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First joint conference of COLODLA and eLCC coming in April

Hey folks, we’ve made a new partner, the eLearning Consortium of Colorado. It’s a great group of higher ed people who haev been working together for more than 25 years. They have an annual conference which is always interesting, not expensive to attend, and set in Breckenridge Colorado at the end of the spring ski season.

It does NOT get any better than that!

eLCC has partnered with COLODLA for the conference, so members of both organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend. We look forward to networking and having a good time in Breckenridge!

Please check for conference information and register through the COLODLA website.

Electronic Badges Webinar – May 22

Electronic Badges Demonstrate Skills and Competencies…

Why this is a big deal and how to use badges, while earning a badge…

Sixty minute webinar – May 22, 3-4 PM

The scouts began using merit badges at the turn of the twentieth century to demonstrate exploration and meeting criteria in specific interests. Nearly 100 years later, educators and organizations are using digital badging to recognize and verify skills and competencies in learners. When thoroughly implemented, these competencies carry currency, showcase experience and impact an individual’s standing in the job market, community and future education. Badges are an incentive, an assessment tool and a cool methodology for promoting competencies. With guidance and investment, you’ll be ready to start badging in a short window.

In this 60 minute webinar, faculty from Aurora Public Schools showcase real and effective badging programs. The session describes a badging system, elements of successful badging, necessary stakeholders, lessons learned and pitfalls. The session will provide resources to participants for starting and sustaining and evaluating badging.

At conclusion of the webinar, participants should be able to

  • Define badging and digital badging
  • Describe frameworks of badging programs
  • List benefits to stakeholders (community, learners, organizations)
  • Access resources for building a badge program in your institution
  • Identify curriculum or skills sets appropriate for badges


About the presenters

Amanda Fuller

Amanda FullerFor the last 10 years Amanda Rose Fuller has been working in the field of education – starting in Tennessee, with a pit stop in Europe and finally landing in the Aurora Public Schools. Last school year she made the move out of the classroom to join the exciting and innovative Digital Badge team. From planning professional development to coaching teachers to recognize the 21st Century Skill development in their instruction, Amanda is dedicated to helping her district successfully implement the Digital Badge program to ensure all students are given access to credentials which open doors of opportunity.

Ben Wilkoff

Ben WilkoffBen Wilkoff is the Program Director for Personalized Learning in Aurora Public Schools. He led the Personalized Professional Learning efforts in Denver Public Schools. He has taught middle schoolers English. He has managed online communities for Edmodo and been an Online Learning and Technology Resources Specialist for Douglas County Schools. He was named the Totally Wired Teacher of the year in 2007 by Edutopia and has blogged at Learning is Change since 2004. He is married to his favorite person, and loves his three children quite a little bit. He is passionate about personalized learning, technology with purpose, and creating at least one new thing every day. In short, he teaches, and learns. A lot.


Lead ColoDLA – Recommend a Candidate or Nominate Yourself

Recently, with the news that our incoming President was forced to step aside for health reasons, the ColoDLA Board of Directors asked me to serve as Interim President. I accepted, knowing that there are other fine potential candidates who are eligible to run for election, waiting in the wings.
We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Duncan McBogg, who served a full term as President and did a fantastic job! His leadership will be missed.
It’s our intention to hold elections in the coming weeks and we hope that you will consider taking on a role in leading this organization, going forward. We have seats on the Board of Directors and openings for Officers that include

  • President
  • Vice President (also ‘President-in-waiting’)
  • Communications and Technology Director (Board Member)
  • Higher Ed Representative (Board Member)
  • At Large Representatives (Board Member)
  • Committee Chairs (example: elections, sponsorship, outreach, new member orientation, conference, professional development, social, strategy) 

For those interested, a Board Member can expect to contribute between two and four hours per month, on average, with Officers shouldering a steeper share.

Please contact me to indicate your interest or ask questions. Be sure to share a bio, your name, a photo and contact information. I can be reached at . Please indicate your interests and if you have other suggestions for leadership, make these by August 26. The upcoming year for our Colorado Distance Learning Association promises to be filled with opportunities for growth, both as an organization, and as professionals. This is an opportunity for you to help shape the vision for our Association; imagination, dedication and energy are welcome and encouraged!

Your contributions will define the role ColoDLA can play, in the coming months.
Thank you for your membership and continued interest in ColoDLA.

Bob Dinegar
Interim President, Colorado Distance Learning Association

Awards and Recognition – Submissions due April 15

Member Recognition and Awards

Every year, the Colorado Distance Learning Association accepts nominations for Distance Learning Teacher of the Year and Program of the Year.
Please submit your nominations at the following links by April 15th.
Teacher of the Year
Program of the Year

We will also be honoring ColoDLA President Emeritus Emma Richardson with the 2016 John and Carrie Morgridge Award for her work in advancing distance learning.

Register for the ColoDLA Conference on April 28

The ColoDLA Annual Conference is Thursday, April 28th, 2016!

Register before April 15 for a discount! Download the Conference Flyer.

Colorado Distance Learning Association Annual Conference
Thursday April 28th, 2016, 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
CU South Denver 10035 S. Peoria Street, Parker CO 80134

Register Online

Conference Theme:
The Future of Distance Learning: 2020
Paths, Emerging Technologies, Policies and Instructional Design Methodologies

The future of Distance Learning is on the near horizon! This Conference will consider the emergence of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, the current state of Policies and Politics involving the practice of Distance Learning, and engage in informed discussion of Instructional Design practices.

Early Bird Registration (No Promo Code Necessary before April 15th at 11:59 PM) – $135
Standard Registration – $150 (April 16th to April 28th)

Registration includes:

  • ColoDLA individual membership for July 2016 – June 2017
  • USDLA individual membership
  • Breakfast and lunch

Register Online

ColoDLA Annual Conference Speakers
Kristin Kipp

Kristin Kipp has been an English and social studies teacher for the last eleven years and joined Jefferson County School District’s 21st Century Virtual Academy in 2009. Ms. Kipp is the 2011 National Online Teacher of the Year for K-12 education and the author of Teaching on the Education Frontier: Instructional Strategies for Online and Blended Classrooms. She has a Masters of Education in Secondary Education with a graduate minor in English from the University of North Texas.

Russ Poulin

Russ Poulin organizes WCET’s national policy and research activities, edits WCET’s Frontiers blog, coordinates WCET’s research efforts, and works on eLearning consortia issues. He represented the distance education community in the U.S. Department of Education’s 2014 Program Integrity Negotiated Rulemaking process. Previously, he coordinated distance education activities for the North Dakota University System. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a Master’s from the University of Northern Colorado.

T.R. Reid

T.R. Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Healing of America, A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care”, a documentary filmmaker, and a former reporter with the Washington Post. At the Washington Post, he covered Congress and four presidential campaigns and served as the bureau chief in Tokyo and London. T.R. is a board member for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and a member of the advisory board for the University of Colorado
Medical School.

Full program (including panel discussions) will be announced soon – register now for this one-day conference – a great value for a minimal fee!
Registration is now open at
2016 Distance Learning Awards Nominations

Every year, the Colorado Distance Learning Association accepts nominations for Distance Learning Teacher of the Year and Program of the Year.
Please submit your nominations at the following links by April 8th.
Teacher of the Year
Program of the Year

We will also be honoring ColoDLA President Emeritus Emma Richardson with the 2016 John and Carrie Morgridge Award for her work in advancing distance learning.
Join us for a day filled with stimulating content, lively discussion and diverse perspectives!