Colorado State University Hosting eLCC Monthly Meeting on May 19, 2017

Thanks to Colorado State University – Fort Collins for hosting the upcoming meeting on May 19th, 2017 (notice it is the 3rd Friday of the month, not the usual 4th)

Introduction: CSU is pleased to host the upcoming May eLearning Consortium meeting on our beautiful campus. We are excited to have the opportunity to host and to welcome you to Fort Collins. Specific information regarding the event is listed below.

When: Friday, May 19 (10:00 – 2:00), but we would encourage you to arrive early for coffee and refreshments (9:30).

Where: CSU Campus in Fort Collins. The event will take place in the recently remodeled Lory Student Center – Room 312

Parking: You can park close to the Lory Student Center in Lot 310. The cost is $1.00 per hour for a total of roughly $6.00 to $7.00 dollars.

Note: Fort Collins has a lot of road construction going on. We will keep you posted on the best routes to campus as we near the event.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided by CSU. We will have a Taco Bar available with choices for everyone. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know. We will also have coffee and water available throughout the day.

Professional Development: We currently have three short presentations for you. Final details are being worked out, but we believe we have three topics that you will find useful and interesting. More details to follow.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Marianne Bauer by Monday, May 15: You can also email Marianne or myself ( if you have specific questions related to the meeting.

Campus Map: You can access the CSU Campus map through the following link.

CSU Campus Map

Campus Tour: Following the standard meeting we are planning on providing a brief tour of a classroom that has been updated with technology. In addition, we can take a short walk to show you the new on campus football stadium which opens this fall. For those of you that would like to stay longer in Fort Collins there is also an opportunity to visit one of our many breweries in town. We can provide options for you.

We look forward to seeing you in Fort Collins. It has been a long time since CSU hosted, so please try and make it.

Planning Team (Greg, Marianne, Al, Katy, and Karen)

2017 eLCC Award Winners

Hello everyone,

Thank you all for a great eLCC Annual Conference this year. We had lots of great presentations and awesome conversations and Keynotes. Barbara Truman really did a great job off expanding on what our virtual classrooms and LMS platforms could be and the value and range of simulations. Michael King provided us with an interesting walk down IBM’s Watson AI and it’s promise for adaptive learning and education.

In additional to all our speakers, keynotes and conversations, we celebrated the 2017 eLearning Consortium of Colorado’s Awards, or as the awards committee calls them… the eLCCies!!!!

First, I want to thank all the nominators, awards committee members and judges for their time and assistance in making these awards possible. I also want to thank everyone for getting out the vote and congratulate all of this year’s nominees.

Now on to our winners!

2017 eLearning Educator of the Year: Anjali Vaidya

2017 eLearning Advocate of the Year: Kae Novak

2017 Learning Technologies Team Award: TeachLive/ Mursion Project from Robin Brewer, Tracy Mueller, and Jason Robinson of University of Northern Colorado.

eLCC Activities for everyone this week (whether or not you are at the conference)

The eLearning of Consortium of Colorado conference is taking place this week. Whether or not you are attending, there are activities happening that you can take part in – even online.

1) People’s Choice Award

For the first time, we are doing a People’s Choice Award for the Learning Technologies Team Award.

Six team projects have been nominated for this award. This award is meant as a showcase of innovation, best practices in learning technologies and how eLCC members are leveraging technology to promote meaningful learning.

We have projects on learning about the Blockchain, Online Orientation for Students, Embedded Office Hours for Faculty, Virtual Reality and Teacher Prep, Role-playing games and Escape Rooms.

We had each group make a 1 minute video highlighting their project. Just click on the link for each on this Google ballot. It’s a People’s Choice Award, everyone who belongs to a member institution is eligible to cast your vote. So please take a look at all the great team projects and cast your vote.

Please also share the link to vote with colleagues at your institution.

2) Follow the Conference on Social Media
First of all, if you aren’t following elcc on twitter please do!
We will be using the hashtag #elcc for the conference and year-round.

3) Participate in the #pedagome tweetchat on Thursday at 7 pm
You may have attended a presentation at the Metro conference with Pedagome.They hold an instructional designer and educator tweetchat on the second Thursday of each month using the hashtag #pedagome. All eLCCers are invited to login on twitter and participate! Their topic this week is using webinars and their tweetchat this week is called Wild Webinars!

2017 eLCC People’s Choice Learning Technolgies Team Award

Hello Everyone,

The eLearning Consortium of Colorado Awards committee is pleased to announce that voting for the first eLCC Learning Technologies Team Award or eLCCellence Awards is now open.  Please share this link with your colleagues.

In alphabetical order, here are the teams and projects:

1) Blockchain and the Future of Higher Education
Members from CCD, CCCOnline and Front Range Community College collaborating
with educators from Minnesota, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Oregon.

2) Cleaning Up the Front Door for FRCC Online Students
Front Range Community College Online Student Success Team

3) Embedded Office Hours
Regis University ID & T

4) Mursion
University of Northern Colorado

5) Project Outbreak
CCCOnline and Front Range Community College

6) Solve the Puzzle of Open Assessment: Escape (the Room) with Information and Technology Literacy (ITL) and Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
Front Range Community College SLO Outcome Mentors

This is a new team focused award for the eLearning Consortium of Colorado. The purpose of this award it to recognize the many initiatives, projects, and programs that support best practices, creative solutions, innovation and transformational change in eLearning and the groups that make them possible. The award reflects the complex environment of eLearning and the collaborative nature of our member organizations.

The eLearning Technologies Award recognizes staff, faculty and administrator teams engaged in communicating and sharing out exceptional experiences or projects. The team project may consist of a single instance or a broader implementation of learning technologies.

