GRCC Faculty Member Awarded “Outstanding eLearning Faculty” Award From Instructional Technology Council

Garret Brand, Professor at Grand Rapids Community College in the Business department, has been honored with the “Outstanding eLearning Faculty” award from the Instructional Technology Council.

Brand, who is also a Faculty Professional Development Coordinator, will travel to Long Beach later this year for the ITC’s eLearning 2012 conference to receive the award.

From his nomination form:

[Brand] actively pursues excellence and quality while being creative and innovative in his instructional strategies to enhance his course and contribute to student success and retention.  Garry has been and continues to be a leader not only in his classroom, but at Grand Rapids Community College and state-wide in advancing the use of instructional technologies and the enhancement of distance learning. 

Said GRCC Provost Dr. Gilda Gely, one of the two individuals who nominated Brand; "GRCC is fortunate to have Garry. His commitment to our students drives him to be an innovator and a leader in this area. He sets the example and goes out of his way to mentor his colleagues. This award is a well deserved recognition."

She added, "Having an outside organization recognize the work that we already know is outstanding makes all of us at GRCC very proud."

Brand’s other nominator was his colleague and frequent collaborator Eric Kunnen, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, who described

“Garry Brand demonstrates excellence in his teaching and in his commitment to student success through delivering top notch instruction in the online and face to face classroom.  He creatively applies instructional technologies to create a relevant, motivating, interactive, and engaging environment that enhances student learning.  In addition, he freely shares techniques, tips, and strategies with other faculty through blogs, social networks, presenting at conferences, and in training sessions. “

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.

Headquartered in Washington D.C., the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) was first charted in 1993 as a task force from the American Association of Community Colleges.  It boasts 400 member institutions that offer distance education courses to students in the United States, Canada and the world.