2017 Conference Proposals Deadline Extended – Jan 30, 2017


eLearning Consortium of Colorado 2017 Conference logo

Proposal deadline extended to January 30, 2017!

Greetings colleagues. On behalf on eLCC and the conference planning committee, we are pleased to announce the 28th Annual eLearning Consortium of Colorado Conference set for April 12-14, 2017 at the Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, CO. This year’s theme reflects the dynamic world we live in which impacts our lives and those of our students.

Makers, Movers and Methods, Teaching for and Understanding Change provides an opportunity for you and others on your campus to showcase the great ideas developed by you, and by your students to deal with and understand change. The conference will also feature some new activities including a trend setter showcase, flash sessions, methods and discussion roundtables.

Submit proposals, register for the conference, and keep abreast of the conference latest developments at the eLCC website. Click on the event link and then conference to submit proposals, secure your hotel room at discounted rates including before and after rates, and obtain registration/cost information. Spread the word to your colleagues and tout the great work you and your students are doing. Deadline to submit proposals is December 16, 2016  and hotel room block release date is March 17, 2017.


January 27th eLCC Meeting at Arapahoe Community College!

Arapahoe Community College
Main Building – Half Moon Room

Please RSVP by Tuesday January 24, 2017 to Kim Larson Cooney at kim.larson-cooney@arapahoe.edu if you are attending.

Picture by Jeffrey Beall Flickr Attribution-No Derivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

eLCC Agenda 1/27/17

10 AM

Conference (Kim and conference committee )

M­­­­­­­­ission Statement Vote Results

eLCC brings together Rocky Mountain region Higher Education institutions in the spirit of collaboration, innovation, networking, and problem solving to leverage technology that promotes learning. For more information please go here  http://bit.ly/2j9TGo0 We have asked that all institution representatives vote by Wednesday, January 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm MT.

Institution Report (Everyone)
Anything not covered may be moved to after lunch.

11 AM

Professional Development: Charles Haarhues, Ph.D., Program Coordinator, Music Audio Technology
Because of Technology, the music and recording industries have undergone a revolution
over the last 20 years. It is a revolution that music education has only
recently begun to recognize. Arapahoe Community College, being a leader in
higher education, created its innovative Music Audio Technology program in
order to train students for the music industry of the future. The program fuses
the arts with STEM and focuses on computer music software, audio production,
live audio engineering, and music business.

Noon Lunch

After Lunch

Awards(Awards Committee) May Go Before Lunch if we have time

  • Badges for Nominees and Winners
  • 3 Different Awards
  • 2017 Who Do You Love? (February Poll)

Interest Groups (Group Leaders)

  • Online Quality Course
  • Diversity
  • Technology Literacy
  • AR/VR

Communications (Kae)

  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • LinkedIn

Journal may go over time (Kae)

Voting for eLCC’s Proposed Mission Statement

Hello Everyone,

We sent out proposed mission statement for a vote to the primary representative of each member institution today. Here’s our member institution list and the primary representative is listed first. So let your representative know what you want!

We are requesting all votes be in by Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm MT.

eLCC’s Proposed Mission Statement

eLCC brings together Rocky Mountain region Higher Education institutions in the spirit of collaboration, innovation, networking, and problem solving to leverage technology that promotes meaningful learning.

If you would like to review the process we went through at the eLCC Retreat on September 30, 2016,  here’s the Mission and Vision Statement currently on the website.

Mission Statement Review

  • Posted current statement from website.
  • Historical perspective provided – Colorado Telecoop was initially founded as a cooperative to reduce costs on technology and materials as well as to hold a forum for members regarding best practices in distance learning.
  • Reviewed Mission Statements from other organizations that are related to the eLCC mission to generate ideas. Some organizations reviewed were ISTE, EDUCAUSE, Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan C), USDLA, WCET, Association for Advancement of Computing in Education, Association for Educational Technology in Education, Australian Open Council of eLearning, eLearning Guild, ThinkingCap.com, Association for Learning Technology, and NUTN.
  • Threads in the statements included, but were not limited to: advocacy, learning, and students. Some had a strong intention to connect educators with vendors.

Slides of other elearning organizations reviews at the retreat http://bit.ly/elccretreat16slides

Link to bulleted eLCC notes from the transcript and a link to full eLCC transcript

If you’re catching up on some of these things, you can take a look at the eLCC retreat (agenda, information from all the comment cards and minutes included), that we held at the end of September. If you have any questions just email Kae Novak (kae.novak@frontrange.edu) and I’ll call, Skype, Hangout and catch you through whatever mode you prefer.

Thank you,

Your eLCC Officers
Kim Larson-Cooney, Paul Novak and Kae Novak

Anyone watching for the new tech coming out of CES 2017 this week?

Happy New Year Everyone!

Every new year starts out with the largest tech conference you may have never heard of! Last year 177, 393 people from around the world descended on Las Vegas not to play with slot machines but for the largest annual consumer electronics show there is. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) focuses on 20 different categories of consumer electronics products. Think about it, how many of them are we using at our colleges? or how many of them we wish we were using?

