Show Your Audience What is Cutting Edge in Today's Classroom - Technology Event Will Show How the Teacher's Desk is not the Focal Point of the Room and you can see Everything From the Back Rows

Learn how instructors make the most of technology, inside and outside of the classroom, at this year's Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) fall conference this Friday, October 14.   Grand Rapids Community College is hosting this year’s event at Sneden Hall on their DeVos Campus, 415 East Fulton.

Faculty and technology staff from colleges across the state will share best and worst practices.  Over ten different break-out sessions will be held covering topics like virtual worlds, games as interactive learning environments, online learning orientation courses, using social networks and applications to enhance learning, developing mobile apps, learner analytics and new approaches to online course development. Presentations include “Seven Ways to Ruin Your Online Class”; “Discussion Board Dilemma”; and “Using Twitter to Engage Students & Increase Time on Task.”   A complete agenda for the day’s event is below.

Complete Conference Agenda:

9:00 am    Welcome

9:30 am    Break-out sessions I

Seven Ways to Ruin Your Online Class
Mobile Development for Phones & Tablets in a Single IDE
Distance Learning Preparedness Course Requirement

10:30 am    Break

10:45 am    Break-out sessions II

Web 2.0 Support Group & Using Twitter to Engage Students & Increase Time on Task
Create 'em and Keep 'em: How to Train and Retain Quality Online Faculty
Merits's Middle Mile Broadband Project: Implications for Institutions & Students
A Framework for Collaboration in Online Course Development

12 noon    LMS Lunch

1:15 pm    Break-out sessions III

Move It or Lose It: Switching LMS
Desire2Learn Overview
Similarities Between Successful Game Design & Curriculum Design
Discussion Board Dilemma

2:15 pm    Break

2:30 pm    Break-out sessions IV

Rewiring the Connection to Keep Online Composition Students Plugged In
College Math Skunkworks
Teaching Online? How's that going for you?
Virtual Worlds - How to Engage Learners Online

3:45 pm    Wrap-up and Door Prizes

More details on the conference are available at

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.