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Theresa Umscheid hired as director of statewide online consortium

April 6, 2017

Theresa UmscheidTheresa Umscheid of Iowa Lakes Community College, has been hired as the new statewide Director of the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC).

The ICCOC is comprised of seven Iowa community colleges. Umscheid has been serving as Interim Director of the ICCOC since April 8, 2016, and officially assumed the role of Director on April 1.

The ICCOC was formed in 1999 by seven of Iowa’s Community Colleges.

Today, six of the original colleges are still part of the ICCOC and include Eastern Iowa Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Northwest Iowa Community College, Southeastern Community College, Southwestern Community College and Western Iowa Tech Community College. North Iowa Area Community College also joined the ICCOC in 2012, enrolling students in the shared online courses.

This collaborative partnership has allowed the consortium colleges to grow their online courses and programs to fit their individual needs.

“Theresa has done an outstanding job in this role and we are extremely excited to have her in the Director role moving forward,” stated Scott Stokes, Vice President of Administration for Iowa Lakes Community College. 

Umscheid was not only serving in the role of Interim Director, but also Director of Distance Education for Iowa Lakes Community College. Moving forward, her time will be devoted to her new role of Director of ICCOC.

“The ICCOC is in the midst of some major changes that will help us grow our online program and improve the quality of all online, hybrid and eCompanion courses,” stated Umscheid.

In the summer of 2016, the ICCOC contracted with Canvas by Instructure as their new online Learning Management System (LMS) after a year of research to identify the best way to communicate with online students.

“This new platform will allow us to communicate better and will provide more mobile options for both instructors and students. Teaching and learning “on the go” will be easier than ever and will allow students with busy schedules and hectic lives to take college classes when and where it is most convenient for them,” Umscheid added.

Online learning has been around for nearly 20 years and while it is still not for everyone, it does provide a more flexible and sometimes less scary way to go to class.

Many students today say they don’t want to go to a campus classroom and feel dumb, but that online is “safer”. Numbers of students taking online coursework has increased greatly in recent years. 

To learn more about Online learning, please contact Theresa Umscheid at 712-362-7948, or tumscheid@iowalakes.edu; or Laura Howard at 712-362-7958, or lhoward@iowalakes.edu.

Individuals may also learn more by visiting www.iowacconline.org or visit www.iowalakes.edu

For More Information:

Theresa Umscheid at 712-362-7948

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