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Dec 20, 2010

Teaching Strategies for Online Group Work

As an online instructor, working with groups presents a special challenge. Problems in working with online groups are not unique, and concerns about working with student groups in both face-to-face and online environments are certainly expressed to me by other faculty. While difficult to manage at times, I am a big believer in teaming students for certain assignments, because the ability to collaborate with others and the inevitable collaboration and project management experience that comes in working with multiple individuals on an assignment are skills as valuable as the other content that students will take away from my course. 

Dec 16, 2010

DE Gives Back in 2010

This year the Distance Education staff decided to put their community service leave to use. 

Dec 14, 2010

NC State University Enterprise Learning Technologies update

As we complete the fall 2010 semester, we continue moving forward with our Learning Management System (LMS) transition from Blackboard Vista to Moodle. At the same time, we continue to make progress on a single point of entry for our enterprise-level, Web-based instructional systems for students and faculty ( There are a number of changes we’ve made during the fall semester, and several that we are planning that we would like to share with you. 

Dec 9, 2010

Register Online for Spring 2011 Workshops and Seminars

Gain practical Web skills, learn approaches for Learning Management System (LMS) migration and add to your repertoire of effective teaching with technology strategies. 

Dec 8, 2010

Signs of Success

If you’ve ever been to DELTA’s Venture II office on Centennial Campus, walking off the elevator, you’ve inevitably noticed an illuminated aluminum NC State University “brick” welcoming you to the space. What you might not have noticed is the small sign next to it that reads “Designed by Trent Huffines, Student Designer.” 

Nov 29, 2010

Behind The Curtain

Pay no attention to those people behind the curtain. Wait! Actually, you should since they are DELTA’s own Laura Stephenson and Larry Evans— the distance education academic technology team. They were behind the successful live broadcast feed of NC State University’s 14th chancellor installation on Oct. 26 at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. There were 874… 

Nov 22, 2010

DELTA’s Tony Pearson wins the MCNC Community Choice Award!

Tony Pearson won the NCREN 2010 Community Choice Award at the NCREN Community Day conference. Tony tied with Neil Hecht from Onslow County. 

Nov 10, 2010

Wimba Create (formerly Course Genie) License Expires 11/30/2010

The campus-wide license for Wimba Create (formerly Course Genie) expires on November 30, 2010 and will not be renewed. There is not enough use of the software on campus to justify the expense of maintaining the license. Unfortunately, Wimba recently changed their licensing policy and single-user licenses of Wimba Create are no longer available. Therefore,… 

Nov 6, 2010

SLOAN-C Conference Wrap-up

On Wednesday, November 3, I found myself at the RDU airport at 6:15am (not sure how I got there, it was early!) going through security and then waiting for my flight to Orlando on my way to the 16th annual SLOAN-C conference. After an uneventful flight (my favorite kind), and a shuttle to the hotel,… 

Oct 22, 2010

Quality Matters and Course Evaluation

Over the years, DELTA has helped many instructors by reviewing their courses and offering suggestions for improvements. As a next step towards ensuring the quality of online courses, DELTA has been working during the last year to define and establish a course evaluation process for both fully online and blended (face-to-face and online) courses. The…