CCCOnline March Meeting Summary

CCCOnline hosted the virtual March 27, 2015 via WebEx. A professional development presentation was given regarding innovation in transforming online courses.

The presenters were kind enough to share a document of the presentation highlights, and also share some thoughts about the content:

We’ll highlight what’s innovative here at CCCOnline and share some samples of work created with the use of various authorware which can help transform online course content into stories. We’ll also share some free resources which add emphasis to these stories.


eLCC Retreat at Penrose House


eLCC Members

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Karen and Paul

Our annual retreat was held on September 26, 2014 at the historic Penrose House in Colorado Springs. Sixteen eLCC members attended the retreat and we first met as a large group to discuss the annual report, consortium buying and networking, and professional development.  Then we divided into 2 working subgroups, Communication and Website, to come up with goals for the upcoming year.

Congratulations to Paul and Karen for hosting their first eLCC retreat!  Below is a link to the minutes.

September 2014 Retreat Minutes


TLT Symposium

We are pleased to announce that the eLearning Consortium of Colorado is again collaborating with Metropolitan State University of Denver in presenting the 3rd Annual Quest for Quality LogoTeaching and Learning with Technology Symposium. Faculty or staff at eLCC member institutions are invited to attend the Symposium to be held on October 24th, 2014 on the Auraria Campus in Denver.

This is a FREE faculty development event and a great opportunity for you to network with fellow educators throughout Colorado. The keynote speaker, Charles Dzuiban, is a national leader in online and blended education and we are very excited that he will be at this event. The theme for this year’s symposium is “The Quest for Quality” and session tracks include the following topics:

  • Course Quality
  • Multimedia for Learning
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Social Learning
  • Online Learning

Space is limited so register right away if you plan to attend.

eLCC has new Co-Chairs!

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.

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Karen Kaemmerling

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

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Paul Novak

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.

CMC Meeting/Presentation Summary

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) thanks all those who were able to join us for the meeting held today, June 27th, 2014 at our Breckenridge Campus.  Robert Cartelli, our 2014 nominee for eLCC Educator of the Year Award, inspired us with his presentation titled Student Reflection and Self-Assessment:  How to Improve Your Course in 8 Minutes. Robert enthusiastically shared his MAR-326 self-assessments delivered at the Midterm and Final which have resulted in 3,000 pages of feedback from students on various topics like what is going well, what is not, what they are learning, and what sort of learning environment Robert has created in his courses.

Robert emphasized in order to receive useful, honest feedback from students he first must create a welcoming, friendly environment where students trust that their openness with be heard and valued.  Robert explained that beyond creating engaging content and assignments, he wants to see his students transform into future business leaders and successful students.  The carefully crafted self-assessments are used as an indicator of how each course he teaches is going for the students and provides him information to make changes in the middle of the semester if necessary.  He also makes continuous improvement after each term based on the final reflections to transform his courses to include the most effective team driven, project-based assignments that are rigorous and technology-packed to create students who know how to FIO (Figure it Out).