After several very successful years as co-chairs of the eLCC, Jean Otte and Kathy Keairns decided to step down from their leadership positions. There was an election held at the beginning of 2014 where institutional representatives voted on the candidates. When the votes were tallied, Karen Kaemmerling of Colorado Mountain College was elected as the co-chair from a 2-year institution and Paul Novak was elected as the co-chair from a 4-year institution. The new terms began on July 1, 2014.
Karen Kaemmerling is the Instructional Chair for Online Learning at Colorado Mountain College. Karen enjoys this opportunity to be part of such a friendly and student oriented team and provides guidance for standards in both course design and pedagogy for new and existing CMC courses.
Prior to CMC, Karen worked for 10 years at Colorado Community Colleges Online. She began as an adjunct instructor, but was promoted to Program Chair, Director of Training and Professional Development, and Associate Dean of Social Science. In these roles, Karen designed online courses, managed course development, organized training materials, and coordinated the annual conference.
Karen attended her first eLCC Conference in 2006. She has actively participated with numerous presentations in every eLCC Conference since. “The eLCC Conference and the monthly meetings invigorate me! I am honored to be more involved in such an energizing organization.”
Paul Novak is the Senior Instructional Designer and an adjunct faculty member for University College, University of Denver. He supervises the Academic Quality Development Team which is responsible for faculty training and development, oversees
course design and development, and provides on-going support for all faculty at University College. Paul also plays a role in assessment and strategic decision-making for the 21 programs at UCOL.
Prior to joining DU over 12 years ago, Paul collaborated with programmers, NOC personnel, field service technicians, engineers, and project managers to develop and deliver training and materials for 2 different technology-based companies. He has been attending eLCC meetings since 2002 when it was still called Colorado TeleCOOP. He has been webmaster since 2002 and eLCC Conference Technology Co-Chair since 2003. “I very much enjoy being a part of the eLCC. I have gained extremely useful knowledge from the meetings and conferences, and really appreciate the innovative and exciting ideas that are shared. Mostly, however, I am grateful for the wonderful people I have met through this terrific group.”
As the eLearning Consortium of Colorado begins moving forward with the new co-chairs, Karen and Paul would like to thank Jean and Kathy for their tremendous leadership and service to the eLCC. Jean and Kathy have been extremely gracious in ensuring a smooth transition and their efforts are much appreciated.