K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

Important Announcement about Online Courses and LEARN NC.

Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

LEARN NC recently completed an effort to evolve portions of our website in advance of a longer-term migration to a community-supported content management system.

Long-Term Strategy

In the long term we plan to migrate to an open source platform like Drupal, which will allow us to employ the same lean but effective technology strategy that powers LEARN's Moodle system:

  1. choose an open source software package that does what we want and has great community support
  2. gain expertise in deploying, administering and extending the software
  3. customize the software as per our requirements, but make changes in such a way that they can be re-applied when the system is updated
  4. if features we've developed could help someone else, consider releasing code back to the community

Recent Initiative

Because the strategy described above will take some amount of time to come to fruition, in the fall of 2013 we launched a shorter-term initiative to modernize www.learnnc.org and make the site more representative of LEARN's current focus and activities.

This "facelift" project was completed recently and includes a home page redesign and other new features such as people and projects pages. The feedback we get regarding these changes will be beneficial to our longer term strategy as well. Please let us know your thoughts by using our contact form.