M. Allen Coson, Ph.D. - ELAC's Virtual Campus Director


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I started college at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) then Cal Poly Pomona majoring in Business Administration. After completing my degree in 2001, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after 9/11, and completed bootcamp in Great Lakes, IL. I was fortunate to lead my division (813) as the Recruit Chief Petty Officer (RPOC) and was privileged to be awarded the Honor Recruit Award during graduation.

I earned my commission as an Ensign in the Supply Corps a year later and completed my second bootcamp in Pensacola, FL. In 2007, I received an honorary discharge as a Lieutenant, and pursued a graduate degree at the Claremont Graduate University. I completed the Ph.D. in Economics in 2012 and started teaching at Citrus College and then at East Los Angeles College. In 2016, I became a full-time faculty in Economics where I currently serve as an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Economics in the Social Sciences Department. I am very involved on campus and love to work with great faculty, staff and administrators, and more importantly, my students. I want to continue to provide quality remote education for our students, and I am and will always be committed to student access, equity and success!!!

Picture of Allen Coson during Bootcamp in Great Lakes, IL

Picture of Allen Coson during Bootcamp in Pensacola, FL

Email Allen at cosonm@elac.edu or call (323) 393-0056


Juan Chacón - Multimedia Specialist / Technology Trainer

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  • Juan works in Distance Education and wears many hats. He collaborates with college faculty and staff in the creation of instructional multimedia used for online course management systems, web-based courseware, web sites, information kiosks, presentations, and/or other materials in support of instructional programs.

    He produces, edits, and compresses audio and video for multiple delivery formats.

    As a technology trainer, Juan provides technical software training to the college's faculty and staff on a variety of hardware platforms and software applications. Additionally, he trains adjunct and tenured professors how to teach online using the college's learning management system (LMS).

    He provides technical support for the college's official LMS (Canvas), which the campus uses to support its online, hybrid and web-enhanced course program. He previously provided technical support for both the Etudes and Moodle LMS' before they were discontinued. He collaborates with faculty in the development of their online courses and help students with login/tech issues, LMS questions or in communicating with various people.

    Email Juan at chaconjc@elac.edu


Mei-Lee Wan - Online Technical Support Assistant

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  • Mei is the newest member in Distance Education since June 2016. Despite being new to working with Learning Management System (LMS), she survived her first months at ELAC as the college transition from using Etudes and Moodle to Canvas as its official LMS. She quickly learned what a LMS is and start troubleshooting students with login issues and providing solutions to faculty with their inquiries: migrating Etudes content to Canvas, adding grade book entries, importing question banks to courses and utilize them in quizzes, setting up student evaluations with off-site data collecting capability, accessing course related information using the Canvas API written in JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), and more.

    Other than the geeky left-brained problem solving and analytical thinking that Mei excels in as an Applied Math and Computing alumni from UCLA, she also proves she’s equally right-brain talented as she incorporates creativity in her work. She is the design extraordinaire in her office and has been the go-to designer of party invitations, promotional event posters, holiday greeting cards, and other visuals that enhance the techie office operations.

    Email Mei at wanm@elac.edu