Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Technology Plan

COLLEGE TECHNOLOGY GOALS 

II.  Accessible and Alternative Learning

Alternatives to traditional delivery of courses are offered through the Distance Learning program to meet the needs of students whose lives do not fit easily into regular class schedules.  Distance Learning courses follow the same course outlines and cover the same material as traditional classes but are convenient, have flexible hours, and allow working at one’s own pace. In addition to providing alternative means of course delivery, technology, including assistive technology devices and services, is used to accommodate a variety of learning styles and to remove barriers and maximize access to information for those with disabilities.

Goal 1. 

Continue to get the state to certify additional classrooms for two-way video conferencing.

Activity:  Get a class room certified in Business Sciences for two-way video conferencing.

Timeline: Fall 2010

Implementation: Equipment will be purchased, installed and tested for two-way video conferencing in the Business Sciences.   

Rationale: Classes with low enrollment may be accommodated with video conferencing which permits an instructor to meet face to face with students in one location while providing instruction to a remote location as well.

Activity: Expand and maintain two-way video conferencing facilities.

Timeline: Ongoing

Implementation: Equipment will be purchased, installed and tested for two-way video conferencing between the Spindale, Polk, NCCCS, other community colleges, public schools and university locations.

Rationale: Classes and business meetings with low enrollment or remote cohorts may be accommodated with video conferencing which permits an instructor / presenter to meet face to face with students in one location while delivering content to a remote location.

Activity: Explore online synchronous delivery systems.

Timeline:  Ongoing

Implementation: Elluminate, Jing, Prezz, DimDim and will be investigated and assessed as possible systems for the delivery on online synchronous learning. 

Rationale: Classes with low enrollment may be accommodated with synchronous learning which permits an instructor to meet face to face with students at a remote location while providing instruction at a local location as well.

Goal 2. 

Those with special needs and with various learning styles will be able to easily navigate the college website and the course management system (CMS).       

Activities:

  1. Evaluate the college website for accessibility by users with special needs.
  2. Provide faculty with training to become familiar with CMS (Moodle) accessibility issues and solutions.


Timeline: Ongoing

Implementation: The Webmaster will follow guidelines of the Section 508 Accessibility Standards to evaluate the college website and will incorporate manual, online, and/or software programs to evaluate HTML and other web-based documents. The Distance Learning Training Coordinator will provide guidance to faculty in assessing accessibility issues within Moodle so that they are able to offer solutions and advisories to students.

Rationale: Nearly 20% of the US population has some type of disability. Providing accommodation through appropriate technology solutions is responsive to the Section 508 Accessibility Standards and promotes goodwill and professional credibility.