Community of Practice for E-Learning at the University of Illinois-Springfield

Spring 2016

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COPE-L Event

Wednesday, March 23rd

 11:30 am -1:00 pm in PAC G


What is an Apple Distinguished Educator?

Presented by Dr. Layne Morsch


Come to learn from Layne about what an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) is and hear stories about what ADEs are doing to improve education. What happens during an ADE institute and ongoing projects will be highlighted.


Layne Morsch is an associate professor of organic chemistry at the University of Illinois Springfield. Dr. Morsch was chosen as a Center for Online Learning Research and Service Faculty Fellow in 2014 for his work in online and blended teaching. In 2015, he was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator based on his innovative incorporation of iPads in teaching organic chemistry. Dr. Morsch has been exploring novel ways to leverage technology to increase engagement and learning in his organic chemistry courses. 

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COPE-L Event

Friday, February 5th

 1-2:30 pm in PAC H 

Sustaining Success in an


Competitive Online Landscape 

From brand messaging and digital marketing strategy, to customer service and retention, institutions are always marketing. This discussion will help attendees see the big picture and realize that marketing starts before any ad is placed, and continues until a student graduates. We will also review some new market research findings and discuss new digital strategies.


Our guest speaker for this event is Jeff Harmon. Jeff Harmon is Executive Director for University Communications and Marketing at Southeast Missouri State University. His team is responsible for the comprehensive marcom strategy for admissions, athletics, the arts, Southeast Online, and three regional campuses. Jeff led the first comprehensive re-brand of the university in 2015 and implemented the first comprehensive marketing and advertising strategy as well. Currently, Southeast's admits and housing contracts are up substantially for Fall 2016. Prior to Southeast, Jeff was Director of Marketing and Communications at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Director of Marketing and Communications at Arizona State University Online, and Director of Marketing at University of Illinois Online.

September 22, 2016: 11:30 - 1 pm:  Dyanne Ferk and Denise Sommers: Working with online students and External Organizations
Details coming soon

Past Meetings:

Spring 2015:

Wednesday, February 25th: 11:30 to 1:00 pm PAC D
Learning to Teach Online: A Conversation about Mentoring

Fall 2014:

November 14: Online Learning Retreat:
Keynote speaker: Cable Green, PhD. Creative Commons

See below for recordings: - COPEL Retreat - Debriefing   Discussion - Friday, November 14, 2014 - COPEL Retreat - Open Education  The B. . . - Friday, November 14, 2014 

Spring 2014:

March 5th: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. UHB 2021
What do online students want?  Student panel shares questions, concerns, suggestions with faculty and staff.

March 11th 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  UHB 2020 (rescheduled)
APP Share - Come to hear about favorite productivity apps and web based tools.  Choose to share about your own favorite or come to find a mentor who will help you learn a new tool.  Apps for classroom use as well as personal productivity will be included.

April 17th:  11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. UHB 2020 
Online Course Design for the Future - What should/could future online courses be like?  How can UIS continue to lead in online learning and meet student needs for the future?

Spring 2013

March 5, 2013 at 11:30 to 1:00pm  - All About MOOCs!  UHB 2034.

NY Times calls this "The Year of the MOOC" (  MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses.  Hear about this disruptive innovation in higher education and what it might mean for UIS.  Learn first-hand about the MOOC experience from faculty who have offered MOOCs.  Matthew Holden, Gwen Jordan and Ray Schroeder are our featured guests.

April 12, 2013 at 11:30 - 1:00 pm - COLRS Fellows Research - Pecha Kucha Stye UHB 2024.

Come hear our own UIS COLRS Faculty Fellows present their research-in-progress using the Pecha Kucha presentation style 
(20 slides, 20 seconds each.)

Spring 2012:  Online Assessment

March 23 at 1:00 to 2:30 pm:  UHB 1005 Online Proctoring Services 

Continuing Cope-l's theme about assessment in the online environment this spring, we will meet on Friday, March 23rd from 1-2:30  pm in UHB 1005 to participate in webinar presentations from two online proctoring services: Kryterion and Proctorcam.

Retreat!  Open to Faculty and Staff involved with Online Teaching and Learning.  
Please RSVP - Enrollment Limited. Click on to RSVP.

When:  April 27th: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 pm
Where:  Erin's Pavilion at Southwind Park.  
(See for directions and further information about our location.)
Keynote Speaker: Selma Vonderwell*  Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Cleveland State University

*Dr. Vonderwell is known for her research on student assessment, particularly in asynchronous discussions.  An example of her work can be found at

Check back for additional details and a full agenda of the day's events.

There is so much we can learn from each other.