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Hampton Roads Virtual Learning Center


Exciting things are happening in the world of online learning! Peter Monahan, a full-time instructional designer, was hired in May 2008. Peter is an educator with over 10 years of experience in educational technologies and instructional design. In his role as an instructional designer, he is the chief designer of all online content for HRETA’s regional online courses. Working closely with content experts, stakeholders, technology staff, and local school division leaders, Pete ensures that all online courses are appealing, engaging, and of the highest instructional and technological quality.

Courses currently in development include: English 10, English 11, English 12, and Algebra I. Teachers from around the region were selected to participate on the Online Course Development Teams. Team members include:
• Algebra I: Kari Egnot, Newport News and Susan Pope, Chesapeake
• English 10: Beth Camper, Virginia Beach and Julie Singleton-Smith, Virginia Beach
• English 11: Beth Hoer, Hampton and Cameron Vadersen, Virginia Beach
• English 12: Elizabeth Beagle, Virginia Beach and Bridget Kelly, Chesapeake

If you would like a sneak peak of the Algebra I course, go ahead and login with the following info. Go to: http://whro.hrvlc.org
username: cii
password: cii

Once logged in, click on the Algebra 1 Demo . Instructions on how to navigate the course are listing within the NEWS portion of the site.

Check out the banners from these online student courses in developement.

Algebra I Banner

English 10 Banner

English 11 Banner

English 12 Banner

Another exciting project is the development of three online health courses for grades 8, 9, and 10. Team members for these courses are:
• Health 8: Katie Warnock and Gary Cason
• Health 9: Healey Eakes and Sharon Nicholson
• Health 10: Kathy Harcourt and Lori Morris

Also in the works, is a revision to the current Survival Economics course. The semester-long course is being revised to be a year-long course. The new course will include financial literacy skills, workplace readiness skills, and 21st century learning skills. Team members for this course are Andrea Smolin and Teresa Harrington.

Upon completion, the courses will be given to each participating school division to further customize and use as they see fit within their divisions.

Online courses are much like face-to-face in that they must meet the highest standards of quality design and instruction. The quality of the online courses developed will be considered in terms of the following areas:

1. Curriculum - Online curricular offerings will be challenging, relevant, and aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning. Curriculum will be written by teams comprised of content experts, instructional designers, technical experts, and reviewers.

2. Instructional Design - Online courses will be informed by and reflect the most current research on learning theory. They will be designed to take advantage of the special circumstances, requirements, and opportunities of the online learning environment and support the development of 21st century learning skills. The various learning styles of students will be considered. 

3. Assessment - Assessments will be authentic, formative, and regular, providing opportunities for students to reflect on their own learning and work quality during the course.

4. Course Structure - Guidelines have been developed regarding standards for course development, design, and delivery. Courses will be designed with a consistent structure, easily discernable to students of varying learning styles.

5. Content Review - Course development will be approved through a broad peer review process.

 

For more information on courses currently available, go to Leading Edge Instructional Resources (http://www.whro.org/home/education/teachers/instructionalresources) and scroll down to  Regional Virtual School.

For more information on this exciting, forward-thinking initiative please contact
Jacque Dewey, E-Learning Manager at WHRO and
Project Manager for course development at jacque.dewey@whro.org or 757.889.9400.

 

 

 

 

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For more information on this exciting, forward thinking initiative please contact
Jacque Dewey,
E-Learning Manager

at WHRO and Project Manager for course development at jacque.dewey@whro.org
or
757.889.9400

If you would like a sneak peak of the Algebra I course, go ahead and login with the following info.

Go to: http://whro.hrvlc.org
username: cii
password: cii

Once logged in, click on the Algebra 1 Demo . Instructions on how to navigate the course are listing within the NEWS portion of the site.