NROC’s Developmental English program is designed to help students meet basic college entrance requirements. Combining highly sophisticated software with fundamental pedagogy, this online program integrates and reinforces the standard developmental English curriculum—reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary building, and grammar skills—to fully prepare students for credit-bearing courses.
Designed for use in any learning environment, NROC Developmental English provides a solid, integrated curriculum that allows students to practice strategies for reading and writing effectively. Media-rich presentations, comprehension exercises, and the “My Journal” feature support students through a variety of instructional approaches that engage and enhance a wide range of learning styles.
Developed and written by a team of subject matter experts utilizing state-of-the-art technology to deliver crucial pedagogical points, NROC Developmental English will help enhance and improve student performance and results.
The curriculum consists of ten units, each following the same sequence of integrated reading and writing experiences. Students begin with pre-reading, move into reading and post-reading activities, and finish with pre-writing, writing, revising, and editing. This sequence helps learners to analyze content and rhetorical structures and build their vocabulary, and improve their writing mechanics with grammar, punctuation and usage exercises. Media-rich presentations and exercises model and develop strategies for reading and writing effectively.
Throughout this curriculum, learners experience similar strategies for both reading and writing. Fully integrated units allow the learner to apply these strategies directly within assignments and activities, while building vocabulary and grammar skills in the context of both reading selections and writing assignments. As the units progress, the reading and writing assignments engage students in progressively deeper analysis and synthesis of text and ideas, preparing them for first-year college classes.
Media-Rich and Diverse Exercises Help Students ACQUIRE Essential Skills
Each instructional unit follows a sequence of integrated reading and writing experiences.
Course Components Include:
- Unit Introduction: A short, multimedia presentation that introduces the unit themes and content overview.
- Foundations: Text-based lessons present the unit’s core concepts – grammar, punctuation, and usage – and replace the need for a separate handbook.
- Pre-Reading Presentation: A multimedia presentation that models effective pre-reading strategies.
- Active Reader: Enhances reading skills with self-assessment and supporting pedagogy, including audio narration, vocabulary in context, and grammar lessons.
- Post-Reading Presentation: A multimedia presentation that models post-reading strategies with comprehension exercises, creating a strong bridge from reading to writing.
- Pre-Writing Presentation: Introduces the specific writing assignment for the unit and models effective pre-writing strategies.
- Writing Center: An online writing workspace that supports the steps in the writing process with scaffolding, tips, and reviewing features.
- My Journal: This innovative feature allows learners to build a portfolio of writing in each unit by capturing all annotations to unit reading selections and all responses to comprehension and writing exercises. Thus, a portfolio of writing is waiting for the learners when they are ready to apply it to a specific assignment in the Writing Center. No one starts with a “blank page.”
- Assessments: Includes an initial diagnostic, mid-unit reviews, unit assessments, and a final summative assessment.
Design and Pedagogy
This collaboratively developed, innovative program of study is designed for students preparing for either college or a career. After conversations with developmental English instructors across the country and in-depth research into state and district studies, we elected to compress the standard developmental English curriculum—reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary building, grammar, punctuation and usage skills—to allow learners to accelerate into credit-bearing college courses and certificate or post-secondary training programs, or to enter economically viable career paths. The course also provides essential study skills, such as note and test taking, to build confidence and boost skills required for overall success at the college level and beyond.
This program integrates numerous media-rich instructional approaches into basic reading and writing strategies in an engaging and efficient environment. The prescribed reading selections provide models that “show” rather than “tell” students how to read, comprehend and then respond to the writing assignment.
The key is blending the reading and writing components so that students can combine critical reading with the writing process. This eliminates the redundancy that students often experience once they are classified as developmental learners. Institutions, instructors, and students can adapt and re-mix the content to meet varying program and learner requirements.
Special thanks to the subject matter experts, advisors, and production team who have participated in the development of this project.
Members may access NROC English content in two ways:
- NROC English may be installed in a member’s Learning Management System (LMS).
- NROC English content is available through your institution’s customized HippoCampus.org website.
If you are interested in using NROC English in your LMS, you must contact the NROC Project Manager at your institution to arrange for LMS installation (per instructions below).
To link to content through your Institution’s HippoCampus website, ask your NROC Project Manager for the custom URL. If you are not sure who your NROC Project Manager is, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Instructor Resources Tab for more information on resources to support this content.
The NROC English course must be installed in your LMS by an LMS Administrator with sufficient privileges to set up the course. If you are the LMS Administrator, you will need to have a login to this website to gain access to the installation files. Check with your NROC Project Manager if you need access to the NROC Network.
Please Note: NO FILES WILL BE SENT TO YOU. You must download and install the course.
Please go to the Installation Tab to access the installation file for your LMS and follow the detailed directions provided.
NROC English is available for installation in your LMS as an IMS Common Cartridge v1.1 compliant package. A list of Learning Management System (LMS) vendors that support IMS Common Cartridge format can be found at http://www.imsglobal.org/cc/statuschart.cfm.
The media files are referenced via URL and displayed within your LMS environment from a remote (NROC) host location.
The person installing and setting up this course must have sufficient privileges in the LMS to install an IMSCC course file, create global LTI tools, and replicate the course for other instructors across the institution.
The basic steps you will follow are listed below:
- Request an NROC Course Manager Admin account from NROC.
- Download and install the course in your LMS. (This course will serve as the master, and you will make copies of it for your instructors: one instructor per course.)
- Log in to your NROC Course Manager Admin account to get the LTI key and secret.
- Set up the LTI tool(s) in your LMS.
- Register the master course with the NROC Course Manager.
- Test and confirm that Unit links are working properly.
- Replicate the master course for each instructor/section.
- Provide each instructor with our PDF instructions to register their own course with the NROC Course Manager.
Please be sure to follow the detailed instructions provided in the installation file for your specific LMS.
Course Installation Files
LMS Administrators and Technical Staff with appropriate access are able to access the required installation resources on this page. If you already have an Administrative/Technical account, please log in and then return to this page.
If you need an access code, please contact the NROC Project Manager on your campus. If you do not know who your Project Manager is, contact us.
Essential Instructor Resources
A variety of resources are available for instructors to support their use of NROC English. The instructor guides and videos are also embedded in the course for easy access.
Supplemental Instructor Resources
While not necessary to use the course, these additional materials are available to supplement the course or provide more context.
Additional webinars are available on the Webinars page.
Publicizing NROC Resources to Your Instructors
- Point faculty to use cases from our member community that match your intended use.
- Schedule demonstrations of the installed courses.
- Share archived webinars for more in-depth information about using the NROC courses.
- Share instructor guides and member-shared supplements to support classroom use.