DELTA History

Digitizing Textiles: Smooth as Silk?

July 18, 2023
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DELTA and the Wilson College of Textiles collaborate on a virtual reality (VR) solution to fabric exploration using cutting-edge technology.

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DELTA’s Dan Spencer Receives University Award for Excellence

July 15, 2023
Dan Spencer

DELTA’s Dan Spencer recently received the 2023 University of Excellence Award in the category of Customer Service. This award is the most prestigious honor bestowed upon non-faculty employees at NC State.

DELTA Offers Badges for Workshop Completion

June 26, 2023
virtual badges

DELTA has implemented a badge system that allows you to earn and display digital credentials as you progress through workshop series — you can register for through REPORTER. There are two levels of achievement available, Exploring and Applying.

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DELTA VR Tours Complement College of Design’s 75th Anniversary Celebration

June 21, 2023
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DELTA and the College of Design teamed up to create virtual tours of the entire building to showcase the current facilities and projects students were working on. These tours are being used to engage with alumni as part of the yearlong 75th anniversary celebration as well as for recruitment and…

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We’re Digging Yellowdig: New Discussion Platform!

April 19, 2023

Fostering student conversations is imperative to success in online courses. NC State offers a new tool modeled after popular social media platforms that is based on the concept that students want to talk to each other.

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Brickfield: A New Moodle Accessibility Toolkit

April 18, 2023

Want to provide class material to accommodate the needs of all students? Accessibility issues can be identified and fixed on your Moodle site with Brickfield Accessibility+ Toolkit. Be proactive by future-proofing your course content to address areas needing adjustment to meet accessibility guidelines.

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Changes for DELTA’s Media Production Services

March 27, 2023
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DELTA’s Media Production Services has a new organizational structure with new team names! The new unit name — Enterprise Digital Media — and structure allows DELTA’s professional resources to better support the university and reflect the scope of new technologies.

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Collaborating on Faculty Excellence

March 16, 2023

The inaugural Conference on Faculty Excellence, with the theme of “Stronger Together: Collaborating for Faculty Excellence,” brought together more than 150 faculty, staff and students from across NC State and other area colleges and universities.

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LearnTech Implements Knowledge-Centered Service Approach to Enhance Self-Service Offerings

February 24, 2023
campus shot in Talley Student Center

In early 2022 to learn more about the Knowledge-Centered Service (KCS) methodology, and how that could be applied to the current article creation process. This helped shift the focus toward capturing the individual knowledge and day-to-day experiences of the LearnTech team, and transitioning that into valuable self-service resources.

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IntelliBoard Encourages Faculty Intervention

February 18, 2023

IntelliBoard uses data visualization to display reports based on student Moodle data. The tool is accessed easily in Moodle and provides various reports to help you notice which students may need more support.

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DELTA Tour Highlights Innovative People, Products and Places

December 15, 2022
DELTA staff give tour of facilities

A recent walking tour of the DELTA facilities highlighted the state-of-the-art workspaces and projects. Participants gained exposure to the technology used to support NC State faculty members as well as getting an introduction to the people behind the scenes who make the magic happen!  

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DELTA Grant Used to Create Spanish Dialect App

October 27, 2022
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New Style on the Block: WolfWare WordPress Edition

September 27, 2022
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Thanks to a WolfWare WordPress update, this Gutenberg “Block” editing style is the default setting, replacing the “Classic” style for new sites on academic, Projects and Outreach newly created sites. On existing WolfWare WordPress sites, editors can switch to the new “Block Editor” in the settings.

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Moodle Roadmap Plug-In: Developed at NC State and Available to the World

September 26, 2022
screenshot of Moodle Roadmap sample

NC State faculty now have access to the Moodle Roadmap tool. Courses in which mastery of material in one unit is imperative for success in the following unit are excellent ones to incorporate Roadmap. Preliminary studies show student success increases when they feel empowered to self-regulate their academic journey.


Just-In-Time Training at the Refreshed DELTA YouTube Channel

August 15, 2022
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DELTA updated our instructional YouTube channel to provide faculty and instructors with up-to-date video resources for digital learning and technology tools. Check out the channel today to see a more streamlined approach to just-in-time videos that will help instructors learn how to use our tools. Subscribe to the channel to get…

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Alexis Lockett Received University Award for Excellence

June 29, 2022

DELTA Online and Distance Education (ODE) Program Manager Alexis Lockett won one of the 12 NC State University Awards for Excellence on June 8, the most prestigious award non-faculty employees can earn at NC State.

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NC State Completes Transition From Mediasite to Panopto

March 21, 2022
Panopto logo

Panopto replaced Mediasite as the NC State enterprise content capture tool in fall 2021. Read more

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Petherbridge Named VP for DELTA

January 11, 2022

Donna Petherbridge, interim vice provost for Digital Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), has been named permanent vice provost for DELTA, effective January 1. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Warwick Arden made the appointment. 

