Posted tagged ‘Distance Learning’

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!

Camtasia Trainings with DLIT

February 6, 2017

Have you ever wanted to create short video recording for your class? Are you a longtime user of Relay who wishes that you could actually edit your recordings before posting them? Would you like to learn how to bring your lectures to life for an online course?

If so, attend one of the upcoming Camtasia trainings! Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies has two trainings scheduled for February:

  • Tuesday, February 7th, from 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, February 15th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

In this training, we will tell you how to get Camtasia installed on your computer. (Yes, this software is available for any faculty and staff to install on their computer for free, even if you are an adjunct teaching with a non-GRCC owned computer!) We will show you how to create a basic recording and then use the tools in Camtasia to edit the recording, manipulate the audio (if necessary), add simple transitions, bring in other media such as images or other recordings and then publish your video in a variety of formats – including sending it to our Raidercast server.

Registration is available at http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg

For more information on Camtasia, visit http://www.techsmith.com

**This training does count as 1 1/2 hours of professional development.**

Session on preventing online exam cheating is today

September 14, 2016

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

September 13, 2016

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

August 24, 2016

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.

Center for Teaching Excellence, Distance Learning hosts open houses

August 22, 2016

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.

Center for Teaching Excellence, Distance Learning host open houses

August 19, 2016

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.

Congratulations to the Willi family

August 10, 2016

Congratulations to Meegan and Dan Willi! Meegan, Dan, and big sister Hazel, welcomed their newest family member, Doris Mae Willi, on July 29th. She came into this world weighing 6 lbs. 14 oz. and measuring 19 inches long. Mom and Doris are doing great, and the whole family is absolutely in love Doris.

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