eLCC Retreat at Penrose House


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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


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.

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 (jgetchell001@regis.edu) 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