DELTA History

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

November 29, 2017
SVP Tom Miller Delivers Presentation about AOE for 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. Miller has conducted two five-year reviews in his role as Vice Provost of DELTA, however, this was his first review as senior vice provost of the AOE unit. Part of the requirements for the review is to make a public presentation about goals and achievements for each unit. View PowerPoint presentation. If you would like to see the embedded video, please download this video-enabled version of the PDF and open it in Adobe Acrobat rather than in your browser. If you would like to view the presentation as recorded, please view the video.

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Top Hat Implemented at NC State

August 2, 2017
Top Hat Implemented at NC State

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. The classroom response system, Top Hat, also allows faculty to host their lecture slides, find customizable educational content, assign homework and quizzes and create an interactive textbook. Read more about the Top Hat launch.

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Creative Director Mike Cuales Receives NC State University Awards for Excellence

July 13, 2017
Creative Director Mike Cuales Receives NC State University Awards for Excellence

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. Cuales was nominated by Associate Vice Provost for Instructional Technology Support and Development Donna Petherbridge in the efficiency and innovation category for his relentless pursuit of innovative excellence. Read more about Cuales award.

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DELTA’s Academic Technology Reorganization

June 29, 2017
DELTA’s Academic Technology Reorganization

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 as part of a reorganization within DELTA. This organizational transition for DELTA will better position us to serve NC State’s current and future needs in distance education and learning technologies. Read more about the reorganization.

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WolfWare Website Usability Study Released

May 5, 2017
WolfWare Website Usability Study Released

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. Read more about the results of the study. The full report is also available.  

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Provost Warwick Arden Visits DELTA

May 3, 2017
Provost Warwick Arden Visits DELTA

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. Read more about the visit.

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Project Management System assists DELTA Marketing and Communications Team

April 19, 2017
Project Management System assists DELTA Marketing and Communications Team

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. Read more about Kanban here.

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DELTA administration relocates to the Center for Technology and Innovation

January 3, 2017
DELTA administration relocates to the Center for Technology and Innovation

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. Read about the move.

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

November 29, 2016
NC State Online Rated “Best Online College” in North Carolina

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. NC State Online and Distance Education was one of nine schools in the UNC System who made The Best Schools list of Best Online Colleges in North Carolina. Read more about the factors that helped rank NC State Online and Distance Education as “Best Online College.”

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DELTA Testing Services Receives NCTA Certification

April 8, 2016
DELTA Testing Services Receives NCTA Certification

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. View full article.  

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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. NMC, historically known as New Media Consortium, is an “international community of experts in educational technology.” NMC shares information on technology trends and advancements in education happening around the globe. 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. Read more.

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Developing Gamification within Moodle

December 15, 2015
Developing Gamification within Moodle

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). With the help of Steve Bader, business and technology application developer, and DELTA staff, they gamified Introduction to Sport Management (PRT 266). Gamification involves using elements of games in a setting that isn’t a game to engage and motivate. It can be used in training as well as education. Within the gamification module instructors can define game objectives using activity completion, moodle events, point goals or meta objectives. For completing these game objectives, students can be rewarded achievements, points, activity or topic release, files, and content/visual assets. Read more about gamification.

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360º Video, Virtual Reality Presentation Highlights Edu Applications

December 1, 2015
360º Video, Virtual Reality Presentation Highlights Edu Applications

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 celebrates 15 years

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. “DELTA is a key innovator and facilitator at NC State—its impact on campus has been enormous and wide-ranging,” said Provost Warwick Arden. “Distance education course-delivery options and trends have changed dramatically in the last 15 years and DELTA has remained on the leading edge of this transition, which means that NC State has remained on the leading edge.” Arden and Chancellor Randy Woodson were among the 130 faculty and staff who attended the event. View full article.

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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.

Dr. Tom Miller receives William L. Turner Award

April 17, 2015
Dr. Tom Miller receives William L. Turner Award

The William L. Turner Award is presented annually to an individual whose “significant contributions and accomplishments have enhanced and reinforced extension and continuing education as being an integral component of engagement at NC State in responding to the educational needs of the various stakeholders served or in the application of research to real-life issues and problems”. At the 2015 ceremony in April, Dr. Tom Miller received this 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. View full article.  