Whoa Defined – CES Conference Promotional Video

3D Printing                                                                                          Internet services
Accessories                                                                                        Online media
Audio                                                                                                    Robotics
Communications/infrastructure                                                          Sensors
Computer hardware/software/services                                              Smart home
Content creation & distribution                                                           Startups
Digital imaging/photography                                                               Vehicle Technology
Electronic gaming                                                                              Video
Fitness and sports                                                                             Wearables
Health and biotech                                                                             Wireless devices

The 2017 CES Conference  is a like a preview of what is possible. Want to learn about the newest products and trends but aren’t going to be able to get to Las Vegas this week?

Livestream, social media and lots and lots of digital articles can help fill you in. The hashtag for the conference is #CES2017. It is exploding over twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Also just google #CES2017 or CES 2017 and you can see all the articles continually popping up.

This conference runs from January 4 – 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada and CES will have several livestreams http://www.ces.tech/Events-Programs/Live-Streamed-Events and you can follow the conference at its hashtag #CES2017. The twitter feed is going fast and furious right now.

January 4
Research Summit http://www.ces.tech/Events-Programs/Live-Streamed-Events/Research-Summit-Live-Stream.aspx

Top Three Topics:

CES 2017 trends and IoT
Smart cities and the connected home
Artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR)

January 5 – 7
Innovation Policy Summit http://www.ces.tech/Events-Programs/Live-Streamed-Events/Innovation-Policy-Live-Stream.aspx

Check out the livestream page for additional Keynotes, Book Discussion even CES award.

The Verge will also be airing The Vergecast  Live on Twitter start at 730 pm Et running it through Friday January 6th. http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/2/14009150/ces-2017-live-show-stream-vergecast-twitter-day-1 and you can subscribe to @verge on twitter to get notified when it goes live.

CES also highlights several authors who have written books on tech and also entertainment for anyone who prefers print or let’s be honest the convenience of immediately getting something through Kindle.

Here’s the link to CES’ Gary’s Book Club https://www.ces.tech/Events-Programs/Garys-Book-Club including

The Tetris Effect: The Game That Hypnotized the World
Dan Ackerman

Non-Obvious: How To Think Different, Curate Ideas & Predict the Future
Rohit Bhargava

EVERYDATA: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day
John Johnson

Sweat Equity: Inside the New Economy of Mind and Body
Jason Kelly

Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane
Brett King

Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of the Entertainment
Michael Smith

The Great Disruption: Competing and Surviving in the Second Wave of the Industrial Revolution
Rick Smith

The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe is Tomorrow’ Mainstream
Amy Webb





Happy Holidays and End of Year Wrap-up

As we are wrapping up 2016, we’d like to wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday and winter break! Please mark your calendar! The next eLCC meeting will be on Friday, January 27, at Arapahoe Community College.


The deadline for submissions for the eLCC Conference has been extended until Monday January 30, 2017. Start looking for those way-cooooool socks. (If “way cool socks” is an unfamiliar phrase for you, please contact Kim Larson-Cooney from ACC to explain).


The awards are now open too! We have 3 awards:
1) eLCC eLearning Educator Award

2) eLCC eLearning Advocate of the Year Award

3) eLearning Learning Technologies Team Award – which is a new People’s Choice Award
We’ll do a vote on this during the eLCC conference!

Nicole Marcisz (Regis U) has developed nomination and award badges for us! So anyone nominated will get a digital image they can add to their LinkedIn, website or wherever they want.

The Awards and Recognition Committee sent out the Tech 2 Be Thankful for Survey last month. 34 people participated in our unscientific poll! You can look at the results 3 ways – spreadsheeted responses, the wordles in the slides or read the full blog post with a list of what they think the cooler new tools are.


We have four (4) new special interest groups! Each of these group would love more people who want to help actively organize as they are all new and just forming now.

Quality in Online Learning – contact Sherri Lancton (UNC) at Sherri.Lancton@unco.edu The subject area of this group includes but is not limited to Quality Matters. It is looking at all indicators of quality online learning especially from organizations that have created their own. Might you have your own course quality guidelines that you’d like to share? Do you have an online course that you would like to be part of a showcase during the eLCC conference? Let Sherri know.

Technology Literacy – contact Chris Luchs at christopher.luchs@frontrange.edu
Right now the group is working on a handout for twitter – yes twitter! While there has been instructional resistance to allowing students to cite twitter – what are you going to do when it might be the preferred communication tool for POTUS? The group is also looking at the definition of technology literacy, since there is no definitive version and may go through the process of coming up with an eLCC definition of technology literacy. Also group members are reading Thomas Friedman’s Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations to see if this would be good for an online book club this Spring or Summer. Look for this group to come up with articles, handouts and maybe even some blogging on what technology literacy means for us now.

