Online classes at LLCC

2020 Best Online Community College Illinois. Guide to Online SchoolsFor 17 years, Chris McDonald, Ph.D., professor of political science, has taught online classes at LLCC and is one reason why the college is a leader in online education. LLCC was recently named a top school for online learning by the Guide to Online Schools in its “2020 Best Online Community College Rankings by State.” For 23 years, LLCC has provided affordable, high quality courses online and maintains the highest level of accreditation for online teaching from the Higher Learning Commission.

Registration for fall classes is now underway. More information on online courses is available at www.llcc.edu/online.

LLCC named a top school for online learning in Illinois

2020 Best Online Community College Illinois. Guide to Online SchoolsLLCC has been named a top school for online learning by the Guide to Online Schools in its recently published “2020 Best Online Community College Rankings by State.”

Each community college was ranked by factors including retention rate, graduation rate, percentage of online enrollment data and the number of online associate degrees offered.

An announcement of the rankings states, “Many students are considering the benefits and safety of online degrees. Online community colleges offer an affordable option for students who want to begin their education path at home. Additionally, this choice can eliminate the financial strain … an important consideration as students face an uncertain economy.”

LLCC is expanding the number of online courses this fall, says Becky Parton, dean of academic innovation and eLearning. “We’re offering hundreds of general education transfer courses online, as well as many career-focused courses. Our faculty receive intensive training in online teaching. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, our online students receive personal attention in their classes.”

LLCC was among the pioneers in online education. For 23 years, LLCC has provided affordable, high quality courses online and maintains the highest level of accreditation for online teaching from the Higher Learning Commission.

Registration for fall classes is now underway at LLCC. More information on online courses is available at www.llcc.edu/online.

FSI 2020 free online conference May 20

The 2020 Faculty Summer Institute has been canceled, but in its place will be a one day online conference titled “Strengthening Student Experiences during COVID-19.” Registration for the FSI 2020 online event is free. After registering, you will be emailed a link to access the conference. If you previously registered for the face-to-face conference, you will need to register again.

The event will be offered through Zoom on the morning of Wednesday, May 20. You can attend one, two or all three sessions listed below. Each session will include time for discussions in Zoom breakout “rooms.”

  • 9 a.m. | Shared Experiences and Lessons Learned
    Facilitator: Robert Paul Malchow, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 10 a.m. | Approaches that Support Student Equity and Accessibility
    Facilitators: Barbara Hancin-Bhatt, Associate Dean, and Murillo Soranso, Assistant Dean, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 11 a.m. | Supporting and Enhancing Student Learning in the Coming Months
    Facilitator: Justin Hodgson, Indiana University Bloomington

Note: The conference will not be recorded (neither video nor audio).

More information is available at https://emails.illinois.edu/newsletter/6587869.html.

Webinar series on Universal Design for Learning

The Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support at Illinois State University’s College of Education is hosting a four-part webinar series on Universal Design for Learning. Detailed information on the webinar series can be found below, as well as information on how to register.

Registration is free and open to all Illinois educators.

  • May 6 — Webinar 1: Introduction to UDL
    Participants will understand the UDL Core Concepts — the theory and research behind this instructional frame.
  • May 8 — Webinar 2: UDL in Practice
    Participants will learn how to design using a UDL lens and the UDL Guidelines. They will also practice identifying UDL in Practice.
  • May 13 — Webinar 3: UDL in a Virtual Platform
    Participants will learn how to leverage UDL to create flexible remote lessons.
  • May 15 — Webinar 4: UDL in CTE
    Participants will discuss instructional design particular to CTE and how UDL can inform some of these designs.

Each webinar has a separate registration form, will start at 1 p.m. and will be recorded. Recordings and materials from each webinar can be found on the ICSPS website.

Open Educational Resources Conference at LLCC April 17

Registration Open. Exploring OER: Access, Adoption, & ApplicationThere’s still time to register! LLCC will be hosting the Exploring OER: Access, Adoptions and Application conference on Friday, April 17, 2020. Registration is now open through April 9 at http://tiny.cc/ExploreOER. The cost is $30 for ILCCO and NILRC members. Contact Becky Parton at becky.parton@llcc.edu with any questions.