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First course designed using gamification module

August 15, 2014
First course designed using gamification module

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. Team-based role play game where students break out into teams of 4-5 students and take on an avatar in need of a career. They work together to identify careers that most clearly match the profile of their assigned avatar, and then build the skills and experiences of their avatar through a series of activities to pair them with as many additional career options as possible. Each career pairing wins their team a career badge and the team with the most badges wins! At the end of this activity, students are able to more effectively develop their own career plan based on their own career interests. The “game” uses both avacards and career cards and is solely developed within the campus’ LMS, Moodle, so that other campus faculty can more easily adapt these techniques for their own instructional challenges where gamification makes sense.

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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. The Senior Vice Provost of Academic Outreach and Entrepreneurship, and DELTA Vice Provost, supported the transition of hosting and services for non-credit programming to a new DELTA Moodle server because of the growing need for enterprise level infrastructure and market share opportunity in non-credit online learning. Sixteen course/program offerings, with more than 3,200+ enrollments, are now hosted on the WolfWare Outreach server, which is 8.5% of DELTA’s hosting support. Phase I of the pilot, August 2013/14, included the launch of the new service, development of the Steering Committee, identification of organizational representatives (WolfWare Outreach Coordinators), launch of the service and migration of courses from the Textiles Extension server. Phase II is the development of a cost recovery model that will allow DELTA to appropriately use resources and grow the WolfWare Outreach Service for non-credit online education. The goal is to expand the non-credit continuing education and professional development portion of the online learning market.

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

July 11, 2014
Service that Scales: Recording Distance Education Courses–From a Distance

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. Instead, they found a way for their team to serve more instructors and students with the same commitment to service that this group has provided for more than 30 years. With a little vision, creativity and planning, VCS devised a plan for controlled growth of classroom recording services: the central control room (CCR) model. Read more here.

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My Mediasite made available

May 19, 2014

After a successful pilot during Spring 2014, My Mediasite became available to all NC State faculty and staff. My Mediasite Now Available

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My Mediasite Now Available!

May 14, 2014
My Mediasite Now Available!

After a successful pilot during spring 2014, My Mediasite will be made available to all NC State faculty and staff. My Mediasite is a service intended for all faculty and staff, not just current classroom content capture users. Read more about My Mediasite here.

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WolfWare brand redesign

March 5, 2014
WolfWare brand redesign

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.

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WolfWare suite adds Mediasite

January 10, 2014

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

DELTA website redesign features services

September 1, 2013
DELTA website redesign features services

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
DELTA creates the first fully online adaptation of a physical studio design class

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. Pictured below, Amanda Robertson of DELTA watches as Raymond explains a new process.

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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
Course inspires Web-based game for NC State community

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. About the game: Covering topics from nutrition and horse anatomy to the wide variety of horse breeds and careers, this visually rich learning game puts the student in the role of a newly hired ranch hand. Students start off by learning the basics of horse care. As they advance, they begin to learn about the different careers and caring for different breeds, earning money towards the purchase of their own horse all along. With horse ownership they are introduced to the challenges associated with purchasing a horses, such as identifying a horse’s age and a good conformation, and later, veterinary care and other associated expenses.

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DELTA has OOC Experiment

May 15, 2013
DELTA has OOC Experiment

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. A 10-week course offered in summer 2013, ECE 520 was project-based with an emphasis on design practices and underlying algorithms. Students were introduced to a variety of concepts, including timing-driven design, low-power design, design-for-test and ASIC applications.  

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DELTA Grants program merges existing grants awards

February 5, 2013
DELTA Grants program merges existing grants awards

The IDEA Grants and Large Course Redesign Grants were joined into one system and called DELTA Grants in 2013. The grants program awards funds and technical assistance (DELTA staff time does not come out of the monetary awards) in a competitive bid process. DELTA Grants are provided to create, enhance and update online courses, to assist in course redesign, to explore new technologies, and to sponsor faculty service and outreach within the university.

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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. Mediasite Mobile: Viewing Presentations On-the-Go

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DELTA holds third Open House

December 4, 2012
DELTA holds third Open House

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. The second floor of Park Shops provided the perfect layout for visitors to stroll through “Presentation Hallway” and visit booths where representatives from across DELTA explained services and projects. Some of these included:

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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! Read Blackboard Collaborate being adopted and Elluminate being decommissioned.