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VCS: Taking Care of Business and Colleagues

November 24, 2021
staff member in Central Control Room

Instead of abandoning ship when COVID-19 hit the NC State campus, the DELTA Video Communication Services (VCS) professionals were in the all-hands-on-deck mode of operation. Read more about how systems that were already in place helped them to weather the storm.

DELTA Introduces DELTA Express Grants

July 5, 2021
DELTA Express Grants

DELTA has an exciting new opportunity for NC State University faculty and instructors. Introducing DELTA Express Grants –– three new funding opportunities dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning by applying technology in innovative, collaborative ways.

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DELTA Changes Name from Distance to Digital to Better Reflect Overall Services and Impact

July 1, 2021
NC State Belltower.

DELTA is changing its name to match the impact the unit has on all modes of education — not specifically just for distance education. On July 1, DELTA stands for Digital Education and Learning Technology Applications, changing Distance to Digital.

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Donna Petherbridge Named Interim Vice Provost for DELTA

April 23, 2021
Donna Petherbridge

Donna Petherbridge, associate vice provost for academic technology innovation, will serve as interim vice provost for Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), effective July 1, 2021. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Warwick Arden made the appointment. She will replace Tom Miller, who is stepping back from his leadership of DELTA.

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DELTA and DASA Collaborate to Deliver Secure Telehealth Options at NC State

March 31, 2021

A collaboration between DELTA and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) addressed the need for secure virtual healthcare options for NC State students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Miller Steps Back from DELTA and McKimmon Roles to Focus on NC State Entrepreneurship

March 22, 2021
Tom Miller.

NC State Senior Vice Provost (SVP) for Academic Outreach and Entrepreneurship Thomas (Tom) Kenan Miller III is stepping back from his leadership role with DELTA and his oversight of the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education effective July 1, 2021. Miller will continue to report to Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Warwick Arden and focus on leading NC State Entrepreneurship and working closely with the Wolfpack Investor Network in the next phase of his career.

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Behind the Scenes of NC State’s First Virtual Commencement Ceremony

January 8, 2021
Graduate in a mask on NC State campus.

Teams from across NC State’s campus came together in 2020 to produce the university’s first virtual commencement ceremony and celebrate the Class of 2020 through unprecedented circumstances.

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Graphic Design Theory AR App Earns Design Incubation Award

December 1, 2020
Graphic Design AR app displayed on a tablet.

The Graphic Design Theory Augmented Reality (AR) App has earned national recognition from Design Incubation — an organization for educators and practitioners of communication design to discuss design research and practice. The app was honored with the Communication Design Award in the Teaching category.

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Panopto Chosen as New Content Capture Tool

November 5, 2020
NC State classroom.

Panopto will replace Mediasite as NC State’s enterprise content capture tool in May 2021. The leading video platform for higher education, Panopto provides a number of exciting features to meet the needs of NC State students, faculty and staff.

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Bethanne Tobey Earns Quality Matters Award

October 27, 2020
Bethanne Tobey.

Assistant Director of Course Quality Bethanne Tobey earned the Quality Matters Making a Difference for Students: Outstanding Impact by an Individual in Higher Education Award for her significant contributions to students’ success and experience.

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DELTA Annual Report Released: Changing Education for 20 Years

October 6, 2020
DELTA Annual Report 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 DELTA Annual Report tells the story of how we impacted student success by assisting faculty pivot to emergency remote instruction and ensuring our learning technologies had the infrastructure to support increased usage.

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David Howard Receives University Award for Excellence

October 2, 2020
Portrait of David Howard against white wall.

Director of Instructional Innovation Services David Howard has been honored with an NC State University Award for Excellence, the most prestigious award bestowed upon non-faculty employees.

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Flexible Access Funding Evolves to Support Student Success through Online Learning

September 22, 2020
Student studies at a picnic table.

DELTA is continuing to support academic units by creating business systems and funding models that better allow them to enhance student success through online learning. Most recently, we have made changes to the Flexible Access funding model to allow for the creation of online classes that fully meet student demand.

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New Touchless Orientations for DELTA Classrooms

August 24, 2020
DELTA classroom equipment.

DELTA’s new classroom orientation video series provides a touchless overview of the media-rich DELTA classrooms and equips users with the knowledge and tools needed to make the most of the classrooms’ recording technology.

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Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions

July 22, 2020

An innovative online course — “Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions” — gave incoming first-year students an extraordinary opportunity to learn and connect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DELTA Teaching Resources: A New Website for Faculty

July 21, 2020
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The new DELTA Teaching Resources website provides NC State faculty and instructors with a collection of resources to teach effectively with technology both in the classroom and online.

