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COLTT Conference Director and Program Manager

Jaimie Henthorn, PhD
Director for Digital Education & Engagement

Jaimie Henthorn facilitates numerous projects across the four University of Colorado campuses as director for the Office for Digital Education and Engagement at CU System. This includes her work on the CU System Coursera portfolio, specifically the production of the Coursera healthcare specializations: Become an EMT, Newborn Baby Care, and School Health. She also contributes to Coursera marketing and communication efforts, facilitates faculty recognition, and onboards new faculty to Coursera instruction. Other office roles include overseeing state authorization and compliance, contributing to the office’s all-campus support of High Impact Practices (HIPs) and Open Educational Resources (OER), and directing and innovating the annual Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT) conference, a regional cornerstone for educational technology in the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Henthorn is a lecturer in the College of Architecture and Planning at CU Denver and has prior experience in many facets of the University's international affairs. Henthorn is a 2018 artist fellow with Black Cube Gallery Denver where her latest performance work incorporates VR technology. She received a BA from Northwestern University, an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art, and a PhD in Artistic Practice as Research at University of College London.​ | 303-860-5693


Office for Digital Education and Engagement | Office of Academic Affairs
Office of the President | University of Colorado
Campus Box 35 UCA
1800 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203



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Assistant Director for Compliance and Authorization | CU Boulder

Interim Assistant Director for State Authorization | CU System

Erika G. Swain

Erika holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Ithaca College and a Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to joining CU Boulder, she worked for many years in regional accreditation, overseeing institutional and peer evaluator training and federal compliance programs in her various roles at both the Higher Learning Commission and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Erika has also served as the Registrar at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, NY. | 303-735-8184



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MOOCs Initiative Program Manager

Jill C. Lester, JD
CU System

Jill Lester works as a University of Colorado System MOOC's Initiative Program Manager to develop and launch Coursera courses and specializations for the CU System Office of Digital Education & Engagement (ODEE). Her first initiative was in 2015 with Computer Science faculty launching 10 specializations in Cybersecurity from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Since then she has facilitated the launch of several healthcare specializations included Palliative Care: It’s Not Just Hospice Anymore, Newborn Baby Care and School Health. She also acts as an editor and onboards new faculty to Coursera instruction.

She has had the pleasure of attending multiple Coursera Bootcamps in San Jose California and works closely with Deborah Keyek-Franssen and Jaimie Henthorn in ODEE. She was the former director of the Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology Conference (COLTT) at the University of Colorado Boulder from 2007-2014.

Jill Lester attended New York University and Colorado State University graduating summa cum laude from CSU with a BA in Political Science and minor credits in Agricultural Science. She completed her Juris Doctorate at the University of Denver and has worked in both the public and private sector since then. Lester ran her own successful custom home building company for many years in Boulder and began her path in education teaching building trades and K-12 Social Studies and Computer Science classes. She has worked for the University of Colorado since 2007 in several capacities beginning as an Academic Technologist on the Boulder campus.



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Student Administrative Staff

Hollie Maddocks
Office of Digital Education & Engagement



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Student Administrative and Design Staff

Ariel Beckstrom
Office of Digital Education & Engagement