Archive for December, 2009

DL Workshops for Spring 2010

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Happy New Year! Distance Learning has posted a schedule of workshops being offered for spring 2010.  Workshops include basic Blackboard training and other topics related to course design and development. Stay tuned as more workshops will be added.

View schedule of workshops.

Explore the LOR. Find quality content for your courses.

Friday, December 18th, 2009

NCLOR learning object repositoryNC ExpLORe is North Carolina’s learning object repository. Simply stated, a learning object is a re-usable piece of content that meets a learning objective. A learning object can be a learning module, an audio or video clip, a simulation, an assessment, or other course content.

Instructors can locate content for courses by searching NC Explore, and then integrate the learning objects into online courses. Sharing and reusing content saves time and expands the amount of resources available. Also, these items can be adapted, if necessary.

To get started with NC ExpLORe, create an account or login as a guest to browse available learning objects. You can also create and contribute some of your own!

Blackboard Getting Started December 21

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Blackboard Getting Started

This workshop will cover the very basics of Blackboard and online course design. It will provide you with just enough information to get started developing or editing your course.

When: Monday, December 21, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: L-210 Technology Training Center
Prerequisites: Completion of Bb 101 online, basic computing skills

Contact: Liz Stover, Instructional Technologist / S200-E / 910-362-7722 /

Make your course come to Life with NC LIVE

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

As an online or hybrid instructor, you are always looking for interesting and effective course content. NC LIVE is a statewide collaborative that offers you and your students access to more than 50,000 articles, e-books, and streaming videos.

This service is free to use for members of the North Carolina Community College System, University of North Carolina System, or public libraries of North Carolina. If you or your students access the site off campus, simply insert your CFCC username and password to gain access.

As of December 14, NC LIVE has added 379 new eBooks through MyiLibrary, covering subjects such as medicine, history, project management, and language learning. Other eBook resources include NetLibrary, Literary Reference Center, Learning Express Library, ABC-CLIO E-book Collection, and OAIster.

NC LIVE offers a wide range of video subjects, including history, the arts, business, and science. Many of the videos have close captioning available, providing an accessible format for users who are hearing impaired. Also, users can select video quality, depending on their Internet connection, providing access for students with slower connections.

The Learning Resource Center at CFCC has helpful guides to assist you with locating content at NC LIVE. If you get stuck, NC LIVE offers live chat help, so take advantage of this great resource to make your courses come to life.

Blackboard Getting Started Training

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Distance Learning is offering another Blackboard Getting Started training in L-210 (Technology Learning Center in the Library) on December 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

If you will be teaching online (hybrid or fully online) and have not attended Blackboard Getting Started training, please mark your calendar as the spring semester is quickly approaching. Contact Liz Stover by email at or by phone at 910-362-7722 with any questions.

OpenSource Free Textbooks

Friday, December 11th, 2009

When considering textbooks for your courses, you might take a look resources offered by the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources.  The goal of the consortium is for educators to pool their expertise to create resources  for community college students and faculty.

Community College Open Textbook Collaborative  offers a growing selection of subjects suitable for community colleges.  Textbooks submitted must follow guidelines regarding copyright, formatting and accessibility. Textbooks are peer-reviewed; the Peer Reviews section will identify the results of reviews. Books are rated for clarity and comprehension, readability, consistency, appropriateness, interface, content usefulness, modularity, errors, reading level, and cultural relevance.

If you would like to get involved with the College Open Textbooks Professional Network, consider joining the forum or piloting textbooks.

Learning to Teach Online Can Help Instructors Design and Administer Better Classroom-based Courses

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

From Inside Higher Ed, researchers at Purdue University at Calumet paired up experienced online course instructors with faculty who wanted to adapt classroom courses for online delivery and  found that when professors learned to develop and administer distance education courses properly, they also improved their classroom-based course design and delivery.

Read the entire article,  “Learning from Online”, from Inside Higher Ed.

Blackboard Getting Started Training 12/11

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Attention all online and hybrid instructors. If you are in need of Blackboard Getting Started training (required for online and hybrid instructors), Distance Learning will be conducting another 2-hour training on Friday, December 11 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. in L-210.

Please complete Blackboard 101 before attending the workshop so we can start talking about the instructor view and how to organize your course. I hope to see you there!

Liz Stover, Instructional Technologist

Do you need audio, images, or other media for your course?

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Distance Learning has added a new blog page with audio, video, and graphics resources that are free for you to use.  Please visit our Free Media page to locate resources in the public domain or otherwise free from copyright restrictions. As always, you should read any disclaimers. Among the items you will find are digitized archives of old films, photographs, and music recordings.

Second Blackboard Training for December

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Distance Learning is offering a second Blackboard Getting Started training on December 7, from 1-3 p.m. Please refer to the DL Training page of our blog for details.