Abbey Elder, open access and scholarly communication librarian at Iowa State University and author of “The OER Starter Kit,” will provide the keynote address, “Whisk Well to Incorporate: Effective Practices for Adopting OER.”

Conference schedule:

  • 9 a.m. – Registration and coffee
  • 9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Illinois update
  • 10 a.m. – Keynote address
  • 11:15 a.m. – Breakout sessions
    • Getting Started with OER
    • Copyright
    • Finding OER
    • Teaching with OER
    • Creating OER
  • 12:15 p.m. – Lunch and featured panel
  • 1 p.m. – Roundtable discussions
  • 3 p.m. – Break and snacks
  • 3:15 p.m. – Round robin presentations

For more information regarding registration, contact Lisa Sikora at 608-523-4094 or lsikora@nilrc.org.

The conference is sponsored by Illinois Community Colleges Online and Networking Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges.

This week’s Academic Innovation and eLearning workshops

LLCC Academic Innovation & eLearning - Spring 2020 Workshop Schedule
LLCC Academic Innovation and eLearning has offered a variety of workshops this semester covering topics such as innovative teaching tools, the Canvas LMS and the new Active Learning Academy.

This week, the following workshops are being offered:

  • Present in a New Way With Microsoft Sway – Monday, March 2, 2-3 p.m. in S0119
  • Using Padlet to Promote Collaboration and Innovation – Wednesday, March 4, 2-3 p.m. in S0119 and Thursday, March 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in S0119

For full descriptions and registration information, visit www.llcc.edu/workshops-training.

Exploring OER: Access, Adoptions and Application, April 17

LLCC will be hosting the Exploring OER: Access, Adoptions and Application conference on Friday, April 17. Registration is now open through April 9 at http://tiny.cc/ExploreOER. The cost is $30 for ILCCO and NILRC members.

Abbey Elder, open access and scholarly communication librarian at Iowa State University and author of “The OER Starter Kit,” will provide the keynote address, “Whisk Well to Incorporate: Effective Practices for Adopting OER.”

Conference schedule:

  • 9 a.m. – Registration and coffee
  • 9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Illinois update
  • 10 a.m. – Keynote address
  • 11:15 a.m. – Breakout sessions
    • Getting Started with OER
    • Copyright
    • Finding OER
    • Teaching with OER
    • Creating OER
  • 12:15 p.m. – Lunch and featured panel
  • 1 p.m. – Roundtable discussions
  • 3 p.m. – Break and snacks
  • 3:15 p.m. – Round robin presentations

For more information regarding registration, contact Lisa Sikora at 608-523-4094 or lsikora@nilrc.org.

The conference is sponsored by Illinois Community Colleges Online and Networking Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges.

This week’s Academic Innovation and eLearning workshops

LLCC Academic Innovation & eLearning - Spring 2020 Workshop Schedule
LLCC Academic Innovation and eLearning has offered a variety of workshops this semester covering topics such as innovative teaching tools, the Canvas LMS and the new Active Learning Academy.

This week, the following workshops are being offered:

  • Introduction to Canvas Learning Management System – Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2:30-4 p.m. in M2201
  • Creating Multimedia Presentations with PowerPoint – Thursday, Feb. 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in S0119

For full descriptions and registration information, visit www.llcc.edu/workshops-training.

Academic Innovation and eLearning spring semester workshops

LLCC Academic Innovation & eLearning - Spring 2020 Workshop Schedule
Workshops begin today with “Introduction to Canvas Learning Management System” from 2-3:30 p.m. in M2201. View the full list of workshops being offered by LLCC Academic Innovation and eLearning this semester at www.llcc.edu/workshops-training! There are a variety of sessions covering topics such as innovative teaching tools, the Canvas LMS and the new Active Learning Academy. You can register for any of the workshops by following the link under each session description and completing the online registration form.