Press Release 2014 eLCC Annual Awards


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Press Release
April 17, 2014

eLCC 2014 Educator of the Year

Maxine Christenson, eLCC EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2014  Maxine Christenson, Professor of Marketing/Management at Aims Community College, was named the 2014 Educator of the Year at the 25th annual eLearning Consortium of Colorado Conference held April 16-18 at the Beaver Run Conference Center in Breckenridge, CO.

Christenson’s nomination stated that she “…is a veteran instructor at Aims who maintains a high standard of excellence in teaching and is a mentor to her colleagues.  Throughout her teaching career, she has explored new and innovative ways to present material and engage her students.  Maxine ‘s courses, whether online or on ground, are always technologically current and pedagogically sound.”

eLCC 2014 Support Person of the Year

Keairns_eLCC_2014Kathy Keairns, Director of Web-Based Learning in the Office of Teaching and Learning at the University of Denver was named the 2014 Support Person of the Year.  Her nomination noted, “her training and support programs for online faculty are well-regarded and promote high standards for DU online courses.”  Keairns is a long-time member of the eLearning Consortium of Colorado and currently serves as co-chair. In that capacity, she was recognized for promoting new technologies and methods in elearning, attracting new members, and making eLCC a strong and viable organization.

The eLearning Consortium of Colorado (formerly Colorado TELECOOP) is a non-profit organization based in Colorado, U.S.A. The membership consists of a coalition of public and private colleges, universities, K-12 education, and private sector business dedicated to the enhancement of educational opportunities through eLearning since 1986.

Wednesday’s Presentations

The conference kicked off on Wednesday with some great sessions and a lively keynote. Below is the keynote and links to some of the day’s presentations. More will be added later.

Keynote: Alan Levine



Understanding Creative Commons Licenses in the Educational Context
Amanda Burch, Colorado Community Colleges Online

A Cloud of Documents
Nate Wadman, Pikes Peak Community College

Twitter Book Club – Seven Futures


One of our Keynotes at this year’s eLCC conference will be John Sener, author of The Seven Futures of American Education. We have a pre-conference activity planned to take advantage of John’s visit – we will be holding a book club type reading of the Seven Futures with comments and conversation via Twitter. Everyone is encouraged to join in using the conference hashtag, #elcc2014. You can order a copy of the book from Amazon.  Reading and commenting begins next week, but there isn’t a deadline for getting started.

February Meeting Summary

Regis University was pleased to host the February 2014 eLCC monthly meeting. Approximately 27 people attended including eLCC members and Regis University faculty and staff. After approval of January meeting minutes, Kathy Keairns launched into two professional development presentations.Regis Campus Pic

The first presentation was by Dr. Cheryl Kruschke, Associate Professor of Nursing at the Rueckert Hartman College for Health Professions. Cheryl took attendees on a tour of VoiceThread and its use in Nursing financial courses. VoiceThread provides a method for adding audio comments to PowerPoint slides. Cheryl stated that she has had overwhelmingly positive results. Nursing students, normally reticent about audio comments, warmed up quickly to the technology.

The second session was presented by Drs. Tim Noteboom and Heidi Eigsti, professors at the School of Physical Therapy at the College for Health Professions. Tim and Heidi presented on results of a study examining the perceived effectiveness of using audio-enhanced presentations (AEPs). Survey results were mixed, with students preferring AEPs that were presented in an enthusiastic manner and that were a good fit for the topic. Tim and Heidi then played several example slides from a course that was singled out as using AEPs in an exemplary manner. The AEP presentation stimulated a spirited discussion on AEP best practices, technologies, and pedagogy.

After a boxed lunch, Kathy and Jean focused on remaining agenda items that included co-chair nominations, an April conference update, and institutional updates. Complete meeting minutes will be posted on the eLCC website.

After meeting adjournment, several eLCCers took a stroll of the Regis campus before heading home. Thank you, eLCC, for allowing Regis to host your fabulous organization for a day.

Submitted by:

Jeffrey Getchell, EdD
Director, RHCHP Learning Technologies
Regis University

February Meeting at Regis

When: February 28th, 2014 –  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where: Regis University, 3333 Regis Boulevard, Denver, in the new Clarke Hall building, room 136-137 (aka Board Room).

Directions and parking: Parking is open. You’re assured of a parking space when using Lot 6, directly off of Regis Boulevard (50th Avenue). Clarke Hall is a quick, 5 minute walk and will be the first (and only) 4 story building on your right. There is also a shuttle bus running every 15 minutes from all parking lots. Look for the airport-shuttle-looking white people carrier. An interactive campus map is available here:

Lunch: Lunch will be catered by Bon Appetit, so please RSVP to Jeff Getchell ( by Feburary 24th. Include any special dietary needs with your RSVP.

Professional development

This month’s professional development activity will feature faculty perspectives on the use of audio in online coursework. Dr. Cheryl Kruschke, Associate Professor at the Loretto Heights School of Nursing, will present on her use of VoiceThread for narrated discussions. Next, Dr. Tim Noteboom, Professor, and Dr. Heidi Eigsti, Associate Professor, School of Physical Therapy, will present preliminary results from their survey of student perceptions of narrated presentations. And Dr. Ken Sagendorf, Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, will provide perspective.