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From DELTA Grants to the National Science Foundation: STEM BUILD Continues to Grow

July 13, 2020
3D tacticle teaching tools - biomolecules.

STEM BUILD provides digital plans and learning activities for 3D printed tactile teaching tools in the sciences. The project, previously supported by a DELTA Grant, received funding from the National Science Foundation for further development.

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Bringing Interaction to Instructional Videos with PlayPosit

May 29, 2020
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PlayPosit is an interactive video editing tool helping educators make the most out of instructional videos with embedded questions, learning objectives and more. Effective Aug. 1, 2020, all NC State faculty members gained complete and free access to use PlayPosit in their courses.

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Two DELTA Staff Members Receive 2020 Provost’s Unit Award for Excellence

April 30, 2020
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The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost honored DELTA staff members David Howard and Charlene Pettiway each with an Award for Excellence for their extraordinary commitment and contributions to DELTA and the larger NC State community.

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NC State Organic Chemistry Virtual Reality Labs Shared Globally

April 29, 2020
Teaching Assistant Lyniesha Wright during a test shoot of the organic chemistry virtual reality labs. The placement of the GoPro Fusion 360° camera gives the experience a first-person point of view.

Maria Gallardo-Williams shared her organic chemistry virtual reality labs to help other instructors continue teaching during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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A Resilient Pack: Supporting Faculty Behind the Scenes during COVID-19

April 16, 2020
Emmanuel Brunson stands at a desk with a headset

DELTA means change. And in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, the statement held true. Our organization changed and adapted to do everything we could to support faculty in the transition to remote teaching and learning.

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Women in Technology: Supporting Diversity and Inclusivity at NC State

December 18, 2019
Donna Petherbridge presents at a podium with a panel of women to her left.

The Women in Technology interest group brings together staff, faculty and students to create a supportive environment where making the technology field more diverse, inclusive and supportive of women is a priority.

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Augmented Reality Brings New Life to Graphic Design Theory Textbook

November 4, 2019
Screenshot from the GD 303 augmented reality application to enhance the standard textbook.

Created through a DELTA Grant with College of Design Associate Professor Deb Littlejohn, the augmented reality app for GD 303 enhances the standard theory textbook with interactive activities such as quizzes and guided tours. View article.

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Central Control Room Overhauls Technology

November 1, 2019
Technicians work in pods at DELTA's central control room

DELTA’s Central Control Room (CCR) is where all the magic of recording distance education classes happens. In summer 2019, the CCR went through a complete overhaul of the classroom source monitoring system, essentially rebuilding the system from scratch using IP technology.

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DELTA Expands Online Course Quality Efforts

October 2, 2019
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With the new Course Quality Program at NC State, faculty members have multiple pathways to choose from to improve their online courses with the guidance and support from instructional designers and technologists at DELTA. Learn how you can get involved and help raise the bar for quality online education at NC State.

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DELTA, Libraries and NC State Stores Partner with OpenStax to Increase Use of Free, Peer-Reviewed Textbooks

August 29, 2019
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NC State University has been chosen to participate in the 2019-2020 OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program to encourage the use of free, peer-reviewed textbooks on campus. The Libraries, DELTA and the NC State Stores will be partnering in this program.

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Augmented Reality App Created for Feed Milling

August 1, 2019
An immersive feed mill experience is displayed on an iPad

Through a DELTA Grant in collaboration with faculty members Marissa Herchler and Adam Fahrenhoz, a team at DELTA uses interactive augmented reality (AR) to enhance the way traditional and distance education students learn about feed milling equipment and processes.

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NC State Online Launches Career-Focused Marketing Strategy to Boost Students’ Return on Educational Investment

July 22, 2019

DELTA’s Marketing and Partnership Development team is strategically focusing on careers in FY 2018-2019. They’ve researched and developed new tools to engage with prospective students about the ways NC State Online can impact their professional goals and lead them to success.

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Four DELTA Staff Members Receive 2019 Provost’s Unit Award for Excellence

March 29, 2019
DELTA staff and leadership gather with the winners and their awards.

The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost honored DELTA staff members Jonathan Champ, Lou Harrison, Alexis Simison and Bethanne Tobey each with an Award for Excellence for their extraordinary commitment and contribution to DELTA and the larger NC State community.

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First DELTA Grants Showcase Held at Hunt Library

March 25, 2019
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DELTA hosted its first DELTA Grants Showcase on March 25, 2019, from 2-4 p.m. in the Teaching and Visualization Lab in Hunt Library. The event highlighted a variety of completed DELTA Grants projects through an interactive digital poster session.

