March 23 eLCC Monthly Meeting at University of Denver

Hi All,

The University of Denver is excited to host the March 23rd eLCC meeting! The meeting will be held in the second floor “Loft” space of the Anderson Academic Commons at 2150 E. Evans Ave., Ste. 350C from 10am-2pm. After the monthly meeting, DU is also hosting a Colorado Makers panel that we would love for you all to attend. Here is a link to more information about the panel. Please be sure to register if you plan to attend the panel – (as a non-DU member, you’ll need to be sure to click “No DU affiliation” when registering).

Please email me at to RSVP for the meeting so we have an accurate lunch count. I will also need to know if you would like a parking pass. In order to obtain the pass, I’ll need you let me know no later than Monday, 3/19. Other parking information is provided below as well.

Meeting Agenda:

10:00 to 10:05am: Welcome

10:05 to 10:30am: Conference Update

10:30 to 10:45am: Awards Update

10:45 to 11:00am: Other Topics

11:00-12:00pm: Professional development session in DU’s new “Video Creation Studio” (modeled after CU Denver’s Creation Station), hosted by Rich Path, OTL Multimedia Developer

12:00-12:30pm: Lunch Break

12:30-1:30pm: Institutional Updates

1:30-2:00pm: Other Topics

3:00-4:30pm: Colorado Maker Panel!

Other Parking options:

University of Denver campus map

University of Denver parking map

University Libraries Parking Lot (Hourly) – This is the closest parking lot to the Anderson Academics Commons. This is a metered parking lot ($1.50 per hour, cash / credit cards accepted). These meters only accept payments for one hour at a time. It is lot 315 on the DU parking guide.

Directions: You must be going east on Evans Avenue between High Street and University. Take the first right after the pedestrian bridge that crosses over Evans Ave. Anderson Academic Commons is the building on the right just after the pedestrian bridge.

Evans Garage (Hourly) – This parking lot is also close to the Anderson Academics Commons. The price is $1.50 per hour and the pay stations accepts credit cards and will issue a receipt.  It is lot 301 on the DU parking  map.

Directions: From Evans Avenue turn south on High Street and take the first left. After parking, exit the garage through the northeast corner of the building and walk east on Evans Ave. Anderson Academic Commons is the building on the right just after the pedestrian bridge. 

Light Rail:

The University of Denver Light Rail station is located on the northern edge of campus.

Directions: Cross the intersection of Buchtel Boulevard and High Street. Walk south on High Street for several blocks to Evans Ave. Cross Evans Ave and walk east. Anderson Academic Commons is the building on the right just after the pedestrian bridge.  The entrance is on the south side of the building.


Heather Tobin
Instructional Designer & Adjunct Instructor
University of Denver
Office of Teaching and Learning & University College

Ready Player One Book Club

eLCC has been invited to educator’s book club that includes games, game based learning and virtual reality from March 12 – April 8.

The ISTE Games & Sims Network (whose leadership does included a number of Coloradoans) is starting on March 12 with the Ready Player One book club.

The first hangout and livestream is on March 14 at 8 pm ET.
For Week One, you would be reading Level One in the book/kindle.

READY PLAYER ONE Signup and the movie opens on March 29.

Open Education Week

Open Education Week is happening right now! Open Education Week is being put on by the Open Education Consortium which is a global network for Open Education.

It is truly global, there are presentations from Finland, Cuba, Canada and a plethora of sessions from the United States. The webinars are listed on the top, just scroll through and click on details for ones you’d like to see.

Our recommendations are

Anything that Millersville University is doing! Take a look at their OER guides. They are in Pennsylvania, so check the time and convert to MT! They have sessions each day.

On Wednesday, April 7 at 12 PM ET/ 10 AM MT – 5 PM ET/3 pm MT, there will be TEN OER Degree and Adoption Showcases at Community College.

They do ask for registration and will send you a confirmation email to see any of the 10 colleges and how they have done OER.

And Open Education Week will close with a 24 OER Global Web-athon from March 9 to March 10.

eLCC Facilitated Keynote on Wednesday April 4th

The eLearning Consortium of Colorado is proud to announce that we are doing a facilitated keynote for the first day of its 29th annual conference.

Is It Just Me?…Questions facing me and the field
Facilitated Keynote with Dr. Brent G. Wilson

Inspired by radio shows like Is It Just Me Friday, this facilitated keynote creates an inclusive discussion  on some critical issues facing e-learning as a field. Dr. Brent Wilson of CU Denver will set up the discussion, followed by roundtable conversation and full-group Q&A.

