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

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Accessibility of Instructional Resources:

What Faculty Need to Know

A COPE-L Event -  Monday, Mar. 6, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., PAC C/D


Presentation: The Community of Practice for E-Learning (COPE-L) invites you to a special and timely program on course accessibility for online course design and instructional resources.

Presenter: Jessica Phillips, Senior Instructional Designer, Distance and eLearning at The Ohio State University; JMP Strategy and Design.

Ms. Phillips is an expert on accessibility for online course design. She works with faculty, staff, instructional designers, and university leaders on driving forward learner-center, accessible, and universally designed instruction. 

She has been involved in the design of over 60 courses in higher education.  She led the Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility initiatives in Ohio State University’s Office of Distance Education, developed dozens of training programs for thousands of employees, and delivered multiple high-stakes presentations. Most recently, she has been invited to present on Universal Design Learning/Accessibility at the Distance Learning Administration Conference in Jekyll Island, Georgia; the Distance Teaching and Learning Conference in Madison, Wisconsin; and EDUCAUSE in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has worked on-site at UIS, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and the University of Phoenix.

Ms. Phillips earned an MA in Education with a Curriculum and Instruction Specialization from Ashford University, and an MA in Psychology with an Educational Leadership Specialization from the University of the Rockies. She is a member of the Columbus, Ohio, chapter of Women for Economic and Leadership Development and strives to empower women and girls through education.


Refreshments will be provided.

Spring 2017

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COPE-L Event

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

 11:30 am to 1:00 pm - UHB1031


Panel Discussion on Launching 

Online Programs


Join us to hear from an expert panel who will discuss the benefits, challenges and processes involved in launching an online degree program at UIS.

Our panelists include:

·        Vickie Cook: Director, Center for Online Learning, Research and Service

·        Cecilia Cornell: Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education

·        Andy Egizi: Undergraduate Academic Advisor and Online Coordinator

·        Richard Gilman-Opalsky: Associate Professor, Political Science

·        Kathryn Kleeman: Assistant Director of Admissions


Our moderator will be Marcel Yoder: Associate Professor, Psychology and Interim Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Considering going online?  Come to learn what’s involved. Already delivering your program online?  Come to share your expertise.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Fall 2016

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COPE-L Event

Wednesday, September 21st

 2:00 to 3:00 pm in PAC C/D


Working with Online Students and External Organizations

Presented by Dr. Denise Bockmier-Sommers and Dr. Dyanne Ferk


Providing online students with hands-on experiences in external organizations can present a challenge for faculty.  Come to learn how two  of our faculty members have developed strategies to make these experiences work well for both the students and their instructors.


 Denise Bockmier-Sommers is an Associate Professor and has taught in the Human Services Department since 2007. She teaches Non-Profit Management, Staff Development and Supervision; Social Services Administration; Grant Writing and the Capstone course.


Dyanne Ferk is Emeritus Associate Professor of Business Administration and former Associate Dean for the College of Business & Management.  During her career with UIS Dyanne has been a champion for online learning, building external relationships and facilitating opportunities for students to apply course concepts in organizational settings through the UIS Internship course.  She has written several academic papers related to internship best practices and has been involved with student internships and the UIS internship program for most of her career with the university.   

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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.


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.