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March 23, 2011 / dlitgroup

miBUG Meeting and GVSU Teaching with Technology Symposium

On Friday, March 18th the following GRCC staff and faculty had the opportunity to attend the Michigan Blackboard Users Group (miBUG) Conference and GVSU Teaching with Technology Symposium:

Anna Clark; Brent Spitler; Eric J. Kunnen; Garret Brand; Grace Schwanda; Kevin O’Halla; Lisa Gloege; Mursalata Muhammad; Szymon Machajewski; and Tony VanderArk

The miBUG event brought over 80 attendees across the state from over 28 institutions.  There was an opening session keynote on the new features in Blackboard 9.1 along with 2 sets of breakout sessions.

GRCC Professors Garry Brand and Mursalata Muhammad from GRCC presented on the following topics:

Using Tools that Students Use
Students use social media, video, search and mobile technologies to learn. Too often, we take them out of that environment and “deliver content” through a “learning management system.” When is the last time you saw a student using a discussion board outside Blackboard? Join us as we explore how the latest version of Blackboard integrates blogs, wikis, journals, YouTube, instant messaging, mobile and other emerging technologies into the learning process. – Garret Brand, GRCC Business Professor

Partnerships Through the Using Blackboard Technology
This break out shares an example for how technology is useful in creating unique learning environments where community partners can serve as co-educators in classrooms that emphasize civically engaged curriculum like service-learning. – Mursalata Muhammad, GRCC English Professor

miBUG attendees were also invited to the GVSU Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.  The symposium provided over 27 ePoster sessions on a wide array of topics and a keynote by Dr. Punya Mishra on “Creative Teaching with Technology, what does it take?”  Dr. Mishra also referred to the TPACK model which has to do with the intersection between content, pedagogy, and technology.  Eric Kunnen blogged about the TPACK model as it relates to Blackboard tools in this post “Applying the Blackboard LMS to TPACK“.  [More photos from this event are available on DLIT’s Facebook page.

Anna Maria writes:

The need for immediacy that prevails in the new generations is a bit overwhelming and we’re not sure how to approach it – should we have our e-mails converted to text and sent to their phones?  Also… We work with a very diverse group of students – among age divides and economic divides – not all of our students might have text – so …… multiple approaches?

All in all, a very interesting thought provoking morning!

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