The focus is on Is it just me concerns – a group reality check on our experience and how the field is adapting to changing conditions of work. Starter  issues include: (1) changing roles following higher-ed investments in learning technologies; (2) the growing role of faculty persuasion and institutional change; (3) learning analytics and student success; and (4) advocacy for the profession and self-advocacy as professionals.

Brent  G. Wilson is professor of Information and Learning Technologies at CU Denver where he teaches courses in e-learning trends, professional learning, and research in learning design and technology. His research centers around foundational questions such as: What is good instruction? How can we help learners have more transformative learning experiences? How can we help faculty, students, and designers make better use of learning tools and resources?

Thank You CCCOnline!

We would like to thank CCCOnline for arranging and hosting eLCC’s virtual monthly meeting.

The virtual meeting went effortlessly and they could not have chosen two more timely and informative guest speakers. They gave us a high level view of how the state legislature is looking at OER and also what the next steps are so we can tell our colleagues.

I think CCCOnline has developed a pattern of knowing exactly how to setup and facilitate these online meetings. Thank you again!

Here are some of the highlights from the meeting. Agenda(Slides)

Awards Update

Invitation to F2F Events

Invitation to Online Events

  • Ethics and Games Monthly Webinars
    • Last Sunday of Each Month at 5 pm MT
    • Recording from February  Ethics and Games webinar.
    • The Talos Principle.
      • The review of this game includes Greek and Egyptian mythology, determinism, transhumanism, posthumanism and discussion of AI. If you click on the show more portion of the YouTube recording, you can see the index portion and go to the area you are most interested in.

Other Topics (Warming Up for  – Is It Just Me?… Facilitated Keynote with Dr. Brent Wilson at 2018 eLCC Conference)

Professional Development Speakers – OER Council Presentation

CCCOnline invited Dr. Emily Ragan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Metro, who is the Chair of the state Open Education Resources (OER) Council, and Brittany Dudek, CCCO Library Coordinator, who is a member of the OER Council to talk about this six month group that was created by the Colorado General Assembly.  Additionally members of the OER council prepared this pdf on their recommendations. The OER Council was created for a six month period to give recommendations to the General Assembly’s Joint Budge Committee. It has finished its six month period.

Additional OER information

There is a public OER Council website and the agenda and notes from about half of the meetings are on the webpage. The report that was sent to the Joint Budget Committee and the Education Committees of the General Assembly is also available to read on the OER Council website.

On February 7, 2018, the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) discussed the OER Report (Recording, go to Index 4, use the blue slider to go to the OER discussion which starts at 2:41:00 – 3:03:30) and move to draft a bill by the end of the month.

Recommendations from the OER Council included promoting the use of free and very low cost textbooks and instructional materials at public institutions of higher education. Staff recommends the Committee sponsor a bill to: • Provide a statewide grant program costing $660,000 General Fund in FY 2018-19, annualizing to annualizing to $1,079,350 for FY 2019-20 and $1,080,720 in FY 2020-21. • Continue the statewide OER Council for the length of the program and add 1.0 FTE in the Department of Higher Education for the length of the initiative.

In addition to the recommendations from the report, the JBC staff recommended that the Committee also consider including a statutory requirement that by fall 2021 for institutional course catalogs to identify which courses use free and very low cost OER materials. A presentation is scheduled for March 12 and a vote is planned to happen between March 12 and 26.

Second Professional Development Event: Net Neutrality

We have been looking at what is happening on the Net Neutrality front. February 27th is actually #OneMoreVote day. You may see this hashtag on social media. We did an overview of Net Neutrality and some possible implications for education recording and slides.


Thank you to Regis Univesity for Hosting!

A big thank you to Regis University for hosting us on Friday for the eLCC Monthly meeting.Thank you Sally, Jeff, Nicole, Doug, Yvonne, Ed and anyone else we might have missed.

Regis University is truly a beautiful campus and we did get some more pictures for our eLCC flickr.

It was great – for REALS. Yes that is the actual acronym for the system setup that they showed us.

REALS (Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning Systems)

I think we also had one of our best discussions and sharings.  Lee Christopher from Arapahoe Community College is our new treasurer!
We shared out a number of edtech, professional development and art activities. (Just go into the document and add anything that you feel is missing.

Conference proposals are open! So are the eLCC awards, please nominate the outstanding people you work with.

eLCC eLearning Educator

eLCC eLearning Advocate

The second annual eLCC Learning Technologies Team Award or eLCCellence

Here’s the meeting notes – feel free to add, we are still crowdsourcing it.

Our next meeting will be virtual and hosted by CCCOnline on Friday, February 23, 2018.

