This year Alli McCown, the One-Stop Coordinator at LCCC, is the winner of the prestigious WyDEC Master Distance Educator Award. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in clinical counseling, but she found her passion in working in higher education with a job as an academic advisor at LCCC. In her current position, Alli enjoys helping students get their start at LCCC by making sure that orientation is accessible, relevant, and meaningful for students, no matter their age or educational background.
In 2014, Laramie County Community College mandated student orientation for all new students. If this high-impact practice was mandatory, Alli knew we needed to offer an online component for students who don’t currently live close to LCCC, or for those who can make it during our on-campus orientations. LCCC started out using Blackboard Collaborate and hosted “live” orientations. This didn’t help our students who couldn’t make the specific times and needed something more flexible with their life schedules. Alli become the One-Stop Coordinator in March of 2015. Orientation falls under her, and she was given the task to make an online orientation to meet the needs of our students and meet our learning outcomes.
Alli designed and built the online student orientation in D2L using a variety of tools including Camtasia, PowerPoints, voice over’s and quizzes. She was very creative in designing this D2L class including a “selfie” game and several other interactive exercises that introduce the new students to LCCC and help them to use D2L and other technologies.
Alli is setting our students up for success with this online orientation. Online orientation is meeting our learning outcomes of the program and providing students with a jumpstart to accessing and navigating D2L which they will utilize throughout their college career at LCCC.
She will be attending the 2016 WyDEC Conference at Casper College on May 23-24,2016 to receive the award.