Registration closes Nov. 8 for “Promoting GIS in Education”

LLCC and Think Geospatial Education will host a workshop for educators on “Promoting GIS in Education” on Nov. 12, 4-7:30 p.m. in Sangamon Hall, Room 2309. The event takes place during Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 11-15.

Space is limited for this event. The cost of the workshop is $10, and registration is required by Friday, Nov. 8. A light dinner will be included. Register online at

“ArcGIS online mapping allows students to design maps, analyze data and create story maps. These tools help students to learn valuable geospatial and critical thinking skills for problem solving,” says Dean Butzow, LLCC professor of geography.

Participants will learn what GIS is and why it is important, basic GIS skills that can be used with students, the potential of GIS in curriculum, how to set up a free ArcGIS online account and about the K-12 Esri GIS competition. The workshop offers three, free professional development hours (PDHs) for teachers and is sponsored by LLCC, Think Geospatial Education, Esri, the Illinois Geographic Alliance and the Geographic Society of Chicago.

VALIC representative on campus tomorrow

Register at Enter registration code 6303SPR11ABVALIC representative David Jones will be on campus tomorrow, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the VP conference Room of Menard Hall. To schedule a 30-minute appointment for an account review and to help you understand your options and new enrollments, go to and enter registration code 6303SPR11AB.

Bistro To Go open today, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bistro Verde in the Workforce Careers Center
Bistro To Go, LLCCs student-run café, is open today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The café, located in the Workforce Careers Center, offers takeout soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods and coffees prepared by LLCC culinary arts, baking and pastry, and hospitality students. View the fall 2019 menu.

Lunch orders can be placed in person, at 786-2821 or at Additional information and instructions on how to email your order can be found at Cash and debit or credit cards are accepted.

Bistro To Go is open for the fall semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 21.

Outreach Center Visit Day events

Visit. Nov. 6, 5-7 p.m. Lincoln Land Community College-TaylorvilleLLCC Outreach Centers will showcase educational and career training opportunities at Visit Day events in November. The first, LLCC-Taylorville Visit Day, takes place today, Nov. 6, from 5-7 p.m. in the north building, 800 South Spresser. Other upcoming events include:

  • LLCC-Jacksonville Visit Day on Nov. 11, 1-3 p.m.
  • LLCC-Beardstown Visit Day on Nov. 11, 4-6 p.m.
  • LLCC-Litchfield Visit Day on Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m.

At these events, attendees can tour facilities, discuss degree and certificate opportunities, learn about the first steps to enroll and receive information on financial aid.

If you know anyone interested in exploring educational opportunities at an LLCC Outreach Center near them, encourage them to attend a Visit Day event!

Institutional license for Padlet

LLCC Academic Innovation and eLearning is happy to announce that we now have an institutional license for Padlet!

With an institutional license all LLCC employees now have access to a Padlet Backpack Teacher Account. This allows for several benefits than offered by the free Padlet account, including unlimited Padlet walls, bigger file uploads, folders for organizing your Padlet walls, easier integration with Blackboard and more. Click here to quickly interact with a sample Padlet wall.

What is Padlet?

Padlet is web-based tool and app that allow instructors to easily create and share virtual Padlet walls.

What is a Padlet wall?

A Padlet wall is virtual bulletin board that allows instructors or students to easily add multimedia post-it notes to their wall. These notes can contain text, images, movies, web links, documents, drawings, audio and more. Walls can easily be created and shared with students

How can Padlet be used in instruction?

Instructors can curate a wall of resources on a topic or chapter to share with students. Students can create their own walls and collaborate on group walls. Padlet walls can also be used for student portfolios, sharing student reflections and creations, student scavenger hunts and other creative assignments. Padlet is a very open-ended tool and can be used in many ways.

How do I sign up for a Padlet Backpack teacher account?

The attached document will help you get started with Padlet Backpack. You may also contact if you need assistance with these directions or have questions about using Padlet at LLCC.

Padlet Teacher Account at LLCC

OMOT city-wide exhibit reception is tonight!

On My Own TimeMichelle Burger’s ”Primpin Ain’t Easy,” Chris McDonald’s ”The Local,”  and Greg Walbert’s ”Lincoln” and “Giraffe” were awarded first place at the LLCC On My Own Time exhibit and have moved on to the OMOT city-wide exhibit. The OMOT city-wide exhibit will be at the Springfield Art Association (SAA), 700 North Fourth St., Nov. 5-23. The city-wide awards, as well as the city-wide best of show award will be announced at a reception at the SAA on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m., with the award presentation beginning at 6:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Good luck, Michelle, Chris and Greg!

OMOT is a program of the Springfield Area Arts Council. The purpose of OMOT is to help local businesses, agencies, educational and medical institutions identify and celebrate the artistic talents of people they employ.

Misty Hagstrom,
Lindee Hall,

"Lincoln" by Greg Walbert"Giraffe" by Greg Walbert"The Local" by Chris McDonald"Primpin' Ain't Easy" by Michelle Burger

Over 200 attendees at 7th annual Haunted Lab

Haunted Lab chemistry experimentMore than 200 kids and parents from the community attended the seventh annual Haunted Lab hosted by the LLCC Chemistry Club on Oct. 25! Both kids and club members were in costume for the event. Kids and parents watched “spooky” chemistry demonstrations and participated in hands-on science activities.  Parents were also given a packet describing science activities they could do with their kids at home.

Chemistry experiment in the Haunted LabChemistry experiment in the Haunted LabChemistry experiment in the Haunted LabHaunted Lab activities