important work for our students.

 

Armen Innovation Grants available for faculty

Through the support of entrepreneur and philanthropist Armen Oumedian, Instructional Support will offer grants to GRCC faculty incorporating innovative practices into their curriculum. Grants of up to $500 may be awarded to both full-time and adjunct faculty interested in further developing or implementing a new high-impact educational practice into their classroom during the Winter 2017 semester. Applications will be accepted through November 15, 2016, and the awards will be announced before the end of the fall 2016 semester.

 

 

Session on preventing online exam cheating is today

Would you like to learn how to prevent cheating during online exams?

The Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies department will be hosting a training on LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor this following Wednesday, September 9th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in room 351 main.

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that prevents digital cheating during an online test in Blackboard Learn. Respondus Monitor is a companion product for LockDown Browser that deters cheating when students take online exams in non-proctored environments. Students use their own computers with a standard webcam to record assessment sessions.

To sign up, please visit the Center for Teaching Excellence website and register for the “Prev. cheating Dur. Onl. Exams” section. For more details on the content of the training, please click on the following link: LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor Flyer

If you have any questions, please contact the DLIT department at 616-234-3205 and/or at DLIT@grcc.edu

Training session focuses on online cheating

Would you like to learn how to prevent cheating during online exams?

The Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies department will host training on LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor this Wednesday, September 9th , from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 351 Main.

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that prevents digital cheating during an online test in Blackboard Learn. Respondus Monitor is a companion product for LockDown Browser that deters cheating when students take online exams in non-proctored environments. Students use their own computers with a standard webcam to record assessment sessions.

To sign up, please visit the Center for Teaching Excellence website and register for the “Prev. cheating Dur. Onl. Exams” section. For more details on the content of the training, please click on the following link: LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor Flyer

If you have any questions, please contact the DLIT department at 616-234-3205 and/or at DLIT@grcc.edu

Open houses for Center for Teaching Excellence, Distance Learning start August 25

The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Distance Learning & Instructional Support Department will be hosting an open house August 25th, 26th, and 29th.  We encourage all faculty members to come in with any questions, comments, or concerns about their classes, online teaching, instructional technologies, and anything else relating to distance learning. The open house will take place during the following hours:

  • 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. — Thursday, August 25th
  • 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. – Friday, August 26th
  • 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. – Monday, August 29th

We are Located on the third floor of the main building, rooms 316 for DLIT and room 308 for the CTE.

DLIT & CTE Fall Open House. Thursday, August 25th, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, August 26th, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Monday, August 29th, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.