Continuing Education and Training or professional development as it is sometimes called, allows you to sharpen your edge in today’s competitive environment. Sometimes, it is simply a requirement for your job in order to maintain your license. Whatever your reason for taking additional courses, you can do it online with many of the eLearning courses and programs listed below.
Biomanufacturing, the commercialization of biotechnological products, is a field poised for rapid growth. The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at NC State University offers a wide variety of courses to develop skilled professionals for this emerging industry. BTEC courses are targeted to students in the life sciences and engineering disciplines and provide experience with large-scale bioprocessing, including upstream operations, downstream separation and purification processes, and quality control/analytical methods. In addition, the facility provides a training and education laboratory for biotechnology support staff such as validation specialists, instrumentation technicians, equipment mechanics, microbiologists, sterile preparation technicians, biochemists and various engineering disciplines. The first fully online BTEC course (BEC 475, Global Regulatory Affairs for Medical Products) was offered Fall 2010.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has partnered with LEARN NC to offer North Carolina teachers online professional development courses. Courses are designed to be taught asynchronously so teachers may participate at a time that is most convenient for their schedule.
Also see available prerecorded webinars.
* Also see: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction - Teacher Education Online's Home Page
NC-NET offers community college faculty in North Carolina a collaborative, statewide professional development system committed to sharing best practices, leveraging resources, and avoiding duplication. To encourage a comprehensive and balanced approach to professional development, NC-NET organizes its resources into programmatic strands such as:
• Teaching and Learning
• Career and Personal Development
• Classroom Technology
• Distance Learning
• College Tech Prep
Partnerships with statewide networks allow NC-NET to also offer resources on student development, cooperative education, and teaching students with limited English proficiency.
The NC Office of State Personnel’s HRD Group offers a number of online courses designed for state and other government employees. Topics cover new hire orientation, compliance topics such as workplace violence awareness, topics for government supervisors such as basics of supervision and effective hiring. Most of these courses are free. Additionally, free live-online sessions are offered in real time with a facilitator; topics are available specifically for supervisors (i.e., “Retaining Talent”); training practitioners (i.e., “Social Media for Trainers”), and general audiences (i.e., “Turning Stress into Power”). A complete list of courses and schedules for live-online sessions can be found by clicking on the link above.
Although each University of North Carolina campus features a department or division of continuing education that coordinates programs for non-traditional students at that institution, many of its fifteen schools of education also offer specialized professional development programs online. Explore your eLearning options by selecting this link.
The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) awarded grants to fund three Virtual Learning Community (VLC) Support Centers funded over three fiscal years through 2010. The three centers extend the current VLC course development system to support the continual development, creation, storage, and sharing of digital learning resources through use of the North Carolina Learning Objects Repository (NCLOR) and to expand the scope of the VLC to include research, technology tools, and training for use throughout the system.
These grants were awarded to:
Surry Community College (SCC) for the Quality Assessment Center - This center conducts research to identify online design theories and technologies and determines professional development needs for the other centers. On the basis of these research findings, they create a set of standards for developing interactive distance learning courses and programs that match the needs of adult learners. Focus points include course design, instruction, and methods of communication.
Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) for the Technology Center - The purpose of the Technology Center is to enhance and enrich the distance learning experience while engaging the distance learner. This is accomplished by exploring and collaborating on current and emerging technologies that impact distance learning.
Wake Technical Community College (WTCC) for the Professional Development Center - The training developed by this center is available through NC-NET and the NCLOR providing all colleges access to these resources. Training is provided on how to use the NCLOR; how to enhance online courses using learning objects; training related to course management systems; and training about software applications used in distance learning.
* Also see: VLC Support Centers's Home Page