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News: NMC offering free mini-courses for educators in STEM fields


From the New Media Consortium:

The rebranded NMC Academy launched publicly today, a not-for-profit hub for education-related professional development. The mission of the project from its inception has been to provide busy teachers and other learning professionals with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills online, to explore new ways of delivering online learning, and to generally push the boundaries of cutting-edge professional learning opportunities. HP has selected the NMC to lead the next phases of the project because of the NMC’s track record for creating sustainable models that advance innovation in education.<full article>

The link to the NMC Academy site is

Introducing the VPT MathSite

The VPT MathSite is a new website that provides users with free, supplemental online resources that help prepare them for the Virginia Placement Test-Math. The VPT Mathsite wasVPT Math Site developed with funds from a DOL TAACCCT grant to support, among other initiatives, the VCCS’s Developmental Math redesign efforts. A group of talented VCCS Math faculty selected high quality online resources aligned to the math assessment and Blue Ridge Community College Instructional Designer Greg Cook designed and developed the supporting website and introductory video found on the site’s homepage. The short video features VCCS students explaining the importance of preparing for the VPT (spoiler: to save time AND money).

The VPT MathSite provides sample math problems and links to online resources that correspond to each sub-unit of Units 0-3 of the VPT-Math. All of the recommended online resources are free, and include popular sites such as the Khan Academy, National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) Developmental Math course, and College testing centers, local high schools, adult education programs, and other interested educational institutions are encouraged to link to the VPT MathSite and share the site’s resources with any student who may need additional college math preparation or remediation.

The URL for the VPT MathSite is

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