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November 5, 2012 / dlitgroup

GRCC participates at ETOM Fall Conference

Associate Dean Bill Faber, Business Professor Brent Spitler, and Computer Applications Professor Szymon Machajewski check in at the Fall ETOM Conference

On Friday, November 2nd, several Grand Rapids Community College faculty and staff attended the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) Fall Conference in Midland, Michigan at Northwood University.

Eric Kunnen (DLIT), Garry Brand (Business Department and DLIT), Szymon Machajewski (Computer Applications Department), Colette Smiley (Dental Department), and Brent Spitler (Business Department) participated in the conference this year which was the largest event in 10 years for ETOM with over 110 attendees.  There were 16 institutions represented from across the state and participants were able to select from 12 breakout sessions by 16 presenters.

Here are a few highlights from the conference:

As the current ETOM President of the Board, Eric Kunnen, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, introduced the keynote speaker and served as the “MC” for the event.

Garry Brand, Professor in the Business Department and DLIT faculty facilitator, delivered the keynote at the conference.  The title of his talk was: “Don’t “Just Do It!”, #makeitcount Can Emerging Technologies Lead to Online Course Quality?”

Business Professor and DLIT Faculty Facilitator Garry Brand delivered the ETOM Fall Conference Keynote

Szymon Machajewski, Professor in the Computer Applications Department presented a breakout session a the conference entitled:  “Open Educational Resources – You get what you pay for, or do you?” For more information, including the content of the presentation, go to Click here to view a YouTube of Szymon’s presentation

Computer Applications Professor Szymon Machajewski presented on the topic of “Open Education Resources” at the Fall ETOM Conference

The next ETOM event will be the Higgins Lake Retreat which will be held on June 10th and 11th.  Save the date!


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