The NROC Project (NROC) is a community-guided, non-profit project focused on new models of digital content development, distribution, and use. NROC is funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and most importantly by NROC members across the country. We are education leaders from state and system institutions nationwide who believe in open and equal access to education and the power of media to personalize learning. We represent more than 6 million U.S. students from middle school to college. Our content and programs are focused on college and career readiness, helping students overcome the barriers in math and English that can prevent them from reaching their full potential.
Users/Members don’t purchase or license NROC content, but instead pay $1 per student per year for unlimited use of NROC resources. As members, you join a community of users guiding development of high-end educational resources with a business model that reduces costs for everyone. You get access to content and resources such as:
• Institutional use of NROC’s course library for LMS integration, including Algebra 1 and Developmental Math (Developmental English coming 2015)
• Web-based applications such as HippoCampus and EdReady, customized to your state and system standards
Questions and Answers
1. Why will your content help students more than your competitor(s)?
All NROC courses are AFFORDABLE, ADAPTABLE, and MEDIA RICH.
Media-Rich: Dynamic video presentations and collaborative learning activities provide students with a multi-modal approach to learning each and every topic.
Adaptable: These high-quality resources can stand alone or be integrated with other course materials for a powerful curriculum. Unit-level diagnostic pre-assessments support a mastery approach and allow students to follow their own personalized pathway through the topics they need to create a more efficient path to credit-bearing college courses.
Affordable: $1 per student per year. How does that compare to what you are using now?
2. What attracted you to the online learning space?
NROC launched into the online learning space 10 years ago. NROC content is now used in a wide variety of settings, including online, blended, face-to-face, and in a whole host of use cases, from credit-recovery to adult education, remedial studies to developmental education. The ability to fully integrate the rich media and offer students a multi-modal approach to the content is the real attraction. Students learn in different ways, and online delivery of the content allows for and well supports those different learning styles. And the power that digital media has to personalize learning is perfect for the online learner.
3. What do you see as potential pitfalls and/or successes in the arena of online learning?
At The NROC Project, we believe in open and equal access to education and the power of media to personalize learning. Online learning delivers on the promise of improving access to the highest quality multi-media content; thereby, positively impacting student success.
4. What should we know about you/your company/your founder/your mission statement that we don't already know?
Our Founder, Gary Lopez, PhD. began his career diving and filming with Jacques Cousteau! Still undaunted by any challenge, and diving into deep waters, he began NROC 10 years ago, at the dawn of online learning. Today the NROC Project is a community-guided non-profit project funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and most importantly, by NROC Members around the country.
The NROC Project. It is not a product you buy, it’s a movement you join.