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 http://bit.ly/elccvote17 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 2017 Conference Keynote Speakers

We are excited to highlight our keynote speakers for the 2017 conference – April 12 – 14 at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Wednesday April 12:

Dr. Barbara Truman



Barbara Truman is a Strategic Advisor for Immersive Learning & Collaboration in the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training in Orlando, Florida. Barbara serves as a researcher, educator, social activist, and community builder whose background is in Instructional Systems Design, Human Performance Technology, and Computer Science-Emerging Media. At UCF, Barbara was a faculty administrator who founded an award-winning department responsible for creating UCF’s online programs involving faculty development, multimedia production, and web services.

Barbara currently serves as the Community Manager for the Army’s Military Open Simulation Enterprise Strategy (MOSES), a program researching means to incorporate open source, immersive learning and training into mainstream enterprises including education. Barbara also serves as an advisor to The Air University’s Integrated Learning Environment and has co-authored the book, Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning. Barbara’s primary research focuses on identity development and collaboration using immersive environments and avatars across academic disciplines and domains of education, government, military, and industry to increase accessibility and inclusiveness.

Thursday April 13:

Michael D. King
Vice President,
IBM Global Education Industry

Michael King is the worldwide leader for the IBM Education Industry with responsibility for strategy, marketing and sales across schools and higher education. He oversees all facets of IBM’s work with K12 schools and higher education institutions, including the development of industry specific solutions. IBM’s portfolio in Education includes consulting and IT services, analytics tools and other software, as well as cloud and high performance computing.

He has been with IBM for over 25 years in various executive and management positions, with over twenty years in education and learning. He has held a variety of roles in the Education Industry, developing programs like ThinkPad University, Insight at School, LearningVillage and many others. He has also worked in IBM’s corporate training segment, leading marketing, strategy and partner programs.

Michael has served on various client advisory groups, such as the California P16 Council, as well as industry associations, such as the Business Higher Education Forum where he is a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for both the IMS Global Learning Consortium and the Schools Interoperability Frameworks Assoc. (SIFA) standards organizations, which foster industry collaboration to build more interoperable technology systems. Michael holds Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Physics and Engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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. http://elearningcolorado.org/wordpress/conference-registration/

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.  https://www.arapahoe.edu/focal-point-acc

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
303.797.5714, julie.beggs@arapahoe.edu

Regis University’s 7th Annual Learning Technologies Fair

Everyone at eLCC would like to thank Regis University ID & T for inviting us to
their 7th Annual Learning Technologies Fair!

Learning Technology Fair

eLCC had a table and we had a great time talking tech and education with everyone there!

The Fair featured the 2016-2017 Teaching and Learning with Technology Mirco-grant winners. The fair was designed as a gallery walk with grant winners at their poster which was next to laptop with a monitor so that they could show people more about their projects. Attendees come into the large Mountain View Room and then walk around stopping to talk with the presenters.

For my purposes, I was able to immediately able to use 3 of the learning technologies as examples for instructors who are working on the design of their hybrid courses. Those projects were using video answer keys for a chemistry course, video capture assignment with audio feedback from the professors and the last one was screencapturing the writing process for students.

Incorporating Video Answer Keys in Organic Chemistry

Learning Technology Fair

The use of video feedback for chemistry course could help my hybrid instructors move reviewing answers on tests online. Having the video feedback would be immediate for the students and could also let the instructor focus on the questions that the students struggled with the most during their face-to-face sessions. We might not have our instructors using Camtasia and MicroSoft Surfaces but there are ideas my instructors can use.

Video Answers in Chem Course

Video Capture and Feedback with a Simulation Experience

My hybrid instructors from a number of disciplines emailed me and immediately starting brainstorming with this one. What if the student filmed themselves and then the instructors gave audio feedback. Again, we might not use Camtasia but screencast-o-matic allows for a PiP. Our instructors could take this well researched project and see what portions could help us leverage technology for meaningful learning.

Learning Technology Fair

Procedural Video Models in Writing Instruction

Learning Technology Fair

This example I think would work well with showing students the writing process but also with computer science programming courses. You could show student the process of programming.

It was quite an experience to see so many of the innovative projects that one institution is doing. We hear about certain ones during our monthly meetings but this was a rare treat to be to a gallery walk of all the amazing leveraging of technology. I wasn’t able to feature everything to my instructors but just as a suggestion, look into Using Digital Badges to Enhance Student & Faculty Development and It’s Getting Hot Out There: Using Wireless
Environmental Sensors to Investigate Microscale Heat Islands at Regis

I look forward to attending next year’s fair! (Especially to see what they are doing with their Lightboard). Thanks again Regis ID &T!

(The pictures I took at the fair are now up on the eLCC flickr site. If you took any pictures at the gallery please add them to the eLCC Flickr group.)

Also, here’s the slides I shared with the hybrid training class during their Almost the Weekend Check-in.