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About DLIT Group

Name: Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies (DLIT)

Mission/Purpose: To provide administrative leadership, strategic direction, coordination, training, and support for the college’s: instructional technologies, classroom multimedia, distance learning, enterprise course management system (Blackboard), and emerging academic technologies. This work includes both faculty and student applications, academic solutions, and their use of technologies in teaching and learning.


Staff: The DLIT department includes:

  • Eric Kunnen
    Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies
  • Meegan Willi (Lillis)
    Instructional Technologist/Designer
  • Jose Mora
    Educational Support Professional
  • Garry Brand
    Lead Faculty Professional Development Facilitator and Business Law Professor
  • Luann Keizer
    Faculty Professional Development Facilitator
  • Tim Koets
    Faculty Professional Development Facilitator
  • Mark Nordblom
    Enterprise Analyst

Services: GRCC is more than students, staff, faculty, classrooms, courses, technologies, and facilities. As part of it’s name, GRCC is a dynamic community of students, staff, and faculty that share ideas and experiences. It is the interplay and synergy between all of these pieces that make us who we are. Insofar is this, DLIT actively pursues ways to enhance these connections and provides opportunities for collaboration, sharing, and knowledge creation through leveraging instructional technologies. Through the use of technology, DLIT assists in leading and creating opportunities for our academic community to engage with students, staff, faculty, and the community in new ways – never before possible. The following services provide the framework for our department:

  • Provide administrative vision, institutional leadership, policy establishment, curriculum integration, planning, and strategic direction for the college’s academic technologies and distance learning program.
  • Provide leadership for faculty professional development in establishing quality training opportunities, the establishment of effective teaching-with-technologies practices, and consultation for implementing instructional technologies into the curriculum.
  • Provide faculty support in the use of instructional technologies in teaching.
  • Coordinate faculty and student distance learning orientations to ensure proper preparation for courses offered online or in a hybrid format.
  • Assist in the coordination of student technical support that is provided for the use of instructional technologies required for distance learning.
  • Provide faculty support for distance learning.
  • Provide distance learning faculty certification, tracking, and reporting.
  • Provide access to technologies and resources for courseware development and for teaching that enhance student and faculty interaction, provide mobile access, enable collaboration, enhance communication, and to promote intervention opportunities and retention for underperforming students.
  • Assist in enhancing tutorial services and other college support services for students in the distance learning program through instructional technologies.
  • Provide leadership, coordination, planning, testing, training, implementation, and the establishment of policies and procedures for the college’s enterprise course management system (Blackboard).Provide reports on the use of instructional technologies by faculty and students.
  • Advocate for the integration of technology into the curriculum where appropriate.
  • Expand the use of distance learning and instructional technologies through awareness, encouragement, and recognition events.
  • Identify, investigate, track, pilot, train, and support the deployment of new trends, innovations, and emerging technologies by leading advisory groups, benchmarking, and research initiatives.
  • Provide forums for communication in the areas of distance learning, pedagogy, and the use of technology in teaching.
  • Seek, assist, and secure grants and other forms of external support that contribute to the use, adoption, and best practice application of leveraging technologies in teaching and learning.
  • Seek, apply, and acquire quality awards through the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award Program, SLOAN-C, Quality Matters, and other systems of quality.
  • Participate in statewide organizations such as the MCCVLC and ETOM to collaborate on common issues, challenges, and to share knowledge and best practices and for use in benchmarking.
  • Develop shareable content, custom solutions (Blackboard Building Blocks), and applications that serve the needs of GRCC and create potential revenue streams.
  • Connect instructional technologies and the distance learning program to college wide initiatives such as sustainability, retention, accreditation, developmental education, etc.
  • Facilitate project planning and cross college collaboration as needed, to bring together a wide array of departments at the college to better leverage technology in teaching and learning initiatives.

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