Associate Vice President for Digital Education & Engagement

Deborah Keyek-Franssen, PhD​
Associate Vice President for Digital Education & Engagement

Deborah works with colleagues across the system to establish national leadership for CU in the areas of teaching and learning with technology, online education, massive open online courses (MOOCs), access to higher education, and student success. As a resource to the CU campuses, and in collaborative support of their efforts, Deborah assists with the campuses' implementation of digital and online education solutions, including MOOCs and other teaching modalities and initiatives.

From 2007-2013, Deborah served as the director of academic technology on the CU Boulder campus, where she oversaw strategic planning for the use, implementation, and evaluation of educational technologies, and the evaluation of emerging technologies for potential use in teaching and learning. She serves as the director of the Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT) Conference, and is a co-director of the Colorado Coalition for Gender & IT, which undertakes research and develops programs to increase the number of girls, women, and underrepresented minorities in IT education and work.

Deborah is a graduate of Dartmouth College and completed her Ph.D. in German Literature at the University of Michigan, where she also earned a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies. | 303-860-5671



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
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 Staff

Chloe Doherty
Office of Digital Education & Engagement

Chloe Doherty is an expected Class of 2020 graduate with a degree in Recording Arts. Her work on COLTT includes registration and sponsorship coordination, schedule maintenance and onsite team management.



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Student Staff, Graphic Design

Josephine Koch
Office of Digital Education & Engagement

Josephine Koch is an expected Class of 2020 graduate with a degree in Digital Design. Her work for ODEE includes app design and maintenance for COLTT, logo design for CU on Coursera courses, and ODEE's webpage design and maintenance.