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Zoom: New Enterprise Video Communications Tool Goes Above and Beyond

March 4, 2019
Female student uses computer with headphones in group study space.

Zoom is a video conferencing application can be used for online meetings, webinars, chat, mobile collaboration and more. Now an enterprise-level tool, Zoom is available in the WolfWare suite of tools to support academic needs related to synchronous video communication and collaboration.

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First in Quality Matters at NC State

December 3, 2018
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With DELTA’s help, seven faculty members have recently become the first at NC State to have online courses certified by the nationally recognized Quality Matters (QM) organization — making them leaders in online quality assurance.

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Appointment-Only Testing Begins at DELTA Spring 2019

November 30, 2018
Laptops lined up for students to sign in on. "Sign in here" is written on the wall above.

The Spring 2019 semester ushered in appointment-only testing at DELTA. Students now need to schedule appointments at least 24 hours in advance at

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DELTA Hosts Immersive Playground

November 9, 2018

DELTA hosts an Immersive Playground in partnership with the NCSU Libraries where attendees receive hands-on experience and further understanding of current and future immersive technologies such as Magic Leap, Hololens, Oculus Go and Lenovo Mirage Solo.

Cultural Competency Module Receives Campus Technology Impact Award

August 17, 2018
A classroom of students completing the module with VR headsets.

The First Impressions virtual reality (VR) module received a 2018 Campus Technology Impact Award in the Teaching and Learning category. The First Impressions interactive VR experience allows students to dive into the minds of a global project team to learn about culture on both a cognitive and emotional level.

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DELTA Receives Gold Well Wolfpack Certification

August 15, 2018
Arlene Mendoza-Moran and colleagues playing frisbee outside.

Since its creation in 2000, DELTA has focused on the wellbeing of its staff members with activities. DELTA was recognized as a gold Well Wolfpack Certified Organization for its efforts in creating an active workplace and culture of wellness.

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Webster Receives NC State University Award for Excellence

June 15, 2018
Chancellor Woodson, Webster and Donna Petherbridge posing with Webster and his award.

Jeff Webster was honored as a nominee for the university-level award at a ceremony held June 11, 2018, in Hunt Library. Webster was one of 12 from the 46 nominees who won an Award for Excellence, the most prestigious honor bestowed upon non-faculty employees.

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Swanson Reflects on 22 Years at NC State

April 1, 2018
Swanson and colleagues posed in conference room.

Looking back on her 22-year career at NC State, Rebecca Swanson is especially proud of how Online and Distance Education at NC State has transformed into part of the core mission of the university, transitioning from an extension activity to providing an education equivalent to campus-based instruction.

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New DELTA Grant to Quickly Produce Online Courses

March 26, 2018
Three colleagues gathered with paper and laptops at a conference table.

The Rapid Design Course Grant aims to empower faculty through a series of three targeted, one-to-one personal consultations that help guide the faculty through the application of DELTA-developed templates and step-by-step guides to ensure faculty have the tools and skills necessary to design or redesign their courses.

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Brunson, Webster Receive 2018 Provost’s Unit Award for Excellence

March 21, 2018
Brunson and Webster smiling with Tom Miller and holding plaques.

DELTA staff members Emanuel Brunson and Jeff Webster each received an Award for Excellence from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for their outstanding service to DELTA and the NC State community. The two were honored at a reception ceremony held March 21, 2018, in Talley Student Union.

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Q&A with AVP Tim Petty

March 5, 2018
Tom Petty headshot outdoors.

DELTA welcomed Associate Vice Provost for Online and Distance Education Tim Petty to our team in November 2017. Entering his 28th year at NC State, Petty joins DELTA from the Department of Biological Sciences, housed in the College of Sciences, where he has served since 2013.

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SVP Tom Miller Delivers Presentation about AOE for Five-Year Review

November 29, 2017
SVP Tom Miller of AOE presents to large crowd during his five-year review.

Senior Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Entrepreneurship (AOE) Tom Miller made a presentation as part of his five-year review at the McKimmon Center Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.

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Top Hat Implemented at NC State

August 2, 2017

NC State acquired an enterprise-level license for Top Hat in May 2017, meaning faculty can use it at no cost to them or their students. After a successful pilot phase, students and faculty alike were excited about the unique features of Top Hat such as the variety of interactive question types and the ability to easily use it on any device.

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Physics App Selected as a 2017 Campus Technology Impact Award

August 1, 2017
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Campus Technology magazine recognizes NC State’s MyTech App as a 2017 Campus Technology Impact Award recipient in the Teaching & Learning category. Teaching Assistant Professor of Physics Colleen Countryman and a team of DELTA Staff members created the app to help students become familiar with the equipment in their physics labs.