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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. As a result, the percentage of the on-campus student population taking one or more online courses increased by one-third, jumping from 18 to 24 percent of the student population. Looking just at the undergraduate population, there was a startling 44 percent increase in the number of full-time, degree-seeking students who enrolled in a DE course. Blurring the Lines: Examining the Impact of the DE Tuition Change

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DELTA releases its first learning-centered mobile app

June 12, 2012
DELTA releases its first learning-centered mobile app

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. Part of the Mobile Learning Initiative at NC State University, this app uses touch-based navigation to allow users to examine the different parts of a 3D-rendered compound microscope. By tapping individual parts of the microscope, they can pull up a menu and read embedded text, video and images about each of the components. Although originally created as a web application for the distance education section of Introduction to Fiber Sciences (TMS 211), this app is useful to anybody who wants to learn the parts of a compound microscope. Public online version of the MicroExplorer 3D MicroExplorer 3D at the iTunes App Store  

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Summer Institute renamed Summer Shorts

May 14, 2012
Summer Institute renamed Summer Shorts

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
Central Control Room in Ricks Hall Annex goes into production

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. The CCR went into operation in pilot phase on January 09, 2012, with two consoles operational. Those two consoles when into full production mode August 16, 2012. Other consoles were added on January 7, 2013, August 21, 2013, January 7, 2014, and the sixth console became operational on March 16, 2015. The CCR allows employees to see all 10 DELTA classrooms and each console may view four classes at a time. Central Control Room

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DELTA holds second Open House

December 6, 2011
DELTA holds second Open House

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. Held in the Park Shops building on main campus, the event gave visitors a chance to check out the facility that DELTA’s Video Communication Services (VCS) calls home and the equipment and techniques that VCS uses when recording for courses.

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DELTA doubles proctoring potential with Cox Hall Testing Facility

October 1, 2011
DELTA doubles proctoring potential with Cox Hall Testing Facility

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. This facility, found on the second floor of Cox Hall, is used to proctor exams for distance education and some on-site courses. An alternative to the Venture II facility, it provides students a second, potentially more convenient location to take their exams. It was created in a partnership between DELTA and the college of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (PAMS) – now the College of Sciences. DELTA Doubles Proctoring Potential with Cox Hall Testing Facility

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Dr. Tom Miller becomes Senior Vice Provost

September 1, 2011
Dr. Tom Miller becomes Senior Vice Provost

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. DELTA’s restructuring

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DELTA’s first fully digital classroom created in Poe Hall

August 15, 2011
DELTA’s first fully digital classroom created in Poe Hall

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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College Course Templates provided through Moodle

August 15, 2011
College Course Templates provided through Moodle

Derived from a series of solutions for IDEA Grants courses created to provide visual cohesion among the course delivery tools used in most online courses, College Course Templates (CCTs) took a set of solutions and redesigned them, removing specific course identifiers, so that they could be reused across courses and colleges. A set of attractive but abstract, generic solutions was also developed for each college that could be used for any course to ensure all courses had an option available. Each template provides elements for use with Moodle, Mediasite, and PowerPoint, as well as an Info Splash Site and a Marketing Flier. These templates were expanded in 2013 and integrated into WolfWare so that choosing a template for a Moodle space and getting the associated Mediasite, PowerPoint and marketing templates and graphics was easier for instructors. The College Course Templates designed by DELTA are now in use in almost every Moodle section as a Moodle banner and theme, although many do not use the other materials in the template package. DELTA Launches College Course Templates for Instructors

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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
DELTA student interns made a splash with downtown banners

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. The L-Building was planned to house a collection of retail and office space with an upper parking deck, however it was hit by the recent recession problems and construction was halted until space could be leased, securing funds for completion. In the meantime, a competition was held between Art & Design students in the College of Design to design a set of large banners that would adorn the building and hide the less-than-pleasing facade. Several teams completed, and last Spring the award — $2,500 and a pretty public space to display their talent — was given to Jordan, Joe and Justin. You can learn more about the trio on their website: www.theballoonboys.com Also, read an article about the competition and the L-Building published by NC State News Services and also in The News and Observer.  

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Innovative, scalable tools developed for online course

January 15, 2011
Innovative, scalable tools developed for online course

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. Back then, lectures were delivered on VHS tapes in the mail and laboratory exercises were completed wherever students could enlist the use of a compound microscope. While developing this course, DELTA created Virtual Viewer and Micro-explorer 3D tools. TMS 211 – Weaving an integrated course

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DE enrollment continues to rise

December 15, 2010
DE enrollment continues to rise

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
Tony Pearson Wins MCNC Community Choice Award

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

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Wolfmatch game created to increase brand awareness

August 15, 2010
Wolfmatch game created to increase brand awareness

The NC State WolfMatch iPhone Game was a mobile development research and student recruitment initiative to generate brand awareness.Game play is based on a classic match-3 puzzle game that features icons and graphics representing a variety of programs and disciplines found at NC State.  The player is presented with fun-facts about the university as each level is completed. The game was developed in partnership with SparkPlug Games, a local casual games development studio owned by an NC State alumnus. Our staff worked closely with SparkPlug to further enhance game play and deliver the first iPhone game released by NC State.

