Summer Teaching Institute

Three students talking.

Join us this August for our 14th Annual Summer Teaching Institute! We have a variety of sessions, and you may choose to attend as many or as few as you'd like. We are also offering evening sessions this year as well.

Wednesday, August 14

9:00 to 10:30 am: G.R.C.C. Accounts and You

  • Facilitators: Rachel Bower and Laura DeVries
  • Description: Campus accounts can be confusing. As part of our commitment to provide world class customer support, Information Technology would like to offer a refresher course to staff and faculty. This course will provide a walk-through on the types of accounts available to our students and staff and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. We will also cover how to use the recently updated password rest tool and, our course, be available to answer other account related questions.
  • Location: 351 Main Bldg.

9:00 to 10:30 am: Blackboard's New Features

  • Facilitator: Meegan Willi
  • Description: We will introduce new features that became available after our upgrade in June. The attendance tool, audio and video feedback, adding files from cloud storage (Google Drive and others), and more! This is a hands-on session, so you will get to try out the new features to prepare for the Fall Semester.
  • Location: 209 Main Bldg.

9:00 am to 12:00 pm: Let's Collaborate!

  • Facilitator: Deb Vilmont
  • Description: Participants will participate in an assignment design charrette. You will work in teams to review one assignment from each participant. You will have time to present your assignment, get verbal and written feedback from other participants as well as to provide feedback to others. Please bring five hard copies of an assignment you would like to improve, or a new assignment you would like to develop with the help of your teaching peers.
  • Location: 246 Main Bldg.

10:45 am to 12:15 pm: Intro to GMail and Calendar

  • Facilitators: Robin Pegg & Justin Vogelar
  • Description: This course will explore the fundamentals of GMail and Google Calendar and outline best practices for using them at G.R.C.C.
  • Location: 351 Main Bldg.

10:45 am to 12:15 pm:  TechSmith Relay Cloud

  • Facilitators: Garry Brand & Meegan Willi
  • Description: This session will be a hands-on opportunity for you to explore the new TechSmith Relay Cloud. We will talk briefly about the different tools on campus you will have available and how they work together as well as how you can choose the best technology for your specific purpose. After this session, you'll be ready to store videos in TechSmith Relay Cloud to embed in your Blackboard classes this Fall.
  • Location: 309 Main Bldg.

10:45 am to 12:15 pm: Michigan Transfer Network, 2.0

  • Facilitator: Matt Novakoski
  • Description: How the "New M.T.N." could be a Useful Transfer Tool.
  • Location: 306 Main Bldg.

1:00 to 2:30 pm: Advanced GMail

  • Facilitators: Robin Pegg & Justin Vogelar
  • Description: This course will explore the advanced features of GMail and introduce Google Groups and how they will be used. A basic understanding of GMail is required prior to attending this session.
  • Location: 351 Main Bldg.

1:00 to 2:30 pm: Academic Pathways Update

  • Facilitator: Jennifer Batten
  • Description: This session will present the current state of the Academic Pathways initiative at G.R.C.C.
  • Location: 308 Main Bldg.

1:00 to 2:30 pm: Add "Referee" to my CV

  • Facilitator: Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham
  • Description: Standing in the middle of difficult dialogues.
  • Location: 306 Main Bldg.

2:45 to 4:15 pm: Introduction to Zoom for Teaching & Learning

  • Facilitator: Bill Knapp
  • Description: Over the Winter 2019 semester, several G.R.C.C. faculty participated in a pilot project using ZOOM web-conferencing within their outline and face-to-face courses. This session will review the results of the pilot and consider various ways of integrating Zoom into the learning environment toward the goal of improving interpersonal interactivity and outline student engagement.
  • Location: 351 Main Bldg.