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Creative Director Mike Cuales Receives NC State University Awards for Excellence

July 13, 2017

Creative Director of DELTA’s New Media Development Mike Cuales was honored with the NC State University Awards for Excellence at the recognition ceremony at Talley Student Union.The award is the most prestigious honor bestowed upon non-faculty employees.

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DELTA’s Academic Technology Reorganization

June 29, 2017

Academic Technology Innovation (ATI) is a new unit formed July 1 by merging the Media Production Services (MPS) team and the Instructional Technology Support and Development (ITSD) unit. This organizational transition for DELTA will better position us to serve NC State’s current and future needs in distance education and learning technologies.

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WolfWare Website Usability Study Released

May 5, 2017

DELTA conducted a usability study of the WolfWare website to help assess how usable the website is for our faculty. Based on the results of the study, DELTA was able to reflect on positive opinions and also discover areas that needed to be enhanced for functionality. The full report is also available.

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Provost Warwick Arden Visits DELTA

May 3, 2017

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Warwick Arden visited DELTA to give staff members an opportunity to discuss relevant projects and provide an overview of DELTA’s many services.

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Project Management System Assists DELTA Marketing and Communications Team

April 19, 2017

Over the past eight months, DELTA’s marketing and communications team incorporated the use of Kanban into their work in order to efficiently and effectively track ideas and project progression. Using this project management tool, employees can maximize their time on the job and increase work efficiency.

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DELTA administration relocates to the Center for Technology and Innovation

January 3, 2017
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DELTA relocates offices at Venture II on Centennial Campus and D.H. Hill Library on Main Campus into the new Center for Technology and Innovation on Centennial Campus. Merging many staff members into one large space with room for growth will continue to optimize DELTA’s capabilities and ultimately enhance student success.

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NC State Online Rated “Best Online College” in North Carolina

November 29, 2016

NC State Online and Distance Education was recently ranked as the top online college in North Carolina by The Best Schools, a leading resource for campus and online education.

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DELTA Testing Services Receives NCTA Certification

April 8, 2016

The National College Testing Association (NCTA) awarded DELTA Testing Services with NCTA Test Center Certification. DELTA Testing Services demonstrated compliance with the NCTA’s professional standards and guidelines.

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DELTA Colleagues Receive Mentions in NMC

February 29, 2016

Five DELTA colleagues were mentioned in the NMC Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition. Receiving recognition from NMC is an honor and serves as an indication that NC State and DELTA are using innovation to lead educational trends and practices.

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Developing Gamification Within Moodle

December 15, 2015

Michelle Harrolle was awarded a DELTA Exploratory Grant in 2012-2013. During the span of the past three years, the grant for gamification was handed over to Dr. Ed Lindsay, a teaching assistant professor in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM).

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360º Video, Virtual Reality Presentation Highlights Edu Applications

December 1, 2015

The intrigue and popularity of VR continues to gain momentum in mainstream media, but innovative institutions like NC State University are also actively engaged in exploring applications for virtual reality in education, training and experiential learning. Read more about how DELTA is pioneering this technology.

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DELTA Celebrates 15 Years

August 13, 2015

DELTA, NC State’s division for Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications, marked its 15th anniversary Aug. 12 with a celebration in the Hunt Library.

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Mediasite Hits More Than 1.2 million On-Demand Views

July 1, 2015

NC State’s Mediasite hits milesone. There were 1,240,067 on-demand views of Mediasite for 27,116 presentations.

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Dr. Tom Miller Receives William L. Turner Award

April 17, 2015

At the 2015 ceremony in April, Dr. Tom Miller received the William L. Turner Award award for his commitment to NC State. Miller has been extremely prominent at DELTA with his leadership experience and financial responsibility along with many other outlets and offices on campus, he has many other great achievements.

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First Course Designed Using Gamification Module

August 15, 2014

By adding gamification elements to our learning management system (Moodle), PRT 266: Introduction to Sport Management students were awarded badges that students achieve as they work through team role-play challenges with the career cards and avacards.

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WolfWare Outreach Service Launched for Non-credit Online Learning

August 1, 2014

In August 2014, DELTA expanded services to include the new WolfWare Outreach LMS (Moodle) service for non-credit online courses and programs.

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Service that Scales: Recording Distance Education Courses–From a Distance

July 11, 2014

When faced with a 20 percent increase in demand for their Distance Education (DE) classroom recording services, Tony Pearson and his team in DELTA’s Video Communications Services (VCS) refused to choose between strong customer service and scalability.

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My Mediasite Made Available

May 19, 2014
My mediasite logo

After a successful pilot during Spring 2014, My Mediasite became available to all NC State faculty and staff. My Mediasite adds two exciting new features to our suite of media production and online instruction applications: desktop recording and personal media management.

