GRCC celebrates teaching and learning during Faculty Learning Day



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Jan. 8, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. The talents and expertise of Grand Rapids Community College educators will be on display during the annual Faculty Learning Day on Jan. 9.

During the daylong event at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 12 faculty from departments across GRCC's schools of Workforce Development and Arts and Sciences will present a series of 15-minute presentations on topics such as learning styles, “flipping” the classroom, changing self-defeating behaviors, and creating student-centered learning environments. The event also features a pair of presentations by Dr. Derek Bruff, director of Vanderbilt University's Center for Teaching, and a resource fair featuring information from a variety of departments within Student Success and Retention, Student Affairs, and Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies.

"As we approach GRCC’s 100th year, this event really celebrates teaching and learning, and highlights all the work our faculty do to promote student success," said Jeremy Osborn, director of the college's Center for Teaching Excellence.

Faculty Learning Day, which runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., also will be the first appearance of GRCC’s Google Glass equipment. GRCC's Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies Department recently joined the Google Glass Explorer program and is field testing the head-mounted computer to see how its functions and apps can enhance teaching and learning.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 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 locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.