2:45 to 4:15 pm: Title IX: Info and Updates

  • Facilitator: Kim DeVries
  • Description: We'll discuss the basics of Title IX reporting (when, how, to whom and why) and also updates in the Title IX world and how they may affect us at G.R.C.C. We'll walk through some scenarios, tricky situations, and ways to get involved in this work if you're interested. Bring your questions, and we can talk through unique situations that faculty face.
  • Location: 308 Main Bldg.

2:45 to 4:15 pm: Using Libre Text, an Online OER Textbook and More!

  • Facilitator: Tom Neils
  • Description: Tom will cover the history and philosophy of the Libre Texts program, then show how to use the textbook in his course, and finally show how faculty members can make use of the site by using an existing text or creating their own.
  • Location: 306 Main Bldg.

5:30 to 7:00 pm: Overview of Experiential Learning

  • Facilitator: Michael Schavey
  • Description: Participants will learn the basic in's and out's of the three areas within Experiential Learning (The Honors Program, Study Away and Service Learning).
  • Location: 308 Main Bldg.

Thursday, August 15

9:00 to 10:30 am: B.R.A.V.I.N.G. the Classroom

  • Facilitator: Brandy Springstubbe
  • Description: Coming soon to an inbox near you.
  • Location: 302 Main Bldg.

9:00 to 10:30 am: Using Libre Text, an Online OER Textbook and More!

  • Facilitator: Tom Neils
  • Description:  Tom will cover the history and philosophy of the Libre Texts program, then show how to use the textbook in his course, and finally show how faculty members can make use of the site by using an existing text or creating their own.
  • Location: 306 Main Bldg.

9:00 am to 12:00 pm: Teaching with Google G-Suite

  • Facilitators: Chad Systma & Tony Dykema-VanderArk
  • Description: With the college transition to Google G-Suite complete, we will explore how you can use Google Drive, Docs, Slides, and other tools to enhance your teaching. This session will explore ways you can maximize the use of your Google Drive account, including uploading Microsoft Office files to Drive. Additionally, we will examine ways to integrate various other Google tools and Blackboard to drive student engagement. This is a hands-on session so you will get to try out these features to prepare for the Fall semester.
  • Location: 209 Main Bldg.

10:45 am to 12:15 pm: Advanced Google Calendar

  • Facilitators: Robin Pegg & Mandy Tomlinson
  • Description: This course will explore the advanced features of Google Calendar. A basic understanding of Google Calendar is required prior to attending this session.
  • Location: 527 Cook Hall

10:45 am to 12:15 pm: GELO: It's not just a dessert!

  • Facilitator: Sheila Jones
  • Description: During this session, participants will be introduced to our General Education Learning Outcomes (G.E.L.O.s) and CAP 1.2 Assessment project. This session will also provide an overview of General Education at G.R.C.C.
  • Location: 308 Main Bldg.

1:00 to 2:30 pm: QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

  • Facilitators: Stacey Heisler & Evan Macklin
  • Description: A healthy mind and body are extremely critical to our students' academic success and their daily lives, however, recent statistics indicate that 50% of mental health issues begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24 (NACUA, 2019). Additionally, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors reported in 2017 that 33% of students between 18-24 had a diagnosable mental illness (NACUA, 2019). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that from 1999 to 2016, suicide rates increased in the United States 25.4%, and 32.9% in Michigan (CDC, 2018). These statistics provide evidence that we have a growing mental health crisis in our society and in our communities. We all have a responsibility to be proactive in prevention efforts. QPR trainings provide trainees with the knowledge to recognize suicide warning signs as well as the skills to be able to refer students to the appropriate services.
  • Location: 302 Main Bldg.

