Community Education offering 10 free online classes

LLCC Community EducationFrom now until June 30, LLCC Community Education is offering 10 FREE, self-paced online classes. Sign up for these classes at no cost … pick one or several! Then complete them at your own pace within three months. Go to and use the search term “free” to see the list of classes and sign up today. Free classes include:

  • Managing Customer Service
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
  • Personal Finance
  • Creating Webpages
  • Creating WordPress Websites
  • Individual Excellence
  • 12 Steps to a Successful Job Search
  • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring Budget
  • Keys to Effective Communication
  • Marketing Your Business on the Internet

Ed2Go online courses are perfect for those who wish to learn a new skill or get refreshed in an existing skill. These high-quality courses are taught by industry experts and designed to quickly deliver specific skills and knowledge that help to advance personal or professional development. The online classroom is informative, convenient and highly interactive.

Is there another class that piques your interest? All registrations for online self-paced courses* made now through May 31 for LLCC’s Ed2Go online self-paced classes will be automatically 20 percent off! Just go to, add your choice of self-paced class* into your cart and the discount is already applied — no codes, no hassle. There are 300 options to choose from.

*Note: This discount only applies to single, self-paced classes, NOT to series or bundles. Click the search bar magnifying glass to filter classes, and search for self-paced.

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

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.

Wellness resources

HR shares resources that may help you, your family and your friends during this difficult time.

New Content Designed specifically to address COVID-19 as part of LifeWorks by Morneau Shepell, Workplace Learning Solutions.

  1. LifeWorks WLS Pre-Recorded Webinar: Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Audience: all employees, free resource, 25 minutes. Learning objectives include why outbreaks affect our emotional health, practical skills to cope with the anxiety, talking to your children and tips for you and your family. Link:
  2. LifeWorks WLS Pre-Recorded Webinar: Talking to your child about Covid-19 — Audience: all employees, free resource, 23 minutes. Learning objectives include having a difficult conversation, where to start, aspects to consider, the tough questions and creating a solution focus. Link:
  3. LifeWorks WLS Pre-Recorded Webinar: Introduction to Working Remotely — Free resource, 20 minutes. Learning objectives include indentifying the benefits and challenges of working remotely, applying strategies to enhance productivity and staying connected. Link:
  4. Our partners at LifeSpeak have made resources available as a courtesy during these difficult times. They’ve posted three expert interviews around COVID that you can check out:

Also – here are links to videos available from the CDC – a reliable resource for us all: VIDEOS: The Facts about COVID 19 from The CDC. Audience: all employees, free resource available from CDC

  • CDC Briefing Room:  COVID 19
  • 10 things you can do to manage COVID at home
  • Six steps to prevent COVID
  • COVID: What older adults need to know
  • Symptoms of COVID

Webinar – Managing Anxiety Related to COVID-19

Your well-being during these very challenging times is of the utmost importance. These are unprecedented times and the uncertainty around us, whether at work, at home or in the world, makes it extremely difficult to manage our anxiety and stress levels. To that end, the college’s Employee Assistance Program has designed a series of three webinars to support your wellbeing as you navigate the road ahead. Below is information on the first webinar in the series. This webinar is accessible at any time and is free. I encourage all of you to view this series and share with your family and friends, as well.

Free Resource: 25-minute webinar – Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Learning Objectives:

  • Why outbreaks affect our emotional health?
  • Practical skills to cope with the anxiety
  • Talking to your children
  • Tips for you and your family


This week’s Office 365 training canceled

LLCC Information Technology’s scheduled workshops on Office 365 OneDrive and Group Site this week have been canceled. These cancellations include:

  • Office 365 Overview with OneDrive I – March 16,
  • Office 365 OneDrive II – March 17 and
  •  Office 365 Overview of Group Site/Planner – March 19.

Office 365 OneDrive and group site workshops in March

LLCC Information Technology is offering Office 365 OneDrive and Group Site workshops in March. Please register for each session by sending an email to

  • Office 365 Overview with OneDrive I
    Monday, March 16, 2-3:30 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 1173
    This workshop is an overview of the many Office 365 applications and the basics of OneDrive.
  • Office 365 OneDrive II
    Tuesday, March 17, 2-3:30 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 1173
    This workshop will focus on the functions of OneDrive for file storage, sharing and collaborating with others both online and using the desktop applications of Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Office 365 Overview of Group Site/Planner
    Thursday, March 19, 2-3:30 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 1173
    This workshop will explore the many features of the Planner application and how you can use this for department file storage, simple project management and email communication.

Webinar: Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress

Please join your colleagues on Wednesday, March 18 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Robert H. Stephens Room for a webinar covering the evolving mental health profile of today’s students, the physiological reactions to crises and implications for crisis intervention, and how it correlates to their academic and social successes at LLCC.  For more detailed information about the webinar, please click on the link below or go to the news item on the HR Portal page.

Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress

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 The cost is $30 for ILCCO and NILRC members. Contact Becky Parton at 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

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