ETOM Conference
The Educational Technology Organization of Michigan is a non-profit organization dedicated to the use of instructional telecommunications in higher education with an emphasis on distance learning. Established in December of 1980, ETOM has, and continues to be, a valuable resource for Michigan colleges and universities, related businesses, other educational organizations, and other interested individuals. Download the program.

UIC TechTeach Nov 7, 2015. Building Student Success: Gameful Thinking
The conference showcases the successes of our UIC community, current challenges, and opportunities in technology assisted teaching and learning. It is an opportunity to collaborate, explore, and discuss the most effective use of technology in teaching and learning.

Fall Science Update 2015: Integrating STEM by Design
The Regional Math and Science Center cordially invites you to attend Fall Science Update on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 with a NEW location! We will be on the Allendale Campus in The Russel H. Kirkhof Center. Join us this fall to learn how to make the integration of STEM a reality in your classroom. MSTA Award Winning Middle School Science Teacher of the Year, Holly McGoran from Jenison Junior High School, and Teacher of Promise, Ashley A. Meyer from Hamilton High School, will be our keynote speakers sharing how they engage students in STEM learning.

Blackboard Workshop: Design & Organization Tips from Blackboard Exemplary Course Winners
Oct 9, 2015: The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program began in 2000 with the goal of identifying and disseminating best practices for designing engaging online courses. Three faculty members at GVSU were named recipients of a 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Courses. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the using the Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric and get an overview of how these award winners structured their courses.
GVSU Initiatives: Teaching Innovation Workshops
Title: Motivating and engaging students in introductory courses with gameful design thinking and technology
Grand Valley State University (August 18, 12:00-4:00PM), Lake Ontario Hall Room 168
Introductory courses sometimes focus on memorization. They can be boring to the advanced students or to many poorly prepared students. Gamification engenders emotion, which leads to greater focus. Applying gameful thinking to the design of introductory course activities has the potential to increase attendance, participation, and engagement.

UIC Faculty Learning Circle
University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Medicine and Dentistry (August 10th)
Title: Peer instruction in the classroom - use cases and best practices
Poll Everywhere is a cloud-based tool for implementing innovative teaching methods. Research based on Bloom's 2 Sigma Problem and Dr Mazur's findings points to peer instruction. Thought Questions will be explored as a way to balance faculty preparation time, need to cover large sets of materials, and increase lecture engagements.

SoTL Conference
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning SoTL at the University of Findlay, Ohio (May 18, 19, 2015).
Title: Gamification of Classroom and Online Activities to Build Learning Engagement
Abstract: Student progress, retention, and professional success can be linked to academic engagement. Meaningful gaming builds engagement through peer instruction, crowdsourcing, learning networks, badges, and other pedagogical methods. Technology empowers educators to adopt such methods in both classroom and online environments. Specific classroom and online activities will be demonstrated to incorporate gamification in teaching.

GVSU Teaching & Learning with Technology Symposium
Grand Valley State University TLTS, Michigan (March 11, 2015).
Title: How to Win the National Blackboard Exemplary Course Award
Abstract: The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program began in 2000 with the goal of identifying and disseminating best practices for designing engaging online courses. Using the Exemplary Course Rubric, instructors and course designers are able to evaluate how well their own course conforms to best practices outlined in the rubric.

Michigan Blackboard User Group
miBug 2015, Michigan.
Title: Hacking the Faculty Blackboard Grade Center
Abstract: Learn about copying grades to the Ellucian Banner SIS and importing from Cengage SAM system. Faculty will be able to explore the full usage of the Grade Center through categories, color schemes, custom grade schema, smart views, dropping lowest scores in a category, and other faculty ninja tricks. Conference program.

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