BTEC gets an IDEA!

Published September 25, 2012

North Carolina State University’s distance education division recently announced that BTEC has received an IDEA grant. The grant, awarded by Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), will be used to enhance an online course, BEC 475/575 – Global Regulatory Affairs for Medical Products.

The course, which has been offered in each of the last four semesters, introduces students to the quality systems used to meet the regulatory requirements for developing, testing, manufacturing, and selling medical products in the global marketplace.  It provides a general background for all future employees in the medical products field, but the course is especially useful to students preparing for a career in the Regulatory Affairs or Quality Assurance departments within a pharmaceutical, biomanufacturing, or medical device company.

DELTA’s Innovation in Distributed Education Applications (IDEA) Grants, a competitive award program, promotes innovation in the use of instructional technology in online distance teaching and learning, builds expertise in this area, and enhances the technology-rich learning environment at North Carolina State University. DELTA provides assistance in the form of personnel hours and funds to faculty and staff to support the planning, design and development of high quality distance education courses. The DELTA IDEA Grants seek to cultivate instructional excellence in online environments by promoting new ideas, teaching methods, and technologies.

BTEC will use the $8,000 and access to DELTA personnel provided by the IDEA grant to enhance several online activities and expand on a prototype serious game that allows students to simulate the 15-year product commercialization cycle in just a few minutes.