First in a series on exploring competency-based education technology, this article lays out the process of forming work committees, comparing products, and releasing a request for proposals to find a digital learning environment for the planned CBE program.
Gary Ritter is the Executive Director of Learning Technology Services at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. Gary joined the college as an adjunct history instructor in 2004, becoming full time in 2006. He began to move into college leadership in 2010 when he was selected as the first instructor to fill the new role of faculty liaison to ITS, a position designed to facilitate communication and collaboration between the Academic units and Information Technology Services. Gary continues to teach one section of American history each semester. As Executive Director Gary serves on the ITS leadership council working directly with the other executive directors and the CIO. Gary earned his Education Doctorate from the Department of Educational Leadership at teh University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2014 with a dissertation titled: Civic learning in online classes: The experience of emerging adults at the community college. Current projects include leading a college wide effort for accessibility compliance in digital learning tools and resources, working to establish the right digital learning environment for a four-college pilot in competency-based education, helping to virtualize software used in learning and a project to bring about digital delivery of course materials to students.