November 2014

Announcements | Conferences | Events | Workshops

National Distance Learning Week


November 10-14, 2014

In an effort to create greater awareness of distance learning and to recognize faculty and best practices in the field, NECC is celebrating National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), in conjunction with the United States Distance Learning Association.

Created in 2007, NDLW seeks to celebrate the tremendous growth and accomplishments occurring today in distance learning education. Currently, over 3.5 million college students are taking online course and/or earning online college degrees. At the secondary school level, over 700,000 high school students are taking one or more courses online, and nearly 40 states have established state-wide or state-lead virtual schools. Michigan became the first state in 2007 to require high school students take at least one online course for graduation. (NDLW)

Experience distance learning for yourself by registering for one of the free webinars, where you can see first-hand, how and what distance learning is all about.

Quick Facts*

  • More than 7.1 million students were enrolled in at least one online course through a university during fall 2012, according to a January 2014 online education report by the Babson Survey Research Group and College Board.
  • Schools expect the number of online students to grow to over 3.6 million.
  • 40.7 % of schools offering online courses agree that “students are at least as satisfied” with their online courses, 56.2% are neutral and only 3.1% disagree.
  • e-Learning is now estimated to represent about 10% of the overall training and educational market.
* Cited by Sloan Consortium


Blackboard Updates ImageTo all Blackboard Users:

Look for more Blackboard enhancements to come over the winter season! CIT is busy enhancing the Community portion of the LMS. A new Community tab is in development that will separate academic courses from clubs and committees. Improved navigation and organization will help to streamline your Blackboard experience. Those who are members of committees will view their committee materials in an Organization site. An Organization site is nearly identical to a Blackboard course, but it has features that are particularly helpful to committees and groups. CIT is reaching out to committee leaders who will be briefed and trained in using their Organization sites, over the winter break. No training is required otherwise. If you are a committee member here at NECC, look for the new tab in January!


The staff at CIT are excited to have the opportunity to attend two new conferences in November.


Quality Matters Header“Quality Matters Quickie” – An Introduction to Quality Matters!

The Community of Online Teachers meeting being held on Wednesday, December 3rd in both Haverhill and Lawrence will feature a “Quality Matters Quickie” – An Introduction to Quality Matters! NECC is committed to implement the Quality Matters standards for the design of online courses, and we are systematically building and evaluating our courses based on these rigorous, research-based standards. The Quality Matters standards assure that the online components of these courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners. (QM)

We think you’ll be excited to learn more about this program and identify ways in which you can use the QM rubric to improve your online or traditional course! Look for an email to register for this event! Lunch will be served.


To celebrate National Distance Learning Week, CIT is offering “Helping Learners be Successful” webinars to the faculty who teach online. For more information and registration, contact us at CIT will cover the cost of the session.

Celebrate National Distance Learning Week with QM November 10-14. This year’s theme is Helping Learners Be Successful. NDLW will feature three low-cost one-hour web conferencing workshops November 11-13 with takeaways you’ll use immediately. Sessions are at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET.

Communicating New Policies for Online Learners

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  • Create netiquette and attendance policies
  • Locate the privacy policy for a tool you’re currently using

Available sessions at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. ET

Helping Learners Track Their Progress

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • Explain the importance of providing learners with multiple methods to track their learning
  • Discuss methods used to enable students to track their learning
  • Locate tools to provide students methods to track their learning in your online or blended courses
  • Create a self-check quiz

Available sessions at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. ET

Creating Captioned Videos

Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Explore how to use YouTube and Amara to add closed captioning to videos and animations

Available sessions at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. ET