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WolfWare Brand Redesign

March 5, 2014

DELTA is working to pull all the available academic tools and technologies at NC State into WolfWare. The goal throughout these efforts is a more convenient, holistic point of access for instructors and students.

WolfWare Suite Adds Mediasite

January 10, 2014
WolfWare logo.

Mediasite was added to the WolfWare suite of enterprise services offered.

DELTA Website Redesign Features Services

September 1, 2013

DELTA launched a newly redesigned website, focused on helping people find services more easily and learn more about DELTA’s work with university departments, faculty and courses through the DELTA Portfolio section.

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DELTA Creates the First Fully Online Adaptation of a Physical Studio Design Class

August 15, 2013

The College of Design’s Dana Raymond teaches the first fully online adaptation of a physical studio design class, ADN 386: Basic Sculpture, in the Fall 2013 semester. DELTA produced videos of the processes Raymond was teaching.

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WaitTime Launched

August 9, 2013

The DELTA Testing Center needed a solution to help balance periods of heavy and light traffic and to improve the testing experience for students. So DELTA staff developed the WaitTime Web application, available for students to plan visits to the DELTA Testing Center.

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Course Inspires Web-based Game for NC State Community

August 1, 2013

In ANS 110: Equine Science, Dr. Shannon Pratt Phillips sought a way to introduce her students who had never seen a real horse to gain specific knowledge. The idea for a web-based educational game was implemented by a team of DELTA full- and part-time designers and programmers.

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DELTA Has OOC Experiment

May 15, 2013

DELTA staff teamed up with Dr. Paul Franzon, professor of electrical and computer engineering, to create NC State’s first large enrollment, open online course (OOC)–ECE 520: Digital ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) Design.

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DELTA Grants Program Merges Existing Grants Awards

February 5, 2013

The IDEA Grants and Large Course Redesign Grants were joined into one system and called DELTA Grants in 2013.

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Mediasite Presentations Playback Made Available on Mobile Devices

January 10, 2013

In keeping with demands and the increase in usage of handheld technology, DELTA made Mediasite presentations playback available on mobile devices. You can playback a Mediasite presentation on an iPhone, iPad and Android devices.


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DELTA Holds Third Open House

December 4, 2012

Just over 75 guests attended the 2012 DELTA Open House on December 4, 2012, to learn about the services DELTA provides that allow faculty to build student success at NC State University.

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Blackboard Collaborate Becomes Synchronous LMS

October 19, 2012

Blackboard Collaborate becomes NC State’s enterprise synchronous learning management system (LMS), replacing Elluminate Live!


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Funding Model Changes for Distance Education

August 15, 2012

When full-time, on-campus students registered for fall 2012 Distance Education (DE) courses, for the first time in more than a decade they didn’t wince at the additional cost. For them, the price tag for taking their class in a lecture hall or taking it online was exactly the same.

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DELTA Releases its First Learning-Centered Mobile App

June 12, 2012

Released on iTunes in May 2012, the mobile version of the formerly web-only MicroExplorer 3D is now available as a free app on iPhone and iPod touch.

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Summer Institute Renamed Summer Shorts

May 14, 2012

The long-running teaching with technology classes held each summer for faculty called Summer Institute was changed in format and in name to Summer Shorts in 2012.

Mediasite Open to All NC State Instructors

January 10, 2012

In Spring 2012, DELTA opened classroom content capture enterprise service using Mediasite to all NC State instructors teaching in a Mediasite-equipped classroom.

Central Control Room in Ricks Hall Annex Goes into Production

January 9, 2012

The Ricks Hall Annex construction was completed in 2009, which included a Central Control Room (CCR) to remotely monitor and control all DELTA classrooms on campus.

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DELTA Holds Second Open House

December 6, 2011

More than 100 guests attended the second DELTA Open House on December 6, 2011, to learn about the many ways DELTA is helping faculty contribute to student success at NC State.

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DELTA doubles Proctoring Potential with Cox Hall Testing Facility

October 1, 2011

To keep up with a rising demand growth for exam proctoring, DELTA opened a new test proctoring facility near D.H. Hill library this year. The number of exams proctored by DE Testing Services is expected to rise from last year’s 23,000 to about 30,000 by the end of this year, a 30% jump.

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Dr. Tom Miller Becomes Senior Vice Provost

September 1, 2011

Dr. Tom Miller becomes Senior Vice Provost for DELTA, Continuing Education, Engagement and Outreach, and the Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI). As a result, some restructuring of DELTA was necessary to allow for Dr. Miller’s new dual roles.