Regis University hosting January Monthly eLCC Meeting

Regis University looks forward to hosting the January eLCC monthly meeting on Friday, the 26th. We’ve once again put in a special request for warm, sunny weather for your brief stay so we hope you can attend.

Regis Univeristy

Stuff to know

When: Friday, January 26th, 10-2 pm

Where: Regis University, St. Peter Claver Hall (PCH), Room 306. Downloadable map available at:

Parking (All parking lots are fee-based. Kiosks take credit cards and cash):

  • Option 1 (easiest): Park in Lot 6 (always available parking) and take the free campus shuttle to Claver Hall
  • Option 2 (for walkers): Park in Lot 6 (always available parking), walk to the athletic field chain link fence and head west past Lots 7 and 5. Walk up the hill to Claver Hall.
  • Option 3 (for gamblers): Take your chances parking in Lot 5 and walk up the hill to Claver Hall.

Lunch: Box lunches provided if you RSVP to by January 19th. We’ll do our best to accommodate special dietary requests, if specified (and Paul, steak and lobster is not a valid “special dietary request”).

Professional development: Sally Cordrey will facilitate an introduction to two recently introduced IT projects: the Technology Training Center and the REALS (Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning Systems) classroom, including a walking tour of the new facilities, weather permitting.

General questions: Jeff Getchell,, 303-964-5429

Welcome to 2018!

Happy New Year to everyone and for anyone who is at work today – welcome back!

Have you been looking at some of this year’s wrap-ups lists and predictions for the future?

Best of 2017 and Looking to 2018
Please share with us any lists you have come across.

The New Media Consortium which produced the Horizon Report for Higher Education is closing, so here are some other articles and reports until the dust settles there.  

EdSurge HigherEd’s Top 10 Articles of 2017 
Interestingly enough, the first article starts out with the person stating that in 2008 they didn’t know instructional designers existed.

Hack Education’s Stories We Were Told in 2017 about Education Technology 
As always Audrey Waters uses a critical eye to look at edtech.

25 Trends for 2018 by Meris Stansbury from eSchool News and eCampus News
There is a section for Higher Education.

Tech Trends (Non-Education) for 2018
Not an educational list yet there is overlap.

And to wrap-up here with a positive note
99 Reasons 2017 was a great year from Future Crunch

At eLCC, we have a lot planned for the new year.

Monthly Meetings 2018

Our first monthly meeting will be on January 26th at Regis University.

There is a change in date for February, our February monthly meeting will be Friday February 16th at the University of Denver.

Our March monthly meeting on Friday March 23rd will be virtual.

Breakthroughs in 2017 or 2018?

AI? We did have Michael King as our eLCC  Keynote last year.
While this isn’t Michael as our keynote, here is an interview with Michael.  
Have you tried IBM’s Watson? While it might be geared to K-12 you can still take a peek. If you have more questions, here’s another article on what you could be asking.

It was listed as Number #1 Tech Trend – Blockchain
One of our Learning Technologies award nominees was covering this last year.

EdSurge claimed 2017 was a breakthrough year for OER. Do you agree?

For eLCC this coming calendar year, we’d like to form some sub-committees or even a task force if we think this areas warrant them. Please email kae novak if you are interested.

eLCC Conference

The eLCC Conference will be held one week earlier this year.
Wednesday April 4 – Friday April 6, 2018 at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado

The call for proposals and registration will be coming out soon from the conference committee.

eLCC Awards

The eLCC Awards are now open! Please feel free to share these links with your colleagues!

eLCC eLearning Educator

eLCC eLearning Advocate

The second annual eLCC Learning Technologies Team Award or eLCCellence

If you are interested in helping out with the Awards committee this year, please email

Again, Happy New Year to Everyone!

Break the Internet

If you are on the Internet on Tuesday December 12th, you’re likely to see images and videos like the ones below. In fact, you are likely to see quite a few of these images and videos.

December 12, 2017 is two days before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be voting on ending Net Neutrality. The vote on Net Neutrality is also why you might have seen protesters outside your local Verizon store on Thursday.

On December 1, we were involved in a discussion (recording) over Hangout on Net Neutrality and what this means to us as online learning professionals, instructors and academics.

Because we are educators, we couldn’t help but also make slides too. We’re curating a list of articles on this Google document. They include FCC Chair Pai’s Myth vs. Fact and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s Debunking Chairman Pai’s Claims about Net Neutrality rebuttal. (Yes these are the actual titles of the documents put out from the FCC.)

Yes, this is quite the hot topic for information and technology literacy! Thanks for suggesting it in our hot topic survey.