Posted tagged ‘Distance Learning’

TechSmith Relay Replacement

August 1, 2018

As of January 1, 2019, TechSmith Relay Recorder and Relay Server (https://relay.grcc.edu) will no longer be available as their parent company, TechSmith, has discontinued both products.

If you have used TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past to create videos, SnagIt and Camtasia are more robust versions of TechSmith Relay Recorder that allow you to screen capture and edit your videos. Both SnagIt and Camtasia are available for download in the Software Center. If you have uploaded videos to RaiderCast using the TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past, those videos will still be available and you can upload to that location through December 31, 2018.

Starting January 1, 2019, videos can no longer be uploaded to RaiderCast. They can be uploaded to Google Drive or YouTube using the Share option in SnagIt and Camtasia. The video captioning process will stay the same. As a reminder, per the audiovisual captioning policy, compliance with federal law requires captioning of all created, purchased, or continually used audiovisual media production shown at GRCC.

Tutorials for SnagIt and Camtasia are listed below.

SnagIt: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-snagit.html

Camtasia: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia.html

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at dlit@grcc.edu or call 234-3205.

Blackboard Instant Messenger Going Away

August 1, 2018

Blackboard Instant Messenger will no longer be available for use as of January 1, 2019. This solution has been discontinued by its parent company, Blackboard.

Information Technology understands that many faculty and staff rely on the use of an instant messaging tool to communicate with students. With this, GRCC will officially support the use of Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts allows you to send chat messages, make video calls, and screen share. Whether you are new to Google Hangouts or are currently using it or have used it in the past, more information can be found at https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/hangouts/#!/. This resource includes information on all three platforms of Google Hangouts, including Google Chat and Google Meet.

We encourage faculty and staff members to begin using Google Hangouts prior to January 1, 2019, to familiarize themselves with the product suite and to determine how to best use the new tool in your day-to-day operations. Faculty and staff can use the Hangouts suite by visiting https://hangouts.google.com and entering their GRCC email address and GRCC network password.  To switch between Hangouts, Chat, and Meet, simply click the Google Apps menu in the upper right corner of your browser.

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at dlit@grcc.edu or call 234-3205.

Distance Learning offers training in technology

April 16, 2018
It’s never to early to start thinking about new tools! Join Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies the first week of May for these face-to-face trainings and begin using these technologies this summer!
  • Let’s Hangout! – Wednesday, May 2, 10-11 am, 351 Main
    • Bring your computer (or use one of the lab PCs) to learn how to use Google Hangouts to quickly connect with your students.
  • Creating Video with Camtasia, Thursday, May 3, 1-2:30 pm, 351 Main
    • In this session, you will learn how to create a recording in Camtasia, perform basic editing on a recording, and share your recording to Relay, YouTube or simply save it as a local file.
Registration is required, visit http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg for details.

Raider Salute for Summer Teaching Institute help

August 18, 2017

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.

Faculty training session explores lightboard

August 18, 2017

As part of the faculty training session on August 17, chemistry professor Bill Faber demonstrated the lightboard.

Bill Faber talks to a camera as he stands behind a lightboard.

GRCC In the News, 7-24-17

July 24, 2017

Change Ups: Willi selected for Blackboard MVP program

July 21, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College instructional technologist and designer Meegan Willi was selected to participate in the Blackboard MVP program. She will receive access to professional development and share her insights and expertise. Blackboard is the course-management system GRCC faculty uses. To be selected for the MVP program, applicants must prove themselves to be not only leaders in the education technology community but also experts in Blackboard itself and skilled in helping others use it.

See the new tuition rates for West Michigan colleges

July 20, 2017; MLive

The cost of attending college every year gets higher every year. Colleges and universities across the state usually raise tuition prior to the new academic year, often there is also an increase in financial aid to help offset the impact.

… The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition 1.8 percent or $2 more per contact hour for the 2017-18 academic year.