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DELTA’s First Fully Digital Classroom Created in Poe Hall

August 15, 2011

In 2012 Poe 202 became our first fully Digital classroom incorporating the Crestron Digital Media solution, delivering an end to end digital solution in the classroom. Poe Hall was also the first fully collaborative classrooms on campus to offer interactive SMART boards on every wall and the tools to connect to remote SMART boards and portable/mobile devices anywhere.

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NC State Reaches Largest Deployment of Mediasite

August 9, 2011

In 2011, NC State had the largest Mediasite deployment in the United States.

DELTA Student Interns Made a Splash with Downtown Banners

August 4, 2011

Three DELTA student interns and College of Design students, Jordan Deva, Joe Lawson and Justin Phillips, made a huge public splash on the skyline of Raleigh with their gigantic set of banners that now adorn the L-Building in Raleigh.

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Innovative, Scalable Tools Developed for Online Course

January 15, 2011

Distance education has come a long way since Dr. Jon Paul Rust, the head of the Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science (TECS) department, started teaching Introduction to Fiber Sciences (TMS 211) via post more than 20 years ago.

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DE Enrollment Continues to Rise

December 15, 2010

By the fall of 2010, more than three-fourths of distance education students resided on campus. Out of 7,762 DE students, there was an overlap of 5,062 on-campus students.

Tony Pearson Wins MCNC Community Choice Award

November 22, 2010

DELTA’s Tony Pearson was selected as the Community Choice Award Recipient at NCREN Community Day.

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Wolfmatch Game Created to Increase Brand Awareness

August 15, 2010

The NC State WolfMatch iPhone Game was a mobile development research and student recruitment initiative to generate brand awareness.

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reVAMP Launched to Assist Faculty Migration to Moodle

May 17, 2010

In Summer 2010, reVAMP was launched to begin assisting faculty in the migration from Vista to Moodle. Vista was turned off in June 2011.

DELTA Ceases to Use DVDs for Distance Education

April 29, 2010

Technology changed from 2003 when students received videotapes for distance education classes. Then, videotapes were replaced with DVDs in 2005. Fast forward to 2010 and distance education now means online education as most classes migrated to the internet.

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DELTA Develops First Course Heavily Using Social Media to Help Create Community in the Classroom

January 15, 2010

DELTA staff worked with Cris Crissman to create a Distance Education (DE) version of ECI 521: Teaching Literature for Young Adults. This is a graduate-level course directed to middle-school teachers and MAT graduate students.

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DELTA Video Communication Services Relocates

January 10, 2010

DELTA’s Video Communication Services unit relocated and consolidated its base of operations into the top floor of the newly renovated Ricks Hall Annex.

Moodle Moves into Production

December 15, 2009

In December 2009, Moodle officially moved from a pilot to full production for use beginning with Spring 2010 classes.

DELTA Holds Open House

December 2, 2009

DELTA held an Open House in Venture II December 2, 2009.

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A New version of WolfWare Launched as a Website

October 15, 2009

DELTA launched a new version of WolfWare in late 2009, both as a website — providing access to and management of courses and course technologies — and a concept encompassing the entire suite of academic tools available at NC State.

DELTAwire Blog Begins

October 14, 2009

DELTAwire was established in 2009 as a blog on the DELTA website as a resource for faculty to learn about best practices, conferences, enterprise systems, awards and news. [Now DELTA News]

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First Online Studio-Based Design Course Developed

August 15, 2009

In Digital Imaging, DELTA Multimedia Designer and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art + Design Amanda Robertson, DELTA Instructional Designer Cathi Phillips, and Associate Professor of Art + Design Pat FitzGerald have been exploring ways to teach a critique-based design course in an online environment.

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Park Shops Reopens, Expands DELTA Learning Spaces

August 1, 2009

Following a three-year comprehensive renovation, Park Shops reopened. The renovated facility provided DELTA its largest classroom space at the time of 88 seats in addition to a production studio.

DE Reaches 10,000 Enrollment Benchmark

August 1, 2009

Distance Education reaches benchmark in FY 2008-09 of individual students 11,059 totaling 21,162 enrollments.

DELTA’s Tony Pearson Selected as University Award for Excellence

January 7, 2009

Tony Pearson was one of five recipients from a pool of 57 nominees to garner a university Award for Excellence.

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Dr. Tom Miller Honored with National Distance Education Award

November 14, 2008

Dr. Tom Miller, North Carolina State University Vice Provost for Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), was honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with its award for Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the field of Distance Learning.

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DELTA Administration Moves into Venture II

October 13, 2008

Much of DELTA consolidated into the Venture II building from spaces held in both Venture III and Venture IV.

Large Course Redesign Program Began

August 15, 2008

The DELTA Course Redesign (CR) Grants provide financial and staff resources to help faculty leverage instructional technology to enhance teaching and learning and increase student access to large, undergraduate courses.

