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discovery learning
Learning that takes place, not through instruction, but through examination, analysis, or experimentation.
blended learning
A student-centered approach to creating a learning experience whereby the learner interacts with other students, with the instructor, and with content through thoughtful integration of online and face-to-face environments.
service learning
Intentional combination of community service objectives and learning opportunities that benefits both the recipient and provider of the service. Student service learning projects should be structured to link learning tasks to self-reflection so that they enrich learning, strengthen communities, and teach civic responsibility.
cooperative learning
Instructional method in which students work together in small, heterogeneous groups to complete a problem, project, or other instructional goal, while teachers act as guides or facilitators. This method works to reinforce a student’s own learning as well as the learning of his or her fellow group members.
collaborative learning
An umbrella term for the variety of approaches and models in education that involve the shared intellectual efforts by students working in small groups to accomplish a goal or complete a task.
learning contract
An agreement between a teacher and a student regarding how that student will achieve specified learning goals or objectives.
learning disability
A discrepancy between expected achievement and observed achievement, also known as "unexpected underachievement."
project-based learning
Teaching approach that engages students in sustained, collaborative real-world investigations. Projects are organized around a driving question, and students participate in a variety of tasks that seek to meaningfully address this question.
Dimensions of Learning model
Model of learning developed by Marzano et al (1988) that links content area knowledge, metacognition, and critical and creative thinking with a taxonomy of thinking skills and thinking processes.
digital game-based learning
Instructional method that incorporates educational content or learning principles into video games with the goal of engaging learners. Applications of digital game-based learning draw upon the constructivist theory of education.
problem-based learning
Model of instruction in which the teacher poses an authentic problem for student resolution. PBL may be one among many strategies in a classroom or an entire curricular and instructional approach. In the course of problem-solving, students work cooperatively in groups to learn content and skills related to real world problems. The teacher acts as a facilitator to learning.

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Training for online course instructors and developers
LEARN NC offers online Moodle training for course instructors and developers.
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Drop/add policy for online professional development courses
Guidelines explaining when a teacher may be permitted to register for or drop out of an online course.
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Accommodations for students with disabilities in online courses
This document explains how students with disabilities can request accommodations when taking LEARN NC's online courses.
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Developing and teaching an online course
Basic information for teachers considering developing and teaching an online course.
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Introduction to online learning
"Introduction to Online Learning" is designed to introduce web-based learning to people who are new to the online learning environment.
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LEARN NC Help Desk
The LEARN NC Help Desk is available to answer technical questions about online courses. Any LEARN NC-trained instructor and their students can contact the Help Desk.
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Registering K–12 students for online courses
LEARN NC no longer offers courses for K-12 students.
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LEARN NC Online Courses Announcement
LEARN NC has temporarily suspended its course offerings. We apologize for the inconvenience and we anticipate offering high-quality courses again in the near future. For your immediate needs, you may wish to use the e-Learning...
Mandarin Chinese II | 中文课程2
Part two of an online textbook for learning Mandarin Chinese.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Innovate to transform the classroom with Web 2.0 tools
Students will learn to integrate technologies such as Web 2.0 tools and mobile learning devices to create engaging learning experiences for your students
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Mandarin Chinese AP | 中文课AP
Part five of an online textbook for learning Mandarin Chinese.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Technical requirements for taking an online course
In order to take a course, you only need an Internet connection and a relatively up-to-date browser. This document explains the hardware requirements for online courses and Web browsers supported by Moodle.
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Carolina Online Teacher Program (COLT)
LEARN NC’s Carolina Online Teacher (COLT) program prepares participants to be online instructors, and receive certification to instruct LEARN NC courses.
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Creating and using meaningful rubrics
This course will help you use your own content knowledge and the wealth of information available about assessment to create, analyze, and critique rubrics.
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North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process
Students will examine the standards and evaluation model in this online course.
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Beyond blended learning: Reaching every student
This archived presentation from the 2010 NCTIES conference explores the theory and application of blended learning and offers ten ways to improve teaching using a blended approach.
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Practicum in Online Teaching -- Frequently asked questions
This document answers the most-asked questions about the Practicum in Online Teaching, the capstone course to LEARN NC's Carolina OnLine Teacher Program.
Blended learning
Blended learning is a student-centered approach that integrates learning experiences in online and face-to-face environments. This article defines blended learning, discusses its history, and provides suggestions for creating an effective blended learning experience.
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By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
Tackling misconceptions in physical science for middle grades
Tackling Misconceptions in Grades 6-8 Physical Science is designed to provide physical science content information and resources for the practicing middle school teacher while also focusing on recommended national and state curriculum objectives.
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Acceptable use policy for online courses
Policies governing the acceptable and unacceptable use of email, messaging clients, and online dicussion areas by students taking online courses through LEARN NC.
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