eLCC Conference Keynote Presenters

The 2016 Keynote Presenters are:

Wednesday, April 13
ZvacekSusan M. Zvacek, PhD, Associate Provost for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, University of Denver
Short Bio:
Susan Zvacek is Associate Provost for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Denver, where she oversees the Office of Teaching and Learning and works closely with academic divisions, support centers, and administrative offices. Her background in educational technology helps her to provide leadership in the areas of technology adoption and implementation, while ensuring that teaching and learning remain the focus of these decisions. Dr. Zvacek has worked in higher education as a faculty member, dissertation advisor, and administrator and her publications are in the areas of distance education, instructional design, and faculty development.
Dr. Zvacek was a Fulbright Scholar at Charles University in Prague and a Fulbright Specialist appointed to the University of Porto (Portugal). Susan is co-author of Teaching and Learning at a Distance (now in its 6th edition) and Blackboard for Dummies. She has been a keynote speaker and workshop leader at conferences in the UK, Austria, Slovakia, Costa Rica, Germany, Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Portugal, and the United States.

Title and Description: Spurious Claims and Zombie Factoids: What’s the Big Deal?

Isn’t it a shame that humans only use 10% of their brain? Just think what you’d be capable of if you could put more of those lazy synapses to work! Reality check: You’re already using close to 100% of your brain every day without even trying. The bad news, however, is that myths like this one will continue to rise from the dead if we’re not vigilant about putting them to rest. Let’s explore how educators can actively challenge questionable notions and why it matters in the long run. (Pitchforks not required.)


Thursday, April 14, 2016
AndersGronstedt Pic.2016Anders Gronstedt, Ph.D., President, The Gronstedt Group, Inc.
Short Bio:
Anders Gronstedt, Ph.D. is the president of Colorado-based Gronstedt Group, which helps global companies like Microsoft, Google, Intuit, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, United Healthcare, Dell, Avaya, American Eagle Outfitters, Kimberly-Clark, and government clients like the U.S. Department of Transportation and the City of New York improve performance with innovative learning approaches, including next-generation digital simulations, gaming, transmedia storytelling, immersive 3D virtual worlds, and virtual and augmented reality. He is a former faculty member of the CU Boulder School of Journalism and his articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review.

Title and Description: The Future Of Elearning: Gamification, Online Video And Virtual Reality

How do you develop a new generation of learners that has spent more time with video games than in school? How do you leverage the explosion of screens and devices to change behavior among learners of all generations? Explore how leading Fortune 50 companies and governments are using new technologies to create breakthrough performance:

• Sales skills taught in a spy-themed game with live-action video
• Cyber security skills taught with a tower defense-style game
• Business skills are taught in a 3D immersive environment
• Technical skills taught with virtual and augmented reality

Learn how serious games, podcasts, simulations, short-form videos, 3D immersive experiences, mobile, and virtual reality are poised to forever change the way adults learn and organizations teach.

Meeting Friday, January 22nd, 2016 – Regis University 10am – 2pm

Regis University is looking forward to hosting the January 2016 eLCC monthly meeting. We’ve put in a special request for warm, sunny weather for your brief stay so we hope you can attend.

Stuff to know:

When: Friday, January 22nd, 10-2 pm

Where: Regis University Mountain View Room in the northwest corner of St. Peter Claver Hall at our Northwest Denver (Lowell) campus.
• Downloadable map available at
o http://www.regis.edu/About-Regis-University/Campus-Locations/North-Denver.aspx
• St. Peter Claver Hall is located on the west side of campus just north of the Chapel. Mountain View Room has its own entrance on the northwest corner of the building and is easily accessible from Lower Lot 4.
• As an added bonus (), you now get to pay for parking. Park anywhere on campus and look for the Parking kiosk. Parking is $5. Kiosks accept cash or credit cards.

• Option 1: Park in Lower Lot 4 and walk to the main entrance of Mountain View Room.
• Park in any of the other lots and take a leisurely stroll across campus to St. Peter Claver Hall. Exterior entrance to Mountain View Room is on the northwest corner of the building.
• Park in any of the other lots and take the Campus Shuttle. The driver will drop you off at the Mountain View Room main entrance.
• Again, look for the Parking kiosk and pay the $5 parking fee (cash or credit cards accepted).

Lunch: Box lunches provided if you RSVP to lskuba@regis.edu by January 15th. We’ll do our best to accommodate special dietary requests, if specified.