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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
DELTA ceases to use DVDs for distance education

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. No More DVDs: Distributing Podcasted Lectures in the Virtual World

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DELTA develops first course heavily using social media to help create community in the classroom

January 15, 2010
DELTA develops first course heavily using social media to help create community in the classroom

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. In this course students explore the realities of teen life, literature, literacy and learning in the 21st century. They do this through a partnership with an award-winning teen book club and by learning to integrate Web 2.0 and Web 3D technologies to engage and inspire students and themselves. This project was funding through an IDEA Grant.

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DELTA Video Communication Services relocates

January 10, 2010
DELTA Video Communication Services relocates

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. Moodle migration process

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DELTA holds Open House

December 2, 2009
DELTA holds Open House

DELTA held an Open House in Venture II December 2, 2009. The Open House served as an opportunity to learn about the services DELTA provides and the research and meet the people behind it all. DELTA staff demonstrated samples of our work throughout the suite and offer mini-workshops on Testing Services, Learning Management Systems, and much more.

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A new version of WolfWare launched as a website

October 15, 2009
A new version of WolfWare launched as a website

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. At the same time the previous version of WolfWare, based on the 1999 project, was renamed WolfWare Classic.

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DELTAwire blog begins

October 14, 2009
DELTAwire blog begins

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. All DELTA employees have access to post to the DELTAwire blog, as it is intended to be an informal way to share information between and among colleagues.

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First online studio-based design course developed

August 15, 2009
First online studio-based design course developed

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. This course covers a wide range of concepts, theories and skills through a variety of industry-standard software applications. It is a freshman course required of all majors in the Department of Art + Design, yet has attracted students of all majors, classes and disciplines across NC State. It was developed this past year to be taught fully online as the first critique-based distance education course in the College of Design. First Studio-based Design Course Taught Online

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Park Shops reopens, expands DELTA learning spaces

August 1, 2009
Park Shops reopens, expands DELTA learning spaces

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
DELTA’s Tony Pearson Selected as University Award For Excellence

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

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Dr. Tom Miller honored with national distance education award

November 14, 2008
Dr. Tom Miller honored with national distance education award

Dr. Tom Miller, North Carolina State University Vice Provost for Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), was recently honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with its award for Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the field of Distance Learning. “As a premier leader for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring Dr. Tom Miller,” said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. “He has raised the bar of excellence and weare truly honored by Dr. Miller’s contributions to the distance learning profession.” Miller Honored with National Distance Learning Award

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DELTA administration moves into Venture II

October 13, 2008
DELTA administration moves into Venture II

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. CR is helping improve student learning outcomes; increasing access to critical path courses; helping students successfully transition to more advanced study; addressing the need to cope with increasing enrollment demands; and investigating the use of technology to achieve more efficient instructional methods. Impact of Course Redesign on Student Success [PDF]

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First mini-studio created

May 1, 2008
First mini-studio created

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. In 2008 DELTA set up a temporary mini studio in Venture IV, but very quickly, DE moved to Venture II where we setup the first mini studio with sound-proof walls and lighting. The mini-studio was a user-friendly environment that required little training and expertise to operate. Instructors and staff across campus commonly used the studio to record: lectures (even an entire course) exam or topic reviews course introductions or overviews guest lectures any other content you would like to record and deliver online (one of the first examples was Human Resources recording a video about signing up for benefits during open enrollment.) When DE moved to Partners I, the studio moved there. VCS also has a mini-studio on Main Campus.

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Summer Institute program wins NC State’s Gertrude Cox Award

April 15, 2008
Summer Institute program wins NC State’s Gertrude Cox Award

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.

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Withers Hall reopens with 30-seat DE classroom

August 1, 2007
Withers Hall reopens with 30-seat DE classroom

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

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
DE enrollment climbs

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
DELTA organizes into five units

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.

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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
DE classrooms moved, added

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.

