Faculty & Staff

LIFT Institute Services

Faculty Development

The LIFT Institute provides a variety of services designed to help faculty grow in their field.  We can help with classroom observation (peer), research, and community building to name a few.  Book study groups, discussion groups, webinars and seminars are planned each semester to enhance growth activities.  All attempts are made to schedule events that make participation for both adjunct and full-time faculty. Instructional design available by appointment. See LIFT page for posted hours or email Maryly.Skallos@muskegoncc.edu for an appointment. Drop-ins are always welcome.



  • Adjunct Faculty Office Space
  • PC (5) and Mac (1) workstations
  • Scanning equipment
  • Scantron workstation
  • Printer
  • Three tables and chairs (seat 4 each)
  • LCD projector and screen
  • Wireless Internet

Core Training

  • Windows XP Professional SP3
  • Office 2010 Professional (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, Access, Outlook, InfoPath)
  • Microsoft Office 2010 PDF maker plug-in (create PDF files without Adobe Acrobat, free from Microsoft)
  • Open Office (free suite similar to MS Office)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS2
  • Adobe Acrobat CS2 (create PDF files, fully functional)

Instructional Design

  • Blackboard (ongoing training)
  • Blackboard Start-Up for New Faculty Users
  • Respondus 4 (learning games and quiz uploads)
  • SnagIt 10 (grabs anything on your screen and creates an image)
  • Creating Interactive Content: Create Learning Games and Formatted Quizzes
  • Creating Interactive Content: Movies with Audio from Screen Capture or PowerPoint
  • Course Packs Using Library Databases

Presentation Tools

  • SmartBoard software
  • NetOp Teacher/Student (lab software that allows you to control student computers or display one computer to class)
  • PowerPoint
  • Prezi (the "zooming" presentation tool)
  • Mindomo (digital mindmapping software)

Web Browsers

  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer

Media Tools

  • Nero (CD/DVD burning)
  • Camtasia 7 (screen capture for training and presentations)
  • Jing (digital conversations with video and screen capture)
  • Audacity
  • SnagIt 10

Instruction and Mentoring

In conjunction with the Office of Information Technology, the Henrick Meijer Library and Information Technology Ceneter, and others, the LIFT provides training opportunities to learn new skills and stay current with ever changing technologies.  The technology goal of the center is to train faculty to become proficient enough in classroom technologies that they are able to create their own materials.