Congratulations to Joan Anderssen of Arapahoe Community College (ACC) on winning the eLearning Consortium of Colorado’s 2019 eLearning Educator of the Year Award! Joan was recognized during the 30th Annual eLearning Consortium of Colorado Conference earlier this month. This award recognizes exceptional efforts and innovation by faculty and instructors in the fields of learning with technology and eLearning.
Joan consistently adopts new technology. She is the early adopter who champions technology for her students and peers. As soon as she learns a new tool and has vetted its functionality, she quickly turns to teach the latest technology to her peers and incorporate it into her classes. At ACC, Joan has volunteered to pilot Webex for D2L, serves on the ePortfolio taskforce, and serves on the Open Educational Resources (OER) committee helping to bring Colorado grant funding to ACC to instigate OER for courses. in her free time, she is also does usability testing of the Learning Object Repository (LOR) for CCCS.
Joan has consistently embraced technology starting with eCircles in 1996. Over the years she has taught online, hybrid, and face-to-face through a variety of learning management systems, including, Blackboard, WebCT, Canvas, Moodle, Angel, and currently at Arapahoe Community College D2L (Desire 2 Learn). Joan frequently takes advantage of the eLearning Podcast room to record and produce movies and podcasts. She creates these using Camtasia and is also one of the few instructors who have full access to ACC’s new video management system, YuJa, for testing purposes. Additionally, Joan has worked on making videos using Adobe Character Animator. For several months, she learned this program and created animated characters, who star in videos, which explain the use of D2L and the classroom setup. Joan does the voiceover for these animated productions. Joan consistently incorporates OER in her course materials and continually updates with content from the Federal Reserve, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, and the Congressional Budget Office. Joan’s enthusiasm and energy are contagious as she continues to inspire her colleagues and students.