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.

Fall 2015–Spring 2016
Course Offerings

From Good Teaching to Student Learning: An Adjunct Faculty Primer
September 11 – October 23, 2015
Early enrollment begins 8/28; open enrollment for all colleges starts 9/1.
Adjunct and new instructors are encouraged to enroll in this course that challenges participants to investigate complex issues: How well does your teaching style mesh with your college’s mission? What’s different about adult learners? How do we reach them—and how do we know that we did? Designed for participants with minimal background in education theory and application, this course will enhance new and adjunct instructors’ understanding of community college students and the factors critical to their academic success.

Technology Bootcamp: Incorporating the Latest Tools for Effective Instruction
October 2 – November 13, 2015

Early enrollment begins 9/15; open enrollment for all colleges starts 9/17.
Feeling overwhelmed by all the new technology tools available for classroom use? Wondering if any of them can really enhance student achievement? Need some guidance on where to start but are too embarrassed to ask? This course is for you! Join us in a user-friendly environment in which we’ll start at the beginning, examine the latest technology applications—like blogging, social networking, and podcasting—and plan ways to incorporate them easily and effectively into both your online and face-to-face courses. Please note: This course is designed for IT novices.

From Good Teaching to Student Learning: An Adjunct Faculty Primer
October 16 – November 27, 2015
Early enrollment begins 9/29; open enrollment for all colleges starts 10/1.
See course description above.

Incorporating Active Learning Strategies in the College Classroom
January 22 – March 4, 2016
Early enrollment begins 1/8; open enrollment for all colleges starts 1/11.
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.

Technology Bootcamp II—More Tools for Reaching Students
March 4 – April 15, 2016
Early enrollment begins 2/16; open enrollment for all colleges starts 2/18.
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 for the duration of the course, an eagerness to interact with colleagues, and a reliable multimedia computer with high speed Internet.

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.

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 only; can be USB or built-in to laptop or tablet
  • Portable digital MP3 player, e.g., iPod, smarphone, or MP3 player (optional)
  • Good working relationship with campus IT staff (just in case)

Questions? Please email for additional information.