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).
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
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.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
If you have someone at your organization who isn’t a member, just have them send an email to eLearningColoradoemail@example.com
(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/
WRAPPING UP THE YEAR
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!!!