The Colorado Chapter is coming off of a successful annual conference at the University of Colorado Boulder! On April 22, 2015, attendees heard many thought provoking ideas associated with our theme: Connecting the Underserved: Using Distance Learning Avenues to Connect Underserved and Underrepresented Populations to Educational Opportunities. The speakers were fantastic and the interaction was engaging, lively and informative. We even made room for a field trip to CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium, where members learned about an interstellar video conference between the planetarium and the International Space Station, captained by CU Alum, Steve Swanson. They were also treated to a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of a planetarium via a step-by-step narration provided by our talented planetarium “navigators.”
During the annual conference, we launched two new initiatives. The first was the John and Carrie Morgridge Every Gift Matters Award which is given to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of giving and helps provide innovative educational opportunities for children in need. The ColoDLA board found it only fitting to grant the inaugural award to its namesakes, John and Carrie Morgridge, for their generosity and tireless efforts in improving the educational experience via innovative uses of technology. The second initiative was a unique sponsorship opportunity called “Sponsors in a Tardis,” where we provided our sponsors a chance to deliver a 1-minute elevator speech while standing inside of a Tardis to talk about their organization and the value it could provide for our members. For those who don’t know, a Tardis is Doctor Who’s time travelling machine. The idea was well received by both our sponsors and the membership community.
Summer is election season for the ColoDLA board of directors. We are seeking self-nominations for the offices of vice president (president elect) and secretary, as well as three vacant board member positions. If you are interested in joining the association’s board of directors, please fill out our self-nomination form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TG7D3XX. A current member of the board will contact you to further discuss your interest. The board also encourages members to nominate their peers. If you’d like to nominate another person, please suggest them to me directly via firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll ask them to join the election. Considering summer is also vacation season, the call for nominations will last three weeks. Nominations are due by 5:00 PM on Monday July 13, 2015.
If you are not yet a ColoDLA member, join ColoDLA via our Website – a great network of individuals involved and/or interested in distance learning from within K-12 formal and informal education, higher education, health sciences, industry, government, and non-profits. Annual membership is $35 for professionals and $25 for students.
In addition to electing our new board members, we’ll of course be busy making plans for our next two quarterly meetings. We’re also making plans to offer some type of informal social networking event where we focus on the “association” part of our name and provide an opportunity for our members to network and build relationships with their peers.
On behalf of the ColoDLA board of directors, I wish you and yours a safe and enjoyable summer!
Duncan McBogg, President – ColoDLA