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Hampton Roads Virtual Learning Center

 

As of September 2009, each of the participating school divisions has the following online courses available:

 

All of the courses are aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning; have been created and reviewed by content experts from across the region to assure the highest quality; and are modular in nature to allow for maximum delivery flexibility. Each school division can further customize and use the courses as they see fit within their divisions.


Courses scheduled for a September 2010 implementation include:

  • Algebra II/Trigonometry
  • Biology
  • Geometry
  • Math Analysis
  • US History

Course Descriptions

Algebra 1:

This course covers the standard curriculum for Algebra One for the commonwealth of Virginia. The Algebra One student will learn to use algebra as a tool for representing and solving a variety of practical problems. Students will use tables, graphs and matrices to interpret, analyze, organize and interpret data. Students will use graphing calculators and other technology to assist in this. Students will use rational and irrational numbers, work with linear and non-linear equations, and graph and analyze functions.

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Earth Science:

The Earth Science curriculum is based on the Virginia Standards of Learning. Earth Science is a laboratory-based science, where experimentation and analysis of results is vital to student understanding of the curriculum material. Students will design and complete laboratory investigations in each module. They will explore the components of the Earth system and examine the interactions of these components. Students will examine the effects of human activities on the Earth system and learn techniques for lessening negative human impacts. They will learn to view the Earth as a dynamic system, with a finite amount of resources that must be conserved and re-used. Students will use readings, writings, laboratory investigations, and models to demonstrate and understand the Earth system.

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English 9:

his course will follow the standard English 9 curriculum for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The English 9 student will plan, present, and critique dramatic readings of literary selections. Knowledge of literary terms and forms will be applied in the student’s own writing and in the analysis of literature. The student will be introduced to significant literary works. Increased requirements for research and reporting in all subjects will be supported by the use of print, electronic databases, online resources, and a standard style sheet method to cite reference sources. The student will distinguish between reliable and questionable Internet sources. Writing will encompass narrative, literary, expository, and informational forms, with particular attention to analysis. The student will demonstrate correct use of language, spelling, and mechanics by applying grammatical conventions in writing and speaking.

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English 10:

The focus of the English 10 course is to prepare the students for future academic and vocational success. Students write in a variety of styles for a variety of audiences. As they work through a writing process, students revise and edit their work for clarity, elaboration, and organization.

A survey of World Literature helps the students relate to the political, social, and philosophical perspectives of each historical period and culture. As students preview the social, historical, and literary elements of each time period, they will begin to see how authors and their respective time periods have influenced the lives and literature of many people.

During the course, the students practice techniques for improving their own writing styles and fluency in writing and literary response. Students will also develop reading strategies to assist them in a recursive reading process.

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English 11:

The online English 11 curriculum is designed to follow the development of American literature from its early beginning to the contemporary era, including sermons, diaries, speeches, short stories, poetry, novels, and journalism. Students will explore American writers within the context of biographical, historical and cultural contexts, including the performing and visual arts.

As they work their way through this chronological survey, students will explore seven different literary movements to analyze and evaluate the transformation of the American Dream. This over-arching theme exemplifies the American experience, which students will evaluate through their own personal experiences.

Additionally, students will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of literature through a variety of compositions: literary analysis, research, personal narratives, journal entries, letters, persuasion, and business correspondence. Pre-assessments, warm-ups and content delivery activities are designed to support application of content assignments.

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English 12:

The focus of the English 12 course is to prepare the students for future academic and vocational success. Students write in a variety of modes for a variety of audiences. As they work through the writing process, students revise and edit their work for subject/verb agreement, pronoun reference, consistent viewpoint, and correct mechanics usage.

A survey of British literature helps the students relate to the political, social, and philosophical perspectives of each historical period. As students preview the social, historical, and literary elements of each time period, they will begin to see how the British and their language have influenced the lives and literature of many people.

During the course, the students practice techniques for improving their own writing styles and fluency of expression. Additionally, the students will develop reading strategies. The extent of review in grammar/usage depends upon the individual’s needs.

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Survival Economics:

Survival Economics is based on the Economic Education and Financial Literacy (EEFL) Objectives that are required for all Virginia students. This course is designed to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge needed to effectively manage their personal finances as well as the decision-making skills they will need to become well-informed consumers, savers, investors, money managers, and members of our global economy. Students will incorporate hands-on activities, writing assignments, and discussions into a curriculum that includes the fundamental principles of economics, consumer rights and responsibilities, and an evaluation of financial opportunities including credit card and loan offers. An emphasis on the practical application of financial concepts will help students to prepare for these situations in their own life experiences.

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Virginia/US Government:


This course will follow the standard Virginia and United States Government curriculum of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The US Government student will study the structure and organization of the American government. They will learn the historical development of democratic principles and the significance of America's commitment to these principles. Students will learn about the ways in which our government is designed to ensure the protection of these principles. Moreover, students will learn how the government has adapted to improve the protections of democratic principles by either changing its structure and organization and/or by shifting the policies that our government issues. Additionally, this course exposes students to the reality that the protection of American ideals and goals requires the American government to have an active role in international affairs. As such, this course provides a survey of comparative economic and political systems.

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Want to see an online course?

Go to http://whro.hrvlc.org and login with theusername, cii and password, cii. Once you log in, the Demo course is located in the My Hampton Roads Virtual Learning Center Courses widget. After entering the course, begin by clicking on the Content link in the navigation bar. Then use the content links to work your way through the course elements. Please note that this user has the role of student NOT teacher AND is a DEMO only. As a result, you will only see a sample topic(s) from several courses.

 

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 peek of an online course, go ahead and login with the following info.

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

Once you log in, the Demo course is located in the My Hampton Roads Virtual Learning Center Courses widget. After entering the course, begin by clicking on the Content link in the navigation bar. Then use the content links to work your way through the course elements. Please note that this user has the role of student NOT teacher AND is a DEMO only. As a result, you will only see a sample topic(s) from several courses.