Flipped Learning

Jerry Overmyer gave us an excellent overview of “flipped” learning at our January meeting at UNC. Jerry is the creator of the Flipped Learning Network’s professional learning and community of practice.  Jerry shared his unique insight and expertise on flipped learning to show how flipped learning has evolved immensely in the last 7 years. His presentation Picture of Jerry Overmyerdefined the basics of flipped learning, dispelled some misconceptions, and showed the easiest ways to take the first-steps towards flipping. Jerry credited Colorado’s own Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann from Woodland Park for being the first instructors to “flip” their classrooms.

Below are some resources from Jerry’s presentation:

Aaron Sams Explains why he flipped his science classroom




Next Meeting at UNC

The University of Northern Colorado is hosting the January eLCC monthly meeting on January 24th from 10-2:00. RSVP to Berniece Mitchell at (970-351-2885) no later than Wed, 1/22/14 and by Friday, 1/17/14 to receive a mailed parking pass. Otherwise, on the day of the meeting, you will have to come in to building get a pass, then return to car (not far, parking lot outside of the building).

In addition to our regular business meeting, there will be a presentation on the flipped classroom from Jerry Overmyer, Mathematics and Science Outreach Coordinator at the UNC Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute.

Jerry Overmyer is the creator of the Flipped Learning Network’s professional learning and community of practice with over 16,000 flipping members. Jerry will use his unique insight and expertise on flipped learning to show how flipped learning has evolved immensely in just 7 years. This presentation will show how the enormous changes in technology have allowed flipped learning to become accessible and feasible to almost all teachers and students. The presentation will define the basics of flipped learning, dispel some misconceptions, and show the easiest ways to take the first-steps towards flipping. Jerry will also show how the flipped community supports itself through networks, webinars and professional development opportunities.

Directions to UNC, Candelaria Hall, room 1375

– Proceed on I-25 to the US Highway 34 exit (labeled Loveland-Greeley).
– Take the exit, going east, on Highway 34.
– After five miles, remain on the Greeley/Ft Morgan route and continue east (Don’t take the business route exit)As you reach Greeley, look for the 11th Avenue intersection.
– Turn left and proceed 8 blocks. As you drive north on 11th avenue you will see the West Campus buildings to your left. The University Center is another block farther, and on your right.
– Turn left on 20th Street and proceed 3 blocks to 14th Avenue.
– Turn left on 14th Avenue and proceed to the stop sign.  The building on your left, across the corner from where you are stopped, is Candelaria Hall, your destination.
– Enter the building through the door facing west, towards the north end of the building and proceed to the elevator.  Go up one floor and turn right when you exit the elevator.

Teaching & Learning with Technology Symposium

The annual eLCC Professional Development Day was held October 25, 2013 at our co-sponsor’s site, Metropolitan State University of Denver.  Approximately 140 attendees benefited from this free event, which included 21 concurrent presentations and a keynote address by Bridget Arend, PhD, Director of University Teaching at the University of Denver.  Along with Jim Davis, Professor Emeritus at the University of Denver, Bridget recently co-authored: Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning: A Resource for more Purposeful, Effective and Enjoyable College Teaching, published in 2013 by Stylus Press
In her presentation, Dr. Arend focused on two strategies for promoting skill development, and examined how long-established learning principles can help us be more purposeful and effective when using new technologies.

Many concurrent sessions demonstrated the use of  technological tools to enhance instruction including social media, Blogger, YouTube, Vimeo, Digital Storytelling, Google Hangouts, Jibjabs, Powtoons, Diigo, Top Hat, Adobe Connect and 360 photography.

Other sessions dealt with pedagogical strategies including teach backs, flipped classrooms, gaming, just in time teaching, hybrid/blended classes, and techniques to enhance online course quality.

To view session abstracts and presentations, go to

Nicole Ellison of Regis blogged about her impressions of the event at

Many thanks to the planning committee members, the presenters and the attendees for an outstanding event!

Retreat Meeting

Picture of eLCC Members

2013 Retreat Meeting

The eLearning Consortium of Colorado held their annual retreat on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Parker Campus of Arapahoe Community College. The theme of the event, based on Lewis Carroll’s novel, Alice in Wonderland, focused the attendees “to talk of many things.” Before getting into the retreat’s primary focus, member discussed business including the eLCC-Metro State University Symposium scheduled for October 25. Several presentations will be given by eLCC member institutions and eLCC members are encouraged to have their campus faculty register soon. Another item for discussion was the WCET Consortium web site that now lists eLCC.

Additionally, within the next few months, a nominating committee will be formed to recruit nominations for eLCC co-chairs. As has been the tradition of the past few years in eLCC, there will be a co-chair from a two year and a co-chair from a 4 year college/university.  Kathy Keairns is ready to “pass the leadership torch” and Jean Otte will be retiring. The organization has thrived under the leadership of these two dynamic leaders.

Then the meeting moved into the planning activities which began with a fun filled trivia challenge focusing on Alice in Wonderland. The members present broke into two work groups: one focused on the eLCC web site and the other one focused on the Annual Report. After an extended time, the entire group reconvened to discuss strategies to improve both vital activities of eLCC. Several members volunteered to work on specific issues discussed by the members, and changes will be made within the next few months.

Additional information about the retreat will be provided in the formal meeting minutes. The retreat was very productive and hats go off to Kathy and Jean!

Submitted by Kim Larson-Cooney, Retreat Host