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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 closes, technology moved to EBII

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
DELTA partners with N.C. military bases

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. In July 2004, Distance Education established strategic partnerships with all NC military bases Education Service Centers as part of the new UNC consortium. The importance of bringing DE and online learning to service members and their families provides flexible access to high quality learning opportunities, courses and degree programs that would not have been otherwise available. DE provides proctoring support, student services and student recruitment through the military partnership to the seven military Education Service Centers. The NC General Assembly approved legislation to provide service members and their families in-state tuition for DE and online degree/programs. This provided the opportunity for hundreds of service members to expand their education and receive an NC State University degree without coming to campus and still meet their service requirements.

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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.

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IDEA Grants established

July 24, 2003

Innovation in Distributed Education Applications (IDEA) grants are a competitive awards program that promotes innovation in the use of instructional technology in online distance teaching and learning, builds expertise in this area, and enhances the technology-rich learning environment at NC State. DELTA provides assistance in the form of personnel hours and funds to faculty and staff. IDEA Grants were available in course grants, exploratory grants and evidence of impact grants beginning in 2003.  

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Learning Technology Services relocates to D.H. Hill Library

July 1, 2003
Learning Technology Services relocates to D.H. Hill Library

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. Read the Focus Online for more information.

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Mann Hall DE Classroom Ribbon Cutting

April 1, 2003
Mann Hall DE Classroom Ribbon Cutting

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 moves to Venture III

DELTA administration moves to Venture III on Centennial Campus.

First DELTA all-hands meeting

October 15, 2001
First DELTA all-hands meeting

The first meeting of the newly formed DELTA met each other at an all-hands meeting in October 2001. This was the first opportunity all the DELTA units met and learned more about each other.

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Summer Institute becomes part of DELTA

July 24, 2001
Summer Institute becomes part of DELTA

Summer Institute was started by Learning Technology Services before it became a part of DELTA. The logo had to be redesigned to include DELTA. The idea behind the intensive training sessions was for faculty to get comfortable learning and teaching with technologies. By providing resources (software, training, buddies), encouragement, and opportunities to discuss implementing instructional technology with faculty who are already doing this, the Institute aims to generate excitement about instructional technology’s potential and give participants practical, applicable skills that can get them started in using technology in their instructional endeavors.  Specific outcomes include increasing comfort levels in using technologies to enhance teaching and learning, increasing participants’ skills in planning and scoping technology use for their courses, and creating an awareness of university resources and support structures.

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Distance Education enrollment when DELTA began

January 12, 2001
Distance Education enrollment when DELTA began

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. VCS used Dell 420 workstations equipped with high-level video streaming capabilities including archiving and live webcasting. VCS broadcasted live via NC State’s RealServer G2 from RealNetworks. VCS also had the ability to capture any video program, archive it, and place it in our AFS server space on campus. VCS supplied clients with URLs that access these files and stream them out to the public via NC State’s RealServer G2. These URLs were placed on our clients’ websites. These files could be accessed using RealPlayer versions 5, G2, 7or 8. The NC State University Library used VCS streaming services to downlink satellite broadcasts of the Soaring to Excellence 2000 series. As NC State University Library leaders wished for all employees to see the broadcasts, VCS did the live and archived webcasts of all the programs.

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Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications is organized

July 1, 2000
Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications is organized

DELTA formed beginning July 1 under the direction of Dr. Tom Miller while a national search was underway. Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) began as an organization under the Provost’s Office. Dr. Thomas Kenan Miller III served as assistant dean for information technology and engineering technologies for the College of Engineering from 1998 until 2000, when he was charged with leading DELTA as its interim leader. Provost Kermit Hall’s vision for DELTA was to support teaching and learning with technology both on and off campus, including distance education and learning technologies for campus courses and students. With the General Legislature funding of distance education, Provost Hall’s vision was that DELTA should be in a single organizational structure by bringing the Distance Education administrative unit, Learning Technology Services and Video Communication Services together as one. In so doing NC State could meet the legislative mandate for more outreach by distance education, and at the same time increase the university’s capacity for teaching and learning with technology on campus by building an infrastructure that served both needs. Distance education would also provide a strategic growth opportunity for the institution by reaching out with the unique programs which the university offers.

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Evolution of WolfWare

March 5, 1999
Evolution of WolfWare

A web-based system to support any course taught at NC State, WolfWare was developed before DELTA. The development team consisted of IT staff in the Department of Computer Science; Engineering Computer Operations (now Information Technology and Engineering Computer Services [ITECS]); and PAMS Computer Operations (now College of Sciences Computer and Information Systems). Once DELTA launched WolfWare as a website, the original system was renamed WolfWare Classic. The Evolution of WolfWare

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