Professional development: Both Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak declined our invitation. Still waiting to hear from Kim Jong Un on a virtual walkthrough of North Korea’s new science and technology center (yes, Kathy, I’m joking). Also presenting are some of our Teaching and Learning with Technology award winning faculty discussing their technology projects. More information on the TLTM program at http://idt.regis.edu/website/resources/tltm.html

General questions: Jeff Getchell, jgetchell001@regis.edu, 303-964-5429

Hope to see you on the 22nd ! –Jeff

Meeting Friday, November 20th at UNC 10am-2pm

I hope you enjoyed the small blast of winter today.  Here is some information about our upcoming meeting at UNC.  Along with other eLCC business on Friday, here is some import and exciting information about our meeting that day!

Location and contact: Candelaria Hall, room 1375, UNC, Greeley. RSVP to Berniece Mitchell of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at cetl@unco.edu (970-351-2885). Contact her ASAP to get a parking pass sent.

Description of our presentations (40 minutes for the first one, 20 for the second):

Responsive Design 101

Responsive design is an approach to web design that allows pages to respond to the size of the user’s device (cell phones, tablets, TV’s, and smart watches). Responsive design requires a new way of thinking about the user interface, not to mention the coding behind the scenes. This session is an explanation of the basics of responsive design. You’ll leave understanding the common terms and why modern web pages look the way they do. And just a touch of what happens behind the scenes, no web developer Ph.D’s required.

Our speaker is Ronna Johnston, Director of Web Communications, who is coordinating the project to move all UNC sites to a content management system, new design, and new navigation structure.

Web conferencing through Microsoft 365

“Skype for Business” or “Lync,” is the Microsoft web conferencing tool that UNC is utilizing and that, in many cases, is overriding the current “Collaborate” associated with BlackBoard. We will demonstrate its usefulness and how it was adopted at UNC.

Our speaker is Robin Weber, Instructional Designer for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

A 3-D printer will be on display (but not functioning) and Robin Weber can answer questions about 3-D printing.

eLCC Survey Review (30 minutes?). With the efforts of David Kendrick, Jeff Getchell, and Cheryl Comstock, the eLCC survey to the membership has been reproduced and will be presented by David and Educational Technology PhD student, Haya Albaqami, who has loaded the survey into the Qualtrics online survey tool.

During lunch, student’s from David’s UNC Ed Tech course would like to sit with their designated interviewees, some members of eLCC, to complete their interview assignment. They are all international students from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and five student scholars from the PhD Ed Tech program at Kasetsart University in Thailand. Feel free to converse with them.

MSU Denver Professional Development

Hello eLearning Consortium of Colorado
The MSU Denver Professional Development – eLCC opportunity is this week October 22-23.  There is still an opportunity to register for Friday’s presentations if you have not already. The Thursday pre-conference activities are full.
If you are interested in attending on Friday October 23, there is no charge to attendees from eLCC member schools.

You do not have to attend both days. Again, registration is still open.

The event is held at the Metropolitan State University of Denver on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver.

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

picture of Paul

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.

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 https://metroteachingwithtechday.pbworks.com/w/page/69613174/2013%20Schedule

Nicole Ellison of Regis blogged about her impressions of the event at http://rhchplearningtechnologies.blogspot.com/

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

Mark your calendars!

Below are some excellent professional development opportunities coming up in the next couple of months that eLCC members are encouraged to attend:

August 7 and 8, 2013 – COLTT Conference

Registration is open for the conference which will be held on the CU Boulder campus Wednesday, Aug. 7th, and Thursday, Aug. 8th, 2013. Be sure to take advantage of our early registration rates, which are available through July 17th:


COLTT 2013 offers an impressive array of engaging and innovative presentations on teaching and learning with technology. Come engage with topics such as: “The Classroom Movie Mogul: Practical Uses of Camtasia Software,” “Hybrid Courses: Google+ for Mobile, Socially-Networked Learning Beyond the Classroom,” “The Digital Dossier: Combining Effective Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship,” and “Acrobat Hands-on: I Didn’t Know Adobe Could That!”

Please email Jill Lester, COLTT Conference Coordinator, at jill.lester@colorado.edu if you have questions.

October 10-12, 2013 – ADEIL Conference

“Committed to the Race!” Join the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL) for the annual conference October 10-12, 2013, at Western Kentucky University!  This conference is a valuable experience for Distance Education and eLearning professionals of all walks, including designers, technologists, administrators, student services, and more! Don’t forget to submit a proposal to present at the conference and contact Kristyn Rose at krrose@coloradomesa.edu if you have questions!

October 25, 2013 – Teaching & Learning with Technology Symposium/eLCC Professional Development Day

eLCC will collaborate again this year with Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) for our 2013 annual Professional Development Day.  The TLT Symposium is a one-day event to showcase ways that technology can be used to enhance teaching, learning, and/or research, and provided professional development opportunities exclusive to MSU Denver Faculty and eLCC members. More details and an RFP to follow soon!!!  Contact Kathy Keairns (kkeairns@du.edu) or Jean Otte (jean.otte@aims.edu) if you have questions.