Multiculturalism, Equity and Technology – contact Katie Woodmansee (CCCS) at katherine.woodmansee@cccs.edu The purpose of this group is to provide educational strategies and opportunities for multiculturalism that leverage technology and also engage educators and students to be active citizens in an increasingly digital participatory culture. This will include producing a monthly activity that educators can use in their classroom and “rapid response” tools and information based on current events.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) – we have an email arvrelcc@gmail.com  and a few different people will be checking this. Robin Weber (UNC) will be heading up this group with a little help from her friends and colleagues.  This group started out of a conversation between eLCCies or eLCCer at COLTT or WCET, not sure which. This group even has started its own Flickr group https://www.flickr.com/groups/arvr/ and blog https://elccarvr.wordpress.com/.

Academic Journal – We’re also looking for help with starting our journal, please contact Kae Novak kae.novak@frontrange.edu. Consider this a working group whose purpose is to actively move forward. Right now we are reviewing other online journals looking at what features and attributes we would want in an online open access journal. If looking at online journals, sharing what you’ve found and discussing it with a bunch of colleagues is what you like doing – please join us!


Here’s our current communication channels:

Listserv elearningcolorado@yahoogroups.com
If you have someone at your organization who isn’t a member,  just have them send an email to eLearningColorado-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Website http://elearningcolorado.org/wordpress/
(Jinnie Chieppo from CCCS special projects is looking at other design and features for us!!!!!)

Twitter @eLCColorado https://twitter.com/elccolorado – please follow us!

eLCC has its own flickr group https://www.flickr.com/groups/elcccolorado/
Please join and also add pictures you have, we could especially use any tech or snowy mountain pictures.

While you are joining the eLCC flickr, please also join the AR/VR flickr too. Pics of people in VR gear and any screenshots from your mobile AR apps would be most appreciated. https://www.flickr.com/groups/arvr/


If you’re catching up on some of these things, you can take a look at the eLCC retreat (agenda, information from all the comment cards and minutes included), that we held at the end of September. Just email Kae Novak (kae.novak@frontrange.edu) and I’ll call, Skype, Hangout and catch you up if you prefer. For a quick recap, here’s what people what to change – website, monthly meeting format/PD. We wanted to have our mission statement reflect our core values. We will be using special interest groups to go a bit further in depth than we can in monthly meetings.

Happy holidays to you and your family!!!



Tech to be Thankful for

Thank you everyone for voting and sharing the best of your tech!

The Awards and Recognition Committee sent out the Tech 2 Be Thankful for Survey last month. 34 people participated in our unscientific poll!

You can look at the results 2 ways – spreadsheeted responses or
the wordles in the
slides we made.

Some of the interesting tech that you might want to take a look at….

Voxer Walkie-talkie voice recording system

Canva Quick graphics like a baby Photoshop

Padlet Digital bulletin board

Zamzar Online file conversion

Edpuzzle Video annotation system

Blendspace Interactive lessons, projects, and presentation system

Flipgrid Video collaboration tool

AnswerGarden  feedback tool for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback.

codepen.io front end design and development where students can see what code does in real time

In this survey a few of eLCC members got shout- outs like….

Amy Sorenson, ProfHelp at CCCOnline
Donna Hall, LMS Coordinator at Front Range Community College
There was also a request for someone named Nate to start up his blog again.

eLCC Awards Now Open for Nominations

eLCC and the Awards and Recognition are extremely pleased to announce
that the eLCC awards for 2016-2017 are now open!

The nomination period will run from December 1, 2016 to March 1, 2017.

The individual awards are
1) eLCC eLearning Educator http://elearningcolorado.org/wordpress/elcc-educator-award-nomination/

2) eLCC eLearning Advocate http://elearningcolorado.org/wordpress/elcc-support-award-nomination/

We are also introducing a new award, the eLCC Learning Technologies Team Award. http://elearningcolorado.org/wordpress/elcc-learning-technologies-team-award/

eLCC Learning Technologies Team Award is a People’s Choice award where eLCC members will vote from Friday April 7, 2017 until a minute before midnight on Wednesday April 12, 2017. The winning team will be announced at the luncheon at the eLCC annual conference on Thursday April 13, 2017. This award gives you and your team a chance to highlight the great projects and great work you have been doing in 2016.

What Tech Are You Thankful For?

Happy Thanksgiving Week eLCC members!

In celebration of the holiday seasons, the Awards & Recognition Committee is rolling out our first Tech to Be Thankful for Poll! This poll asks you crucial questions about what tech and eLearning tools you are thankful for or would like. 😀

Here’s the direct link to the poll http://bit.ly/elccthankful or you can go fill out the embedded survey at the bottom of this post. As you’ll see, the questions are open ended. We’re asking what tech helps you collaborate, innovate, network and problem solve! The technology does not have to be specifically for education. It can be social media, project management and productivity tools, game, mobile app or website. However, we need your nominations and this is your chance to give a big shout out to a technology or tool that has really helped you this year.

We will have the survey open until December 1st. It will be the basis of the best tech of 2016 that eLCC will be compiling in December before we all leave for winter break. Yes it’s almost that time of the year! 😀

Please share with your colleagues, instructors, faculty and students. It is an informal poll just for us to have fun before the holidays.

eLCC Awards and Recognition Committee