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Welcome to the Office of E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE)

E-learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence ELITE Logo SmallThe E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (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.

If you are looking for information on online teaching, please select E-Learning. For technology resources, please go to Innovation. For information such as New Faculty Orientation, please go to Teaching Excellence.

ELITE's main office has relocated from the Germantown Campus to the Rockville Campus, Mannakee (MK) Building, Suite 342. Please send all campus mail to the new office location.

ELITE Report 2017 - Blackboard Analytics Summary

Blackboard course activity trending over the semester is, on average, how often an enrolled student interacts with a Blackboard course. Many types of student actions can lead to an interaction being logged, such as accessing a course item and navigating around the course. Activity and logins have continued to increase. To view the full report, please VIEW THIS PDF .

Montgomery College's Open Educational Resources Featured in Articles

Inside Higher Education featured Montgomery College's Open Educational Resources (OER) and included quotes from Dr. Michael Mills, Vice President of ELITE. Dr. Mills was also featured on an article from EdSurge.

Saving Students Money , Inside Higher ED

38 Community Colleges Share What It Takes to Launch an OER Degree Program , EdSurge

Professional Day Conference 2017

ELITE and Montgomery College Innovation Works (MCIW) will once again sponsor a half-day professional development conference for all full- and part-time faculty and instructional staff on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 during Fall Professional Week. The conference will focus on Student Success. More more information, please go to

The Love of Teaching: A Faculty Retreat

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“How can I be an educator if I do not develop in myself a caring and loving attitude toward the student, which is indispensable on the part of one who is committed to teaching and to the education process itself.” - Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom

Part-time and full-time faculty gathered for a morning of renewal, refreshment and celebration on Saturday, April 29th. We remembered those educators, mentors and role models who encouraged and inspired us at critical moments in our own journeys and reflected on the powerful opportunities we have in our relationships with our students. Dr. Deborah Stearns, Professor of Psychology, gave an insightful and energizing keynote address on the vital importance of relationships to student success and to our own love of teaching.

One participant wrote in the evaluation, "This workshop was amazing. I left feeling inspired, valued, and deeply grateful to be working at MC."

This second annual retreat was a collaboration between ELITE and the Institute for Part-time Faculty Engagement and Support. Many thanks to Professor Jane Smith and Dr. Jesse Parker for their time and creativity in planning the event and to Dr. Caroline Toscano and Dr. Antonio (Tango) Thomas for their support and participation. To see the presentation slides, visit the Hub– a virtual space for teaching resources developed by Montgomery College faculty. To help plan next year’s retreat, please contact Dr. Carol Moore (

MC Instructors Recognized Nationally for Excellent Online Course Design

Quality matters Logo On behalf of Montgomery College and its online students, the Office of E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE) would like to congratulate the following faculty members who met standards of excellence in online course design in the Quality Matters (QM) program in Fiscal Year 2016. QM is a rubric of standards and a process whereby online courses are assessed for quality of design. The seven courses listed below are part of the 42 MC courses which have gained this national recognition. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

iStream Subscription

Looking for professional development 24/7? The League for Innovation in the Community College’s iStream is a web-based, multimedia portal where faculty, administrators and staff can access videos, articles, publications and learning programs. In addition, iStream provides access to League conference presentations, services, partnerships and collaborative communities. For example, July’s focus is on Pathways to Completion and includes access to presentations and articles on this theme. Access to iStream is free for Montgomery College employees. Follow these simple directions to create your account:

Go to; Click on “Create Your iStream Account”, In the next window, select Montgomery College from the dropdown menu; Enter your first and last name and college email address, Click “Submit”. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on logging in and creating your password. CLICK HERE for details about what you have access to through the iStream subscription.

Share Your Idea For A Workshop - Submit Your Proposal

Do you have an idea for a workshop? Then go to our I Have An Idea For A Workshop - Professional Development Proposal Form and share your workshop idea with ELITE!

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