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HCC’s Gray-Robertson appointed to COLT

Halifax Community College’s Director of Distance Learning Beth Gray-Robertson has recently been appointed as a member of the Commission on Learning Technologies (COLT). The group establishes and coordinates all aspects of distance learning to include policy, budget, educational programs, learning support resources, and infrastructure.


COLT seeks to address the need for a robust, innovative distance learning strategy and brings together key community college personnel, system office staff and professional association representatives to collaborate on policies and procedures for distance education in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS).


"I am honored to be asked to serve on this state-wide commission and feel that my experiences in the classroom and work with various projects, such as the Virtual Learning Community, will lend themselves to meaningful and helpful contributions,” said Gray-Robertson. “I am also looking forward to learning more about how the Educational Programs Committee impacts teaching and evaluation processes in our community college system."


Gray-Robertson’s appointment is for a three-year term as a member of the Educational Programs Committee. The committee is charged with focusing on instructional models and strategies; initial course offerings; strategy for course evaluation, student and teacher experiences; course standards; and, receive updates from the Virtual Learning Community support and development centers. COLT committees meet every other month via video conferencing rooms, teleconferences, or by Elluminate webinars.


According to the NCCCS, during the 2008-09 academic year, there were more than 588,700 enrollments in curriculum distance learning courses in the system. That figure represents more than 36 percent of all course enrollments and a nearly 38 percent increase in distance learning enrollments from the previous year. Enrollments in distance learning continuing education courses have increased by 27 percent in just one year. In 2008-09, there were more than 80,000 enrollments in distance learning continuing education courses.