Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has earned the number two spot in a ranking of digital community colleges by the Center for Digital Education. The ranking recognizes technology innovations at community colleges.
NOVA was honored in the large colleges category – institutions with more than 10,000 students. The ranking is based on information provided by institutions for the annual Digital Community Colleges Survey.
“We work very hard to use technology that provides students with access to the highest quality instruction and helps them be successful,” said Dr. Steven G. Sachs, vice president of instructional and information technology at NOVA. “We are honored to be recognized as national leaders in the digital environment created at the college and for how we focus it on students.”
The survey examined digital and emerging technologies, such as the use of mobile devices and technological integration into curriculum; strategic planning and data management; and professional developmental, including availability of technology tools and training for faculty and students.
In addition, colleges were surveyed on their technology priorities, infrastructure and networks, collaboration and outreach efforts, and use of technology innovations.
The Shared Services Distance Learning program and the OER-Based General Education Project are among the many technology innovations at NOVA.
The Shared Services Distance Learning program, created and managed by the College, is a statewide distance learning consortium that offers NOVA online courses to students at 15 other Virginia community colleges. The program serves over 1,300 students per semester in nearly 200 different courses and also provides both instruction and student support services, including round-the-clock online tutoring and help desk support, video proctoring for exams, and a virtual student union complete with fantasy football and other opportunities for online students to meet and work together in cyberspace.
Launched in fall 2013, the OER-Based General Education Project emphasizes the use of open educational resources in courses instead of traditional textbooks. Over 50 courses at NOVA are part of the project. Open educational resources or OER are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.