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Learner Engagement

For online students to be truly engaged, an instructor must create a learning environment that promotes, fosters, and activates the students’ motivation and persistence. Instructors must create a learning experience that requires that students be active partners. To enhance students’ engagement in online courses, instructors must integrate active learning environments with authentic learning tasks, foster a personal connection with students and facilitate the process of learning in an online environment. Learn about ways you can motivate your online students to be actively engaged in the learning process by checking out the resources below.

NC Broadband Link to NC Broadband

Recognizing the economic benefits of eLearning, North Carolina has been a leader in addressing the need for statewide high speed, broadband internet access.
NC Broadband is the state initiative to link all North Carolinians – especially those in rural areas - to the Internet. Our North Carolina legislature has recognized that affordable high speed Internet service will provide North Carolinians with increased access to commerce, health care, education and government services. This site can help you track the progress of local Internet access provider’s efforts to lay the cable enabling high speed service connections in your neighborhood.


The goal of NC3ADL (North Carolina Community College Association of Distance Learning) is to create a distance learning community that will promote networking and provide an open means of discussion, sharing of best practices, and communication of distance learning issues across the North Carolina Community College system (NCCCS).
NC3ADL was established by North Carolina community college faculty, staff, and administrators who are directly involved with distance learning and recognized the need to:
• FACILITATE communication among distance learning administrators and faculty throughout the
  North Carolina Community College System.
• PROVIDE leadership for quality distance learning in the NCCCS.
• ADVOCATE policies, practices, and resources that promote quality distance learning.
• IMPROVE the distance learning experiences of NCCCS students and instructors.
• PROMOTE the professional development and support of members.
The NC3ADL is an educational non-profit organization. Membership is open to all persons interested in supporting and promoting distance learning in the North Carolina Community College System.

North Carolina Learning Object Repository (NCLOR) Link to North Carolina Learning Object Repository (NCLOR)

The North Carolina Learning Object Repository (NCLOR) is a collection of documents, audio/video clips, simulations, learning modules, assessments, and more – virtually any type of learning resource that can be digitized and processed.  Teachers from around the state can then search the NCLOR, find materials appropriate to the classes they are teaching, and use them or modify them to suit their needs.  This concept of sharing and reusing is the core of the NCLOR philosophy.  Teachers can become more productive and efficient.  If quality course or digital materials exist and are free for North Carolina faculty, why reinvent the wheel?

The North Carolina Learning Object Repository (NLCOR) is a collaborative effort between the Community Colleges, UNC system, DPI, NC Virtual Public School, and Independent Colleges and Universities.

VLC Support Centers Link to VLC Support Centers

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