Meegan Willi selected for national Blackboard MVP program

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June 29, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids Community College employee has been selected for a national program run by education technology leader Blackboard Inc.

Meegan Willi, an instructional technologist and designer in GRCC's Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies Department, will participate in the Blackboard MVP program. She will receive access to professional development and share her insights and expertise.

Blackboard is the course-management system used by GRCC faculty. To be selected for the MVP program, applicants had to prove themselves to be not only leaders in the education technology community, but experts in Blackboard itself and skilled in helping others to use it.

Willi easily fits that criteria, said Garry Brand, interim executive director of the Distance Learning Department and online faculty trainer.

"Meegan is indeed an instructional technology leader in Michigan and beyond," he said. "In addition to the support she provides to our GRCC faculty, she is very active in the Michigan Blackboard Users Group, the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan and Michigan Colleges Online.

"I am very pleased to see her recognized as a Blackboard MVP.”

Willi sees the Blackboard MVP program as an exciting new way to expand her expertise and add to the ways she can help GRCC faculty -- and, ultimately, students.

“The more I can learn from other professionals in the industry, the more I am able to support our faculty in their teaching with Blackboard and other instructional technologies,” she said. “Although I have been involved in different ways before I think my new role as a MVP will keep me more up-to-date with the ever-changing landscape of online learning and technologies.”

Blackboard MVP participants will play key roles in improving the learning experience and in addressing important challenges in education,” said Bill Ballhaus, chairman, CEO and president of Blackboard.

“I am proud to welcome our newest MVPs and recognize their commitment to sharing knowledge and best practices around educational technology with the larger education community,” he said.

About Blackboard Inc.:

Our mission is to partner with the global education community to enable learner and institutional success, leveraging innovative technologies and services. With an unmatched understanding of the world of the learner, the most comprehensive student-success solutions, and the greatest capacity for innovation, Blackboard is education's partner in change.

About GRCC:

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.