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Learning Technologies

The primary purpose of the library (Learning Resource Center) at Johnston Community College is to provide materials and services to advance the educational goals and objectives of the College. The library provides resources for an expansive variety of subject areas, including resources to serve the avocational and general interests and needs of the students, faculty, staff, and other interested citizens of Johnston County and surrounding areas.

Resources
The collection includes various types of print and non-print media selected to support and enrich the program areas offered by the College. The collection continues to expand and diversify to meet demand for College and community users.

  1. The library’s catalog is available online via the College’s website. Through its membership in the Community College Libraries in North Carolina Consortium (CCLINC), the JCC Library supports user access to a shared catalog with combined holdings of over 50 North Carolina community colleges. The CCLINC library cooperative is third in size among the libraries of publicly funded institutions of higher education in North Carolina.
  2. Facility resources in the library include a 26 station open computer lab which offers black and white as well as color printing. The library also hosts 5 group study rooms, a Listening and Viewing Room with multimedia production stations, a North Carolina Archives and Local History Room and a children’s area. A 30 computer station information literacy classroom is used for library instruction and additionally hosts research-related activities.
  3. The Library website provides access to the following electronic resources:
    • Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy
    • A to Z World Culture
    • Bloom’s Literary Reference Online
    • Credo Reference
    • Films on Demand
    • Over 50 unique databases from Gale
    • History Study Center
    • JSTOR Arts and Sciences Collection
    • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    • ProQuest's general and specific databases (multiple)
    • STAT!Ref
  4. North Carolina Libraries for Virtual Education (NC LIVE) is North Carolina's statewide online library service. NC LIVE offers free electronic access to resources for all ages on topics including careers, business, and investing, to auto repair, health, history, and genealogy. NC LIVE resources are available to a all North Carolinians through their local public, community college, or academic library.
  5. Remote access to all electronic resources is available to currently enrolled students and employees of Johnston Community College. Users should process through the library website to the electronic resources page and utilize one's WebAdvisor/Blackboard username and password for access.
  6. The library additionally offers an embedded librarian service to interested instructors in various subject areas that is delivered through various models. This partnership includes emphasis on research and reference support for students and instructors through customized activities, instruction, technologies, and other related content, and is available for the extent of the course. Faculty may request and embedded librarian up to three weeks before the start of the course and/or more information, including testimonials, by contacting the library at (919) 464-2251.

Jaguar Office of Learning Technologies (JOLT) expands learning opportunities by promoting the use of nontraditional delivery methods. Johnston Community College offers a variety of quality courses through various nontraditional delivery methods to meet the needs of a growing diverse population of learners. Each distance education course is equivalent to the on-campus sections of the same course in terms of objectives, contact, rigor, and transferability. Students may choose to take online, hybrid, Web-enhanced, or interactive television (ITV) courses. Although the nontraditional methods of instruction offer a high degree of flexibility, they do require self-motivated and self-disciplined students.

Online Courses
The College offers a variety of courses that are computer-based and use the Internet as the main method of delivery. Students enrolled in online courses communicate with their instructor(s) and other students by e-mail, provided by JCC and through JCC’s course management system, Blackboard.

Instructors use a variety of resources including textbooks, study guides, Internet sites, and personally designed materials that supplement their instruction. Students who wish to take an online course at Johnston Community College should have access to reliable computer with Internet.

Before enrolling in an online course, the student should be very comfortable demonstrating the following competencies:

  • Computer operation and start-up.
  • Setup, maintenance, and troubleshooting through technical assistance resources from your Internet Service Provider.
  • Understand and have knowledge of basic word processing.
  • Basic Internet skills.
  • Knowledge of using e-mail.

Suggested Computer/Software Requirements

  • USB port
  • 1GHz processor or better
  • 4GB RAM or better
  • 256GB or greater hard drive
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Chromebooks, netbooks and e-readers are not recommended for online courses

Software

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 or 10
  • Web Browser: Current versions of Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Safari
  • Documentation: Adobe Reader or Foxit
  • AntiVirus program

Hybrid Courses
Hybrid courses combine a variety of different teaching methods. At JCC, hybrid courses require on-campus attendance for part of the instruction, and the other part of the instruction could occur either online using a course management system, or other media delivery methods. Attendance is required on the days and times listed in the class syllabus.

Interactive Television (ITV) Courses
Interactive Television courses use an interactive, two-way video network that connects universities, colleges, secondary schools, medical centers, and other agencies throughout the state. Johnston Community College participates in ITV courses with two state-of-the-art video classrooms. A course in these rooms is either broadcast to another college or received from another college via video. This allows JCC to send and receive high-quality courses with partners throughout the state, enhancing the educational experience of our students.

Blackboard
Blackboard is the current online learning management system used for online instructors to build and manage virtual classrooms. Instructors and students can access Blackboard sites anytime; anywhere and a 24/7 support center is available to assist with problems that may be encountered during off hours, weekends, and holidays.

JCC E-mail
Registered students, faculty and staff are provided with Microsoft Office365 Outlook e-mail accounts. E-mail can be accessed through a link on the JCC Web site (https://www.johnstoncc.edu), through Blackboard (https://bb.johnstoncc.edu), or by directly entering https://login.microsoftonline.com into an updated browser.

Microsoft Office 365
Students, faculty and staff are provided with Microsoft Office 365 accounts. Office 365 is a cloud-based package of business-class MS Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Also included are 1TB of cloud storage through OneDrive and the option to download Office 365 on up to 5 non-college owned computers or personal devices.

Accessing Blackboard, JCC E-mail and WebAdvisor
From WebAdvisor, located on JCC’s main Web site (http://www.johnstoncc.edu), Account Information will direct you how to verify your User ID and create your password to access Blackboard, JCC e-mail, and to gain access to WebAdvisor student information.

Distance Education Through Continuing Education
The Continuing Education Division at Johnston Community College offers a distance education program designed to improve employment opportunities and job related skills from either home or office. A complete listing of CE Internet courses is available under Continuing Education on the main JCC Web site.

Some of these courses require a minimum number of scheduled on-campus visits for orientations, testing, presentations, etc. Students enrolled in distance education courses use a variety of techniques to communicate with their instructors and/or their cybermates.

Distance education courses are facilitated by qualified, competent instructors who structure the course so that the learning outcomes are comparable to those in a traditional classroom setting. They also serve as a resource to the students.

Costs, credits, and registration procedures are the same as on-campus courses. Students have access to the same services and library resources.

The IT Department provides the foundation, technical support, and management for many student access, electronic communication and collaboration tools, and learning technologies offered at Johnston Community College. Some of these technologies include college-wide public wireless Internet access, Web systems, and a student-use open computer lab. IT also manages Internet services and the College’s telephone system. These learning technologies are intended to provide greater flexibility and convenience for students and faculty at JCC.