Carteret Community College Title III Grant

February 21, 2007


Filed under: Notes from the Project Director - Don Staub — Don Staub @ 7:54 am

Just back from the North Carolina Community College Association of Distance Learning conference in Durham. I was able to attend with Patrick Keough (Distance Learning Director), Laurie Freshwater (Allied Health Division Director), and Mary Walton (Business Technologies area coordinator).

I thought it was a great conference to attend because it allowed us to see what other NC community colleges are doing in the way of DL, and how we stack up. And, my estimation, based on the presentations I saw: we are very near the head of the pack. And if you take into account the size of our school, we are definitely leaders in DL for NC community colleges.

I was able to attend sessions that discussed everything from SACS and DL to internal review of DL courses to inspiring more podcasting by faculty. Without a doubt, Patrick’s presentation with Roberto Mufelleto (ASU) entitled Surviving (and Excelling) in the digital Terrain was the hit of the party. Standing room only with a lively discussion. Patrick did CCC proud!

A very interesting session was Melissa Vrana’s (CPCC) Creating a Quality Review Process and eLearning Community for Faculty. Melissa talked about CPCC’s elearning Quality Initiative. A voluntary activity through which faculty can have their online courses reviewed by peers and instructional technologists for online-related factors (i.e. not for content). They use a pretty extensive rubric to evaluate their courses. I am working with Patrick on developing a similar model at CCC.

All in all, a great conference…we even had fun when we were rushed out of the hotel at 5:00 a.m. for a fire alarm!


  1. Sounds like there was some good stuff available.
    Just curious, did you go to any sessions where some of the administrative aspects of DL were discussed like workload, course caps, course developmemt/curriculum development stipends etc.??


    Comment by Johnny Underwood — February 21, 2007 @ 9:39 am | Reply

  2. It sounds like you all had a great conference. Go forward in the experience/knowledge that was gained! Please let me know how I may assist in any of these endeavors.

    Comment by Jeannette Young — February 21, 2007 @ 9:53 am | Reply

  3. Terrific stuff. Glad you all are back. You were missed. Beth

    Comment by babsbunny — February 21, 2007 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  4. Hmmm…maybe my fire drill aura has transferred to one of you. LOL! I have quite a history of unusual and multiple fire drills – everything from bomb threats at the local high schools to 3 am in Boston, MA where I was staying on the 34 floor! Anyway, glad yours was just a drill and that you found some useful information at the conference to help us continue to be leaders in DL. Heather

    Comment by Heather Hebert — February 21, 2007 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

  5. I knew Heather would have to address the Fire drill comment. GO Heather!

    Comment by Johnny Underwood — February 21, 2007 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

  6. Mary also came back very excited about some of the things you all learned. She’s being mysterious about a new tool she’d like us to try; one that might replace Yahoo IM as our digital office hours tool of choice. Unfortunately, Brad Nicolajsen just created a great tutorial for students to get them to use Yahoo to contact their instructors. He created it for anyone to use. Check it out here:

    Comment by Shannon Cotnam — February 21, 2007 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  7. Shannon….I tried to get to Brad’s tutorial, but all I got was audio…no visual. I’m using firefox, which he mentions as OK. I’m wondering if I’m missing something(?).

    Comment by Patrick Keough — February 21, 2007 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  8. Johnny…regarding your question about the administrative aspects, there were no specific sessions addressing the issues you mentioned (or at least, I did not see them). No doubt, these items did arise in one form or another in just about every session I attended, however. Unfortunately, I heard no substantive discussions on the topic. Sorry!

    Comment by Patrick Keough — February 21, 2007 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

  9. I think my main observation about the conference and DL in general as it relates to the NC Community College System is the buzz and sense of urgency about adding more rich media content (podcasts, video and graphic images) into online courses – I believe some of this stems from the fact that many of the students we are teaching in our online courses are expecting this because they can have it in their other online environments like My Space and also faculty and administrators are finally starting to realize that we as institutions no longer have a captive audience – local students can go anywhere online to take courses and if we are not doing it better and more technically sophisticated they will go elsewhere. We have some new great tools for teaching online and now its a matter of harnessing this technology and upgrading (revamping) our teaching methodology (courses) to incorporate a variety of media to reach out and teach our students in creative, innovative ways. You can read my presentation and listen to the podcast at my Blog.

    Click here – Surviving in the Digital Terrain

    btw…due to the way this Blog was set-up – both Don and I can’t simultaniously be Blog administrators so when he posts comments it looks like it is coming from me, but it is not. Sorry for the confusion.

    Comment by Patrick Keough — February 22, 2007 @ 7:06 am | Reply

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