NVCC’s Laura Franklin Discusses MERLOT

Northern Virginia Community College French Professor Laura Franklin describes her work as MERLOT’s World Languages editor for Voices for Openness, a professional development project from the  Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL): My experience with OER began in the year 2000 when I became one of two co-editors of the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT). As […]

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The $17K Baccalaureate

Finding ways to lower the cost of education for Virginia community college students is an urgent goal of the VCCS, including the challenge of offering a “$20, 0000 bachelor’s” to Virginia students. A new partnership between the VCCS and Western Governors University accomplishes this, for $3000 less.  This new agreement offers community college students a faster pathway to a Nursing […]

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Retreat To the Future

On Tuesday and Wednesday August 7-8, from noon to noon, the VCCS held its Chancellor’s Retreat. This annual event brings together the 23 presidents of the Virginia Community College System, members of the State Board of Higher Education, Virginia legislators, higher education administrators, and others to reflect on our collective work, plan for the future, and kick off the  beginning […]

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NRCC & VHCC Mobile Apps Released

Last August, the System Office held a contest challenging college representatives to submit a plan for rolling out a *free* version of Blackboard Mobile Central, Blackboard’s mobile app development service that is part of our Bb Mobile Learn contract. The winner got a no-cost Bb Mobile Central implementation. Eight VCCS colleges submitted plans. New River Community College’s well thought-out proposal was […]

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Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App Released

The long-awaited Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App is now available for the iPad and iPhone platforms. I haven’t had a chance to take it on a test run, yet. If you want to put it through its paces, you can download the app from the iTunes App Store here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-collaborate-mobile/id546742528?mt=8 What do you think? Let me know the pros and cons of […]

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Only a prelude: Pearson launches degree course in UK

Caught this from @audreywatters on Twitter. Pearson, the major international publisher and education firm, is to become a for-profit private higher education provider in the UK. The firm is opening Pearson College, teaching a degree course validated by existing London universities.The business and enterprise degree, taught in London and Manchester, will have about 40 places this year. The college says it will […]

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Great colleges to work for in 2012

Of the five Virginia colleges that made the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work for in 2012, three were community colleges. From a report on public radio station WVTF: In its fifth annual survey, the Chronicle of Higher Education talked with nearly 47,000 people at about 300 accredited institutions with an enrollment of at least 500.  About 20,000 […]

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