The term ‘learning technologies’ can also be interpreted widely to include all forms of online content, and may incorporate such things as synchronous learning, use of social media, or mobile technologies. The project may identify with teaching, professional development, academic technology or some combination thereof.

You can also vote using the Ballot below:

2017 eLCC Educator and Advocate of the Year Nominations

The 2017 eLCC Awards Committee is pleased to announce the nominees for the individual awards. All nominees will be recognized during the afternoon luncheon on Thursday, April 12, 2017.

The eLCC Educator of the Year award recognizes exceptional efforts by faculty and instructors in the field of learning with technology and eLearning. It honors individuals who have provided outstanding teaching to include online, hybrid, blended learning, web supplement, mobile and ubiquitous learning with technology. The winner of this award has demonstrated innovation and leadership at their institution and beyond in using technology to teach and in eLearning.

The nominations for 2017 eLCC Educator of the Year are

Melissa Brydon, Regis University
Anjali Vaidya, CCCOnline and Front Range Community College
Marge Vorndam, Colorado Mountain College

The eLCC eLearning Advocate of the Year award recognizes exceptional efforts by technologists, trainers, instructional designers, instructional coaches, online student services, administrators and academic technology staff in the field of eLearning and learning with technology. The recipient of this award have demonstrated leadership and innovation in online, hybrid, blended learning, web supplement, mobile and ubiquitous learning with technology at their institution and beyond.
The nominations for 2017 eLCC eLearning Advocate of the Year in alphabetical order are:

Amy Arnold, University of Colorado – Denver
Farah Bennani, CCCOnline
Jon Johnson, Red Rocks Community College
Kae Novak, Front Range Community College
Eric Salahub, Front Range Community College
Ling Thompson, Regis University
Daryl Yarrow, Colorado Mountain College

Thank You for Being Late!

Thank You for Being Late Community Book Discussion

Julie Beggs, Manager in Community and Workforce Programs at Arapahoe Community College invited eLearning Consortium of Colorado to attend their community book discussion held on Thursday March 30. The topic was Thomas Friedman’s latest book entitled Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. Here’s the livestream  recording for the 630 pm session.

In this community discussion after a short introduction, participants divided into groups based on the three divisions of the book

  1. Climate
  2. Globalization
  3. Technology

Kim Larson-Cooney facilitated the technology portion of the discussion that included Artificial Intelligence and IBM Watson.

We was a great precursor to our having Michael D. King, Vice President,
IBM Global Education Industry discussing Watson on Thursday, April 14 at the
annual eLCC conference.

We have more pictures up in the eLCC Flickr group.


eLCC Virtual March Meeting at CCCOnline

We’d like to thank Chris Luchs, Farah Bennani and CCCOnline for hosting the eLCC virtual meeting on Friday.

The 2017 awards were announced! Click on the slideshow to see the list of all the nominees for eLCC Educator of the Year, eLCC Advocate of the Year and the nominations for the first ever eLCC

Conference Update!

This is your last call to register for the 29th annual eLCC set for Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Kim Larson-Cooney will be sending out a call for on- site conference volunteers soon.

Invitation to Book Discussion

Julie Beggs, Manager in Community and Workforce Programs invited eLCC to attend one of the community  book discussion being held on Thursday March 30.  The topic is Thomas Friedman’s latest book entitled Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. We have more information up on the eLCC blog.
Here’s the livestream to the 630 pm session we will set up for eLCC members.

People Update

We also were able to meet a new colleague who we hope who will be joining more regularly! A big welcome and hello to Tim Rasmussen, Instructional Designer/LMS administrator at Denver Seminary.

David Kendrick will be starting in July as a Associate Vice President at Chadron State College in Northwest Nebraska. We checked the distance and it would be a 4 ½ hour road trip anytime he wanted to invite eLCCers to his campus.

Who Do You Love? educationally speaking poll results in the slideshow below.

Thanks again to Chris Luchs and CCCOnline for being such gracious online hosts.



Invitation to Thank You for Being Late Book Discussion

If you can’t make the F2F event, we will be livestreaming the 630 pm session for eLCC.

“When you press the pause button on a machine, it stops.  But when you press the pause button on human beings they start.”  Dov Seidman

Hello Friends,

I hope that all is well with you.  It is an invitation to read, reflect, pause and come together in community.

 At the end of March the Community Education Department at Arapahoe Community College will be hosting a book discussion on Thomas Friedman’s latest book titled Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.  Here’s a quote from the book jacket that drew me in to read more.  “We all sense it—something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once—and it is dizzying.”

In this book Friedman’s thesis is that in order to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces—Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)—are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community.

The book is an informative read that I believe provides several interesting insights and recommendations for how we might be successful in the coming years both as a society and individually.  And, for those of us in the “education business” it presents some ideas and models for us to consider.  If any of this sparks your interest,  I would highly recommend taking the time to review the two following resources which will provide you with more information about the book.

An overview of the book presented by Thomas Friedman during a talk at the Brookings Institution.  (I watched this while munching on lunch the other day.)

A summary and review of the book that can be purchased from Amazon for a $2.99 or less depending on your membership with them. (It’s 40 pages long. Quick read.)

If both of these resources really get you hooked, I encourage you to read as much of the book as you can in time for the event on Thursday, March 30.

Here is a link to the program information and registration.

This event is FREE and open to the public, and if you would like to purchase a hard copy of the book, the Tattered Cover is providing a 10% discount once you register for the program. 

As always, thank you for your consideration and time.  All the best, hope to see you soon and take care,  JB

Julie Beggs, Manager
Community and Workforce Programs
Arapahoe Community College