October 29, 2020

It's hard to believe we are turning the page to November already.  The toll that the pandemic is taking is real.  Faculty and staff are on the front lines of serving and supporting students, leading the charge during these unrelenting times. As much as our students need support, our faculty and staff need it too.   We have included some sustainable teaching and post-election resources in this newsletter. 

Given the circumstances this fall, we want to remind faculty that the CTE is more than just programming and we are here to provide services and support.  In conjunction with DLIT, we will be focusing on proactively reaching out to faculty to make sure they are ready for remote instruction and feel supported through the remainder of the fall semester.  

The CTE does still have a remaining fall line-up of sessions running through December.  And, of course, don't forget about Learning Day! Mark you calendar for January 7, 2021.  It's a great opportunity to share and to learn from colleagues. 


Post-Election Town hall - Wednesday, November 4 at 11:30am
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is hosting a Post-Election (virtual) Town hall exclusive to GRCC stakeholders (students, staff, faculty, Golden Raiders) RSVP here:

Student Life Town hall - Thursday, November 5th at 3:30-5pm
Student Life will host a space in a virtual town hall as a means to provide a venue for students to react and unpack the election results RSVP here:

Are You Okay? Faculty Roundtable - Friday, November 6th at 1pm-2pm
This informal roundtable is a faculty-focused conversation meant to provide peer to peer support and community building. This non-partisan discussion will create an opportunity for faculty dialogue about the election, how to support one another in the days ahead, and about what additional services or resources faculty need as they and students learn about and respond to the results. Register through the CTE at


As we move into the fall and winter months, it's a good idea to be prepared in the event that the College should have to move any face-to-face or hybrid class to remote for a period of time.  This preparation will also be useful even if the College does not go remote as there will likely be an increasing number of students who may have to learn at a distance due to quarantine or isolation.  Please remember that CTE and DLIT are here to help. Some specific things we can assist with include:
  • Setting up your course in Blackboard including how to set up discussions, assignments and exams
  • Set up and use Zoom (create profile, how to create meetings, posting links in BB, breakout rooms, security settings)
  • Setting up exam proctoring tools like Respondus Lockdown and Smarter Proctoring
  • How to record your lectures and place them in Blackboard
  • Procuring equipment including webcams, lighting, document cameras or other teaching tools/technology
  • Help with using the light board
  • Serving as "test student" to take a trial run through your remote class
  • Troubleshoot remote instructional design issues
  • I.T. Media staff are available to record and edit content for faculty
Email to set up a one-on-one appointment.

In this workshop faculty will learn the basics for implementing Smarter Proctor virtual testing services. This session will focus on the user experience from an instructor and student perspective and provide all of the materials needed to implement this enhanced delivery testing method. There will be an opportunity to troubleshoot common scenarios and participate in a Q & A.  There are three upcoming opportunities:

Thursday, October 29th at 3pm
Monday, November 2nd at 3pm
Tuesday, November 10th at 12pm

We have all certainly learned some things over the last several months! We would like to hear from you. Please consider submitting a session for Learning Day, January 7 2021. Yes, that's right, I said 2021. It's sure to be a better year so let's start it off with a great Learning Day. Share your lessons learned with colleagues.  

We have multiple tracks, but all proposals will be considered:
  • Teaching and Learning: Responding and Adapting to COVID
  • Teaching and Learning: Student Engagement in a Distanced World
  • Basic Needs and Relationship Rich Education
  • Sustainable Teaching and Self Care
  • Completion and Transfer
  • Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Infrastructure and Technology

Congratulations to Rachel-Lutwick Deaner who has been awarded an Innovation Grant. She plans to use the funding towards animation software in her online English classes. Make sure to let the CTE know about the great things that faculty are doing by sending an email to
Growing Faculty Connections Roundtable Sessions
MCSS is following up on our popular series of spring and summer faculty roundtables with three lunchtime sessions this fall. The series is intended to foster faculty-to-faculty connections and encourage networking and solution-swapping among like-minded colleagues. Each session will be open to full-time and adjunct faculty from all disciplines and colleges. The sessions will feature cross-disciplinary conversation and subject-specific breakouts.
  • Creating Connected Communities (November 2)
  • Hacking the System for Ideas that Work (November 9)
All sessions will take place from 12:00-1:00 pm. Registration is available on the MCCA Events page.
Media and IT
Are Here to Help Too!


Sustainable Teaching
Surviving COVID

Working in Higher Education has never been more stressful than it is right now.  Taking care of our students is always a priority at GRCC.  As a matter of fact, it is a point of pride. But given what we have all experienced the last seven months, the unrelenting nature of our work can take a toll on our well-being.  We have gathered some tips and suggestions in an effort to encourage as much self-care as possible, given the circumstances.  Burnout is real.  If we want to get through this, we have to take care of ourselves, and each other.  Visit our tips here.


Our last session in the series is November 4 at 11:30am - Classroom Stories

Do your students miss the days when they could work and study with their classmates outside of class?  Set up Google Rooms for students to collaborate when they can't meet face-to-face.

Michigan Transfer Network Training Opportunities:  Join us for several MTN training opportunities in November.  Registration is available on the MCSS website or by registering for the MACRAO Conference.  These hands-on sessions will help secure users of the MTN navigate the resources available on the MTN.  Participants can update institutional information, view transfer data, find documents, and setup reports in these interactive sessions. 
  • Friday, November 6 at 1pm:  MTN Advanced Session for Secure Users
  • Thursday, November 19 at 10:30 am:  Community College to Community College Transfer at MACRAO Conference
  • Thursday, November 19 at 3:30pm:  Michigan Statewide Transfer Initiatives at MACRAO Conference
  • Friday, December 11 at 1pm:  MTN Advanced for Secure Users Session 2
Click Here For A Full List of Upcoming CTE Opportunities
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