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E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE)

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Welcome to the ELITE website! ELITE team is committed to providing excellence and leadership to the diverse MC community in the areas of instructional professional development, learning technology support and college-wide academic initiatives. We hold ourselves accountable to seek and provide practical, innovative solutions to enhance the learning experience of faculty, staff and students.

You can now access workshop material through The Hubnew window, which serves as an online repository of teaching tips and strategies created by Montgomery College faculty and to provide a virtual space for faculty to discuss innovative teaching ideas. Check out the Five-Minute Faculty Development Videosnew window and Teaching Tips of the Monthnew window on The Hub!

Latest News
Montgomery College Named Best Online Community College in Maryland
Premium Schools logo has named Montgomery College as the Best Online Community College in the state of Maryland. As Premium Schools explains:

"In recent years, Montgomery College has expanded its online programming and is one of the best online community colleges in the nation. Montgomery offers online degrees and certifications, along with online courses through MC Open. Students may pursue classes without earning a degree through their MC Open programming. Their fully online associate degrees are in the following areas: Business, Computer Science and Technologies, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, and General Studies. Their fully online certificates are in Hospitality, Supervision and Leadership, and Women’s and Gender Studies."

Visit Premium Schools website new windowfor additional information.

Apply for the Scholarship of Excellence in Teaching Fellowship

The Scholarship of Excellence in Teaching Fellowship is now accepting application for the 2021-2022 cohort. The Fellowship is a structured and supportive environment to enhance teaching and to promote student success. For more information, visit the Scholarship of Excellence in Teaching Fellowship websitenew window.

ELITE Fall 2021 Newsletter

The latest edition of the ELITE newsletter (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) is now available. You can read about MC Maryland Open Source Textbook Initiative, Faculty Spotlight with Professor Kateema Lee, Microcredentials, Pakistan Community College project, and many more.

OE Global Podcast on SDG Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship

Imagine leaving a conference with a colleague, brainstorming an idea for an open pedagogy project at your institution, and in 4 years time it has spread to a collaboration spanning multiple institutions and international borders that generates student led projects where they become agents of change in their own communities.

Visit the OE Global website to view podcastnew window.

OER Help Reduce Social Justice Issues

Dr. Michael Mills has written an article for Education Technology Insights on how Open Educational Resources can help reduce social justice issues in higher education.

"Use of open educational resources (OER), long known for their ability to reduce burden of textbook costs on students, is playing a pivotal role in helping students in their return to campus. Colleges and faculty recognize this; faculty interest in OER has grown since the pandemic began..."

Read the full articlenew window on the Education Technology Insights window

ELITE Team Receives 2021 M.O.S.T OER Institutional Grant

ELITE provides instructional professional development, learning technology support, and supports Collegewide academic initiatives, including the expansion of OERs.

Two ELITE team members, Dr. Paul Miller, Professional Development Director, and Dr. Angela Lanier, Instructional Designer, have received a $20,000 institutional grant from the Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) Open Educational Resources initiative for its proposal, "Decolonizing the Curriculum OER Project."

MC is one of three Maryland institutions awarded an institutional grant this year. The award will support significant advances in OER adoption, scaling, and sustainability in support of student success throughout the College.

Decolonizing the Curriculum will complement the College's social justice goals and initiatives. The project includes a fall and spring faculty/student academy consisting of 20 faculty and 10 students from across various college disciplines who will meet monthly throughout each semester to support the design, development, and refinement of (11) OERs aligned to the principles of Decolonizing the Curriculum. The OERs developed under this grant will be available to all MC faculty on the ELITE and M.O.S.T. Commons websites.

The one-year project began May 31. Since launching in 2014, M.O.S.T. has supported 181 courses across 27 Maryland public higher education institutions, with a cumulative savings of $14.2 million.

For additional information on the program, contact Dr. Miller. Information and resources from the M.O.S.T. program are available on the USM Center for Academic Innovation: Open Educational Resources websitenew window.

Dr. Michael Mills Selected to International Advisory Board for Online Learning

Dr. Michael Mills, Vice President of ELITE, has been selected to the International Advisory Board for Online Learning, a global panel of experts focusing on online pedagogy, diversity/equity/inclusiveness concepts, accessibility and teaching with technology.

The mission of the group is to provide professional development to those who are new to online learning. Currently, the board has representatives from 17 countries. The board is considered an online learning think tank and focuses on cutting-edge and innovative ways of providing deep online learning experiences for students in the K-20 arena.

To learn more about ELITE, select one of the options below.
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Professional Development
Learn about our workshops, classes, and programs. ELITE offers several learning pathway certificate programs every year.
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Take a look at our calendar to see what workshops and classes ELITE is offering for all employees.
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Online Teaching Trainings
Looking to teach online? Find out how to get started with Blackboard, the Learning Management System that the College uses for online classes.