‘I wanted to fight back’: Reflections on the 1967 Grand Rapids riot

July 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fifty years ago, racial tensions in Grand Rapids erupted for three days of civil unrest on the city’s Southeast Side. The riot ran from July 25-27 in 1967.

… (Eli) Lumpkins, who later served as dean of students and alumni services at Grand Rapids Community College, was teaching summer school that July.

Registration is open for all Summer Teaching Institute sessions

July 11, 2017

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

2017 Michigan OER Summit: Save the Date and Call for Proposals

May 16, 2017

Members of Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies (DLIT) at GRCC are working in collaboration with Michigan Colleges Online to organize the 2017 OER Summit in Battle Creek this September. We would love to have participation from our faculty and staff as presenters as well as participants! The summit will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017, at Kellogg Community College.

The 2017 MI OER Summit is a statewide event focused on collaboration, networking, sharing and learning about Open Educational Resources and their uses in higher education. Faculty, librarians, instructional designers and technologists, and administrators are encouraged to submit proposals that focus on their work around OER. Topics of interest include models for adoption and use of OER, adapting or creating new open content, curating OER content, policies and funding of OER usage on campus, implementation of OER use in a classroom, open pedagogy – or inspire us with something new in the world of OPEN. If you are interested in presenting, the proposal submission deadline is June, 23, 2017. Proposals may be submitted at http://bit.ly/2017OERProposals.

https://grcctoday.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/2017-save-the-date-flyer.pdf

Blackboard upgrade on May 4

May 2, 2017

Technology notification:

On May 4th, from 6-9 a.m., Blackboard Learn will be upgraded to Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 Cumulative Update 1. During the scheduled maintenance, Blackboard will be unavailable. Please review your courses and organizations in Blackboard prior to the upgrade to ensure everything is working as expected and you are familiar with the changes. You can evaluate the Blackboard updates in our test environment at https://bbtst.grcc.edu (on campus only). The test environment is a copy of the production environment as of February 1.

With this upgrade, the new Blackboard Learn 2016 theme will be applied, so it will look slightly different. The new theme improves the experience for mobile users. Additionally, this theme was designed with WCAG 2.0 principles in mind and follows accessibility guidelines for structure, color contrast, and navigation. Please note, modifying course themes and some branding configuration settings are no longer supported. The course themes option will be replaced with the Blackboard delivered theme, which is a more consistent, mobile-friendly and accessible interface. In addition, we added a “Mobile” tab that contains a different module layout that we believe better aligns with the mobile experience (i.e. My Course List module resides on the left, so it is the first module presented to a mobile device). More information on this can be found in the announcement section located on the login page. The Mobile tab will not be pushed to production and is only used for demonstration purposes. We welcome your feedback on adjusting the layout of various modules to improve the overall mobile experience.

Listed below are a couple of the feature enhancements and quality improvements in this release. For a full list of updates, please refer to the Blackboard release notes, which can be found at https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/Hosting/Release_Notes/Release_Notes_All_91_Releases/Release_Notes_9.1_2016_Q4.

  • Improved mobile experience and accessibility
  • Ability to drag and drop files
  • Submission receipts
  • Reminders
  • Dropbox integration

If you have questions or concerns, please contact IT Customer Support at 234-HELP or ITSupport@grcc.edu. If you have questions about how to use the new features, contact DLIT at 234-3205 or DLIT@grcc.edu.

Blackboard upgrade on May 4

May 1, 2017

Technology notification:

On May 4th, from 6-9 a.m., Blackboard Learn will be upgraded to Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 Cumulative Update 1. During the scheduled maintenance, Blackboard will be unavailable. Please review your courses and organizations in Blackboard prior to the upgrade to ensure everything is working as expected and you are familiar with the changes. You can evaluate the Blackboard updates in our test environment at https://bbtst.grcc.edu (on campus only). The test environment is a copy of the production environment as of February 1.

