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March 26, 2012 / dlitgroup

6th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase a Success!

For 6 years, faculty have gathered together to learn, share, explore, and connect around the topic of teaching with technology at the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase.

Kevin Dobreff (Department Head Music), Szymon Machajewski (Computer Applications Professor), Grace Schwanda (Adjunct, Music Department), Laurie Chesley (Dean, School of Arts and Sciences), and Patti Trepkowski (Associate Provost and Dean, Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies)

Over 50 faculty, administrators, staff, and students attended this event.  There were 13 sessions presented at this year’s showcase.  Thank you to the follow presenters:

  • Mashups in Your Online Class (Grace Schwanda, Music) 
  • Communicating Online (Kate Byerwalter, Psychology)
  • SubjectGuides: Digital Curation of Specialized Information (Lisa Rabey, Library)
  • Blackboard’s “Project Ocho” – More Powerful AND Easier to Use! (Garry Brand, Business)
  • Online Office Hours (Luann Keizer, Computer Applications)
  • Reading, Writing, and Rubrics (Ann Alexander, Business)
  • Occupy Facebook (Gary Ebels, Criminal Justice)
  • Increase Interaction and Engagement with Blackboard Collaborate (Meegan Willi, DLIT)
  • Student Tutorials in Physical Science (Joe Hesse, Physical Science)
  • Flipping the Classroom with Lecture Video (Szymon Machajewski, Computer Applications)
  • Advancing Online Learning @ GRCC (Eric Kunnen, DLIT)
  • Blackboard Mashups (Tim Koets, Computer Applications)
  • Facebook Groups for Content Sharing & Review (Shelly Richter, Nursing)

Adjunct Professor in the Music Department, Grace Schwanda

The event was kicked off by a presentation of GRCC’s first ever “Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award”.   Professor Grace Schwanda, an adjunct in the Music Department received her award at the event!

Here are a few highlighted comments from Grace’s nomination form:

“Grace was the pioneer music faculty member who first dipped her toe into online learning, shortly after it was made available to us here at the college. She has set the bar for all other music faculty who teach online and has mentored many members of the department.

Grace uses Camtasia Relay to make her lectures engaging with singing, piano playing, counting measures, and talking her students through concepts and ideas of music. With the use of Blackboard IM she is available to her students every day.

Grace’s lessons on Blackboard are there with tips on how to succeed in class and innovative methods for learning how to become a perceptive listener. The outcomes of her class are enhanced by the extensive use of technology to reach the goals of the class.

One of the student’s in Grace’s online class said: “Grace, I just wanted to thank you for teaching the music class we just finished. As you can tell, this is not my best subject… however, I really enjoyed what I learned and have a new appreciation for music, especially the older classical music. Thanks for putting up with us and have a blessed Christmas! Thanks again! – Student

I cannot think of any other faculty member who is more worthy of receiving this award.”

Congratulations to Grace Schwanda!!!

The following faculty were also recognized for being nominated by their peers in this program. The following faculty have received a certificate signed by the Director of Distance Learning, the Chief Information Officer, and the Provost:

  • Garrett Brand
  • Diane Sparks
  • Timothy Heldt
  • Gary Ebels

Here are some more photos from the event:

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