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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.

To register for ELITE Workshops:

1.  Log in to your My MC – – and click on “Training & Professional Development”.
2.  Click “MC Learns” then “Schedule of Classes and Events” and “Pedagogy & Instruction”.
3.  Find your workshop and click “Enroll” at the top right corner of the page. 
4.  Walk-ins welcome.

A Celebration of Open Education Week: March 5 - 9, 2018

Open Education Week 2018 Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. Montgomery College wants to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources. Visit our information table and enjoy a slice of cake on the following dates and times.

Monday, March 5, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Germantown Campus - HS ground floor next to the cafeteria
Tuesday, March 6, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Rockville Campus - CC lobby next to the cafeteria
Wednesday, March 7, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus - ST atrium next to the cafeteria

For additional information on Open Education Week, please visit Please see attachments below for additional information on OER and the MC Open Initiative at Montgomery College.

MC Open Brochure (PDF), MC Open Poster (PDF), OER and MC Open Information Sheet (PDF), OER Spring 2018 (PDF)

Montgomery College's Online Learning Earns National Ranking

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"Technology and the internet have made higher education more accessible than ever, with ever-increasing numbers of colleges and universities offering digital learning. In fact, according to Babson Survey Research Group, 70% of education leaders say that online learning will be a critical factor in their institutions’ long-term growth.

An associate degree online is a great place to start your academic journey, even if your ultimate goal is to get a bachelor’s or master’s degree. These programs are usually much more affordable than the typical four-year school, and they also offer the flexibility you need to take classes and complete assignments on your own schedule" (Best Colleges, 2018).

Montgomery College is ranked one of the top community colleges in the nation for online learning according to You can see where Montgomery College ranks, as well as the full list here:

The Personal is Pedagogical: Reflections on Life and Pedagogy

Caroline Toscano PhotoThe Hub is pleased to add to its repertoire podcasts from MC staff and faculty on how their personal experience has influenced their work at MC, whether it be in the classroom or in the way they relate to students. This is the first in a series of podcasts that will spotlight various MC staff/faculty with respect to their personal philosophies on student success.

In our first podcast, Michele Knight, Instructional Designer at ELITE, interviews Dr. Caroline Toscano, Professional Development Director at Montgomery College. In this interview, Dr. Toscano relates her educational and personal history, and how it influences her thoughts on teaching and empowering students in higher education.

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ELITE Pedagogical Discussion: Effective Strategies for Promoting Deep Learning in Your Courses

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.

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Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) © continues to be a cornerstone for the design of online courses at MC. According to QM: Montgomery College is active with QM as there are 132 faculty/staff with MyQM accounts, as well as 107 people who have taken a QM professional development workshop. Montgomery College also has 13 peer reviewers, 3 master reviewers, 67 courses submitted for review, and reviewers who have served on 147 course reviews (MC faculty who have reviewed external courses for QM).

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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