1:00 to 2:30 pm: Linking Library Resources into Blackboard

  • Facilitator: Nan Schitel
  • Description: Learn easy and legal ways to provide permalinks to licensed library resources (e-books, e-journal articles, and streaming videos) in your Blackboard courses. This session will teach you how to find and use permalinks to populate your Blackboard with quality college-level content. Participants must be Blackboard users (faculty/instructional or staff organization) with rights to edit course/organization content.
  • Location: 527 Cook Hall

1:00 to 2:30 pm: Title IX: Info and Updates

  • Facilitator: Kim DeVries
  • Description: We'll discuss the basics of Title IX reporting (when, how, to whom and why) and also updates in the Title IX world, and how they may affect us at G.R.C.C. We'll walk through some scenarios, tricky situations, and ways to get involved in this work if you're interested. Bring your questions and we can talk through unique situations that faculty face.
  • Location: 306 Main Bldg.

1:00 to 4:00 pm: Media Technologies: Short and Sweet: Add Effective Media to Your Online Instruction

  • Facilitators: James Schafer, Klaas Kwant & Noah DeSmit
  • Description: There are more resources than ever for you to add your own custom media to improve student comprehension of what you cover in class. G.R.C.C. has a range of options available to you (and staff to help you be successful). This session will cover many basic tools available and let you know to whom you can turn for any level of support you need.
  • Location: 246 Main Bldg.

2:45 to 4:15 pm: G-Suite for Education

  • Facilitators: Robin Pegg & Mandy Tomlinson
  • Description: This course will explore additional applications in the G-Suite for Education environment including Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, Google Forms, Google Drive & Team Drives, Google Keep as well as Google Meet. GMail and Google Calendar are separate courses and will not be covered in this training.
  • Location: 527 Cook Hall

2:45 to 4:15 pm: All About Open Educational Resources

  • Facilitator: Lauren Woolsey
  • Description: Keep hearing about Open Educational Resources (O.E.R.), but don't really know what that means? Have you found an O.E.R. textbook that you just aren't thrilled about and want to know how to find other options? This session will go through the basics of what we mean by O.E.R. (hint: it's not just a synonym for free), how to find resources beyond just textbooks that may help your class and your students and what support G.R.C.C. has for developing O.E.R. and connecting with other faculty here and beyond to develop best practices.
  • Location: 306 Main Bldg.

5:30 to 7:00 pm: The Classroom, Grading and Student Records

  • Facilitator: Valerie Butterfield
  • Description: Common questions and issues in regards to grading and confidentiality of student records will be covered in this hour and a half session, with time for Q&A.
  • Location: 306 Main Bldg.

5:30 to 7:00 pm: All About Open Educational Resources

  • Facilitator: Lauren Woolsey
  • Description: Keep hearing about Open Educational Resources (O.E.R.), but don't really know what that means? Have you found an O.E.R. textbook that you just aren't thrilled about and want to know how to find other options? This session will go through the basics of what we mean by O.E.R. (hint: it's not just a synonym for free), how to find resources beyond just textbooks that may help your class and your students and what support G.R.C.C. has for developing O.E.R. and connecting with other faculty here and beyond to develop best practices.
  • Location: 308 Main Bldg.

Friday, August 16

9:00 am to 10:30 am: Overview of the F.P.E. (Faculty Performance Evaluation) System

  • Facilitator: Christina McElwee
  • Description: This session provides an overview of the G.R.C.C. Faculty Performance Evaluation System. It provides an overview of the different components of the system, explains the required documentation and provides an opportunity for faculty to ask questions.
  • Location: 308 Main Bldg.

10:45 am  to 12:15 pm: Overview of Experiential Learning

  • Facilitator: Michael Schavey
  • Description: Participants will learn the basic in's and out's of the three areas within Experiential Learning (The Honors Program, Study Away and Service Learning).
  • Location: 308 Main Bldg.

10:45 am to 12:15 pm: Liking Library Resources into Blackboard

  • Facilitators: Nan Schitel
  • Description: Learn easy and legal ways to provide permalinks to licensed library resources (e-books, e-journal articles, and streaming videos) in your Blackboard courses. This session will teach you how to find and use permalinks to populate your Blackboard with quality college-level content. Participants must be Blackboard users (faculty/instructional or staff organization) with rights to edit course/organization content.
  • Location: 527 Cook Hall