With this upgrade, the new Blackboard Learn 2016 theme will be applied, so it will look slightly different. The new theme improves the experience for mobile users. Additionally, this theme was designed with WCAG 2.0 principles in mind and follows accessibility guidelines for structure, color contrast, and navigation. Please note, modifying course themes and some branding configuration settings are no longer supported. The course themes option will be replaced with the Blackboard delivered theme, which is a more consistent, mobile-friendly and accessible interface. In addition, we added a “Mobile” tab that contains a different module layout that we believe better aligns with the mobile experience (i.e. My Course List module resides on the left, so it is the first module presented to a mobile device). More information on this can be found in the announcement section located on the login page. The Mobile tab will not be pushed to production and is only used for demonstration purposes. We welcome your feedback on adjusting the layout of various modules to improve the overall mobile experience.

Listed below are a couple of the feature enhancements and quality improvements in this release. For a full list of updates, please refer to the Blackboard release notes, which can be found at https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/Hosting/Release_Notes/Release_Notes_All_91_Releases/Release_Notes_9.1_2016_Q4.

  • Improved mobile experience and accessibility
  • Ability to drag and drop files
  • Submission receipts
  • Reminders
  • Dropbox integration

If you have questions or concerns, please contact IT Customer Support at 234-HELP or ITSupport@grcc.edu. If you have questions about how to use the new features, contact DLIT at 234-3205 or DLIT@grcc.edu.

Photos from Faculty Showcase

April 13, 2017

Thank you to all the Faculty Showcase presenters and participants!  Thank you also to Armen Oumedian for his generous support for the Innovation Grants for faculty!

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Faculty Showcase is today

April 11, 2017

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

April 7, 2017

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.

GRCC In the News, 4-4-17

April 4, 2017

Wanted: Certified Nursing Assistants in West Michigan

April 3, 2017; WFGR

They are much in demand, but difficult to find. They are Certified Nursing Assistants, and there is a huge need, nation wide. So, to the rescue, Grand Rapids Community College and Holland Home.

Leaders to young males: Make smart choices

April 3, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Grand Rapids Public Schools – GRPS, MI   Nathaniel Stanley knows how easy it would have been to take the wrong path.

The Davenport University sophomore said that’s the importance of conferences like the 2nd Annual African-American Male Conference held at Grand Rapids Community College. The message of speakers and organizers to more than 600 area high school students included the importance of personal accountability, responsibility and recognizing the smart choice.

AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org Ranks Michigan’s Best Online Schools for 2017

April 4, 2017; prweb.com

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has determined the best online colleges programs in Michigan for 2017. Of the 36 four-year schools that made the Best list, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University came in as the top schools. Of the 12 two-year colleges that also made the list, Lansing Community College, Washtenaw Community College, Delta College, Kirtland Community College and Henry Ford Community College were the top five.

… Michigan’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following:

… Grand Rapids Community College

04/03 – 2017 Michigan Collegiate Baseball Won-Loss Standings – UNOFFICIAL

April 3, 2017; MLive

2017 Michigan Collegiate Baseball Won-Loss Standings – UNOFFICIAL

… Grand Rapids Community College – MCCAA / NJCAA2 – 8-14-0 / 36.36%

Respondus Monitor Webinar is today

February 22, 2017

Join Meegan Willi for a 1-hour webinar, “Preventing Cheating during Online Exams: An Instructor’s Perspective on Respondus Monitor,” in 347 Main from 2:00-3:00 p.m. TODAY!

This webinar offers an overview of Respondus Monitor along with insight from an educator successfully using the application to maintain the integrity of online tests.

First, you’ll see a demonstration of how Respondus Monitor adds webcam and video technology to LockDown Browser for exams taken in non-proctored environments. Then hear from one instructor about her testing process, student feedback, and other insights from her experience with Respondus Monitor. The webinar is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end.

Co-presenter Tammi Kolski is an Online Instructor in Psychology at Central Michigan University, Adjunct Faculty at Muskegon Community College, and Adjunct Online Faculty at Southern New Hampshire University. She is also a limited licensed psychologist and has worked for 26 years in clinical practice in crisis intervention and integrated behavioral health services. Tammi is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Educational Technology at Central Michigan University.

Pre-registration is not required. You can just show up!