Faculty Teaching and Learning
Learning Online Courses
Learning Online Courses: The NC Student Success Center is excited to announce the launch of our newest teaching and learning online course in addition to our nine existing courses. Each course consists of four to six modules. Each module can be completed in 30 to 45 minutes.
The course topics and objectives were selected based on faculty surveys and focus groups facilitated by the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at NC State. NC community colleges were then asked to nominate faculty and staff to develop the courses. The nominated faculty worked with our instructional designer to create robust online courses that meet the objectives identified in our focus groups. The courses are now available through the NC SSC Moodle site for free use by all college personnel.
Go to ncssc-pd.org to review the course offerings (descriptions below). If it is your first time at our site, watch the “First Time Here?” video to learn how to set up your account. If you already have an account, sign in and start exploring.
Our Newest Course:
Bandwidth: Recovering Bandwidth and Creating Opportunities for Student Success – What is “bandwidth”? How is it lost? What can faculty do to help students reclaim it? You will learn the answers to all of these questions in this interactive course that is based on Cia Vershelden’s groundbreaking book Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization. This course was created by Wake Technical Community College’s resident experts on bandwidth, Ann Schlieper and Holly Markovich. The course encompasses four modules at the end of which you will take a final quiz and receive a certificate of completion. The course should take educators approximately 2.5-3.5 hours to complete depending upon their own discoveries and journal entries.
Learning Online Courses:
Start Right Now – This course is an onboarding course for community college faculty and staff. The module topics are: Who We Are, What We Do, Who We Serve, Advising and Financial Aid, Best Practices for Teaching and Learning, and Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Introduction to Equity – This is the Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion module from the Start Right Now course. This module is open to guest access and so does not require participants to create an account on the Moodle site.
CCRG Professional Development – In support of our Career and College Ready Graduates project, this course contains information and resources to support the rollout of CCRG courses in high schools across the state.
Backward Course Design – One way to improve student outcomes is to teach with the end in mind. Learn how to design your course so that students learn what they need to learn to be successful. Backward course design is a way of looking at your course that will help you make your instruction even more effective.
Equity in the Classroom – This course provides an in depth look at equity and gives concrete ideas to implement that address equity in your practice. Learn what equity is, why it is important, and how to make progress in closing the equity gap at your college.
Developing Online Courses – Online courses are more common today than ever. Many faculty have had to quickly transition to teaching online in the pandemic. This course provides resources and ideas to improve your online teaching with concrete strategies.
Growth Mindset – What is growth mindset and why is it important? RISE courses have explicitly included growth mindset, but it should be part of every community college course. Additionally, it is important for faculty to model growth mindset. Learn about the theory and application of this practice.
Teaching High School Students – Learn about dual enrollment and how it impacts colleges and instruction. It is sometimes clear when a high school student is in a course but often it is not. Learn how to be prepared for the possibility that high school students are part of your class.
Universal Design for Learning – Designing instruction that meets the needs of all learners is an important student success strategy. Hear about the history of universal design and how to apply the theory to your teaching.