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Faculty Learning Day 2015: GRCC edX 2.0

On January 8, 2015, GRCC will hold its annual Faculty Learning Day.  GRCC edX 2.0 will feature a series of short (15-minute), "TEDx-style" presentations on various pedagogies delivered by excellent faculty.  This year, we are pleased to present speakers from not only GRCC, but also Grand Valley State University, Davenport University, Cornerstone University, and Ferris State University.  

Combining the GRCC 100-year theme of “Great past, bright future” with the TED concept that great ideas can involve either something new and surprising, or a compelling new take on something familiar.  This year's program features a mix of presentations on innovative teaching practices (use of new technologies, for example) and fresh approaches to traditional teaching (engaging lectures, for example). The event will be held at the beautiful Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. For the complete 2015 Faculty Learning Day Program, click on the link to the right.


Registration and Continental Breakfast (8:00-8:30 a.m.)

Welcome: 2014 Excellence in Education Award winners, Tom Neils, Professor of Chemistry, and Mary Beth O'Rourke, Adjunct Instructor of Physical Sciences

Results of Flipping the Classroom in an Anatomy and Physiology Class, Paul Krieger, Grand Rapids Community College

Bill's Heart Attack: The Long Way Down US-131, Stacey Heisler, Grand Rapids Community College


Musical Performance by Grand Rapids Community College students

Ancient Narratives-Digital Natives: A Life Stories Approach to Learning, Christopher Hamstra, Davenport University

YouTube (or how I learned to stop worrying and started loving closed captioning), Andrew Rozema, Grand Rapids Community College

The Ideas You Didn't Hear in Class, Benjamin Smith, Grand Rapids Community College

Resource Fair and Poster Sessions


LARPing in the Classroom, Jacob Pollak, Ferris State University

Courageous Conversations, Mursalata Muhammad, Chris Sain, Phillip Greene, and Susan Sarniak, Grand Rapids Community College

Punch 'Em: Engaging Students on the First Day of Class, Erik Benson, Cornerstone University


Backing Up With Backchannels, Julia VanderMolen, Grand Valley State University

So What? Teaching to the Why, Jeremy Osborn, Grand Rapids Community College