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First Mini-Studio Created

May 1, 2008

The first mini studio was developed in Distributed and Distance Education utilizing Mediasite. Faculty would be able to record events outside of regularly scheduled class time, such as review sessions, presentations, guest lectures or other special events.

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Summer Institute Program Wins NC State’s Gertrude Cox Award

April 15, 2008

DELTA’s Summer Institute received the Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology.

Mediasite Selected as Classroom Capture Platform

March 8, 2008

DELTA began transitioning away from traditional video recording and began using Mediasite as the classroom capture platform. DELTA began using Mediasite to record lectures in the DE classrooms supported by DELTA’s Video Communication Services team. (NOTE: Mediasite was replaced by Panopto in May 2021)

Withers Hall Reopens with 30-Seat DE Classroom

August 1, 2007

Following a three-year renovation, Withers hall reopened and provided DELTA a 30-seat classroom in Withers 125.

DELTA Testing Services was Created

July 1, 2007

DELTA Testing Services was created as a centralized service within DE Administrative Services, located in Venture II on Centennial Campus.

New DELTA Brand Launches

February 9, 2007

DELTA contracted with Flywheel Design in Durham to create a new brand identity.

DE Enrollment Climbs

August 15, 2006

By the end of 2006, more than 4,000 students were taking advantage of distance education classes, with 1,800 of these students enrolled on campus.

DELTA Organizes into Five Units

July 1, 2006

In 2006, DELTA internally organized into five units under Vice Provost Tom Miller: Distance Education Instructional Services Information Technology Marketing and Partnership Development Business Office Administrative responsibilities for DE student services transitioned from Credit Programs and Summer Sessions to DELTA.

Moodle Pilot Program Made Available for Fall 2006

July 1, 2006

A pilot version of Moodle was made available for fall 2006 courses.

DE Classrooms Moved, Added

August 1, 2005

In preparation for Park Shops renovations, Daniels 331 and 327 were upgraded to fully support distance education classrooms. In the fall semester of 2005, Park Shops classrooms 107 and 108 go offline. Engineering Building II (EBII) Room 1230 was converted to a DE classroom.

WebCT Vista Moved to Production

July 1, 2005

WebCT moved to production as an enterprise-level learning management system.

DELTA Transitions from VHS to DVD

January 10, 2005

DELTA began its transition from VHS to DVD in early 2005. All machinery and processes were converted to DVD. Full DVD production was in the works by Fall 2005 and all tape sets gone by Spring 2006.

Withers Hall Closes, Technology Moved to EBII

August 1, 2004

Withers Hall underwent renovations and Withers 332 goes offline. The technology was designated for reuse in Engineering Building II 1230.

DELTA Partners with N.C. Military Bases

July 1, 2004

Educating those that serve in the military is an important commitment of NC State as a Land Grant institution through Distance Education (DE) program offerings.

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First Purchased Learning Management System Implemented

July 1, 2004

WebCT was the first purchased Learning Management System (LMS) implemented by DELTA as an enterprise service for the university community. Also in 2004, DELTA partnered with MCNC in Research Triangle Park to house DELTA servers.

IDEA Grants Established

July 24, 2003

Innovation in Distributed Education Applications (IDEA) grants are a competitive awards program, now called DELTA Grants.

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Learning Technology Services Relocates to D.H. Hill Library

July 1, 2003

LTS moves back into their present space in D.H. Hill Library after renovations to create the new Learning and Research Center for the Digital Age.

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Mann Hall DE Classroom Ribbon Cutting

April 1, 2003

Mann Hall DE classroom ribbon cutting in 2003. Tony Pearson, Sharon Pitt and Dr. Tom Miller, all of DELTA, pictured with Dr. Krute (EOL) with civil engineering faculty members.

DELTA Moves to Venture III

May 1, 2002

DELTA administration moves to Venture III on Centennial Campus.

First DELTA All-Hands Meeting

October 15, 2001

The first meeting of the newly formed DELTA met each other at an all-hands meeting in October 2001.

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Summer Institute Becomes Part of DELTA

July 24, 2001

Summer Institute was started by Learning Technology Services before it became a part of DELTA.

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Distance Education Enrollment when DELTA Began

January 12, 2001

When DELTA was created, the Distance Education program enrolled 1,429 students, with nearly 300 comprising on-campus students.

DELTA’s VCS Began Offering Video Streaming Services

August 10, 2000

DELTA’s Video Communication Services (VCS) began offering video streaming services to meet some of the distance education needs of NC State University.

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Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications is Organized

July 1, 2000

DELTA formed beginning July 1 under the direction of Dr. Tom Miller while a national search was underway.

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Evolution of WolfWare

March 5, 1999

A web-based system to support any course taught at NC State, WolfWare was developed before DELTA.

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