NC-NET Academy

An Online Professional Development Program for Community and Technical College Faculty

The rationale behind the NC-NET Academy courses is that educational ideas cannot simply be presented; they need to be thought about, talked over, and experienced. These six-week facilitator-led online courses weave together readings, activities, and discussions for participants to construct new understandings in the context of their own situations. Each week, threaded discussions play an essential role in encouraging participants to reflect on the readings, share stories from their lives (and their classrooms), pose questions to the group, and express their reactions. The courses provide an opportunity for faculty throughout the system to network and learn from each other.

Spring 2017 Course Offerings

Incorporating Active Learning Strategies in the College Classroom
January 13 – February 24, 2017
Early enrollment begins 11/28/16; open enrollment for all colleges starts 11/30/16.
Come explore ways to increase student engagement and participation in your courses. We’ll begin by examining best practices and models of active learning, including case studies, problem-based learning, and collaborative group learning. Along the way, we’ll self-assess the degree to which our current teaching strategies promote active learning. Finally, we’ll stretch beyond our comfort zones and redesign a lesson that is usually taught in a more passive manner.
Special Note: Due to the nature of the course format, participants are required to be currently teaching at least one seated course. Participants will need the consistent and frequent face-to-face teacher-student interaction provided by a seated course to complete the activities for this Academy course.
Enrollment is now closed.

Technology Bootcamp II—More Tools for Reaching Students
January 13 – February 24, 2017
Early enrollment begins 11/28/16; open enrollment for all colleges starts 11/30/16.
Don’t abandon those blogs and social networks yet! Now that you’re feeling confident from the Technology Bootcamp I experience, you’re ready for the accelerated pace of this course. You’ll learn the basics of one to two new technology tools each week. Get ready to move your lectures beyond PowerPoint presentations with Prezi, teach with word clouds and concept maps, and explore and create in Google Earth, lecture capture and distribution technologies, collaboration tools, copyrights, and more! Note: As with Bootcamp I, this course requires a significant commitment of time each week, an eagerness to interact with colleagues, and a reliable multimedia computer with high speed Internet. See other technology requirements below.
Open Enrollment is now available.

Technology Bootcamp III—Reaching Students with Video
March 10 – April 21, 2017
Early enrollment begins 2/17/17; open enrollment for all colleges starts 2/20/17.
If a picture is worth a 1000 words, then video is infinitely more powerful! And clearly, students pay attention to video. So, let’s get comfortable with the technical issues surrounding videos, and learn how to make them a regular part of your weekly teaching toolkit. In this course you’ll learn to find and use videos in your courses, convert your existing slide presentations to video, and create video from demonstrations and lectures to enhance your classroom delivery and even enable online delivery. Note: As with previous Bootcamps, this course requires a significant commitment of time each week, an eagerness to interact with colleagues, and a reliable multimedia computer with high speed Internet.

NC-NET Academy Practicum:

Collaborative Curriculum Development for Creating Integrated Instruction
An intensive facilitated online practicum on integrated curriculum development
Course Dates: March 10 – April 24, 2017; Final projects due May 1

Practicum Objectives:
Interdisciplinary teams will create classroom ready projects that:
• Integrate career and technical content and academic concepts—reinforcing both
• Use real-world scenarios to engage students and make content relevant
• Foster critical thinking, collaboration, and other skills valued by employers
• Encourage instructors to use active, authentic assessment techniques

Resulting materials will be shared through the NC-NET Resource Exchange.

Faculty Nomination and Selection:
NC-NET campus liaisons and other college leaders are eligible to nominate faculty members for the practicum through an online nomination form. Nominees will be reviewed and up to 30 faculty members will be selected. As with other Academy courses, tuition is free. Practicum completers will receive a stipend. NC-NET liaisons will be notified when the nomination period opens. Faculty members from mathematics, science, and career-technical (CTE) disciplines will be eligible for nomination.

NC-NET Academy Participation Details

Overview and Enrollment Policies: The NC-NET Academy courses are six-week, facilitator-led online courses that use Blackboard as the course platform. Enrollment is open to part-time or full-time community college faculty members in North Carolina on a first come, first served basis. A group of 36 colleges are eligible for early enrollment to ensure institutions with fewer resources have an opportunity to benefit from these professional development experiences. Up to six instructors from one college may register; additional faculty from the same college will be placed on the waiting list and admitted as space allows. No faculty members will be permitted to take more than one course at a time.

Cost: Funding from the North Carolina Community College System to the NC-NET project (using Carl D. Perkins funds) covers the course tuition for all participating faculty.

Registration: All course registration will be done online through the NC-NET website. When the enrollment period for a course is open, you will find a link to the online registration form below the course description. Participants will be enrolled until each course reaches a maximum of 30 participants. A waiting list will also be maintained.

Participant Requirements: Full-time and part-time faculty from any community or technical college in North Carolina may apply. Participants should plan to spend 5-7 hours per week on course assignments. Completers of a six-week course receive a certificate identifying number of contact hours attained and a $100 stipend.

Technology Requirements:

  • Reliable Internet access
  • Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari
  • Java and Cookies enabled in your browser
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher (free via web download)
  • MS Word or comparable (optional)

Additional Technology Bootcamp Requirements:

  • MS PowerPoint or comparable
  • Computer with speakers and microphone
    (Hint: Borrow a loaner laptop or tablet for the course with built-in camera, speakers, and mic)
  • Webcam for Bootcamp II; can be USB or built-in to laptop or tablet
  • Portable digital MP3 player, e.g., iPod, smartphone, or MP3 player (optional)
  • Good working relationship with campus IT staff (just in case)

Questions? Please email for additional information.