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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.

Dr. Michael Mills Joins the Executive Council of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

Dr. Michael Mills, Vice President of the Office of E-Learning, Innovation and Teaching Excellence, has joined the Executive Council of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources. CCCOER promotes the awareness and adoption of open educational policies, practices, and resources. CCCOER believes that these practices will expand student access to education while supporting academic freedom and faculty choice of openly licensed curriculum materials. Membership includes hundreds of colleges in 27 states and two Canadian provinces. CCCOER is part of the global Open Education Consortium.

Employee Professional Development Master Plan 2018 – 2020

The driving vision of the Employee Professional Development Master Plan is to foster participation and remove obstacles so as to provide a rich eco-system of life-long learning opportunities. These opportunities are intended to build skills, inspire and support employees and work teams to reach their fullest potential. Employee engagement contributes to innovation and organizational effectiveness, which furthers the mission of student success.


ELITE/MCIW Professional Day Conference

Brochure                                                           Program (workshops with descriptions)

The office of E-Learning, Innovation and Teaching Excellence (ELITE) and Montgomery College Innovation Works (MCIW) are sponsoring a half-day professional development conference for all full- and part-time faculty and instructional staff on Tuesday, August 21 during Fall Professional Week.

This half day conference features a keynote speaker followed by breakout sessions focusing on student success. The featured speaker will be Mr. Haydn Shaw, a leading expert on the multiple generations, leadership, change management, personal productivity, and trust. He is the author of  “Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart” and Franklin Covey's bestselling workshops “Leading Across Generations” and  “Working Across Generations”.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Germantown Campus, Globe Hall

Who should attend?
Full-time faculty
Part-time faculty (credit and non-credit)
Instructional staff

Why should you attend?
This conference will offer many opportunities for professional development and networking for faculty.

How do I register?
1. Login to your My MC and click on "Training & Professional Development."
2. Click "MC Learns" and "Schedule of Classes and Events" and "Pedagogy & Instruction."
3. Scroll through, select ELITE/MCIW Professional Day Conference and click "Enroll" at the top right corner of the page.
*Participants register for the conference as a whole, not for individual breakout sessions. 

Food Drive for the MC Food Pantry  
The Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) Center for Success is organizing the a campaign to address food insecurity and promote student success at MC.  Please consider donating the suggested food items and bringing them to the ELITE Professional Day Conference on Tuesday, August 21st  from 8:30am-12:30pm (Germantown Campus-HT Building-Globe Hall).

Suggested Food Items:  Granola bars; fig newtons; graham crackers; crackers; peanut butter, fruit cups. applesauce cups, dried fruits & nuts, trail mix, cereal bars, individually wrapped veggie chips & pretzels, microwavable pasta bowls, cup of noodles

For more information about Montgomery College’s Fuel for Success Initiative, please visit  

For more information
Please email: Dr. Caroline Toscano - 


A Celebration of Open Education Week

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.

Montgomery College celebrated Open Education Week from March 5 - 9th at all three campuses. Students, faculty, and staff stopped by our information table and enjoyed a slice of cake and asked questions related to the MC Open initiative at the College.

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)

Go here to view some photos from Open Education Week: Photo Gallery for Open Education Week, March 5 - 9, 2018

Montgomery College's Online Learning Earns National Ranking

Caroline Toscano Photo
"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

The 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.

This month’s ELITE podcast on the Personal is Pedagogical features mathematics Professor Ingrid Van Brown-Scott from the Rockville campus. Professor Brown-Scott recalls her own education in math and how she motivates her students to excel in mathematics. She emphasizes the importance of mentoring students to believe that they can achieve.

Visit the Hub and click on The Personal is Pedagogical: Reflections on Life and Pedagogy -

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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