NC3ADL CONFERENCE 2010
CLICKS AND MORTAR
The Distance Learning conference in Durham this past week offered many excellent opportunities for learning new techniques to improve online education; from nuts and bolts construction, design guidelines, best practices, and assessment tools. Carteret Community College was well represented with Don Staub, Patrick Keough and Laurie Freshwater all giving impressive talks. It was evident we are way ahead of the curve in Distance learning in training, content innovation and assessment. Click Here to download Don Staub’s Presentation on DL Assessment
One of my favorite talks was called “The Good, Bad and Ugly of e-Learning”, by Kelly Kirk , Director of Distance Learning at RTCC. In a hands on simulation he had cast us in the role of a student trying to navigate our way around in a poorly designed online class. It was very frustrating and brought home the point how students feel when our course are not well planned.
There was a variety of interesting software available both free and for sell. I was excited about learning more about SoftChalk, which we already have copies of and it works seamlessly with Blackboard to expand its functionality. There is some free online training and PreAh Hill has agreed to give a hands on demonstration.
We are very fortunate to have a Title 3 grant that enables us to attend these conferences and continue to learn and improve our online course offerings. It is also a nice validation of what we do when we network and compare our online offerings. It was interesting to see that nationally online students are now doing as well as seated sections. At our college students in Hybrid courses do better than students in the seated or online classes. Distance learning is growing by leaps and bounds in all 2 and 4 year schools and it is mandatory to stay abreast of all trends to keep our students engaged.
CLICK LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD DL BEST PRACTICES PRESENTATION
Curriculum Area Coordinator
Carteret Community College
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, N.C. 28557