Central Piedmont Community College's annual ArtsFest, a celebration of arts and culture to enrich and engage the community, was held March 25–29. Highlights include lectures and readings by renowned authors and historians, live music, visual arts, film, and an outdoor festival.
This year, the ArtsFest partnered with CPCC's Instructional Development/eLearning area and Sonic Foundry to capture and live webcast many of the event's keynote lectures and presenters via the Internet using Sonic Foundry's "Mediasite" system. This has allowed CPCC to reach a larger audience and extend the learning opportunities beyond the event by providing courses, distance learning students, and departments on-demand access to the content.
"As the popularity of online education continues, the necessity to offer our students a connection to the campus life continues to increase,” said Erin Reed, director of eLearning at CPCC, which is located in Charlotte, NC. The direct classroom integration that this partnership provided is a step in helping motivate, connect, and retain online students. Technology and collaborative partnerships can enabled us to enhance the overall learning experience of our students."
Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering 100 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes.